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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Rahr’s Iron Thistle - Scotch Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (934) - Nevada, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Pours from the bottle a nice brown, clear, with red tints. Small cream colored head exudes grassy aromas. Hints of bread and nuts. Lots of carbonation and medium body. Sweet caramel, almonds, and toasted flavors finish sweet as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
michaelc1945 (2) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2013 does not count
This is a great ale. Dark brown almost black with a malty taste with just enough hops to my liking. The alcohol is a bonus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
videofrog (57) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2012
From notes, 2/17/12: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a thistle glass. A: Dark reddish brown with red highlights around the edge. Towering light beige head that settles into a disc that stays around for a while. Sporadic lacing down the glass. S: A bit muted. Sweet malts with a slight roastiness. A bit of breadiness with some hops way in the background. T: Dark chocolate, bitter roast, sweet caramel toffee flavor. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. M: Carbonation is normal for style; mouthfeel slightly thin for the style. O: As a lover of the Wee Heavy/"Scotch" Ale style, I was missing the peat smokiness and hint of scotch I’m used to. If not for those expectations, I would’ve enjoyed this more. Above average and worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ShawnC (76) - - SEP 22, 2012
Nice malty and grassy nose. Well balenced aroma. Great yeasty fruit with malt and hop structure. A little bit of everything. Not sure what it is but it is good. ---That dog will hunt!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brotan1 (12) - Texas, USA - JUN 23, 2012
Nothing like a good bottle of beer while you are grilling in the back yard during the winter months.. (yeah we do that in Texas because we can) at the first sip of this fine brew I fell in love. Dark color, medium body, tastes of coffee/chocolate and a wonderful aftertaste that i only wish could stay with me all day. Sadly this is a seasonal beer that is in limited supply before it even leaves the brewery.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
alalvarez75 (57) - New York, USA - APR 22, 2012
Not very good. A lot of heat for a beer that should have that much. Got as an extra, I can see why now. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (706) - California, USA - APR 11, 2012
12 oz bottle. Nice to break the string of below mediocre scotch ales. Nice dark brown pour with a generous head and a little cling. Nose of a malt bomb with peat and nuts. Taste follows the nose with a full bodied mouthfeel. I enjoyed this. It's no Big Sound or Alesmith Wee Heavy but it is certainly drinkable and worth having again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiveacestx (557) - Texas, USA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle - pours jet black with a minimal head. Has a roasted coffee aroma and smoky malty taste that lingers. Has a medium body.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dzimm27 (136) - - APR 5, 2012
Light coffee aroma and dark black body. Tiny crystal carbonation. Heavy, malty, and chocolate/coffee flavor. Lingering malt on end of palate, nice. Overall sweet. Not much hop flavor is apparent. Pretty good, best Rahr I have had so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crajun (938) - , Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Damn; that is gooood; between this and snowmagadden for my favorite rahr; new style for me and comparing this to Founders Backwood Bastard - they are different but both excellent (both a 4.0). bottle to glass dark brown pour with amber hue creamy palate - the taste is breat with many things happening - the creaminess, smooth hop/malt balance, slight roastedness at the end, slight toffee and I get a little cocoa on the back end. hides the 8.5% very well. I will puchase a six pack and will also share as extra in the future - this is very good!! nice job Rahr!!

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