muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 8x12 oz bottles consumed over the course of the month of October, most from a Duvel glass at near room temperature.....the tight-bubbled light caramel head recedes moderately quickly atop a deep chocolate, thick, opaque body, typically leaving very little in the way of lace, though it tends to congeal thickly when swirled enough....the aroma is....just absolute nirvana: the most intense marzipan, inflected by toasted almonds, coconut, deep cocoabutter; hints of port and rosewater, as I dig deeper and oh my have I dug deeper into this one, is this as worthy of digging into as anything, magisterial, tremendous....I remember being so worried, the first time I cracked one of these open, and experienced this divine perfume, wondering if the quality could possibly carry through on the palate, and was overjoyed -- and astonished -- to find that it did, a darker and more bitter, even caustic if drunk too quickly espresso-Scotch burn that lasts as long as I can bear it, continuing and deepening as more sips are taken, sips turning into gulps as I cannot drink slowly, cannot forbear to quaff it as if it were the blood of angels....and like an angel, its kiss is soft, delicate, yet unforgettable.
I don’t feel like quibbling here. Though I could never be satisfied with just one kind of beer, one flavor profile, one style ... Palo Santo Marron does everything it can do in its own particular style and profile, perfectly. Impossibly joy-bringing.
bpreo (1544) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aged in a barrel made of Paraguan wood. I really love how strong this beer is.
Lizardking3 (91) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Super dark. Strong booziness and lots of raisins. Goes down nicely with those dark fruit tones and woodiness.
Darkmagus82 (872) - - AUG 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 9-12-12-
Poured from bottle into snifter
Appearance – Pours a nearly black color with a small one finger tan head. The head fades quite fast to leave a light level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is sweet and boozy. A strong dark fruit aroma of raisin, grape, and prune are big and bold matched only by a good wiff of alcohol. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter aromas of a woody nature as well as some smells of vanilla and some roasted malt and chocolate. Overall quite robust and delicious.
Taste – The beer is not as sweet as would have been detected from the nose. While not as sweet as expected it is as boozy as would be expected from the nose. The taste begins with a lightly fruit sweetened taste with a big roasted malt and a dark bready taste. As the taste moves on, a woody and oaky flavor comes to the tongue with some lighter tastes of vanilla and a bourbon like alcohol taste. While the alcohol is lighter in the middle of the taste it gains strength as the flavors move on. In the end the alcohol is rather strong; leaving a warming and light oaky bourbon burn on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The beer is thick and creamy in body with a lower to medium level of carbonation. Its thick body suits well the very warming nature of the beer.
Overall – Pretty boozy but it is nice and warming and has some wonderful flavors. This is definitely a sipping beer.
nataskaos (3) - - AUG 4, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Could be the best smelling beer of all time. Great up front malt and fruit tastes. Love the lingering sweetness. This is a new favorite for me. Too bad I can’t get it all of the time.
rayaron (90) - ISRAEL - AUG 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at American Strong Ale tasting at Beer&Beyond, Tel Aviv. Dark black with low quickly diminishing brown head. Unique floral aroma, soapy, woody, smoked, very rich. Very sweet flavor, floral, soapy, woody, date honey, vanilla, chocolate, notes of coffee, balanced. Oily texture. Light carbonation. Full body. Sweet coffee aftertaste.
TET (1603) - FINLAND - AUG 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very dark brown beer with a quite weak and beige head. The aroma is unique, complex and powerfull, great. Liquirice, dark fruits, aromatic wood, nuts and chocolate. Taste has rich and balanced malts, some caramell and liquirice, aromatic wood. Almost full bodied, easy to drink, nice. Alcohol cannot taste and it’s gives only the strenght and richness, great. Very unique beer, where the complex flavours mix to nice balance. Enjoyable. Complex. Good.
solidfunk (3842) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely good. Great mix smoke with some roast and a nice dose of citrus hops. Dark chocolate and light booze. Medium bitter finish. Pours murky brown with decent head and lacing l. Tap at Rehoboth Beach brewpub.
ronaldtheriot (1219) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dogfish Head Santo Marron has a thin, cream-colored head, a extremely dark-brown (essentially black) appearance, with noticeable, fierce bubbles streams at the side of the glass. There is a lacing sheen left behind. Aroma is super-sweet, full, syrupy, and of alcohol. Taste is of dark-roasted, very sweet, syrupy barley malt, a background wood note, subdued hop bitterness, and even molasses, I think. Mouthfeel is rather heavy, with an underlying chalkiness (which I perceive as a flaw). Dogfish Head Santo Marron finishes mostly wet and very boozy. RJT
veronneaupy (120) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Une brown de luxe! Un nez de bonbons a la réglisse noire, pomme compotées, d'alcool et de sucre. Le goût est tellement riche et enveloppant. Des goûts amère de chocolat se développe en bouche. On sent aussi l'alcool et le sucre. La finale est ronde et persistante. On sent plus a la fin la torréfaction des grains. Une belle surprise d'un ami !
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mhanc (3) - Magnolia, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet, dark chocolate flavor. Nice cover for the abv. On tap at Lowe’s foods. Very nice overall.