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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,109 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,109
Hads: 2,382
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 166
Gots: 336 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews: 1,109 | Hads: 2,382
Photo of marburg
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rusted orange and copper color with a dense, uneven head that's quite resurgant when one swirls the glass. Aroma has alcohol, green grapes, and light hints of the vanilla advertised on the bottle. Initially quite sweet, moves to a soured grapes flavor with a slick, buttery mouthfeel. I'm wondering if perhaps I got an off bottle -- some big diacetyl flavors. A light coconut and woody extract flavor finishes it off. Swallowing it the right way drowns the diacetyl, but it's pretty potent otherwise. Hopefully I can snag another of these next time I'm out east so I can give it a fair shake. (592 characters)

Photo of mikeys01
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles at Table & Vine in MA to try, will definitely pick up more. Pours a nice copper/deep orange color with a nice head and pretty high carbonation. Wonderful aroma, barleywine-like in nature. First tastes are of caramel and seetness, then you start to get the background notes of wood, vanilla, and a hint of smoke. Amazingly smooth brew for it's high alcohol content, another hit from the Dogfish Head. Not very bitter, but nice and malty, low in hop flavor but no problems there... (506 characters)

Photo of charlesw
1.94/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark golden brown. Very small but dense and cream colored head.
(Light) earthy and alcohol aroma.
And then the taste. My goodness! Straight off you get hammered with a dark caramel flavor that is quickly (less than a second later) replaced with a sweetly bitter maltiness. To my mouth, the secondary flavor/taste (not the aftertaste - the beer is still in my mouth at this point) is much subtler - much more enjoyable. The aftertaste is a gentle dwindling of the secondary flavor.
It has a very creamy/buttery feel to it.
It is highly unlikely that I will sample it again - the first taste of each sip is just way too overwhelming for me.

I find it interesting to note that the bottle says something about maple notes... But, since they mention it, it does taste like that batch of maple ale that I brewed last Spring - as in, it has the same strong flavors that mine did.

Edit: Having one now. Holy cow. Not the same beer AT ALL. This one is so horrifyingly oxidized as to not even be funny. Repulsive. I can't even imagine how I didn't get any of the crazy, over-the-top smoke, peat stuff last time but this one (6 years after that review) is just gross. A complete and total mess of a beer. I can't really imagine that aging this would help - the oxidation would only come on stronger still. I couldn't deal! Arg! (1,326 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmmmm...Vanilla. This barleywine from DFH was awesome, just like the rest of their beers! It poured a dark reddish, orangeish, copperish colour, with a small, fizzy head. The aromas were very complex, and consisted of smoke, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol, hops, various malts, and more! The taste was great, this is a very malty and strong barleywine with an east coast twist. The mouthfeel was thick and chewy and the drinkability was great for a barley wine!
-F (463 characters)

Photo of far333
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden honey color with an off-white foamy low head that sinks quickly. Aroma of alcohol wafts up to the nose. Putting the glass closer to the nose brings out hints of butterscotch, fruit, and a bit of vanilla. Flavor is rich and warming, sweet and alcoholic. Sweet malt with undertones of cotton candy. Low hop presence, and no discernible aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel, low carbonation. A little too rich for my taste. Not a session beer. (439 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 20 September 2002. Immort Ale is somewhat of a cross between a barley wine & a Strong Ale. It is copper colored, but it is less-malty than what I'd expect from a barley wine. There are lots of subtle complex flavors hiding inside. try it. (260 characters)

Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A burnt orange to copper color with an off-white head.
Unique aroma. Toffee, toasty malt, caramel, vanilla.

Taste is very sweet. Roasty notes of caramel and maple. Alcohol is underneath, but is well hidden for being 11% ABV. Definite acidic tartness to the beer.

Mouthfeel is creamy at first, but then syrupy and sugary.
Beer is a little rough around the edges and stand-offish, but has good drinkability for a beer with this much alcohol and character.

Overall, quite a good, unique and interesting beer. The sweetness is a bit much, though. Would be an interesting one to taste at several points of aging. (620 characters)

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange tan beer, no head and very little carbonation. Candy-like sweet aroma with hints of brown sugar and vanilla. Not as complex as other barleywines I have had, but still a very good one at that. Begins in a very sweet fashion, and there needs to be more of a hop flavor to balance that out. Its pretty tame as far as barleywines go. Mouthfeel is also kinda thin and not as chewy as I had hoped. Still though, I would definitley drink this again, its tasty. (460 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Peaty aroma, malty and with... is it caramel? There is a piece of the aroma that I can't quite describe.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin for a barley wine, just a bit chewy, but also brisk and sparkly. Lingering slightly burning aftertaste.

Body of the beer is orange-red, and the head is tan and thin, fading quickly to a skim.

Good lacing and a nice, smoky taste.

This is a mellow barley wine. Very sippable. Thirst-quenching; not quite as tooth-rattling as some other barley wines that I have tried.

Finally looked at the bottle and found the smell and taste that I had been looking for -- vanilla!

An interesting barley wine. Certainly one that I would buy again. (681 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At 11% abv, I was expecting this beer to whack me over the head with hot alcohol or solvent flavors. I was quite surprised to find it very mellow and soft (not sure how long my bottle may have been "store-shelf conditioned'). Poured a bright amber-gold, with a gentle aroma of vanilla cream. Mouthfeel was quite light, almost like a scotch and tonic. Flavors were likewise reminiscent of liquors - barrel-aged bourbon or sherry. A little oak. Interesting, but in some way too reserved, which is remarkable for the abv. (518 characters)

Photo of freed
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stopped by the market tonight, and low and behold, a distributor was having a tasting of Dogfish Head brews. He poured me a sample of the Immort, and though it was in a plastic cup, it had a very attractive color. The smell was very nice as well, a mix of wood and vanilla. The taste was ingredible! A very bright mixture of flavors, with a very prominent maple sweetness and a solid malt body. I learned its strenght after I put it down, and was somewhat surprised. The alcohol was well hidden by the variety of flavors. A very good beer. Excellent as a desert. (562 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep copper color with a tan head. The aroma is malty, milk chocolatey, woody, and has a faint hint of vanilla. The flavor is malty, chocolatey, and woody. It is a full-bodied, alcoholic, warming beer. This is a very complex brew. It is extremely tasty; I enjoyed every sip. I was disappointed to see the bottom of my glass. I will definitely drink this beer again. (376 characters)

Photo of aracauna
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This has surprising carbonation for such a big beer. Creamy head has great staying power. Toffee w/ orange glow. Oranges, leather, wood, vanilla and maple meld together. Warm going down. I'm really impressed that the beer can be so mellow and so strong. Very airy mouthfeel is pleasant but hurts the drinkability a bit. (319 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2002-2003 vintage
Orange color in the goblet. The brew pours with a nice white head, but this leaves very quickly. Then you are left with a look that resembles a pink/orange champagne . Fruity full malt nose with a metalic odor. Round full fruit (orange rind) taste with a touch of cotton candy sweetness. Very soft on the mouth. A dominant yeast (fruity) along with the smooth sweet malt (and a little added sugar?) base create great balence in this strong brew. Impressive and will improve as I cellar some of this for future tasting. (537 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thin head and leaves virtually no head. Slight hazy, amber color. Very complex taste - the brewer says "vast in character", a little smoky, raisiny - hard to describe. The ABV is noticeable but not overpowering. Smooth, a good ale to savor. 12oz is $2.99. (263 characters)

Photo of Stubbie1
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice brew. It pours an amber color, gives off a small head that fades to a very thin lace. The lace disappears. The aroma is a thin malt smell and a heavy alcohol with thin hints of caramel or vanilla. The taste is a mix of malt dried fruit and the vanilla, little to no alcohol. A nice complex brew. For such a strong brew, I think I could sit down on a cold winter night and polish off a few. But watch out for the alcohol! (435 characters)

Photo of aaronh
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Medium amber/light copper color served with a thin head. Smoky, sweet bourbon aroma. Appreciable hop levels. Huge, sweet malt profile in the flavor. Apple and plum notes are very prominent. Good bitterness on the finish prepares you for the next taste. Caramel and brown sugar become apparent later in the glass, both coated with a drizzle of milk chocolate. The thick, syrupy mouthfeel coats the tongue and is truly a joyous experience. The finish is a lingering sweetness that is balanced by enough hops not become cloying. This is a very excellent beer. (556 characters)

Photo of DrunkenPanther
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured it's dark golden body with no head at all.

The aroma was a strong alcohol and fruit smell. At first the alcohol is a bit overpowering, but as the drink goes, it becomes a bit more comfortable and the fruitiness comes out.

This beer had a sweet mouthfeel. Had hints of maple throught and actually finished with what seemed to be a strong vanilaa flavor that lingered on. (393 characters)

Photo of avylover
2.46/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer years ago with a novice palette and thought it tasted as if alcohol was added after brewing. This brew actually turned me off to dogfish but I have since gladly returned to thier great experimental style..well hundreds of brews later i decided to give this brew another shot. here goes..Appearance is typical of a high ABV brew..no head really, even with an aggressive pour. A deep golden colored brew that looks thick. The smell is instantly alcoholic, with a sweet malt in the background....somewhat expected at 11%. Very sweet taste with a lingering bitter mouthfeel. The alcohol kick is still there in a major way....did they add vodka to this brew? The alcohol seems separate from the beer here. Other brews at higher ABV are much more drinkable (even other dogfish head brews, olde school comes to mind), and I really can't taste much past the vodka bite and sweet maltiness. Perhaps a bit of vanilla cake in there maybe. Like they say, go with your first instinct. A "Big" beer, but not a great beer. I love big beers, but this one WHIFFED!!! (1,067 characters)

Photo of Denali
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger in New York City.

Appearance: Clear mahogany/amber with a small off-white head.

Aroma: Faint hop and caramel aroma.

Taste: Very strange and new spice flavors (for me) up front. The literature said that one of the spices is juniper. Sweet malt flavor is also present. For me this beer has a very unique flavor.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Primarily a sipping beer. I didn't realize until I wrote this review that the ABV is 11%. No wonder.

Comments: For me this beer was very different and enjoyable. Would like to have it again just to try and unlock the mysteries of those spices. (652 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeehaw! This is such a potent brew. Pours a deep amber color with a thin white head that fades away very fast. There was virtually no lace left. Aroma is very sweet. Scents of maple syrup, plums, vanilla, and smoked wood entice the olfactory senses. Surprisingly, there is barely any smell from the 11% alcohol. The taste is very complex, as is the aroma. There is a slight bitterness of hops, followed by a sweet taste of brown sugar and dried fruit, but where’s the alcohol? I still can’t taste it. Then, I stood up…There’s the alcohol! It creeps up on you like a tiger hunting down its prey and then WHAMMO! This is a great and complex brew, just don’t have too much or the ABV will kick you in the arse. (712 characters)

Photo of ElGuapo
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A cloudy light brown cider color with an off-white foam that will die quickly to a lace in a wide glass, but hold strong in a standard pint. The aroma is loaded with delicious hops, and the aroma stays even when there is only lace left on the glass.

This brew is loaded with hops. I had no idea what this brew was like before I had it, and I was pleasantly surprised. A nice bitter, spicy array of hops really got me excited drinking this one. The spicy hops pick up a sidecar of alcohol in the finish. It then dries with a bit of alcohol and even more hops in the aftertaste. The alcohol is blended in well, and is not over the level of flavor that it should be.

It is crisp and tingly with a great full body and intense flavors. It is very drinkable, but I would imagine some people would differ in opinion on that subject. Since we are "beer drinkers with opinions", I will have to say it was very drinkable to me. You may take your time with it to settle after its intensity. This one is a squad leader in my books. (1,027 characters)

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz. amber bottle. Bottled 9/02 (who needs freshness dating with and ABV of 11%?).

Appearance: Very pretty deep amber color. Minimal off-white head that does its best at lacing the glass.

Smell: Your first true indication that something very complex is in the glass. I just sat with the glass in hand and continuously smelled the beer to get an idea of what was going on. Guided by the label, I could pick out the maple, (very) vanilla, and oak aromas escaping from the beer. Very unique.

Taste: Like maple syrup mixed with vanilla pudding. Very sweet and very, very smooth on the palate. The creamy smoothness envelopes your taste buds in a wonderful pillow of softness.

Mouthfeel: Bordering on syrupy. But in a good way. Very light carbonation lends to the full and...."chewy" mouthfeel.

Drinkability: For an 11% ABV beer, it certainly hides it well. Barely noticeable alcohol flavor detected at the very end, but one cannot fail to notice the nice warming effect on the tummy. A beer that most definitely got better as it warmed from its initial temperature.

Must buy another and see how it ages. Definitely worth seeking out. Another excellent beer from a brewer that has yet to disappoint me. (1,230 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer just seems huge, or Immortal if you will. Pours an attractive hue of copper amber with an off white fluffy head, sticks around for quite awhile leaving a trickled lace in it's dust. The nose is a full of malt sweetness and underlying complex aroma of dried fruit tones all wrapped up in a mystic air of smokiness (rauch style). This beer acts like a paint brush, and my palate as the easel. A true well done piece of art like poetry with the sharp mildly bitter sweetness coming down with each stroke on my tongue. Leaves notes of vanilla and maple syrup here a very full and challenging flavor, but no way is this overbearing. The art form that exists here is that because a brewerer managed to complement so many flavors together in one beer. Great beer, I plan on picking up more of these to age, and hopefull I will be able to bring out more of these subtle flavors and tame the sharpness of the sweet tones to make room for other experiences with in this bottle. The mouthfeel is a chewy full mouthfeel mindblowing experience to sip and enjoy. So, drinkable I can't believe this beer is packing 11% ABV, a beer that could truly sneak up on you, but oh it's so amazing worth taking this much alcohol in one beer. (1,226 characters)

Photo of JISurfer
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice Barley Wine-Style Ale, my most favorite, that is. In the past few days I have had the Bigfoot, Old Dominion Millenium, and this one. Out of the 3, this is the best. It's got a real nice smell, that of various fruits and even some floral hints. The alcohol content is strong, but not evident in the taste. It's starts out smooth and finishes out smooth. The price isn't that bad either! (405 characters)

Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,109 ratings.