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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

2,369 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,369
Reviews: 1,111
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 159
Gots: 326 | FT: 14
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2001

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
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Ratings: 2,369 | Reviews: 1,111
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1/5  rDev -73.8%

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3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Couldn't find a date on the bottle, but my notes say I received this in 2010, sampled 5/7/2012. Pours a deep copper color with a decent sized tan head that persists for a good long time. Smells of caramel and toffee with hints of smoke, dark fruit, sweet malts, a bit of earth and a touch of alcohol. This certainly has an English feel to the nose. The taste is where it all falls apart. There's a tartness upfront that seems out of place. Some sweet burnt sugary malts come in next but they are quickly overpowered by a peat smoked phenol that I wasn't expecting. A touch of alcohol and a sweet tart mix of fruits linger long after every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet tart kind of mouthfeel going on. It smells a whole lot better than it tastes that's for sure. I don't remember disliking this when I've had it before, maybe it just doesn't age well or its in its funky years.

Well I just read the bottle and it makes a little more sense now. Smoked malt, juniper berries, vanilla, maple syrup, English and Belgian yeast. Its still a bit weird in flavor!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Garnet hue, absolutely no head on this, although bubbles are present. Some floaties.

S: Sweet toffee and caramel. Vanilla. No hop presence. Honestly, kinda boring.

T: Maple, oak, caramel, light raisin.

M: Fairly high carbonation. A fair bit of alcohol bite. Fairly light body for such a bit beer, although there's still a bit of sweetness.

O: A so-so barleywine-esque beer. Pleasant drinking, although a touch boozy, but not a standout in the style.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz (bottled 10/11/2011) into a snifter. Pours a clear red-amber w/ a 1-finger head that dissipates quickly, minimal carb.

Aroma is faint caramel; peaty, smoky malt; sticky fruit; alcohol.

Taste is sweet caramel malt, copious bittering hops, fruit, brown sugar, booze. Peat comes through as it warms.

Mouthfeel is oily, chewy but also velvety smooth.

Overall a tasty, boozy sipper. Single-malt scotch's second cousin.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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2.37/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I got this beer thinking,thinking hmm strong ale, wonder what that taste like. It was definetly thick in mouthfeel, sweet, and yet it tasted musty like an attic,I guess thats called earth tones or something or other.Not the best representative of strong ales out there, but it did pack one hell of a punch. However I'm willing to give it a try at some other point,what at times frustrates me about beers is what they're advertized as versus what one can actually taste.

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3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 10/26/11. Poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Medium amber colour. Translucent. Half a finger of taupe head that receded to a few bubbles.

S - A huge smoke aroma up front that completely dominates the nose. One dimensional and not inviting at all.

T - A big smoke flavour up front that is not quite as overpowering as the nose indicated but is the dominant flavour. Some sweet caramel, maple syrup and toffee notes round out the palate. The smoke settles down a little bit as this beer warms up but remaining in the forefront. There is a fairly prominent sweetness present throughout.

M - Medium to full body. Creamy. Low to moderate carbonation.

O - A decent beer but too much smoke for me.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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