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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

Immort AleImmort Ale

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very good

2,151 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 2151
Reviews: 1094
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%

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 Lucho


3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a rich copper red with a nice white head that foams up thick and white and has decent retention.

Smell: booze, fresh tobacco, chard oak, dark fruits,

Taste: Sweet at first with maple and some vanilla. There is almost an off putting taste of a corked wine, maybe that is the oak and maple playing together. Once it warms up the the maple really comes through with some fresh tobacco flavors. not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with sweet residue that coats the mouth with each sip.

Overall: This is an interesting brew with some nice flavor notes. I am interested to see how it will mellow out in 6-12 months.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2013 05:47:22 | More by Lucho
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a nice orange amber with slightly less than a finger of caramel colored head, decent retention, only a thin but respectable layer remains across the surface after ~3 minutes. A decently thick outer lacing remains with a moderate, decent thin lacing.

S - Lots of dark fruits, smoked wood/oak, maple and maybe a little bourbon - hint of smoked bacony aroma as well.

T - Maple and oak followed by a slight alcohol burn and dark fruits (raisins/prunes), some sweet caramel, toffee and vanilla.

M - Medium-full bodied, fairly smooth - perfect ~55 degrees F

O - Very tasty, considerably more enjoyable and a warmish temperature. Quite complex, alcohol is very well hidden, very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 00:06:54 | More by MacQ32
Photo of schoolboy


4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing sipping beer. You just want to take it easy. The aroma and flavor are so complex you need a degree to understand them.

It's a very dark reddish brown ale with a small but fine head. The aroma is extremely complex - yeasts, fruits, maple dominate. The taste similarly is challenging. There are many things in there, and they are all making an interesting concert together - kind of like a Zappa concert, very complicated. The aftertaste lingers bittersweet and heavy, like the style usually does, only more so.

For as highly as I rated this I doubt that I would want it very often.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 20:34:02 | More by schoolboy
Photo of TomTwanks


3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I really did have high hopes for this one

Smell - smoky bacon, peat, more peat, charred oak, gamey.

Taste - smooth, hope barely detectable. Very similar to the smell. Immediate front palate gets hit with some vanilla and way to fast afterwards the beer is overwhelmed with a meaty taste. Finishes smooth and velvety.

Mouthfeel - best part of this beer in my opinion. Very slick and smooth. Finishes almost velvety and previously mentioned.

Overall - maybe I'm not a big fan of smoked beers. This one in particular is super gamey and I'm not a fan. I wish the vanilla would be more present as well as the maple ( though I believe the maple does help in the MF). I'll have to go back to this in a year or two to see if it develops for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 03:51:52 | More by TomTwanks
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: A deep darker amber, very transparent. The body has light bubbles on it with an off-white head with slight orange tint to it. Head maybe rose to 1/3".

Smell: Strong wood scent almost bourbon like. It has a strong scent and wins points in my book because of that but not necessarily the type of smell you want to keep on smelling. To say the least it's the kind that gets old quick.

Taste: Almost a smoked wood, i know i can't be the only one feeling this. Strong vanilla feel as well you can feel the alcohol...not as overwhelming

Mouth: Easily medium carbonation. Nice stickiness and smooth, smoked after feel is a little bit of getting used to but not bad at all.

Overall: When i first poured the glass, I didn't know what to expect. It improves little by little as you keep drinking it. Would I buy it again, maybe factoring in price and it's not quite my top tier of beer preference. Grab a glass and drink...Salud!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 05:00:13 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of uhhuhhuh

2.01/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

Appearance: Reddish Brown. Low head.

Smell: Strong maple and smoke aroma.

Taste: Sweet maple smoke flavor.

Mouth-feel: Thick. Starts with a sweet vanilla finishing with a strong maple smoke flavor. The strong aroma adds to the power of the overall taste.

Overall: The vanilla hints are quickly over powered by smoke and maple flavors. Too much maple for me. Enjoyed having such a unique beer, but would not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 01:39:29 | More by uhhuhhuh
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: center pour into a pint didn't produce more than a thin film of a head over this dark amber beer with red-orange highlights

S: interesting sweetness, perhaps the juniper coming through? Touch of maple and smoke/peat

T: all the advertised flavors are tangible: sweet syrup and vanilla malty base, hints of smoke and maple and peat give it some earthiness, but the sweetness is predominant - maybe even a little bit of a cherry flavor?

M: a little too syrupy for me, no feel of carbonation or bitterness, medium body, coating

O: I love DFH and their experimental style, but this is a little underwhelming - it lacked bite, and had a combination of sweet flavors that were a little much for my beer tastes - the English strong ale is one of those categories with a lot of leeway - they can range from the stoutish (like a Bracia) to a dark ale (like a Yorkshire Stingo)... but for my tastes, I preferred either of the latter to this particular interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 17:37:41 | More by Greywulfken
Photo of DRyan


3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a Ranger Creek Tulip

A: Ruby red almost purple, just the color I want to see in a barleywine. Has an off-white head of big frothy bubbles that recedes at a decent pace but didn’t laec too much.
S: Has a strong alcohol scent (as you’d expect being 11%), with some maltiness. It is really missing the smells I thought I’d get, caramel, toffee, vanilla… hopefully they will be in the taste.
T: It’s good, but it’s not what I had hoped for / expected. The maple/vanilla/etc. that the packaging promised is really not there; it’s mostly almost cloyingly sweet malt with some hop bite and then a strong alcohol kick. I’m going to put the other three down for some time and see how it treats them, ‘cause fresh I’m much less impressed with this as I expected as I really like DFH and I really like Barleywines.
M: Smooth almost syrupy. Not too thick, not too velvet, the carbonation dances a bit on the tongue.
D: Drinks pretty easily despite the obvious alcohol bite… I think with some time resting this one might be dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 03:42:05 | More by DRyan
Photo of weltywm


4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Saranac snifter:

Appearance: Dark whiskey brown with about 1 or 2 fingers or off-white head.

Smell: Fairly minimal. Some vanilla and oak with some herbal spiciness.

Taste: Very good, with a lot going on. At first, it was mostly oak and sweet malt. As it warmed, I tasted some raisin, bourbon, vanilla, more oak, and some light spice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, with a long and complex finish.

Overall: A very enjoyable ale. Complex tastes that complement each other fairly well. Nothing totally extraordinary, but just very good. Would definitely buy again, and I'm curious to see if it would age well.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:01:09 | More by weltywm
Photo of justintcoons


2.73/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Ruby red with 1 finger of head that dissipates immediately. Very low carbonation and excellent clarity.

Smoked meats and beechwood. Smell pretty Rauchy.

Good amounts of caramel and molasses. Touches of leather and maple syrup. Gets a little smokey towards the finish. Beechwood-smoked malts and smoked meats.

Medium-full bodied, silky and smooth. A little bit of alcohol heat.

Not really sure what DFH was trying to attempt here. Kind of a Rauchbier/English Barleywine/Doppelbock mash up. I can't say that I'm digging this.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 17:53:56 | More by justintcoons
Photo of Doc_Hops


4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Immort Ale pours with a very deep copper color almost flirting with a light brown tone with a thin white head that is slowly leaving me.

S- This is wild! Smooth and oaky from the start with some nice peat smoke rounding out the smell.

T- Very impressed with this. Sweet maple syrup in the beginning giving way to some more sweet vanilla. There's a little bit of that peat moss smoke finished with a very little bit of hop bitterness.

M- Silky in the mouth I'd assume from the oak barrel finishing.

O- I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Very different. Very unique. Very delicious. I cannot wait to have it again.

Serving type: 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks for reading.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 09:37:24 | More by Doc_Hops
Photo of DavidST


3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip/pint glass, bottled 2012A. This pours a nice mahogany brown with a two finger thick tan head. The smells are of english malts, molasses and vanilla. The feel is medium to slightly thick. The taste is pretty good, plenty of malty flavors, molasses and such.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 05:35:57 | More by DavidST
Photo of KC9LDB


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled On 10/26/11
This is another of my age batch, I will never age this one again, it interrupted the flavor of the beer and the different characteristics of the beer. The ESA really showed with much boozieness.
A Cloudy, amber haze little head, great carbonation still
S Best English Strong Iv'e smelled, lots of tones of molasses/oak
T Tingey, yes I still picked up the Vanilla/maple but way too suttle for the presentation.
M Light, crisp, not exactly what I was expecting.
O It's a great beer, just don't age it. This one is meant to be drunk young.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:58:59 | More by KC9LDB
Photo of BMMillsy


1.85/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Draft at The Top Gainesville. Pours clear light brown with a small white head. Aroma is some nuttiness and a bit of grape and some floral aroma. Interesting for a barlywine. Taste is effin weird. Grape cough syrup like Robitussen. This is rather disgusting and along the lines of the worst beers I have ever put in my face. The Belgian yeast just doesn't work with the syrup and vanilla, then the berries just makes this nearly vomit inducing. If there were a drain at my table, this would be poured down it.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 01:21:39 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Cylinsier


4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a deep clear reddish brown with a yellowish lacing for a head. The dissipates away to basically nothing.

Smells of toasted malts, toffee, vanilla, cocoa and peanuts. Some roasted earthy aromas as well.

Flavors of molasses, grapes and vanilla mix with earthy buttered toast and toffee malts with elements of bourbon and oak along with a cinnamon spice. Incredibly complex. A final roasted note appears as it warms up, reminds me of lapsang souchong tea.

Full body with a light carbonation and a stinging and numbing booziness that warms on the way down.

DFH rarely fails to amaze me, and this is not exception. A wonderful ale with a varied and layered palate featuring mixtures of sweet, dry, spiced, and savory characteristics. A beer to sip slowly and enjoy over time. I'd call it a must-try for fans of DFH's experimental approaches.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 23:36:50 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of chefhatt


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a tulip glass, it has a dark amber color body with little head. The smell is roast dark fruit and some smoked woodyness.
The taste is dark fruit up front, followed by a hint of oak and a slight taste of maple and a hint of vanilla. The mouth feel is smooth, and overall a really tasty beer. I wish it had more vanilla flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 21:36:18 | More by chefhatt
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottle served in a Dogfish Head signature glass

Appearance: Dark amber color, 1 finger of a light tan head that dissipated to a thin wispy coating that stuck around for the whole glass. Fairly clear when held up to light, with visible carbonation streaming through the glass

Smell: Peat, smoke, wood, hints of maple and caramel

Taste: Smoked peat, rum soaked bread, dark fruit, slight oak, booze. Sweetness is balanced nicely with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky mouthfeel. Medium/low carbonation.

Overall: Another solid entry from Dogfish Head. I would like to have seen more oak and vanilla shine through, but it's still an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 04:51:33 | More by Jonada
Photo of stewart124


4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark amber in color with just a trace of lacing. Maple, vanilla and raisin and some smoke in the nose.

Medium body with a smoothness that covers the tongue and then dries. Plenty going on here. The bread and malt being about a rich inviting character with a spicy note. Little hops in the foreground but some noble background bitterness. Certainly a malt forward beer.

Caramel and dark candied fruits shine through with just a touch of oak. Pleated smokey malt and a warming bit from the alcohol. Drinks well and the 11% is well hidden. Definitely a sipper.

Overall a tasty English old ale. Solid and more character comes out as it warms. Complex from beginning to end.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 03:05:36 | More by stewart124
Photo of Cubatobaco


4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is only my second tasting of this Ale, but so far, it is very consistent. Deep amber in color, with light lacing and a minimal head retention, this limited edition gives off aromas that are oaky, "cookout"esque (bacon, maple, hickory), with a sweet overtone. Loads of maple and brown sugar coat the palate, while smoke, raisins, and hickory accompany. With this weighing in at 11% alcohol, one can hardly taste it as it is very creamy and oily. A great night cap and one to put away for a year or so. RH 90+

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 03:07:12 | More by Cubatobaco
Photo of Uncle_Jimmy


2.29/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Appearance- No head a copper/brown color.

Aroma- clove, burnt plastic some sour yeast.

Taste- Band-aids Band-aids, some oak, some maple, plum.

Mouth feel- Hot, lotta booze low carb and a little too thick on the tongue.

Overall- I like bourbon and scotch and boozy complex beers but this is just too much for me. Hard to get over the kind of vinyl taste. I just don't have the sensibility. Maple and vanilla ehhh?? i do get some oak, but man its a not good.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 05:36:22 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
Photo of Brandywine


3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Burnt orange verging on red. Poured barley a fingers worth of a off white head. Good alcohol legs and big lacing around the rim. Head dissipated almost immediately.

Smell: Juniper, caramel, toasted oak.

Taste: The roasted barley hits the front of the tongue really nicely. It almost tastes like a smoked malt. Burnt caramel and juniper arrive in the middle. It finishes with a pleasant oakiness. There are notes of berry mixed into the rest. I'm not picking up the vanilla that it was brewed with, which would have added a nice sweetness to the counter the roasted notes.

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium. Not much carbonation.

Overall: I like the flavor components DFH is using here but the nose was unimpressive and the vanilla seemed absent. I would've liked more integration of the bolder ingredients.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 04:55:52 | More by Brandywine
Photo of JohnnyMc


4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another interesting beer from Dogfish Head.

Pours out a nice, deep mahogany color with ruby highlights and 1 finger of off-white head.

The aroma has a lot of juniper berry smell, some vanilla, maple, oak and a touch of smoke with a hint of alcohol.

The taste also has a lot of juniper berry up front and then that subsides into the vanilla, maple, toffee elements followed by oak notes, some smoke and earthy notes. A decently sweet beer, but not overwhelming or cloying. There is a bit of an alcohol burn, but it's mild.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the body is full.

Very tasty and easy to drink, but a tad sweet for my particular taste. I think a bit more smoke and some earthy hop bitterness would balance this out better. I'm going to let one age even though this is drinking good now.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 02:31:37 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of VelvetExtract


2.9/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A-Reddish brown color. Light head. Mostly clear in body. Softer lacing.

S-Sweet, boozy and oaky. Not incredibly aromatic.

T-A lot more kick on the palate. Peaty and woody. Long, lingering leather notes. Loads of caramel and brown sugar. Complex but overly aggressive.

M-Full and dry. Too boozy. A bit cloying. The peat and leather notes hang on for far too long. Syrupy almost.

O/D-Not something I enjoyed very much. I can't remember the last time I had a Dogfish brew that was over 8% that I found enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2013 18:53:40 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A slight chill haze on a rich golden brown colored beer. Head is minimal, off-white and drops to a tiny, bubbly collar in short order. No lacing. Mild carbonation.

Smell: Loaded with maple sweetness. Some nice undercurrents of oak and vanilla. Very sweet. Caramel malts along with super cooked and caramelized malts. Minor hints of juniper in the back. Almost smells like a maple vanilla infused gin of sorts. Pushes notes of toffee and caramel. Almost brown sugar levels of sweetness at times. Aggressive on all fronts. Big alcohol on the back keeps everything in check. Some apple and plum. Mulch.

Taste: Maple syrup and juniper berries. A touch of solvent. Apples and plums and other madness. Big hits of oak and vanilla. Caramel, toffee, crazy biscuit flavors as well. Mild toasted malt. Hops are minimal, lending and earthy and vaguely floral element. Deeply cooked and caramelized malt sweetness. Alcohol adds a whole new dimension. A bit over sweet. Juniper plus the malts is making me think of something akin to mesquite or mulch that got wet and set on fire. Smoky and earthy with a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to full body with minimal, almost non-existent carbonation. Dry on the back.

Overall: King Leonidas would have no problem with this Immortal.

Odd. Definitely odd. Not the best showing from DFH, but it shows a little restraint in the complexity, which is greatly appreciated. Might be a solid beer with a year to mellow out, but right now it's an all over the place pseudo-barleywine.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 21:28:31 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of DannyHartman

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I pour a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, a 1" off-white head appears atop a hazy brew that has a light brown outlining and leads into a dark brown/deep amber center.... There is visible sediment floating under light that remains throughout the drink.... This brew has little retention and very minimal lacing.

I take a whiff and get lots of smokiness and dark fruit followed by some caramel, maple, and molasses.... There's also an alcohol smell with a little yeast and the slightest vanilla.

The taste is mostly smoky peat with dark fruit.... Following that, I get vanilla, maple/caramel, some bready malts, and a boozy oak finish.

I'd say this is a medium-bodied and just lightly carbonated brew, which is perfect for this style.... It has a slick and creamy feel going down, and leaves a tart boozy aftertaste.

Overall, what can I say?.... Dogfish Head does it again.... This is just another unique and masterfully crafted brew from one of the best (if not the best) brewery in America.... Lots of complexity, but perfectly balanced.... Though not my favorite Dogfish Head brew, it is certainly amazing in the grand scheme of things.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 23:55:39 | More by DannyHartman
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