Quilter's Irish Death
Iron Horse Brewery

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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #118
Ranked #15,065
3.9 | pDev: 13.33%
Iron Horse Brewery
Washington, United States
Very Good
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BNSlums from Washington

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Semi-translucent chestnut brown with a fervent cream colored head about an inch high subduing over several minutes.
S: Toasted chocolate malt, fairly grainy and a bit of milky creaminess. Chocolate hits the nose first but it not dominating the other flavors.
T: Surprising balance between an initial boozy chocolate, transitioning to a toffee finish. Booziness present throughout but not overpowering. Not complex but very solid.
F: It has some bite to it, coating the mouth in sweet booze. Most action on the front of the palate, leveling out as it progresses. With out risk or surprise.
All in all, Id compare this brew most closely in taste to a root beer lollipop. This is a sweet, malty chocolatey beer that is balanced- taking few risks and making few mistakes. The higher abv is definitely noticeable but masked beneath the warm and dark flavors.

Sunday at 01:28 AM
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PORK from Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured dark as night with a thick head, but it dissipated quickly...smelled roasty with a hint of banana...goes down smooth with chocolate and banana notes and a slight sweetness. Dark smooth ale is definitely the right description for this beer.

Jul 11, 2020
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DIM from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Part sweet stout, part English Porter, part...other things?

Sweet overall with chocolate-y sweet stout notes plus some tangy chocolate-y porter notes. This comes across as strangely fresh and vibrant.

Odd duck but likeable.

May 30, 2020
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Thirstytraveler from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not usually a fan of dark beers but this one I like......a lot. Available at my local Fred Meyers. Very dark color, minimal head. Malty, very smooth, not bitter. Chocolate, nutty finish.

May 20, 2020
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can

Pours dark brown, minimal light penetration. Bit of lacing for a head which dissipates to nothing.

Aroma of caramel, toffee, cashew, hazelnut, and toast.

Flavor is of toffee, toast, hazelnut, and a hint of peanut over some cereal malt.

Relatively thin body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Aroma is really interesting but otherwise fairly average. Flavor is like a standard brown ale. Body is surprisingly light. Drinks very easy. It's okay, nothing off-putting about it.

Jan 24, 2020
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Jelitikasez from Missouri

4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The best dark chocolate becomes a beer!
Color, aroma, dark chocolate. Mouthfeel a little bubbly, but still smooth.
Consumed in place of origin, Ellensburg, WA at Cornerstone Pizza!
Loved it!

Aug 31, 2019
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Logiebear from Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium to dark brown color, black in the glass, with a thick creamy head. It is a transparent beer, no cloudiness whatsoever, but dark enough to where light will not pass through the glass. The 7.8% ABV comes through with the nose as well as plenty of bready character. Mouthfeel is not as smooth as the creamy head would suggest, but not unpleasant by any means. I get some cherry flavors too. The more I sit with it, it is reminiscent of New Holland Dragons Milk, just not nearly as boozy and with more carbonation since it isn’t barrel aged. That’s some high praise in my book.

Aug 29, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i just moved to idaho and have seen this beer everywhere since i have, both on nitro and in other formats, and i finally had to have one out of curiosity. a black ale of sorts, some interesting yeast elements like a dry irish stout, but without all the roasted grain, dry too, a cocoa thing like a brown ale, but then with the creaminess of the feel it kind of has a porter richness yet drinkability, a definite style bender, a flavorful, malt driven beer thats oddly strong for what it tastes like, and really is something quite unto its own, its freakishly drinkable both for its dark color and for its higher alcohol content, neither make this heavy, and i think a big part of it is how dry this is, really petty fast finishing, and with some lightly smoked sort of bitterness to it, like an extinguished fire, earthy and charred but not so deeply roasted like we would find in a stout, its not to that level and its somehow different. mellow really, earthy, nice for fall and winter certainly as a warmer, but not confined to cold weather seasonality either. cigar and chocolate in the finish, not overly complex but beautifully nuanced. this has me on the hunt for more iron horse beers, and ill definitely drink my share of this...

Apr 02, 2019
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fishyakLA from California

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a beer that you have to pay attention to what it is and what it is not. Despite its color, it is an ALE. Despite its color, it is NOT a stout or porter. Mischaracterizing this beer will and has lead to some off beat reviews below. It drinks like an ale. But it's flavor profile and color say stout. As a result, it is easier to quaff than stouts that need to be sipped. I found this brew in a 12 oz. can at Flying Elephants Deli in Portland. I was having some spicy chicken enchiladas for lunch and this beer, because it was an ale, went very well with my lunch. For something comparable, Harviston's "Old Engine Oil" is in the same style and also goes very well with spicy or fried foods. Good beer, especially if you want a darker beer that can hang with spicier food. Good stuff.

Mar 26, 2019
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a very dark brown color with no head to speak of.
Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and molasses.
Taste follows the nose. Milk chocolate, some coffee, and a little bit of molasses.
Medium-bodied, quite drinkable.

Dec 18, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I can see why this has a following in the Northwest: it doesn't try to be spectacular, just good. I particularly appreciate that it does that without loads of hops.

Irish Death Looks much better than its name; actually inviting. And even though I have a cold, the subtle roasted malts are aromatic and easy to pickup. As indicated, sweet tendencies for Taste are balanced mostly by the roast and some hops. Feels fine in the mouth.

My first from Iron Horse, I went on their website and see Quilter's also is their cash cow. I also like how they describe themselves as indie brewers, a term that should get used more often. For that and and being a crafter in the difficult weather on the backside of the Cascades, I give Iron Horse OK hugs.

Nov 15, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin eggshell white foamy head sliding off at a decent pace. Barely any lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of sweet milk chocolate, mild roast, caramel/toffee malts and molasses.
The flavor yields to the sweetness of it all, meshing all of the prior mentioned aromas. Fairly thick aftertaste of milk chocolate and caramel/toffee malts.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. For a higher ABV-ed strong ale, it moved quite smooth and easy going down. Carbonation felt fine.
Overall, somewhat different for an American strong ale as it doesn't seem to stay in the box of the style. To me, perhaps again if offered.

Sep 09, 2018
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hydrate from California

3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very smooth, especially for the high ABV. Sweet but not overly. Tastes like an ale, but not a crazy sweet ale. It's dark in color but don't expect it to be dry or stout like. It's an ale & it tastes like one.

Jul 28, 2018
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a 16 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer is part of a trade with mt_griz99. thank you!
The beer pours a dark chocolate brown color which is a deep mahogany when my glass is held up to the light. There is a creamy khaki colored head of 2 cm that recedes to a sturdy edge layer soon after my pour. This layer remains through out my sampling and gives some spotty lacing after each sip.
The aroma is sweet chocolate, brown sugar, molasses and some dark fruit. No hop presence of any sort and the booze is not present on the nose either. First sip reveals a lighter body than expected and fine rolling carbonation. The texture is fairly crisp and the beer is easy to drink. This feels like a schwarzbier in texture etc.
Flavor is what I expect after smelling the nose. All malt with sweet chocolate and some roasted malt notes. I also get dark fruit and brown sugar, this is a fairly sweet beer. Again, the hops arent here, and the booze is hidden too.
I find this beer very easy to drink and enjoyable, it is a bit one dimensional as a malt bomb, but there is some depth to the malt profile. Im glad to have tried it.

Mar 23, 2018
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NickSMpls from Washington

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rich dark brown, not quite opaque. Nose of malt, roasted grains. It's a good, not great strong ale. The taste is dry, well balanced malts, good carbonation and mouthfeel. It's a bit of a one-note samba in the taste and lacks the depth we've seen from others.

Mar 07, 2018
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RB3 from Washington

3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark out of the can; a little hazy but without particulate. Nice head.

Couldn't tell if it was a porter or a stout, and then realized it is simply Iron Horse's take on a Guinness. Dark, smooth, and no overpowering notes besides the odor of burnt tire. Easy to not screw up if you don't try.

Very drinkable. The packaging pompous and horrible.

Feb 12, 2018
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz can
Served in a becker glass

This beer pours black. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is sweet and earthy. As it warms I get some roasted malt notes with cocoa and coffee.

The taste starts out sweet. Roasted flavors come out as it warms. I get hints of coffee and dark chocolate.

Moderate to light bodied

It drinks like a swarzbier even though it is an ale. It is definitely better as it warms.

Jan 05, 2018
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MonkeymooTJ from California

3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Midnight black with just the slightest tint of red when held up to the light. Caramel off white head that looks inviting then recedes quickly

Smell: sweet molasses mixed with a hint of alcohol

Taste: super sweet malt up front. A hint of apricot after swallowing and a bready finish with an ever so slight hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: Really thin and a bit disappointing considering the color and malty nose. The 7.8 abv probably had a lot to do with that

Overall: I did enjoy this brew. It had its ups and downs however. It's beautiful in the glass. The initial taste is amazing. However it finishes flat and its hard to get past the thin mouthfeel

Nov 12, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle

Very dark ruby colored, almost brown. Thick creamy head. Malty aroma - burnt caramel, toffee, rum. Taste is fairly sweet, I'm surprised to see this categorized an American Strong Ale. I'd say Scotch Ale. Medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel.

Aug 09, 2017
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap in Boise Idaho.
Essentially black but clear body with an excellent tan head and sticky lacing.
Aroma: higher ABV evident along with dark roasted grains.
Flavor follows the aroma, with some booze, dark bread and spicy hops.
Overall: too boozy and hot.

Jun 07, 2017
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dd53grif from Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown color with a minimal head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts and alcohol. Tastes of alcohol and chocolate with some fruit at the end. Finishes sweet and smooth.

Jun 02, 2017
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mintzmeet from Washington

4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this stuff. Smells like alcohol. Tastes like it. But also tastes like a delicious stout. Perfect when you want a Guinness but also want a buzz ;)

May 17, 2017
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gandres from Philippines

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle - 22 ounce to wine glass
Appearance: dark brown, with small medium light brown foam
Smell: aroma of malt
Taste: very good, Balance, medium bitterness
Mouth feel: good. Taste is no bold, follow through not long, like something is lacking
Overall: Very good beer, not to repeat nor look for.
drank: February 8, 2017 6:03 PM

Feb 09, 2017
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.81/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: Draft at Iron Horse Brewery. Thin white head, dark brown body.

Smell : See below.

Taste : Chocolate, mild roast, mild nuttiness, and a bit of coconut.

Feel : Medium carbonation and medium-full body. Slightly sweet upfront, dry finish.

Jan 14, 2017
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Radcpa from Washington

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very light appearance for a dark beer. Mild aroma. A little head. Taste is marginal for a dark beer that has a wide spread following in many restaurants. They need a good beer consultant.

Dec 24, 2016
Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 441 ratings