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Iron Thistle - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 14
Gots: 36 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: roblowther on 05-30-2009)
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Photo of mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Moderate burnt candied sugar notes up front. Low fruity esters of plum and raisin persist. Esters become more prominent as the beer warms with dark cherry notes and fig. No hop aroma. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Deep brick red pour with a low off white head. Moderate head retention. Appears still in the glass.

Flavor: Dark bready malt character up front. Firm earthy bitterness provides the counterpoint. Low peppery alcohol fusels help add to the sensation of dryness. Balance is nearly even with the dark bread malts, peppery fusels, and earthy hop bitterness forming a well-knit profile. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers faintly of the peppery fusels.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with high carbonation. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A sipping Scotch Ale that is firmly bitter. I was surprised at the bitterness due to prior reviews I read. Maybe I had a fresh sample. I would decrease the carbonation and decrease the fusels to allow the rich malt character to shine. Enjoyable but probably needs some age on it.

mattcrill, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of prairiedog_pub
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

prairiedog_pub, Jul 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Fantasy_Draught, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of cole
4/5  rDev +3.6%

cole, Jul 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

33kdub, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Gagnonsux, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Canada_Dan, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

kylehay2004, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of Northtexan
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Northtexan, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of BroGL
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

BroGL, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of hAle2theWort
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

hAle2theWort, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of leffeblind
4/5  rDev +3.6%

leffeblind, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.6%

TX-Badger, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of archero
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

archero, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of BryantForestry
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

BryantForestry, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +3.6%

wrightst, May 22, 2014
Photo of Atlas1
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have this on tap right now in my kegerator. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it's exceeded expectation.

Pours a nice, very dark brown color with a full bodied head. Really nice lace. Lots of mahogany when held up to the light. A really pretty beer. The nose is strong and malty sweet. Lots of dark fruit, with some apple and pear as well. Herbal, but not overly so. The taste is also strong with malty sweetness. Heavy on the fruit and herb side. Not much hoppiness to speak of, which is fine, considering the style. Still, it's not as dense as I'd expected, but it is strong and sweet. It grows on you over time. Mouthfeel is firm.

In my humble opinion, this is not the best example of a Scottish style ale. That said, it's a fine beer. It really does grow on you over time. The sweetness of the beer, which seemed over-powering at first, begins to subside and mellow out after a few sips and/or pints. It's not for everyone, of course, but it's not a bad beer. If you want a better (albeit stronger) example of the style, try Old Chub. But if you want a nice, easy-sipping Scottish style beer and you don't mind some sweetness, give this a go. Cheers.

Atlas1, May 19, 2014
Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

uturn, May 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

metter98, May 15, 2014
Photo of JakeSmith
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

JakeSmith, May 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Kmlund, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of Domvan
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Domvan, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of mjurney
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Deep brown color with some ruby red highlight. I could see some bubble rising up from the side of the glass. Small spongy head.

Aroma:
Very rich, malty, deep caramel, roasted malts, brown sugar, dark fruit.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Rich and malty, brown sugar, deep caramel, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Mild hop bitterness towards the end, mainly earthy-leafy. Finish is dry, a little smoky. Body is full, smooth, dry, easy drinking.

Overall:
It's an excellent Scotch Ale.

mjurney, Apr 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Davepoolesque, Apr 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Paladin05, Apr 19, 2014
Iron Thistle from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.