When I first heard about this beer I was very excited to try it. So when I saw it at the Whole Foods Wall of Beer I had to grab a 4-pack even though I was not in beer drinking mode.
So let's start off with the flowery prose of the Dogfish Head website:
An unfiltered, unfettered, unprecedented brown ale aged in handmade wooden brewing vessels. The caramel and vanilla complexity unique to this beer comes from the exotic Paraguayan Palo Santo wood from which these tanks were crafted. Palo Santo means "holy tree" and it's wood has been used in South American wine-making communities.
Wow. How could you not want to try that. Oh, did I mention it's 12% ABV? Interested now?
Palo Santo Marron pours and almost headless dark, dark brown. It's aroma is that of a rich porter. The first taste is that of bitter chocolate. I do taste a bit of caramel. But i'm not feeling the vanilla.
This is the very definition of a dessert beer. In fact it would probably be very tasty over a premium vanilla ice cream.
A good beer, but not one I would drink a lot of. If you're looking for something interesting to drink after a fine meal, I would highly recommend Palo Santo Marron.