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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Immort AleImmort Ale

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very good

2,336 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,336
Reviews: 1,107
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 141
Gots: 317 | 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 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.

Labeerfinder, Feb 27, 2012
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.

django24, Feb 27, 2012
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2/5  rDev -47.6%

jbozley, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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, Feb 27, 2012
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.

magine, Feb 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

steamboatbrewer, Feb 25, 2012
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.

ONUMello, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Remydakine
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.

Remydakine, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

Darkmagus82, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

HamGlade10, Feb 24, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

olympicgatorade, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of jeremy13586
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.

jeremy13586, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

ChadT89, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

spark3148857, Feb 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

M27, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

MikeD1687, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

seeswo, Feb 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

schoun, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

PeteRiz, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of harrymel
2.63/5  rDev -31.2%
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 -34.6%

jfcaa193, Feb 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

AutumnBeerLove, Feb 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

heysuz, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

rogerdclark, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

ifricker, Feb 10, 2012
Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,336 ratings.