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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,256 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,256
Reviews: 1,100
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 130
Gots: 295 | 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:
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 Pat316


2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

01-20-2012 16:10:32 | More by Pat316
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The month of the bottled on date is wiped off a bit, but looks to be 10/26/11.

Pours a dark caramel colour, a bit purplish. Moderately sized off-white head dissipates fairly quickly. Some lacing.

As for the smell, the label does not lie: vanilla, oak and maple are all prominent. Peat and smoke are also strong. As a fan of Islay malts, those scents are very welcome. Some sweet malt as well. Really an unusual, complex and enjoyable smell.

Vanilla is the most immediately noticeable taste, with the peat not far behind. A sweet caramel malt flavour fills the finish, along with the smokey peat. I find the maple to be fairly understated (which is good), but it is there, certainly contributing a sweetness. The oak is noticeable as well. A bit of alcohol, but quite well hidden given the strength of the brew.

Moderate to low carbonation, full bodied, a bit chewy. Quite smooth.

Overall, very unique and really enjoyable. This one surprised me. The vanilla and peat work very well together.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:29:17 | More by jrenihan
Photo of ChadC12


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-20-2012 00:43:15 | More by ChadC12
Photo of stevegregg


3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-19-2012 22:51:03 | More by stevegregg
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-19-2012 03:06:18 | More by steamwhistle123
Photo of jayhawk73


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this on draft at the Alehouse. The bottle I based my other review on might have been bad.

Pours a dark brown with a nice one finger head on it. Nice cocoa head stuck around a while- average lacing on the side of my glass. The nose is nice- cedar, peat, smoke, vanilla and maple are what I get the most. Very pleasant. Taste is good, with the smoke and peat really coming out. Don't get much, if any of the 11% abv in the taste. Feel is medium, with somewhat average carbonation, and a smooth finish. Overall, this beer (on draft) was much different than my experience with the bottle I reviewed. While this isn't my favorite Dogfish Head beer, it's still solid. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2012 01:33:13 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of drewone


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-18-2012 08:40:56 | More by drewone
Photo of legalpete19340


4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured amber with a solid two finger fluffy off white head. Retention and lacing were average.

S: Caramel, vanilla, a bit of spicy wood, almost a cedar note.

T: Tons of malt come forward with notes of maple frosted donut, scones and toast. Leather, vanilla, a bit of spice and then hints of herbal hops. More caramel and sweet grain notes. The alcohol is noticeable in the undertones and wins out at the finish.

M: Slightly thinner than medium but velvety with a bit of chewiness.

O: Very interesting and complex strong ale. Enjoyable as a single but not a beer to drink more than one of. This is a dogfish strong ale: over the top in interesting ways. Worth a try for sure. I can see this replacing a scotch some night for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 05:32:26 | More by legalpete19340
Photo of logicalparadox

New York

2/5  rDev -47.6%

01-18-2012 04:43:36 | More by logicalparadox
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Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin white head, that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, vanilla, some spices, some fruit and touches of smoke, maple, alcohol and hops.

T: The taste starts out with a little bit of smokiness followed by mildly sweet flavors of vanilla, fruit and maple. The malt character is hearty and covers up the high ABV well. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Flavorful and complex, goes down easily, not too filling, well-disguised strong kick, good representation of style, a unique combination of flavors where if those flavors appeal to you they make the beer worth drinking for a while.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 04:26:58 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle with date of 10-26-11 into a snifter.

Pours a very deep amber color with minimal head but good retention of what's there with significant lacing.

The oak comes through in the nose beautifully. Definite notes from the maple syrup, and I'm unsure whether I want to drink it or just sniff it for a while.

Sweet tasting up front with definite boozy favors present as well. The high alcohol flavors and warmth really stick with you after the swallow. Taste becomes more complex when the beer warms a bit. More vanilla for sure and some smokiness as well.

Medium body, with low carbonation.

Great beer, and I expect no less from Dogfish. Bought a four pack, 2 for now and 2 for the cellar. Excited to pull this one out in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:25:36 | More by mattk614
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- deep amber color... Very hazy. Thin white head w/ very little webbing on my tulip glass.

S -- probably the most interesting part of this brew. It has a earthy smell that I assume comes from the maple. Not sure if this is barrel fermented, but I get a bit of oakiness too. Slight vanilla smell.

T -- slightly sweet with strong vanilla notes. Fairly strong booze aftertaste.

M -- @ 11% abv, booze def comes thru, but doesn't ruin it. Not overly carbonated. Seems to get sweeter as it warms

O -- decent brew, but not my fav dfh brew. I enjoy it as a dessert type beer b/c of its sweet/vanilla flavor, but not one I could drink all the time like some of their other big beers. Interesting but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 00:40:58 | More by Supadup21
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-17-2012 21:24:55 | More by Tiger33
Photo of GilGarp


4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage. 12 oz bottle served cool into a goblet.

Immort Ale is a slightly hazy reddish brown color with thin white head. Shortly lived with no lace.

Aroma is rich, oaky, and boozy.

Flavor is much the same with a big barleywine style malt body, lots of hop bitterness. The oak aging really goes well with this beer and the vanilla favor is very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and low in carbonation. The only downside is the high alcohol heat. Give it a few years and it would probably have a much more mellow feel.

Overall probably one of the best of Dogfish Head's big beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 01:36:08 | More by GilGarp
Photo of meipa


4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-16-2012 22:26:45 | More by meipa
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4.78/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hints of vanilla, carmel and oak; good mouthfeeling - nice viscosity.

Enjoyed Immort on a train ride from New York City to Philadelphia and it did wonders to improve my mood. Paired well with the saltiness of a hot dog that I picked up in Penn Station. Another fine product from Dogfish.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 22:18:12 | More by eyeambwana
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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a great copper color. Not much head on this beer but its made up for in smell. The smell is that of oak and reminds me of the complex oak tones of a few wines. Me and my friends joked at how it smelled like an old log cabin (in a good way). The taste is very original and like nothing I have ever had before. Oak notes with caramel and toffee. It's also very sweet which hurts the drinkability but this is a sipper beer for sure. The 11% alcohol also gives it a big kick. I feel that it's a little overpowering but when drank slowly can be very enjoyable. Overall this is a great beer but not something I would go out looking for. Glad I got the chance to try and and I have no regrets.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 17:55:53 | More by Rhynes2
Photo of gafferjohn


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-16-2012 17:10:40 | More by gafferjohn
Photo of Sparger


4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-16-2012 15:56:46 | More by Sparger
Photo of Rizalini


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Deschutes tulip glass...

A - Pours a crystal clear ruby/mahagony color, with a slim 1/2 finger off white head leaving almost no lacing.

S - Has an herbal, earthy oak smell. Slight hints of smoke and vanilla.

T/M - Oak forward, with notes of vanilla and a kind of cedar, herbal, medicinal quality. Warming alcohol as it goes down. Medium mouthfeel, slightly under carbonated.

O - Very oakey, but I'm missing the maple as stated on the label. A descent beer, but not one I would seek out again. It just has a coying, medicinal quality I can't get past. Maybe aging one might change the flavor profile slighty, but this one is definately kinda boozy.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 06:41:53 | More by Rizalini
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-16-2012 05:07:51 | More by justinlaz
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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one's a burnished orange leaning a tad brown. A creamy tan head sits about a finger high, holding itself together well and leaving plentious spotty lacing.
The nose has a lot to offer while stopping short of the full depth of the flavor. A dry woodiness with smoky peat balances with a caramel and vanilla sweetness with a spicy nip and an herbal quality I assume is derived at least in part from hops.
The flavor showcases real beauty, as the delightful combination of smoky, woody and sweet turns out to be downright delicious. More of a creamy vanilla comes out, the woodiness adds a dry element that keeps things in check and, combines with the herbal edge that goes vinous, without the sweetness would be too dry; each element keeps the other in check. It's like a combination of a Scotch ale, a barleywine, and a kolch or the like that just works. The gently peppery bite remains, and a bit of something like citrus zest is evident as well.
This brew is gently crisp all the way, going pretty creamy in the middle and into the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 05:00:59 | More by Brenden
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, keeping my fingers crossed that the new jersey giants lose this game to the pack (whom is also dislike, but not as much ), I will tap into the cellar to try this brew

A- a perfect copper glow with no foam whatsoever. Normally I will refer to appearances as inviting/welcoming... This will be intimidating

S- oak, caramel, and sweet vanilla are the apparent welcomers to the party. Very strong and apparent in the initial scent. However, there isn't too much else going on other than the sweet scent

T- a wave of caramel and sweet malt clashes with the some berries and amped up sweet vanilla flavor. Immort is massively indulged with sweet sugars and flavor. There is a little whack of alcohol along with the sugarfest if you will

M - coating and carbonated

O- immort is a flavorful strong ale that really positions itself with it's ingredients and practices. Sweet and enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 23:49:26 | More by lovindahops
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-15-2012 22:37:29 | More by Hessian257
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a somewhat hazy reddish brown amber with a finger of cream colored head. Slowly receded to a bubbly film that remained throughout the rest of the beer.

Rich caramel malt aromas with some oak present in the background. Some sweeter notes of maple and vanilla round this aroma off... the most present aroma is alcohol for sure though.

The taste is made predominately of caramel malt with maple, oak, vanilla and booze making up the rest of the taste. Very alcohol forward in taste and in heat but not enough to ruin the beer....

Medium bodied with an ample amount of carbonation. Almost too much at first but it ends up rounding it off for a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, I liked this beer. I think that it is a pretty booze forward beer but it does have some nice notes under the heat. Defnitely worth a shot if you have a chance to sample this one. I guess they don't call them "strong ales" for nothin, right?

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:21:20 | More by dcloeren
Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,256 ratings.