Immort Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Immort AleImmort Ale

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

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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Reviews by Dantes:
Photo of Dantes
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Package: 12 oz. brown bottle with metal cap. Label scored between 11 & 12; 11% ABV.

Cost: $1.99 per bottle, Total Wines, West Orange

Presentation: In a Reidel brandy snifter at ~50º.

Appearance: Some "gunsmoke" upon opening. Very sparse head, forming shallow stratus cloud swirls of foam. Color is lighter than your typical barley wine, leaning toward cloudy. Oddly, not much different than a recently consumed “Old Jock” ale.

Smell: Good to very good aroma, with notes of vanilla, roasted nuts, cotton-candy, and some spice. Alcohol is well-shrouded in the background.

Taste: Less impressive than the smell, with the alcohol more prevalent. I found this to be more one-dimensional than some of the other barley wines. It started off sweet, but then a woodiness insinuated itself, along with an edgy astringency I couldn’t really describe, that some here seemed to perceive as a metallic or pine sensation. I guess it was the juniper berry, but it didn’t remind me of gin! I was impressed by the subtlety of the maple syrup, which can be overpowering. Very malty with enough hops to keep it from being boring, but not enough to knock your socks off. 50 to 60 IBU’s would probably show better. Lacked punch in the middle and the finish.

Mouthfeel: Despite the paucity of the head, this actually seemed to have a higher level of carbonation that seemed a bit coarse, than many barley wines. Thinner and lighter than some others with lower ABV’s.

Drinkability: I found this to be a “lighter” barley wine, which was very easy to drink. On the negative side, it was not as substantial or filling as some others.

Backwash: A good effort, that unfortunately pales in comparison to Dogfish’s own World Wide Stout (not really a competitor I guess) and lags a bit behind Victory’s Old Horizontal. Perhaps this would benefit from some bottle aging as suggested on the bottle. However, my review of Old Horizontal was also of a new bottle. Worth trying.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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

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 BloodSoakedAleMug
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I paid $21 for a four pack of this, so needless to say I had very high expectations off the bat. Whenever I see primadonna extravagantly priced beers like this on the shelves, I usually stay away since I've had so many disappointments in the past. One night I was wandering around the beerhouse wondering what to purchase 5 minutes before closing time, I couldn't make up my mind and decided to pick a beer that I normally wouldn't try. I wagered Dogfish Head was a rather safe bet.

So I'm thinking good thoughts and trying to be as positive and as optimistic as possible on the drive home so as not to resent the beer for it's hefty price tag even before I try it. I was rather skeptical and harbored a bit of buyer's remorse at the time. But before I knew it I was working my way into my second bottle and realized how easily the first 12'ozs went down, I soon grew to appreciate what exactly this beer is about.

Are you in the mood for a silky, boozy, pale ale/barleywine hybrid? Great! Because this is one!
I won't lie, I had to open two of these because the first went down so fast I couldn't type quickly enough before it was finished to give it an accurate review.
Look: Pours a reddish copper orange, with a khaki colored head. Relatively large, slow drifting bubbles float up towards the brim of the glass to form a dense three fingered foam. It fades quickly leaving a fine film of lacing.

Smell: Bourbon - but it's from a combination of other scents. Estery, solvent oak wood, maple sugar, a hint of juniper and peat smoke. A touch of red honeycrisp apples. Mild toasted oatmeal and caramel. To top it off the smell of fresh spring water from a babbling brook highlights it all and lingers in your nostrils on the back of the aroma.

Taste: Taste this with your nose and sip it slowly. As delicious and easy to put down as this is, this is one you want to dwell on so you can appreciate the flavors and so you don't get hammered, because it WILL get you there.

This is like a pale ale version of a bourbon breakfast stout, it's remarkable. Unfortunately it's also quite hard to describe what exactly I'm tasting since it goes down so easily.

There's this attractive alcoholic nip that underlays the entire tasting experience. From its warmth, plums, blueberries, raisins and candied cherries emerge and mingle with the taste of caramel, maple syrup and mild fudge.

Notes of red wine, probably from the combination of the 11% abv and red/deep blue fruit flavors.

The aftertaste is smoky and woody with notes of cinnamon and rosewater perfume (probably from the juniper) but it's never exacerbating dry or phenolic.

Feel: Oddly easy to put down as I mentioned. The yeast provides a really nice texture to complement the effervescence. It has an alcoholic, Tanquerey type finish - and as dry as it is it doesn't leave you reaching for a glass of water.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A sweet and fairly fruity aroma with a scent of oak and vanilla. Barley malt with hints of toffee, caramel, and biscuit with some peat and yeast. Good scent of oak and maple syrup. Fruit hints of apple along with dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, cherry, grapes, and dates. Sweet hints of brown sugar. A pretty nice complex aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sweet and fruity taste with notes of oak, vanilla, and dark fruit. Barley malt with notes of toffee, caramel, biscuit, smoke, and nuts with some peat. Notes of oak, tobacco, and leather. Sweet taste of maple syrup, vanilla, and brown sugar. Fruit notes of apple along with dark cherry, fig, raisin, grape, and dates. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and syrupy. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A very good complex ale. Good blend of oak, syrup, and dark fruit flavors.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

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Photo of gotzilla
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a powerful kick ass 11-percenter that is all the reasons I used to love dogfish. There's also a reason I quit loving dogfish -- a little too strong and clever -- and this is also a threat here. I'm going to have to revisit this one (poor me) but I think I really like it. Chicory, maple thickness yet quite easy to drink and get drunk.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 2012 aged one year. Pours a slight cloudy rich copper amber with a quickly fading razor thin head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, yeast, fruity some toasted vanilla oaked essence and dark fruit and mild maple notes, some smokey notes as well. Taste the same as aroma with a bit of earthy herbal hops bitterness and a bit of brandy like notes in the flavor. The palate is a full and rich and smooth with moderate carbonation and there is some bubble effervescence. Finish is the same as taste with some smoked flavors as it warms up with a lingering brandy like sweetness and mild bitterness on the end. Not as sweet as some other barley wines as this is labeled but very good. Overall a very good smooth and easy drinking and pleasant bw. Very nice, I feel immortal already. enjoy

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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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%.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pour a hazy brown with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is sweet vanilla, raisin, smoke, caramel, maple...there's a lot going on here. Mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and very, very smooth. Slight alcohol burn, but all things considered it's pretty well hidden for 11%. Sweet, boozy finish.
I got a 4-pack of these for Father's Day - might celler the other three and see what they're like in a year or so.

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Photo of Coffdaddy
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another fantastic DFH beer. I think this beer needs to be aged 2+ years to bring out its full potential.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish brown color with a slight head but more carbonation than expected,aroma was rich and of vanilla.The vlavor is very oaky with some vanilla tones and a nice lingering fruitiness.A nice complex beer to savor cant drink more than one or two though.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Decent head atop a beautiful, full, orange/brown body. This one certainly looks the part.

Smell – The malt base is there plus a whole lot more. This has a strong French oak aroma as advertised on the label. There’s also an apricot pit scent and a whiff of alcohol.

Taste – The malt flavors are laden with deep, smoked, vanilla oak. The fruits take a back seat but are still present. The announcement of alcohol is prominent. This is a good one.

Mouthfeel – Full-bodied with a presence of alcohol.

Drinkability – I wouldn’t fill a beer bong up with four of these. This is an ale for sipping, but an ale that must be sampled nevertheless.

Comments – This is my first bottle from Dogfish Head. I hope they’re all this good.

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Photo of adamr2424
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.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

There is a big, healthy, khaki, two fingers of creamy head on this dull and dark, ruby-colored beer. It fades slowly to about half an inch and leaves a really thin, sticky, sheet-lacing. Carbonation bubbles race to the top.

Despite my weak sense of smell, the aroma of this beer leaps out at me. It is a bouquet of floral perfume, alcohol, vanilla soap, and day-old congealed bacon fat, with some yeasty kick. It is quite pungent, and while intriguing, not altogether pleasant.

This beer is intensely sweet. It is a fulsome honey/maple/ sugar taste. There are strong underlying tones of vanilla and alcohol. Fruity hop bitterness in the finish clears the way for a smoky and woody aftertaste. I want to rate this beer lower because the sugariness gets to be too much to bear, but the complexity of the beverage forces me to up the score. The mothfeel is heavy and full and saved by soft and lively carbonation.

Drinkability is a huge issue with this beer. I suggest having some cheese or other food on hand when you drink this. It will make maple-glazed ham taste amazing, and in turn make the beer a little easier to down. Ultimately, I just felt full and had to tass the last once or two. I doubt I'll revisit this beer unless I want to brew an American Strong.

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Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kaimcm
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: deep ruby color with a creamy dull white head

S: dark fruits, sherry, molasses, maple, pastry cream. super complex and appetizing. nose really begs for you to take a sip.

T: sweet viscous syrup, figs, raisins, a nice little spice/prick from the carbonation. alcohol warming on the finish which comes on just strong enough, very well balanced. ripe orange flavors, maple, sweet but not cloying that finishes with a touch of bitter dryness. very interesting and enjoyable.

M: very creamy with a good weight.

D: really enjoyable and interesting brew. super complex, well balanced, well hidden alcohol. should be a sipper but goes down so easy its hard to slow down. rock on dogfish head!

a great nightcap brew I paired with Stilton, salami, and almonds with great success

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice mahogany to cherry pour without any
real head but active carbonation.

S: Great malt/syru aroma with both the vanilla
and woody scents aparent.

T: Oak! The male and vanilla are lost behind
the oak/bourbon flavors. There is a distinct
hop finish that is nice. Ther is a bit of
caramelized sugar almost burnt though.

M: Makes the mouth water. Chewy on the inside
with thinish edges.

D: Just too much for me. I think dogfish
achieved its goal here and made good on their
description of this beer. Unfortunately it
is just too overpowering of flavors for me.

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Photo of Andnkuhn
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear medium-to-dark brown in color with a great uneven dense foamy head of about 2 fingers or so, off white in color with great retention and lacing. Looks awesome!

Aromas coming off from this brew were subtle, malty, and rich. Mostly something on the order of a caramel to medium toasty malt smell with hints of dark fruit or fig and perhaps a touch of brown sugar.

Initial flavors very much match the aromas with a heavy malt presence. Rather complex with definite notes of alcohol give the body of this a rather interesting disposition. Not much in the way of hops but there is definitely a bittering agent that brings much balance to the overall experience. The flavors stay solid through the drink. The finish is warm with a long linger of complex malt that seems to take it's time sliding down the throat. Excellent carbonation - light, but plentiful, without being overbearing, it is perfectly matched to the style.

This brew is certainly enjoyable, but is hardly a session brew. I would treat it much like I might treat a barley wine or other strong ale. Definitely a new favorite - I hope it becomes more available in my area soon! If you enjoy strong ales, you should try this one. Fantastic!

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Photo of hijinx
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh my head! Guess I should've come to beer advocate first for the alcohol content on this one before I downed the whole six pack. What can I say? It was cold out and this tastes good! I've been working my way through the Dogfish brews to try them all and this has to be my favorite. I typically favor esb's, however this ale is strong enough to feed my fancy. Appearance is dark and chocolaty with scents of coffee, chocolate and vanilla. Goes down very easy and is a great dinner or dessert beer. It was 17 degrees last night and it vertainly kept me warm. Fans of vanilla or chocolate beers will definately enjoy this one.

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Photo of AdvocateFan
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12-oz. tall brown bottle. There's an emblem that looks like a cross-section of a snail shell with a calligraphic "X" in its center. Label reads as follows, "Vast in character, luscious and complex, this smooth, full-bodied ale reveals interwoven notes of maple, vanilla & oak."

Appearance: Brown to copper in color with some nearly crimson highlights. Off-white head fades to a relatively thick covering--tight-laced and remarkable holding power considering the intensity of the ABV. Ample carbonation.

Aroma: Doesn't quite smell like any barley wine I'm accustomed to. High alcohol on the nose, with an almost meaty note. There are maple syrup scents, vanilla extract, rum-soaked raisins/grapes, I'm searching for the oak but can't find it unless it's among the sappy aromatic elements--like the smell of strong cedar. Hints of peat & smoke as well. Also some bubblegum like flourishes. Hugely complex.

Taste: Wow... this is unique. Smoke/peat are striking and not expected, despite being in the nose. Slightly chalky, like a stiff dry porter, but that's where the comparison to that style ends. Dark fruity esters, spiciness from the hops, with alcohol evident (solvent-like), but still softly draped by a wonderful curtain of smooth, lush flavors that are tough to pin down. Some Belgian dark strong ale flavors (notably the yeasty aromas from such beers, most notably similar to Chimay Grande Reserve). Despite the strong flavors, there's a wonderfully unexpected rounded softness to this beer (not to mention considerable belly-warming). As it hits room temperature, barley wine flavors become more evident, and the meatier flavors reveal an associated saltiness.

Finish: Candy-like sweetness slips to dryish peat/smoke, then to bitter hops mingled with dark fruity tartness and acidity, slipping away toward subtle hints of oak (I think I'm getting the oak now...)

Miscellaneous: Sweet brew--one that's tough to categorize--quite nice, an unusual beer worth savoring.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yet another highly anticipated DFH brew for me...sticky deep amber pour with a nice white head that leaves trails of lace behind on my glass. Strong sweet caramel with notes of pine, vanilla and dark fruitiness. Alcohol wafts into my nose as well.

This one is big....creamy sweet caramel rolls over my tongue mingling with hints of candied fruit, vanilla, and woody tones. A great brew to sip on a cold night. Piney hop biterness comes through on the back of the palate....well balanced with a slightly bready finish.

Mouthfeel is sinfully smooth and creamy...heavy on the palate. This is a brew that demands respect. Drinkability is good, however the high abv will make it hard to have more than a few of these. I got this as a single, but I look forward to grabbing a sixer to cellar. Recommended.

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Photo of blitz134
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I actually drank a bottle of this about 3 years ago, it was a bit much for me at the time. Glad I finally have the chance to revisit it.

Clear, caramel colored body with lots of carbonation. Head reduced to a quarter of an inch of tan dense foam that hangs in there for quite a while. Pretty impressive for such a large beer. A sheet of lace is formed as a slowly sip this one down. Really one of the better appearances for this style: some actual head retention and lacing with a high abv.

Boozy raisins and plums, vanilla and some woodiness all over a caramel malt body. Quite a bit weaker aroma than what I remember. Kinda disappointing in this sample actually. Smells good, but just really weak.

Aroma follows suit of the aroma but much more pronounced. Caramel malty body with a bit of raw sugar, lots of overall sweetness. Alcohol soaked fruits again, raisins, plums. Touch of vanilla and oakiness. Finish has a good deal of alcohol, but it isn't overly fusal as I remember the first time I had this. A bit of lingering bitterness as well from some peat-like, earthy hops. Lots of stuff going on here, but its a bit all over the place.

Body is fairly full, coats the mouth with a sticky caramel syrup making it linger for a while. Lower carbonation levels make this one smooth on the tongue.

Superb flavor with much complexity. This is a true sipper. This is such a big beer with its alchol level and complexity it makes it slow to finish and this is the only one I'd want tonight, or this week for that matter. Good stuff, just not an everyday brew.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Immort Ale is yet another in a long long line of quality products from Delaware's finest brewery.

This lush, dark amber ale is truly as "vast in character" as the bottle label states. The scent is only a hint of what is to come. I was very pleasantly suprised at the smoky, oaky flavor. Absolutely delicious! It is surely always a challenge to mask the prevalent alcohol in strong ales, but Dogfish Head did a commendable job with this one. The alcohol is there in the background, blending in with the maple & vanilla flavors.

This is a very thick, almost chewy beer, and feels great washing down your throat. It goes down very easily for an 11% beer. I dont know if I would have more than 1 per sitting, but I would purchase this again.

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Photo of markmo
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 2,739 ratings