Immort Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,712 Ratings
Immort AleImmort Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,712
Reviews:
1,182
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
14.51%
 
 
Wants:
177
Gots:
502
For Trade:
14
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Photo of Philosoraptor1354
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NeverSettle
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blackop555
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy reddish brown. Thin, short, off white head fades fast.

Smells caramel malt, brown sugar, light vanilla, oak, maple hints and light dark fruit.

Tastes smokey peat, caramel malt, light oakiness, vanilla and a hint of maple. Finish is semi dry with a smokey linger. Medium body and lower carbonation.

I was surprised by the peat flavor because i didn't smell any.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled January 2016, had April 2017. Pours a deep and very murky brown with a very short tan head that falls quickly. Looks kinda like swamp water, to be completely honest, but not too far off from other beers I've had of similar styles. Smell is actually really inviting, especially on a cool, rainy night like this. Maple syrup and vanilla oak character hits you first, with just a touch of peat smell. The flavor however, is much more aggressive. Peaty af, at first, then caramel, toasted grains, vanilla, a huge maple flavor. The finish gives way to more smokey peat, dried leaves, tobacco. Feel is fairly full bodied, low fizz, with a touch of alcohol burn, but not a lot. Overall, I just gotta say wow. This was a bold idea, and a bold ale too. I dig it, but it's aggressive, unique, and very complex. If peat is your thing, you'd be all about this, but if you're not super experienced with peaty scotch (or beers, for that matter) it'll catch you off-guard for sure!

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Photo of EvoRich
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyclonece09
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours semi cloudy reddish brown with a small off white head. Smells of dark grain with slight fruit and spices. Tastes of darker grain with sugary spices, some smokiness, and very slight fruit. Beer is full bodied, good carbonation, good sipper. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of beergoot
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Turbid, reddish copper body; thick, creamy head. Peach and fig aroma; suggestions of heavy sugars. Malty, caramel flavor; some alcohol notes; anise. Heavy body yet fluffy and soft; gentle warmth.

An interesting strong ale, nicely balanced and delivering some subtly complex flavors. The smell seemed rather low-key compared to all the other sensory qualities. I didn't notice any overt maple or juniper qualities yet the warm, nearly fruity sweetness may strongly imply the presence of these elements. Vanilla - sure, in a warm, complex-sweetness sort of way. And I can't really say there is much of a peat smoked malt quality either (if it's there, it's well-blended with all the other elements). Regardless, for such a high ABV beer, there is plenty of depth and character throughout, making the beer readily approachable, and steadily grows on you with every subsequent sip.

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Photo of token_23223
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper to brown in color with plenty of moderate sized sediment, probably from the oak aging. There's a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering about half of the top. The nose is comprised of maple syrup, earthy oak, and alcohol. I'm tasting a plethora of light malt, maple syrup, oak, and faint vanilla and refreshing juniper. The mouth is thick, viscous, and yet there's a light, cooling sensation from the juniper berries.

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Photo of curlybird
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timc32
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bshefftz
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of macrosmatic
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing snifter.

A: Mild hazy brown, with good visible carbonation. Forms a thin off-white head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Toffee, sweet malts, and mild boozy. Oak and vanilla.

T: Largely follows the nose, but with a mild smoke and char on the back end. A nice blend of toffee and oak and vanilla, with just a hint of maple syrup before the swallow. Sticky sweetness in the hang.

M: Full-bodied and a sticky mouthfeel. Low carbonation sensation. The hefty ABV is well-hidden for sure.

O: Decent, but not great. I really could have done without the smoke, but at least the other flavors could take it in this one. Not my favorite.

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Photo of BYOFB
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

$ 14.00 (Including tax)/four pack ($ 0.292/oz) At Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA
Bottled 01/22/16 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried imperial pint, allowed to warm to 50 degrees.
Aroma – fruity and malty
Head – large (Maximum four cm, aggressive pour), tan, creamy, dense, good retention
Lacing – poor. Few small islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body – deep amber, chill haze
Flavor – begins sweet with some malt but the sweetness quickly fades to some hop bitterness. A hint of maple comes through as does some tannin and maybe a ghost of vanillin. The alcohol is hidden initially but shows up at the end of the taste, giving a heavy feel to what I’ve just swallowed. No diacetyl.
Palate – medium, creamy, soft carbonation.

I’m not sure that I really like this beer – the oak tannin and the maple don’t seem to complement each other: indeed, they seem antagonistic. As an Americanization of an English strong ale, this seems forced and erratic: it lacks synergy. Four and done.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 3.25, Palate 4.25, Overall 3.

Edit:
Juniper, peat smoked barley? No way.

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Photo of Tutone
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber/copper, sweet, but not too sweet, very smooth, expected more oak. Looking forward to aging a bottle to see how it matures.

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Photo of barczar
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purposely aged one year to allow the alcohol to mellow, based on other reviews.

Aroma is reminiscent of a barleywine, with light sherry oxidation, oak, vanilla, and a hint of maple sweetness.

Flavor is initially maple sweet, with oak melding nicely. Vanilla is subdued. There's a phenolic bandaid finish that is off-putting. Touch of dark fruit character adds depth, with notes of plums and raisins. Is be hard pressed to identify the Juniper.

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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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