Drew Blood (151) - Mt.Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2001
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My kind of beer. Strong and sweet. Lots of maple and malt. I did not really notice the ísmokedí character, that much. Easy drinking but incredibly overprice, at least in the Chicago market.
lizziesage (180) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 18, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Immort ale pours smooth and has the brown colouring of strong tea. It produces a nice frothy yet small head that has some degree of glass cling and lace. The aroma is very alcoholic, although mixed therein are some fruity smells such as oranges and hints of maple. Immort Ale is silky and slightly heavy in mouthfeel and body. It begins with a very woody taste leaning toward sweetness and ends with a smokey/roasted character that lingers for a while. This beer carries a high ABV which it does not do a good job hiding as some other brews (like Dogfish Headís World Wide Stout). I enjoyed this beer quite a bit. However, if it were brewed just for me I would of liked a slightly hoppier finish to balance out the maltiness and intense smokiness.
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2001
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow! Wonderful clear bronze color and minimal head, which is to be expected with this much alcohol. Molassas and malt aromas foreshadow a molassasy, malty and oaky flavor. Some hops on the nose with good bitterness. Alcohol is also prevelant. The palate is tremendous. Maybe Iím in the minority, but I thought this was a very clean and pleasant barleywine which I will definitely be trying again.
fraternie (815) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2003 Amber body, sweet oakey aromas. Syrupy body, complex notes of sweet vanilla, honey, a touch of smoke, and some maple dominate the malt. Moderately hoppy, moderately alcoholic, slightly sweet finish. Complex brew.
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 30, 2001
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Complex bouquet, featuring pink grapefruit, cantaloupe, hops and possibly figs. Biting, warming alcohol quality, with molasses and vanila flavors easily discernable, while slightly smoky and malty. Alcohol and hops aftertaste, reminding me somewhat of Westmalle Trippel, but better.
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - AUG 30, 2001
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown, very alcoholic aroma and taste. Matly with maple syrup pervading, tastes an awful lot like Southern Comfort.
Tom Huffman99 (3) - USA - AUG 24, 2001 does not count
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Iíve never tasted a beer (a barley wine, actually)
that tastes less like a beer. A cloudy,
brown color and pungent aroma, ImmortAle has a
sharp, acidic taste. If I were to drink it without
knowing what it was, I would guess hard cider. Not
If you are interested in a strong beer (ImmortAle is 11%)
I would recommend Chimay Blue label (9%). It is almost
as strong, but infinitely smoother and better balanced,
though more expensive.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 6, 2001
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Finally got my hands on this cult beer thanks to AUBREY. It did not disappoint. Extremely complex nose: vanilla, brown sugar, brandy. Very thick, viscous mouthfeel, just sensationally soft and luscious. Amazingly smooth and easy for a 11% beer. Not as smokey as Iíd hoped, but its their, along with the vanilla/oak flavor. Similar to Hair of the Dog Adam, but not quite as good. A super-deluxe beer.
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2001
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2005 Deep amber with an apple glow. Light, prickly carbonation. Soft and weighty body. Underlying malts are sweet (caramel, vanilla) and rich, with notes of brown sugar, molasses, oak, wood, earthy peat, campfire and smoke. Hops are grassy and a little bitter in the finish. Alcohol is pretty hidden, but itís a throat-warmer. Chewy, cozy beer.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2001
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very interesting ale. I really tasted the maple and ale, but not so much the vanilla. Phillybeer says the smoke and wood notes remind him of whiskey, i have to agree. A very interesting brew.