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Quilter's Irish Death - Iron Horse Brewery

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very good

223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 14
Gots: 29 | 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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Ratings: 223 | Reviews: 75 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.24/5  rDev +10.7%

pholla666, Aug 31, 2014
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2.92/5  rDev -23.8%

litolpea, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of beergoot
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

beergoot, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Beardo, Aug 14, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev -5%

stogirelli, Aug 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Collinvs, Aug 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

codyb1991, Aug 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

TheKitten, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Paintguyjt, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

constantine_272, Jul 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

BrandonZp5, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Kamui_2004, Jul 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Keepnitrl, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

abeeronthebeach, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

thecoon, Jul 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Nivekor, Jun 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

DanRonco, Jun 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

NoirGeek, Jun 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

LiquidAmber, Jun 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

tastymug, May 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

thebigredone, May 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

herrlybird, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of artoolemomo
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

artoolemomo, Mar 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Juno_Malone, Mar 26, 2014
Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.