We Can’t Get Anything Right

That may not necessarily be true, but I never have been able to properly classify Irish Death. It’s true. We used to try. It never worked.

What is this?

A robust porter.

Um, no, too high of alcohol and no roasty dryness in the finish

You’re right.

 

What is this?

A sweet stout.

No it’s not, the alcohol is too high

You’re right.

 

What is this?

It is a scottish export.

Wrong, too high of alcohol and too roasty.

You’re right.

 

What is this?

Imperial sweet stout.

That’s not a style you weirdo.

You’re right.

 

What is this?

It’s a scottish style imperial porterish sweet stout.

You made that up too.

You’re right.

 

These are examples of interactions I’ve had with people over the years where I still bothered to try putting Irish Death into a beer style category. As you can see, it never succeeded and as far as I can tell so far it is due to the fact that Irish Death doesn’t fit into any style category. Another thing to know is that up until this Christmas break, I always held in the belief that it did actually fit into one sort of catch-all category, American Strong Ale. Alas, I am even less informed than I previously believed. While confessing this withholding to my brother-in-law I flippantly brought up the style guidelines for American Strong Ale to demonstrate to my brother-in-law how it was a category established for no other reason than to be an ‘other’ bin. Wrong. As I began to read through the guidelines I see this tidbit “Moderate to high hop flavor.” Good grief, that surely isn’t Irish Death. Despite vagueness in this category such as

  • The malt gives a medium to high sweet impression on the palate, although the finish may be slightly sweet to somewhat dry.
  • Alcohol presence may be noticeable,
  • Medium to full body.
  • A fairly broad style that can describe beers labeled in various ways,

Irish Death still doesn’t fit.

Well, screw it. dark, smooth ale it is.

6 comments on “We Can’t Get Anything RightAdd Your Comment

  1. Conrad on

    Restaurant servers always call it a porter or stout! I kinda think it is reminiscent of a dopplebock to be honest. But with a bit more hops. So dark strong ale it is; really unique and worthy flagship beer.

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  2. Robert Goulet on

    Tried the Irish Death during St. Pat’s Day dinner. Server called it a stout, but said it was lighter than Guinness. Figured I’d try it. Definitely not a stout. Soooo much better. Possibly one of the most refreshing beers I’ve tried in a long time. I was walking through Safeway the following day and there was an Irish Death display at the end of the aisle. Had to be a sign, had to be destiny, maybe it was the universe aligning briefly in these dark times – whatever it was, grabbed a 6 pack. Great beer, great form. Thanks.

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  3. Robert Goulet on

    Tried the Irish Death during St. Pat’s Day dinner. Server called it a stout, but said it was lighter than Guinness. Figured I’d try it. Definitely not a stout. Soooo much better. Possibly one of the most refreshing beers I’ve tried in a long time. I was walking through Safeway the following day and there was an Irish Death display at the end of the aisle. Had to be a sign, had to be destiny, maybe it was the universe aligning briefly in these dark times – whatever it was, grabbed a 6 pack. Great beer, great form. Thanks…

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  4. Ron Winter on

    I live in Pacific, WA. While on vacation, I stopped at the Electric City Bar & Grill (no, I don’t work there and neither do my relatives) the other day; I opted for a cold glass of dark beer. I was served Irish Death. It really was quite good. In fact, once I returned home, I wanted to try more but couldn’t remember the beer’s name. Sooo, I called the Electric City Bar & Grill (long distance) and delicately spun my clever web of inquisition. “What dark beer do you have on tap”, I benignly petitioned. “Irish Death” was the response… Not sure I heard correctly, I feigned a spotty cell signal and refreshed my inquiry. Once again, “Irish Death” was the response. Armed with this information, I immediately began my search. Unfortunately, much like that one famous Little Piggy, Pacific, WA had none. So, I am taking my thirst inquiry to the source; the Brewmeister Meisterbrewers. Can you help me locate a reseller of your Irish Death near Pacific, WA?

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    • ironhorsebrewery on

      Hi Ron. We are pleased to hear you are a new fan of our Irish Death. We often refer to it as beer candy. We recommend checking our Beer Finder app to see the closest location to you. A quick search of Pacific, WA shows PACIFIC PIT STOP EXPRESS on Ellingson, Gius Market on Milwaukee Blvd and several other locations carrying it. We always recommend calling ahead though just in case someone stopped in there before our system updated and cleared it out. We hope this helps in your quest to find some of that dark smooth ale. Cheers.

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