Immort Ale
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Style:
Strong Ale - English
Ranked #7
ABV:
11%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,416
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 14.4%
Reviews:
1,194
Ratings:
2,745
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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
 
Delaware, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
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SCORE
87
Very Good
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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GarrettB from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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
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Slim_720 from Wisconsin

2.61/5  rDev -32.9%
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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Fuhrman from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +8%
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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adamr2424 from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +9%
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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Ciocanelu from Romania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
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
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.36/5  rDev -13.6%
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
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AZBeerDude72 from Arizona

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +8%
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
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Apr 28, 2017
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weareallfalafel from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Apr 22, 2017
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Mar 26, 2017
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beergoot from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

Mar 23, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

Mar 11, 2017
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bshefftz from California

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: This was pretty good on the first tasting, but a couple years out it improved excellently! Worth cellaring, sweet for the style but full of bold, boozy flavor.

Feb 21, 2017
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Feb 18, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Jan 30, 2017
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barczar from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Jan 28, 2017
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2008 bottle poured into a sturdy DFH snifter appears a hazy mahogany color with khaki head thats quick to fade leaving spotty lace.

Aroma is hearty with molasses, chocolate and caramelized sugars. Almost a light nutty aspect emerges as it breathes.

Taste is sweet and mildly smokey giving way to light oxidation, oak and almost a nuttiness. Fruity and vinous across the finish.

Medium to fuller in body with ample carbonation. This is a pretty complex and easy drinking brew for 11%.

Jan 12, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich ruby, medium brown producing 1.5 fingers of frothy, light tan, variously bubbled, shortlived head that leaves little lace. Aroma is roasted malt, pumpernickel, maple, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate cherry, smoke & a faint booziness. Taste is roast & smokey malt, whiskey soaked raisins, burnt maple/brown sugar/molasses, vanilla, slight chocolate, with a slightly bitter finish that intensifies in the aftertaste where it develops a lasting astringency atop the bitterness. I don't detect the juniper berries in either the nose or mouth. Alcohol warmth throughout the sip. Some of the bitterness at the end may be attributable to the alcohol spice. Smoke, maple & alcohol character increases as the brew warms. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly carbonated, starts a little prickly for the first 1/4 of the sip, becoming increasingly smooth through last 3/4 until a silkiness is reached in the finish & lasting into the astringent aftertaste. Boldly flavored. Absolutely incredible!

Jan 10, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery "Immort Ale"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLED ON 01/22/16" and sampled on 01/04/17
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Although I can't say that Immort Ale was one of the beers that started my interest in beer all those years ago (I was well into everything by then, imports, west coast beers, anything really), I can certainly say that it was one of the ones that 'jump started' my interest. I used to buy it by the case and always had it around, but looking back now I can't even remember the last time I've had one. So let's see... it looks the same: cloudy deep-copper beneath a rocky head of yellowed tan. Excellent head retention and lacing. And that aroma! Golden and medium caramel malt that's almost like wort. It's rich and kind of sugary, and woody and almost a touch smoky - it reminds me of camping in my home brewing days (although we were also drinking a lot of 12 Horse Ale back then). And the flavor! The maple syrup comes through, as does the vanilla (especially in the finish), but there's also a lot more going on: honey, brown sugar, coconut, soft fig, leaves, grass, apple, raisin, a waft of spice on the wind, birch wood smoke, oak, and dusty earth. Yeah, this was one of my favorite beers because it was so big and full, right up there with Anchor's Old Foghorn or Sierra's Bigfoot but completely different, and really out on its own plain. But in all honesty, it seems even better now. It's rounder, and smoother, and more balanced - perhaps a little less smoky, and a bit more spicy than I remember it. And as I sit here my eyes have wandered and I notice that it's not that well regarded on BeerAdvocate with just an 87 overall... can that be? Why? Is it because it's not that hoppy? Because it's not that fruity? Or, let's get to it, because it's so malty? Hmmm, it is very malty, but then it becomes fruity, and then it's dry and lightly spicy in the finish without being too bitter. It's balanced despite it's maltiness, yet it's lingering richness is almost as good as a fine English barleywine is whilst still in the mouth. Haaa! Perhaps I've got too much of a romance for this beer already set in my mind and my heart? - although I do have it right now before me for clarity, and I don't feel I'm at all swayed. Or is it just that I know it from a time when there was less, before the rise of IPAs and sour beers, before Imperial anything except for Russian stouts? I'd imagine that tasting this beer now with inexperienced lips and tongue, after many of the other beers that are on market have passed, one might not be impressed by it and simply push it aside as "sweet, malty, and trying-too-hard" - but it was once one of the many shots first fired in the revolution. So I'll tip my hat to it again, and relax and take another sip of that complex and malty beast, and bask in its richness and the experience that it gives. Vivre les Immort!

Jan 04, 2017
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andrewjraab from Michigan

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

Pours a light copper with surprising clarity. Head quickly dissipates, but comes back alive after a few swirls of the glass. Fruity on the nose, cherries, figs, raisins, some spice. Fruity up front, followed by a big malt back bone and warming on the way down. Try one of these on a cold winters morn to warm your soul.

Dec 31, 2016
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - bronze colored body with off white head

Smell - maple, caramel, vanilla, oak

Taste - caramel, maple, oak, pine, vanilla, brown sugar

Mouthfeel - medium plus body, full carbonation, brown sugar and maple sweetness upfront, vanilla and brown sugar on the finish,

Overall - decent English style beer here, drinks almost like a cross between a barleywine and a scotch ale. Worth a try

Price point - $3.50/12 oz bottle

Dec 27, 2016
Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 2745 ratings