Iron Thistle - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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2.93/5 rDev -24.3%
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.
03-24-2010 04:42:55 | More by zdk9
3.01/5 rDev -22.2%
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.
06-16-2013 20:58:22 | More by pasdachuri
3.1/5 rDev -19.9%
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!
02-11-2010 03:03:49 | More by BEERchitect
3.13/5 rDev -19.1%
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.
03-24-2010 03:48:55 | More by emmasdad
3.23/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
04-15-2014 03:30:59 | More by facundoCNB
Iron Thistle from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.