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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,260 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,260
Reviews: 1,100
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 132
Gots: 298 | FT: 12
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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abankovich

Ohio

4.83/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really wish this was a year-round brew from DFH. Every time this comes out I run straight to the store to pick some up.

The only reason the appearance of this didn't get a 5 is because there is little head or lacing to speak of. However, the beer is an 11% brew, so I can't really hold that against it very much. The color is a great rich mahogany that when held up to the light changes to a halfway translucent rich amber/copper color.

The peat-smoked barley I think comes out more prominently in the aroma than in the taste (barely) and I love it. The underlying sweetness of the beer is beneath the soft smokiness, giving a hint of what's to come. The aroma really does a great job as an opening act to the flavor profile of this beer by highlighting some of it's characteristics and hinting at others that show up once the liquid hits your palate.

That peat-smoked barley is present again up front on the tongue, most likely as a result of the aroma being so prominent with it. It then fades away quickly to reveal (just as the label states) some amazingly smooth vanilla and maple notes. The oak softens everything out and works incredibly well with all the other tastes going on. I really can't think of any thing I would want to change with this beer to make it taste better. Everything is in relative perfect balance in my book.

The mouthfeel is just slightly thin compared to what I would have hoped/thought this beer would have brought me. That said, it is still deliciously smooth and rich. The drinkability rating only suffers slightly from being 11% ABV, but that is in line with the style, so it isn't a fault, just truth that you cannot drink these back to back to back without suffering the consequences.

I really love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 02:59:26 | More by abankovich
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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,260 ratings.