Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron

Palo Santo Marron is almost like an out of body experience. I don’t have it often because it is high octane at 12% ABV. It really is almost more like wine than beer. I know that Sam Calagione thinks of making beer more like making wine and reads wine trade magazines to stay ahead of what is happening in the wine business. At it’s base, this is an American Brown Ale. A style I would generally consider somewhat boring. However, this one really gets kicked up several notches by being aged on Paraguayan Palo Santo wood. The wood is often used in wine making in South America. It imports strong notes of vanilla and caramel, which clearly come through in this beer. Both in the aroma and flavor. It pours a dark brown with a small off white head. It is a little thick and a little chewy. However, it is literally like drinking velvet. It tastes almost like a vanilla, caramel milkshake. There are strong alcohol notes, similar to bourbon. It has a whopping 12% ABV, but the beer is not overwhelmed with it. I love this beer. I give it five out of five proper pints.

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