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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Immort AleImmort Ale

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very good

2,335 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,335
Reviews: 1,107
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 141
Gots: 316 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

DCgolfpro, Mar 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

NumberNone, Mar 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

2378GCGTG, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of PhantasIPA
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of the beer is a dark, reddish brown. The head poured at a quarter of an inch with a very thin head on the surface moments after pouring and light lacing on the glass as you consume.

The smell is average to me; it is tough for me to smell the true flavor of the beer. I smell the woody (oak) aroma and the vanilla but it is slightly skunky as well.

I think the taste is great. It is an 11% beer, so I want, and expect, a strong pseudo-liquor bite and fume to the brew. It is present but does not mask the strong oak flavor, slight vanilla flavor, and underlying brown sugar based malt of the beer. It is unique and strong, nothing else tastes quite like it (haha! at least not that I have run across yet...). Being unique is difficult to obtain in a world where brew masters are pushing the envelope at all times.

The mouth feel is good. It is a thick beer but you should expect that at 11%, and the carbonation is at a minimum so it is pretty easy to drink, but definitely not a "I just worked all afternoon in my yard during the summer and want to guzzle a beer" beer.

Overall I like the brew - unique and strong.

PhantasIPA, Mar 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

nrombes, Mar 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

sludgegnome, Mar 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

delawaaare, Mar 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

thegerm87, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

hoppitydooda, Mar 08, 2012
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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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Saltee, Mar 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

robieobie1, Mar 05, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

jstewart1130, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of hitter114
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aged for an additional 2 months.. much smoother than it was. Poured from a bottle into an ayinger funnel cup

A: Burnt copper color. Bubbly 1 finger off white to tan head
S: Strong alcohol smell in addition to smell of Belgian yeast. alch is strongest smell also some fruityness
T: Much different from the smell. The booze burn is there but fruits (apples?) come through very warming and somewhat fruity Got a whiskey barrel thing going on as well, very complex.
M: coaty, nothing special.
O: pretty good doesn't hide booze very well though even with age.

hitter114, Mar 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Hanzo, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

brettski, Mar 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

brandonasplundh, Mar 01, 2012
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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.

xnicknj, Feb 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

BugTownPub, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

msuspartan22, Feb 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Jparkanzky, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

sneth019, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich mahogany-brown color. Very sweet malty nose, with strong maple, vanilla, and caramel notes. Very smooth warming and sweet. A complex, and long finish- lots of maple, a touch of vanilla and faintly spiced. Some bitterness but it is more sweet than anything. Tasty beer.

Labeerfinder, Feb 27, 2012
Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,335 ratings.