Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by abankovich:
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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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 2,260 ratings.