Old Bat Rastard | Freetail Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States
freetailbrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wagenvolks on 02-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
28
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.05%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of ms11781
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
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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Photo of ehammond1
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

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Photo of mothman
2.93/5  rDev -21%
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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Photo of Trappist_Vince
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of dkw0063
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of IndyDad
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of vonnegut21
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of youradhere
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
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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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
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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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of riotontheroad
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Big_Dave
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of greenspointexas
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of DruRho
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of thereal_adam
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Cyrano41
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Old Bat Rastard from Freetail Brewing Company
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