Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Palo Santo Marron

*Guest post by Tim*
With some taste experiences it is hard to work out whether you love them or hate them.
For me preserved ginger, Marmite (although other yeast extract products would probably apply) and pickled chillis are in this category.
So is Dogfish Head's Palo Santo Marron.
It is a quite astonishing American beer. It has the maltyness of a souped-up Scottish 80/-. It is aged in wooden casks (exotic Paraguayan wood no less so the label tells me). This adds vanilla, smoke and, um, wood. Underlying it all is a fruity sweetness.
The feel in the mouth is almst oily and it comes in at a toppy 12% ABV.
This is a pungent heady brew, the like of which I have never drunk before. But is it pleasant? I just can’t decide.

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