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Iron Thistle | Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
298 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Texas, United States
rahrbrewing.com

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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!

IBU
35

HOP VARIETIES
Warrior

MALTS
2 Row, Vienna, Crystal, Chocolate, Carafa Special II


Added by roblowther on 05-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,888
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
298
pDev:
12.4%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
84
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 298 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of Dinglehacker
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice. Deep dark color. Foamy head that dissipates, leaving just a smidge of lace.

Smells of malt, with some light roast.

Tastes roasty, alcohol bite. Interesting balance between heavy and watery.

Mouth is big.

An unremarkable, but enjoyable wee heavy. Fans of the style should try, and will probably enjoy. Just not super distinct.

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Photo of nizzle8287
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured at about 45F into a pint glass. Nice 3 finger head; dark brown body, but when held up to the light, it's clearly filtered and it shines a brilliant crimson color which enlightens me. Caramel on the nose, coffee, cocoa, almost sweet but not quite, a trace of a ripe dark fruit dimension to it... blackberries maybe? Wow. This is so deliciously smooth. Caramel right away with coffee following. I'm trying not to drink it all before it warms up and I'm failing miserably. Luckily I set out the last bottle I had when I opened this one. I wait a few minutes then pour it up, at about 52F now. Bigger frothier head than before, and it sticks around a good while. Some lacing, but not a lot. Nose is the same. Noticeably bigger mouth feel, though, with moderate carbonation, and it's slick and silky feeling that goes down smooth... Tasting notes are caramel, molasses, a hint of coffee, a bit of toast, considerable Warrior hop bitterness, and just a nice bittersweet moment for a while after that. Overall I love this very well crafted beer and it's highly under rated.

UPDATE: Iron Thistle now in cans; still EXCELLENT, still 5 stars, but this year it's only 7%. The taste is far better than OB's Old Chub or Founder's Dirty Bastard.

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Photo of dankjohn
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of monk2021
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of ALC82
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wayne17
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MyakkaRiver
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jordanmckell
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of levibilbrey
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PfBeerMan
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice smooth Scottish ale with a smooth finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Unnecessarily dry. Poor malt backbone. Fundamentally imbalanced. No marshmallow, toffee, caramel, et al.

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Photo of JCoff
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Rootscipio
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of chuckgietzen
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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Photo of Stevotex
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

Iron Thistle from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 298 ratings
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