Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is one of the leading exponents of extreme beer and craft brewing in the world, and its founder Sam Calagione is treated with deep respect by the micro-brewing community as a whole. In the Palo Santo Marron he has created a giant of a beer, that offers a wealth of complexity that rivals a good fortified wine. It is fantastically full-bodied with notes on the nose that remind me of a Malmsey Madeira. The palate is full of rich caramel and molasses with big hints of licorice, and deep undertones of vanilla. The finish is long, roasted, bitter sweet with a touch of minerality and perhaps a hop or two fighting to be heard! This is a beer that should be sipped and savoured as a digestif or accompanying a strong, aged, real cheddar cheese. This proves what can be done with malt, hops, water and yeast, (brewed in the exotic South American Palo Santo wood), and it shows that beer can be just as complex and interesting as wine.
Best Served 14°C