Quilter's Irish Death | Iron Horse Brewery

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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:
352
Reviews:
104
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
14.36%
 
 
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Photo of Vylo
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kinmundy77
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of arlo19
4.55/5  rDev +21%
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 blackc5
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
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 stumac
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of zagduck
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of sevenshubby
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of goblue65
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Huffaroma
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of tashq
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of AR_Rios
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Daveychu
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of fishguyac
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of piclee
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of honeybrewer
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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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Photo of Duggie
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RedDiamond
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quilter is the name of the brewer. I’m otherwise not certain why the “Irish” reference is affixed to this stout as the beer is not remotely a dry Irish variety. It is a sweet imperial stout – heavy sweet – thick and muddy with an almost fiendish neglect of bittering. It is deep root beer brown to dull ruby with a strong smell of brown sugar and Madeira.

The taste is both dark and fruitful. Malt sugars dance like a ballet across the pallet – ornate, fleet-footed, graceful. The beer is sweet, yes, but not cloying. The flavor hinges upon grape and tamarind – very nice. And with a succinct finish that doesn’t stray on the tongue.

Currently not available in bottles, Quilter’s pours on tap at the brewery where half-gallon growler fills are a mere $6. Highly recommended if you find yourself in the Ellensburg area.

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Photo of Liberaldrinker
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the best brown ale I have ever drank. Superb flavor and drinkability. The beer has a wonderful almost chocalately sweet smoothness. I had it out the bottle for the first time last night and it was almost as good as it is on tap. Pricey, but well worth it.

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Photo of Mehinaman
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
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 BarrettH
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite go to 's

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.4/5  rDev +17%
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 live2ride
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Who cares what style it is. If you like dark beer; porters, stouts or hefty browns, you'll love this one. Head is substantial but doesn't last long. Leaves nice lacing. Best consumed borderline room temperature for greatest aroma. Delicious fall evening campfire sipper. Good roasty, chocolatey notes with a subtle hint of fruit.

Recommended serving: Around a campfire at sunset with 3 good friends and a faithful dog.

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Photo of livingregret
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Bookseeb
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is dark like coffee with light head and lace. Smell has the aroma of rich dark fruits and molasses. Taste of dark bitter coffee with a light sweetness of molasses. Mouthfeel is thick and silky with a light spike of carbonation. A great find and loving that it's local.

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Photo of cubbyZilla
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quilter's Irish Death from Iron Horse Brewery
3.76 out of 5 based on 352 ratings.
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