Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle

I had hoped to share another Wednesday IDPA match writeup, but thunder cells were popping up all over the area Wednesday afternoon, so I opted not to chance the 70 mile trip to the range. What shall I do now that I have some unexpected free time? I know, I'll try one of the beers 45er sent me last week!

I opted for the Rahr & Sons Iron Thistle. (If I can't shoot my iron, I'll, um, never mind.) This "Scottish-style Ale" pours a deep brown color. A hard pour creates a moderate light brown head, but one that lingers for a long time. The aroma is rich with sweet dark malt, with a bit of coffee thrown in. The flavor brings a pleasing combination of sweet malt, nuttiness and some roasted bitterness. As the beer warms there is a also a hint of smoke added in. The mouth feel is somewhat creamy and the sweet malt and smoke flavor lingers.

This is a very enjoyable beer. It's a seasonal selection from the Forth Worth, TX brewery. I'm reminded of why I'm found of the Wee Heavy / Scotch Ales. (Even if I do typically gravitate to the hoppier Pale Ales and IPAs.) At 8% ABV, Iron Thistle is a beer to sip slowly and enjoy. That is unless one is inclined to take repeated sip after sip in order to make notes for a review. The things I suffer for this blog...

Thanks to 45er for sending this along. It certainly helped overcome the missed match disappointment.


  1. I'm so glad it soothed the wound of not getting to shoot. That is a good one on a cloudy day.

    1. I'm looking forward to getting to some of the others this weekend.


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