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Immort Ale - Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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1,119 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,119
Hads: 2,434
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 22.08%
Wants: 178
Gots: 372 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale | 11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2001

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
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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage

Appearance: Cloudy rust, obviously unfiltered with some yeast floating around. There's a small off-white head that fades to the glass' perimeter after a few minutes.

Smell: Big maple syrup and vanilla, tannic oak barrel, brandy-like sweetness, coconut, dark fruit. There's a berry element that I'll chalk up to the juniper berries as well. Really amazing.

Taste: Instant vanilla, then a big smoky oak punch. This is followed by maple syrup sweetness. The berry character rolls in right after. The end is laden with that smokiness once again, and followed by a bit of booze, but this isn't overpowering at all. This is drinking really damn smooth right now and is noticeably smoother than fresh Immort. The one knock people have against this beer is the funky band-aid type taste at the end. I totally taste it, but I chalk that up to tannins, maple syrup and booze.

Mouthfeel: Not much carbonation as expected for an Old Ale. Medium to somewhat heavy bodied and a bit syrupy, which makes sense since this beer contains maple SYRUP!

Overall: Along with 75 Minute, this beer changes and gets more complex with age. The maple syrup really becomes prominent with these beers, and is pleasurable to taste. Aside from the aftertaste that is a bit perplexing, this beer is great and I'm glad I have a bit more available.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up a while back. A LONG while back...2008D vintage!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice slightly hazy chestnut hue with a thin quarter inch head that hung around in nice thin wisps and a creamy halo.

S - Aromas of vanilla, sweet maple candy, malts, super faint old/stale smoke. Very faint earthy dark fruits, not the sweet ones I'm used to...this smells faint like a plum and mushroom had a hybrid. Kinda weird.

T - I was hesitant, thanks to the rather weird mushroom dark fruit, but the taste isnt that bad at all. Lots of old vanilla bean, old maple syrup, old sweet malts. Getting NO alcohol heat or presence at all. Faint juniper in the back of the throat. The oak and sweetness have made some super, super earthy flavours here. A dirty, earthy, maple vanilla assault on the taste buds. For what it is though, it is delicious, and again its worth noting I get ZERO alcohol presence.

M - Mouthfeel is extremely good. Lightly carbonated, mostly smooth. Again, shocking how there is NO alcohol on this.

O - Overall, this beer holds up spectacularly to age. Fresh...it leaves much to be desired, but with 5 years on it is wonderful. Man oh man.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a very clean deep amber / ruby pour with a finger of head which quickly diminished (weird, usually most dfh beers are stronger on appearance). sweet malty and caramel aromas hit you right away, slight fruity notes, oak wood, grassy hops, slight charred notes. the flavor is absolutely fantastic! this is a very nice smokey, peaty beer.. wasn't expecting that at all - you don't get any of it in the nose. lots of sweetness at first, then you get a nice charred, earthy smoked overall tone.. lovely. medium in body with moderate amount of carbonation, which makes it fairly easy to drink - the abv is slightlty detectable at first, but the smokiness does a good job of distracting you from that.

it's been years since i've tried tracking this beer down and failed.. my buddy came out from WI and picked up a 4pk as soon as he saw it (i was broke that day, after spending all my money at the opening of torst bar).. he was kind enough to let me keep a bottle.. and now i imbibe! here's to friends!

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Photo of dwren89
4.67/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: hazy reddish brown with off white/light tan head

Aroma: sweet, like cherries but with peaty and smokiness, a little gin whiff from the juniper and sweet maple syrupy aroma. Little oaky as well

Taste: malty, sweet syrupy maple flavor, with vanilla and slight fruitiness tones down by oak notes

Mouthfeel: full bodied and delicious, thick and chewy, low carbonation

Overall: Fantastic and very complex. Mixing oak notes with maple syrup and vanilla sweetness, slight fruitiness, and with a slight smokiness to it.

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Photo of rodlavers
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle split two ways, poured into a snifter.

Super unique ale. It's brown/ruby red in color with no head. Looks really good.

Smell is more sweat and maple than smoke and peat, but all is present, along with a really interesting meat aroma.

I taste honey smoked ham, with maple and Belgian yeast, or rich dark fruit. Very unique.

Mouthfeel is typically smooth, light carbonation with a smooth texture.

Overall super strange beer, but I'd kinda like it and would like to experiment with aging. Cheers.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled in 2013A. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, smoke, clove, oak, vanilla, maple syrup, raisin, brown bread, light nuttiness, juniper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toast, toffee, brown bread, raisin, smoke, nuttiness, oak, clove, vanilla, maple syrup, herbal, juniper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, brown sugar, raisin, smoke, brown bread, nuttiness, oak, clove, vanilla, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast flavors; with big malt robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced strong ale! All around great balance and complexity of malt, spice, and yeast flavors; and dangerously smooth to sip on for 11%. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of bmjivi221
1.78/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

I am a big fan of Dogfish Head's beers, but his one was quite a disappointment. It was so smoky, I would compare it to chewing on charcoal. As most of Dogfish Head's beers this one was somewhat pricier than other beers on the shelf, but I decided to go with it because I like to try beers that are different. Risky beers per say. After drinking several sips and allowing it to breathe, my husband and I did not want to waste what money we put into it, so we just downed it. Not an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of yamar68
3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to TravisR for this one!

Glowing amber body with a dense off-white cap.

Papery maple syrup, metallic brown ale notes, caramel, lactose, hard water, faint brown sugar.

Weird. Brown sugar, mild coffee, tobacco leaf, roast...

Not my cup o' tea.

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Photo of Gatch
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Reddish-orange in color with a creamy, light brown head that leaves behind very little lace and retention. This one is all liquid.

S: Very complex. Wood, earth, toasted malt, some booze, metallic aromas, smoke, caramelized sugars.

T: Very viscous and sweet. Nice malt profile with a lingering smokiness. Sweetness ends up being balanced by this dry smokiness.

M: Thick body but not as heavy as expected. Plenty of carbonation. A bit cloying.

O: Very tasty and unique. A big beer with massive flavor. Special treat and nice to drink once.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, ruby orange brown with a short light tan head that dissipates leaving little lacing, clear

S: complex, earth, vanilla, spice, maple, woody, leather

T: lots of heavy complex alcohols and esters, pine, earth, wood, like a well aged whiskey, pepper, spice, sweet malt, caramel, syrup

M: oily, heavy, thick, alcohol noticeable

O: sip it like whiskey as a night cap, very complex

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Photo of phishsihq
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brew pours a dark bronze under a modest off-white head that provides a solid amount of lace. The peat-smoked barley and vanilla standout in the nose, but they do not overshadow hints of maple, caramel, and alcohol. The smokiness leads on the palate with the richer malt flavors of caramel and toasted biscuits joining in to simmer down the smokiness. As the beer warms, maple and vanilla flavors begin to become more assertive, s well as a nice little hop profile in the finish. Lighter in carbonation, this 11%er has a fairly heavy mouthfeel. A great sipper from the folks at DFH!

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from bottle to pint glass. Beer has a off white 2 finger head that dissipates slowly leaving a little lace, the color is a dark amber.

S: The nose on this beer is simply amazing, strong maple notes with a light smoke.

T: Taste is right along the smell, huge maple and oak front with a slight smokey middle. The finish has a fairly light hop presence and despite being 11% abv the alcohol is very well hidden.

M: Very full bodied beer with a surprising amount of carbonation.

O: Another very well done Dogfish beer will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Translucent copper tone. Off-white head that fades to a thin ring. Nice legs.

S: Wow. Not what I remember from previous experiences. Powerful smokey quality, with a bit of peat and leather. Molasses and dark fruits follow but the initial Scotch-like notes remain.

T: The smokiness takes a step back here, working as more of a complement to the more pronounced sweet toffee and dark fruit maltiness. Some piney hops join the party towards closing time, but don't stick around long.

M: Softer on the palate than I recall, expected, and wanted for that matter, but it retains its flavor and presence well after initial contact; although there is some alcohol heat midway that fades in the aftertaste. Light carbonation. DFH says it ages with the best, and I think it should, at least to tame the heat a little.

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Photo of Moe101
2.08/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I love Dogfish Head Brewery but had I had a difficult time with this one. This beer tastes like if one of your friends left their chewing tobacco spit in a cup and you accidently picked it up and drank it. I couldn't think of any other way to describe this beer. I will never purchase this again.

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Photo of AMW
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into Mystic tulip glass. 2013A batch.

A: Pours a beautiful clear reddish brown.
S: Smells smoky and sweet maple. Wife says it smells a bit like dried shiitake mushrooms and i agree.
T: it's definitely interesting. At first you taste the smoky peated barley, then the maple and oak comes in.
M: really smooth. almost dangerously smooth given that it's 11%.
O: It's definitely worth grabbing a single and trying it. I don't like smoky beers, so i won't have this again, but i'm glad i tried it.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled in 2013
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an absolutely stunning and transparent dark amber with a striking red hue when light hits it. A small, finger tall, light tan head slowly rises out of the slightly viscous ale. The head lasts for quite a while and leaves some faint trails of lace behind.

Aroma: Some slightly sweet and smoky notes of juniper and herbs right away, with some light citrus interwoven between the plum and bubble gum tinged Belgian yeast phenols. Sweet and bread-y notes of malt are tucked nicely between suggestions of vanilla. There is little to no alcohol present in the nose. Very complex smelling ale.

Taste: Sweet plum and bubble gum from the yeast phenols hit your palate right away, then a quick slap of juicy, succulent citrus before some sweet, chewy and bread-y malts coat your tongue which are interlaced beautifully with a huge, sweeping wave of juniper laden smoke. The beer finishes very dry with a mere kiss of alcohol with some accompanying lingering notes of juniper, vanilla, faint maple and herbaceous hops.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation to lift the viscosity of this big beer off of your palate, without overpowering or masking the more subtle flavor components.

Overall: Another crazy beer with tons of wild ingredients from Dogfish Head, whoda thunk it? Well, I was expecting this beer to be a complete convoluted mess with all of the ingredients that were used in crafting this massive ale, but it turned out to be artfully balanced with hardly any alcohol presence at all! With an 11% beer, that is pretty hard to do. All of the components shine through very well in the this beer and come to a very nice crescendo in the finish. I'm looking forward to cellaring a few bottles of this to see how the ale develops over time. Highly recommended for a curious drinker who doesn't mind a big, sweet and contemplative ale.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Immort ale has a coppery amber color an is quite clear. The head is fairly tall and dense with carbs being rather gentile in action.
Aroma was mostly alcohol but there was still a good amount of maple and vinnilla and oak pews and molasses and peat maybe even.
Taste finds a good depth of flavor with dark fruits earth molasses and sweet malts. Alcohol warms around the edges.
Drinks smooth and chewy with a warming finish. Not bad.

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Photo of enjayvee
4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I should be reviewing more beers, because I drink terribly too much and I love writing, but I saw that this only got an 86 and it blew my mind.

Appearance: The appearance is a dark brown, semi-thick liquid that has no head. It just seems manly.

Smell: The smell is adequate to match the manliness of the look. It smells strongly of maple, vanilla and an almost-whiskey (oak) bourbon-flavor.

Taste: Again, manly. I gave a sip to my aunt who said "too strong for me, that's like taking shots of whiskey." It's maple, vanilla intense character with the nice alcohol burn of 11% really makes this a wonderful sipping beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel isn't anything out of the ordinary for a strong ale, but it matches the beer. It doesn't coat your mouth but you know it's there and doing it's work. It has light feel but the manliness of the alcohol is present throughout the sip.

Overall: I think this beer is terribly underrated and has so much complexity. Just as the bottle says, it's "vast in character." The maple, vanilla and oak all combine to make such a wonderfully different brew that I think it's worth at LEAST a 1-time investment.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this beer from my local establishment, Civera's. First time I've noticed they had it so lets see how it matches up.

Appearance: Pours a nice, semi-thick, brown, amber copper color. Lace is almost non-existent. Still, not a bad pour atall. I'm assuming dark fruits were used in this recipe.

Smell: Complex scents of smoke and and slight hint of caramel. Also noticed was a hint of vanilla and some maple. Not exactly as loaded with roasted malts as I hoped.

Taste: Immediately, I'm almost overwhelmed with a rush of smokiness, heavy wooden molasses. Only the slightest hint of vanilla comes to mind, but nothing obvious. Alcohol is prevalent, as it should given the content. Something that was too overpowering for me. Not my cup o' tea if you ask me. Too smoked, and the alcohol doesn't fit well with this kind of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, heavy in texture. The bitterness is barely masked by the sweetness of the maple.

Overall: I was a little too optimistic going into this brew. I was a little excited to see something new I haven't had before from this brewery, but unfortunately, this beer wasn't for me. Too much smokiness, and the maple flavors didn't fit well, along with slight traces of vanilla. Not the easiest beer to put down, as it should for the ABV for this brew. Maybe next time Dogfish Head can put out something that is drinkable. I highly doubt I would have this beer again, and most likely would not recommend to a friend. Cheers!

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Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A slight half fingers worth of crisp fizzy off-white colored head that quickly fades away leaving the slightest veil of splotchy lacing an uber thin collar... A slight to moderate bit of mixed paced carbonation... The color is a murky brown that s a bit lighter than medium...

S - A huge slightly intoxicating nose can be noticed well away from the glass... Caramel... Pineapple... A plethora of dark fruits... A slight bit of maple syrup... Vanilla... A very light oak component lies beneath the surface... A deeply complex and exciting nose...

T - The flavor profile is a slight departure from the nose... Vanilla and a subtle yet assertive oak are at the forefront... Caramel and brown sugar are next... The pineapple and dark fruits take a very distant back seat... The maple syrup may be present, but it hard to detect... Not bad by any stretch, but the flavors don't compliment each as as well on the palate as they did on the nose...

M - Medium to full bodied... A bit chewy... A bit syrupy... Limited carbonation yet lively... Sleek... Rather nice...

D - An interesting brew... Solid and enjoyable all the way around with an absolutely stellar aroma... An enjoyable sipper with a hefty 11% ABV... Not my favorite DFH brew, but definately worth investigating for the curious BA...

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Photo of YieldToNothing
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from a bottle into a duvel tulp.
pours a reddish brown. smell is a little sour, kinda reminiscent of like a cabernet sauvignon. kinda has a wine texture going on with a slightly bitter aftertaste. not too hoppy, not very heavy on the carbonation either. vanilla/maple notes are subtle, but definitely present. abv is hidden well
paid a little under 4 for a single bottle at my local store that will split up any 4 or 6 pack. was definitely worth a try, but probably not a beet i'll get back to any time soon...if ever.

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Photo of themind
3.11/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting brew that seems like it could have been great but has fallen short. It has a slight smokiness to it with an interesting aroma. I didnt taste much maple in the brew but overall I enjoyed it watching UFC on Fuel. That said with all the great beers out there I would not buy it again.

Bottom Line: Worth the scratch to obtain the experience.

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Photo of ZRBE
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great color, despite a noticeable lack of head. Smells more like a barleywine than anything else. The heat is pretty apparent. Definitely doesn't taste like a barleywine though. The vanilla is nice, but I seem to recall enjoying this a lot more last time I tried it. Probably best served with a meal, I found it to be a little too busy and robust to just have on its own. A lot going on here.

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Photo of Lonestargazer52
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this in a grocery store in Tyler, TX, and in my opinion it was about as good as bottled beer, not fresh from the brewery can get. Very dark, rich taste, with some chocolate and coffee aroma. Excellent balance of hops and malt, and significant "alcohol aroma", which is to be expected based on the relatively high alcohol content. Goes great with steak.

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Photo of mpedara429
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Can't describe the color any better than a very clear "brown". Poured out with a thin layer of off white head. Not much retention or lacing

S: Molasses, charred wood barrels, and vanilla. Definitely some dark fruit in there too.

T: The charred wood is prevalent in the taste as it is very smoky. It is almost a bit spicy, probably a by product of the smoky flavor. The molasses and vanilla can also be tasted here as well.

M: Chewy, somewhat heavy body. Carbonation is thin and light. No sharp alcohol bite and this is a whopping 11% above.

O: I was digging this one. The smokiness made it unique but it did not deter from the sweet vanilla and molasses (maple syrup).

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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,119 ratings.