SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Pours dark mahogany with a fluffy off-white/tan head. Smells strongly of sweet malts and no hops or bitterness whatsoever. Tastes of alcohol with some faint, almost burnt caramel flavor. Full-bodied with a sticky texture that coats the mouth and no mouth carbonation, Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle finishes dry, but not bitter, more from malts. This is, unfortunately not the best Scotch Ale I’ve ever had, and I expect better from Rahr & Sons when it comes to their specialty beers. BelgianBeerGal (4158) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2011
12oz traded bottle. Not bad at all. Pours a nice dark brown with some ruby highlights and a foamy, khaki head. Aroma and flavor are dominated by sweeter malt and even a hint of chocolate. Just a hint of hop spice and the 8.5 ABV is not noticeable at all. Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2011
12oz bottle from blutt59, thanks Bob! Pours a cloudy, deep brown, amber tinted body with a finger-width, foamy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a pretty nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter caramels, raisins and dried cherries, a touch of cocoa, and a light peat. This is fairly malty and fruity, but the peat and cocoa come out nicely as this warms along with some molasses. Flavor is similar. Fruity caramels with some raisins, dates, and dried cherries. A touch of cocoa, fairly nutty with some molasses, and some florals in an up front malty sweetness. A light peat and smokey roast come in to balance at the end as this finishes with a darker caramel sweetness, fruit, and a light earthy bitterness. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and somewhat creamy, moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid scotch ale. Fairly malty sweet and a good amount of fruits, but the mix of peat, earth, and a slight roast balance this nicely. Just a touch of alcohol warmth in the throat, but aside from that this drinks less than the advertised 8.5% ABV. Never cloyingly sweet and very smooth throughout. Nice beer. Dixonian (1657) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 12oz bottle.Near black pour with head that didn?t stick around very long. Aroma of bready malt and smoke - flavors of roasted malt, earth, a bit of peat. Slightly sweet, body is a bit thin and ABV is very well hidden. One of the better brews from Rahr. Sammer (1119) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Black pour from bottle with a thin head. Aroma is smoke and bread. Taste is raisins and booze. Warm finish. Very nice.
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Bottle from Kegs and Barrels. Pours a deep brown/black with a thin ran head. The aromas are barley, chocolate, coffee. The mouthfeel is sticky with a medium body. Thus was a really nice beer! Cheers! shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Pours a nice amber brown color with a light brown head. Aroma is fruity, chocolate, some toast, and some dark fruit. Flavor is some honey, dark fruit, chocolate, a touch of toffee, light coffee, and a light roast finish. jb43 (1695) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2010
(bottle from trade with BMan1113VR, sampled 3/4/10). Brown color, with ruby hue. Large tan head, which is mostly diminishing. Sweet caramel aroma. Sweet caramel flavor, moderate toasted malt, very light bitterness. Avg duration. Light alcohol finish with light lasting sweetness. Slick texture. Soft to moderate carbonation. Good lacing. SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
Got this from a generous Texas BA as part of my SNF winnings.
A-Body is a translucent dark brown hue with mahogany edges when held up to the light. An aggressive pour yields a 1-2 finger head which fades quickly to a thick collar-the collar has great retention. Little lacing left behind in the glass.
S-Caramel malt, chocolate, and molasses come to the nose first. Smells deep at first but then there is a refreshing herbal twinge at the end of the first whiff.
T-Seems like there is not too much going on upfront. Mild presence of caramel and chocolate malts-but thats it. The flavor here is in the later half. It starts with a moderate cocoa presence and then bitter roasted malt and an herbal presence come through for the finish. Faint hints of the whole flavor profile linger briefly after swallowing.
P- Moderate carbonation and medium weight body. The mouthfeel is a lot more "porter" to me than the thick, smooth,syrupy, mouthfeel I have come to expect from Scottish beers.
O- All in all this is a pretty good brew. Its surprisingly drinkable for 8% with no hints of alcohol whatsoever. Definitely worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-18-2010 04:24:39 bierkoning (13689) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2010
Bottle, from a trade. Deep dark brown color. Toffee, roast and ash in the aroma. Malty sweet flavor with toffee, laurel, caramel, roast. Full bodied, slightly alcoholic. Hint of ash in the aftertaste. Sticky mouthfeel.