Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by Estarrio:
4.75/5 rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Many thanks to Sudsdog for this bottle!
Poured clear, red-toned copper with a small tan head. The head quickly dissipates leaving a film of sticky, silky lacings.
Sweet malt, chocolate, bread and a surprising amount of campfire smoke in the nose. There is also a sweet fruity character with hints of vanilla, tart cherries and a suggestion of alcohol.
I'm floored by the smokiness. This fine ale is like a very tame rauchbier with a somewhat muted smokiness to allow the other complex flavors to shine. The flavors consist of smoke, chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar and sweet malt up front with a doughy yeast presence. A tart, acidic plum flavor takes over mid-sip offering an exceptional transition from the earthy, charred, smoky wood notes to a sweet vanilla, oak and estery desert finish. I'm amazed how all these flavors pull together for a wonderful, balanced treat. Apart from some obvious warming, the alcohol flavor is also well muted in comparison to the other flavors.
Lightly syrupy, viscous, full body with fizzy, almost creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is simply perfect in this mouth-pleasing brew. There are few brews over 10% ABV that are more drinkable than this gem.
This is yet another example of DFH creativity and craftsmanship at its finest. Forget styles! This has properties of a rauchbier, a barley wine, an American or Belgian strong ale...It is outside of the box and I love it! This is easily one of my favorite U.S. brewed ales.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2007 01:03:25 | More by Estarrio
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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 2,262 ratings.