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Immort Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Immort AleImmort Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States | website

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2001

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Photo of fgmiele
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of AmericanPaleMale666
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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
Immort Ale
4.13/5.00

Vertical reviews:

(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)

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Photo of HeavyKevy
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

very nice brown color. small head. adequate lacing. overpowering smokey taste, hides a sweet aftertaste. not my favorite and I am usually a Dogfish head fan. way too smokey for me.I will not buy again. one thing the smoke taste is hide the alcohol which is saying something as it comes in at a whopping 11 %.

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Photo of Paincane
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich mahogany colored brew and tan head. Light lacing and decent head retention.
S: Aromas of vanilla, oak and dark berries and fruits.
T: Maple, brown sugar, woodsy & vanilla flavors.
M: Sweet, boozy, malty and smooth.
O: Rich, delicious and flavorful.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for $6

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, peat, smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel/butterscotch, and a smokey peat flavour. There is also some charred/burnt notes and some vanilla.

Overall - Not as much woody notes as I was expecting, but the booze is well hidden for a 11% ABV brew. I'm not a huge fan of peaty/scotchy type beers, but this one is pretty decent. Not something I'd pick up again though.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(bottled on 04 Nov 2013 - poured into a balloon)

A: hazy burgundy with a ton of speckled sediment in suspension... inch of khaki-colored suds rises then falls... keeps a solid band of foam around the outer edge of the glass

S: hit of vinous booze initially.... rich, fruity, sort of raspberry pastry topping aroma, highlighted around the edges by a faint smokiness and a dollop of dark caramel... an overtone of what seems like roasted barley kernels... any nuances from the wood are subtle, blended in.... overall, very nice aromas, just surprisingly subdued

T: a melange of different flavors vying for attention (big surprise, DFH!)... vinous booze up front, followed by a quick fly-by of charred wood sugars and berries, pushed through by a big fat wave of caramel (maple syrup?) mild brown sugar, actually a little maple, and raspberry syrup/brandy lingering in the aftertaste.... the peat is merely a part in the sum - doesn't really stand out... the vanilla decides to emerge long after the last sip... alcohol certainly quite well-tempered, cushioned by the residual fruity-sugary elements

M: prickly alcohol up front, but pretty smooth and clean after that... approaching medium-bodied... slight viscous roll on the finish... quiet hum of prickly heat on the tip of the tongue a few moments after the sip, mellow heat at the back of the throat

O: definitely a sipper... in a blind multiple choice test, I might just finger this as a DFH brew - has a certain something about it... almost tastes like an extra special version of their Raison D'Etre... perhaps a bit too much abv? - greatest dimension of flavor might be best at 8-9% instead... i dunno - it does get better with each sip, more subtleties unfold... perhaps this is best consumed at room temp, huh?

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Photo of Flounder57
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass. Bottled 2013A.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy amber brown with little clarity. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: Smokey barley, vanilla, juniper berries, a little booze, oak, and caramel.

Taste: Nice caramel and smokey malts, vanilla, warm alcohol, oak, juniper spice, raisins, yeasty spice, and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, and nice warm alcohol.

Overall: At first I wasn't crazy about the smoke, but it blended well together with everything else in the beer. Pretty solid for a high ABV beer too. I'll revisit this one again.

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Photo of Theseanlewis
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been aging this beer for about a year, it was delicious on first taste but smoothed out nicely with a little age.

A- an opaque mahogany with hints of ruby red when the light hits it right. A light khakis head that dissipated after a few minutes

S-dark fruits, light hints of oak followed by a heavy peat finish.

T-incredibly smooth, bright figs and caramel flavors quickly give way to a heavy smoke flavor, the peat has taken over, in a very non aggressive way. Aftertaste is light peat and light oak, transitioning into dark fruits cacao and just a hint of booze to dry the tongue making you want more.

M-crisp and clean, this beer is very dry for an eleven percent brew, no cloying sweetness or alcohol sweetness, surprising for an eleven percent beer.

O-a delicious brew that aged very well. For those that don't enjoy the flavor of peat, this beer is not for you. For those who like a touch of smoke this is possibly the best peated beer I've had. None of the flavors overpower theother and the smooth interplay of the oak, vanilla, peat and maple syrup making this a delicious sipping beer.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.77/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours nearly 2 fingers of light khaki-orange head, the body is a beautiful hazy burnt orange amber, very lively carb rising within, a thick half-finger cap that never goes away, and amazing lacing that coats the entire glass all the way to the bottom.

Smell - Vanilla, toffee, light warm oak, natural maple, which plays wonderfully with the vanilla, subtle ripe plums, and faint amaretto.

Taste - Wow, very big bold flavors here - starts with big ripe dark fruits and oak, smooth amaretto, natural dried vanilla bean, some grassy hop character, and then there is unsweetened maple and more dried oak. There is a slightly burnt dark toffee maltiness that carries all of these flavors brilliantly. I can't put this beer down... alcohol is extremely well hidden, but definitely warms long into the finish.

Mouthfeel - plus side of medium for sure, but not in a heavy mouthcoating way - flavors here are huge, and they explode and fill the mouth. Carb is lower side of medium and silky smooth, gently foaming across the tongue, no edges to speak of. This accentuates the flavors, which remain long into the finish. And that's a very good thing here.

Overall - Somehow there is a boldness and almost a "brightness" to these flavors - this is a very big beer, yet the flavors are assertive and bold without being heavy - this is really an amazing brew, very balanced and complex. You really need to try this - an unexpected combo of flavors that works so well - a must try.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2009 Immort Ale

Pours a mucky brown with ridiculous cloudiness and a collection of large off-white bubbles around the surface.

Malt oxidation, peat, maple, vanilla, cheap chocolate, oak barrel, and some meatiness. Very tempered. Nice.

Oh wow! This beer aged gracefully! Rich meaty malts with notes of raisin, date, maple, vanilla, and peat with a mellow oaky character that dries up in the finish. Outro has lots of caramel, toffee, and brandied fruit. Notes of chocolate, bosc pear, and whiskey with a touch of paper.

Alcohol is amazingly controlled. I taste what feels like a 7% beer. The body is still nice and full. A little bit sticky. Carbonation is low, but doesn't falter.

Excellent cellar choice. Much better than when fresh. It's amazing what five years has done to the flavor. Cheers!

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Photo of FLima
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brown reddish color with a one finger thick head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Malty aroma with smoked notes, peat, maple and oak.
Bold and unique flavor of smoked malt, peat, earthy hops, maple syrup, booze, minerals, nuts, Belgian yeast, oak and raisins. Knowing there is Juniper berries you can really feel it. Dry, bitter, smoked aftertaste.
Medium to full body with low carbonation. Considering it is 11% abv, it is quite well hidden. Sticky feeling.
Unique beer with a confusing taste. A bit overly sweet, but still interesting sipper worth trying.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed this for half price at Roast House cappy hour, what a deal. Outstanding looking beer with smell that was good, boozy. Excellent taste, did not taste overly strong and had a great flavor. Overall a very good beer, would get at cappy hour again.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep mahogany, slightly hazy, sand-colored head that quickly recedes. Some carbonation is visible. Label/box art is decidedly lame, what is that clamshell with an X on it, and what the heck does any of that have to do with the beer?

S: Unusual; smoky, cherries?, vanilla bean, some sweetness, earth. All over the board, not superficially appealing but certainly intriguing for the adventurous soul.

T: This is unique. Have to credit DfH on that. Primarily smoky on a good taste, metallic on a bad one. Alcohol can be detected on retro olfaction. Leather, plums, mineral notes, burnt wood (because why not throw that in, too?). Some sweetness as a familiar taste you can cling onto in this chaos of flavors. Every once in a while I feel like I can glimpse the promise of vanilla and oak that is stated on the label, but if it wasn't in print I would think it was a hallucination.

M: My mouth is so confused right now I can't even tell. Nothing offensive, nothing that stands out. I'll go middle of the road on this one.

O: For such an off-kilter, unique brew my straight 3.75 rating seems bland and doesn't tell the full story. On the plus side, this beer is unlike any other, and has some notes that would be highly appealing to a certain crowd (liking peat in your whiskey is a good start). On the bad side, there is not much to compel another immediate swig (again, whiskey sippers might feel at home). I could barely detect anything but smoke and alcohol, certainly not the luscious (from the label) beer I was expecting. Good as part of a flight, but hard to finish by oneself. Maybe pick it up?

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wayne for this one, I'd tried it a long time ago but it was an old bottle that hadn't aged well. Bottled 1/27/14.

Russet reddish gold, bright clarity and suspended carbonation ever present. Drippy lace and good, lasting surface coverage.

Aroma is slightly sweet and yeasty, though somewhat closed. Toasted almonds, peated malt, and fig jam.

Rich and sticky, though fairly easy to sip. Roasty chicory, leather, dried plums, maple sap. Traces of oak and grape must, a mild bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Full bodied with considerable alcohol content though not especially boozy and still relatively balanced. Overall this was pretty good, and seems to be widely available.

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Photo of osant37
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

poured into a snifter straight out of the fridge. pours a beatutiful flame amber red. 1 finger of brownish white head. small particles can be seen floating around in the glaas when held up to light. the smell is awesome. oak vanilla sweet,sweet malts obvious at 11% abv. smokey peat notes with that sweet maple syrup whiff. sweet scotch ale maltiness followed by big oaky vanilla notes and peat smokeyness. full bodied mouth feel with just the right carbonation. overall i feel dogfish head has done it again! amazing beer! great take on a scotch type ale/ english strong ale...cheers!

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Photo of zac16125
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Teku
Bottled Nov 2013

A: Pours a dark mahogany with 3 fingers width of light tan head. Head has excellent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Peat-y, caramel malt, an off aroma that I can only describe as somewhat like dirty feet, char.

T: Scotch-like peat, caramel malt, vanilla, wood, a bit of booze.

M/D: Full body, fairly smooth, carbonation on the lower end, ABV noticeable but well restrained, drinkability is average.

O: Interesting brew, I dont love it, but then again its heavy on the peat flavors which I am not a huge fan of. I had high expectations because for some reason I was expecting this to be similar to Palo Santo Maroon, which it is not. Not a bad beer, but not something I would probably buy again.

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Photo of CowsandBeer
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle received in a trade from jbaker67. I always enjoy DFH’s labels and their choice in nicely textured paper. Smoked barley, Belgian yeast, maple syrup and fermented in oak tanks? Why not?! Poured into a Brasserie de Silly tulip at fridge temp.

Appearance: A pour straight down the middle produced two fingers of khaki head. Brown body with plenty of ruby highlights when held up to the light. Better head retention and lacing for a beer of this strength.

Smell: Sweet smoked malts, a bit of pine bark, some of the maple syrup and a dry, toasted oak. The Belgian malts are there but hidden under the smoky peat.

Taste: Right up front you get some toasted oak, some of the maple syrup, pineyness, a wave of mild smoke followed and then a bit of the sweet Belgian malts. Rounded out with a warming heat and a toasted, smoky finish. A savory, maple syrup note lingered for quite a while. Quite a trip.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel with a low carbonation. Warming, but not boozy at all. This one will sneak up on you.

Overall: While there is plenty going on here it doesn’t all work together to make a complete whole. The various adjuncts all make themselves known in a positive way, but they don’t really work together in making the beer better. While I don’t care for smoked beers the smoke notes in Immort were nuanced and enjoyable. Also the fermentation in oak tanks contributed some nice vanilla and toasted wood notes. Overall, a beer that should be tried at least once due to all the fun adjuncts. Good, but not great.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

2010 bottle.

This one was alright- there's a slight bandaid thing, with some peaty smoke, sweet maple, and candied dark fruits. The carbonation level is really low, I guess as to be expected. This just feels a little bit flat, not one of the DFH's best beers by a mile.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 11/04/2013 printed on the bottleneck. A new beer to me from Dogfish Head. The premise sounds nice, and my expectations are fairly high.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours one finger of creamy soapy khaki head on top of a dark burnt sienna orange / ruby colored body with some dark sediment floating about. Looks pretty good, but nothing extraordinary.

S - Smell is pretty strange, and not what I expected at all. Overcooked grains, faint alcohol fumes, earthy woodiness from the oak, notes of sweet maple, faint notes of citrus, and a slight bit of leather / char / smoke. Not what I was expecting, and definitely strange, but it's okay.

T - Taste is kind of hot and sweet. Grainy malt, liquid smoke, caramel malt, faint hint of syrupy maple, earthy oak woodiness, vinous grape / cherry presence, and some alcohol heat. Sadly, I'm not really picking up on any vanilla.

M - Feel is smooth and creamy, with some sticky caramel / bready malt lingering on the palate with some smokiness. Medium bodied with ideal carbonation.

Overall, a strange beer, and not entirely what I was hoping for. The maple & the vanilla are no where near as pronounced as I had hoped. Alcohol is masked nicely, but it is still noticeable. I would be interested in seeing what some age would do to one of these bottles.

Dogfish Head Immort Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of Samuel906
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a transparent dark orange / amber with with a thin off white head; terrific looking beer. Smell is juniper, maple, vanilla, smokey oak, and some yeasty funk. Quite a bit of boozey alcohol on the nose too. I got huge maple in the taste, but it is not overly sweet. Vanilla, smoke and a hit of black pepper spice linger. Feel is actually pretty light-bodied considering the style and ABV. A touch syrupy maybe, but not bad. Moderate - light carbonation that amplifies the subtle spice. Overall another crazy unique beer from DFH and one that for me falls in the middle of the success spectrum. Good flavors, and it's nice to see maple as a major player. Only complaint is that it's a touch boozey (but I can't really complain for 11%)

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a deep orange/ruby red with a slightly tanned head that doesn't gain much volume after going down the middle of the glass. Good retention and leaves some lace.

There is a smokiness to the beer which is not stated on the bottle which was surprising since it plays such a large role. Plenty of vanilla coming through with hints of wood. Sweet maple and caramel.

Smooth and big sticky body. Smoky and syrupy sweet. There is some alcohol warmth but for being two weeks old this bad boy is drinking well.

Interesting beer and I wouldn't expect anything less from Dogfish.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown color with decent (not spectacular) clarity. The head is about three fingers high, cream shaded. Its retention is really fantastic, and the texture isn't half bad either. It leaves behind some nice lacing on the glass, too.

S: PHE. NO. LIC. One can definitely tell that this is a peaty brew. Let it warm up a bit, though, and its sweet malt backbone develops nicely. In particular, it brings caramel, brown sugar, and maple sugar notes. Vanilla is slight but definitely evident. I'm having trouble picking up the oaky tones, though; that or its blending itself with the peat to create a ham-like smokiness. Nonetheless, this nose is telling me a lot - but there's one thing it isn't telling me. Alcohol. This is a shockingly un-boozy nose.

T: Like expected, phenolic peat notes hit the palate immediately. This sensation tends to melt away around the mid-taste, being replaced by flavors of caramel and brown sugar. There's some slight vanilla in the finish; just like in the aroma, it's pretty subtle. Some faint tobacco qualities are peppered throughout. Once this warms up, its boozy qualities pretty much evaporate. My only real problem is this: take away the peaty notes, and this one is...kind of mundane. It only really develops complexity after many, many sips - and by that time, there's practically none left in the glass.

M: It's not exactly chewy, but it does have a decent body. While the sweetness has a negative effect on the general balance of the flavors, it does a great job of hiding the alcohol. There is absolutely nothing here to suggest it's 11%.

O: Okay, I'm really impressed with its lack of booze - and how the supposed peat isn't really that bothersome to my palate. This has some elements of a nice scotch whisky. Having said that, it's not quite as deep as I like my big, boozy monsters to be. Still, this has great aging potential, even with its currently well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- a deep ruddy-tinted amber hue. Clear with a very short-lived white head.

S- predominantly smokey with some caramel malt sweetness

T- very similar to the aroma. There is a big smokey bite up front and a caramel sweetness in the background. The smoke tends to dominate the whole show initially, but mellows out as the beer goes on, making an interesting blend of the sweet caramel and vanilla and the smokey.

M- Not to thick or thin. A slight oily feel to it (probably from the smoke), but not bad at all.

O- while not really my cup of tea, this is another well made beer from DFH. The smoke almost overwhelmed it for me, but it does back off a bit and if you liked smoked beers, this is probably right up your alley.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle cellared a few years (bottle dated 3/23/2010), I figure now is as ripe a time as any for this.

Poured into a DFH pint, and this is a hazy, cloudy cola color (ruby brown) with an off-white thin head. Very lively looking. Some lacing apparent.

Smell was immediate upon the pour: Vanilla right away, smoke, then going in closer some oak, oaky maple syrup, some burn.

This is a smooth, creamy complexity. Vanilla notes, toasted barley, syrupy stickiness. Earthy and mighty tasty. More dark fruit comes through in taste, raisin. I recall trying this only once before and I believe it was from the 4-pack from which this bottle was aged. I recall not caring for it fresh. That's not the case here. This ale seems, in a sense, to be a cross between this brewer's 75 and 120 minutes, and Burton Baton: I say this because with Immort Ale you have maple, oak barrels and sweet high-strength, with the latter being very well-hidden.

There's medium to lower carbonation and a medium, syrupy mouthfeel, with burnt maple oak barrel aftertaste. Sticky. I decided to try this aged one now as I recently picked up a single bottle of this year's Immort Ale. I'll be aging that for a few years as well, and recommend you do the same.

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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 1,150 ratings.