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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,259 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,259
Reviews: 1,100
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 130
Gots: 296 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
For this beer, we use maple syrup from Red Brook Farm -- Sam's family farm in Western Massachusetts, peat-smoked barley, juniper berries and vanilla.

Immort is fermented with a blend of English and Belgian yeasts, then aged in the big oak tanks at the brewery.

The sweet and earthy flavors meld magnificently in the Immort Ale. But be warned, the ABV is 11%, so after one or two you may start feeling immortal (even though we promise you won't be).

50 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2001)
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Reviews by Lnedrive14:
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really wanted to like this, but alas it was just okay. I'm thinking of picking up a few bottles and see how it changes over a few years...

Extremely complex, with lots of the maple, vanilla, and oak promised on the label. There really is a lot going on here, but I felt like the taste was really just overwhelmed with sweetness, with the vanilla almost exacerbating it. I had a hard time pulling out some other flavors because of the syrupy essence. I will say that the oak was in there and was really nice. Decent malt character, but body wasn't quite full enough for me (a complain I often have with barleywines).

One thing - the alcohol was almost completely absent. I nearly pissed when i saw this thing was 11%! Some others have commented on the strength of the alcohol, but that seemed to be the case in old vintages (like the brothers' reviews in 2002) - i felt like this beer hid the alcohol amazingly well.

All in all, it's not terrible, but it's not my favorite. Worth a try because it is quite intruiging, but I will look elsewhere in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 02:14:19 | More by Lnedrive14
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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,259 ratings.