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Old 02-01-2010, 07:12 AM   #1
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Default Dogfish Head's Palo Santo Marron Brown Ale

As your run-of-the-mill 12% ABV "brown ales" go, this one was the first letdown I've had from Sam & the Dogfish Head elite. Psychotically syrup-ey, very little head buildup. Aroma & flavor reeks of a hefty alcohol, bit of wood & what I could only classify as fermented apricot & burnt hazelnut characters. Completely unexpected (kudos for that), but definitely on my do-not-buy again list. Way too hefty, thick & medicinal for my taste.

Yes I know this isn't BA...

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Old 02-01-2010, 12:06 PM   #2
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Did you have this out of a keg or bottle?

I live just down the road from one of the DFH Alehouses, and they typically have this on tap... I've had it there and enjoyed it, however I also bought a sixer of it and had some similar thoughts to yours.

I was at the DFH brewery in Milton, DE about a month ago for a tour, and the barrel that they age this stuff in is pretty incredible, and the wood does have a very unique scent.

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Old thread but I thought It was pretty good. I'd like to know their malt bill to try and recreate it. Of course I'd skip the wood aging part but I thought the flavors were fairly complex.

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I'm curious how long that huge custom built barrel that they use for this beer will continue to actually add any character to this beer? Most oak-barrels are only good for a few uses before they become neutral... I realize this is not an oak barrel but I would assume that it will eventually become neutral as well? Any thoughts?

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I'm curious how long that huge custom built barrel that they use for this beer will continue to actually add any character to this beer? Most oak-barrels are only good for a few uses before they become neutral... I realize this is not an oak barrel but I would assume that it will eventually become neutral as well? Any thoughts?
From what I heard they blast the insides of the tank with something erosive to expose new wood to the beer.
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the first time i ever tried a bottle of PSM shortly after it's first release, it completely blew me away. I talked it up to all my beer buddies and several tried it when they found some. some loved it and some were very underwhelmed. tried another bottle a while back and still liked it but it wasn't nearly as enjoyable as the first few I had. Aging, temp, differences from batch to batch, but lots of different experiences and opinions on this one

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I really enjoy this beer; the bottles I pour have always had a nice head on them. I def get the aromatic alcohols but dig this brew. The WWS and 120min were much more syrupy IMO.

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