Beer, Part 3

We’re three days into Craft Beer Week, and the celebration, so far, has been fantastic. So fantastic, in fact, that Craft Beer Week might just become…well, every week here in the Amateur Cocktailer household. There are just too many delicious brews to sample, dammit!

Anywho, today’s spotlight is on an absolutely spectacular offering from my favorite brewery in the whole wide world, Dogfish Head. I may be mildly to completely obsessed with their all of their beer, but in particular the Indian Brown Ale.

But I had no idea that this existed until recently, and I’m not sure I’ll ever be the same:

Immort Ale

I give you Immort Ale. Holy schnikeys. I’m not even sure what to say. This beer is so much more than a beer…it’s almost a piece of art, to go completely hyperbolic on you guys. But let me get my head on straight and try to break it down for you.

The scent is surprisingly light for a beer that is so completely complex in taste. It has an oaky, bourbony nose to it that is really pleasant and even subtle. And the color is lovely too – hell, it even looks like bourbon.

But the main event is obviously the taste. And goddamn, what a taste. It’s made with maple syrup, so there is definitely a healthy dose of maple there. The syrup also shows up in just how thick this beer is in texture. But the syrup doesn’t overpower anything. It allows for all of the completely wonderful notes to come out.

There’s vanilla and oak, maybe some cherry as well. And the first thing that really hits you is…leather?! And yet somehow that leathery flavor is fantastic. It’s the closest thing to bourbon I’ve ever had in a beer. And then, to top it all off, it goes through several stages of absolute heaven before it finishes incredibly cleanly. It’s amazing that, after all of these intense tastes, what you’re left with is basically come carbonation on your tongue. Everything kind of evaporates in this miraculous way. It’s remarkable. I’m not quite sure how they’ve pulled it all off.

It’s truly one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. So if you can find some in your area, do yourself a favor and pick some up. Oh, and watch it…it’s 11% ABV! So it’ll kick your ass.

Until tomorrow folks…hopefully I can find something that will somehow top this pinnacle. I remain doubtful but optimistic at the same time. Happy Wednesday!

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