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Old Bat Rastard - Freetail Brewing Company

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Old Bat RastardOld Bat Rastard

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 13
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: wagenvolks on 02-17-2009)
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Reviews by akorsak:
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3.03/5  rDev -19%

Thanks to jamescain for this one too. Is late April too late for a Winter Warmer? Let's find out together!

A: The winter warmer is a dark caramel brown color, opaque with a cola-like hue. An off-white head, not very thick, idles atop the ale.

S: Rich molasses, licorice, and caramel all drive a big nose - not quite barleywine material but in the vicinity. A mustiness, not terrible just enough to be noticeable, drags the ale down.

T: My notes say 'tastes a little old.' Seeing other reviews, that seems right in line. The poor flavors aren't overpowering but they are noticeable. Caramel and sour fruits, molasses too. All providing a full flavor with a unique finish.

M: The off flavors are noticeable, even if they don't get in the way very much. Too much caramel and not enough warmer.

05-01-2012 15:58:41 | More by akorsak
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Thanks to jkwalking for sharing this growler.

Pours a brownish-red color with a large, cream-colored head. The aroma is sweet malt, dark fruit and toffee. The flavor is dark fruit, toffee, sweet malt and alcohol. Creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

02-19-2010 21:33:03 | More by Mora2000
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2.78/5  rDev -25.7%

Bottle (2011)

Thanks for opening this with me, BdubleEdubleRUN!

Dark copper, small khaki colored head, and some defined, regular lacing. Pretty enough and appropriate.

Grainy aroma, mild bread and faded hops, some earth, and mild spices. Unexciting, though nothing off.

Perhaps this would have been better fresh, but this tastes somewhat old and deflated. The hops are muddied, the spices muted, and what's left is a simple, grainy, earthy flavor.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

I didn't care for this one, though there was nothing particularly bad about it.

07-16-2012 18:16:18 | More by ehammond1
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4/5  rDev +7%

Bottle shared by Grant – thanks! Tasted side-by-side with the BA version.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a cream-colored head leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust caramel malts with solid amounts of toffee. Also present are loads of booze-soaked dark fruits – plums with hints of raisins – and a slight tart aroma.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet caramel malt flavors up front are joined quickly by dark fruits – raisins mostly with plums as in the aroma. Toffee and butterscotch make a brief appearance before fading out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with solid carbonation.

Overall I found this a lot closer to an English barleywine than a winter warmer, though the malt profile wasn’t far from an old ale. A decent beer but not one of Freetail’s best.

07-05-2011 17:57:30 | More by glid02
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

04-09-2012 23:32:19 | More by acurtis
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

07-11-2012 19:43:54 | More by dumptruck81
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

05-03-2012 00:14:39 | More by BruceBruce
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-22-2011 02:13:02 | More by enelson
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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a rust color with a small tan head leaving little retention or lacing.

Aroma features a lot of bread and caramel malt along with a lot of fruits with an almost port like smell.

Lots of caramel malt and fig in the flavor. Definitely seems infected with a stronger port/sherry, but I definitely don't care as it kind of works.

Medium bodied. Perhaps a touch over carbonated, but not bad.

Overall I enjoyed this. I'm pretty sure it's infected though, but I enjoyed the port like qualities added to the base. Probably not what was intended, but in a night with lots of barleywines and winter warmers, it scored pretty well infection or not.

01-04-2013 14:06:23 | More by jmarsh123
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-25-2013 04:29:28 | More by gtermi
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4.4/5  rDev +17.6%

Poured deep brown, almost black into a snifter with a 3/4 inch creamy tan head that laced beautifully on the way down. Aroma was sweet malt with a hint of caramel. Mouthfeel was thick and full. Flavor is sweet, malty with a tinge of hop bitterness at the finish. Only slight alcohol warmth - but danger waits as this beer comes in at 9.1% ABV according to their board! Very much enjoyed this first foray by Freetail into things more "extreme".

02-22-2009 19:57:50 | More by spaceycasey
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-11-2014 04:06:29 | More by Big_Dave
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4/5  rDev +7%

01-28-2013 02:12:32 | More by mendvicdog
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-11-2014 01:37:03 | More by BGsWo22
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

01-04-2014 23:33:11 | More by blastoderm55
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an MBC stemmed glass.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with a small white head. No lacing or retention.

S: Mild spiced dark fruit, roasted malt, chocolate.

T: Burnt sugar, tangy dark malt, metallic roastiness, big chocolate, mild spice, caramel, fig, plum.

M: Fine carbonation, almost thick-bodied.

O: The roastiness is a bit astringent. It grew on me as I sipped it, but not great.

05-11-2012 04:04:22 | More by Etan
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

12-08-2013 19:54:13 | More by JGlitz87
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

04-23-2012 21:13:42 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-14-2013 20:34:47 | More by greenspointexas
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

06-18-2014 21:09:41 | More by Wayne17
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

04-06-2013 17:20:40 | More by AngusOg
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4/5  rDev +7%

01-19-2012 00:09:04 | More by texasclimber
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

05-07-2012 05:05:40 | More by drewone
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-06-2013 17:14:26 | More by DruRho
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3.74/5  rDev 0%

Deep auburn and clear with a pretty good head and so-so lace.

Spicy and caramel notes are forefront. Some bready and dark fruity character. Definitely some good funkiness too.

Medium to full body. Tangy, spicy finish.

Seems slightly on the fence between scotch ale and winter warmer, but was quite tasty.

01-10-2014 23:41:41 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Old Bat Rastard from Freetail Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.