Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron (2016 re-review)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20ChadPolenz (1714) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2016

2015 BJCP Category: 33A Wood-Aged Beer (base style: 19C American Brown Ale)

AROMA: Sweet cherry-like aroma of wood and vanilla. Strong dark malt presence; no hops; some alcohol. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque dark black hue (rather than brown proper). Moderate dark tan foamy head leaves decent lacing. 2/3

FLAVOR: Standard brown ale base of dark malts with no roasted/burnt flavors. Slight caramel and nutty flavors throughout with raisin and other dried fruit presence, too. Hop presence is quite strong due to freshness of bottle. Hops provide earthy flavor and assertive bitterness. Wood emerges on the finish with a slight vanilla flavor in the aftertaste. Alcohol is mostly a background note. 16/20

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied with a smooth, soft texture. Medium carbonation. Doesn’t feel sticky nor slick. The 12% ABV alcohol warmth is present, but not distracting. 4/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An impressive brewing feat of an imperialized brown ale and wood-aging. This is not nearly as sweet and complex as I remember. Might be better with some age. 8/10


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