Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery
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3.75/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottle dated 1/27/14. Beer pours deep amber with minor foam ring around head. Nose is lightly fruity mixed with some earthiness. Flavor is smoke and earth..rich and developed with a smoky tart sweetness rounding out. Mouthfeel is silky.. Not too heavy or boozy for a strong ale. Overall a sipper..reminds me of a cognac or whiskey.
Serving type: bottle
06-12-2014 02:32:23 | More by fgmiele
2.88/5 rDev -24.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
A - pours a dark amber/orange, less than half an inch head
N - very complex, strong maple aroma, smokey malt, I favored the taste over the nose
while my girlfriend felt the reverse.
M - full mouth feel,
T - strong smokey & bitter maple taste, can definitely detect the alcohol but at 11% that's not surprising.
O - when I purchased my 4 pack it's contents were already about 5 months old. I wont say I disliked it but.. I like many of dogfishes other brews much better. But I saved one bottle and I will be cellaring it for another 6 months at which point I'm hoping I will enjoy this one better.
Serving type: bottle
06-07-2014 19:49:25 | More by AmericanPaleMale666
4.13/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Vast in character, luscious and complex, this smooth, full-bodied ale reveals interwoven notes of maple, vanilla & oak." Brewed in the style of an English Strong Ale. Released annually in 4 packs as part of Dogfish Head's Ageable Ales series, this is the only one of the four that can be legally sold in my conservative state of Georgia. Bottled in 2013A.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to the Dogfish Head Signature Glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a caramel cream head of a golden white tone and a thin creamy consistency. Body color is a solid red amber with high clarity and moderate carbonation. Retention is average, lacing is barely there as well. A decent appearance, not spectacular by any means. 3.25
(Smell) Aroma consists of thick, bready and medium roasted malts, a touch of grain alcohol, strong fruity esters via notes of figs and semi-dry raisins bordering on vinous qualities red grapes, moderate sharp spices of mace, allspice and cloves. Maple sweetness is very likely and brings some booziness with it- vanilla tags along in traces and oak notes are certainly prevalent. The oak-laden solvent character is ever pleasant, like a boozy, moderately smoked scotch ale, this one may be a tad harsh to some noses, but not mine. Potency is high. 4.25
(Taste) The roasted caramel and maple flavor takes a lead role in the flavor. Big notes of lightly spiced bread, sweet maple syrup and molasses rounded out by a rough grain alcohol edge, a mellow acidic puff of smoke, and a mild dark fruit assortment. Figs, dates, red grapes, plums- a little of each fruit makes up for any remaining holes in the malt profile. Very low hop profile overall, bitterness is mostly led by a grainy acidity, a mellow fruity tartness and accentuated by a faint oak dryness. Finishes with a wood-laden bready maple undertone and a hint of fruity booze. I love the bold malt bill flavors this beer has to offer- it reminds me directly of some of my favorite Wee Heavy beers with that strong oaken-malt character. There are not nearly as many off-flavors as I have been led to believe, and all lend a desirable depth to this beer. 4.25
(Mouthfeel) Creamy smooth bready malt body, a touch boozy with a pinch of sweet bourbon, finishing lightly dry from a touch of grain alcohol and fruit. Body is medium/high for the style, shy of high overall- the syrup additive makes for a heavily-flavored beer but still manages a very high drinkability. Alcohol presence is medium. Some aging will definitely tone the heat down and mellow out the other extremes. The ideal texture for this beer is pretty much there; it's just a touch boozy which personally doesn't bother me as much as a beer with wild carbonation or off-putting textures. 4
(Overall) It's certainly a new level of intensity, even by Dogfish Head's standards. Immort Ale has a great deal of roasty, toasty caramel malt depth and maple bourbon sweetness plus pinches of oak and vanilla for what can only be a very tasty, smooth and mildly sweet beer to fulfill your malt-lovers' wildest dreams. I'm not sure what the fuss is about over this beer, aside from some booze that will inevitably fade with time, it suits me just fine. 4
Dogfish Head Brewery's
(2013-1 year aged): Aroma is a bit more sweet and fruity than the fresh vintage, with notes of raisin, date and fig developing, although this overshadows much of the earthy tartness of the fresh vintage. This flavor is also much more prevalent in the flavor, with bold notes of licorice, peat smoke and dark candied fruits generating a much more robust flavor in this beer. Mouthfeel shares similarities with carbonation, although the body thickens slightly and comes off a bit more heavy, viscous and syrupy. I found this an excellent candidate to age with a lot of developed flavor by year one, and I hope that Dogfish Head brings Immort back in the near future, although it seems to have been replaced by Raison D' Extra for 2014. Keep a single bottle if you have some Immort ale left to enjoy.
Recommended vintage: Fresh-1 year (Both are fantastic)
Serving type: bottle
05-30-2014 22:44:27 | More by Jadjunk
Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
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