BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle and served in my Duval snifter: Pours a deep brown hue with a fading frothy tan head and some lace. The aroma has notes of raisin, banana, vanilla, caramel, anise, leather, wood and a vinous red grape vapour. The taste starts with a layer of twangy fruit over a base of sweet malt. I also detect some light spice and earthy yeast character. The finish is moderately woody and ashy malt. The mouth feel is shockingly smooth compared to many of the DFH new releases lately, only a light amount of alcohol and warming. Oily and soft palate works well with the flavor profile. I really enjoyed this one and it should be fun to see how a few of these age. Worthy of a try IMO.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 12, 2010 12oz bottle, bottled on 2/11/08. Pours deep brown, nearly opaque, with a medium size tan head. Fairly sweet aroma, with vanilla, oak, chocolate and cherry. Coffee and chocolate come through in the flavor, and are joined by roasted malt, dark fruit, wood, pepper and vanilla. Long, bittersweet chocolate finish, with some alcohol sticking around warming the palate. Great with dessert.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle, thanks to wetherel. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with some orange at the extremities and a tight tan head. I pick up the sweet roastiness of the aroma as Iím pouring it, without even lifting the glass. When I get my nose in there I get some chocolate, vanilla, yeast, earth, tobacco, and cedar. The flavor is rich and tannic at first sip. Very malty, lots of chocolate, licorice, vanilla, and raisin notes. Thereís a definite wooden tone to the finish. I donít know what I should expect from palo santo wood, but the flavor reminds me of cedar or juniper, except far more rounded. Lots of vanilla in the aftertaste, with just a hint of nuts. Once in a while I pick up a chewy, yeasty note. The alcohol is very well masked, especially for 12%. Mouthfeel is on the viscous side. I could drink a lot of this... dangerous stuff. And interesting, too.
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - APR 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark opaque reddish brown with a thin but persistent ring of beige head. Nose has that typical dogfish fruity yeast character, a full vinous scent matched by woody roasted notes and sweet vanilla. Suprisingly light on the palate but slightly syrupy towards the finish, starting with deep cabernet-like berries, bananas, and sooty smoke before progressing towards a rooty, licorice, metallic bitterness in the warming finish. Alcohol is quite well hidden. A well-made beer, just not a personal fave.
henrylloyd (3) - Lloyd Harbor, New York, USA - APR 1, 2008 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was volunteering at the Nassau Spring Beer fest when the guy at next booth over handed me two of these bottles, which I shared with the other volunteers. I was impressed with the flowing syrupy taste that really made lunch taste better. The wood and ice cream tastes stood out beneath the dark brown malts. I could have easily had a couple more of these.
HailSquishface (16) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - APR 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark black with a small head that disappears leaving a small ring around the glass.
Smells mostly of banana esters from the yeast, not much else going on. Maybe a hint of caramel.
Taste is somewhat sweet. Hints of wood, vanilla, banana, with a dry woody finish.
Well carbonated and very thick.
This is surprisingly smooth and a great beer but I probably wonít drink it that often. Iím glad I only bought one 4 pack.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My bottle must have been different then others,I got a simple wood and grain aroma with hints of melon,very little alcohol detected for a 12%, there is some banana coming through,taste whoa, is that odd,strange dry malty wood taste,where the hell did all those unfermentables go,some hop in the finish,no an ounce of sweetness, merely a smooth tolerable high alcohol brew
Naka (693) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown color with a light brown head. Doesnít last long. Nose of cherries, bananas, vanilla, molasses, and alcohol. Also has an interesting woody characteristic. Spicy caramel coffee flavor with anise, a banana soaked wood, and charcoal. Some dark fruit as well. Has a decent creamy / oily texture with a lot of sweetness.
rajendra82 (914) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another of the unusual formulations to come out of Dogfish Head, Palo Santo Marron poured out closest in looks to a Porter. The body was dark brown coming out of the bottle, but in the glass, it looked pretty black. The head was quite large and settled down to a three plus finger layer of craggy foam. The smell was quite nondescript for a beer with such a complex origin. All I could smell was a little toffee, chocolate, and chicory. The taste was much more typical of wood barrel aged beers than the smell. I got a dash of vanilla, some sweet gummy flavors, a little chocolate, and a sour finish. I was somewhat disappointed that the alcohol was not hidden at all. I think this has some rough edges still which beg to be smoothed out by more aging. The mouthfeel was creamy and oily and the body was a little thicker than I was anticipating. Not a bad foray into wood aged beers, but more time is needed to mellow this baby out.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out a nice slightly reddish hued dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma is earthy with some caramel and wood. Flavor is very complex, vanilla, roasted malt, slight chocolate, caramel and wood. Leathery notes here and the finish. I liked this one.