Immort Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Immort AleImmort Ale
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From:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
Style:
English Strong Ale
ABV:
11%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 14.58%
Reviews:
1,195
Ratings:
1,553
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Sep 06, 2022
Added:
Nov 15, 2001
Wants:
  190
Gots:
  501
SCORE
86
Very Good
Immort AleImmort Ale
Notes: 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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Rated: 4.51 by Ernald_Elbertson from Delaware

Sep 06, 2022
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Five year old bottle. Dark clear ruby color, minimal head and lacing. Lots of particulates. Scents of dark fruit, malt, and vanilla. Taste is similar, with some smokiness. Medium bodied, mouth watering finish, boozy. A little thin, but pretty flavorful.
Nov 24, 2021
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
My favorite D.H. brew!
It's a shame they no longer brew it.
I still have a vintage bottle that will probably never get opened.
Nov 15, 2020
 
Rated: 4.19 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Oct 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3.97 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Oct 21, 2020
 
Rated: 3.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 16, 2020
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Reviewed by GarrettB from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
December 13th, 2015 - I have a mixed record with the non-number IPA beers from Dogfish Head, but this is a somewhat special occasion, coming out of the cellar after having spent a considerable amount of time there. Even with it's aging and silvering in the dark depths of a suburban home, the foam and carbonation suggest the body is still vivacious and alive. My first sip reveals a heavy vanilla, bourbon and cake trio, and subsequent samples reveal the same, but refining the boozy note into a rum soaked cake taste, or more simply, rum raisin and cake batter. These are some of my favorite flavors in the dessert world, though some might find them to be a little cloying and a little too "birthday" in their gustatory profile. The aging has clearly helped a lot here, where in the taste there is a better-than-anticipated balance in the sweetness, juggling vanilla and rich custard notes on a soft mouthfeel. There's also more of that rum soaked sponge cake taste, though it goes far beyond that, and retains a gentleness that is hard to produce when dealing in such boozy potions.
Jan 31, 2020
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle bought in 2016 and cellared for several years.

A - Hazy dark red-brown body, poured with a smidge of a whitish head, and no real lacing.

S - Pungent nose of wood, a bit of berry sourness, and a strong raisin and prune aspect.

T - Follows that nose, with vanilla and berry over a heart of oak, a buttery note, and a close that turns foremost sour, with just a hint of bitterness.

M - Given how big this beer is, the alcohol is well integrated. A bit of weight, some warmth, but a subtle quick fade.

O - This is a pungent, powerful beer. Not at all my style, but a well-built example. My quibble is that this would be better if the fruit and vanilla were more forward and the oak were not quite so overwhelming.
Nov 23, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Murky light purple color; slightly see-through.

HUGE off-white head; decent lace.

Tobacco, vanilla & plums in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Booze, tobacco & oak-the vanilla is dominated. Tough to finish.
Apr 15, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.96 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Nov 05, 2018
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Rated by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

2.74/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
NO! Too smoky and not good.
Nov 04, 2018
 
Rated: 4.31 by chiefz1 from New York

Sep 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Slim_720 from Wisconsin

2.61/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Dogfish Head just needs to stop doing bizarre stuff for shock value.....This is better than Sircusa Nera or Bitches Brew, but it's still way too far out in the fringe.
Jul 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Fuhrman from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a tulip glass. Brownish copper color. Strong cherries, raisin, and a little chocolate on the nose. Fluffy head that dissipates after a couple of minutes. Big oak taste right away. Loads of stuff in suspension, but very nice feel. Slightly sticky finish. Subtle on the vanilla to my palette.
May 12, 2018
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Reviewed by adamr2424 from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Malty kinda sweet it's not boozy at all and very little carbonation. Kinda like a Barleywine but for some reason not quite there. Dogfish did a great job on describing and classifying this beer.
Mar 19, 2018
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hazy dark amber color with beige head. Aroma has lots of dried fruits like figs, dates, raisins, plums but also dark sugar and light booze. Taste is sugary, bittersweet and fruity. The bitterness is woody, herbal. Medium body and carbonation. It's a quite nice strong ale / barleywine, slightly boozy but not difficult to drink.
Feb 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.97 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Feb 11, 2018
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Reviewed by TheGent from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A: Dark brown, opaque with a beige head that disappeared as I drank the beer. Many particles in the beer as I emptied the entire bottle which had a lot of matter settled at the bottom after sitting in my basement for two years.


S: Raisin, cherry, vanilla and faint notes of peat, faint islay single malt (think Ardberg not Lagavulin), sweet sugary/maple syrup, vegetal, earthy, umami note I'd describe as overcooked collared greens that is actually quite off putting. I did not get in this aroma in the beer fresh. And often get this type of aroma with beers using maple, so I assume it is from that.

T: This beer actually does not have a ton of flavor. There is some maple syrup sweetness, and nutty and woody oak flavors, some sweet dried fruit notes like date as it warms up. A touch of bitterness on the finish.

M: Medium level of carbonation. Smooth and full bodied.

O: I did not love the aroma on this one, but the flavor profile has some redeeming qualities. This is my first time experimenting with cellaring this beer, and the experiment did not live up my expectations unfortunately.
Jan 28, 2018
 
Rated: 3.49 by kingjohnh from New Mexico

Jan 21, 2018
 
Rated: 3.55 by Marzen_Fan from Ohio

Jan 19, 2018
 
Rated: 3.54 by Chirdning from Michigan

Dec 31, 2017
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Muddy opaque amber brown with a minimal khaki blanket dying to a fuzzy ring.

Smell is stale biscuit, toffee and caramel with some earthy, peaty wood, a hint of old cheese, and Band-Aids.

Taste is toffee, caramel, vanilla, biscuit, sweet honey and cherry-spiked prune. I also get the occasional faint hint of Band-Aids, as well as Cheez-Its, oddly enough. Thankfully, this is not a constant theme, and overall, Immort Ale is a marked improvement on the abomination that was Higher Math. A nice faint hint of roasty elements emerge as it warms.

The medium-full body with a thick but nice carbonation and chewy dry, almost sticky finish is the best part of this odd beer. Here's Dogfish Head doing more weird shit on a large scale just for the sake of being weird...while wasting way too many resources.
Dec 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4.36 by Bajdog from Maryland

Nov 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.43 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Nov 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.24 by qcghost from North Carolina

Oct 31, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by GreenBayBA from Wisconsin

Oct 26, 2017
 
Rated: 3.5 by bacher468 from Pennsylvania

Oct 22, 2017
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Reviewed by AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours dark brown with thick head and sticky lacing. Smells of sweet molasses and barley with some minor smoke and vanilla. The taste follows the nose with deep smokey sweet malt flavors and hints of bourbon and a vanilla undertone. Drinking this one at room temp, very smooth and clean, zero bite just a clean rich mouthful. Outstanding.
Sep 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.6 by BigMike from Pennsylvania

Aug 29, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by faatcase from Virginia

Aug 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by animal69 from Louisiana

Aug 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Ickiwotog from Tennessee

Jul 29, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by baklo from North Carolina

Jul 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.13 by Keepnitrl from Washington

Jul 05, 2017
 
Rated: 3.66 by ghostwalker from Illinois

Jun 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.38 by TBonez477 from Vermont

Jun 14, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by MGoeltz from Tennessee

Jun 10, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a ruddy/burnt brown color with a thin white to off white foamy head that dissipated at a nice pace. Spider web lacing weaves around the glass nice and thin. The smell takes in some smoke, light peat, sweet vanilla bean, light licorice, sweet juniperberry, and a light spruce. Light caramel and toffee comes in as it warms. The taste was mainly malty sweet with the smokiness delicately backing it up. Peat comes back to punch the flavor into full effect. Malty sweet in the aftertaste leading to a wet smokey/peaty finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a fair sessionable to sipping quality to it. Carbonation seems to run fairly light. Overall, pretty nice English strong ale.
Jun 06, 2017
Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 2748 ratings