Monday, December 2, 2013

Tasting Immort Ale / Dogfish Head Updates

It's been awhile since I've talked about Dogfish Head here, but a few recent news clippings have caught my eye. 

  • In late October, Dogfish Head announced the release of a new winter seasonal, Piercing Pils.  From its label, Piercing Pils is "a Czech-style Pilsner brewed with pear juice, pear tea and Saaz hops."  Definitely another off-centered beer for the Dogfish crew.  I haven't tried this one yet, but here's a Blogfish link from July that has a more in-depth description of Piercing Pils.  Also of note, the previous winter seasonal, Chicory Stout, will still be made, but in smaller, draft-only quantities.

  • Here, Dogfish announces that Namaste, their Belgian-style white beer, will be moving to 12 oz. bottles to be sold in a 4-pack, and will be year-round.  More importantly to me, though, is that they will be brewing and releasing Raison D'Extra, which is similar to Raison D'Etre, just amped up a bit to a hefty 18% ABV.  However, to help preserve tank space, some beers are going on hiatus.  These are Black & Blue, My Antonia, Chateau Jiahu and Immort Ale. 

Hearing that Immort Ale would be going on hiatus caused me to take notice.  It's a beer I've always wanted to pick up and try, but for some reason or another, I would always pass on it.  I made it a point to pick up a 4-pack, drink one now, and put the other 3 bottles in the cellar. 

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Immort Ale label

Immort Ale (11% ABV) poured mahogany in color, with a small white head that dimished very fast.  The aromas and flavors are just as the label on the bottle describe.  Big maple.  Big vanilla.  A touch of oak.  A bit sweet.  Alcohol is highly prevalent in the aroma and the flavor.  Very warming.

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Dogfish Head Immort Ale

Immort Ale is a fantastic beer to sit with and sip and enjoy.  If you see it around, pick up a 4-pack, because it may be quite some time before we see it again.


  1. I will miss Chicory and Black & Blue. Wish they axed Red & White. I remember liking Immort but it didn't stand out to me.


    1. They say it's temporary, so we may see them again in a year or two. Probably depends a bit on how Piercing Pils and Namaste sell in their new formats. Oh man, I LOVED Immort Ale, can't wait to see how it develops in the bottle over time!

      Cheers, and thanks for reading!

    2. I know they said Chicory will be available on tap but I bet only in the area.