Quilter's Irish Death - Iron Horse Brewery
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Reviews by dnichols:
2.53/5 rDev -33.6%
I was poured a pint from the tap at the Town Crier in Richland, Washington on St. Patrick's Day. It was marketed as "Irish Death" by the bartender and we were told it had an ABV of 8%.
A: It poured a blackish brown body that when back lit appeared more like a Doctor Pepper (black body with reddish tints around the edges). The head was nearly non-existent (there was a thin ring around the collar by the time the drink arrived at out table) as was the lacing.
S: The aromas were very thin with whiffs of chocolate and sweet roasted malts dominating.
T: It tasted more like a thin Porter than a Stout. It was very sweet (to its determent), thin, and hopless. The sweets on the front end tasted more like brown sugar diluted in colored water than a robust porter or Irish Stout. There was not bite or coffee bitterness or flavors of fruits or spices. Surprisingly the alcohol was well hidden.
M: It was thin bodied and sweet. It finished clean and had no aftertaste. If this were a black lager I would be impressed.
D: For an 8% ABV brew it was easy to drink. It was refreshing and light-bodied.
03-17-2008 20:36:39 | More by dnichols
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
07-31-2011 23:32:15 | More by NWer
3.43/5 rDev -10%
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.
12-25-2010 04:14:47 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
09-18-2012 14:00:31 | More by Brenden
2.83/5 rDev -25.7%
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.
12-25-2012 23:33:14 | More by Kevin73
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
01-16-2011 03:57:29 | More by bum732
3.35/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
07-04-2012 11:54:13 | More by KTCamm
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
01-20-2009 04:03:44 | More by bluemoonswoon
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
06-05-2011 05:50:23 | More by Docer
3.58/5 rDev -6%
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.
05-18-2009 01:33:40 | More by Spikester
Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.