Beer 172/365 – Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron

Style: American Brown Ale

ABV: 12.0%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman OH

What makes this beer different: One of the most unique beers I have ever tasted, due to the Palo Santo wood barrel aging from South America

Will I be drinking this again: Absolutely

Grade: A

4/29/2010: Does Dogfish Head make a bad beer? Because I have yet to have one. They even make “spirits” at their tap room in Rehoboth DE. Their brown sugar honey rum is off the charts good. In fact I need to stock back up on it when I head down to OC MD next month.

There is no way for me to accurately describe the smell of this. The best I could come up with is, it almost smells like your grandmas perfume. Not necessarily flowery, but strong alcohol and some other unidentifiable “old” smells (Sorry gram I love you, but not your perfume). This is a malty malty beer, and has such a unique flavor. Again theres no way I can really describe the flavor because its like no beer I have ever tasted before, but it is woody. All I can say is the flavor is malty, woody and awesome. No way in hell would I guess this to be a 12% ABV beer. If you are getting sick of the same old beer and need to try something different, give this a shot.

Picture of the day: Stealing third base is only legal in baseball.

Published in: on April 29, 2010 at 1:38 pm  Comments (5)  
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Beer 155/365 – Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: Sent to me by the guys at SCAATB

What makes this beer different: Super sweet but a good dose of hops also.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, this has become my go-to affordable imperial IPA

Grade: A

4/12/2010: Believe it or not I have never had any of the (insert number here) Minute IPAs from Dogfish Head. Why? Because only recently have I been open to IPAs and DIPAs. Honestly I would have never started to drink these types of beers if some of my readers weren’t pushing for me to try them. I am glad I did because this is probably my third favorite style now (After Imperial Stouts, and Belgian Dark Ales).

Man this stuff is awesome. Strong and sweet, but not too much of either. The sweetness comes from caramel malt, citrus hops, and I get a nice dose of honey in there also. Mouthfeel is just perfect on this one, with just enough carbonation. Just like the Rust Belt Ale from Sprague, this beer could use just a tiny tiny bit more hops to be a tier higher in my grading system. Overall this is a very affordable DIPA and I wish I would have bought a case of this for fishing this weekend instead of the Aventinus. Don’t get me wrong Aventinus is an awesome beer, just not as “sessionable” as the 90 Minute.

Picture of the day: Anyone care to explain what is going on here?

Published in: on April 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm  Comments (12)  
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Beer 17 – Dogfish Head Chicory Stout

Style: American Stout

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Roasted/earthy taste

Will I be drinking this again: Oh yes

Grade: B+

11/26/09: Pictured to the right is an actual dogfish. Whoever knew there was such a thing?

This reminds me a lot of one of my favorite beers; Dominion Oak Barrel Stout. Has a good bit of bite to it. Combines earthy/vanilla/coffee/roasted flavors, but it all mixes together well. Also has the familiar hop aftertaste that a lot of dogfish beers tend to have.

Published in: on November 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm  Leave a Comment  
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