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Freetail Old Bat Rastard



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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 43   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Every New Year Old Bat Rastard unfurls his withered wings and stretches, feeling for any sign of the sun warming his would-be thumb. If there is no warmth, he’s in for a long winter; if however he feels a sunrays’ warmth, he folds his leathery appendages back, content to know spring is not far. Deep, tawny brown, our winter warmer welcomes you with its inviting malt aromas and caramelized sweetness. Thick, full and increasingly bitter, this is the beer to break the dead of winter. Suitable for aging but also for sharing, so don’t be a rastard – pass some along to your closest compatriots. Ingredients: 2-Row, aromatic, dark crystal, caramunich & roast malts ; subdued, yet imposingly present hops; top-fermenting yeast; natural, limestone-filtered, Edwards Aquifer H2O; New Year Resolutions. Deep, tawny brown, our winter warmer welcomes you with its inviting malt aromas and caramelized sweetness. Thick, full and slightly bitter, this is the beer to break the dead of winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (991) - Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2014
2014 vintage. Pours clear reddish amber with a small tan head. Smells of chocolate and hints of toffee. Taste is milk chocolate and hints of roast. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Freetail Old Bat Rastard finishes with a soft, mild sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris (5009) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2014
Draft - Big malty grains almost Barleywine like. Clear caramel with a decent white head. Big grainy malts, sweet caramel and a long sweet malty finish. Really nice with a long sweet caramel finish. Desert in a glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mikem409 (1615) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2013
Bottle 2011. Pours a tan red with thin bubbly head. Dried fruit and nut bread aroma. Taste is sweet toffee and caramels. Dried fig

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
edgallow (2364) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 27, 2013
4 oz draft sampler pours brown with a off white head. Aroma and taste is spice and malts. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwalking05 (3939) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Rated in 2010 (Backlog) - Deep brown with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is of alcohol, malt, caramel, roasted malts and a light smokiness. Taste is of caramel, toffee, and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfinney23 (1840) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Murky mahogany with a pale head. Has kind of a fruitcake thing going on, which is better than it sounds. Dark fruits, brown sugar, maybe even a hint of rum.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2013
My 2012 bottle shared at Hunahpu’s Day. Dark brown pour with translucent edges. Aroma is chocolate roast and slightly acidic. Taste is light molasses with an underlying wine like character. Not as full bodied also there representations of the style. Very drinkable for the ABV which is exceptionally well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Foxbush (1322) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Draft at the brewery. This was one of the best beers we enjoyed at the brewery. I purchased two 22 oz bottles for the annual meeting at the Hyatt. The old ale poured a dark brown with a light brown head that lasted throughout the beer with nice lacing. The aromas were complex with sweet barley, toffee, caramel and some alcohol. The friend that was drinking with me had two of these they were so good. The flavor starts with dark fruits and chocolate at the end. The ale had average carbonation and the finish was enjoyable. Take a swallow and let it roll around in your mouth. This is why you taste beer from craft brewers. They give their best every time.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cwsample (163) - Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Tap at pub. Dark brown/red brew with a light tan head that lasts for ages. I can't get much of an aroma out of it...maybe a hint of honey? Thick and creamy, a little sweet, a little bitter. Not a bad brew at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2013
What a good-looking beer! It’s such a dark red/brown color that it looks almost black in some lighting conditions. One thing’s certain, though, from peering deep into its dark depths - it’s a clean beer. The aroma is mostly sweet, with medium/high-lovibond caramel malts dominating the nose. It does smell English in style, with an earthy smoothness and modest alcohol presence. In the mouth it initially tastes nothing like an Old Ale, but then the caramel beefiness eventually wears off and you’re left with a pleasant, almost nutty Old Ale experience. The sweetness almost reminds me of an imperial red or copper ale (much like Lagunitas Censored), but that only lasts for a split second before a moderately beefy, nutty, brown ale takes the stage. It’s not too soft, and I think the sweetness and cleanness of body really helps keep the beer on the brighter side. There’s an almost sour or wood-like flavor and experience that curls around the sides of the tongue, then buries itself deeply into the center of the underside of the tongue. Another distinctive flavor, one that reminds me of a wet leather belt, also works its way into the tongue to add to the gentle complexity. It finishes sweet and almost candy-like, very much like caramel, but with a nuttiness that persists with a hint of alcohol for a half a minute after swallowing. It’s a very soft beer, and completely non-offensive. I was expecting something a little harsher from the name. In fact, this could have been labeled as a brown ale and I might have believed it.

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