Immort Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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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Reviews: 1,162 | Ratings: 2,658
Photo of ajm5108
2.41/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a dark brown tan with average head, slight retrntion. Aroma is overwhelmed by the peat and richer malt along with a unpleasant fusel alchohol. maybe a little vanilla if you really search for it. That fusel alcohol taste is really sharp upfront, and is quite abrasive and obnoxious. Once it sets and opens up some then a few of the other notes peak their head through the door, but so much of it is buried under that tannin / fusel / nail polish flavor. You get faint vanilla and caramel malt. No discernible maple, but it is thick and velvety so that may have been more of a consistency thing. I'm not sure if it is the peat-smoking or what, but that distilled alcohol flavor is just overbearing to me and doesn't mix well with the other (attempted) ingredients.

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Photo of Jay_Once
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to Snifter

L: dark amber, hints of rusty red. Zero head or lacing.
S: Dark, smoky, strong vanilla, alcohol, dark fruit
T: Cedar chest, dark fruit (raisins, prunes), strong vanilla, brown sugar. Very little roasted malt character, but definite smokiness and oak. The yeast comes through strong with fruity esters (almost Belgian). Spiciness that opens up a lot as it warms. The finish is all fruit and booze.
F: Strong boozy warming finish. Not thick or chewy at all, almost thin due to booziness.
Overall: Very rich and warming. Very well rounded. Enjoyed sipping this one very slowly. Solid work from DFH.

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with short, frothy off white head that lingers for a few minutes. Ring all the way down with light lacing.

I get a fair amount of smokiness on the nose, even before knowing about the peat smoked barley. Malty and candi sugar aromas with a hint of fruity yeast. More like candi sugar than traditional maple to me. Surprisingly the alcohol is well hidden until mostly warmed.

Tastes to me like a lot of medium malts and candi sugar. Like a typical strong Belgian with very, very light citrus towards the finish. I'm unable to distinguish maple here and perceive just a hint of vanilla. Alcohol is more prevalent here but still well contained. I'm wanting a bit more here.

Full bodied and a crisper finish than expected for a beer this big.

Overall I'm torn. Based on the label I expected more typical maple and vanilla which I love. What I got was very different but very enjoyable on its own. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Auburn to mahogany in color with some cloudiness.

Smell: Floral. Lots of dark fruits. It also smells highly sweet, but I'm unsure from exactly what. Reminds me of a scotch ale a or a winter warmer. A little vanilla creeps out as the beer warms up a bit.

Taste: Sticky, sweet malts, with a smokiness that lingers around. The alcohol warmth definitely shows up. Dark fruit. Rotten plums. Belgian yeast. I don't get any maple flavor, although it probably led to the sweetness of the beer. I

Feel: Full-bodied. It sure is boozy.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin head on a opaque dark straw body.
The aroma is dirt and faintly floral.
The taste fairly mild blend of wood, smoke and vanilla. Nice but not overwhelming.
The texture is softer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at brewery. One of the gentler barleywine I've tried. Unassuming in aroma and taste, but follows with wicked burn. Pure malt goodness that will surely sneak up on you.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 11% abv

Appearance- Pours a tannish dark brown with a red hue. Very dark once in the glass, and opaque. Large slightly off white head fast to dissipate.

Smell- Dark fruit, figs and plums. Vanilla bean

Taste- Sweet caramel malt turning sweeter into dark fruit notes quite quickly. Has a definitive vinous, oaky taste, evident of the barrel aging. Maple syrup flavors amplify the sweetness and mix in with the oaky taste. Smoky charred flavor as well. Finish is quite dry, and also ends with a hard dash of vanilla.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with low carbonation.

Overall- A sipper of an ale here. Full of complex flavor. The maple syrup, vanilla, and oak aging are all clear to pick up in the flavor profile. DFH knows how to make one complex blend of flavors into an ale, and Immort ale is a showing of that.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip glass. It pours a dark amber with ruby hues, and a thick, khaki-colored head and thick lacing. It has little, if any, discernible smell, which is somewhat disappointing. The taste, however, doesn't disappoint: malty with vanilla and oak at the front and plum and maple syrup at the finish. There is also a slight bitterness at the finish. This is a thick, syrupy ale, lightly carbonated and the 11% ABV is noticeable and packs a punch. To me, it drinks like a Barleywine. Overall, it's quite good but I can't see drinking more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours slightly hazy amber, short and thick tan head.
S- Picking up a lot of smokiness and vanilla at first, the maple syrup rounds it out to give a sweet characteristic
T- Again quite smoky, malts and vanilla dominate, with the maple syrup again rounding out the back end
M- Thick full body, medium to low carbonation, very boozy, this is definitely a sipper.
O- Smoky, sweet, big, and delicious. This complex strong ale is a delight and worth trying for anyone who enjoys a smoky brew.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 12/22/2015:
Pours a hazy 9surprising for a DFH beer) reddish to rusty amber. Head doesn't build up too high on a moderate pour, but a thick fuzzy foamy rim stays for the duration. Fleeting lacing.

Nose isn't too much, the oak I think gives its weight into killing a lightly floral note. The result to me is not great, but not nearly as off putting as the terms I will use (in other words, lack of descriptive skills should be taken into account), which is starting to rot flowers. Tang to tartness from that combines with a little honey-like note and a hint of smoke.

I really enjoy the taste, starts off with a malty presence that I expect in an amber to red beer. The feel is pretty full and soft, though. The maple isn't obvious but I can see how it is part of this beer. The oak is strong, and might pull from the maple, but not with a bad result. Not getting too much vanilla early, but shows up late lingering with the oak.

The flavor of this beer is quite palatable to me. But there is a soft, almost fuzzy feel to this beer that works with the flavors to produce a very enjoyable beer to me. The flavors of oak against maple and vanilla work for me, but I can see them being odd to some. A malty beer for sure, the hops are either clean or help the woodiness of the beer, and I am not complaining. A very enjoyable beer, will buy this one again and again,

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Photo of SFNC
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look; Orange to red with a slight haze. It has a finger high egg shell colored head that reduces to a circle on the perimeter for the duration. Strong lacing.
Smell; Sweet, some smoke and woody. Not a strong smell.
Taste is complex, malt, smoke, fruit and an earthy presence. The Belgian yeast is noticeable. This rewards every sip with some nuances.
Feel Very creamy, slightly dry, no doubt from the alcohol
Overall; A good one from Dogfish Head. I'll seek this one out again.

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Photo of glass_house
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A lot going on. A bit much, even for me. Nothing about it is bad, but the sum of the parts just isn't that great. Plenty of oak, vanilla, maple, grape skin, plum and other dark fruit in the nose and taste, but it's just not as cohesive as I was hoping. The mouthfeel is rich and full, but overall the taste makes it just above average.

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Photo of Oldejoe
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Looks. An amber Amber with a touch of golden red; medium head.
Smell. Yeasty, earthy, some dark fruits, pine pitch, leather. Dark, warm coloring to the aroma.
Taste. Rolling malty, barleywine sweetness capped by a semi-dry, woody oak twang.
Feel. Full bodied and chewy. A huggable mouthful of soul warmers.
Overall. Sweet, barleywine with a twist,very nice for my palate. Probably too syrupy sweet and robust for many folks.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 vintage served cold in a snifter

Appearance: well carbonated, ruby colored with a khaki head

Nose: woody, oak, big and bold, sweetness, fruit forward, scotch ale, cherries, sour cherry juice, chared oak, smokey

Taste: oaky, smokey, dark fruits, alcohol swetness, boozy, not a lot of maple, tons of wood character, cherries, very creamy carbonation. Bitter after taste.

Overall: wow what a wonderful surprise. This is a great Strong ale. I can see this standing up in the cellar for years.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.51/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter glass. Very smooth for such a high ABV beer. Smoky taste with a rich maple type flavor. Nice warm feeling from this one. This is one of the best beers I have had in some time.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy dark amber color with a thin layer of tan head that moves to the edge of the glass quickly. The nose is oak, Carmel, vanilla, and dark fruits. You get maple and vanilla in the flavor but the beer is not too sweet. You also get oak and malts. All the flavors meld well together giving it an impressive complexity. The feel is smooth, thick, and has just enough carbonation. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while. I'm glad I finally got one.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 1/14/16 poured into a tulip glass. Slight ring of bubbles around the edge that lingers, but no real head to speak of. The color is rich, dark mahogany.

Aroma is strong and smokey, with hints of malt sweetness in the background. Giving the glass a swirl releases more malt that balances a little better with the powerful smoke. The taste is also strongly influenced by the smoke, but the maple syrup steps up and is a dominant player as well. I'd say the flavor is more balanced than the aroma. The peat, smoke, maple, and malt are all present, and compliment well. If there are any hops, I don't notice them. I also think it the alcohol is well hidden for an 11% brew.

I think would play well as a winter warmer, albeit a very strong one. The smoke reminds me of warming up by a fire place. I want to six back and gaze out the window at the softly falling snow, while I sip this rich quaff.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to goblet.

Appearance: dark Amber with some light coming through. Big creamy off white head. Very Pretty.

Aroma: brown sugar, vanilla, oatmeal, wood.

Taste: cedar, brandy, oak, brown sugar, some clove. Touch of hops and a metallic aftertaste.

Feel: thick and creamy. Carbonation lays below surface due to thickness, but you feel it in every sip.

Overall: very impressed. I thought this was going to be a self important over hyped overly bitter overly flavored disaster. In reality, it is very smooth, apparently strong, but alcohol masked, work of art. A+ for Dogfishead.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into my Ommegang goblet.
A - Pours a clear reddish brown with a small head that reduces quickly.
S - The oak really comes through on the nose.
T - The maple comes early and goes away. Not sweet. Earthy, bready and malty flavor.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Like most strong ales, make sure you allow this to warm a bit, flavors are not as present when it's cold from the fridge. A subtle, complex ale that may get better with age. I'm buying another for the cellar.

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Photo of PaleCale
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying this one fresh - bottled Jan 14, 2016. Pours a dark amber with minimal khaki head. Nose is malty with syrup and candied sugar but slightly muted. Peat really comes through on the taste, with a lot of syrup on the finish. Pretty boozy but nicely carbonated. An interesting beer but not really my style.

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Photo of rypkr
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

First time I've EVER been put off by oak in a beer. Something just tasted whack in it. Mouthfeel is unreal however.

I'll definitely revisit this as it has so much potential and maybe it's just me or this particular bottle.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper color with an off white head that leaves a bit of lacing behind. The smell is intense oak and vanilla with a caramel sweetness and a lot of earthy notes. The taste is sweet with a lot of toasted oak and vanilla. There is a earthy undertone that is probably more oak. It has a decent bitter finish. The oak just seems too much for my palate in this one.

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Photo of Buck89
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter. Hazy, rusty-copper color with a thin off-white head. Nice aromas of oak, vanilla, and peat. Taste followed with heavy oak/vanilla tones and a slight peaty taste at the end. A nice alcohol warming on the finish. Full-bodied but not too sweet.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a ruby red with a foamy white head that forms and recedes leaving a nice trace ring with some decent lacing.

Nose is rather fantastic - big on oak, vanilla, clove, and (when I saw it described) I get a bit of peat.

Flavor is all of the place for me. Complex, but not in the really good way. I definitely get a pronounced wet-band aid that I was not at all expecting. Everything else is a bit too muddled for me - earthy for sure, but berries, booze, and some spice is present. In general, I'm not a fan.

Feel is fine, the carbonation and body feel right but the drying finish is long on the funk. I'm generally a fan, but something seems out of place here. Glad I tried it but won't be seeking out more.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled: 12/21/15
smell: oak, caramel, slightly floral and earthy, not too aromatic
taste: sweet caramel, oaky, maple syrup
feel: a little dry, abv is hardly noticeable

flavors and aromas are subtle but this is a solid and well-balanced brew
sweet but not too sweet
i like it

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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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