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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
84
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 13
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:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 02-17-2009

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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

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3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Old Bat Rastard from Freetail Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.