Iron Thistle - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Dark, dark amber pour into a pint glass, leaving little head with minimal lace. Sits nicely in it's glass, with no carbonation irritating the beverage.
S - The nose is perfected. Scents of a rich caramel and Scotch, almost as if it was wrapped up and packaged into the shape of hard candy. Incessantly inviting, never overbearing.
T - This Wee Heavy has some back end strength, but not domineering. The diacetyl does a great job of enveloping the high ABV. The caramel makes it's presence in the third quarter and slowly melds into the fourth. Impressive.
MF - One would suppose a thicker sense of touch with such Wee Heavy, but it was impressively steady, with negligible carbonation.
O - When someone told me that R&S won the GABF for this Scotch Ale, I wasn't surprised. After first trying this beer, months ago, I touted that it was one of the best Wee Heavy's the state of Texas has to offer (Don't worry Real Ale, you're way up there too). This beer will likely be peddled as R&S "showy" beer, but don't let that stop you from trying their other staples. R&S has exciting stuff to offer, making a great name for Forth Worth in the craft beer world.
Serving type: bottle
10-17-2012 04:22:02 | More by genitempo
4.4/5 rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz. brown bottle into snifter.
A: Brown with an off-white head that fades to a thin layer of lace. Seems minimally carbonated.
S: Caramel, toasted brown bread, and just a bit of alcohol.
T/M: Thick, chewy mouthfeel with minimal carbonation. Very mild roasted/smoky malt character. Flavor profile is mostly caramel and toasted brown bread. A bit sweet, but not cloying. Slight bitterness in the finish.
Overall: Tasty and not overdone. Some brewers dial up the "smoky" flavor in their scotch ales, and the result is a beer that tastes like caramel-coated bacon. Iron Thistle is not one of those beers.
Serving type: bottle
06-28-2012 06:19:55 | More by MurphyMacManus
Iron Thistle from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.