Quilter's Irish Death - Iron Horse Brewery
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3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
On-tap at Uncle Sam's, Kennewick, WA, in non-frozen shaker pint glass, $4.25, 1.29.11.
Full pour, minimal head and significant lacing. Medium brown almost opaque darkness, no visible carbonation. Tan head what there is, significant lacing. Nose is faint milk chocolate and even more faint floral hops. Taste is on the sweet side, chocolate is more prominent than nose, floral hops are well hidden on back end, a bit of roast not coffee, more carafan-ish than roast, hops subsumed by big malt mill. Mouthfeel on the light side of medium, medium effervescence. Drinkability above average, served too damn cold despite room temperature glass. Overall not that great, lacking in hop and roast character.
01-31-2011 03:50:57 | More by jdense
3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
billed as a "stout" incorrectly by the bar i was at, it was instead a strong dark ale. hides its ABV deceptively well, very drinkable, but very forgettable. VERY sweet through a cherry/plum/raisin-y note. where its ABV is hidden by the lack of heat, perhaps it comes out in this sweetness. the sweetness, however, was not accompanied by a thick or syrupy mouthfeel - it was rather thin.
06-16-2011 05:34:33 | More by Franch
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.
05-18-2009 01:33:40 | More by Spikester
3.58/5 rDev -6%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.
A- pours a dark burgundy, with a 2 finger tan head. Small waves of lacing remain.
S- sweet dark fruits, toffee, caramel, some roasted malts.
T- sweet figs, roasted malts, some faint bitter chocolate.
M- medium body and carbonation. Easy drinkability with a slight acidity at the finish.
O- meh. Just an average beer. If you like sweeter beers with some roastiness you will enjoy this beer.
05-09-2012 03:00:03 | More by kawilliams81
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.
10-11-2008 19:27:39 | More by snaotheus
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
Had this from a cask at the micro-pub in downtown Ellensburg.
A This beer is dark in color as you would expect with a slight reddish tint, however it is still a little translucent so nothing spectacular. The head was fairly short lived but there was a good bit of lacing.
S The nose of the beer is faint, there are hints of coffee, fruit and malt but nothing strong enough to stand out.
T The taste of this beer is pretty good. The 7.8% is hidden pretty well by massive amounts of malt, a hint of coffee and a slight fruity background which kind of reminds me of cherry cough syrup but in a good way, like if cough syrup actually tasted good.
M This beer is very smooth but kind of light for a darker beer.
Overall I say this is a good beer that is quite unique and well worth trying, it is an enjoyable drink and at 7.8% it will put you in a good place. So if you are in Ellensburg it is worth getting a bottle.
03-22-2011 06:43:30 | More by beerandcycling88
3.63/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
03-16-2014 03:38:46 | More by archyquaffer
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.
12-13-2009 23:52:12 | More by flagmantho
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.
09-07-2008 23:33:21 | More by ClavisAurea
3.65/5 rDev -4.2%
Poured into a wine glass on 12/2/10
Dull, dark brown; not particularly cloudy but it has a murky bent. Rust & amber highlights. 2/3rd inch head held for a few minutes, dropping to a puffy skim. Some lace.
Soft aromas of earthy & floral hops with a hefty malt backdrop. Partially-baked bread with yeast notes. Toasted caramel & a touch of toffee. Vague notions of cocoa & coffee beans as it warms.
Smooth malt taste - caramel; mild, dry cocoa seated in the back; toffee. Modest flourishes of juicy hops with an even-keeled bitterness. Reasonably tasty, even if it plays it safe to some degree.
Slightly over medium body with moderate carbonation; just a little underlying prickliness. A hint of grittiness. Coffee-esque notes linger.
Drinkability is fine; I've enjoyed it. This doesn't at all seem like an imperial stout to me; maybe more of a Scottish ale or some such. Regardless, it's pretty solid. Rating doesn't reflect imperial stout as the style.
12-10-2010 02:17:02 | More by Ryan011235
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
11-07-2012 19:41:06 | More by rudzud
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
It pours black with a 1 finger head of off white foam and has some nice lacing.
It smells roasty with a hint or 2 of fruit, but the nose is very light and I'm serving it at room temp. And then, I take a few more whiffs and I get lots of alcohol with an almost cognac like aroma.
There's some roasted malt in the taste, a touch of fruit, a light tartness, and quite a bit of a milky flavour with some notes that resemble something that has been barrel aged. That being said, it's tasty and brings quite a bit of warming.
On the edge of being full bodied with a light amount of carbonation, it certainly IS a smooth one. I like it.
04-16-2012 22:59:10 | More by Bitterbill
3.7/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured from a 22oz Bomber
Pours a mirky dark brown reddish color
Smells of roasted malt burnt/brown sugar and booze
Taste follows the nose, but it really leaves a lingering taste in your mouth.
Mf. pretty smooth and silky
OA: not to bad, good with heavy rich foods.
05-27-2012 03:32:26 | More by GNWBC
3.7/5 rDev -2.9%
Beer poured from bottle into a stemless Tulip shaped wine glass
A - Dark smooth ale color; beer poured with a one finger foam; bubbly carbonated look; moderate amount of lacing formed on the sides of the glass; head held very well; visible amount of yeast sediment sits on the bottom of the glass
S - Malt scents with a tangy nose; grape; biscuit; sour fruit notes; subtle hints of chocolate or coffee or roasted malt
T - Sweet malt tastes like caramel; some tangy notes of sour grapes; smooth and nice aftertaste, not very bitter; light touch of coffee
M - Frothy and bubbly; good solid body; slightly effervescent
D - Nice; I dig this beer; I would have a another, but not too many
05-09-2011 17:04:58 | More by ferrari29
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
03-30-2014 04:30:25 | More by artoolemomo
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
08-12-2012 03:58:47 | More by ZachStone625
Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
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