DBB – Dogfish Head, Palo Santo Marron

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Dogfish Head – Palo Santo Marron

12% abv (I know a high alcohol content is important to you)

Palo Santo Marron is one of Dogfish Head’s newest beers.  It’s a very dark brown beer (almost a stout), it’s sweet but not too sweet, which is balanced by a dry spiciness. The spicy flavors come from being aged in Palo Santo wood. Palo Santo (Bulnesia sarmientoi, related to Frankincense) is a very fragrant wood, and is also one of the hardest woods in the world (it’s so dense that it sinks).

Dogfish Head describes the beer as:

“An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this beer comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted. Palo Santo means “holy tree” and it’s wood has been used in South American wine-making communities.

This beer is a 12% abv, highly roasty, and malty brown ale aged on the Palo Santo wood. It was a huge hit at our Rehoboth Beach brewpub when first released in November of 2006, so it’s coming back… into full production!

At 10,000 gallons each, these are the largest wooden brewing vessels built in America since before Prohibition.”

They’ve also made “Take Time,” a short film they released with the first full-production batch of Palo Santo Marron in February 2008.

Dogfish Head (described as “off-centered ales for off-centered people”) was Delaware’s first brewpub when it opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach in 1995. Since then they’ve focused on making interesting beers with unusual ingredients.