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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 15.22%
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 honeybrewer
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%

Had this beer on tap in Tacoma a couple weeks ago, just found my notes.
Pours a very dark brown, almost black. Little bit of tan creamy head.
Smells awesome. Dark/chocolate malts, sweet, carmel, maybe just a bit of fruity hops.
Tastes even better. Very well balanced beer, all the flavors come together just right.
Mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Moderate carbonation.
I could drink this beer forever. It is excellent.

honeybrewer, May 21, 2010
Photo of loren01
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

A: Pours a dark brown color, whitish brown head, slight lace down the glass.
S: Great chocolate, molasses sweet scent.
T: Real sweet and malty. Slightly fruity taste in there as well. Also has a fait piney hop aftertaste.
M: The label on this beer says its a smooth dark ale...they arent lying about how smooth this beer is..very nice!
D: I'm gonna have to go ahead and disagree with the style on this one...this is more like a double Irish red or something. This is a great beer...was a little bit hesitant to get it cause I don't really like imperial stouts..its very far from that, a very tasty brew.

loren01, May 17, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

A very interesting deep dark brown with a fairly thick umber head. A nice chocolate malty aroma.
The high carbonation on this threw me for a loop. It has a deep and smooth chocolate and caramel malt body but it doesn't cling like an imperial stout. Instead it finishes quickly and smoothly as an ale would. Even with just a hint of Irish cream.

This one is very intersting. It is described on the bottle as a dark ale and I would be inclined to agree. I'll not say I'm a big fan of the feel on this one but the taste and drinkability are high. It's so easy drinking it almost seems wrong to be associated with death. If only death would go down this easy!

Bfarr, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.38/5  rDev +15%

Not sure I agree with the classification on this as a Double/Imperial Stout. Not what the brewerey says! More of an Irish or Strong Red Ale.
Poured a deep red color with lots of brown gues and a small white head. Nose is dry with rich fruits, candy sugar and chocolate and perhaps some peat. Taste follows nose prewtty close, big malt, syrupy, booze, chocolate, caramel.Very drinkable!

barleywinefiend, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of BDJake
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

A- pitch black with dark brown on the edges, chunky head with good retention and excellent lacing- looked like a more intimidating version of a guinness pour

S- caramel, chocolate and roasted malts and slightly bitter

T- bitter from the start, dark malts all throughout, and somewhat of a hoppy finish

M- medium/creamy body and nicely carbonated

D- i wanted to merely sip this one, but it just wouldn't let me

BDJake, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of thinkfull
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

One of my favorite beers from the local Iron Horse Brewery.

It's a dark beer, but not super thick or opaque. Head is a creamy color and flavor. The smell is the major downfall to this beer; the smell reminds me a little of the beer cans I collected as a kid to fund my fourth of july fireworks fund. Its a little skunky, although there are nutty and coffee-like scents here as well.

I have described this beer as an American Guinness before; it's similar in look and taste, but MORE, especially in the taste area. It's rich and malty, with an herbal tinge and a touch of bright hoppiness. The mouthfeel is pretty average for this style, kinda chewy and sticky. Drinkablility is like tap Guinness, in that you can't really chug it but it leaves you wanting your next sip. This beer works great with a burger at the Palace here in Ellensburg, and I'm sure others as well.

thinkfull, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of flagmantho
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: extremely dark brown in color with not much in the way of translucence. One finger of creamy tan head. Looks pretty good.

Smell: roasted malts, coffee and a little tart character. Pretty good; smells a lot like and English porter.

Taste: quite a lot of bitter, tart roastiness up front. Starts off kind of astringent but mellows in the aftertaste. Flavor drifts off into chocolate notes toward the end. A nice dynamic experience, if a bit bitier than I'd like.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nice level of carbonation. Creamier than I normally expect an imperial stout to be.

Drinkability: this beer is not bad but not exactly a session brew.

flagmantho, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of livingregret
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%

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.

livingregret, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of yaegerje
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%

A - A beautiful dark stout, creamy tan head, glorious tiny bubbles.

S - Coffee McCoffeestein, how are you? Yah, a little bit of coffee coming through, just a little sarcasm too.

T - Honestly, it tasted like old coffee grounds and some random stout, just way too much coffee coming through, sorry Jim...

M - Pretty good, really heavily carbonated, belching storm ensued.

D - I kinda tried to ignore the taste, it was just so darn strong... otherwise pretty enjoyable!

yaegerje, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

This pint raised in memory of Jim Quilter (who developed this beer and whose name is on it) who passed away yesterday (6/30/09) at age 52. Cheers Jim!

Served in pint glass. Poured very dark, but not quite black, with just over an inch of deep tan head that dissipated quickly, leaving moderate lacing.

A rich roasted aroma is the upfront scent, with an unexpected spicieness noticed on the finish. The flavors coat the tongue nicely, the roasted malt goodness dominating with that little spice taste and a little hop tang on the end.

The body on this beer is outstanding, being full without being heavy. The drinkability is hampered only by the strength of this, truly, stout.

A beer worth seeking out. A job well done Jim.

beertunes, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

I remember being wowed by this beer at Oregon Brewers Festival last year. At the time, it seemed a strange entry for a mid-summer festival, a malty stout amidst a sea of wheats, pales and IPAs. I recall going for at least 3 tastes before the taps ran dry sometime on Saturday. Found this bottle in the beer case at 'By the Bottle' a couple weeks ago, had to snatch one up to see it compares with my fond recollections; 22 oz. poured twice to a pint glass.

Straight from the brewery's website: "Quilter's Irish Death is what we call a dark, smooth, ale. Any attempt at classifying it just ends up sending beer geeks into a style guidelines diatribe. So forget style guidelines. Is your pursuit of micro beer about tasting copies of a style that fit guidelines anyways? (Neither is ours) Irish Death is a malt bomb. We lovingly refer to it as beer candy."

A: Deep mahogany with a glimmer of ruby. Vigorous pour yields a heady tan creamy topping 1-finger. Ebbs slowly, replenished by tiny carbonation creeping up the glass. Translucent in strong light, shows a little more carbonation a a fine siltiness. Lace is fairly subdued, a patchwork of amorphous shapes.

S: The brewer's self-assessment, 'malt bomb', is absolutely correct. Aroma of brown sugar, caramel, sweet berries and raisins. A tickle of alcohol fumes.

T: First sip is liquid candy, but a spiced/sugared kind of candy. Raisins galore, brown sugar and cinnamon. Molasses, ginger snaps or Fig Newtons(?). Sugar and spice get balanced by a fair roastedness, there may some hops in there providing a bittering, but they're indiscernible. 'Cocoa' flavor builds as it warms.

M: Sweet, without being overbearingly thick or syrupy. In fact it's rather thin-feeling, TOO smooth, perhaps. Carbonation is soft, a little tingling spice. A cool sensation down the throat; lip-smacking maltiness sticks around.

D: Tempting to have more, once the palate gets used to the malty sweetness. The need to categorize this beer leads me to disagree with the 'Double/Imperial Stout' that the first reviewer settled upon...Strong Ale (a catch-all term if ever there was one...) could work...were there a little more peat/smoke I could be swayed toward 'Wee Heavy' (and what with a name like 'Irish Death' perhaps a sideward glance at the Scots?). Heck, my wife even thought it 'tasted' like a quad', but much thinner. Suffice to say, this beer won't appeal to the hop-lovers, but it's one of the more intriguing and -yes- style-defying beers I've had in a while. I liked it well enough and give it a nod for a try - not quite the ringing endorsement, but so be it.

msubulldog25, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of sensorglitch
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

sensorglitch, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Spikester
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.

Spikester, May 18, 2009
Photo of maximum12
1.6/5  rDev -58%

Thanks to a, ah, unnamed but generous BA who dropped this bottle in as an extra to a winter-time trade. A brewery I hadn't heard of before, always a good thing. Nice bottle!

Pours flat, oily, dead black. No hint of carbonation, which is a bit disconcerting. Smell is lactose & sweet, like a milk stout, not strong.

Sadly, this is not a good beer. I'm not sure if the lack of carbonation is the sign of a bad bottle or if this is just naturally putrid. There's a touch of sweet, but the overwhelming taste is of burnt, acrid, dirt-stomped coffee grounds. The taste is only slight sub-average, but the aftertaste this leaves with your normal beer drinker is appalling. Makes me want to go brush my teeth with steel wool & ice cream.

Drinkability not good. Drain pour, for both myself & the wife. Too bad.

maximum12, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of LieutenantWort
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%

Drinking from a 22oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass. Color is very dark, chestnut brown. Not much head, just a thin ring that hangs on all the way to the end of the glass.

Taste is um... interesting. Very sharp, stabbing sweetness quickly followed by a medicinal tang. No deeper notes in the aftertaste. Mouth feel is quite thin. Not what I'd call a stout, exactly (I expect a heavier mouth feel and more body to the taste).

LieutenantWort, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of RJLarse
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

On tap at the Pastime in Ritzville. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color with very little head. It looks like a cola.

Smell is faint and non-descript.

Taste is sweet malted grain flavor with a mild bitterness along side.

Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe a little thin for the style. No cloying at all, but there is a little alcohol heat.

Drinkable for a taste and mouthfeel perspective, but a little high on ABV to be sessionable. Still a couple are nice.

RJLarse, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of waldowin
2.05/5  rDev -46.2%

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.

waldowin, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
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.

bluemoonswoon, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

hopdog, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of woemad
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%

22oz bomber purchased at the Rosauer's up the hill from me for $3.69. No freshness date. I tried this once on-tap about a year ago.

Poured a viscous-looking black, with a tan head that was so thin and brief I'm not sure it was ever actually there.

Vague dark fruit and brown sugar odor. Nobody else home.

Weird acidic taste to this. Very mild raisin-like flavor that does not stand up well at all with the brown sugary thing, which isn't too strong on it's own but dominates by default. There's some metallic notes in the mix as well.

Coating, kinda dead mouthfeel.

Truly a lousy beer. Grimly drinkable. Seems like this brewery has gone quality skydiving.

woemad, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of snaotheus
3.58/5  rDev -6%

I had missed my chance to try it at a beer festival in Portland because the sampler line was about forty-five minutes long. I'm glad I didn't wait, because a couple ounces of this beer wouldn't be nearly worth it.

They had run out of it by the time I got to the Fremont Oktoberfest (Washington). I finally ended up getting a bottle at Bottleworks.

Anyway, the beer is very sweet, with some cherry flavor coming out. Not hoppy at all. Too sweet and sticky in the mouth for me.

snaotheus, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of ClavisAurea
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Consumed in a pint glass.

Appearance: black with a thin yet firm head

Smell: milk chocolate, flowery from the hops

Taste/Mouthfeel: thick, chocolate, sweet beginning, milk chocolate in the middle finish was a spicy hop bite that lingered

Started out like a porter but finished up a stout. Strong from the alcohol but very drinkable.

ClavisAurea, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Bookseeb
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

Appearance is dark like coffee with light head and lace. Smell has the aroma of rich dark fruits and molasses. Taste of dark bitter coffee with a light sweetness of molasses. Mouthfeel is thick and silky with a light spike of carbonation. A great find and loving that it's local.

Bookseeb, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of tbeck
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

A - Dark brown, no light coming through. Good two finger head that was tan/light brown. Collared nicely, slight laciness.

S - Malt, coffee, some chocolate. A hint of hops with slight undertones of alcohol.

T - Malt with coffee, slight sweetness. Faint taste of over ripe fruit, well blended. No aftertaste

M - Good texture, leans more on the heavy side.

D - Good for a couple at a time, it is on the heavy side.

Enjoyable, I liked this because it was not on the sweet side. Seemed more like a porter than a dark ale.

tbeck, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

SurlyDuff, Jul 29, 2008
Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.