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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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Created by the breweryís founder, Quilterís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Very dark brown pour with some sediment. Aroma is roast, vegetal, and metallic with very subtle chocolate. The flavor adds some dark fruit and a little coffee on the finish. Medium, creamy body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a nice cream colored head. Lots of hot chocolate aroma with some coffee and molasses. Flavor has some lacto sweetness, molasses, chocolate and espresso notes. I agree that it has a charred flavor too...interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Bottle. Dense brown color with a thick and creamy latte colored head. First whiff of the nose is mocha - coffee, chocolate,mild - with some metallic and sulfuric medicinal notes... no doubt showing signs of oxidation and a slight infection (bottle is roughly 9 months old, unintentionally aged). Some fig, barkdust and cumin spices show up as it opens up, not sure if thatís something in the beer or due to tainting or a combination of both. Body is surprisingly rich and creamy with a chewy and savory texture, turning slightly lactic/acidic in the finish (again part of the tainting but not overwhelming). Hop presense is low, in fact most of the bitterness seems to come from a small amount of astringent roast. Overall quite good, I imagine fresh it could be really impressive but Iím going off of what I have in the bottle that seems to have held up better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2009
8/19/09 from 22oz bottle. Aroma is hearty and sweet, dominated by dark dried fruit and molasses. Appearance is dark borwn with a medium maintaned cream colored head. Flavor is a very rich combination of blackberries, more molasses, light grill-like char and an earthy low noble bittering that blends with the roast. Itís full bodied, but never takes on the syrupy character of an old ale, keeping at the point where more than one pint isnít out of the question. Overall, a great brew that shows off what rich malt can do in the right hands without having to go "over the top" and taking 45 minutes to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 6, 2009
A nice chocolate aroma. This is pretty nice. Chocolate, peaty, a nice sweetness that isnít too much. Quite nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Bottle I picked up in Seattle. Pours a clear chestnut brown with a micro tan head. Sweet caramel malts, toffee, light roastness, cola. This is a little too sweet and syrupy for my liking. Long sticky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle from Bottleworks. Tasted blind with 14 others. Pours a dark brown with tan head. Aroma of caramel, nuts, a little oak and alcohol. Bitter with a little sweet. Nice hops flavor balanced with caramel. A bit too lively for me, though. Long bitter finish not consistent with the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear brown color with medium frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy earthy, nut and toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2009
On tap at the brewery. Easily their best offering. Pours a reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma is sweet malt, some chocolate, toffee a little dark fruit. Very nice complex nose. Flavor was sweet but not cloying, alcohol was hidden well. There was some nice dark chocalate and fruit on the tongue., This was a really good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marctacoma (35) - Fircrest, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2009
This is a strange one, and Iíd bet itís going to be really divisive. On tap @ Ale House: Deep, dark amber - solid 1/2 inch head. Taste is unbelievably smooth and extraordinarily sweet. Not a ton of body underneath the sweetness... hints of cola at the margins. Bottle, from Gravity: Pours deep amber, decent head. Here, the sweetness isnít quite as pronounced, and the malt character that gives rise to the sweetness is more distinguishable. Ridiculously smooth, and if I didnít read here that the ABV was 7.8%, Iíd have bet good money it was under 5%. Cola, coffee and malt mix well, giving it a nice palate. The key to this is that itís NOT a stout; if you go in looking for a craft brewed stout, you may be disappointed. I donít know what Iron Horse would say to this, but this is more akin to something between a brown ale and Portís íMidnight Sessionsí dark lager.

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