Immort Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Immort AleImmort Ale
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Immort AleImmort Ale

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,723 |  Reviews: 1,184
Photo of jeffmonarch
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a Dogfish Head snifter.

A - Beautiful copper brown color with a light brown head that disappears quickly.

S - Light malty smell.

T - Smooth yet a lot of bite. Good finish with strong malt flavor.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. Chock up another great beer for Dogfish Head.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This review is from a bottle that was bottled in 04/07. Poured into large snifter.

Aroma - The first thing I detect in the aroma is alcohol. With a couple gentle swirls I detect raisins, maple/brown sugar, and other sweet esters.

Appearance - The color is a deep amber/light copper. It is hazy with a diminished head (I'm sure due to the 11% abv and aging.). The head stays at just under 1/4 finger width. Ok lacing.

Flavor - Again, like the aroma, the first thing I detect is the alcohol. Further in I get more maple/brown sugar, vanilla from the oak age, and an overall sweetness. On the finish the alcohol is very prominent. There is no perceived bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium to heavy body. This beer is cloying. It has medium carbonation, and again, it is hot on the swallow.

Overall Impression - This one's a sipper. This beer has spent over a year in the bottle and it still needs to cool down. The cloying qualities are a bit overwhelming. This would be better served in 5-6 oz. servings. Good beer for a very cold night.

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Photo of thryn
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my goblet a deep, rich caramel color. No head worth speaking of. A thin layer of tan foam dissipates almost immediately. A bit of lace on the glass and atop the beer.

The nose is malty, raisiny. Alcohol is definitely there. Sweetness and maybe a bit of smokiness. No real powerful scents, though.

Taste is where this one soars. It's deeply woody and smoky. It's sweet without being off-putting. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming.

It's fairly thin and slick in the mouth. Carbonation keeps it from being at all syrupy.

The drinkability is quite good for a beer of its type, though this is certainly a sipping beer. One is enough, though.

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Photo of Goliath
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice brown color with very little thin bubbley head that disappears immediately.

Aroma is ok. Notes of caramel, vanilla, cherry and syrup.

Taste is interesting. Darker malts, a little chocolate and caramel. Vanilla and oak too. Kind of smokey. Alcohol hidden better than I thought. Would like to see some age on it though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fine carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is moderate. Alcohol level is high and flavors are strong but palatable.

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Photo of KI9A
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just in at Randalls, Fairview Heights, IL tonite. Thanks for the tip!

A: Agressive bottle pour into tulip glass. Dark red, puffy long head. Perfect lace on the glass 5 min after the pour.

S: Vanilla, sweet cherries. Booze.

T: One word. Complex. But, i'll try to break it down. Sweet, very sweet in fact. Cherries, vanilla, boozy, dark fruits, malt.

M/D: ABV is hidden. You feel it on the front of the mouth, but disappears at the back. Fools you. I'm sitting here, just sipping away, as I would a fine scoth, or bourbon. I might have found my new favorite beer. I would not begin an evening with this, but, what fine nightcap.

As close to perfect as I have ever had, an while a bit pricey ( $3.99/12oz), it is worth it. Heck, If you would pay $3.00 for a bottle of BMC at a bar, look what you get for a buck heaven.

Nice job, guys!!

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle bought at Nikki's in NP, RI.

A - Red with a slight haze and a small head.

S - Sweet and syrupy with a hint of cherry. Some definite Belgian qualities.

T - Sweet rich flavor with very little sign of the 11% alcohol. Again, reminds me a lot of a Belgian. Is there candy sugar in this?

M - The light carbonation really enhances the flavor.

D - A very good beer. Incredibly smooth and balanced. Not exactly my style but very enjoyable.

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Photo of DIM
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a clear sunset orange with a hint of cherry red. Pours with a perfect one and a half inch white creamy head. Decent retention, lots of sticky lace.

s: Obvious aromas of oak and sweet, peaty, brown sugary malts. More faintly, I smelled vanilla, cherries, floral hops, and warming alcohol.

t: There is plenty to like here. The malts are peaty, almost Scotch ale like. Sweet withou being at all cloying. Mild floral bitterness blends well with the moderate heat at the end. The Oak flavors upfront are a bit too prominent.

m: This has a fantastic silky body and gentle, lush carbonation.

d: This is a very god offering from DFH. The strong, naked oak flavor keeps it from being great.

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Photo of jayrod20
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a thin, tan head. Smells strongly of burnt wood and alcohol. The taste is woody, smoky with raisin and cherry qualities. Alcohol is front and center. Oak flavor is very strong, enough so that it reminds me of a Smoke Ale. A full bodied, intense beer. I enjoyed it okay, but think it's too complex and high in alcohol to have more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Deep amber under a medium sized white head. Some good lace and retention. Great looking beer.

S: Smells of oak, dark fruit, brown sugar and caramel. Very nice smell.

T: Very sweet up front with a big alcohol bite in the end. A little bit of smoke and oak, bit of darker fruit, even the slightest hint of chocolate. Very nice.

M/D: Full bodied, syrupy, slick, low carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. Decent drinkability, high ABV will catch up to you eventually though. Great beer.

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Photo of hdofu
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad, has a smoky taste to it. Smells like a belgian, sort of a reddish brown color with a white foamy head. Really a nice smooth bitter sweet malt flavor going over my tongue as I sip at it, then after several swigs it gets a spicy taste to it. The mouth feel is thick and warming. In a way it is alot like the rasin de estra only sweeter. For a strong beer it's pretty drinkable. Good job as usual Dogfish Head.

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Photo of turbine2475
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky crimson/brown with a thick cream head that disipated slowly into a light lace.
S - Vanilla, candied fruits, some trace hops, and noticable alcohol.
T - Dry oak, dark fruits, candied apples, with a little bit of fruity hops.
M - Milky with a moderate carbonation and an alcohol burn.
D - Good beer. Alcohol content and price affects its overall drinkability, but definately worth a try.

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Photo of bassmantin
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich deep brown/red with a nice fin tan head that bubbles up quickly and recedes slowly.

Smells of a fairly intense Belgian-style sweetness with a bit of tangy fruitiness, too. Interesting.

Initial taste invades the mouth with an aggressive rich maltiness. This flavor lingers for quite some time and coats the mouth like syrup on the finish. My second taste leaves me very impressed with the sweetness. The best description I can give is that it's a nice rich Belgian sweetness.

Overall: This was a pleasant surprise. I like the general complexity and that great maltiness.

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

Picked up recently (though I feel like my wallet should've made me do otherwise!)

A - a dark brown, syrupy color with a nice white head which dissipated in a few minutes, hints of red when held to light, and almost some tawny port color

S - roasted malt, vanilla, dark chocolate, some hops in there, hints of alcohol, and spices. A whole lot going on!

T - haha woah vanilla, caramel, maple, sort of a wood character, finishes spicy and warm

M - solid bodied with a bit of carbonation; sticks around in the mouth well

D - well, this is certainly an after (in this case it is before though haha) dinner beer. Complex, warming, and enjoyable. I doubt I could drink more than 1 in a sitting, but sipping it and letting it warm as new flavors and aromas emerge is enjoyable. Recommended, despite the $$$ required for a 4 pack.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet oak with note of, as suggested, maple. Citric/pine hop contrast. Smells rich, creamy, and full of concentrated energy... like vanilla ice cream.

Kind of a brown orange color. Dare I say.. maple? Perhaps. Good clarity though the thick translucence. I coaxed a good bit of head out, but it didn't want to stay very long. The head finishes down to a creamy film.

First sip is full of bold, tart, sweet, and bitter flavors: some of that oak/maple sweetness and tart hops from the nose, a little alcohol, and a finishing bitterness.

On second sip the maple character intensifies along with hop tartness and flavor. Finish takes a lot of character from the sweetness and then the stronger hop bitterness and finally a mild leafy hop flavor outlasts everything.

Delving deeper I note a smooth, creamy mouthfeel, more pronounced interactions between sweet and tart, and subtle whisky-like flavors from thickly roasted malt on oak. Just alright at first, I notice that the more I sip this beer, the more I like it.

11%? Are we sure? Maybe that's why it's been growing on me so. It really doesn't taste or feel at all alcoholic like I would expect. After reading other's reviews, I must conclude that either my senses are dull or I found a mightily mellow 4-pack. This stuff is fairly light. Still, I would treat it as a sipper. I had one last week after another, possibly stronger, beer and poor Immort felt like a cheap, used Belgian Dark Ale. That to me is proof that this brew is subtle and delicate and is something to be enjoyed carefully with a squeaky clean pallet (and head). Kudos.

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

This one promises to be a handful. 11% is normally a bridge too far for me but I have a weak spot for Strong Ales, abv be damned. This one is a brown color with an orange theme and extremely slow moving carbonation bubbles, making me think this is oatmeal thick. The head is creamy and leaves dense dabs of lace. The nose is bristling with hops, malt and alcohol. I can sense dark fruit, vanilla, oak, and unknown spices. Here we go.

Definitely a sipper, as expected. The hops are definitely present but are mostly drowned under a tide of sweet malt and alcohol. The fruit flavors are plums or figs or something else dark and potent. There is also some smoked tones here, particularly in the aftertaste. The texture is thick and smooth, like a good RIS.

This is a heavy duty, extreme, very good craft brew. However, it's just a bit too much for me. Maybe after dinner, sitting in a real comfortable chair, with a nice piece of chocolate, some classical music on the stereo, dim lighting, in January with a snowstorm going on outside. Or maybe not.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a kick ass little brew from DFH!!

Deep copper, almost reddish pour with a slowly forming head... Very dark looking...

Aroma is crazy complex with loads of hops, spices, sweet malts, dark fruits, vanilla, and a little booze...

Big time maple flavor with cinnamon, vanilla, sweet malts... This is really delicious... I was expecting a booze bomb but this is just terrific!! Its complex with all of the different flavors rushing at you...

The ABV hurts the drinkability on this quite a bit... I could drink lots of this but it would kill me the next morning...

Very well crafted brew from DFH... This is an awesome American Strong..

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Photo of erosier
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a brown/amber color with a tint of red. There was no lacing from the short tan head.
S: A very complex smell of deep malts, wood flavors, vanilla, cinnamon, alcohol, and some interesting hops.
T: The taste is the same as the nose which makes for a more enjoyable beer. It tastes of deep roasted malts, followed by the alcohol, vanilla, cinnamon, and a small amount of hops.
M: Very rich, warming, and smooth.
D: Pretty good considering this beer is 11% alcohol.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, dark fruits, and smoke. Flavor has some complexity, starting of sweet with a combination of vanilla and fruit, with smoke coming through in the middle, descending into an alcohol finish with some bitterness. There's a lot going on with this beer.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant amber, cherry oak with a pillowy tan head that stacks up a good inch thick disk on the beer. The head leaves sheets of lace across the walls of the glass. Smell is maple, carmel, hints of raspberry, a bit of oak. Taste begins with some smoke, quickly touches some sweet vanilla, brown sugar that when mixed with the smoke give the element of bar-b-que. Some oaked raspberry sweetness and tartness touches the end of the pallet. This oaky sweet/tart gives me memories of a tame Jolly Pumpkin La Roja finish, that being a bitter sweet, dry finish. Oh yeah, that alcohol... it sure is hidden. If I was blind tasting I would peg this at 7% abv. Seriously smooth. Very interesting!

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Photo of drxandy
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz to heavy goblet, a heavy pour brings out a creamy white head, deep golden brown with hints of red, really nice looking!!

smells of vanilla, heavy oaken malts, appley alchohol, spiciness

taste is heavy! an extreme beer from the first taste, hot alchohol down the throat, a cheesy/nutty finish (gouda?), malts +++, smoky like rauchbier on steroids, caramel, higher carbonation than what I would concider for the style, earthy scottish peat, spiciness, maple, the oak did very nice to enhance the flavors.

mouthfeel is extremely creamy, bitter and smoothly carbonated - this one is most certainly a sipper, and a very nice one at that.

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Photo of malcontent
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark but crystal-clear mahogany liquid with a thin but uniform layer of head atop makes for a beautiful strong ale.

Plenty of bready malt and honey to mingle with raisins, prunes and (seriously) melon. A ton of fruit but vibrant and natural.

Has that DFH yeast character that jumps right out after a barrage of very sweet malt. Almost has a Belgian/French candy-like taste that pops up in some biere de garde, with a fruity/honey interplay. Bright apricot notes surface with a touch woody astringency on the finish.

Has a sticky dryness about it on the end that hurts the otherwise solid mouthfeel a bit. The sweetness grows to cloying level after a while but this is an undeniably interesting and complex brew.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong ale 11%abv.

A: Pours a dark caramel-cherry red.

S: Some vanilla, oak aroma on nose along with a spicy hopping and alcohol presence.

T: Very spicy palate, some pine, spruce, vanilla and a spicy hop bite to balance the huge malt palate. Some deep sweet caramel malt lacing and spicy bite in the finish. Theres a big sugary sweetness, with some brown sugar.

M: Very soft carbonation with a touch of smokiness and dried fruit.

D: Overall a big beer that's a tad bit overly sweet for my taste. Drinkability is therefore limited to a one and done due to alcohol and sweetness.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Won this one off of sberman77 over a game of foosball. Thanks Steve! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a DFH snifter. Beer was a burgundy color with a very small, off-white head. Very soft carbonation and lite to moderate lacing.

Aroma was sweet and a little hot. Notes of maple, caramel and vanilla are present.

Taste was full and sweet. Maple and vanilla are upfront in the taste. Brown sugar and dark fruit flavors are also present. A little time might do this one some good. I'd be curious to see how it'd taste after a year or two.

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Photo of rye726
1.78/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This beer just didn't do it for me. It was a clear ruby color with a weak tan head. The nose has some dark fruits, caramel candy and strong alcohol. The taste has a cloying sweetness with again the harsh alcohol. The balance is way off on this one. I am reminded of my experience with Old School Barleywine... Not good. A medium body would go down nicely if this tasted better. I drank one bottle and returned the rest of my 4 pack.

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Photo of mattster
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle (Bottled in 2008D) and poured into snifter glass.

Pours very little head with a nice clear mahogany red brew. Tiny bubbles active in beer.

Smell is sweet notes of faint vanilla and slight woodiness. Maple makes its presence known on palate, and maple and very light oak fill mouth. Very nice texture and bubbles really play great in this brew. As brew warms, maple become more active. Really, a good brew. Worth the wait.

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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 71% out of 100 with 2,723 ratings
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