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Quilter's Irish Death - Iron Horse Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

BeerNW, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

bareju, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

mndanika, Dec 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

TaborTime, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Presto82, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

serebeerdrinker, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of PorterLocoBro
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had Irish Death on-tap at Applebee's in Bellevue Washington in a standard pint glass, by itself and without food. The overall appearance, although generally unimpressive, consists of a thick, rough, light brown, melted marshmallow-like head with an extremely dark-brown body. The smell, besides the taste, is the second best aspect, it is fairly complex with very little influence of hops, holding aromatic hints of bitter chocolate, almonds, brown sugar, and sweetened coffee.

The taste is outstanding; this is the best sweet, dark American ale I've ever had. Irish Death takes the concept of a dessert beer to new levels. Although not complex or hoppy, it is absolutely delicious. The taste is mostly that of chocolate, primarily sweet and smoky, barely bitter, feels heavy, thick; anything but watery, fairly sour and shockingly smooth for being 7.8% ABV.

Between the rich taste and the consistency of its flavor and aroma, Irish Death is a personal favorite of mine. However, folks who prefer more bitter American ale's may want to put this sweeter Northwestern brew on the bottom of their lists.

PorterLocoBro, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking beer. Had it on tap at a new restaurant in the area, Hop Jacks. Decent head, left phenomenal lace. The aroma was average and the taste was far from complex. Definitely more on the sweet side and very low bitterness. Good mouthfeel but not much of an aftertaste. Overall not a bad stout, won't be my go-to stout but I could "session" these on occasion.

BVukelich, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Erik-P, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Gaffattack, Nov 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

tashq, Nov 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

mrkinnex, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Zach122, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

PhillipNordwall, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

casapy, Oct 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

BeerSnobDougie, Oct 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

elektronen, Sep 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

High_priest_stout, Sep 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Hoppy_McMalt, Sep 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

stumac, Sep 05, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber into a teku glass. 7/18/13 bottling date

pours a very dark brown with reddish hues. Smell is of caramel, toffee and malts and is quite strong. the taste is also of caramel and toffee as well as some bready notes. very malty as well. reminiscent of arrogant bastard but without the hops. body is a tad light, id like it to be fuller. light carbonation as well.

overall a pretty good ale here, id drink another but i would always prefer arrogant bastard to this, so i'm not sure if i'd ever choose it willingly.

Axnjxn, Aug 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

rwshelton2, Aug 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

AR_Rios, Aug 25, 2013
Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.