The Brewscale Score
APPEARANCE - 9
AROMA - 9.4
TASTE - 9.5
10 is perfection, and is almost unattainable. Anything below a 6 is undrinkable.
There is nothing better than when someone has a bottle of beer and says, “Here take this home and try it.” And when it is a beer that I’ve never had before, it is even better. This time, it is a beer brew crafted by Dogfish Head called Palo Santo Marron.
The bottle states that it is a brown ale. It is unfiltered and aged in 10,000 gallon handmade brewing vessels with wood from Paraguay called Palo Santo. When I poured it into a glass, it has a black color and has a dark clarity to it. The head is large, foamy dark brown in color. I didn’t get a lot of lacing on the glass.
The first sip of this ale has a strong presence of alcohol and a malty sweetness. This is then quickly followed with flavors of slight chocolate, strong vanilla and dried fruit. The alcohol taste is not overpowering and is controlled to the point that you don’t realize that the ABV is high. The full flavors of the beer take over and help tone down the alcohol. Palo Santo Marron has a strong malt character and is a full-bodied brew.
This is one of those beers that is perfect to sip on in front of a fire. This is a great beer and one that I will have to have again.
ABV = 12.0%