Dogfishhead Palo Santo Marron. Malt Beverage Aged in wood barrels. Milton, Delaware. 12% ABV.
Served chilled from a 12 oz bottle and poured into a brandy snifter due to the high ABV. Pours a very dark and opaque black color. There is very little head with only a bit of tan lacing around the top. I tried pretty hard to create a head, even pouring from 6 inches above the glass but was unsuccessful. The smell is quite boozy and oaky with an earthy hint to it. The carbonation is on the medium-light side but there is a medium to heavy bottle. The consistency is almost syrupy, but feels light for such a full bodied beer. There are definite hints of caramel and vanilla as well as an oaky-smokey flavor coming from the barrel aging. Aftertaste is heavy on vanilla and alcohol.
For a 12% alcohol beer, this is surprisingly drinkable. This is no typical brown ale, but a brown ale on steroids. Another phenomenal beer from Dogfishhead and cementing the reason why it's one of the top craft breweries in this country.