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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,278 Ratings
THE BROS
89
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:
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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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goldbot

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

02-05-2012 23:30:19 | More by goldbot
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stairwell2811bre

Iowa

3/5  rDev -21.5%

02-05-2012 22:39:01 | More by stairwell2811bre
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-05-2012 14:48:59 | More by barbellsNbeers
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tjeppaint

Maine

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-04-2012 21:57:06 | More by tjeppaint
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Bjeerfalls

Arizona

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-04-2012 04:37:28 | More by Bjeerfalls
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

02-04-2012 03:57:31 | More by HattedClassic
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tgoldian

Virginia

1/5  rDev -73.8%

02-03-2012 23:10:26 | More by tgoldian
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JCaweinstein

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

02-03-2012 02:01:26 | More by JCaweinstein
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-03-2012 01:03:10 | More by AndrewMichael
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cashbrook

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-03-2012 00:08:12 | More by cashbrook
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

2.15/5  rDev -43.7%

Vintage 2011
Poured into a snifter glass

I remember trying this about 2 years ago when I was first getting into craft beer and distinctly recall a Band-Aid taste I couldn't get past.

A: Dark orange to a light ruby colored body with a moderate clarity to it. A small off-white head tries to form for a moment but quickly turns into almost nothing except for some thick bubbles along the edges. Really no lacing, either.

S: Huge smokey aromas, peat, charred malt, ash, wood, and a sweet hint perhaps from the vanilla/maple syrup? It's hard for me to get much past the overwhelmingly smokey nature to the beer.

T: Yeah, like I remember. Large amounts of peat and heavily smoked barley are up-front and dominate the other flavors. As this warmed it did start to bring out more of a sweetness, similar to a woody maple syrup flavor. Still, the smoke overpowered almost everything. Band-Aids are back again, and I seem to be missing any vanilla.

M: Bubbly, moderate carbonation while being a little dry from the smokiness I assume. There's nothing really to knock it on in this area.

Again, the label makes this beer sound awesome but the execution suffers greatly. I actually enjoy some smoked beers and ones that use peat, but I think this goes a little too far. Not enough of the other flavors that would help balance this out come through. Will not seek out again, and unfortunately drainpoured this one.

02-02-2012 18:16:30 | More by ShanePB
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

12oz bottle from a 4-pack

A- dark goldish-red amber color, translucent, creamy white thick head a little over a finger of head that fades slowly. Some lacing. Around average carbonation.

S- Barley, vanilla, hints of maple syrup mixed with a smokey smell. A tiny bit of an alcohol smell. Fairly aromatic- could smell while pouring.

T- Smoked barley, vanilla, maple syrup. Slight wine taste primarily due to the high abv. A little bit sweeter taste at the end, maple syrup flavor definitely comes out a little bit more. Oak taste definitely comes out.

M- Smooth, medium bodied- but a little bit on the lighter side. Below average carbonation, easy to drink especially at 11%. Could be a little bit better balanced

O- This beer was interesting, not one of my favorite offerings from DFH but I enjoyed trying it. A little bit on the expensive side. I was expecting this beer to have a little bit more heavier. Was also a lot smokier then I was expecting, tasted smokier even more so then most smoked beers. All of the flavors definitely come out in this beer and are very distinctive however the combination of them isn't exactly my favorite. The sweet taste doesn't exactly go the best with the smoke flavor.

02-02-2012 02:17:29 | More by jaasen64
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Kornoms

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-01-2012 01:23:28 | More by Kornoms
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AndybIPA

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-31-2012 22:03:37 | More by AndybIPA
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TobinMitnick

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-30-2012 20:55:27 | More by TobinMitnick
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therope

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-30-2012 04:27:33 | More by therope
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ninner00

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-28-2012 22:27:49 | More by ninner00
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natemort13

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-28-2012 08:10:05 | More by natemort13
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bigorange

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-27-2012 21:58:57 | More by bigorange
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jskennedy

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-27-2012 01:58:42 | More by jskennedy
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Daniel9913

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-27-2012 01:45:17 | More by Daniel9913
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

A- Pours a very clear cherry/amber hue with barely a head, and no lacing what-so-ever! Hardly a whisper of carbonation.

S- Smokey malts, hints of maple syrup, vanilla and a ton of caramel malts. You can smell the alcohol bite which I don't mind at all. Reminds me of a smokey Scotch.

T- Sweet and smokey! Wow! Really nice, and really different! I prefer this with some age on it, but I do really like it fresh. I love the way the sweet and smoky meld together... kinda like a BBQ beer! The alcohol really cleans and stings the roof of your mouth just like a nice Scotch. I dig the way the vanilla and maple open up as you breathe in after the sip.

M- Sweet, smokey and delicious! Not as thick as I would like, but it does have a nice oily way about it. Lots of alcohol shines thru and throws the maple/vanilla to the forefront!

O- I really dig this with two years on it to let the flavors really come together... but it tastes amazing fresh as well. I'm glad this brew is back! I love the alcohol burn, and the way that it lets the sweet caramel candy show thru. It's not much to look at, but who really cares?

01-26-2012 05:54:13 | More by Thickfreakness
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz bottle. How better to enjoy a big Dogfish Head beer than by drinking it out of a big Dogfish head snifter?

A: Pours a ruby red color. The head is short-lived, and soon sputters into nothing. Not surprising, given the high abv. Little lacing to speak of, only a few meager spots.

S: Estery with suggestions of grape and berry. Malt body smells of caramel and bread. Oak and vanilla accentuate the nose nicely. Maple is very hard to pick out, but it's there. Quite nice on the nose. Balanced and complex.

T: Malt flavors flex some muscle. Crusty brown bread, brown sugar, faint cocoa and caramel. Berry esters are locked in tight amongst the malt flavors, but are coaxed out more as the beer warms. Strong oak character kicks in mid-palate and dries things. Sugary maple plays a slightly bigger role than the nose would lead us to believe. Creamy vanilla impression mingles with a touch of piney, bitter juniper. Spike of spicy alcohol barely keeps itself from straying solventy. Dry finish with lots of smoke, oak, caramel, and crust.

M: Moderately thick, syrupy, and chewy. Moderate carbonation. Oak-induced astringency. Very warming due to the strong alcohol presence.

O: I liked it. I imagine some might think it a little too hot and boozy, but I don't mind it. It's like a big gal who is comfortable with her body. Attractive in her confidence. There's some nice complexity too. Everything promised on the label is there. A contemplative sipper that opens up after a short time.

Notes: My one minor criticism would be that the oak comes on a bit strong.

01-26-2012 05:27:56 | More by ryan1788a5
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Dogfish Head Immort Ale is a tasty strong ale with notes of smoke and oak.

A: Darkish orange colour and a 1 cm head that lasts very well. 4

S: Malty with hints of vanilla and alcohol and smoky oak. 4

T: Malty with strong smoke flavours and woodiness. Maybe some chocolate. Vanilla and smoke in the finish. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

01-26-2012 02:46:14 | More by vandemonian
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VAcrossr

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-26-2012 00:20:49 | More by VAcrossr
Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,278 ratings.