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Palo Santo Marron Brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Palo Santo Marron Brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Milton, DE

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 its wood has been used in South American wine-making communities.


This highly roasty and malty brown ale clocks in at 12% abv. A huge hit at our Rehoboth Beach brewpub when first released in November 2006, Palo went into full production at the end of 2007.

At 10,000 gallons, our Palo tank is the largest wooden brewing vessel built in America since before Prohibition (and we have two same-sized oak tanks right next to it).


Beer Review from Beer Advocate:
Appearance - Pours a deep dark brown, nearly opaque. Forms only a thin cap of chocolate brown head that dissipates almost immediately. Left only a single little leg of lacing on the side of the glass.

Aroma - Big dark fruit aroma. Cherry, blackberry, raisin, notes of brown sugar and vanilla. Faint alcohol presence.

Taste - Starts off roasty with a strong brown sugar sweetness. Big dark fruity flavors follow and provide a pleasing vinous quality. hop bitterness makes an appearance before a lingering, sweet finish. slight alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, medium carbonation, chewy, significant but not overpowering alcohol warming.

Overall - A pretty fantastic brew. Definitely not drinking more than one bottle a night at 12% though. seems a bit hot when it's fresh, but at about a year and a half old, it has mellowed out just fine. More beer should be aged on palo santo wood. highly recommended.

   Sam Calagione - Owner and Brewer of Dogfish Head BreweryDogFish Head Treehouse
The Start of Dogfish Head, America's Smallest Brewery
The story of Dogfish Head began in June of 1995 when we opened Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, the first state's first brewpub opened in the resort beach community of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The plan was to bring original beer, original food, and original music to the area.

Not only was Dogfish Head Delaware’s first brewpub, it was the smallest commercial brewery in America. Our very first batch, Shelter Pale Ale, was brewed on a system which essentially was three little kegs with propane burners underneath. Brewing 12–gallon batches of beer for a whole restaurant proved to be more than a full time job. When the doors to the pub first opened, we brewed three times a day, five days a week! The one benefit to brewing on such a small system was the ability to try out a myriad of different recipes. We quickly got bored brewing the same things over and over – that’s when we started adding all sorts of  weird ingredients and getting kind of crazy with the beers!

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