I've featured another Dogfish Head beer only once before, but crazily they have some of my top ten favorite beers (one day I'll feature this one that I adore so, so much). It's actually been a really long time since I've had the Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, but it certainly didn't disappoint.
The Palo Santo is an unfiltered brown ale that comes in at a high 12% alcohol level. Brown ales are one of my favorite types of beers. The beer is aged in Palo Santo wood. Dogfish Head boasts that the caramel & vanilla flavors are contributed to this wood. The barrels are constructed from the Palo Santo, meaning "holy tree," wood that comes from Paraguay. Apparently this wood is also used to build wine barrels used in South America as well.
Enough about the details, let's talk about the beer. The beer is a rich, dark brown with a creamy caramel head. This brew definitely hits the mark as a much...richer version of a brown ale. It's malty with not too many hops coming through. I didn't get a lot of those caramel and vanilla flavors, but let's chock that up to my flavor-challenged palate I've mentioned.
Even though I didn't get those dessert-type flavors from this beer, I had no problem pairing it up with some chocolate! I received this Ghirardelli chocolate as part of a giveaway package from Stephanie. I am not into chocolate that much, but you guys...this is delicious! It was a great pairing that brought out some of the sweeter flavors within the beer. Even if you don't try the beer, try the chocolate!
What is one of your top ten favorite beers?