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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Immort AleImmort Ale

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very good

2,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,347
Reviews: 1,107
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 141
Gots: 319 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of xnicknj
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Labeerfinder
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.

Photo of django24
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Notes

Appearance: Clear darker amber with golden highlights, no head and little bubbles.

Aroma: Strong, sweet and smooth. Bready and caramely malt, alcohol, vanilla. Must have skipped the hops on this one :)

Taste: Again strong sweet breadiness and caramel as with the aroma. Also featuring some woodiness, a little bit of earthy hops, and a bourbon-like burn that's maybe too much. Maple syrup too?

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, full-bodied. Lingering and very warming leaving a syrupy, tingling coating on the palate that I've not experienced in a beer before. The finish is long with the hops being overwhelmed by sugar and booze.

Overall: Not boring. Lots of "extra" flavors like the vanilla, oak, maple syrup. Lot's of booze though. Maybe this could be better with some age on it, mellow it out some? Curious to see.

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2/5  rDev -47.6%

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Photo of magine
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a caramel color with reddish orange hue along the edges. Nice creamy finger thick light cream colored head. Head settles to a lace coating and has some lacing along the rim all the way down. Good looks.

Brew smells of dark malts and fruits; caramel, maple, yeasts and dark fruits round out a good nose here.

Brew is nice and balanced. Creamy malts finish the peppery start. Maple, barley, and dark fruits are prominent flavors here. Almost some smokiness to this one as well. Some mild yeasty estery sweetness finishes up the slightly boozy semi dry finish. Good stuff here.

Another stud brew form DFH. I love the variety of flavors they try in their brews. Great four pack to sample.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ONUMello
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bottled 10/26/11 poured into a pint glass
A: Copper colored, with a thin head.
S: I do pick up the maple, vanilla and oak mentioned on the label along with a dose of malt, esters and alcohol.
T: Pleasant at first, with rich vanilla-oak, smooth malt, and just a hint of caramel/maple. It has a bit of smoke in the middle, probably from toasted oak. Then it turns very boozy towards the end. Some may find that off-putting, I don't mind, just take your time and sip it. Lacks noticeable hops.
M: Smooth, though a bit syrupy w/ an alcohol bite. Pleasant carbonation.
O: Though I don't mind the booze characteristic, I wouldn't complain if it were toned down a hair. That being said, I enjoyed this overall; it has pleasant flavors and nice complexity.

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4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful beer, a amber hue that begs to be consumed. My third favorite of all the Dogfish products, This beer might be to heavy for most at a fresh state (which I have had several times). Take my word for it a year or two in the cellar makes this beer a world class value, one I would pit against any other in the category.

Robust sweet maple over tones, with a woody finish. You can taste how strong this beer is but some aging a smoothness the rounds everything together.

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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice type glass

Appearance – A light golden-reddish color with a nice off white head. The brew itself is a bit hazy with big bubbles of carbonation visible clinging to the side of the glass. The head fades to give some moderate lacing.

Smell –Upfront there is a bready backbone and with some smokiness. Some sweeter darker fruits and a bit of maple sugar taste come in more toward the middle of the aroma. These are rounded out by some more floral aromas and a bit of earthiness.

Taste – The taste is largely bready and somewhat yeasty and smoky up front. There are some nice sweeter fruit flavors that come in toward the middle of the taste, which mix with some sweet brown sugar and maple taste. Toward the these sweet flavors mix with some malty earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel – A bit on the creamier side with a fairly good level of carbonation. Big bubbles of CO2can be felt on the tongue giving a moderate exiting feel. This coupled with a nice body makes it quite a nice feel.

Overall – It has a rather interesting taste and smell. Not the most complementary transitions in many of its characteristics, but a beer that is well worth a try.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a two finger off-white head that held on for a little while and left some nice lacing on the glass. Color was a dark amber. Aroma was caramel with a strong sting of alcohol. There was also some woodiness anda note of coffee. Caramel and booze is predominant in the taste. There is a smokiness, when mixed with the alcohol, makes it harsh at first, but it does sweeten up in time. The beer finished with a little bit of maple, but not much.

The carbonation was pretty heavy but seemed to smooth out in to a light syrup. I remember having this a couple times in the past and enjoying it, just never had the time to sit and think about it. Alright fresh, but seems like this would improve with a year or two of age on it.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,347 ratings.