Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by 1000lbgrizzly:
3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A: Deep mahogany, slightly hazy, sand-colored head that quickly recedes. Some carbonation is visible. Label/box art is decidedly lame, what is that clamshell with an X on it, and what the heck does any of that have to do with the beer?
S: Unusual; smoky, cherries?, vanilla bean, some sweetness, earth. All over the board, not superficially appealing but certainly intriguing for the adventurous soul.
T: This is unique. Have to credit DfH on that. Primarily smoky on a good taste, metallic on a bad one. Alcohol can be detected on the breath out. Leather, plums, mineral notes, burnt wood (because why not throw that in, too?). Some sweetness as a familiar taste you can cling onto in this chaos of flavors. Every once in a while I feel like I can glimpse the promise of vanilla and oak that is stated on the label, but if it wasn't in print I would think it was a hallucination.
M: My mouth is so confused right now I can't even tell. Nothing offensive, nothing that stands out. I'll go middle of the road on this one.
O: For such an off-kilter, unique brew my straight 3.75 rating seems bland and doesn't tell the full story. On the plus side, this beer is unlike any other, and has some notes that would be highly appealing to a certain crowd (liking peat in your whiskey is a good start). On the bad side, there is not much to compel another immediate swig (again, whiskey sippers might feel at home). I could barely detect anything but smoke and alcohol, certainly not the luscious (from the label) beer I was expecting. Good as part of a flight, but hard to finish by oneself. Maybe pick it up?
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 08:33:06 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours a transparent dark rust orange color with a thin head that dissipates immediately.
Smells of maple, vanilla, and an accompanying boozy burn.
Strong oak flavor with hints of vanilla, maple, and a warm booze finish.
Mouthfeel is lush and velvety, goes down very smooth.
Overall, a very good warmer, but I would love to see what a year or two does to this!
Serving type: bottle
07-14-2014 22:53:24 | More by larryarms847
Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,260 ratings.