Dec 5, 2008

Dogfish Head Immort Ale

This have been "on it's side" for a few months in the little section of the basement that has been declared "the beer cellar" at Smashin' Transistors central. Seems Dogfish Head's are always proper for such things and this, an 11% abv strong ale, that according to the label is "Vast in character" and "reveals interwoven notes of maple, vanilla and oak" was a worthy candidate.
A very rich auburn in color and a head that fades quickly but leaves a constant ring around the surface. One whiff and it's obvious that this a perfect choice to let age and take bond with itself for awhile longer than when it was picked up off the store shelf. So many warm and rich aromas. Mellow bourbon, sweet maple and vanilla beans. The scent alone is something to marvel over and if the taste is even half as good as smell it's surely gonna be a winner.
First sip (and this is superjammed with flavor so it is a definitely sipper and not a gulper) warms the body nicely. Sweet maple & malts greet the tastebuds first followed by vanilla and a tinge of raisin. Pretty hearty body and full feeling in the mouth but surprising not as thick as expected when basing the myriad of flavors and complexities it is packed with. There is a bit of alcohol hotness in the end but thanks to the oak aging it has the jagged edges smoothed out and the finish is actually kinda wet.
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7 comments:

sanilac brew head said...

You say you had some of the cellared? Can you still get them anywhere? I seemed to have missed this one and it sounds pretty good.

Dale said...

SBH,

Ryan's still has a couple of 4 packs of it on their shelves. It's 11% abv so it stores/cellars pretty well. Yes, it is very good and well worth picking up.

sanilac brew head said...

How's the roads & snow down that way? I might make the trip down tonight.

Dale said...

It's blowing and drifting snow. Probably not as much as your getting 25 mile to the north of me though. Dunno if I'd take the trip just for beer but then again I have beer on hand. So I guess it depends what beer you have on hand really.

sanilac brew head said...

Same here weatherwise. Might drive down to PH anyway because all I have is Molson on hand and Smackwater's choices are limited and a lot of them are past freshness date too.

worth township ripoff said...

The guy that owns Smackwater is a snob but doesn't even know what he's talking about half the time. He treats customers like 2nd class citizens and acts like he knows more than them. Fuck him and his want to be Saugatuck ways.

sanilac brew head said...

If he's shooting for Saugatuck he has a long way to go. He is kind of snooty (and he could use a little more knowledge and experience on how things actually work instead of pretending that he does) but does run a quality business and you can't deny him that.