Monday, August 23, 2010

Palo Santo Marron

Appearance: Pour into a pint glass: Black syrupy pour that was thick like molasses. Black in color. No splashing and from what it seems, minimal carbonation. Head is 2mm strong with tan/wood color with hints of an espresso foam look.
Aroma: Smell is sweet at first but immediately hits a chocolate mocha aroma. The thickness of this beer is complemented by the alcoholic spice/hotness.
Taste: The malted sugars are so high in [ ] (concentration, biology speak) it gives the beer a mahogany overtone with the highly apparent molasses notes. Sweet on mid-tongue and coffiness at the finish. To compliment the coffee finish are hints of vanilla, like the label explains. After burp is Delicious!
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is more than the Vanilla Bean Stout, but just enough to bring out the complexity of the Paraguayan woodiness.
Overall Impression: This beer reminds me of the Goose Island Country Bourbon Vanilla Bean Stout, but far less thick and potent(ly deterring). A far better version.

Words to mind: Burnt, Smoky, Maple, Molasses, Tannin, Coffee, Chocolate, Mahogany, Vanilla, Roastiness

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