Immort Ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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1,177 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-15-2001

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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
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | 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 Dogfish head.


Bottle, aged 9 months, to snifter.
Just as nice as earlier. I think the maple is coming through more. Carbonation is more subdued, but still at least average for a fresh barleywine.


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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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brown and dark burnt red, copper. Muddy. A little bit of toffee, vanilla, wood, alcohol waft.

Taste was a smooth not sweet toffee experience. Dallop of vanilla helps with that smoothness. Caramel. Wood is roasted like the malt. This is easily one of DFH's best beers. Rich, and straight forward, they can do it!

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

Bottle in 2013. Pours a vibrant amber color but looking at it in the glass, one appreciates the deep crimson color of the body... and all the floaties swimming around in it. Thin off white head forms a ring around the edge of the glass. The nose has a lot of sweetness, belgian candied dark fruits, sweet caramel, some oak, vanilla, hint of alcohol. Taste follows suit, dried dark fruit, burnt brown sugar (maybe the maple), vanilla, toffee. Very sweet and sticky but not too overly cloying.

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Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz 2012 bottle.
Complex beer with smoke, oak, toffee, dark fruits, and a hint of scotch.
Sweet and tart in the nose.
Thick, syrupy body,
More complex and interesting than appealing.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, 2013 vintage, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany color, with an eighth of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Wow! Very rich and aromatic! Tons of bready, toasted malt and dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, apricots and dates, as well as lots of toffee, brown sugar and candied sugar. There are lots of spice aromas too, such as clove, black pepper, star anise and ginger.

Taste: Just as the aroma advertises! Tons of rich, bready, complex flavors of toasted malt up front, imparting notes of roasted nuts, followed by lots of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes, apricots and dates. I also get notes of toffee, brown sugar maple syrup and candied sugar-like sweetness, some hits of vanilla and oak. Absolutely, fantastically, delicious!

Mouthfeel: Chewy, smooth and creamy as there is no carbonation what-so-ever! With an ABV of 11.0%, this is an extremely dangerous beer in that there is no alcohol on the palate. The alcohol is utterly and completely masked, which means one could easily drink several of these and not feel anything…that is until they stand up, and then hit the floor.

Overall: This is a fantastically, delicious beer. If you are a fan of barleywines, get this! So highly recommended!

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Photo of Severdali
4.79/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Smoke filled, in the smoothest of ways, sweet and candied yet mellow

Rich brown with restrained head and starry lacing

rich and viscous, beautifully aged (2009 bottle drank in 2014), this beer stands out at its peak as a beautifully unique deity of beers. the maple and vanilla are so heavy and rich yet so smooth and not overpowering. The smoke is beautifully present yet subtle. The beer is a work of art at this point in its age. It's a 5 at this point.

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Photo of PPIV
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Smoke flavor came through pretty strong and I do not like smoked beers. Not very tasty even after I let it open up a little. Dogfish Head usually knocks them out of the park, just not this time.

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Photo of Samp01
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle 2012 aged one year. Pours a slight cloudy rich copper amber with a quickly fading razor thin head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, yeast, fruity some toasted vanilla oaked essence and dark fruit and mild maple notes, some smokey notes as well. Taste the same as aroma with a bit of earthy herbal hops bitterness and a bit of brandy like notes in the flavor. The palate is a full and rich and smooth with moderate carbonation and there is some bubble effervescence. Finish is the same as taste with some smoked flavors as it warms up with a lingering brandy like sweetness and mild bitterness on the end. Not as sweet as some other barley wines as this is labeled but very good. Overall a very good smooth and easy drinking and pleasant bw. Very nice, I feel immortal already. enjoy

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into as snifter. Thanks, Darren.

A: Ice tea amber. A tan one-finger head that quickly dissipates. Thick lacing.

S: Bourbon pops up in a hurry followed by vanilla, oak and maple. Nice.

T: Wow! Dark, oaky, bourbon-y goodness. Vanilla, too. Like drinking an English barleywine. Malty. Hits you like a brick.

M: Medium with medium, frothy carbonation.

O: Excellent. Highly recommended. Sip and savor.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Poured chilled in standard ale glass. This puppy has aged for two years+.

A: 3: ruddy dark copper color; thin head; very nice carbonation
S: 4.5: plum, figs, currant up the ying yang; wow, this smells great, obviously aged with time, like a port
T: 5: rich, thoroughly complex malts; the aging did amazing things for this beer, turning it into a very sophisticated beer; leather overtones

Highly recommended for any kind of drinking, but was a very good choice for aging. Cheers!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinking a bottle that is about 7 or 8 months old

Appearance: half way from a burnt orange to a garnet red color. a finger or so of a tan foamy head. fairly strong clarity

Smell: strong sweet caramel, maple syrup, vanilla, oak, and some astringent alcohol

Taste: opens with a sweet syrupy mess of caramel, vanilla, maple, and other sugars. some oak character along with a hint of alcohol. all of this is underlain by smokey earthy malts.

Mouthfeel: thick and creamy. some slight alcohol warmth. smoke lingers behind

Overall: I think I would like this beer immensely if it weren't for the smoked malts. the syrup and sweet aspects work well with the barrel aspect. I just can't get the balance between them and the smoked malt

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Photo of larryarms847
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent dark rust orange color with a thin head that dissipates immediately.

Smells of maple, vanilla, and an accompanying boozy burn.

Strong oak flavor with hints of vanilla, maple, and a warm booze finish.

Mouthfeel is lush and velvety, goes down very smooth.

Overall, a very good warmer, but I would love to see what a year or two does to this!

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Immort Ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 2,696 ratings.
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