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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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2,282 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,282
Reviews: 1,102
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 136
Gots: 307 | 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 Thickfreakness

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

A- Pours a very clear cherry/amber hue with barely a head, and no lacing what-so-ever! Hardly a whisper of carbonation.

S- Smokey malts, hints of maple syrup, vanilla and a ton of caramel malts. You can smell the alcohol bite which I don't mind at all. Reminds me of a smokey Scotch.

T- Sweet and smokey! Wow! Really nice, and really different! I prefer this with some age on it, but I do really like it fresh. I love the way the sweet and smoky meld together... kinda like a BBQ beer! The alcohol really cleans and stings the roof of your mouth just like a nice Scotch. I dig the way the vanilla and maple open up as you breathe in after the sip.

M- Sweet, smokey and delicious! Not as thick as I would like, but it does have a nice oily way about it. Lots of alcohol shines thru and throws the maple/vanilla to the forefront!

O- I really dig this with two years on it to let the flavors really come together... but it tastes amazing fresh as well. I'm glad this brew is back! I love the alcohol burn, and the way that it lets the sweet caramel candy show thru. It's not much to look at, but who really cares?

01-26-2012 05:54:13 | More by Thickfreakness
Photo of ryan1788a5


4/5  rDev +4.7%

12oz bottle. How better to enjoy a big Dogfish Head beer than by drinking it out of a big Dogfish head snifter?

A: Pours a ruby red color. The head is short-lived, and soon sputters into nothing. Not surprising, given the high abv. Little lacing to speak of, only a few meager spots.

S: Estery with suggestions of grape and berry. Malt body smells of caramel and bread. Oak and vanilla accentuate the nose nicely. Maple is very hard to pick out, but it's there. Quite nice on the nose. Balanced and complex.

T: Malt flavors flex some muscle. Crusty brown bread, brown sugar, faint cocoa and caramel. Berry esters are locked in tight amongst the malt flavors, but are coaxed out more as the beer warms. Strong oak character kicks in mid-palate and dries things. Sugary maple plays a slightly bigger role than the nose would lead us to believe. Creamy vanilla impression mingles with a touch of piney, bitter juniper. Spike of spicy alcohol barely keeps itself from straying solventy. Dry finish with lots of smoke, oak, caramel, and crust.

M: Moderately thick, syrupy, and chewy. Moderate carbonation. Oak-induced astringency. Very warming due to the strong alcohol presence.

O: I liked it. I imagine some might think it a little too hot and boozy, but I don't mind it. It's like a big gal who is comfortable with her body. Attractive in her confidence. There's some nice complexity too. Everything promised on the label is there. A contemplative sipper that opens up after a short time.

Notes: My one minor criticism would be that the oak comes on a bit strong.

01-26-2012 05:27:56 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of vandemonian


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Dogfish Head Immort Ale is a tasty strong ale with notes of smoke and oak.

A: Darkish orange colour and a 1 cm head that lasts very well. 4

S: Malty with hints of vanilla and alcohol and smoky oak. 4

T: Malty with strong smoke flavours and woodiness. Maybe some chocolate. Vanilla and smoke in the finish. 4

M: Foamy. 4

O: 3.5

01-26-2012 02:46:14 | More by vandemonian
Photo of VAcrossr


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-26-2012 00:20:49 | More by VAcrossr
Photo of mfield14


4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-25-2012 23:29:31 | More by mfield14
Photo of caljrjr

New York

2/5  rDev -47.6%

01-25-2012 04:17:55 | More by caljrjr
Photo of kawilliams81


3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- dark copper, with a 1 finger off-white head. Very little lacing.

S- Peated malts dominate the aroma, some oak and sugar come through as it warms.

T- Like aroma very malty with the smokiness from the peat present. Sweetness, almost brown sugar taste, from the maple syrup. Get some oak and vanilla but definitely in the background.

M- medium body, high carbonation. Has a drier finish too it.

O- Better than some of their odd beers (as I would call this one). Sounds better than it tastes though.

01-25-2012 02:56:49 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of MystikCelt

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-25-2012 01:54:48 | More by MystikCelt
Photo of FanofHefe


3.43/5  rDev -10.2%

12 oz. bottle dated 10/26/11, poured into a pilsner glass. Clear amber body with tints of orange. Two-finger light tan head that bubbles up into a creamy foam on the top; has good retention with just a little lacing. Looks good.

The aroma is primarily oak. There is a light alcohol aroma in the mix that blends with the vanilla.

The flavor is not really as close to the aroma as I would have expected. The smoky oak flavor is in the forefront and the secondary flavor is the vanilla. I didn't get much of the smokiness in the aroma. Not too much sweetness but a little alcohol in the background.

Lighter in the mouthfeel than I would have expected, but not overly distracting. A good and interesting brew overall.

01-25-2012 00:50:23 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of inventsituations

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +30.9%

01-24-2012 11:12:11 | More by inventsituations
Photo of zonker17


4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-24-2012 05:15:48 | More by zonker17
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-24-2012 01:30:58 | More by eaphikap
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-24-2012 00:26:23 | More by dgfishhead36
Photo of Jakers90


4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-23-2012 21:06:09 | More by Jakers90
Photo of MalReever


4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-23-2012 12:08:13 | More by MalReever
Photo of negroobserver

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Appears to be a deep brown, mahogany color. Pours with a very thin, light cream colored head. .

Smells of alcohol, oak, malts. I'm not getting much of the vanilla.

Taste is not as complex as I had expected. It's sweet at the front end and then becomes this strong malty flavor. Very light bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Beer is smooth and well rounded. There is a light sting on the tongue. Tingle in the mouth from the alcohol and carbonation, when you gulp the beer. It's not a clean crisp finish, but a warm malty one.

01-23-2012 06:01:47 | More by negroobserver
Photo of therica


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

A= deep amber, modest tan head, some nice rimming and lacing.

S= very distinct, very nice, the caramel shines along with woody oak and some hops florals, after initial pour. Shortly afterwards, after the first sip, the nose suddenly changed, strong liquor, sweet malts. 4.5 on first pour nose but demoted to 4.0 afterwards.

T= first sip was very nice-- slightly sweet, decent malts, adequate hops (I was expecting bigger hops due to DFH's reputation). Next sip was more cloying caramel and sweet malts, some liquor, a bit tart.

M= syrupy yet some dryness, something's missing in the balance.

O= a big-ABV beer from DFH, interesting, I'd drink it again although it doesn't jump into the top beers on my list. I'll let this sit a bit and revise as necessary if anything better emerges, maybe try another bottle sometime or try to grab it on-tap at Gaithersburg MD DFH Brewpub.

01-23-2012 05:07:33 | More by therica
Photo of korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -19.4%

Bottled 10/26/2011

A- Clear dark amber pour with three finger eggshell head. Chunky, soapy lacing.

S- Caramel and maple with a touch of coffee. There is a slight booze. Slight apple juice and raisins.

T- Maple, sugar and a meaty smoke taste that resembles charred ham... Raisins and vanilla and slight coffee.

M- Medium bodied, chewey with slight carbonation.

O- Smoke isnt my thing and I'm a little bummed, it's not a bad beer but I just can't get into smoke flavors.

It does start you taste better with each sip but not my thing.

01-23-2012 01:20:26 | More by korguy123
Photo of Merkur


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Beer pours a nice amber color with a bit of bit of tan head.

Beer smells mainly of caramel, with some vanilla and maple sweetness in there as well.

Beer tastes a bit smokey and vanilla at first, before giving way to a strong dried fruit taste. The beer finishes with a boozey afterburn. Its 11%, so this is not unexpected.

Mouthfeel is that of a medium bodied beer.

Overall a pretty good strong ale.

01-22-2012 17:41:01 | More by Merkur
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-22-2012 11:17:12 | More by hopsandstouts
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-22-2012 04:45:16 | More by Mantooth
Photo of TCgoalie


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

interesting find, pours amber colored and is see through. Solid white lacing and same with the small head.

The smell is especially sweet with some twigs and juniper maybe?

The taste is malty with a good dose of maple syrup and other herbs. There is a good pine hop in the end.

The feel is smooth with a tingle of carbonation. After the hopness is some dry-ness.

An interesting brew, I think this would be good either on tap or aged for a year in the bottle.

01-22-2012 00:34:00 | More by TCgoalie
Photo of Jpik


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-21-2012 02:33:26 | More by Jpik
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-20-2012 22:47:05 | More by YobroitsJoe
Photo of MakeShiftPro

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-20-2012 22:05:51 | More by MakeShiftPro
Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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