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Iron Thistle - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

255 Ratings
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Ratings: 255
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 16
Gots: 51 | 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:
Beer added by: roblowther on 05-30-2009

SCOTTISH STYLE ALE
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!
ABV
8.5%

IBUS
35

COLOR/SRM
Dark Brown

HOP VARIETIES
Warrior

MALTS
2 Row, Vienna, Crystal, Chocolate, Carafa Special II
TASTING NOTES
Deeply Malty, Caramel, Light Hops
PREFERRED GLASS
Pint
PREFERRED SERVING TEMPERATURE
52°
CHEESE PAIRINGS
Brie, Aged Gouda
FOOD PAIRINGS
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.
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Ratings: 255 | Reviews: 73
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of msanborn
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Premo88
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into small snifter
(Jan. 29, 2015 born-on date)

L: black with no light but dark brown with amber/dark orange highlights up to light; pushed up a small beige head of foam, not but 1/4- to 1/3-inch tall, not much to stick so no sticking; CLEAR ... as the glass empties, it's crystal clear ... very pretty dark-amber color, and an occasional bit of lacing

S: malt and more malt ... dark roasted barley, some coffee, some dark grapes/raisins ... very dense smell, like there's a chunk of malt in there ... sweet hints peek through ... now a bit of oak and maybe some vanilla -- there's a lot here, including now grain, sour grain ... and can caramel lack sugar? if so, there's an unsweetened caramel smell now

T: very wood/earthy-flavor to start, almost salty, then all that dark-roasted malt kicks in following the aroma notes ... coffee, unsweetened raisin bread (?) ... man, the understated sweetness is very unexpected but it's working -- the swallow starts off with a woody/salty taste then ever so slowly allows some sweetness to chime in as the aftertaste progresses. might be some peatiness ... wood-earth notes here are hard for me to describe, but the bottom line is the nose is sweeter than the taste; the wood is NOT burnt like in an American brown/porter/stout but literally just like wood smells

F: weighty, full but good carbonation to lighten it a little, and it isn't slick ...

O: dang good beer, at times feels like an American stout, but the wood notes and almost peat-like notes give it a Scotch-ale feel ... the aftertaste is as good as the taste; also feels a bit like a winter warmer, but that's not so bad -- it's keeping in the UK ale family, right? it's both sweet and noticeably not sweet at the same time ... interesting brew.

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3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Docrock
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Teenieyogini76
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Excellent, straightforward, nice sweetness. Very well made beer

Photo of Sharbhund
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of boodz85
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of amvrana
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JustinPStewart
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pnelting
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark almost black with tan/off white head.
S: Sweet malt and caramel.
T: Follows the nose. Sweet and smooth. Caramel notes, maybe some brown sugar or vanilla. Little bit of earthiness in the finish.
M: Full bodied and sticky.
O: Nice Scotch Ale, maybe a little on the sweet side but would have again for sure.

Photo of ruzzal
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great stuff. 2015 is better than 2014

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BIA_BrewMasta
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not many top tier Scottish ales out there. Much darker than most with very distinct flavor. Very easy drinking. Great beer.

Photo of msromberg
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Scottish ale. I generally find Rahr products to have more bitter hop flavor than I like. The hops in this one are very nicely balanced by the heavy malt flavors.

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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Anaxagoris
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%

Awesome scotch ale. Pours a very deep amber with little to no head and very little lacing as you drink it. The aroma is that of sarsparilla or a root beer smell, followed by an definite caramel aroma and just a hint of vanilla. The taste is very similar to the aroma, it starts off like a childhood memory, a simple glass of root beer on a summer night. Then it quickly transitions into a caramel creaminess again with the hint of vanilla. The mouthfeel, although a seemingly medium bodied beer, is quite full. With the powerful bubbles lingering on the tongue for quite awhile. This is a great example of scotch ale. Many thanks to @kjkinsey

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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Iron Thistle from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.