Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron - Beer Review

At 12 percent, this beer is ready to knock a strong man down. Is the Better Beer Authority man enough for this strong brown ale which is aged in a barrel made of Palo Santo wood from South America. Sam Calagione, brewer from the TV show "Brewmasters", presents us with a complex and challenging beer that may be a little too much for Joe 6-Pack.

Partial Transcript: "On Tap -- Palo Santo Marron

Hi. I'm James Knott and today we are talking about Palo Santo Marron from the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton Delaware. This year round release was first available in 2007.

It is 12% ABV, 50 IBUs and unfiltered. The brewery recommends drinking it from a pint glass. The name comes from the fact that the beer is aged in a 10,000 gallon brewing vessel made from Palo Santo wood from Paraguay. They say that the wood imparts notes of caramel and vanilla to the flavor.

In Spanish, "palo santo" means "holy tree" and "marron" means "brown". Dogfish Head describes it as a brown ale that is "highly roasty and malty".

Q&A Is Joe 6-pack going to like this beer? Does the Palo Santo aging make the flavor unique?

Palo Santo Marron gets a (???) on the BBA scale. What wood do you think is best for aging beer? Let us know in the comment section.

Thanks for watching. I'm James Knott and this is your Better Beer Authority."


  1. hey guys, im new to your videos, but i really enjoy your reviews. you do a great job. as for this beer in particular, it doesnt sound like something that i would enjoy, but i am interested in dogfish head.

    ive been hearing a lot about this brewery lately, and am going to try to get my hands on some of the 60 and 90 min IPAs soon if i can. do you guys have any more suggestions? thanks, and keep the reviews coming!

  2. I am a big fan of the Dogfish Head Raison D'etre. It's a good beer to sip on by the fire on a cold night. The 60 and 90 Minute IPAs are definitely DFH staple beers though.

  3. i have tried one dogfish head beer before. the punkin ale. it was a long time ago, and i might feel differently if i tried it again now, but i really hated it the first time. in fact, i couldnt even finish the beer.

    im looking forward to trying the IPAs though. and ill give the raison d'etre a try sometime soon as well.

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