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Old Bat Rastard | Freetail Brewing Company

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Old Bat RastardOld Bat Rastard
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Old Bat RastardOld Bat Rastard

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

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Added by wagenvolks on 02-17-2009

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of spaceycasey
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
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".

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Photo of champ103
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep mahogany with a decent head that dissipates fairly quickly. Lacing is fairly light.

S - Lots of woody spice and piney hops in the aroma. A small amount of caramel sweetness comes through as well.

T - Fair amount of hop bitterness up front. Pine and spicy alcohol notes give way to a more balanced finish thanks to the strong malt presence. Some faint coffee notes poke through as well.

M - Medium-bodied with a semi-dry finish. The hops leave some lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - Smooth and very enjoyable. I can't imagine that it would be too hard to knock a few of these back at the bar.

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4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into nonic
(11/24/15 born on date)

L: brown, murky, almost 100% opaque to begin with, orange highlights when help up to light; pushes up small head of beige/tan foam, less than a finger tall; keeps thick beige collar and most of a skin; no major sticking or lacing

S: caramel, dried apricots, peat/earthy dirt note

T: sweet caramel, bitter dirt-hop bite midswallow with a lingering earthy flavor; peach

F: ale slick with a bit of heft; looks a bit flat but has plenty of carbonation; not milk stout thick and lumpy but it's filling with plenty of weight

O: fantastic brew with plenty of authentic English ale notes and a ton of great malt flavor; there's no tricks here in the final presentation, just a malty ale with a solid earthy backbone of hop flavor that's showing up despite nine-ten months of age

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Photo of jnn4v
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fortunately, my colleague and I made the time to visit Freetail Brewing on the North side of San Antonio before we headed back from our business trip. If anyone is in that area, they should definitely visit. Now, on to the beer.

Appearance - Dark brown, visibly darker, thicker, and more opaque than the Rahr and Sons Winter Warmer that I had sitting next to it. Anticipation was running high at this point.

Smell - Toasted malts, some sugars (maybe a brown sugar / raw sugar / caramelized sugar combination?) but not overwhelmingly sweet.

Taste - Surprisingly not as sweet or malty as I was expecting. Much more bitter on the finish as well. I suppose it was actually a more "balanced" beer overall that way, but I don't typically expect (or hope for) my winter warmers to be balanced. Still, it was very tasty overall. Just not up to my hopes or expectations.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel for a beer of this nature. Slightly syrupy or oily, which I attribute at least in part to the 9.1% ABV. Not too carbonated, which I loved for this style. If I was feeling more generous, I could possibly bump this to a 4.5.

Drinkability - Again, good overall. Nothing exceptional, but definitely above average drinkability, especially for a beer of this ABV. I guess that's due to the balance of sweetness w/ bitterness?

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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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Old Bat Rastard from Freetail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 95 ratings
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