Quilter's Irish Death | Iron Horse Brewery

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Quilter's Irish DeathQuilter's Irish Death
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Iron Horse Brewery
Washington, United States
iron-horse-brewery.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedDiamond on 09-18-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
351
Reviews:
104
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
14.36%
 
 
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27
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Ratings: 351 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of towlea25
1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

Photo of t0rin0
1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

Photo of maximum12
1.69/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to a, ah, unnamed but generous BA who dropped this bottle in as an extra to a winter-time trade. A brewery I hadn't heard of before, always a good thing. Nice bottle!

Pours flat, oily, dead black. No hint of carbonation, which is a bit disconcerting. Smell is lactose & sweet, like a milk stout, not strong.

Sadly, this is not a good beer. I'm not sure if the lack of carbonation is the sign of a bad bottle or if this is just naturally putrid. There's a touch of sweet, but the overwhelming taste is of burnt, acrid, dirt-stomped coffee grounds. The taste is only slight sub-average, but the aftertaste this leaves with your normal beer drinker is appalling. Makes me want to go brush my teeth with steel wool & ice cream.

Drinkability not good. Drain pour, for both myself & the wife. Too bad.

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Photo of sjrodriguez
2/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of waldowin
2.06/5  rDev -45.2%
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 harrymel
2.31/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewery.
Hazy brown ale with a slight caramel hue. Done sweet Esters or banana and clove. Smells of smooth milk chocolate and hints of molasses malts. Nice brown ale flavor is then upended with some sweet what I think are off flavors in the beer, but this is the flagship beer so must be their intention.medium body and low carb and semi dry finish.I don't really care for this one.

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Photo of PEBKAC
2.35/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from LetsPour. Ommegang chalice to try & keep everything compact.

Cream-colored flimsy head. Muggy, dark brown body. Light sleeping sediment; I tried.

Smells like a like a brown ale with some cacao nibs & cherry juice added. A bit medicinal.

Some toasty grain on the taste, but it honestly tastes how it smells. Some licorice. Curious nuttiness on the trail end. Not really all that sweet, just sloppy.

Frothy tongue. Really low carbonation, barely a tickle. Rough alcohol. This is not 7.8%.

At least the shipping was free.

/shrug

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Photo of stashcraft08
2.45/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of tummy345
2.47/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Syrupy... very carmely... 1 is enough. 7.8% is well hidden by the sweetness

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Photo of woemad
2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber purchased at the Rosauer's up the hill from me for $3.69. No freshness date. I tried this once on-tap about a year ago.

Poured a viscous-looking black, with a tan head that was so thin and brief I'm not sure it was ever actually there.

Vague dark fruit and brown sugar odor. Nobody else home.

Weird acidic taste to this. Very mild raisin-like flavor that does not stand up well at all with the brown sugary thing, which isn't too strong on it's own but dominates by default. There's some metallic notes in the mix as well.

Coating, kinda dead mouthfeel.

Truly a lousy beer. Grimly drinkable. Seems like this brewery has gone quality skydiving.

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Photo of LieutenantWort
2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Drinking from a 22oz bomber, poured into an imperial pint glass. Color is very dark, chestnut brown. Not much head, just a thin ring that hangs on all the way to the end of the glass.

Taste is um... interesting. Very sharp, stabbing sweetness quickly followed by a medicinal tang. No deeper notes in the aftertaste. Mouth feel is quite thin. Not what I'd call a stout, exactly (I expect a heavier mouth feel and more body to the taste).

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Photo of dnichols
2.55/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was poured a pint from the tap at the Town Crier in Richland, Washington on St. Patrick's Day. It was marketed as "Irish Death" by the bartender and we were told it had an ABV of 8%.

A: It poured a blackish brown body that when back lit appeared more like a Doctor Pepper (black body with reddish tints around the edges). The head was nearly non-existent (there was a thin ring around the collar by the time the drink arrived at out table) as was the lacing.

S: The aromas were very thin with whiffs of chocolate and sweet roasted malts dominating.

T: It tasted more like a thin Porter than a Stout. It was very sweet (to its determent), thin, and hopless. The sweets on the front end tasted more like brown sugar diluted in colored water than a robust porter or Irish Stout. There was not bite or coffee bitterness or flavors of fruits or spices. Surprisingly the alcohol was well hidden.

M: It was thin bodied and sweet. It finished clean and had no aftertaste. If this were a black lager I would be impressed.

D: For an 8% ABV brew it was easy to drink. It was refreshing and light-bodied.

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Photo of yaegerje
2.65/5  rDev -29.5%
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 SamuelMiller
2.66/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Kevin73
2.82/5  rDev -25%
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 bombventure
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
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 litolpea
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of jpbebeau
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of abeldiaz
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of UpstateNYhophead
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of RJLarse
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Pastime in Ritzville. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color with very little head. It looks like a cola.

Smell is faint and non-descript.

Taste is sweet malted grain flavor with a mild bitterness along side.

Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe a little thin for the style. No cloying at all, but there is a little alcohol heat.

Drinkable for a taste and mouthfeel perspective, but a little high on ABV to be sessionable. Still a couple are nice.

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Photo of bamberger603
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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 hyperboarder
3.21/5  rDev -14.6%
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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Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
3.76 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
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