- 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.
|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.
|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.