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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,253 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,253
Reviews: 1,100
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 130
Gots: 295 | 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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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

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.

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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
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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,253 ratings.