Sunday, July 12, 2009

Palo Santo Marron

I went to Miami Beach today for some sun and play time with my kids. That's North Miami Beach for you non-locals, which means I didn't need to explain why that woman didn't have a bathing suit on, why those two guys were kissing each other, why there was an angel dancing in the sand, and why... well, use your imagination for the other twenty reasons.

If you've ever fallen off a bike or had any brush burns from sliding into second base on your corporate softball team, that's the way my knees and shins feel right now. Besides the sun, the shelly and gritty sand on this beach were very coarse and brutal on my (not-so) delicate skin. But whatever. The water was excellent (minus the giant seaweed pods), there was no rain or even a cloud in the sky, and the breeze was great. If I must live in Florida, I guess I need to take advantage of what it has to offer.

This afternoon I'm drinking Palo Santo Marron brewed by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Delaware. I'll admit I've avoided this a few other times because for some reason I was scared of the name and the "Malt Beverage aged on Palo Santo Wood" description on the label. But that is just silly. They go on to say that this wood is an exotic variety from Paraguay. And then they close by saying, "We have wood. Now you do too." Lovely thought.

Nice fragrant beer. Lots of dark fruits and raisins, caramel, vanilla and for sure this exotic wood. Out of the gate, there is a giant alcohol kick, like a hard alcohol or wine type flavor. I did a double-take when I read that there is 12% alcohol content in there, but yet, no wonder the flavors. Lots of woody flavors, raisins, and caramel are also very prominent. There is also a bit of coffee and something bitter in the mix. Thick body. I don't know (well, yes I do actually), but this is a very hard to drink beer mainly because of the undisguised alcoholic presence throughout. It is a complex beer with lots of other great flavors, but I just can't help being reminded of having heartburn while drinking it. There's a woody aftertaste that keeps on giving, too. With the alcohol and the wood being a little annoying, I'd say drink it with care. I admire DFH for their creativity, though. For sure put it on your sample list.

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