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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Photo of MacQ32
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a nice orange amber with slightly less than a finger of caramel colored head, decent retention, only a thin but respectable layer remains across the surface after ~3 minutes. A decently thick outer lacing remains with a moderate, decent thin lacing.

S - Lots of dark fruits, smoked wood/oak, maple and maybe a little bourbon - hint of smoked bacony aroma as well.

T - Maple and oak followed by a slight alcohol burn and dark fruits (raisins/prunes), some sweet caramel, toffee and vanilla.

M - Medium-full bodied, fairly smooth - perfect ~55 degrees F

O - Very tasty, considerably more enjoyable and a warmish temperature. Quite complex, alcohol is very well hidden, very smooth.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of schoolboy
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an amazing sipping beer. You just want to take it easy. The aroma and flavor are so complex you need a degree to understand them.

It's a very dark reddish brown ale with a small but fine head. The aroma is extremely complex - yeasts, fruits, maple dominate. The taste similarly is challenging. There are many things in there, and they are all making an interesting concert together - kind of like a Zappa concert, very complicated. The aftertaste lingers bittersweet and heavy, like the style usually does, only more so.

For as highly as I rated this I doubt that I would want it very often.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TomTwanks
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I really did have high hopes for this one

Smell - smoky bacon, peat, more peat, charred oak, gamey.

Taste - smooth, hope barely detectable. Very similar to the smell. Immediate front palate gets hit with some vanilla and way to fast afterwards the beer is overwhelmed with a meaty taste. Finishes smooth and velvety.

Mouthfeel - best part of this beer in my opinion. Very slick and smooth. Finishes almost velvety and previously mentioned.

Overall - maybe I'm not a big fan of smoked beers. This one in particular is super gamey and I'm not a fan. I wish the vanilla would be more present as well as the maple ( though I believe the maple does help in the MF). I'll have to go back to this in a year or two to see if it develops for my liking.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: A deep darker amber, very transparent. The body has light bubbles on it with an off-white head with slight orange tint to it. Head maybe rose to 1/3".

Smell: Strong wood scent almost bourbon like. It has a strong scent and wins points in my book because of that but not necessarily the type of smell you want to keep on smelling. To say the least it's the kind that gets old quick.

Taste: Almost a smoked wood, i know i can't be the only one feeling this. Strong vanilla feel as well you can feel the alcohol...not as overwhelming

Mouth: Easily medium carbonation. Nice stickiness and smooth, smoked after feel is a little bit of getting used to but not bad at all.

Overall: When i first poured the glass, I didn't know what to expect. It improves little by little as you keep drinking it. Would I buy it again, maybe factoring in price and it's not quite my top tier of beer preference. Grab a glass and drink...Salud!

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 2,718 ratings.
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