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Quilter's Irish Death | Iron Horse Brewery

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Quilter's Irish DeathQuilter's Irish Death

Brewed by:
Iron Horse Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by RedDiamond on 09-18-2007

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Reviews: 99 | Ratings: 331
Photo of Superjimbob
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a regular in my fridge. Very nice dark ale. You wouldn't know it's strength as it's a very subtle and tasty beer.
A six pack lasts me a while as it's not a beer I would drink a lot of, just a couple then move onto another brew.

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Photo of hreb
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle served in a tall glass. Beer pours black, tinged with brown around the edges, with a small chestnut head. Aroma is of molasses and betrays a bit of the 7.6% ABV printed on the label.

For some reason I assumed this was a (double) Irish Stout based on the label and the color of the brew. But no, it's a Strong Ale. And knowing that it's intended to be a strong ale makes me appreciate the flavor significantly more. The flavor is a on the malty side, with commensurate alpha hops, but not at all roasty or nutty or creamy. Yes, the ethanol comes through on the palate, but other than that, the balance is pretty reasonable. Medium caramel barley character suggests to me Imperial Red Ale. Subtler flavors of licorice, possibly even figs or dates.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pitch dark, little lacing
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Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.59/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look : On draft, so the head is excusable. Thin white head, pitch black body.

Smell : See below.

Taste : Roasty coffee and caramel mainly, Some coconut.

Feel : Medium carbonation, medium-full body. Slightly dry.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle:

Pours very dark brown. A thin, tan, lasting head leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, chocolate, some peat.

The taste is of chocolate, anise/licorice, caramel/toffee. Dark fruit peaks through as it progresses. A hint of peat and some earthy hops balances it, while leaving it pleasantly sweetness.

It has a smooth, medium body.

An interesting, unique, enjoyable dark brew. Pretty complex. As the brewery claims, doesn't fit neatly into a traditional style (so the broad "American Strong Ale" fits it well enough. A very nice, different, sweet-leaning dark brew.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For a beer called "Irish Death", this is awfully close to a Scotch Ale. It's very sweet and very malty. The hops are mostly hidden. I couldn't really decide whether I liked it or not. I'd take a drink, and think "too sweet". Then I'd come back to it 10 minutes later, take another drink, and think, "no that's pretty tasty." I split the bottle over two nights, and was never tempted to drink it too quickly. If you like sweet malty beers, this might be just the ticket for you. I do expect most American Strong Ales to be more complex than this.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly brown appearance, dark, hits a beige head in the 1/2" range. Aroma dropped some peaty and brown malt notes.

Taste hid the alcohol ok, hid the alcohol decently, lots of toffee. Coating. Not overly viscous or thick.

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Photo of beardsley_firkins
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a bomber into a large german stein so I could fit all of it at once ( *pro tip* keeping to "one" drink is a lot easier this way).
Looks like a red-brown ale; tobacco colored with reddish tints around the edges where light can pass through. Almost no head except for a bit around the edges; slight bubbles around edges as well.
Smells a lot like toffee - sweetness & roasty malts.
Tastes actually similar to Wells' Sticky Toffee Pudding Ale, if you've had that. Fairly sweet with a little metallic backbone (like an English porter) & some caramel, but not much else. Alcohol is well-hidden.
Mouthfeel is pretty thin and slightly biting on the finish. Kind of an aftertaste of brown sugar.
Overall, I like this beer. It's sweeter, but easy to drink and light-bodied. Not sure if I could have more than one.

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Photo of scuzfly
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really good stout that can be hard to find outside the State. I've been told they have a chocolate by the wife, MIL, and SIL that all swear it was the greatest beer they've drank.

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Photo of arlo19
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Amazing aroma of brown sugar, maple syrup. Some dark fruit. Great balance of bitterness on this dark brown ale. Very smooth beer, easy to drink. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Talk about an interesting beer. Pours like a porter, dark with a light body. Tastes is kinda sweet and malty with a nice balance from the hops. Not sure where it fits in but that doesn't matter if you just want a good beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Albertsons. This ones all over the place, like pinkzambia said, lots of different elements of lots of different styles. Yes, its black, head a bit thin for a stout. Tons of sweetness, mostly malt, some candy. Then there's a smidge of bitterness, equal parts roast grains and hops. So they admit it's a sweet, malt bomb, and that's what we get. Definitely not for everyone's palate.

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Photo of JohnnyMac_AK
4.86/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I stumbled upon this in the Costco booze section for less than $5 for a dos-dos. I was very pleasantly surprised. Very tasty Dark Ale? It is in its own category. Dark but kinda light, a little malt but still light, sweet, a little hoppy, caramels and did I mention sweet. For the ABV, it' really hides it well. I'd drink this any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Give it a shot, you'll like it.

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Photo of hyperboarder
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber locally for $5, just hit shelves this week. Happy with the price point, hoping it proves to be well worth it.

A - Dark copper, not opaque but not much light gets through and just at the edges. Medium light tan head that lingers for a good while in a thin layer. Mild lacing, appropriate for the ABV.

S - Malt and toffee, roasty with a cereal sweetness. Not much of a hop note on the nose. Pretty mellow.

T - Fairly mild, more of an amber than a strong ale. A bit of peat flavor, maybe a scotch ale? Light to medium clean hop bitterness, no strong hop flavor. Malty finish but clean. Lingering sweetness on the sides of the tongue. Some toffee, no alcohol burn.

M - Light for the ABV but not unpleasant or thin. Finishes fatter than it starts.

Overall - Not bad. Nothing to write home about but clean without detectable flaws. Not sure what style I'd put it in, probably scotch ale. I don't think I'd buy it packaged again, but if it was available on tap I can see getting it again.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is how I met this beer: local restaurant had Elysian space dust and this beer on tap. I was in the mood for an IPA but not happy that Elysian just sold out so I tried the Irish Death, which was described by the server as a stout. Well, it isn't- there is plenty of hops in there. It is a deep mahogany color. There is cherry on the nose and in taste. Wow, this is a delicious strong ale was my impression and it stands. Perfect balance of malt and hops. I now seek this one out.

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Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber brown with a sticky foam and lots of lacing in the narrow-waisted glass. Sudsy mouthfeel with a creamy carbonation. This does defy categorization, but it's a dark brew that seems like an odd Baltic Porter for a couple of sips. But it gradually reveals weirdness on all fronts.

Darkly rich with sweet caramel and burnt sugar. The sugary flavor never goes away, and the candy and leaf mold finish is just too strange. Then it tastes like an imperial Hefeweizen with flavored M&Ms. Butter and caramel aroma. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at The Market in Anacortes.

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Photo of gopens44
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Label says "dark, smooth ale" and that it certainly is. Description on BA says it's an American strong but it comes across as something between a Baltic Porter and a Schwartbier with about 75% of the taste leaning towards the prior. Especially in the the nose. Taste is of dates, fig and a little astringency floating around with that Schwartz crispness along the edges. Very tasty indeed.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, completely opaque, pitch-black color, with two fingers of oatmeal-colored head that quickly dissolved away into an extremely thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with lots of earthy, bready, roasted malt, which imparts notes of toasted dark bread, dark molasses and hits of dark chocolate. I also get notes of brown sugar, a hint of clove and cinnamon, and a touch of floral, grassy hops. Very inviting.

Taste: Wow! Very nice, very tasty beer! Lots of toasted and roasted malt up front, followed by some dark molasses and brown sugar-like sweetness, a touch of dark chocolate, a touch of cinnamon and clove, and a touch of smoke. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very, very smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 7.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a really good, really tasty beer. Malty, roasty, toasty, slightly sweet, slightly savory, and very smooth. Delicious! Recommended!

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Photo of martyl1000
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

From a bomber at the hotel bar, Seattle Sheraton. A lot of flavor, here. They're just not good flavors. Yucky on so many levels -- primarily the stale, saccharine-sweet coffee. Then the leather.

Drinks like a leathery Scotch Ale. No, a brown ale. For a contrast in brown ale style, try Toppling Goliath Smoove Operator, instead, which is a brilliant brown ale of roughly the same abv.

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Photo of JaredGolia
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
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 DoctorZombies
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Mehinaman
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
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 +0.8%
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 arvidkoval
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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 RenzoD
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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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Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
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