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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Immort AleImmort Ale

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very good

1,111 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,111
Hads: 2,385
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 169
Gots: 336 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 1,111 | Hads: 2,385
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

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Photo of goz
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is deep clear copper in color, with a small tan head that quickly receeds to a small ring of bubbles. Aroma is vinous, doughy, caramel, and some vanilla. Flavor is strongly sweet, with vanilla, caramel, maple, and some chocolate hints as well. Body is quite full, lightly carbonated, and the alcohol becomes more apparent as it gets warmer.

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Photo of Jarod
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured and brought to the table a deep copper with red highlight color. It had some head which was a white/beige color. It was slowly going into a light film on the top but died in chunky pieces. The aroma was grapes, dark fruit, port wine like with hints of light malt, some wood like character and alcohol in the end of the nose. The taste…..mmmm….the taste was of a port wine, grapes, some dark fruit, caramel, malt, wood, some light bitter hops thrown in and ended in a nice alcohol warmth. Very nice beer, that left me feeling like I wanted another glass even though I was only half way through the first glass. Good brew.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky dark brown, chocolate milkish color with a light brown ring for a head. Had little carbonation on the pour. Aroma is lots of crazy things: malty, vanilla, woody, smokey, spicy herbs, tobacco(?). Sweet malt flavor with big smokey woody flavors and hints of vanilla. Very vinous. Full bodied and chewy but very flat.

Per Best American Beers Book: Peat smoked malt, maple syrup, juniper, vanilla beans, brown sugar, and chipped oak from French Chardonnay barrels...

'98 embossed stamp along bottle bottom. Tasted: 01/22/03

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Photo of scottum
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good tasting beer! Mmmm maple is a favorite flavor of mine hailing from VT. A little too sweet to be perfectly drinkable, but it tastes real good. The six pack lasted me a little over a week, but I've had other beers to drink in the meanwhile. I still have one left as of this review. I plan on buying another sixpack to lay down for a year or few. This is amoung the better barley wines out there. It's like there's a party in my mouth!

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Photo of zerk
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a quickly dissipating head that leaves a fair amount of lace. Aroma is malty and sweet, with caramel and bread notes, and a bit of spiced apples. Flavor is also quite malty, with caramel, yeasty bread dough, vanilla, and a slightly herbal finish. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. A very nice rendition of a Barley-Wine, and surprisingly, Dogfish Head didn't go too far over-the-top with this one... well done.

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Photo of Dantes
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Package: 12 oz. brown bottle with metal cap. Label scored between 11 & 12; 11% ABV.

Cost: $1.99 per bottle, Total Wines, West Orange

Presentation: In a Reidel brandy snifter at ~50º.

Appearance: Some "gunsmoke" upon opening. Very sparse head, forming shallow stratus cloud swirls of foam. Color is lighter than your typical barley wine, leaning toward cloudy. Oddly, not much different than a recently consumed “Old Jock” ale.

Smell: Good to very good aroma, with notes of vanilla, roasted nuts, cotton-candy, and some spice. Alcohol is well-shrouded in the background.

Taste: Less impressive than the smell, with the alcohol more prevalent. I found this to be more one-dimensional than some of the other barley wines. It started off sweet, but then a woodiness insinuated itself, along with an edgy astringency I couldn’t really describe, that some here seemed to perceive as a metallic or pine sensation. I guess it was the juniper berry, but it didn’t remind me of gin! I was impressed by the subtlety of the maple syrup, which can be overpowering. Very malty with enough hops to keep it from being boring, but not enough to knock your socks off. 50 to 60 IBU’s would probably show better. Lacked punch in the middle and the finish.

Mouthfeel: Despite the paucity of the head, this actually seemed to have a higher level of carbonation that seemed a bit coarse, than many barley wines. Thinner and lighter than some others with lower ABV’s.

Drinkability: I found this to be a “lighter” barley wine, which was very easy to drink. On the negative side, it was not as substantial or filling as some others.

Backwash: A good effort, that unfortunately pales in comparison to Dogfish’s own World Wide Stout (not really a competitor I guess) and lags a bit behind Victory’s Old Horizontal. Perhaps this would benefit from some bottle aging as suggested on the bottle. However, my review of Old Horizontal was also of a new bottle. Worth trying.

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Photo of philipt
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beer that I've wanted to try for some time now, and it does not disappoint. My favorite offering from Dogfish to date (I have a WW Stout 23% in the pantry still).

Pours amber in color with a medium-small tan head. Smells rather sweet with a hint of the alcohol in this brew. I initially noticed, as I chewed on this beer, a sweet malt flavor followed quickly by the substantial alcohol percent. As I progressed through this monster of an ale, I noticed more complexity: wood, smoke, esters, and some lingering sweetness. I'm feeling pretty good right now...

Why did I buy only one?????

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Photo of maxpower
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep cloudy amber-copper, small head with tight little bubbles, sweet smokey caremel aroma. Sweet and malty, flavors of smoke, oak and light maple syrup, nice bitterness in the finish, full bodied with a full and creamy mouthfeel, a warming sipping ale, awesome.

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Photo of MJR
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a rustic, medium brown with garnet highlights. A decent size tan head doesn't stick around for long.

Smell: Aroma of sweet malt, vanilla, and maple. A touch of alcohol too. One of the more interesting beer smells I've encountered.

Taste: Sweet with a strong rubbing alcohol flavor. Lots and lots of sweetness here: maple, vanilla, and an overall fruity taste. Finishes with a surprising oak character. Little to no hop flavor or aroma. The most unique Barley Wine-style ale I've ever had...this might take a little getting used to.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium/heavy thickness with a dry finish. Very strong rubbing alcohol finish...was this one of the ingredients?

Drinkability: Hmm...the flavor profile is certainly interesting enough, but could I drink more than one of these, or have one on a regular basis? I doubt it. It's a bit too sweet for me. I'm glad to have tried it, but I don't think I'll be revisiting this one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fat bubbly head--sizzles--gorgeous violet/dark ruby color. Not much springs to mind for aroma, some grapes, berries, then it's gone. Sharp tangy tast, heavy alcohol comes right up from behind. Long lasting finish, high carbonation. Strong, yes, but not as fully flavored as I like my barleywines. Soft palate. I liked it more as I neared the end of the bottle. Very lovely, very delicious.

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Photo of purplehops
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Immort pours a deep sparkling amber with an off-white head that clings to the glass. Bubbles continue to rise to the surface for quite a while. The aroma if fruity with undertones of malt and hints of spice and citrus. The taste is very well balanced. It is very creamy in the mouth with malt, hops, and yeast blending to create the smooth flavor. Even the after taste balances back and forth between the hops and the warmth of the alcohol and the sweetness of the malt. I couldn't start to describe the flavors I'm tasting. No one flavor comes to the fore front and stays for more than a split second. This is a wonderful ale. The alcohol will probably get to you before you tire of drinking Immort. A new favorite on my shelf.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured with a cloudy copper color and a small beige head that shrank to a thin ring within minutes. Very sweet aroma, full of caramel and dark fruity smells, with a lighter than expected alcohol twinge, considering the ABV of 11%. The aroma is much more complex than that last sentence implies and it changes a bit as the beer warms.
The flavor has a good bit of fortified wine character, like a good tawny port or sweet sherry. Dried fruit, caramel, vanilla, the list of flavors goes on and on, this is a complex brew and the flavor hints change as the beer warms in the glass, rather sweet overall.
This is not an everyday drinking beer, but it is quite drinkable, and would be very nice after dinner or relaxing with a nice cigar.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Dark gold in color. Excellent sweet aroma consisting of vanilla and banana. I thought it had the flavor characteristics of a Belgian more than a Barley Wine. Either way it was very interesting.

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Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a copper-reddish color and formed a small off white bubbly head that left some circular lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, caramel and a slight presence of the alcohol. A flavor of malt, caramel and slightly herbal touch. A warm feeling of the alcohol is also present. Not a bad barleywine.

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Photo of pbrian
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been too impressed with Dogfish Head beers, but I really liked this one. Bottled in Nov, last year I presume. Hazy brown with minimal head to start, no head at all quickly thereafter. Alcohol whiffs, mixed with lingering malty cherry notes. Deep, complex malt flavor, low hop bitterness compared to some of the West coast B-wines I've had lately. Bottle indicates the use of maple, vanilla, and oak but to me none of these flavors really jumped out, which was good beacause I wasn't looking for something to put on my pancakes. Other than in the aroma, the 11% alc. was hidden well. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Winter
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was able to pick this up as a single bottle. The label indicated that it was bottled in January, so this beer has aged for about 10 months. Pours a ruby-brown with a thin head. Enticing aroma has hints of vanilla, cherry and oak. Taste follows suit with aroma and is very smooth, in addition to a slight bourbon taste. The 11% alchohol is masked very well in the flavor and isn't as overpowering as I'd have thought it would be. Nice warming effect as it goes down.

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Photo of rastaman
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beatiful mahogany-brown colour, very sweet malty nose, with lots of syrup, raisins, vanilla, caramel, and perhaps some oak. A sipper, strong, warming, with a complex, and long finish, lots of maple, oak, a touch of vanilla and a peppery warming finish, some bitterness and acid, but its more sweet than anything, very tasty stuff indeed, one of the better barley wines i've had, its not one dimensionally sticky, like others.

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Photo of marc77
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The off white dense head covers a deep ruby brew w/ a slight haze. The aroma is an odd melange of woody notes, an earthy and herbal hop nose along with black licorice sweetness. Esters are there as well, and consist of both fruity prune like notes and subtle bubblegum. Chocolately, dryish powered notes cocoa hit the palate at first, then is immediately followed by rich molasses sweetness and toasty malt. Surprisingly, a slightly conflicting light clove phenol surfaces mid palate, but is offset by penetrating, dark caramel malt. Hop bitterness is low, and allows malt sweetness to almost completely dominate. Moderate in body, w/ a dextrinous, sugary mouthfeel. Finishes w/ brown sugar like sweetness lingering. Immort Ale is an eccentric brew... Cellaring may help the flavors meld, but since hop bitterness is already low, it might get even sweeter. Odd, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of Jdiddy
2.83/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am a big Dogfish fan but this brew was just too strong. Maybe if it aged a few years it would be perfect. The insant taste is that of maple, raisins, and strong alcohol. It tends to take the flavor away from what could be a great beer. Very hard to dring a full bottle. A deep dark color.

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Photo of ADR
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single at $3.50 (a little high, to me)...

Clear darker brown umber color, decent dark yellow head that settles at 1/4 inch for a minute or so. Lots of aromas, raisins, plums, maple sugar candy. Flavor is deep with appropriate "cough syrup" body -- smokey vanilla, rum soaked fruitcake. Snap of hop bitter at the end that's enhanced by the alcoholic impressions. A big beer who's taste was less complex than the smell or my expectations implied...but I did enjoy it quite a bit.

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Photo of Todd
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark copper with ruby edges and crowned with a pillowy, off-white, creamy foam lace with plenty of retention and stick.

Alcohol, esters, some wet paper and chickory in the aroma.

Thick, full-bodied beer with a juicy, chewy, sweet malt character of coffee, chickory, maple, vanilla, raisin and deep earthy oak flavours around the edges. Vinous at times with grape undertones. Alcohol notes run deep and are very warming, while also lending a subtle spicy note to the beer. Hop bitterness is light with a peaking earthy and leafy twang that settles back into the malt flavours and finishes with a slightly toasty / bready finish.

I'm not that fond of Dogfish Head beers, but this beer is a very unique and complex Barleywine. Not the best, but certainly worth tracking down for a try.

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Photo of ZAP
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copyright on the bottle says 1999...I'm not sure if it was bottled then but I wouldn't doubt it as this is exceptionally smooth for the alcohol load...sweet fruit( and bourban on the nose, along with a heavy dose of alcohol...definitely a sweet bourban/maple/sweet fruit flavor....the hops are there and balance but don't bite you....very complex...a very small hint of vanilla as the bottle states...don't know if I would have caught it if I wasn't looking for it...a big warming effect in the tummy...I think this is spectacular....an exciting, challenging BW that is a true treat to put to the lips..I am rating the drinkability high for its style...obviously this isn't a beer you'd want to kick back a six pack of....a true sipping beer...

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Photo of proc
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Damn. Wow. I am a man now. Complex is a good word to describe this beer. Pours out to an innocent looking amber, with a slight head. Then, it kicks all your senses. There are so many tastes in this beer, I don't know where to start. Fruit, pine, and an alcohol finish that is hidden well. Not for the weak hearted, I'll tell ya that. As this beer warmed, the flavors mellowed, but became more satifsfying.

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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.