Old Bat Rastard | Freetail Brewing Company

Old Bat RastardOld Bat Rastard
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3.75 w/ 95 ratings
Old Bat RastardOld Bat Rastard

Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by wagenvolks on 02-17-2009

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of GregSVT
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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 ehammond1
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
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 dumptruck81
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BdubleEdubleRUN
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ms11781
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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 BeerHunter76
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Etan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BruceBruce
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of akorsak
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
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 youradhere
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Old Bat Rastard from Freetail Brewing Company
Beer rating: 62.1% out of 100 with 95 ratings
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