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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Rahr’s Iron Thistle - Scotch Ale


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlihcsnatas (327) - Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Poured up a very dark brown with little head. Smells of chocolate malts. Tastes very thick with chocolate malts and a hint of caramel and hops. This is the first brew from Rahr & Sons that I will be buying again and again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (2314) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 27, 2013
Clear dark ruby with small ligh brown foam head. Aroma is dark coffee, taste is nice bitter, coffee and bitvsweet caramel. Lasting bitter ftertaste, coffee dominated. (Velp 201302)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2013
12 oz bottle compliments of Crajun. Dark ruby red pour (into the closest thing that I had to a "thistle"), a tall tulip. This beer is dark & barely allows any light to pass through. Sweet bready malt aroma, some candied yams, burnt sugar. Delicious and syrupy sweet on the taste buds, faintest bit of hops on the finish. Low carbonation give this a medium body and excellent mouthfeel. 8.5% abv very nicely hidden! A well put together brew!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozarkspops (367) - - FEB 17, 2013
Dark brown and medium head. Malty sweetness. Dark fruit and little to no hop aroma. Dark fruit flavor as well. Still no hops. Lots of caramel and mid malt characteristics. ---Rated via iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobopuff (2) - dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2013 does not count
Great look and smell. Taste great goes down smooth. Worth getting again. Smells and looks dark but when u drink it the taste and smell only linger a bit and becomes an easy beer to enjou .

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1057) - 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.

4.1
   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.

3.4
   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.

3.5
   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!

4
   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.


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