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Iron Thistle - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 14
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Available : February Release
Break out the bagpipes with your lederhosen! We’re proud to present our Iron Thistle Scotch Ale – Rahr’s first National Grand Champion winner. This dark, Scottish ale has a bold taste dominated by a smooth, sweet maltiness balanced with a low, hoppy bitterness. So don your kilts and enjoy. Here’s to your health – Slàinte! Prosit!


Dark Brown


2 Row, Vienna, Crystal, Chocolate, Carafa Special II
Deeply Malty, Caramel, Light Hops
Brie, Aged Gouda
According to a well-respected expert, Iron Thistle pairs really well with grilled or steamed vegetables because “they won’t have to scream to be heard.” Since we find screaming vegetables unappetizing, we think this is a perfect pairing.

(Beer added by: roblowther on 05-30-2009)
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1/5  rDev -74.1%

CrashOverride, Dec 25, 2011
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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

Djenx, Jul 18, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

scm2787, Jan 19, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

slbrown, Aug 27, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Domvan, Apr 29, 2014
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2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours dark brown, not a lot of head.

S- Musty, sweet corn kind of like masa or a tamale instead of the way corn flavors normally are found in a beer. Bits of wood smoke.

T- Roasted husk, slightly burnt- impacted by the smokiness.

M- Some hotness and lots of sweet syrup.

D- Eh, not my favorite Rahr beer.

zdk9, Mar 24, 2010
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Sazz9, Jul 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

WritersBlock, Jan 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Musicjunkieha, Jun 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Michaeldmanley, Feb 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

nicksanch81, Aug 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

monnik, Feb 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

jxb345, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of pasdachuri
3.01/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap during a June 15, 2013 brewery tour.

Pours a darker brown with a thick creamy head.

Smells malty with a slight smokey undertone.

Taste follows the nose with sweet malt, slight bitterness and a smokey after taste.

This was not as heavy as I expected given its appearance and style.

Overall a decent brew but not my favorite selection from Rahr.

pasdachuri, Jun 16, 2013
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3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Iron Thistle starts out with a deep brown-mohogany-ruby color and moderate haze. A sheet of foam settles onto the beer with much lacing- off white head.

Deep malt sweetness is met with a light smokey, earthy, woodsy, toasty tone. Complex malts give a smooth bready, toffee, nutty, flavor and aroma. Complimentary notes of malted milk, softer cocoa, and light roast only adds to the complexity.

Where the beer lets down a bit is in an astringent bite that happens just before mid-palate and nearly dominates the beer from there on. It certainly hurts the mouthfeel and drinkability with a sensation that could be interpreted as a harsh bitter, acidity, or bite. This could be a result of accessive age on the beer but without any indicaiton of dating, who's to know?

I would be interested in trying a known fresh version to compare. Thanks Natelocc787!

BEERchitect, Feb 11, 2010
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3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a JJFoodie for this Texas extra. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a moderate caramel colored head. Aromas of chocolate, smoke and thick chewy malt. On the palate this one is a bit thinner than I anticipated, but still malty and chocolatey with a touch of spiciness and a slight bitter finish. This one is quite drinkable and fairly tasty.

emmasdad, Mar 24, 2010
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3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A deep brownish red .. Looks black under low light. Finger of head which dissipated immediately. Smells of malt, copper/oxidation.. Slight toasted grains/chocolate notes.
The taste is much better.. Charred bitter flavor up front, heavy dark malts/roasted grains,
Medium in body, medium carbonation.
This beer's alright. It was a throw in, so I can't complain bit it doesn't make sense how this has a higher rating than banhof's Berliner weisse per say. I know it's different styles, but for a wee heavy this is pretty damn bland.. And that other beer is sour and salty as shit and has a lower rating.. Mind control.. Think of just this beer on its own. Still, a meh example on the style.

facundoCNB, Apr 15, 2014
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Iron Thistle from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.