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.
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