Old Bat Rastard | Freetail Brewing Company

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Old Bat RastardOld Bat Rastard

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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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Photo of spaceycasey
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
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 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 pwsoldier
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Old Bat Rastard from Freetail Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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