Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron

Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron

Rated 3.934 by BeerPals

Brewed by Dogfish Head Brewery

Milton, DE, United States

Style:  Strong Ale

12% Alcohol by Volume

50 International Bittering Units

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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 it's wood has been used in South American wine-making communities. This beer is a 12% abv, highly roasty, and malty brown ale aged on the Palo Santo wood. It was a huge hit at our Rehoboth Beach brewpub when first released in November of 2006, Palo went into full production at the end of 2007.

ID: 24752 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank222
Overall Percentile99.6
Style Rank8 of 799
Style Percentile99
Lowest Score2.3
Highest Score4.8
Average Score3.987
Weighted Score3.934
Standard Deviation0.480

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  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.9 5 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A dark brown with a beige head. Aroma contains some smokey notes with chocolate and coffee notes. A bit of nutmeg also. The flavor is sweet and rich with caramel, nutmeg, and chocolate. A burnt wood thing going on. Overall excellent beer.

  • FISHINGFAST 685 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    You want a mouth of malt that is black a hell this is the beer for you. The 12 Abv is not not noticeable except for the buzz. There is no evidence in the taste which is full and chewy. There is zero head no matter how fast you pour it.

  • ICHORM 144 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Malty as hell. It's thick and dark, really complex. Malt beverage, my butt. This is barley port. Mildly bitter, a touch sour, a pleasant vanilla, and the wood aging is great. Aroma reminds me a lot of a dry stout. I will say, I quite like the taste, and the mouthfeel is great, but the finish is a disappointment. Lingering lameness.

  • QATFISH 430 reviews
    rated 3.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Color of black coffee, served without a head. Sour coffee and vanilla aroma, tart and sweet, is repeated in the flavor: sweet and sour coffee with charred wood and alcohol mellowed by vanilla. Wish there had been more to it.

  • RICHSBEER 1960 reviews
    rated 2.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 2 | Overall: 3

    Poured a deep, dark brown with a very small dark brown head, quickly fading to a film and a thin but nice ringed collar. The aroma is of wood, sweet carmel, sweet vanilla, dark cherry, dark roasted plumb. The taste follows the aroma but is quite sweet and syrupy. The mouthfeel is heavy body and low carbonation with a dry wood finish. This beer is awful, I had to pour out the rest.

  • BEERDOG 1556 reviews
    rated 4.4 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    2010 edition from Brewery Creek; 12 oz bottle. Head was medium brown and quite foamy; left a nice ring. Body seriously dark brown. Powerful aroma with alcohol and malt. Sure this isn't a barleywine? Flavcour was fabulous, again with the alcohol and malt, as well as hints of coffee and dark chocolate, plus something "extra"...maybe the Palo Santo? Mouthfeel was just lovely, being rich and smooth. Not overly sweet at the finish. Now I've got wood, too.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Had two pints of this last march sitting on “The Porch” in Key West.Great time,great beer.Made me miss the sunset.Now in not such a glorious location I can review the bottle in front of me.Looks good in the glass.Very dark brown with a nice tan head which dissipates after a while.Aroma of black cherries and wood.Tastes sweet,very fruity with a hint of burnt coffee(yum).Mouthfeel,thick and slick.One of the best.Love the alcohol burn too.Still a great beer.

  • DOGFOODMAN 373 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 5

    Dogfish Head, wonderful brand, wonderful brewery, but this brew is just not there. Good body and aroma, but the general flavor while complex, just seemed to clash and messed up the overall enjoy of this beverage.

  • IABEERGUY 371 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This beer pours a brown color with a small tan head. Lacing sticks to my glass. Smell of wood, caramel, and vanilla. Sweet brown sugar taste throughout the beer. Very smooth and easy drinking, the 12% ABV can sneak up on you.

  • SLAYER02348 223 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Wow. This one blew me away. Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of molasses and malt. Flavor is the same, maybe some fruit present? ALOT going on here taste wise. Great balance, great finish. Not at all what I would have expected.

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