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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,150 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2150
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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4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this for half price at Roast House cappy hour, what a deal. Outstanding looking beer with smell that was good, boozy. Excellent taste, did not taste overly strong and had a great flavor. Overall a very good beer, would get at cappy hour again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2014 00:35:56 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of dwren89


4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy reddish brown with off white/light tan head

Aroma: sweet, like cherries but with peaty and smokiness, a little gin whiff from the juniper and sweet maple syrupy aroma. Little oaky as well

Taste: malty, sweet syrupy maple flavor, with vanilla and slight fruitiness tones down by oak notes

Mouthfeel: full bodied and delicious, thick and chewy, low carbonation

Overall: Fantastic and very complex. Mixing oak notes with maple syrup and vanilla sweetness, slight fruitiness, and with a slight smokiness to it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2013 03:36:17 | More by dwren89
Photo of AMW


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Mystic tulip glass. 2013A batch.

A: Pours a beautiful clear reddish brown.
S: Smells smoky and sweet maple. Wife says it smells a bit like dried shiitake mushrooms and i agree.
T: it's definitely interesting. At first you taste the smoky peated barley, then the maple and oak comes in.
M: really smooth. almost dangerously smooth given that it's 11%.
O: It's definitely worth grabbing a single and trying it. I don't like smoky beers, so i won't have this again, but i'm glad i tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 23:23:11 | More by AMW
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2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A-Reddish brown color. Light head. Mostly clear in body. Softer lacing.

S-Sweet, boozy and oaky. Not incredibly aromatic.

T-A lot more kick on the palate. Peaty and woody. Long, lingering leather notes. Loads of caramel and brown sugar. Complex but overly aggressive.

M-Full and dry. Too boozy. A bit cloying. The peat and leather notes hang on for far too long. Syrupy almost.

O/D-Not something I enjoyed very much. I can't remember the last time I had a Dogfish brew that was over 8% that I found enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 18:53:40 | More by VelvetExtract
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown in color with brownish highlights and a very thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma was very heat with a touch of heat consisting of roasty malts, chocolate, mild vanilla, a little fruit , and definitely some booze.

T: the oaky barrel booze characte was more prominent on the palate alongside, chocolate roasty malts, mild maple, slight caramel flavor and vanilla accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, oaky, woody, mild boozy and slick finish.

O: it was a pretty damn good brew and was glad to have tried it at least once.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 00:38:46 | More by Gobzilla
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, brownish or dark amber, with a modest head.

Aroma: Yeasty barley wine, alcohol present but not overwhelming. The spices give some softness to the aroma and make it quite pleasant. The smoke is not at all evident to me.

Taste: A well balanced mixture of spices and sweetness, some Belgian Strong Ale -type characteristics. I still don't see that the smoke would dominate this at all, although some peat flavours are present. The high ABV is supported well by the other characteristics of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with medium to strong carbonation.

Overall: I'd like to try this again, preferably from a bottle. I think it's rather good, but I had an imperial stout before this and I'm concerned that it may have interfered a little bit. Certainly an interesting beer though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 02:51:28 | More by Arborescence
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2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Did not get a head on this, but I did have it on tap and this could be bartenders fault! Reddish amber in color

S: Alcohol! Smoky, and slight fruit scents

T: Upfront smoke taste over the bitter hops.

M: High carbonation and too much alcohol bite for my taste.

O: Considering the price of this beer on tap, I couldn't see myself buying this out again. I potentially could drink one at the house, but it's way out of my tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2012 03:36:22 | More by Fadefury
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2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

5oz pour at Belmont Station.

Pours a clear, burnt orange with a thin, bone white head.

The honey and juniper definitely come through and blend well with the caramel malts.

The juniper berries and peat-smoking are quite dominant in the taste and take away from any honey, vanilla or caramel malt character.

A medium body with very light, prickly carbonation.

The nose was promising, but unfortunately the taste was over whelmed by the juniper berries.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 23:14:49 | More by vkv822
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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the day after Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear honey brown with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Smell is pretty subtle but there is some malt, smoke, and spice in the nose. Taste is of malt and a nice smoky flavor with a tiny bit of band-aid present. There is a mild bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice smoke flavor that comes out especially as the beer warms up.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2012 06:46:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a slightly hazed auburn color with some caramel hues. Thin beige head fades into some cloudy film, leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Somewhat warm and sweet in the nose, mixing touches of vanilla and maple with booze and oak. There's an herbal air in there from the juniper as well, along with some pretty thick malt scents.

A bit herbal up front with touches of juniper and peat. Vanilla mixes with maple syrup and some oak alongside a faint touch of smoke. Fairly warm throughout the profile, giving way to the burly malt back bone, which is ripe with bread crust and caramel. Finishes with some boozy vanilla sweetness.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, pretty sticky and heavy on the tongue. There's a ton of flavor going on here - definitely an interesting beer to try, but I'd like to see how it does with some age.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2012 01:15:39 | More by xnicknj
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice type glass

Appearance – A light golden-reddish color with a nice off white head. The brew itself is a bit hazy with big bubbles of carbonation visible clinging to the side of the glass. The head fades to give some moderate lacing.

Smell –Upfront there is a bready backbone and with some smokiness. Some sweeter darker fruits and a bit of maple sugar taste come in more toward the middle of the aroma. These are rounded out by some more floral aromas and a bit of earthiness.

Taste – The taste is largely bready and somewhat yeasty and smoky up front. There are some nice sweeter fruit flavors that come in toward the middle of the taste, which mix with some sweet brown sugar and maple taste. Toward the these sweet flavors mix with some malty earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel – A bit on the creamier side with a fairly good level of carbonation. Big bubbles of CO2can be felt on the tongue giving a moderate exiting feel. This coupled with a nice body makes it quite a nice feel.

Overall – It has a rather interesting taste and smell. Not the most complementary transitions in many of its characteristics, but a beer that is well worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2012 02:09:23 | More by Darkmagus82
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish immort

Pours a nice reddish/mahoganey color with less than a fingers worth of white head.

The nose is full of smoke and rye, with some caramel malt that brings a bit of sweetness. Nothing too strong here.

The taste is much smokier than the nose suggested. There are some dark fruits noticed along with that caramel malt from the nose.

The mouthfeel is medium-thick and is pretty smooth for the abv. Comfortable.

Overall, a pleasant surprise from DFH. A bit crazy, but it works. This would be amazing with a slab of Memphis dry rub ribs.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2012 06:33:56 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of Merkur


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice amber color with a bit of bit of tan head.

Beer smells mainly of caramel, with some vanilla and maple sweetness in there as well.

Beer tastes a bit smokey and vanilla at first, before giving way to a strong dried fruit taste. The beer finishes with a boozey afterburn. Its 11%, so this is not unexpected.

Mouthfeel is that of a medium bodied beer.

Overall a pretty good strong ale.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2012 17:41:01 | More by Merkur
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this on draft at the Alehouse. The bottle I based my other review on might have been bad.

Pours a dark brown with a nice one finger head on it. Nice cocoa head stuck around a while- average lacing on the side of my glass. The nose is nice- cedar, peat, smoke, vanilla and maple are what I get the most. Very pleasant. Taste is good, with the smoke and peat really coming out. Don't get much, if any of the 11% abv in the taste. Feel is medium, with somewhat average carbonation, and a smooth finish. Overall, this beer (on draft) was much different than my experience with the bottle I reviewed. While this isn't my favorite Dogfish Head beer, it's still solid. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 01:33:13 | More by jayhawk73
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's a burnished orange leaning a tad brown. A creamy tan head sits about a finger high, holding itself together well and leaving plentious spotty lacing.
The nose has a lot to offer while stopping short of the full depth of the flavor. A dry woodiness with smoky peat balances with a caramel and vanilla sweetness with a spicy nip and an herbal quality I assume is derived at least in part from hops.
The flavor showcases real beauty, as the delightful combination of smoky, woody and sweet turns out to be downright delicious. More of a creamy vanilla comes out, the woodiness adds a dry element that keeps things in check and, combines with the herbal edge that goes vinous, without the sweetness would be too dry; each element keeps the other in check. It's like a combination of a Scotch ale, a barleywine, and a kolch or the like that just works. The gently peppery bite remains, and a bit of something like citrus zest is evident as well.
This brew is gently crisp all the way, going pretty creamy in the middle and into the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 05:00:59 | More by Brenden
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

caught it at Tylers on the rotating DFH tap.

Doesnt look like much. Somewhat muddy honey color. Off looking colored head.

Smells like peat. Not peat whiskey, just heavily smoked peat. The smoked aspect is really mixed in with a touch of barrel. Very different, interesting, and worth the shot. Better than average.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2012 20:17:39 | More by VncentLIFE
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Immort Ale pours a dark amber color, with a small tan head. The smell was on the weaker side, but had a nice combination of malts and hops. The taste has a nice hop taste, but sweeter and maltier then other strong ales. Not to difficult to drink. Overall Immort ale is a nice easier strong ale to drink, it has a traditional dogfish head malty backbone, so its not as aggressive as others.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2012 08:01:14 | More by vette2006c5r
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh version, served in a snifter glass at the brewpub in Rehoboth Beach.

clear brilliant dark amber brown in color, with thin white head. very complex aroma and taste - caramel, brown sugar, orange zest, vanilla. opens up as it warms, a nice sipper. body is thick, with lower carbonation, works well with the beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2011 05:07:04 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of StonedTrippin


4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh at the dogfish taphouse in rehoboth deleware. poured a dense amber color into a sinfter, with a disappointing barely there head. smells and tastes like whiskey, charcoaly and smokey, with notes of sweet maple syrup and or molasses and a plethora of hops. somewhere between beer, booze, and wine, this beer is definitely not for the weekend budlight drinker. its massive and complex and mandates that every drop be savored and digested and understood as well as possible before taking the next one. its a beer drinkers beer, and for that i really appreciate it. the mouthfeel is alcohol first, alcohol second, and an aged sort of smoothness in a distant third. it grew on me with every quaff

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 21:46:21 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Porter in the ATL.
This pours the color of a semi-precious stone -- dark and somewhat translucent amber but with a tawny seam when held up to the light -- and possessive of a dense, creamy and blatantly cascading head that proves itself fairly resilient, maintaining its breadth even three quarters of the way through. Nose is astonishingly sweet; and while there are some traces of wood and warm esters present, the notes of vanilla and roasted sugar are so pronounced that the ultimate aroma is explicitly of cotton candy. Thankfully, the taste does not proceed in this crushingly candied wake. Upfront is all oak and fruit. Yes, the juniper holds sway but there are also some grape and pear characteristics as well as an undercurrent of smoke/must. Here, the vanilla and maple act as complements (rather than forthright, obvious components) to great effect, significantly deepening the total sensory actuality. The finish is another surprise, super smooth and almost entirely comprised of vanilla. The mouthfeel is rich, yeasty, appropriately carbonated and rather lovely. Overall, this is an extremely daring and extremely complex beer with entirely too many ingredients that manage to thread themselves into an utterly fascinating and indecisive amalgamation. It is certainly singular and of note but perhaps just because it is such a blatant and unapologetic oddity.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 05:07:53 | More by QuentinCall
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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Poured a clear reddish orange color with a small white head. Minimal lacing. Had an aroma of vanilla, maple, roasted malts and oak. The taste followed the nose for the most part...though the maple really came out in the flavor. Pretty smooth. Could have been more complex for what it was supposed to offer, but still a well-balanced and enjoyable brew.

Medium in body and pretty creamy/smooth. Moderate carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable beer that I would have again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 00:31:39 | More by MsRif
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at The Mohawk House in Sparta, NJ. I recommend visiting for a pint and some very, very good food. Just bring the credit card because this is fine dining.

They poured this very good offering into a goblet. I received the goblet with just a little scum on the top.

On the top I got a lot of different flavors. There was some dark fruit, vanilla, and maple. The result being a very rich taste. The high ABV yields some decent vineous quality.

Overall, this is a very complex, luxurious, and balanced beer. I enjoyed sipping it with some very well made food.

I was kind of surprised to read some of the recent reviews. It looks like the last three reviews had infected or spoiled bottles. I am really happy to say that I don't share the same experiences.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2011 22:29:44 | More by ummswimmin
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2.48/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap at the DFH Brewpub in Rehoboth. Review from notes.

A: Pours a really nice ruby color, with no head at all and small rings of white lacing.

S: Lots going on, the peat comes out as well as a good bit of smoke. There is a sugary sweetness and a little bit of vanilla and maple.

T: Here is where this beer fell apart for me. It was all smoke and band-aid flavor. It was really over the top too, I struggled to finish the beer. Couldn't pick out any other flavor besides the bandaid really.

M: Medium to full bodied, little heat from the alcohol.

O: Being one of the last DFH regular offerings that I have not tried, I came into this one rather excited, but left disappointed. Won't be getting this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 16:02:28 | More by mdaschaf
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4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Immort is mahogany in color with big notes of caramel and dark fruit complimented by vanilla and maple syrup with a smooth creamy finish. There’s a hint of oak in the backbone from the aging process, and Immort is fermented with English and Belgian yeast. While the alcohol content is noticeable, it’s not as overpowering as other ales in its weight class. Has been one of my favorite DFH ales for years.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 02:39:05 | More by billzav
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a dark copper color with a small amount of off-white head.

s - a strong sweetness of molasses, alcohol.

T- I got some dark fruit up front but it left quickly and the taste is dominated by the syrupy molasses, alcohol flavors that I got from the nose. It finished with a faint tartness to end which was a nice little surprise.

m-carbonation was good, but alcohol means this one is a sipper..

O- Quite a complex beer for me, there is a lot going here with small amounts of dark fruit at the start then dominant molasses sugar and alochol take over but it is balanced nicely with a tartness at the end...def a good beer, but heavy on the alcohol as you may expect means im having just one..

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 14:43:06 | More by mjgooner13
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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,150 ratings.