You have to love the idea behind a traditional Irish Wake. It is a time to tie one on in remembrance and celebration of the poor sap in the box! I always wanted to go to an Irish Wake, but I don’t want to have one…I want to be at the party, alive and fully participating. In some ways it is ironic the one time they throw a party for you, you really can’t participate! Anyway, it is a tradition unlike any other, and one that I can proudly say was the brain child of my ancestors.
I’ve heard stories where the guys at the wake prop up the body and try to make him drink beer, most likely Guinness from the look of things. Well I had a close relative of the malty treat the other day, and I must say, I think it was better than the original…
Irish Death was a rich and malty ale brewed by Iron Horse Brewery out of Ellensburg, Washington. Before I dive into the brew, I have to give thanks to Evan Burck, the supplier of said beer. Several months ago, Jim and I got into a correspondence with Evan about beers in Washington, and how they had really great beer that no one knew about. So he sent me about 5 different brews that we have reviewed periodically. So, Thanks Evan, this is probably my favorite of those you sent, of course with the exception of your home brew…that stuff was amazing. Cheers!
This beer was the best for a mid-fall pick-me-up. It had a great roastiness to it, with some caramel flavors and a nutty flavor that was very prevalent. Almost like Chestnuts roasted on an open fire…But where the hell is Jack Frost when you need him? My nose stayed intact.
In all seriousness, this is a great brew from Iron Horse Brewery, and a very good solid choice for a chilly afternoon. One thing I would have liked is a bit heavier mouth feel. It was decidedly medium, and a creaminess would have been just the ticket.
I’d love to see this with a little more ABV, as it was 7.8%, so not quite sessionable, but not Imperial either. I’d love this beer to have a chest warming quality to it, and if they were to barrel age it in Whiskey barrels I’d move to Washington!