Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Dogfish Head Immort Ale


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20ChadPolenz (1660) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2016

 
2015 BJCP Category: 32B Specialty Smoked Beer (base style: 17D English Barleywine)

AROMA: Peaty malt is prominent. Some dark fruit, vanilla/oak, and alcohol. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Very murky body; rather ugly shade of rusty orange/brown. Small, off white head mostly dissipates; no lacing. 1/3

FLAVOR: Takes a few sips to get used to as the palette seems to change on every swig. Seems like an English barleywine at the core with a rich sweetness of dark malt and dark fruit. Vanilla and oak chips complement each other to give it a slight candy taste. Finishes with a fairly strong peat smoke sensation. Well balanced with smoke acting as a flourish rather than the main attraction. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body; low CO2 but not viscous nor sticky. 11% ABV is well hidden imparting subtle warmth as it goes down. Remarkably clean aftertaste. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An amazing brewing accomplishment considering all that’s in this beer. Delectable, but not quite mind-blowing. 8/10

TOTAL SCORE: 38/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.