I had to bust out my old-school fitted Denver Nuggets hat in honor of their first round playoff victory. I don’t think I’ve worn this hat in 15 years.
Most of the time, when I’m looking at a restaurant menu, my eyes gravitate toward whatever on the menu has the most ingredients listed. I just love it when so many different things come together to create a complex and unique flavor. It keeps me from getting bored with food.
For instance, my favorite pizza at the Mellow Mushroom is the Mega Veggie, loaded with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, black olives, tomatoes, broccoli, banana peppers, artichoke hears and feta. Is it even possible to put more stuff on a pizza before you have to call it a salad?
When I was at Bruisin’ Ales in Asheville last week, I picked up a couple bottles of Dogfish Head Immort Ale. (Whenever I’m there, I always check out the Dogfish Head they have in stock, as I can’t get it in South Carolina yet. Please come across the border soon!) I was drawn by the description: “Luscious and complex, this smooth, full bodied ale reveals interwoven notes of maple, vanilla and oak.” I was sold.
They weren’t kidding when they called this one complex. It pours a deep red with an off-white head. Smoke was immediately apparent in the aroma, followed by a subtle juniper scent (think gin).
After I tasted it, my reaction was, “Wow.” A very intense, yet smooth flavor. At first I get a lot of the smoke flavoring. (They peat-smoke the barley.) Then the flavor turns to maple syrup and juniper. At the end I get a hop bitter, oak flavor that lingers on the sides of the tongue.
The Immort Ale is 11.0% ABV, but with everything going, I never got a hot, alcohol mouthfeel. It was very pleasant with a full, sweet body. After about thirty seconds or so, I did get a nice, warm feeling in my chest.
Dogfish Head is always known for pushing the envelope of beer. The Immort Ale is no exception. They threw the kitchen sink in on this one, but it totally works. Excellent on its own, I would highly recommend having this one with a rich dish, something cheesy or oily, maybe salmon or even mac & cheese (but with good cheese, not Velveeta). It will take you to an amazing place.