Immort Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
87
very good
1,177 Reviews
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
Reviews:
1,177
Ratings:
2,696
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
14.51%
 
 
Wants:
178
Gots:
501
For Trade:
15
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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 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 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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Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 mothmanscott
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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 leave little lace. Aroma is roasted malt, pumpernickel, maple, brown sugar, vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate cherry, smoke & a faint booziness. Taste is roast & smokey malt, whisky 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!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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 andrewjraab
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of keithmurray
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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

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Photo of KTCamm
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11/29...pours deep reddish brown, dark, scant white foam sits atop. Old musty nose, some dark fruit sweetness. Currants. Complicated fruity swirling taste. Vanilla oak chips. Boozy right from the go, thick mouthfeel. Syrup like consistency and in the flavors.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a murky amber with a one finger off white head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is plums, raisins, figs, brown sugar and toffee.

T - Tthe taste is maple, vanilla, charred oak and a bitter piney finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbnation. Soft creamy mouthfeel with a sticky dry finish.

O - An interesting beer. Reminds of a mcpix between a scotch/barleywine/old ale.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice: color is amber, a little dense, head is light tan with fine bubbles and compact head (1/3 inch). Light bubbly lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is subtle but seems to be a great precursor and presents the depth of the brew better than than taste: light peat, hint of raisin, earthy.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a light peated malt flavor, then some fruity malt flavor which at first reminds me more of a barleywine than strong ale; then hoppiness takes over with moderate bitterness and earthy flavors. Maple flavoring is not entirely noticeable, but the dryness and fruitiness reminds you of the sugars backing up the malt. Peat smoke flavor lingers.

Mouthfeel is a bit bitter, which leans towards the strong ale side of this category, however there is a sharpness on the tongue - maybe the ABV strength catching up with itself.

Overall, a good strong/scotch/barleywine style ale - maple does not present strong, juniper is subtle and more bitter and earthy, but the deep malt flavors and barleywine style flavors are pleasant along with the peat smokiness.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottled on 12/21/15

Pours dark maroon ruby red with a dense creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like candied dark fruit, figs, raisins, prunes, plum, grapes, juniper berries, spice, maple, smoked malt, oak barrel, vanilla, caramel, toffee, rich molasses, brown sugar, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like candied dark fruits, figs, raisins, prunes, plum, grapes, juniper berries, spice, sweet maple, smoked malt, oak barrel, vanilla, caramel, toffee, rich molasses, brown sugar, with earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low tingly carbonation. Overall a really nice, smooth and balanced brew.

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Photo of strohme2
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Chestnut, autumn red colors, I finger of head that receded quick but left a smallish ring in the perimeter.
Smell-Earthy, vanilla and maple dark fruits. Taste is sweetness, wood, vanilla and maple. Figs, dark chocolate cocoa powder, maybe grape jelly finish.
No alcohol detected, smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of brureview
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date: 12/15.
Bought this recently, so it's probably been sitting on the shelf a while- which is good.

Poured a semi clear mahogany color with a 1f head in a tulip.

Intense oak, lighter maple waft from the glass. The oak intensifies with warming. Very deep aroma. Love it.

Great taste: maple syrup, berry, vanilla, finished with a good bitterness laced with oak, berry and maple syrup.

It's Halloween. Who needs summer ale? This is what craft beer is all about.
Complex, deep, well crafted.
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Photo of gotzilla
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
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 XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like strawberry jam, caramel. Reddish orange. Decent carbonation. Taste is leathery, toffee, vanilla, roasty finish. I don't taste the booze at all. This is another elegant beer. It's a beast at 11%, but it's delicate.

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Photo of VashonGuy
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is medium brown, just a light head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is wood (slightly smoky), and maple. The taste is maple, smoky, vanilla, and hoppy. It's not particularly bitter, but there is a definite hop character in there. Some reviewers have called this a cross between a pale ale and a barleywine. Maybe so, but to me, it's a heck of a lot closer to barleywine territory than to a pale ale. The 11% ABV is noticeable. All these flavors blend beautifully, making this one a real treat.

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Photo of BWood
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: dark amber. Tiny head no retention.

S: maple hits hard. I get the berries too.

T: nice beer. I get the barley and maple. Has a scotch like taste.

F: pretty smooth. Warms well.

O: good beer. Probably won't seek it out.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
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 rockaroo
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

pours dark amber, more lacing than head, more floating particles than carbonation. smells candyish and boozy.

excellent mouth feel and finish like a good mixed drink or a fresh dogfish 120 minute.

I didn't read the bottle or any other reviews and I forgot about maple syrup, which is the correct taste description. I came up with bubble gum, dried stone fruit, and red licorice.

As the beer warms up some west coast ipa /green onion aromatics start to play against the sweetness.

A good beer to buy a few of and stash away for when you are looking for something a little different and that will keep your hands off your truly special occasion stuff.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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 gutbuster
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours Mahogany in color with a dense and active tan head that dissipates quickly to leave just a light film around the edge of the glass. Very very little lacing to speak of.

Sweet is the word for the nose. Dark fruits and caramel take center stage with a strong bourbon and alcohol presence. A mild wood smoke aroma is present.

Wood Smoke dominates the palate initially but is quickly put to the back burner making room for figs and plums mid palate. Finishes with a strong dose of caramel and moderate warmth from the alcohol.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Dry.

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Photo of Brandon_C
4.92/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Enjoyed poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle that was bottled on January 22, 2016. Poured on June 15, 2016.

Look:
Poured a cloudy golden blood orange color, with an off-white 1/4" head with medium lacing. Very satisfying color and appearance.

Smell:
Malty and lightly hoppy, caramel and oak like from a distance. Smelled fantastic.

Taste:
Very, very good taste. The taste of alcohol is not extremely prevalent - instead, you are met with a vanilla/oak-y, malty taste that hits the front of the pallet with a slightly sharp touch that quickly recedes, revealing a complex yet smooth, refined flavor. Malty, toffee-like. Very rich flavor that leaves you wanting more.

Feel:
Very smooth and refreshing, not extraordinarily filling. Think the mouth-feel of a good slightly syrup-y pale. Satisfying and thirst quenching. A beer that is best enjoyed cold.

Overall:
Get me another one, stat! This is an A+ beer that everyone needs to try!

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Photo of KevCan
4.61/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles from the brewery in Milford, Delaware. Bottled on 1/22/2016. Poured into a tulip glass.

Look: Medium copper brown and slightly hazy with decent off-white head.

Smell: Malty and sweet, raisin, a little apple cider vinegar, booze.

Taste: Very boozy, but flavorful. Malt, raisin, carrot cake? Just enough bitterness. A little smoky.

Feel: Very thick and syrupy, medium carbonation.

Overall: Really good!

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Photo of Gajo74
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- Pours a copper color with a thin ring like lace that retains but eventually recedes.
Smell- Sweet, syrupy, buttery, and perhaps a slight whiff of chocolate.
Taste- Malt forward, maple syrup, alcohol finish but not overly boozy. In the mid palate, the hops provides a subtle bitterness that balances it out a bit. Interesting taste.
Feel- Medium bodied to full, a bit syrupy in feel. High ABV well masked. Nice alcohol warming.
An interesting brew. Very English in feel. Strong but drinkable.

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