Immort Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

very good
1,180 Reviews
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

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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This beefy hybrid barely wine pours a deep and lightly cloudy copper color with a moderate head of off white foam that settles to a thick rich ring and subtle pool with moderate lacing. Nose of rich caramel malts, raisins, booze, and wine touched oak notes. Flavors exceed the nose with caramel dipped raisins and light wine and oak notes on the front and middle of the taste, warming booze hits on the sides and rear with notes of brandy and oak finishing with an earthy yeast and light grassy hops flavor that is pleasing on the aftertaste. Excellent mouth feel for the style, warming and substantial with a sweet and creamy caramel aftertaste lightly touched with molasses. Flavors are the greater of the sum of their parts to say the least. Excellent barley wine.

So worthy that I gave a friend at work one and he went out and bought a 4 pack...THAT says something! (Cheers Randy!)

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Photo of TruePerception
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dogfish Head Immort Ale. 11% ABV.

A: Over two fingers of slightly tan head. Clear, medium-dark red-orange. Yellow in the dimple. Perpetually rising bubble spout in the center. Decent lacing and sheeting. The top/meniscus has a caramel tone, when viewed from underneath.

S: A good balance of nutty, malty, and a lighter hopping. Notes of tree bark, wood, leaves, and sap.

T/MF: Hopping is more up front on the palate, but still moderate. Piney, earthy. Sharply sweet tree sap. Lightly medicinal.

Not bad. Not a favorite, though.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Clear 14.75-oz. porter/stout glass
From: Bine & Vine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.31 (10 pct. off)
Purchased: Feb. 26, 2016
Consumed: April 10, 2016
Misc.: Bottled on Jan. 22, 2016

Got this with a big purchase at Bine & Vine on Feb. 26. This was the last beer left to drink. Didn’t know much about it, but liked what it said on the bottle. Not necessarily a big fan of Dogfish Head, but willing to give this one a shot.

Poured an auburn, copper color with two fingers of fizzy, khaki-tan head. Lots of small bubbles coming to the top of the glass. Average wet, foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Very good retention on the top all the way down. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled roasty malts, roasted nuts, oaky notes, maple walnut, light toffee and hints of sweet caramel. (Smell - 3.50)

Taste was richer and more complex than the nose. Getting roasty malts, smoky oak, dark maple walnut, toffee, vanilla beans, smoky wood, dark fruits and hints of molasses. Does not taste like 11 pct. ABV. Very good. (Taste - 4.25)

Medium body. Creamy-to-oily texture. Average carbonation. Long, smoky finish. (Feel - 4.00)

Really liked this, basically as it hit my lips. Would like to see this aged for a bit. Probably had this a bit too cold as well. (Overall - 4.00)

3.97 | 89 | B+

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Photo of seedyone
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC.Yum...smoked barleywine. Two of my favorite vices in one glass. And with ample on top...Yum.

Just goes to show you two can be a bit much, evenwith ample syrup on top.

The underlying barleywine is great but there is too much smoke to consider it a compliment.

I saw a TVshow once wher a criminal tried to cover up a crime by setting fire to the room. This makes me feel like the crime is in reverse. They tried to cover the barleywine success with smoke. Too much smoke. And then the fire department shows up with maple syrup.

Great concept with average execution. Close but no cigar.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.88/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I paid $21 for a four pack of this, so needless to say I had very high expectations off the bat. Whenever I see primadonna extravagantly priced beers like this on the shelves, I usually stay away since I've had so many disappointments in the past. One night I was wandering around the beerhouse wondering what to purchase 5 minutes before closing time, I couldn't make up my mind and decided to pick a beer that I normally wouldn't try. I wagered Dogfish Head was a rather safe bet.

So I'm thinking good thoughts and trying to be as positive and as optimistic as possible on the drive home so as not to resent the beer for it's hefty price tag even before I try it. I was rather skeptical and harbored a bit of buyer's remorse at the time. But before I knew it I was working my way into my second bottle and realized how easily the first 12'ozs went down, I soon grew to appreciate what exactly this beer is about.

Are you in the mood for a silky, boozy, pale ale/barleywine hybrid? Great! Because this is one!
I won't lie, I had to open two of these because the first went down so fast I couldn't type quickly enough before it was finished to give it an accurate review.
Look: Pours a reddish copper orange, with a khaki colored head. Relatively large, slow drifting bubbles float up towards the brim of the glass to form a dense three fingered foam. It fades quickly leaving a fine film of lacing.

Smell: Bourbon - but it's from a combination of other scents. Estery, solvent oak wood, maple sugar, a hint of juniper and peat smoke. A touch of red honeycrisp apples. Mild toasted oatmeal and caramel. To top it off the smell of fresh spring water from a babbling brook highlights it all and lingers in your nostrils on the back of the aroma.

Taste: Taste this with your nose and sip it slowly. As delicious and easy to put down as this is, this is one you want to dwell on so you can appreciate the flavors and so you don't get hammered, because it WILL get you there.

This is like a pale ale version of a bourbon breakfast stout, it's remarkable. Unfortunately it's also quite hard to describe what exactly I'm tasting since it goes down so easily.

There's this attractive alcoholic nip that underlays the entire tasting experience. From its warmth, plums, blueberries, raisins and candied cherries emerge and mingle with the taste of caramel, maple syrup and mild fudge.

Notes of red wine, probably from the combination of the 11% abv and red/deep blue fruit flavors.

The aftertaste is smoky and woody with notes of cinnamon and rosewater perfume (probably from the juniper) but it's never exacerbating dry or phenolic.

Feel: Oddly easy to put down as I mentioned. The yeast provides a really nice texture to complement the effervescence. It has an alcoholic, Tanquerey type finish - and as dry as it is it doesn't leave you reaching for a glass of water.

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Photo of Caput_H_lupulorum
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle
L: Gorgeous ruby tinged dark amber color, but poured without any head at all
S: Malty and fruity with a slight booziness
T: Vanilla, smoky woodiness (not tannic) and a pervading raisiny caramel flavor
F: Syrupy but with good offsetting effervescence
O: To be sipped in front of a roaring fire in winter

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Photo of garymuchow
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First thing noticed was a vinous character to the aroma. Further takes revealed more complexity and other character, but the vinous quality remains. Also some in the flavor too.
This is a fairly fresh bottle 12/22/15. I'm curious on what aging might do with this.
The head is really slow growing and seems to get strong with time instead of diminishing. Nice dripping lacing. Kinda' cloudy and darker amber with orange to brown.
Nice rich flavor and good fullness in the mouth. Maple is soft, but there. And the oak and vanilla are mild too, but still able to pick them up. I like the blending instead of dominate quality of these additions. Nice soft and lingering dryness on the finish. Hopping is mild and the bitterness is quite soft, but I like it.
Wow a lot going on here. So much that each take is an adventure. I'm not stunned or overwhelmed, but interesting and holding pleasing qualities.
Thanks to cjgiant for the adventure that is this ale.

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Photo of 57md
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lush copper color with over a finger of head. The nose has the essence of something sweet but it's hard to place exactly. The oak hits upfront in the flavor profile and there is plenty of malty goodness to go around. There is also a hint of smokiness. The finish is semi-dry to dry with a trace of alcohol.

Like many DFH offerings, this is unique and hard to relegate to a single style.

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Photo of EMV
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

L: Pours a deep golden brown... semi-opaque with 1.5 fingers of tannish head. Moderate lacing.

S: Smoke and peat... toffee and dark fruits.

T/F: Smoky toasted malts hit the palate first... with dark fruits and caramel. Toffee and almost tangy (the juniper berry?). Thick and creamy on the mouthfeel... sticky with moderate carbonation... almost sweet at the finish with a clean aftertaste. Very much clings to the tongue.

O: Wow... this is just one odd beer with a ridiculous montage of flavors that all come together to work quite nicely. I'm not a huge fan of smoked beers but the smoky notes are subtle and really work with the semi-sweet and tangy thing they've got going here. Can't think of another beer quite like it... typical for the folks at Dogfish Head!

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

A-a dark caramel color with a very thin layer of white head that quickly disappears to leave a bit of lacing around the top

S-caramel malt, vanilla, and oak

T-caramel malt backbone, some light oak, light spices, some dark fruits, and vanilla. Alcohol is well hidden even at 11%

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall the beer gains complexity as the beer warms, a nice sipper

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Photo of M216
2.92/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very strong. Be warned you notice the abv in this one. Can definitely detect the maple and vanilla. Adds nice touch but is overall too flavorful and strong to enjoy.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A murky brown with a reddish hue. Frothy tan head.

Smells kind of boozy. Malty with some dark fruits and carmalized sugars. Kind of mossy/musty.

Malty with some floral hops, vanilla sweetness, molasses/brown sugar, peat moss and oak. Much better than it smells, but I docked it a little because there is a distinct metallic aftertaste.

Body is slightly syrupy with a fair amount of carbonation.

Reminds me of a few old ales, but a tad hoppier and heavier. Good beer, but not anything I would feel compelled to buy again. Especially at $15/4

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Photo of mchegash
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Deep red, quite hazy. When held up to some light you can see the beer is kind of clear but has tons of small particles in it which make it look hazy. Very little head.

S: Dark fruit, berry, a little boozy, a little oakey.

T: Smoky, with strong peat flavors. Rich maltiness. Has a little bit of spice kick to it as well (not sure how to describe but similar to Founder's Old Curmudgeon). Tastes a little metallic but that might just be me.

F: Medium body, quite light on the carbonation.

O: A good beer, not sure if it's worth the price though.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 12/22/15. Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Hazy tarnished copper color. Thin white ring at the edge, with some small thin strands of lacing that slowly slid back down the sides and dissipated.

Smell: Oak, toffee, a hint of raisin, and an alcoholic hint that is slightly brandy-like to my nose.

Taste: Rich mix of flavors - vanilla, oak, caramelized malt, mild leafy bitterness at the finish. Some alcohol notes as well. A hint of maple here and there - a bit more noticeable as the beer fully warms up.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation underneath a thick and smooth beer. Some warming alcohol noted. A dry finish.

Overall / Drinkability: A fine sipping beer by itself, and I think this would go really well with the right dish - maybe after a steak or even after a dessert as a replacement for a snifter of brandy or a small glass of whiskey. This beer definitely has some brandy/whiskey alcohol notes to it because of the oak aging. A one per evening beer due to the higher ABV.

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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 jp32
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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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 2,703 ratings.
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