Quilter's Irish Death - Iron Horse Brewery

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very good

265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 19
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 09-18-2007

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Reviews by ZachStone625:
Photo of ZachStone625
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you love malty brews, don't care for the bitterness of a double IPA and love a starch-heavy beer with a near 8% ABV, look no further.

This is your malty "beer candy" as the brewer proclaims. Almost no bitterness to balance and finish it, there's a prominent malty front and middle with a surprisingly clean and warm finish to wrap up this strong ale. This is a great beer if you're a fan of amber, red, or brown ales - malt heavy but laying back on the hops. There are only malt and alcohol flavors here, and the 7.80% abv is deceptively approachable, you won't even notice how strong it is until it hits your face like a boxer punch on your third pint.

If you love red, ambers, porters, and brown ales, but want the desired effect of an American Strong ale without the groin punch of bitterness a triple IPA serves up, go for this.

My only complaints with this beer is the sweetness and the carbonation. It goes flat worse than a warm diet Coke - unless you get and drink this from the tap at BevMo and slam down two pints pronto, you're looking at a fizzless beer. The sweetness might be from the yeast getting tired of producing huge amounts of alcohol and dying off from their byproduct, yielding an approachable brew, but I like the bubbles coalescing from my tongue. What happened? Don't buy a 22 bottle and go on a road trip from Portland to Seattle, head and lacing will vanish in seconds. Again,. maybe the yeast couldn't handle it, but more carbonation would definitely make this beer world-class.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Generous pour into my brandy snifter yields darkness and an average head for a bold ABV beer. Settles down to nothing. No lace. No bubbles. Nothing.
Lots of discussion as to style. I see it as a Scotch Ale. Suits me.
Sweetness, chocolate, bold notes.
A very slight cloyness made me drop the score a little on the mouthfeel.
A very enjoyable beer just slightly off to keep it from being rated higher.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a mix of brown and black, brown winning the appearance war, with a creamy texture to boot. But seriously, who in the world would ever confuse/call this a double/imperial stout. This is more like a strong ale or a strong brown.

Aroma had a little bit of peat to it, as if a red or brown. Taste, very smooth, hid the alcohol well, toffee malt feel for it. I liked it, drank this with over a year of age on it, nice and rich. Advertised as smooth, and I would agree. This one went great with enchiladas, covered up the spiciness well.

Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Irish Death is almost black but not quite, though even at the edges light has trouble sneaking in. A light-medium brown head reaches a finger in height and shows some resilience, though it does fade off. Lacing is above average, going spotty for the most part.
This isn't exceedingly complex, but it isn't simple either. A sturdy malts base with only enough hops for balance make for a brew on the sweeter end, but it's by no means too sweet. There's a bit of caramel and vanilla and a touch of something like candy sugars. A gently peppery bite is one way to add character and complexity. There's also a strong breadiness, giving the impression of something like fruitcake, as there is a fruity element, particularly as it warms. It's not so much dark fruits as berries. There's even a touch of peat detectable in the background. Alcohol is well-masked, peeking out in the finish and more so as it sits. All in all, it works together nicely.
The body is medium, and this beer is rich on the tongue and velvety smooth. There's just a very light crisp nip, as smoothness seems to be the intent, but smooth it absolutely is and makes for very nice drinking.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
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!

Photo of Kevin73
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a partially transparent ruddy brown with a very thin head that disappears quickly with almost no lacing. The smell is dark chocolate and indistinguishable fruit that was not quite orange citrus which, darn it all, would have been nice. My first sip tasted distinctly like green olives, that put me off a bit. Fortunately the flavor changed and I was able to savor the sweetness of the bready malts balancing the high ABV. Still it's a thin ale with a watery back end. I guess you would classify this as a malty porter, where as porters are normally hopped, but definitely not a stout.

Photo of RenzoD
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

Photo of bum732
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: slightly fruity, some coffee and chocolate, a lot of alcohol.

L: Very dark brown with ruby highlights, light tan head that dissipates to a ring of foam.

T: Slightly fruity esters with a coffee backbone. Some toffee with some alcohol. Medium bitterness followed by a touch of caramal sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied, medium-low carbonation, alcohol very noticeable.

A pretty messy beer. I would hardly call it a double stout, more like a big Irish stout. A lot of alcohol is present which really distracts some of the other aromas and flavors. Not a fan.

Photo of KTCamm
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown, very little foam. Some tan spots start out but fizzes out. Very malty nose. Some milk chocolate. Opens a sour malty taste. Very light carbonation leads to a creamy malt. If there is a hop in here, its buried in the thick wash of the malt. Ok.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to sampling ThristyHopHead's last extra, thanks much for the opportunity to trade.

Pours out smooth but nothing thick and with a robust, creamy head the climbs up and over the edges of the glass, which I quickly vacuumed up with my mouth. Dark and clear brown (almost black) with deep blood red highlights. Little bit of lacing forms above what's left of the ring like head.

Not really like any Double Stout I've ever encountered. Considering that this comes from the west coast it is incredibly malty in the sense that there is basically no hop character, not sure if this is a sign of age or just how the beer was manufactured. Instead there seems to be a much stronger focus on the malts. Slightly herbal, slight cinnamon spiciness. More focus on roastiness, but the sweetness cuts though and sort of melts together with the roasted notes to form an aroma that can only be described as beer-like.

I was certain this beer was not a Double Stout as soon as I sipped it, really seems more like a Scotch Ale, or Baltic Porter, no real characteristics that stick out to categorize it as any American Double Stout that I am familiar with. Very roasted, almost burn malt flavors mix with a complex interplay of mildly estery yeasts and alcohol. Finish leaves a slightly grainy taste i the mouth and is not smooth at all, softly carbonated in the start and dry and loose in the finish. Not as bad as I am sort of building this beer up to be, as I like that this beer is not an over-hopped monster and does not rely on gimmicks like coffee and chocolate to present itself. A pretty good malt centric beer that I feel suffers in being considered a Double Stout. Worth a shot for malt fans.

Photo of JaredGolia
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
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!

Photo of steelreaper
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Hands down the best beer I have ever had. So damn tasty. If the location I am getting beer at has this I wont even consider anything else. 5/5

Photo of Docer
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (3.5)
- Pours a dark murky coffee brown.. can't see through it. Minimal light tan to off-white head.. maybe half a finger if lucky. Settles to a nice sized ring of lace making goodness. Light solid dusting on top.

Smell: (4.0)
- Pleasant sweet malt aromas. Quite unique. Light cocoa, grainy husky red ale-like quality. Touch of smoked wood, smoked and/or roasted grain. Slightly grassy and herbal.

Taste: (4.0)
- Sweet cocoa, biscuity, bready dark malt. Smoked roasty flavor. Very herbal and grassy hop. Pretty darn good. Bitterness shines towards the finish. A nice sweet aftershock of sorts hits the palate after the swallow as well. Perhaps a touch of ginger and molasses.

Mouth Feel: (4.5)
- Devilishly smooth. This is a perfectly carbonated, medium bodied brew with a silky smooth and creamy texture. Very high marks on this for the feel. Bitterness leads to some slight drying, and a chewy quality.

Overall: (4.0)
- This is a great brew. If you are looking for a perfectly drinkable creamy smooth dark ale.. this is it. This would be gold on nitro I am guessing.

Photo of Spikester
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large tan head and fair amount of sticky lacings. Aroma is fine just not very robust. Taste is sweet, dark, with a fair hop load. Never would have guessed this was an Impy Stout. Tastes more like a strong ale. Decent drink and the alcohol is well hidden.

Photo of waldowin
2.06/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not sure what to classify this beer as, but Imperial Stout is most definitely wrong. It's closer to a super-sweet scotch ale, by far.

Pours a slightly translucent amber so dark as to be nearly brown. Light shining through the sides comes through as merely slightly lighter. Certainly not a black beer by any measure.

No head on the pour, extremely thin white ring forms, no lacing. Smells of sherry, taffy, and candied sugars, with a hint of saltwater. Taste is of conflicting sweetnesses, almost no hops apparent. Aftertaste is slightly sickly-sweet, sticky, and unbalanced.

I'm not sure I'll make it through the 22oz, to be honest. And I've finished some pretty awful beers.

Again, this is certainly not a stout by any measure, and I don't just mean in termsof quality. I'm not sure where the style label came from.

Photo of sensorglitch
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a local establishment from tap.

Served in a pint glass

Held a nice head, good color, not too pale, deep color.

The flavor was rich, and had a nice taste. The texture was nice, not too thin, had a richness to it, like you would expect from a good stout. The taste rolled nicely on the tongue.

Photo of echoes
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a glass.

A: Similar to soda but darker brownish-black. Slight carbonation. Could be mistaken for soda if one didn't smell it first. Pours a very thick head which recedes somewhat quickly.

S: Has a slight or subtle coffee smell to it. Very pleasant to the nose, perhaps even more so than any other beer I've smelled.

T: Excellent! Has subtle coffee and dark chocolate flavors to it. Very pleasing to the palate. The alcohol taste doesn't come through until the end and even then it isn't unpleasant and doesn't come through much (not to a fault though).

M: Somewhat thick feel. Very smooth but not weak.

D: I honestly do not think they could have made a better tasting "dark smooth ale/stout". At 7.8% ABV I would not drink another one for personal reasons but if not for these personal reservations I would & could certainly drink another half bottle. It goes down very easily but not because it is weak or poor.

I tried to be fair & honest (with this my first review) even though this is hands-down my favorite beer. A little pricey where I am at $4.29 a bottle (thanks to Washington's new tax) but it is well worth the price. I would even pay more for this. If one enjoys dark beers this is a must-try. I know that is probably difficult though considering (AFAIK) it is a regional/local beer.
I am not a coffee drinker and never have been but I do enjoy true dark chocolate (such as 90+% cocoa chocolate and raw cacao).

Definitely give this a try if you're in eastern Washington (state)!

Photo of livingregret
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz Bottle

Appearance: Poured a lovely amber Black(it makes sense) with a lucious creamy 2 finger head. Ample lacing made it a very lovely looking beer

Smell: Spicy coffee notes yet strangely....off when cold. As it warms you get dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar. Yum

Taste: Liquid goodness. A sweet chocolate lends itself to feel like a spicy candy that is oh so good. Still getting that dark fruit, brown sugar and caramel. Molasses? Little to no hops and it's a good thing. Very good

Mouthfeel: Very smooth but a touch to thing

Drinkablity: This is not really an Imperial Stout. Not a normal beer actually and a little hard to define. But this beer...is damn good.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.35/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from LetsPour. Ommegang chalice to try & keep everything compact.

Cream-colored flimsy head. Muggy, dark brown body. Light sleeping sediment; I tried.

Smells like a like a brown ale with some cacao nibs & cherry juice added. A bit medicinal.

Some toasty grain on the taste, but it honestly tastes how it smells. Some licorice. Curious nuttiness on the trail end. Not really all that sweet, just sloppy.

Frothy tongue. Really low carbonation, barely a tickle. Rough alcohol. This is not 7.8%.

At least the shipping was free.

/shrug

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of BarrettH
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite go to 's

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this ontap at the OBF. Super long line, got a whole pint for my wait. It was damn good, but on a hot summer day a sweet stout may not have been the best choice...

Black at first glance, but upon holding it up to the blazing sun a reddish brown.

Sweet chocolate in the aroma. Some lactose and brown sugar/molassas in there.

Taste is big and rich. Hello? Hops? Where are you? Some rich overripe fruit, and bam, lots of chocolate and sugary goodness. Some alcohol, no roasty coffee, just rich milky sweet chocolate. Like I said, a good beer, but for an outdoor summer brewfest...meh.

Photo of vkv822
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Pours near black with deep brown edges when held to light. Foamy, light toffee colored head.

Aroma is primarily of caramel, toffee malts, some dark fruit with a faint earthy, floral, spicy hop backing. The taste follows the nose fairly well.

Medium body, mild foamy carbonation.

A decent beer, and a very malt-forward example of the style. A bit forgettable, but I still enjoyed my bomber of it.

Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of Josh.

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, earthy, chocolate, and some nuttiness. Tastes of roastiness, earthy, chocolate, caramel, and toasty. This one was roasty all the way around.

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Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.