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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

2,294 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2,294
Reviews: 1,104
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.4%
Wants: 136
Gots: 309 | 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 schoun
5/5  rDev +30.5%

schoun, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of PeteRiz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

PeteRiz, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of harrymel
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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

harrymel, Feb 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

jfcaa193, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of AutumnBeerLove
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

AutumnBeerLove, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

heysuz, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

rogerdclark, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

ifricker, Feb 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

bespin15, Feb 10, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

hippityhophead24, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of smerrell
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

smerrell, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of danoeltico
2/5  rDev -47.8%

danoeltico, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

ChugginOil, Feb 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Navalartichoke, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

weaselchew, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of sureshot08
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

sureshot08, Feb 06, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 10/26/11.

Tawny to copper in color; minimal white to off-white head that does leave good lacing. The aroma is intense, woodsy, herbal. The oak is quite noticeable and a nice chocolatey, roasty malt backs this up well. Hints of cherry with an herbal and piney hop presence. However there is an intense phenolic/doctor's office/medicinal component overarching all else which really detracts from the rest. The flavor brings out more oak with a smoky, intense, roasted malt profile. The phenols are there but less noticeable, blending in a bit and covered up with some ethanol warmth on the throat. Nicely bitter. A lot going on in this beer but I feel like it is pretty mixed up and its quite rough even after a few months in the bottle. I give it slightly inflated scores because it has clear potential.

goldbot, Feb 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

stairwell2811bre, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

barbellsNbeers, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

tjeppaint, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Bjeerfalls, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of HattedClassic
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours very little carbonation and dissipates quickly. The beer itself is an opaque brown mixed with dark ruby color. The beer appears to be hazy. The smell is unique with strong notes of oak and vanilla with a hint of sugary maple syrup. The hop notes still come out but are very weak when compared to the rest of the smells. The taste contains the same notes but the flavors mix differently. The taste is bit more hop forward mixed with the maple syrup. The vanilla notes complement the hops and maple while the oak adds a bit of spice to the mixture. The mouthfeel is full bodied but smooth and not very thick. The beer leaves a weird feeling after a drink. Overall, a pretty decent beer that goes great with waffles.

HattedClassic, Feb 04, 2012
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1/5  rDev -73.9%

tgoldian, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of JCaweinstein
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful amber color w/ one finger yellow-white head, lots of bubbles! Even w/ all the carbonation head recedes rather quickly.
I got a big whiff of aromas after pouring the beer but they seem to have gone away after the pour. I was able to pick up fruit, dank wood, and a little maple.
This is a complex tasting beer, just as it's billed on the bottle. First I get some dry woodiness (oak as it's mentioned on the bottle) then I pick up some fruitiness which I assume is coming from the yeast. On the finish the sweet taste of the maple starts creeping in gradually then comes in pretty strong on the finish.
It's full bodied for sure and at 11% pretty strong. At first the alcohol doesn't show but as the beer warms it starts to become an element. I get a nice crispness at first from the carbonation. Following is a mouth coating array of flavors, wood, fruit esters and maple.
Over a very good tasting beer that offers some nice complexity. The flavors change nicely, like an ever lasting gobstopper of beer. I would buy this again.

JCaweinstein, Feb 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

AndrewMichael, Feb 03, 2012
Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,294 ratings.