Immort Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
87
very good
2,718 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:
2,718
Reviews:
1,183
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
14.51%
 
 
Wants:
178
Gots:
504
For Trade:
14
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Ratings: 2,718 |  Reviews: 1,183
Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Complex aroma of smoke and barrel. Taste gets the wood, peat smoke,the juniper berries and fruit. Tasted like a flavoured herbal tea so flavoured porter. Medium mouthfeel, was expecting even thicker. Very different and not my cup of tea.Another odd and interesting brew from this brewery.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half finger head on a clear amber brew. Nice amount of lacing. Aroma is mostly caramel malt with various wood aromas including oak, maple and hickory. Coffee and dark fruit notes are present as well. Overall very complex aroma. Very smokey and woody with more hickory and BBQ like flavor. Finish is a little hippy with the malts coming through more. Overall the exact kid of brew I expect from dogfish head: unique. Edgy and well done even if it isn't your favorite beer ever.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the day after Churchill's Renaissance at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a clear honey brown with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Smell is pretty subtle but there is some malt, smoke, and spice in the nose. Taste is of malt and a nice smoky flavor with a tiny bit of band-aid present. There is a mild bitterness with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice smoke flavor that comes out especially as the beer warms up.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

fresh at the dogfish taphouse in rehoboth deleware. poured a dense amber color into a sinfter, with a disappointing barely there head. smells and tastes like whiskey, charcoaly and smokey, with notes of sweet maple syrup and or molasses and a plethora of hops. somewhere between beer, booze, and wine, this beer is definitely not for the weekend budlight drinker. its massive and complex and mandates that every drop be savored and digested and understood as well as possible before taking the next one. its a beer drinkers beer, and for that i really appreciate it. the mouthfeel is alcohol first, alcohol second, and an aged sort of smoothness in a distant third. it grew on me with every quaff

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had wanted to try the Immort Ale for the longest time. For some reason it never seemed to show up at the local shops I go to. After stopping at Crazy Bruce's in Connecticut on my way to Vermont I saw that they had bottles of it there. So I made a mixed 6 pack with one Immort Ale. Finally got to have it that night at the motel. I was more than happy about getting it.

It poured out as a nice looking brown color with a slightly fizzy tan color head on it. The smell of the beer had some vanilla, some barrel earthiness to it, there was also a sweet boozy aroma too. The taste was quite nice also, plenty of flavors in this brew. Much like the nose a lot of the same qualities come through on the tongue. The mouthfeel was smooth and semi thick with a good carbonation to it. Overall this beer is a powerhouse. It goes down nicely especially with some aging and it's high ABV can hit ya pretty hard if you let it. Well worth trying though!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4 pack for $12.99

Pours a nice mahogany color, decent head to it... not much lacing though surprisingly. Smell gives off some vanilla and maple, nice sweet aroma to it. Nice full body and great mouthfeel, a nice creamy beer. A nice woody flavor in there with more of the vanilla and maple tastes, finishes with a slight alcohol warming effect. Whoa, this is a good beer.. but the kind you'd have to be careful about having too many at one sitting. A nice sipper, it's one of the stronger DFH offerings I've had but the taste is superb.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear but very dark amber in color and poured with a thin beige head.
S: There is a strong aroma of barley malts in the nose along with some notes of alcohol.
T: Like the smell, the taste is very malty and has some notes of maple syrup. Notes of alcohol are evident in the finish.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: This beer is definitely a slow sipper considering its strength and the presence of alcohol in the smell and taste.

Note: 1999 vintage

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

Session 06/01/07, Release 2007
Although I expected a heavy, fresh, barleywine-ish brew with strong alcohols, intense barley malt flavor and sweetness and agression; I did not expect all of the new smokiness that I experienced in the aroma and flavors. It dominated all of the caramel, vanilla, fruity, and syrupy flavors. Nearly to rauchbier proportions, the heaviness of the brew and the peat (scotch whisky) flavors, though complex and bold, compromise the beer too much. Age should be kind, however the beer is way too immature for drinking in the near future.

Session 07/ 01/05, Release 2004, Rating 4.5
This one is a treat. Looks golden, copper, bronze, colors change as they refract in the light. Dainty dense white head that fades into the alcoholic lace and coating. Smells mildly sweet with deep fruits of dates and figs. other sweetness abounds with honey, brown sugar, caramel, and toffee. Tastes oily sweet with vanilla, caramel, and those dark fruits. The flavors are compounded with finess flavors of wood, mild hops, and alcohol. Full, round body being cut by the alcohol makes this beer go down easily. Finishes is warm and sweet. Hop flavors detected. Aftertaste is oily and refined and cloying sweet. Alcohol dries the palate. Not as bitter as most American Barleywines. Borrows English flavors in finess and maturity. Another gem by Dogfish Head.

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Photo of oline73
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber with a half finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel like malt with some dark fruit, vanilla, and alcohol. You can really pick up the berries in the smell.

Taste: The peat smoked malt shows up here big time. I honestly didn't read the description, so I wasn't expecting it after the smell. The peat and alcohol cover up most of the other flavors. Some sweetness and some mild fruit. I might age my other bottles to see if things blend better.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thick side of medium with aggressive carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: The smell of this beer is fantastic, but the smokey taste and alcohol cover up all the delicate flavors. I'm hoping that this one smoothes out over time.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear medium amber color with a modest head consisting of tiny bubbles; some splashy lacing here and there

Smell: Smoked peaty nose with caramel, maple and vanilla tones; a bit vinous

Taste: Starts out with a somewhat brandy-like flavor, though not as intense nor sweet as a brandy; a touch of vanilla and maple on the front as well; at mid-palate some bitter orange flavors kick in and the smoked peatiness on the nose starts to command attention; the mid-palate flavors build to the finish and are joined by black pepper and alcoholic warming; rather sweet at the end, like a liqueur (Drambuie?)

Mouthfeel: Rich and chewy with relatively low carbonation

Overall: Another unusual brew from Dogfish; very nice after dinner

(Note: This is a beer that ages particularly well, allowing the alcohol to mellow and the malty flavors to develop.)

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Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wayne for this one, I'd tried it a long time ago but it was an old bottle that hadn't aged well. Bottled 1/27/14.

Russet reddish gold, bright clarity and suspended carbonation ever present. Drippy lace and good, lasting surface coverage.

Aroma is slightly sweet and yeasty, though somewhat closed. Toasted almonds, peated malt, and fig jam.

Rich and sticky, though fairly easy to sip. Roasty chicory, leather, dried plums, maple sap. Traces of oak and grape must, a mild bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Full bodied with considerable alcohol content though not especially boozy and still relatively balanced. Overall this was pretty good, and seems to be widely available.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Boboski: Poured a deep hazy orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with good lacing. Aroma of sweet malt is pretty complex with some light vanilla and some dry fruits. Taste is mix between some dry fruits such as figs and plums and some sweet malt with some light oak. I found some similarities with aged english barleywine maybe due to the low hops employed in this beer. Body is above average with some low carbonation and alcohol is well hidden. Another very good beer from a brewery that knows how to brew big beers.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pourd out a somewhat cloudy, brown color with a pillowy, cream-colored, small head. It left some soapy lace.

S - It smelled of smoke and wood. Also some biscuity malt notes.

T - A very complex and unique blend of flavors. Some vanilla, caramel, alcohol and sweet, sweet malt.

M - A chewy, thick mouthfeel. This is a medium to heavy-bodied beer with a pronounced heat from the alcohol content.

D - This is a good beer but very strong and sweet.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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