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Quilter's Irish Death - Iron Horse Brewery

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very good

222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 15.4%
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: 222 | Reviews: 75 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Seattle_Suds, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

shelby415, Mar 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

TheDrunkenDeer, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of archyquaffer
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from a bomber into a sampler. A moderate pour produces about a one inch, pale brown head that dissipates quickly but is pretty sticky with a thin layer of head the whole way. The color is a very dark brown.

The hops are not forward in this beer- I'm not familiar with this brewery, but I would expect any Washington state ale to be very hoppy. Therefore, there is very little noticeable hop aroma or flavor. However, the malt flavors are quite complex, evoking coffee, molasses, and dark fruit flavors (plum, cherry, grapeskin). A little caramel is detectable in the nose and palate as well. The alcohol is well-hidden, except for perhaps a little warming. Some earthy and perhaps slightly citrusy hop tones are evident in the aftertaste, along with a little bit of a fruity tang. I would describe the mouthfeel as something akin to a good porter.

This beer is described on the label as "dark, smooth ale", and I think they hit the target. This is an enjoyable malt bomb that I purchased during St. Paddy's weekend at Hennessey's grocery in Butte, Montana.

archyquaffer, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

joemcgrath27, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JRod1969, Mar 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Coni, Mar 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

spark3148857, Feb 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Huffaroma, Jan 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz : tulip

Pours near black with deep brown edges when held to light. Foamy, light toffee colored head.

Aroma is primarily of caramel, toffee malts, some dark fruit with a faint earthy, floral, spicy hop backing. The taste follows the nose fairly well.

Medium body, mild foamy carbonation.

A decent beer, and a very malt-forward example of the style. A bit forgettable, but I still enjoyed my bomber of it.

vkv822, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

BeerNW, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

bareju, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

mndanika, Dec 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

TaborTime, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Presto82, Dec 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

serebeerdrinker, Dec 14, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +4.4%

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
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3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
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 +4.4%

Erik-P, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Gaffattack, Nov 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

tashq, Nov 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

mrkinnex, Nov 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Zach122, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

PhillipNordwall, Oct 29, 2013
Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.