Dogfish Head “Palo Santo Marron” Review (#047)

Dogfish Head
Palo Santo Marron
Milton, DE

From The Brewery:

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.
At 10,000 gallons, our Palo Tank is the largest wooden brewing vessel built in America since before Prohibition (and we have two same-sized Oak tanks right next to it).

Original Release Date: 12/2007
Availability: Year Round
Food Pairing Recommendations: Steak, chorizzo sausage, cajun cuisine, farmhouse cheddar
Glassware Recommendation: Pint
Tasting Notes: caramel, vanilla, paraguayan palo santo wood
Wine Comparable: Oak Aged Cabernet
ABV: 12%


Appearance: It pours heavy and opaque brown/black. An even thin creamy head appeared, and lasted most of the glass. This is one dense drink.

Smell: A strong smelling beer; big dark chocolate and earthy wood that one assumes is Palo Santo Marron. Sweet esters and heat.

Taste: Huge flavor bomb! Roasty, dark earth flavors, with molasses and burnt sugars. Very sweet and complex, with many flavors of wood and earth. Reminded me of a few Scottish ales I have tried.

Mouthfeel: Thick, heavy, viscous and coating of the palate. You know you are drinking an extreme beer.

Drinkability: Low; this is a big beer that packs a punch; I am used to high gravity brews, and this one throws some weight into you. A good one to share with someone.

Notes: I bought this bottle 2 months before I drank it. I was saving it to try on Father’s Day. Not only am I a father-to-be so it is my first of many Father’s Days to come, but also my father is a wood artist, who makes pens and other fine pieces; so I wanted to split a bottle with him. A great beer for a great day!


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