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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

Immort AleImmort Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,151 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2151
Reviews: 1094
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%


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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Todd

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark copper with ruby edges and crowned with a pillowy, off-white, creamy foam lace with plenty of retention and stick.

Alcohol, esters, some wet paper and chickory in the aroma.

Thick, full-bodied beer with a juicy, chewy, sweet malt character of coffee, chickory, maple, vanilla, raisin and deep earthy oak flavours around the edges. Vinous at times with grape undertones. Alcohol notes run deep and are very warming, while also lending a subtle spicy note to the beer. Hop bitterness is light with a peaking earthy and leafy twang that settles back into the malt flavours and finishes with a slightly toasty / bready finish.

I'm not that fond of Dogfish Head beers, but this beer is a very unique and complex Barleywine. Not the best, but certainly worth tracking down for a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2002 15:42:04 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Green label with blurb about the beer on a 12oz brown bottle. "Ages Well", is noted on the label with a "Packaged In" date also.

Appearance: Lightly hazed dark reddish copper colour with a thin off white lace. Semi-creamy tiny bubbled chunky head.

Smell: Deep, rich and full of caramel with ripe fruit, notes of wood and tree sap in the nose. Extremely complex and fragrant. Alcohol is a touch vinous with estery and mild solvent aromas.

Taste: Big vinous character, woody flavours play on a faked dryness. Light acidic twang, syrupy malt flavour of caramel and ripe fruit. Traces of vanilla and toasted grain go back and forth. Ghost like smokiness. Alcoholic character is bordering on overwhelming, ester with faint fusel solvent flavours. Hops are part of the brashness that comes along with the alcohol and remaining grain. Hints of dried bitter orange peel and black pepper unfold in the finish.

Notes: A barley wine of no other, so extreme and complex this could easily use another year or two to mellow out. Though it is fine to sip in the brash form that it is in now. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2002 20:43:16 | More by Jason
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(bottled on 04 Nov 2013 - poured into a balloon)

A: hazy burgundy with a ton of speckled sediment in suspension... inch of khaki-colored suds rises then falls... keeps a solid band of foam around the outer edge of the glass

S: hit of vinous booze initially.... rich, fruity, sort of raspberry pastry topping aroma, highlighted around the edges by a faint smokiness and a dollop of dark caramel... an overtone of what seems like roasted barley kernels... any nuances from the wood are subtle, blended in.... overall, very nice aromas, just surprisingly subdued

T: a melange of different flavors vying for attention (big surprise, DFH!)... vinous booze up front, followed by a quick fly-by of charred wood sugars and berries, pushed through by a big fat wave of caramel (maple syrup?) mild brown sugar, actually a little maple, and raspberry syrup/brandy lingering in the aftertaste.... the peat is merely a part in the sum - doesn't really stand out... the vanilla decides to emerge long after the last sip... alcohol certainly quite well-tempered, cushioned by the residual fruity-sugary elements

M: prickly alcohol up front, but pretty smooth and clean after that... approaching medium-bodied... slight viscous roll on the finish... quiet hum of prickly heat on the tip of the tongue a few moments after the sip, mellow heat at the back of the throat

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Taste: Nice caramel and smokey malts, vanilla, warm alcohol, oak, juniper spice, raisins, yeasty spice, and a little bitterness.

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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,151 ratings.