Quilter's Irish Death - Iron Horse Brewery

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 275
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 27.08%
Wants: 21
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RedDiamond on 09-18-2007

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Reviews: 84 | Hads: 275
Photo of ClavisAurea
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black with ruby see through; light tan foam with tight bubbles; thick lace. Sweet candy yam aroma. Semi sweet malt backbone with some floral hop flavor; cocoa powder finish. Smooth lite mouthfeel; creamy sweet tongue coating. A little too "candy" sweet in the nose and the taste.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - cloudy dark brown body under a finger of medium tan bubbles, beautiful cascading bubbles

S - caramel sweetness, roasty malt, dark fruits, alcohol

T - roast malts predominate, dark fruits, hint of vanilla, almost a wooden flavor, alcohol, semisweet finish with an aftertaste of alcohol; alcohol hides pretty well until the finish

M - thick, chewy, smooth full body; meduim carbonation; alcohol warmth, especially in the finish

O - This one's great if you're looking for a dark malty ale on the sweeter side.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of searsclone
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

review is from notes. unfortunately, I did not note the glass I used.

poured cloudy root beer color with a creamy tan head that was gone almost immediately. good lacing though.

smell was roasted malts and clean. not a lot on the nose.

taste was roasted malts, earth clan hops, spices, alcohol, with a toffee sweet finish. alcohol is very well hidden.

mouthfeel is great, smooth and creamy with a light carbonation. almost like a nitro. medium body with a wet finish.

overall, highly drinkable due to the mouth felel and great balance. If this were readily available, I would have it again.

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Photo of julian
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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A: pour is slightly syrupy, extremely dark brown in color. Looks to have dark walnut/garnet hues on the edges where the light can barely pass. thick creamy light tan head that really takes it's time rising to the surface. Leaves a wet bubbly lacing all the way around.

S: initial smell is lightly alcoholic, dark fruit, sweet malts. This almost smells like a belgian dark ale.

T: very smoooth and creamy. below average carbonation (which works well for this style). flavor is sweet, fruity. hints of diacetyl and slightly bitter roasty flavor

M: excellent. low carbonation, smooth and rolls off the tongue with ease.

D: At 7.8% and given the above properties of this beer, this is very drinkable, if not a bit too sweet.

Overall impressions: Very good, with a bonus of being locally brewed! Surprisingly, this is an Imperial Sweet Stout according to Iron Horse...wow just wow...this is a great style if that's the case. It tasted like a nut brown ale to me.

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Photo of blackc5
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have had this on-tap and in bottle several times. Some notes from the bottle:

A - Respectable amount of foam that fades slowly and smoothly. Nice dark chocolate brown/near black. Small amounts of thin lacing.

S - Mild notes of sweet caramel, dark chocolate and heavily roasted malt. A pinch of earthy hops linger in the background.

T - Quite unexpectedly good. This is a sweet, but nicely balanced, chocolaty stout. Not nearly as sweet as Southern Tier, but sweeter than a standard stout. Dark chocolate definitely is the main flavor with some caramel and molasses, a bit of earthiness, and a hint of smoke. Outstanding - a real sleeper, this.

M - Fairly full-bodied and creamy. Low to mid-carbonation, but this fits it perfectly. This beer just has a near perfect balance.

D - I would rate this sky high given how great it tastes, and the fact that I would have never guessed this to be nearly 8%. Drinks like 5% and I downed it pretty fast. A go-to stout.

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Photo of JaredGolia
2.83/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is a mediocre strong ale, in my opinion. I greatly enjoyed the Gary Imperial IPA, and the Double Rainbow but this beer lacks somewhere that I honestly can't quite pinpoint. It's a fine ale, but compared with other strong ales, I would feel more comfortable comparing this to a brown ale. Either way that doesn't change how the beer is. Smooth on the pallet, goes down easy. Not a lot of carbonation. Smells like shit to me. Taste is good, gets a 'creamier' taste the more it warms up. Overall it's a good beer, but I'm not too sure i personally would grab this again. Good to try though!

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Photo of tbeck
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BDJake
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown. Smells sweet, with a banana like aroma. Smells creamy as well if that makes any sense? Tastes sweet and I can't escape this banana like flavor... a chocolatey aftertaste. Only slightly boozey. The carbonation is good here. Good, easy drinking, medium octane beer!

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Photo of livingregret
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of ChugMan
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Food Pairing - Trailmix bar - almonds, peanuts, dried fruit, caramel etc. Really really good pairing here. I suspect the same would be true of any of these ingredients on their own!

A - Dark, reddish brown, nearly opaque. Light fizzy head, light lacing.
S - Oats and fruity qualities, definitely a dense sweetness that's enticing.
T - Rich! Some alcohol right up front, but gives way quickly to more interesting figs, dried cherries, fresh raspberry tartness, oats and molasses. Coppery caramel, saltwatter taffy, almonds. Finishes quite creamy.
M - Really smooth, the alcohol and creamyness isn't overpowering and goes down easy! Not dry, not thin, just right.
O - This beer really grew on me the more I progressed through the bottle - for maximum flavor, don't drink this straight out of the fridge! Let it warm up just a little. Great beer here at a great price, awesome for those looking to expand their beer horizons or anyone keen to enjoy a rich, intensely flavorful and fun beer.

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Photo of waldowin
2.06/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Photo of RenzoD
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Along with Mac and Jacks African Amber ale and Georgetown's Manny's Pale ale, this is probably one of Washingtons staples of craft-beer. You walk into a joint and ask for an Irish Death and everyone will know exactly what you are talking about. There's a reason for this; It is a fantastic ale. It is a beautiful beer. Inviting, dark appearance, but on the lighter end of medium body, goes in and down super smooth and has an excellent taste of nut, caramel, malts and balanced well with comforting hop flavor. Though maybe not an out-of-this-world, knock-you-off-your-feet beer in the vein of strong ales, nevertheless it is an always reliable, always enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I ordered this on a whim at a restaurant a few months ago and was blown away. Very flavorful, very dark beer. I assumed it was a stout, but I now know it is not so easily classified. Porter, stout, whatever, it's awesome. It might be the only beer I can buy at my local Trader Joes that I really like as well.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, deep brown with a light tan head as dense as a memory foam mattress. Scent is roasted malt and bready alcohol. Taste is sweet (almost too sweet), rich chocolate and licorice with a hint of vanilla lurking and just a touch of bitterness to remind you that this is actually a beer you're drinking and not a Yoo-hoo!. Mouth feel is incredible, smooth and creamy with just a touch of alcohol burn.

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Photo of BVukelich
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of jeffeljefe
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-- Black-brown. Clear? Hazy? Would need some kind of laser to tell. Thick, lasting cream-colored head, some lacing.
S-- Sweet caramelly chocalate (a little stuffed up, that's the best I can do.)
T-- Lightly sweet, roasted nuts. A little bit of brightness coming through. get the whiskey barrel in the finish
M-- medium-to-full-bodied, creamy
O-- Nice, not overly sweet in my opinion, drinkable. Not overly malty for a strong ale. Balanced and not one-note. Wouldn't drink this all the time, but it's a pleasant 22oz attitude adjustment.

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Photo of echoes
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a glass.

A: Similar to soda but darker brownish-black. Slight carbonation. Could be mistaken for soda if one didn't smell it first. Pours a very thick head which recedes somewhat quickly.

S: Has a slight or subtle coffee smell to it. Very pleasant to the nose, perhaps even more so than any other beer I've smelled.

T: Excellent! Has subtle coffee and dark chocolate flavors to it. Very pleasing to the palate. The alcohol taste doesn't come through until the end and even then it isn't unpleasant and doesn't come through much (not to a fault though).

M: Somewhat thick feel. Very smooth but not weak.

D: I honestly do not think they could have made a better tasting "dark smooth ale/stout". At 7.8% ABV I would not drink another one for personal reasons but if not for these personal reservations I would & could certainly drink another half bottle. It goes down very easily but not because it is weak or poor.

I tried to be fair & honest (with this my first review) even though this is hands-down my favorite beer. A little pricey where I am at $4.29 a bottle (thanks to Washington's new tax) but it is well worth the price. I would even pay more for this. If one enjoys dark beers this is a must-try. I know that is probably difficult though considering (AFAIK) it is a regional/local beer.
I am not a coffee drinker and never have been but I do enjoy true dark chocolate (such as 90+% cocoa chocolate and raw cacao).

Definitely give this a try if you're in eastern Washington (state)!

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Photo of GNWBC
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of yaegerje
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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!

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Photo of Kevin73
2.82/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a partially transparent ruddy brown with a very thin head that disappears quickly with almost no lacing. The smell is dark chocolate and indistinguishable fruit that was not quite orange citrus which, darn it all, would have been nice. My first sip tasted distinctly like green olives, that put me off a bit. Fortunately the flavor changed and I was able to savor the sweetness of the bready malts balancing the high ABV. Still it's a thin ale with a watery back end. I guess you would classify this as a malty porter, where as porters are normally hopped, but definitely not a stout.

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Photo of honeybrewer
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.