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Iron Thistle - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 14
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of decoy727272
4.99/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a very dark brown color, almost black. It has a little clarity, but hardly noticeable unless you hold it up to a light. It smells malty and chocolatey, but is light to the nose. I enjoyed the lightness to this beer. It has aromas of a stout, but is a smooth more drinkable beer. I enjoyed this beer a lot, I can't wait for their next seasonal.

decoy727272, Mar 26, 2014
Photo of jxb345
3/5  rDev -22.3%

jxb345, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Fakexican
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Fakexican, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of Furley80
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Furley80, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev +3.6%

bundy462, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of bleedsblu
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

bleedsblu, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of SavvyStudent
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

SavvyStudent, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4/5  rDev +3.6%

ExaltedNecrosis, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of RandyPuckett
4/5  rDev +3.6%

RandyPuckett, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rahr Iron Thistle

Pours dark brown with a slight off white head. Head quickly comes back to life with a gentle swirl of the beer. The beer is dark and mystic, deep in color.

Aroma is sweet and malty, a lot of caramel in the aroma.Some molasses like aromas.

Very sweet and rich, almost but not quite cloying. Burnt toast at the finish.

Mouthfeel is rich and full.

Really enjoyable beer, I like how smooth and rich it is. A great representation of the style in my opinion.

LeeryLeprechaun, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of SicemWT
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

SicemWT, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Mtn
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Mtn, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of jkn09
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

jkn09, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

dmorgan310, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Metaltildeath
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Metaltildeath, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

valkyre65, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Scepter
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Scepter, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of beerforpresident
4/5  rDev +3.6%

beerforpresident, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of FrizWhiz
4/5  rDev +3.6%

FrizWhiz, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Can_has_beer
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours very dark brown, almost black with an off-white head

S- The smell was very unique, peaty & earthy but not in a pleasant way. I was almost wondering if the bar did not clean the lines recently, but of course I have no way of knowing.

T- Tasted like a cross between a wee heavy and porter. It was decent, but nothing memorable

M- The mouthfeel was very true to style, being sticky and medium-bodied.

O- Decent. I need to try this again, except not on tap. I'm thinking it may be better from a bottle.

Can_has_beer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of Hoganlaw
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Hoganlaw, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

oldtexan, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Down the middle pour brings a light tanned head and a dark body with plenty of ruby coming forth when held up to the light.

Big malty nose of sweet chocolate, light smoke, roast, and cherry.

Plenty of carbonation on this for the first few minutes. Roast and chocolate lead with underlying smoke.

Really enjoy the chocolate malt going on. Great Scotch Ale.

MattSweatshirt, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Kips
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Kips, Jan 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mcdsports, Jan 18, 2014
Iron Thistle from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.