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Old Bat Rastard - Freetail Brewing Company

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 12
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

ygtbsm94, Apr 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

acurtis, Apr 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

djrn2, Apr 09, 2012
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2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
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

barleywinefiend, Apr 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

youradhere, Apr 01, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

mdfb79, Mar 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

wagenvolks, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

datphoo, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

texasclimber, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

jhimstedt, Jan 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7%

nmann08, Jan 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

enelson, Dec 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

Exiled, Nov 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

imperialking, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

bbadger, Nov 15, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. 2011 vintage, 200 bottles made. 8.6% abv. Pours a caramel reddish brown color with a light tan head. Caramel notes in the nose as well along with some spice and light fruit like grape. The initial taste has a touch of sourness to it that I was NOT expecting from this beer. Sweet with a sour back end. It works on this beer but I am assuming this is not what was drawn up. I ended up enjoying this beer.

kbutler1, Oct 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to pwsoilder for sharing this one

Appearance: Pours a clear copper-amber with a thin tan head that fades into a ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Definitely tart and acidic with hints of plums, sour cherries, toffee and caramel.

Taste: Sour and infected for sure, but at least its not a bad infection yet. It taste like tart fruit, cherries and plumbs with bready and caramel undertones.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with medium carbonation and a sour dry finish.

Overall: I knew this beer was infected so my review is based on whether or not it tasted good. Not if it was the way it was supposed to be, but if I liked it.

jamescain, Oct 14, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter.

A- Dark brown burnt orange color, splotchy lacing, ½ finger to one finger tan head.
S- Big nutty/bready malt aroma, caramel, toffee, dark fruits, raisins, plums.
T- Has a sour fruity taste to it, not sure if it’s supposed to be sour, dark fruits (plums, raisins) bready malt in the background, slight vinegar tart flavor to it.
M- Medium mouth feel, decent carbonation, dry finish.
O- This beer was interesting, one glass was enough for me, not anything special but glad to try it once.

Chriscrundwell12, Aug 27, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

mothman, Aug 26, 2011
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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.

glid02, Jul 05, 2011
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

drummermattie02, Jun 22, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jun 19, 2011
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours rich mahogany into my snifter with over two fingers of tan head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S - Slight sour tartness, sweet caramel malts, sour cherries, raisins, vanilla and a hint of booze.

T - Well I am confident this bottle is infected, nonetheless it's not all that bad. Slightly sour and funky, fermented cherries, sweet caramel and a bit of booze.

M - Very carbonated, makes it seem a little lighter than I would expect.

O - I have had this on tap at Freetail and it was nothing like this bottle. I knew the barrel aged OBR was infected, but it was pretty awesome, this on the other hand really isn't... So beware those who are hanging on to this one, I would drink it sooner than later.

StoneBrewFanatic, Jun 13, 2011
Old Bat Rastard from Freetail Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.