As expected from Dogfish Head, Immort Ale is a style all its own. Maple syrup, smoked barley, juniper, and vanilla are all added to the brew before it’s aged in oak barrels.
Nice dark brown color here, even without much head. The aroma is very strong with cooked sugar, raisins, and a lot of alcohol. The flavor is, of course, unique. The maple syrup really does come through along with the vanilla. There is no attempt to mask the alcohol here. You know you’re drinking a beer that clocks in at 11% ABV. The flavors tend to mellow out and blend more as it warms. Lots of bourbon character noticeable, too.
Complex, boozy, very tasty, and above all, unique. What else would you expect from Dogfish Head?