Top 10 Sipping Beers
First crafted at Dogfish Head's Rehoboth Beach brewpub in 2006, Palo Santo Marron was such a big hit that it was bottled the next year.
This unfiltered ale spends three weeks in a stainless steel fermenter before being transferred to a massive 10,000-gallon tank handmade from Paraguayan Palo Santo wood. It's the largest brewing vessel built in America since pre-Prohibition days, and cost an estimated $140,000 to build. Although Palo Santo Marron is labeled a brown ale, it's almost black in appearance, and the tan head gives the impression of a stout. That is, until you take your first sip. Fermented with Sucanat, an all-natural whole-cane sugar sourced in Costa Rica, the beer boasts a bold, molasses-like sweetness with plenty of vanilla and caramel compliments of the exotic wood. Complex flavors of bitter dark chocolate also shine through, making this a sipper that satisfies both dark beer fans and those who like to drink their dessert.