Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by RockyTopHeel:
4.8/5 rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Original review: 3/23/2004
11%, eh? I'm not intimidated...ok, maybe a little...
Immort Ale poured an orange glowing hue with a foamy white head and a billow of sediment that slowly spread throughout the glass. An interesting, complex aroma with a hint of sweetness, a whisper of hops, and a mellow smoothness wafted up from the brew.
This is a dense, soft brew with layer upon layer of flavors--a smoky, oak barrel and peat character emerges, complimented by an ever so slight touch of hops and a vanilla-maple syrup element of sweetness tying it all together. Full bodied but drinkable, smooth, and enjoyable, this is an instantly respectable beer. At 11%, I'd be floored by many more than one bottle in an evening, but the alcohol doesn't assault the palate in any way, though it becomes a touch more noticeable as the beer warms. In fact, I asked my roommate to guess the ABV after having a taste, and he was astonished by how far off his guess of 6.5% was.
From the bottle art to the complex flavor, this beer has me thinking about claymores and Highland games. This is a beer William Wallace could be proud of.
I'm really surprised to hear myself say this, but I think this has vaulted into my second favorite DFH offering so far, just a hair behind Indian Brown.
Original ratings: 4.0 appearance/4.5 smell/4.5 taste/4.5 mouthfeel/4.5 overall.
Update: 1/12/2012; have not read previous review.
It's been a while -- far too long -- since the last time I had this deep, complex brew. It pours a hazy chestnut with a thin lace of off-white foam. I smell a whiff of dark, sugary, vanilla-y rum in the nose. Once tasted, the sweetness of the maple and vanilla are perfectly balanced by a subtle peat smoke. This is imminently drinkable, fascinatingly complex and dangerously smooth - almost a complete opposite of the last beer I reviewed, the Stone Old Guardian Belgo.
This is the beer equivalent of savoring a fine cognac after a rich meal. Well done,
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2012 01:09:13 | More by RockyTopHeel
More User Reviews:
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 2,259 ratings.