Beer Wednesday – Palo Santo Marron
Happy Beer Wednesday!
This week, I’m elated to be reviewing Dogfish Head’s remarkable brown ale, Palo Santo Marron. This double brown ale, while brewed in an ale style, is way more like a barley-wine than just a common brown ale.
Rich and flavorful, with molasses sweetness and a full flavored malt, this beer is so special in part because it is aged in Paraguayan Palo Santo wooden casks, the largest in use in the United States since Prohibition. The casks provide some of the richness that you often only find in a liquor.
The Palo Santo is full bodied and rich, and despite the total lack of head or lacing, the nose had hints of raisins, vanilla, and hops, but with very little bitterness. At 12% ABV, however, this is most definitely a sipping beer, and not a session brew.
Overall, this beer knocked my socks off. It was rich, full-bodied, and so smooth, that I felt bad just drinking one, and then came ti my senses when I realized that drinking a second would have been a bit of a waste.
I am happy to admit that Dogfish Head’s Palo Santo Marron has earned a 4.5/5. What could have been better? I’m not too sure, but I’m afraid to go around handing out perfect scores… Call me paranoind.
If you see a four-pack of this amazing beer, however, grab it. It’s worth every penny.