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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Immort AleImmort Ale

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2,278 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,278
Reviews: 1,101
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 136
Gots: 303 | 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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Photo of Darkmagus82


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

02-25-2012 02:09:23 | More by Darkmagus82
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-24-2012 21:46:26 | More by HamGlade10
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-20-2012 23:23:50 | More by olympicgatorade
Photo of jeremy13586


3.63/5  rDev -5%

Poured a two finger off-white head that held on for a little while and left some nice lacing on the glass. Color was a dark amber. Aroma was caramel with a strong sting of alcohol. There was also some woodiness anda note of coffee. Caramel and booze is predominant in the taste. There is a smokiness, when mixed with the alcohol, makes it harsh at first, but it does sweeten up in time. The beer finished with a little bit of maple, but not much.

The carbonation was pretty heavy but seemed to smooth out in to a light syrup. I remember having this a couple times in the past and enjoying it, just never had the time to sit and think about it. Alright fresh, but seems like this would improve with a year or two of age on it.

02-20-2012 05:13:56 | More by jeremy13586
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

02-20-2012 01:30:30 | More by ChadT89
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-19-2012 14:30:22 | More by spark3148857
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-19-2012 14:20:20 | More by M27
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-19-2012 04:44:23 | More by MikeD1687
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-17-2012 12:57:43 | More by seeswo
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

02-15-2012 22:45:00 | More by schoun
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-15-2012 17:57:11 | More by PeteRiz
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2.63/5  rDev -31.2%

Total score averaged as the beers were tasted in tandem.
Bottled 2009, Reviewed 15FEB12
It is evident from the crack of the crown that this beer is sooo much better with age on it. It pours a darker brown with a little rim of cream foam. Murky. Smells of vanilla, caramel, nougat, some powdered sugar; comes together and reminds me of flan, well done flan - really a great nose here. Sweet and oxidized with cardboard, oak, toffee, prune and raisin; some tawny notes. Decent flavor, nothing extraordinary. Thin with low carb and a semi dry finish. This beer is completely different with a couple years on it, I must say, beyond an IPA, I've yet to experience such a profound development in a beer. Just incredible, the transitions. 2.5/4.5/3/2/3 - 2.63

Bottled late 2011
Reviewed 15FEB12
pours amber with little head formation. A small rim of cream foam. Smells of vanilla, peat, apples, and some oak. The peat is surprisingly intense and reminds me of some scotchs I've tasted. tastes like oak and peat. Not getting much else. some alcohol and oxidized malts. Thin and low carb on this one with a semi dry finish. The more I drink of this one, the more of a vinyl flavor I get. Not very happy with this one. Although I do recall having had this in the past, and enjoying it very much. I have an '09 in the fridge I will have to bust out for comparison. 2/2.5/1.5/2/2 - 1.88

02-15-2012 16:14:15 | More by harrymel
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

02-14-2012 01:45:23 | More by jfcaa193
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-13-2012 16:29:25 | More by AutumnBeerLove
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-12-2012 17:35:18 | More by heysuz
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-11-2012 14:40:43 | More by rogerdclark
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-10-2012 20:14:35 | More by ifricker
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-10-2012 13:55:48 | More by bespin15
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1.5/5  rDev -60.7%

02-09-2012 04:00:37 | More by hippityhophead24
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

this beer pours a dark amber, with a head that doesn't stick around for long. The aroma foretells alcohol and dried fruit. the first sip is surprising- the are aggressive caramel notes and oak. The carbonation is strong, and the bubbles mask the maple, although there is a hint of sweet vanilla in the aftertaste. This is (as the bottle suggests) smooth and drinkable. DFH has many better beers, but this is worth a try if you are in the mood for a barleywine.

02-08-2012 23:30:37 | More by smerrell
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North Carolina

2/5  rDev -47.6%

02-08-2012 21:16:38 | More by danoeltico
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

02-08-2012 06:33:56 | More by ChugginOil
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-06-2012 18:27:38 | More by Navalartichoke
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-06-2012 01:54:57 | More by weaselchew
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3.78/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with a small white head that dissipates.

Smell: Wood and smoke notes, some maple syrup.

Taste: Maple syrup more prominent, but definitely retains the woodsy, smoky character. Some dark fruit character present. Not much vanilla for me.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body and carbonation.

Overall: Pretty enjoyable, although the smoky character can be a bit much. Didn't age this one, but would be curious.

02-06-2012 01:44:31 | More by sureshot08
Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,278 ratings.