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Old Bat Rastard - Freetail Brewing Company

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Old Bat RastardOld Bat Rastard

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BA SCORE
85
very good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | 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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3/5  rDev -19.8%

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Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ehammond1
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of StephRai
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of dumptruck81
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BruceBruce
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of spaceycasey
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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".

Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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Old Bat Rastard from Freetail Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.