Old Bat Rastard - Freetail Brewing Company
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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
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
From notes. Thanks to Brad (I believe) for sharing this one at a RB tasting. 2011 vintage.
a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one finger of medium tan head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of dark fruits, raisins, figs, caramel malts, bready malts, and toasted malts. Fruity and malty, pretty nice nose.
t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, caramel malts, figs, plums, toasted malts, bready malts, tart cherry. Definitely seems infected as others noted, but I still kind of liked it.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.
o - Overall a decent beer, though it was infected. The nose is what I was expecting while the taste had some sour dark fruits. Worth trying but not somethin you really need to seek out or trade for.
03-23-2012 19:01:28 | More by mdfb79
2.65/5 rDev -29.1%
A: Poured a deep copperish color with good carbonation, nice dirty white cap, lacing
S: A light funkiness, grains, dark fruits, faded hops and dark fruits
T: Faded hops, some grains, caramel and dark fruits with a copper like taste to it. Just off and not so pleasant
M: Medium bodied, overcarbonated, off putting copper like mouthfeel with faded hops, some obnoxious bittering on the end, dry
O: Not so good, move on
04-03-2012 01:52:15 | More by barleywinefiend
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
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.95/5 rDev -21.1%
Thanks to kbutler1 for another one.
Pours 1/4 finger of beige head. Color is a copper amber.
Aroma: Straight up malts. Caramel, toffee, and bready flavors. A light raisin and plum flavor mixed in. Some tobacco flavors.
Taste: Slightly sour and tart cherry flavors. This and the tobacco flavors dominate the taste. The malty flavors are in the background. Some plum and raisin flavors.
Mouthfeel: Sour and tart. Light to medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends fairly clean.
Overall, this was an odd beer, but I liked the tartness. Decent drinkability. It doesn't really fit the winter warmer category.
08-26-2011 22:08:17 | More by mothman
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
3.43/5 rDev -8.3%
This was one of my contributions to a tasting at Jackie O's, courtesy of jefferz5000 via trade (thanks Jeff!). This poured a clear copper color with a few fingers of beige foam and a little lacing. To my nose this smelled like sweet malty wort, thank God it's not a spicy winter warmer (which was an initial fear I held). Caramel malts and such, but mainly this smells like a brewpub during a boil, in a good way.
It tastes malty sweet too, although the one professional brewer in our group (Brad) detected hops so I'm left pondering my inadequate palate! Medium carbonation, easy enough to drink for a 9+% ABV but still not a compelling drink to return to. It's possible that last year's version was better, so I'm open to trying it again next time.
06-19-2011 22:10:57 | More by TurdFurgison
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights when held to the light; decent tan one finger head that dissipates to a surface foam. Sticks to the glass nicely.
Smell is a malt bomb, although I don't dislike it. Lots of bready, carmel notes coming through -- maybe the slightest hint of hops, but I could be wrong -- fortunately none of the infection problems I have seen others report.
Taste mimics the smell, with carmel up front and lots of dark fruit in the background. No spices, which is a good thing a) at this time of the year and b) for all "winter warmers"
Feels very creamy and smooth, which fits the taste very well. Seems dangerously easy to drink for 9%. Probably not the right beer to be drinking in June in Texas, but a beer I look forward to when the weather cools off again.
06-22-2011 01:36:06 | More by drummermattie02
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
22oz bottle #36.
Pours a deep mahogany with ruby hints around the edges and a huge creamy beige head that showed great retention and sheets of lacing.
Aroma is extremely sweet with treacle and toffee with some caramel malts and dark fruits, especially raisins and plums. Hints of chocolate and roasted malts.
The taste is less sweet with an initial fruity tartness before the sweetness of the backbone comes through with caramelized sugar and dark booze-soaked fruits. The finish is dry and bitter with some roastiness and alcohol burn.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a tad bit thin for the style with strong carbonation.
This is a solid beer and a cross between an old ale, winter warmer and barleywine. The tart bitterness of the taste detracts a bit but still tasty.
02-02-2011 03:32:33 | More by gford217
4.4/5 rDev +17.6%
A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. A two finger beige head forms. The tightly packed and wispy foam has great retention, and sticks throughout. Sticky rings of lace is left behind.
S: Some piny hops hit the nose first, but quickly gives way to a toasted malt aroma. Caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and wood. Slightly tart cherries lingers on as well. Lots of layers, and interesting.
T: Sweeter than the nose hinted at. Toasted malt. Toffee, caramel, dry wood. Chocolate comes out as this warms up. An ever so light tartness lingers. Lots of fruity flavors come out as this warms. Apples, cherries, pears. Kind of sherry like. Really complex, and the flavor continues to develop with each sip. I love it.
M/D: A full body that is rich and creamy. Lushes and smooth. So easy to drink. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen. The bottle is gone in no time.
Another excellent beer from Freetail. A very light tartness sticks throughout. It gives this beer a depth that you don't find in other strong ales/old ales/winter warmers. Highly recommended.
03-23-2010 01:34:21 | More by champ103
Old Bat Rastard from Freetail Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.