Saturday, January 1, 2011

Palo Santo Maron

Brewer: Dogfish Head Brewery
Style: American Brown Ale
ABV: 12%!!!
Country: USA, Delaware

I do love me some Dogfish. This is one of their Brown Ales that has been aged in wooden barrels to impart lots of flavors.

Poured a dark, dark black. No hint of brown around the edges. Plenty of dark brown head lingered a long time.

Mild aroma, some alcohol and some woodiness to it.

Stout like in taste, lots of toasted malts, less coffee flavors than a standard stout. Caramel and chocolate. Plenty of wood in the finish. An ale sweetness is present as well. Puckeringly bitter, and finishes with a wave of alcohol. At 12%, I'm surprised that this isn't more prominent. Interesting mix. The thick body, light carbonation, and dark color all scream stout, but the stout flavors are more subdued with the sweet characteristics of a lighter ale mixed in. The wooden barrel aging certainly shines through giving this a nice smokiness throughout. Another unique entry from the guys at Dogfish Head. B+

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