Beer of the Week #10 Palo Santo Marron

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery's Palo Santo Marron

From the bottle:

An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this ale comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted. At 10,000 gallons each, these are the largest wooden brewing vessels built in America since before Prohibition. It’s all very exciting. We have wood. Now you do too.

From the notes:

Thick head, tannish quickly dissipated, dark colored almost caramel reminds me of root beer. Smells of cut wood with subtle candy sweetness. You can taste the alcohol in this beer. Reminds me of a stout, toasted molasses, malts, and spiced wood tastes. Bittersweet finish.

This is a uniquely flavored beer. I’ve never tasted anything like it. While I was drink and taking notes I kept finding myself searching for words to describe the complex smells an tastes I was experiencing… Woody and spiced came up a lot. But I think both of those words fail to encapsulate what is going on with Dogfish Head’s Palo Santo Marron. In the end I don’t think this beer is for me, despite the taste I don’t see myself drinking this beer regularly in the future. I do recommend that everyone give it a try though!

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Author: falselogic

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