Dogfish Head Immort Ale

This was one of the brews that I picked up today at the beer store. I had a bunch in the fridge, ready to drink, but I can remember when I first started the blog how much I wanted to try this one. I guess when I started the blog, this was a brew on hiatus and I really haven’t seen it since. I saw this one mixed with a bunch of other singles. I picked it up and hightailed it home to try.
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ABV: 11%

Style: English Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Pour this over pancakes. Vast in character, luscious and complex, Immort Ale was born at our brewpub in 1995 and made its way into bottles in 1997. 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).”

Random: I am so not ready for Christmas. Kate and I are going Christmas shopping tomorrow.

I poured this brew into my Cigar City snifter since my DFH glass was at Kate’s house. This one poured with a hint of white head on a cloudy, cognac colored body. The nose was as advertised. I got a lot of oak, vanilla, maple and also a touch of smoke. The taste started with oak, vanilla and a bit of maple. The booze was crazy hidden. The mouthfeel was really velvety and soft for a beer this big in ABV. As I sipped it, I was really enjoying it. All the flavors worked really well together. But, this is definitely a beer to savor. The maple also came out more as it warmed. The finish was warm and oaky. This brew was definitely worth the wait. If you haven’t tried it, seek it out.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Yards Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale

One of my most favorite subjects is history. That was actually one of the reasons that I started this blog. Specifically, I really enjoyed the history of beer and learning about. So, this line of Yards brews was really in my wheelhouse. This brew specifically took a recipe from Thomas Jefferson and tried to recreate it. So, let’s see how this goes.

ABV: 8%

Style: English Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “While Jefferson vehemently opposed a strong central federal government, he apparently had nothing against strong ales like this one. Thomas Jefferson’s Tavern Ale is a golden ale with dried fruits and toffee aromas inspired by Jefferson’s original recipe that called for wheat, honey, and rye from his Virginia estate.”

Random: I can’t wait until the new season of Criminal Minds. It could be my favorite show on tv.

This brew poured with a thick two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany color with light carbonation visible throughout. The nose was really fragrant. I got some toffee and honey and a herbal quality to it as well. It was definitely unique, if nothing else. The taste had more herbal qualities to it than the nose. The toffee and honey were present, but took backseat to the herbal notes. Some burnt malt also came out at the end. The body was medium thickness with very low carbonation. The booze was apparent on the long finish that had a mineral quality to it as well. Although I found the concept of this brew very interesting and enjoyed the one that I had, I don’t think I could have more than one or two, especially considering the alcohol content of it. It was definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Samuel Smith’s Yorkshire Stingo

What a day. Work was not fun at all today. Then, I went to the Academy and learned all about fire hydrants and water supplies. It was actually pretty interesting. The only bad part is that I still have 3 chapters worth of homework to get done this weekend. So, today we’re going to start with another British brew. I’ve had a few other brews from this brewery and this is one that always gets written up. Let’s see how it goes.

ABV: 9%

Style: English Strong Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The Yorkshire Stingo was a public house in Marylebone, London which was a significant landmark outside central London in the eighteenth and 19th century. Located on the south side of the Marylebone Road, it was a rural location when first built. An admittance charge was made, redeemable with the waiters, as a method of preventing those with no money from enjoying the facilities. Its name comes from a fashionable slang word of the 18th century for strong beer.”

Random: I usually am not a fan of Samuel Smith labels, but I really like this one. It’s retro, but not stale.

This brew poured with a one finger off white head on top of a dark and cloudy mahogany body. There was some strong, visible carbonation on the brew as well. The nose started with some oak, toffee, caramel and dark fruits. The scent of raisins was exceptionally strong. The taste started with a lot of oak and some booze and transitioned into plums and raisins. The oak wasn’t overwhelming, but really worked with the other flavors going on. The toffee and caramel took a backseat on the taste. The beer was medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The finish was long with booze and a bit of oak. Despite the fact that the booze was pretty apparent in the beer, the oak and raisin flavors really worked well for this, making it a very enjoyable winter drinker. I would definitely have this one again. This is my new favorite brew from Samuel Smith.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

21st Amendment Allies Win The War!

It’s almost the weekend. It’s been a long week for me, primarily because I feel like I was the only one working on Monday. I’m sore as anything from the gym, so tonight, I decided to come home and watch my new Netflix disc. I seriously love Wanda Sykes. She is absolutely hilarious. So, I figured while I’m sitting here cracking up, I may as well review a brew.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: English Strong Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In a surprising turn of events, rival superpowers have joined forces to bring a beer of might to the world. According to top-secret documents, recently unclassified, brewmasters for 21st Amendment in California and Ninkasi in Oregon began their brewing careers together many years ago. The two leaders reunited recently at a secret camp in the Sierras to devise their master plan. ‘We are more alike than we are different,’ said 21st Amendment’s Shaun O’Sullivan. ‘We must unite in our common cause,’ added Ninkasi’s Jamie Floyd. The resulting collaboration, an ale brewed with California dates, an aggressive arsenal of all-Northwest hops and an unmistakable aroma of victory, deals a unified blow to unoriginal beers everywhere.”

Random: This is the first collaboration beer from 21st Amendment.

This brew poured a deep, clear mahogany color with lots of active carbonation. The head was about half a finger and pure white. It dissipated pretty quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The nose was definitely not what I expected. At first, I got some earthy hops, which then followed up with some dates and toffee. The taste was definitely not as good as the nose. The taste starts with the toffee sweetness that I picked up in the nose, but then the hops come pretty abruptly. I also got a bit of toasted malts and raisins. The brew was a little over carbonated and the booze was pretty apparent in the finish that was thankfully quick. I tend to like the brews from 21st Amendment, but unfortunately, this was not one of them. I was surprised how much I disliked this one…almost a drain pour. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 1.0/5.0