graham515 (536) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 Pours a DARK brown into the glass with a nice brown head. Aroma is very rich and full of chocolate, wine, and plum or some other dark fruit. Flavor is huge and smooth across the palate. First you get the obvious dose of chocolate and roasted barley followed by a slight tartness that helps it go down warm and smooth. Very little alcoholic burn, but just enough of a warmth to let you know its there. This is a truly impressive brew with a lot of similar characteristics to an imperial stout. After letting it warm a little bit Iím starting to pick up some vanilla and rum like flavors.
The only bad thing I can say about this beer is that its summer time and my apartment has no air conditioner, but can I really fault the beer for that? I think not.
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from WLV Liquors. Pours a nice dark brown with red edges. Aroma is beautiful is Roasted malts, molassess, wood, pinot noir and candied suger. Floavor is rich and complex with roasted malt, molasses, deep red wine flavors and nice woody undertones. Mouthfeel is still rich and creamy. This may have been my wifes favorite craft beer she has tried so far due to red wine qualities. I was unsure whether or not to purchase this brew at first but will make sure I stock up to see how it ages. Well done DFH.
Baumgartner (122) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured to glass. Pours an oily black with rich brown head atop the brew. Smells of toasted malts, molasses, and a mild yeasty aroma because of the bottle conditioning. Very smooth for the high ABV. A very full bodied brew that envelops the mouth adn tounge in its complex goodness. Excellent thick brown ale for those that love the style.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black with minimal beige head..aroma of a roasted brown ale, nuts, vanilla, scotch and wood...immediate alcohol in the flavor, but doesnt detract from its complexity..caramel, roasted chocolate, wood...very rich and somewhat similar to an imperial stout...a fine beer from a fine brewer
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
How sweet it is, the beauty of a gifted beer. Even sweeter, is the beauty of a Good gifted beer, one which I cannot wait to pop open, pour, and savor. Such was the case with the late-arriving but always good birthday gift from my sister.
I had heard much rumblings and murmurs about new wood barrels at the Dogfish Head brewery and new beers that were being berthed in their depths. It is with great anticipation and salivation that I pop open my Palo Santo Marron bottle and pour her deep brown-black liquid bread into my glass.
Wow. Deep brown-black she is, and with a nice tight cappuccino hued head on top which fades into a similarly colored ring around my glass. I get rich earthy, woody, aromas in the nose. a delicate array of vanilla, a hint of sweet caramel, and a bit of a crisp citrus zing hiding in the background. Overall, a woody aroma, almost reminiscent of a finely aged single-malt scotch or sipping rum. I take a quaff. Thick, viscous, lusciously earthy with tons of vanilla, wood, and caramel. A clean body for being such a heavy beer, leaving a light hoppy citrus zing in my mouth while the alcohol warms my throat and body. creamy. Sweet. Woody. Even more hints of vanilla and caramel, maybe a wee bit of licorice peeking through. Such a complex beer and yet so easy to drink. As Palo Santo warms, opening up more of herself to me, even more alcohol sweetness rises in the nose, almost reminding me of a finely aged scotch. A smooth blend in the body, she coats my palate more as the initial lingering hop zing fades and more wood-aged dark malty brown ale character shows.
Itís amazing what a little bit of wood aging can do for a beer. Luscious. Complex. Woody vanilla notes. Palo Santo Marron will age well, and I am definitely looking forward to how she will taste a year or two from now. I am extremely thrilled that Dogfish Head has decided to make this a year-long permanent brew. Excellent.
johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a black with brown edging and a thin tan head that laces. Sweet aroma of dark fruit, chocolate, smokeyness, and a touch of alcohol. Taste is similar with no real evidence of the wood besides the smoked taste, reminds me of a sweet imperial stout. Big body, soft carb, light syrupy texture, and warm sweet feel. A great end of the evening beer. Nice complex big beer with depth.
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown body, thin/medium tan head. Nose of cocoa puffs, dry chocolate, and toast, with vinous characteristics and prickly alcohol heat. Rich, vinous body with characteristics of red grape, toast, licorice, bitter chocolate, and toffee, with just the right alcohol presence to make this a slow, enjoyable sipper. Any flavors associated with the wood this beer aged on were subtle. Crisp, firm mouthfeel carries the complex body perfectly. Well done!
thill25 (231) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from draft at GOBF ’08 (rating notes)...Deep, opaque, cola color w/ a frothy, tan head that left a considerable amount of lacing. The nose was golden! A terrific mix of vanilla, coffee, and toffee and some vinous fruits. The flavor was a ridiculous mix of coffee, chocolate, alcohol, vanilla, oak, and maybe some earthiness. The palate is thick, creamy, a little sweet, but not overpowering and leaved a mild, lingering bitter-sweet finish. This beer is complex, strong, and and excellent sipper!
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Bottle. Fruity sweet aroma. Didnít immediately get the strong smell of the Palo Santo. Black in color. Held it up to a fairly bright light and no color lit up. As the head settles, it now looks like a cappucino. Full flavor that changes about 4 times in the mouth. Starts full and round, goes clear in the middle, and then a powerful end/aftertaste. Bitter left overs. Not the beer where you go Mmmm when itís gone. Leftover head paints the side of the class. Feels the same in the back of my mouth.
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2008
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out deep dark reddish opaque brown, the head is nice and thick tan, although it disappears in a hot second. The aroma is obvious a mile away, and has hints of leather, sweet vanilla, and a crisp alcohol. The taste starts with a sharp sweetness on the tongue, and the the daork toasted malt with a bitter chocolate and maybe cherries come out. I tfinishes with a mild burn on the middle of the tongue/ Delicious. The alchohol is obvious and warming, but doesn’t at all taste like 12%.