Palo Santo Marron (Dogfish Head Brewing, Milton, DE)
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, so it's coming back... into full production!
At 10,000 gallons each, these are the largest wooden brewing vessels built in America since before Prohibition.Smitty's Review: Sampled at 50 degrees. Pours a deep coffee brown, almost stout like, with a one finger brown head that dissipates to a ring. Very inviting nose of cocoa powder, dark roast, and wood mulch. Short initial flavor of nuts, molasses, and roasted malts that quickly transitions to aggressive plummy and red wine flavors. Semi-dry and oaky finish is warming with a strong vodka like alcohol presence (not quite as aggressive as the initial draft version). This is a strong beer and not recommended for the pedestrian palate. I think this may be a beer worth cellaring, and could use some time to mellow.
Recommended Food Pairing: I think this would be a good after dinner sipper or night cap beer. This is a tad too strong to pair with a main course in my opinion. This could pair well with a good dark chocolate cake.
Where To Buy: Midtown Wine and Spirits