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RATINGS: 203   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Created by the brewery’s founder, Quilter’s Irish Death is what we call a dark, smooth, ale. Any attempt at classifying it just ends up sending beer geeks into a style guidelines diatribe. So forget style guidelines. Is your pursuit of micro beer about tasting copies of a style that fit guidelines anyways? (Neither is ours) Irish Death is a malt bomb. We lovingly refer to it as beer candy. We heart our candy store. While tempting to session this beer, the name is a necessary reminder that despite the surprising approachability, this beer weighs in at a hefty 7.8% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (38879) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2010
Bottle 22fl.oz.
Clear medium to dark brown color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, light caramel. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a average to long duration, sugar sweet. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20100314]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1220) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2010
I’d be betraying my pseudo-Irish-American gestalt history of I didn’t drink, first and foremost, a Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day. Guinness deftly straddles the line between stereotype and genuine cultural symbol. For example, french fries aren’t french, but they’re still an indelible stereotype of French cuisine. Go to France and order french fries and you’re liable to get, at best, a sneer and at worst a severe beating. But Guinness has justly and legitimately earned its fame as a symbol of the Irish drink. But after giving it its due recognition, I wanted to try Irish ales that weren’t Guinness. It is not a monopoly. There are lots of Irish style brews out there on the market which, even if they don’t have an Irish birth certificate, they have the same kind of genealogy many “Irish” Americans proudly tout on St. Patrick’s Day (and most other days, too.) This year I picked Iron Horse Brewery’s “Irish Death”, a misleading and excessively grave title for what is actually a sweet and delicate beer. In the noble tradition of Guinness, the Irish Death colors itself with both black in the body and tan in the head. The smell is sweet, but unique in the flavors. The rich aroma of blueberries, pastries and caramelized sweet potatoes give off a light and appetizing set of sugars, but the berries are clearly the strongest aromatic element. The flavor is similar - smooth, sure, and light, even reserved in a prudish way. I like this kind of flavor profile, but it definitely makes me raise an eyebrow at the name “Irish Death.” A little warmth about halfway through brings a dry rye flavor to the mix, but not for better or worse. It’s a light, gentle sweet beer, more in keeping with an Irish lullaby than some kind of “Irish death”, whatever kind of death that is. Something poetic, I’m sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Thanks to brewolf for this one. The pour produces a muddy dark brown body with an average tan head. Sweet, nutty caramel aroma. The taste follows the aroma closely. Not very stout like as the roast malt bitterness is missing, more like an Imperial Brown Ale. But I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (14465) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2010
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear red/brown - white head. Roasted, chocolate, tobacco, vegetables, vineous, vanilla, caramel, high malty, dried fruits. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30390) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2010
Bottled. A hazy deep red beer with a thin beige head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, alcohol, malt, and some nuts, leading to a dry lightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (23502) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle at Papsø. Clear red brown coloured with a small off white head. Sweet aroma of caramel, dried fruits and chocolate. Fruity flavour of caramel, dried fruits and chocolate. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pinball (11404) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
clear very dark amber, aroma is very faint, dark fruits. flavor is well blended, balanced dark fruits faint caramel, ends sweet berryish, balanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KimJohansen (10347) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
Clear mahogany with a tiny beige head. Moldy aroma with roasted malt and moldy chocolate. Sweet and moldy flavour with roasted malt and caramel notes. Finished moldy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle 65 cl. Courtesy of scrizz. Pours a cloudy orangey brown with a small beige head. Sweet dark malty nose with quite some chocolate and vanilla. Medium body, sweet roasted malts and vanilla with a vague fustiness. Very subdued bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (35031) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 14, 2010
22 fl oz bottle. Pours cloudy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is mild spiced and dark malty. Yeasty, roasted malty and overripe fruity. Dark malty, caramelish toffee and breadish. Slight bitter and dark roasted malty into a slight bitter finish.

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