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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,278 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 2,278
Reviews: 1,101
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 136
Gots: 304 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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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mfield14

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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

New York

2/5  rDev -47.6%

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

Illinois

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
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MystikCelt

New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Illinois

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
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inventsituations

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +30.9%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-24-2012 05:15:48 | More by zonker17
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eaphikap

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-24-2012 01:30:58 | More by eaphikap
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dgfishhead36

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.5%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Delaware

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-23-2012 12:08:13 | More by MalReever
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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
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therica

Maryland

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
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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
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Merkur

Tennessee

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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hopsandstouts

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.5%

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

Michigan

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
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Jpik

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-21-2012 02:33:26 | More by Jpik
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YobroitsJoe

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-20-2012 22:05:51 | More by MakeShiftPro
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jaidenjb

Ohio

5/5  rDev +30.9%

01-20-2012 16:55:17 | More by jaidenjb
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Pat316

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

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

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-20-2012 00:43:15 | More by ChadC12
Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 2,278 ratings.