Iron Thistle - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
07-20-2014 16:05:51 | More by mattcrill
Iron Thistle from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.