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.

One comment 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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