Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron

type: brown ale
origin: Milton, DE
price: $4.50/12oz
abv: 12%
NSP: 9.5
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I think the wood aging had one purpose here: take an undrinkable 12% brown ale and make it drinkable.   The genius behind Dogfish is they find the most obscure shit to include in the brew process.  Here, it's the 10,000 gallon barrels constructed from Paraguayan Palo Santo wood -- sure sounds off-centered to me.

But I don't much like this, and I think it's giving me a headache. Really there's just too much alcohol and the lack of carbonation makes you feel like your drinking sugary booze water (think flat keg beer two weeks after that college party, except expensive).  OK, it's not really like that, and granted there are "caramel and vanilla" flavors going on, but it ain't enough, son. The NSP is high though, so if you enjoy wood aged stuff, give it a shot.

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