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Quilter's Irish Death | Iron Horse Brewery

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Quilter's Irish DeathQuilter's Irish Death
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Brewed by:
Iron Horse Brewery
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedDiamond on 09-18-2007

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly brown appearance, dark, hits a beige head in the 1/2" range. Aroma dropped some peaty and brown malt notes.

Taste hid the alcohol ok, hid the alcohol decently, lots of toffee. Coating. Not overly viscous or thick.

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Photo of beardsley_firkins
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a bomber into a large german stein so I could fit all of it at once ( *pro tip* keeping to "one" drink is a lot easier this way).
Looks like a red-brown ale; tobacco colored with reddish tints around the edges where light can pass through. Almost no head except for a bit around the edges; slight bubbles around edges as well.
Smells a lot like toffee - sweetness & roasty malts.
Tastes actually similar to Wells' Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale, if you've had that. Fairly sweet with a little metallic backbone (like an English porter) & some caramel, but not much else. Alcohol is well-hidden.
Mouthfeel is pretty thin and slightly biting on the finish. Kind of an aftertaste of brown sugar.
Overall, I like this beer. It's sweeter, but easy to drink and light-bodied. Not sure if I could have more than one.

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Photo of scuzfly
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really good stout that can be hard to find outside the State. I've been told they have a chocolate by the wife, MIL, and SIL that all swear it was the greatest beer they've drank.

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Photo of arlo19
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Amazing aroma of brown sugar, maple syrup. Some dark fruit. Great balance of bitterness on this dark brown ale. Very smooth beer, easy to drink. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Talk about an interesting beer. Pours like a porter, dark with a light body. Tastes is kinda sweet and malty with a nice balance from the hops. Not sure where it fits in but that doesn't matter if you just want a good beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Albertsons. This ones all over the place, like pinkzambia said, lots of different elements of lots of different styles. Yes, its black, head a bit thin for a stout. Tons of sweetness, mostly malt, some candy. Then there's a smidge of bitterness, equal parts roast grains and hops. So they admit it's a sweet, malt bomb, and that's what we get. Definitely not for everyone's palate.

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Photo of JohnnyMac_AK
4.86/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I stumbled upon this in the Costco booze section for less than $5 for a dos-dos. I was very pleasantly surprised. Very tasty Dark Ale? It is in its own category. Dark but kinda light, a little malt but still light, sweet, a little hoppy, caramels and did I mention sweet. For the ABV, it' really hides it well. I'd drink this any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Give it a shot, you'll like it.

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Photo of hyperboarder
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber locally for $5, just hit shelves this week. Happy with the price point, hoping it proves to be well worth it.

A - Dark copper, not opaque but not much light gets through and just at the edges. Medium light tan head that lingers for a good while in a thin layer. Mild lacing, appropriate for the ABV.

S - Malt and toffee, roasty with a cereal sweetness. Not much of a hop note on the nose. Pretty mellow.

T - Fairly mild, more of an amber than a strong ale. A bit of peat flavor, maybe a scotch ale? Light to medium clean hop bitterness, no strong hop flavor. Malty finish but clean. Lingering sweetness on the sides of the tongue. Some toffee, no alcohol burn.

M - Light for the ABV but not unpleasant or thin. Finishes fatter than it starts.

Overall - Not bad. Nothing to write home about but clean without detectable flaws. Not sure what style I'd put it in, probably scotch ale. I don't think I'd buy it packaged again, but if it was available on tap I can see getting it again.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is how I met this beer: local restaurant had Elysian space dust and this beer on tap. I was in the mood for an IPA but not happy that Elysian just sold out so I tried the Irish Death, which was described by the server as a stout. Well, it isn't- there is plenty of hops in there. It is a deep mahogany color. There is cherry on the nose and in taste. Wow, this is a delicious strong ale was my impression and it stands. Perfect balance of malt and hops. I now seek this one out.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber brown with a sticky foam and lots of lacing in the narrow-waisted glass. Sudsy mouthfeel with a creamy carbonation. This does defy categorization, but it's a dark brew that seems like an odd Baltic Porter for a couple of sips. But it gradually reveals weirdness on all fronts.

Darkly rich with sweet caramel and burnt sugar. The sugary flavor never goes away, and the candy and leaf mold finish is just too strange. Then it tastes like an imperial Hefeweizen with flavored M&Ms. Butter and caramel aroma. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at The Market in Anacortes.

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Photo of gopens44
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Label says "dark, smooth ale" and that it certainly is. Description on BA says it's an American strong but it comes across as something between a Baltic Porter and a Schwartbier with about 75% of the taste leaning towards the prior. Especially in the the nose. Taste is of dates, fig and a little astringency floating around with that Schwartz crispness along the edges. Very tasty indeed.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with two fingers of oatmeal-colored head that quickly dissolved away into an extremely thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with lots of earthy, bready, roasted malt, which imparts notes of toasted dark bread, dark molasses and hits of dark chocolate. I also get notes of brown sugar, a hint of clove and cinnamon, and a touch of floral, grassy hops. Very inviting.

Taste: Wow! Very nice, very tasty beer! Lots of toasted and roasted malt up front, followed by some dark molasses and brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of dark chocolate, a touch of cinnamon and clove, and a touch of smoke. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very, very smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a really good, really tasty beer. Malty, roasty, toasty, slightly sweet, slightly savory, and very smooth. Delicious! Recommended!

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Photo of martyl1000
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From a bomber at the hotel bar, Seattle Sheraton. A lot of flavor, here. They're just not good flavors. Yucky on so many levels -- primarily the stale, saccharine-sweet coffee. Then the leather.

Drinks like a leathery Scotch Ale. No, a brown ale. For a contrast in brown ale style, try Toppling Goliath Smoove Operator, instead, which is a brilliant brown ale of roughly the same abv.

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Photo of JaredGolia
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is a mediocre strong ale, in my opinion. I greatly enjoyed the Gary Imperial IPA, and the Double Rainbow but this beer lacks somewhere that I honestly can't quite pinpoint. It's a fine ale, but compared with other strong ales, I would feel more comfortable comparing this to a brown ale. Either way that doesn't change how the beer is. Smooth on the pallet, goes down easy. Not a lot of carbonation. Smells like shit to me. Taste is good, gets a 'creamier' taste the more it warms up. Overall it's a good beer, but I'm not too sure i personally would grab this again. Good to try though!

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with ruby see through; light tan foam with tight bubbles; thick lace. Sweet candy yam aroma. Semi sweet malt backbone with some floral hop flavor; cocoa powder finish. Smooth lite mouthfeel; creamy sweet tongue coating. A little too "candy" sweet in the nose and the taste.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this on a whim at a restaurant a few months ago and was blown away. Very flavorful, very dark beer. I assumed it was a stout, but I now know it is not so easily classified. Porter, stout, whatever, it's awesome. It might be the only beer I can buy at my local Trader Joes that I really like as well.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, deep brown with a light tan head as dense as a memory foam mattress. Scent is roasted malt and bready alcohol. Taste is sweet (almost too sweet), rich chocolate and licorice with a hint of vanilla lurking and just a touch of bitterness to remind you that this is actually a beer you're drinking and not a Yoo-hoo!. Mouth feel is incredible, smooth and creamy with just a touch of alcohol burn.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown. Smells sweet, with a banana like aroma. Smells creamy as well if that makes any sense? Tastes sweet and I can't escape this banana like flavor... a chocolatey aftertaste. Only slightly boozey. The carbonation is good here. Good, easy drinking, medium octane beer!

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Photo of RenzoD
4/5  rDev +7%

Along with Mac and Jacks African Amber ale and Georgetown's Manny's Pale ale, this is probably one of Washingtons staples of craft-beer. You walk into a joint and ask for an Irish Death and everyone will know exactly what you are talking about. There's a reason for this; It is a fantastic ale. It is a beautiful beer. Inviting, dark appearance, but on the lighter end of medium body, goes in and down super smooth and has an excellent taste of nut, caramel, malts and balanced well with comforting hop flavor. Though maybe not an out-of-this-world, knock-you-off-your-feet beer in the vein of strong ales, nevertheless it is an always reliable, always enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nearly pitch black color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a roasted malt smell along with some lighter sweet vanilla smells and a bit of a toast smell. Along with these are some light caramel and coffee aromas.

Taste- The taste begins a with a roasted malt taste with a good deal of vanilla and some caramel. As the taste advances the roast dwindles some all while the sweeter flavors of vanilla and caramel gain intensity. Other light hints of chocolate and coffee come to the tongue at the very end along with just a bit of a graininess, to combine with the rest of the flavors to leave a rather semi-sweet and smooth roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker side with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly below average. For the darker and sweeter flavors of the brew it is rather appropriate and makes of a rather nice drinker.

Overall – A fairly nice stout overall with a decent sweetness but yet balanced by a good deal of roastednesss. Overall rather nice.

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Photo of delta490
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

I had this tasty brew at the Rusty Moose in Spokane a few months ago. Poured black as pitch with a foamy tan head, but with a sweet aroma and thick, malty taste. Definitely a sipper, but an excellent one.

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Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Mahogany and cola colored body crowned with a thick, stick, off-white head. Sweet caramel, toffee, and licorice aroma; fig newton. Sweet and mildly boozy flavor combined with a bitter chocolate touch. Medium-heavy body; thick and chewy, semi-dry finish.

A very nice big beer. It's smooth with just the right touch of thickness and deftly balances the malt sweetness with the hop bitterness and subtle alcohol heat. There is nothing earth shattering here, but it's very tasty and drinks very easily.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with very little light transmission and a half finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee and vanilla. Flavor starts similar to the aroma, with toasted malt, chocolate and nuts with a lighter fruit element quickly developing to finish with dark malt, light cherry and berry juice, chocolate and a light tartness in the finish. Medium bodied with bright carbonation. A beefed up brown ale with an interesting flavor progression from almost a nut brown into a lighter slightly tart brown. The ABV is well covered, probably explaining the demise of the quilter. Interesting and I'm long overdue reviewing this local classic.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up almost no head but what is there has a little bit of retention. The head is a light beige to medium tan while the body is a dark chocolate brown that shows glimmers of burgundy and garnet in the light. Considerable lacing for such little head.

Nose- Lots of chocolate from the bottle- reminds me a lot of chocolate soda. More complexity from the glass- still a good amount of chocolate, some cocoa, some coffee and roasted malts. Chocolate tends to a semi-sweet variety with hints of raisins and cherries. Some nuttiness. Some milk and cream as well. Swirling brings up vanilla and toffee (and small hints of butterscotch) alongside an enhanced creamy aroma. Smells delicious and very promising.

Taste- Starts off with large notes of chocolate but lacks the complexity of the nose. Some roasted malts and a slight woody bitterness on the finish that recalls oak and cedar. Some coffee and a little bit of nuttiness. A nice middle of cream and milk with slight butterscotch. Some sweetness around the edges that hints at raisins but doesn't ever quite get there. Maybe a little bit of cinnamon on the finish. The finish has noticeable heat which isn't too distracting. Does have indications of a cocktail made with Bailey's, Kahlua, Frangelico, or something along those lines. Above average to good beer. Nice presence and pretty good balance and integration- I just wish it had the complexity of the nose. It would easily be a good to really good beer if that were the case. Light berry notes around the edges as well. Some caramel in the middle also.

Mouthfeel- This is another area where this beer shines. A little more than medium bodied with a nice smooth feel. Low carbonation but there is a little bit of sting to go with the heat of the finish.

Drinkability- Fairly easygoing despite the palpable heat. Around 5 bucks a bomber means that it's reasonable but I don't know if I would buy this again. Could be interesting on nitro.

Overall- Above average to good beer that somewhat defies categorization. Has some stout aspects and a few characteristics of a strong ale. It's worth a try no matter how you classify it.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bomber into a sampler. A moderate pour produces about a one inch, pale brown head that dissipates quickly but is pretty sticky with a thin layer of head the whole way. The color is a very dark brown.

The hops are not forward in this beer- I'm not familiar with this brewery, but I would expect any Washington state ale to be very hoppy. Therefore, there is very little noticeable hop aroma or flavor. However, the malt flavors are quite complex, evoking coffee, molasses, and dark fruit flavors (plum, cherry, grapeskin). A little caramel is detectable in the nose and palate as well. The alcohol is well-hidden, except for perhaps a little warming. Some earthy and perhaps slightly citrusy hop tones are evident in the aftertaste, along with a little bit of a fruity tang. I would describe the mouthfeel as something akin to a good porter.

This beer is described on the label as "dark, smooth ale", and I think they hit the target. This is an enjoyable malt bomb that I purchased during St. Paddy's weekend at Hennessey's grocery in Butte, Montana.

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Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
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