Old Bat Rastard | Freetail Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 95
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 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 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 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 Sludgeman
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

BA classifies this as a winter warmer. I’ve read others who classify it as an old ale or an American strong dark ale. Whatever the case, this is a good beer but not exceptional. A low impact ale. Nothing extreme. My expectations were higher. - 3.5

A - Dark garnet, opaque, with little to no head but nice lacing - 4

S - Some malty breadiness, but little else for me - 3.25

T - Just the slightest hint of alcohol, minimal sweetness. If this is an old ale then the attenuation is way too high. - 3.5

MF - Smooth even a little creamy, medium bodied, ever so slight sourness in the finish - 4

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip 2011 Vintage

A: Pours brown with ruby highlights and an offwhite head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with a caramel sweetness followed by notes of grapes, figs, and apples.

T: The taste is similar to the nose with notes of apple, grape, and caramel malt. A little odd here and I wouldn't call this a winter warmer.

M: The feel is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O: This beer is a bit odd. It's got a lot of fruity notes and not much else. It tastes like its brewed with grapes and maybe it is. I'm not sure if I'd try this again but thanks to fatmcb1 for the chance!

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Photo of deedric
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber courtesy of the Rostermundt clan.

Poured dark brown and opaque. Smell was tough for me to pick out. Certainly fruits, dark roasted malts. Tastes of malt, caramel molasses and a nice hop hit in the middle. Great mouthfeel slight boozy taste - feels big. Overall a nice beverage, enjoyed it.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep auburn and clear with a pretty good head and so-so lace.

Spicy and caramel notes are forefront. Some bready and dark fruity character. Definitely some good funkiness too.

Medium to full body. Tangy, spicy finish.

Seems slightly on the fence between scotch ale and winter warmer, but was quite tasty.

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Photo of gford217
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of drummermattie02
3.75/5  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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of jmarsh123
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rust color with a small tan head leaving little retention or lacing.

Aroma features a lot of bread and caramel malt along with a lot of fruits with an almost port like smell.

Lots of caramel malt and fig in the flavor. Definitely seems infected with a stronger port/sherry, but I definitely don't care as it kind of works.

Medium bodied. Perhaps a touch over carbonated, but not bad.

Overall I enjoyed this. I'm pretty sure it's infected though, but I enjoyed the port like qualities added to the base. Probably not what was intended, but in a night with lots of barleywines and winter warmers, it scored pretty well infection or not.

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Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Brookshire Brothers grocery store in Canyon Lake, TX for $5.49. Bottled on 11-24-15.

Beer poured reddish-brown with a decent off white head that dissipated pretty quickly.

Nose is toffee and light roast.

Taste is a nice play between the caramel malts, toffee, and molasses. Finish is sweet but not cloyingly so.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall i like the molasses play in this beer. It was very noticeable with the first sip but going forward the melding with the caramel malts is quite nice. Glad i gave this brew a shot!

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Photo of Beerzebub
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2012 bottle.

Smells bready and nutty, like almond butter spread on toast.

Similarly bready, malty, and nutty on the palate, along with a hint of tartness and some prune and dried fig sorts of flavors. Only moderately sweet; excellent balance between sweetness, smooth herbal earthy bitterness, slight acidity, and nuttiness. Brown or Scotch ale sort of malty flavors, with good depth, lingering in the finish along with some some bitterness, going completely dry, making the beer very drinkable.

Great texture; superfine carbonation, cushy and smooth.

Quite enjoyable; drinking well and probably shouldn't age much longer.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear reddish brown. Fairly light. Well carbonated with a nice amount of white head. Smells a touch hoppy with a huge malt presence. Sweet and boozy. Very nice on the pallette. A bit over carbonated for my tasted but overall pretty darn solid.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of jamescain
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
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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Photo of Premo88
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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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