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Quilter's Irish Death - Iron Horse Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

204 Ratings
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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.96%
Wants: 14
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Horse Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RedDiamond on 09-18-2007)
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Photo of KajII
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a murky dark brown with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown fizzy head that diminished in a matter of seconds, down to just a small collar with fair light lacing.

The aroma was somewhat mild with a roasted chocolate malt and a light doughy yeast with notes of dark fruit (raisins and dates), coffee, cola, molasses and a mild alcohol tinge.

The taste was a bold malty sweet with a good strong dark fruit presence and a hint of molasses and maybe chocolate from the beginning, and then took on a nice bold roastiness with a touch of coffee and a nice mellow alcohol ending. The flavor lasted an average time after the swallow, and what was left behind is still somewhat of a tasty mystery to me.

Mouthfeel was just about medium in body with a thin dry texture and a fizzy carbonation.

Overall the brewer is correct, I just can not put this one into any one style category. All I know is it is damn tasty and I like it...

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KajII, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Braz
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Braz, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of rudzud
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with a friend and poured into my Dogfish Head chalice. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a hazy, ruddy brown with a one finger off white head that faded to leave a nice light side lacing and a wispy blanket.

S - Sweet, bordering on too sweet, with lots of figs and dark fruit and caramel.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with more malty sweetness and dark fruits (mostly figs), caramel, and toffee. Its not bad...

M - Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice carbonation keeps this from being heavy or syrupy thanks to the sweetness.

O - Overall this was a good beer, albeit too sweet for my liking.

rudzud, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of Tiriansdoor
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Tiriansdoor, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of rfreed
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

rfreed, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

t0rin0, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of PEBKAC
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
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

PEBKAC, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of Punkrckr281
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Punkrckr281, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of Brenden
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Brenden, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of fishguyac
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

fishguyac, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of jmccraney
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jmccraney, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of hannaho
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

hannaho, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of MeanJoe
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

MeanJoe, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5%

MarkyMOD, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +5%

rolltide8425, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -21.3%

jaidenjb, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of cycoduck
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

cycoduck, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Ceballonegro
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Ceballonegro, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of brandon911
4/5  rDev +5%

brandon911, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

sgttibbs, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of ZachStone625
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

ZachStone625, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of lwillitz
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - cloudy dark brown body under a finger of medium tan bubbles, beautiful cascading bubbles

S - caramel sweetness, roasty malt, dark fruits, alcohol

T - roast malts predominate, dark fruits, hint of vanilla, almost a wooden flavor, alcohol, semisweet finish with an aftertaste of alcohol; alcohol hides pretty well until the finish

M - thick, chewy, smooth full body; meduim carbonation; alcohol warmth, especially in the finish

O - This one's great if you're looking for a dark malty ale on the sweeter side.

lwillitz, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of sevenshubby
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

sevenshubby, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Birdlegs
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Birdlegs, Jul 05, 2012
Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.