Palo Santo Marron | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Palo Santo MarronPalo Santo Marron

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this beer comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted. Palo Santo means "holy tree," and its wood has been used in South American wine-making communities.

50 IBU

Added by Imstillthegman on 11-19-2006

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Reviews: 2,075 | Ratings: 5,759
Photo of BlushingMonk
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This would be better labeled a porter in my opinion. Brown ale is too broad a term to give much indication of what's really in the bottle. It pours almost black and smells of must and wood. The tastes brings forward brown sugar, roasted coffee, dates, and vanilla beans. Truly a delish porter. I'll keep more of these around

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark brown (basically black) in color with a rich tan-colored head on top. Nice looking beer.

Aroma is full of activity with brown sugar, molasses, alcohol, roasted dark malts, leather, raisins, figs, dry red wine, and something sharp and sweet comes out the more you keep your nose in it.

Big roasted flavor pairs with dark chocolate, raisins, alcohol, and acidic coffee. The moment I notice something smoked in the flavor, it quickly morphs into something tart and an onslaught of alcohol warmth takes over the party.

One tough-as-nails brown ale here! This is an intense beer. Not for the meek.

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Photo of EMH73
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost black in color, with a small tan head that was not well retained. Tastes of dark, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, vanilla and coffee. I did not particularly enjoy the woodsy quality to the beer although I know that is what sets it apart from almost all others. Although high ABV, this was not really noticeable while drinking.

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Photo of Czarkazm
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/5/2013. Pours a very thick, muddy looking-brown color with a toasted khaki head. Aroma has a good amount of roast and sweetness to balance out the barrel characteristics. I get chocolate, hazelnut, roasted malt, burnt caramel, leather, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, raisin bread. Full, creamy mouth feel and nicely carbonated to make it feel lighter. On the taste, I get a bit of the booze, dark caramel malts, chocolate covered raisins, an earthy woodiness, smoked grains, rum, and some vanilla.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This brown ale is almost black. Tan head that lasts and laces the glass. Smells of sweetness of caramel, but also a smokey and coffee scent to it as well. Toasty and coffee flavors with a strong alcohol punch with the 12%ABV. The beer has a nice smooth thickness to it.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a darn near jet-black color with a 1-finger, tan head with a bit of lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malts (chocolate and coffee) with an "woodsy" aged scent.

The wonderful aged, alcoholic taste hits you immediately and is prevalent throughout. Also taste of the same dark roasted malts that the aroma provides with a slight bit of vanilla added to it.

An awesome beer and worth buying and having on hand.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.91/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep brown, coffee-like color foam head. Smell is amazing, malts and palo santo wood are dominant, almost no hops. Taste is complex and rich, very good. Malts and palo santo wood are also dominant in flavor, bitterness is very mild. Rich creamy body with low carbonation. Overall one of the best beers I´ve tried.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - dark brown-black colored beer with a nice mocha had that leaves nice lacing
S - Big caramel, chocolate, smokey notes. Some oak and vanilla in there too. Roasty. Pretty damn amazing.
T - Smoky, leather, tobacco, caramel, toffee, oak, chocolate, roasty. Much smoother than expected.
M - Heavy mouthfeel. Alc present but expected at 12%. Aftertaste is oak and chocolate malt.
O - This is a damn good beer. Not appreciated enough in my past. Next time I have the chance to buy a ton of this I'm going to do it.

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Photo of jeranbrews
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a - Thick viscous syrupy body. Dark opaque, Worcestershire sauce color. Very very low head. Some minor continued carbonation. 4.25

S - Wood, leather, rawhide, chocolate, liquorice, dark bread dipped in thick mistroni - like stew. Bits of corn. 3.75

T - No noticeable ABV despite the 12%. Delicious! More like a baltic porter than a brown ale. Very very faint spicy hints like anise, cinnamon, or nutmeg, nondescript but present. 4.25

M - Smooth thick like a millk stout but rich and slightly effervescent. Only the tiniest tinge of the ABV is present. 5

D - Much better than I expected and I was already expecting good things. Too strong to be sessionable, but fantastic flavors and smells. 4.5

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L; Pitch black. Some white head which dissipates quickly.

S: Toffee, caramel,

T: Toffee, caramel, raison, some spice A little heat, but at 12% it's hidden well.

F: Fullbodied, moderate carbonation.

O: This is not a brown ale. It's an imperial stout. The categories that some of these beers fall in to are laughable. This is definitely one of them.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 2/22/12

L: Pours a very dark opaque brown with a dark beige head.

S: In some respects it smells like a cross between a barleywine and an imperial stout. It’s roasty and very malty with hints of prunes, raisons, and coffee. Very rich, with some perceptible alcohol, and just a touch of woodyness. Really interesting, really complex, really different.

T: Very rich and malty upfront, with some roastiness, following the nose. A good deal of hop bitterness with a sweet and somewhat bitter finish. Also fairly woodsy with hints of raisons. Dark malts take dominance in this one.

F: A medium-full mouthfeel (a bit lighter than expected) and moderate-low carbonation. Some warmth from the alcohol, but still surprisingly tame for a 12% abv.

O: Such a cool beer! Complex, delicious, and frankly, different. A cross between a barleywine and imperial stout, this is a real nice sipper with nice woodsy, roasty, and malty character. Probably my favorite year-round DFH brew.

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Photo of jhartley
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cuvee tulip glass. Bottled on 04/21/15.
Pours much darker than I was expecting. Dark brown to black body, no light shines through the glass at all except on the edges which shows a maroon color. Light khaki tan head.
Aromas of vanilla, cola and a slight charred wood.
Tastes fantastic. Vanilla, cherry, spice and some of that woodiness with a lot of fruitiness that I wasn't expectin.
Full mouth feel with that 12% alcohol hidden well.
Overall this is a well crafted beer with that wood aging adding quite a bit of spice and complex flavors to enjoy. Reminiscent of a barrel aged stout. Planning on picking up a few more and holding on to them to see what else may come out of some added aging.

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Photo of slusk
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a dark brown with a dense brown head

S: Dark fruit, toffee, coffee with a mild earthy hop

T: Dark chocolate, burnt toffee, dark fruits. Big alcohol.

F: THICK, full mouthfeel. Syrupy, milky consistency. low carbonation

O: Wow, this is a BIG beer with a strong flavor. Mostly dark fruits and big malty chocolate, toffee, coffee with a big alcoholic warming. Very nice but not for every taste. You have to be a fan of stouts to even consider this brew. Quite possible the heaviest beer I've ever had, almost to the point of being off-putting but not quite. I like it, but I'd only by this a bottle at a time.

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Photo of SGerrard
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Delightful aged brown ale poured from a bottle into a Teku glass. Tons of molasses and brown sugar that is immensely satisfying. I hadn't one in over a year and realized just how much I missed this beer!

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Photo of L0ne
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In fridge for an hour and then poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 6/15.

Pours almost black, with a creamy, tan, .75" head.

Smell is warm and inviting. Molasses, vanilla, alcohol, almost reminiscent of dark rum.

Taste follows, molasses sweetness, dark fruit, vanilla, chocolate, warming, dry and pleasantly boozy finish. Feels thick and coats the mouth with a lot of lingering flavor.

Overall a really tasty sipper, took me upwards of an hour to drink, enjoying every bit.

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Photo of Buck89
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery. Mahogany brown color with a smallish tan head. Enticing smells of oak, roasty malt and chocolate. Beautiful taste with generous heavy roasty malt with hints of coffee, oak, vanilla and chocolate. Full bodied but not overly sweet. Alcohol hidden dangerously well.

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Photo of qcghost
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap. Wonderful dark brown appearance. Strong alcohol aroma with notes of vanilla, brown sugar, and mild smoke. Tasted like a mix between a typical brown ale and bourbon. Oak, dark chocolate, caramel in the finish. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of jeffdr123
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark porter look with very little head and some mild lacing.
A toasty smell with chocolate and fruit. Smells lighter than it tastes.
Thick and a little syrupy, more like a porter than a typical brown ale.
All sorts of flavor going on here. Layer after layer makes it a sipper. You can taste the wood barrels and higher alcohol. Some flavors reminiscent of Jack Daniels. Plus malt and dark fruits. A good late night beer for relaxing by the TV.

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Photo of Bonis
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/18/12, consumed now. Has a very stout-like appearance with a small caramel colored head, spotty lacing. Aroma is of chocolate covered raisins/figs and a hint of vanilla. Tastes like booze soaked fruits and dark caramel malt; slight wood and bitter chocolate roast. Tasty stuff, but still pretty much a sipper at over two and a half years. Have two more bottles with the same date, so I'll try one again here in a year or so.

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Photo of m_hall
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Deep, dark coffee brown, almost black, completely opaque. Head is thin, chocolate-brown, and falls quickly to a film. Lacing is sparse.

Nose has prominent woody notes, vanilla, toasted malts, and alcohol, with smokey/spicy highlights. A very aromatic beer.

Flavors are very bold... big oak-like woody notes right up front from the aging in exotic Palo Santo wood vats. Beneath that there are deep roasted/bittersweet chocolate malt flavors, molasses, dark fruits and dried berries. Alcohol follows in, but not in an overbearing way. Finish is a lingering mix of spicy tones, almost like some red wines; smoke, blended with subtle earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is very rich, chewy, viscous and mouth-coating. The heaviness in texture combined with the high ABV (12%) places this one firmly into the category of a "sipper." The decent level of carbonation does give it just a touch of tingle on the palate.

A somewhat experimental beer from a company known for such things, this DFH offering was quite a discovery. It's classed as a brown ale here, though that's perhaps a bit misleading... think more along the lines of a Belgian Strong Dark or even an Imperial Stout and you're getting a better idea of what this is like. With the high ABV, this one should age well; I'm planning to put a few up for a while and see how it evolves. As it is, this is already a great beer for people looking for a big ale.

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Photo of Barracudas
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another excellent beer from Dogfish Head brewery! Palo Santo Marron has a very deep complex flavor, a big aroma, drinks smoothly and has a wonderful taste!

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Photo of GerryPendry
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black, very little tan head. Smells like fruit, wood, and alcohol. Complex flavors: roasted barley, cherry maybe? Dark chocolate, a little vanilla, boozy. Thick, viscous mouthfeel. Reminds me of a barleywine. Wow, what an "in your face" beer. There's a lot going on here, and in typical Dogfish Head fashion it makes no attempt to reign in any of it. The 12% abv is noticeable, but it works very well with all the other assertive flavors. An outstanding beer that defies classification, and one of my favorites in the Dogfish Head lineup. Highly recommended.

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Photo of October
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Booze, booze, followed up by some more booze. I got some slight dark fruity notes, but overwhelming just tasted like booze. I consumed about two months after bottling. Someone suggested that I age one, as the alcohol flavor fades over time. Will try that and re-visit.

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Photo of Dufmandinga
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little boozy (obviously) and slightly syrupy so had to dig it a lil for feel. Tons of rich flavor. Made for sipping but 2 bottles go down easy enough

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Photo of beergoot
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark brown hued body, nearly black; thick, creamy, dense light brown head; lots of clinging sheets of foam on the glass. Chocolate and cocoa aroma; vanilla; a touch of cinnamon. Rich milk chocolate flavor; mocha; roasted grains; boozy with a mellow bitterness. Thick, velvety mouthfeel; oily; and chewy; mostly sweet finish.

Eye-popping lusciousness imbued with mouthwatering chocolate sweetness makes this one incredible beer. The high ABV is hardly noticeable until the finish. Depth, balance and complexity all combine in making a very approachable, heavy hitting beer that is pure liquid wonder.

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Palo Santo Marron from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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