Old Man (Winter Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Old Man (Winter Ale)Old Man (Winter Ale)

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Ratings: 1,365
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 40
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 12-17-2003)
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystalline orange-bronze, heavy on the orange. The pale caramel colored head is densely creamy and is as stubborn as Old Man Winter himself. As it melts, it displays a rounded mesa of foam beneath thick, interconnected strands of lace.

The nose is hoppier than expected... which is exactly why I love Southern Tier beer. There's a nice admixture of caramel malt and sweet orange zesty hops, slanted ever so slightly toward the good guys. It's more than aromatic enough, but more is always better when the beer smells this good.

Appearance and smell are all well and good, but taste and mouthfeel are what count most as far as I'm concerned. Old Man's bold, brassy flavor calls to mind some of my favorite winter warmers. The beer is beautifully balanced and shows off a malt backbone of hardened steel that is countered by a flurry of citric hoppiness that slams into the taste buds and is sustained to and through the lingering finish. This brewery understands what makes good beer: quality ingredients and lots of them.

Sugary, pine sap-covered hop cones abound, but don't drown out the liquid caramel essence that keeps OMWA a member of the stated style (the brewery calls it an old ale however). Though the body/mouthfeel starts out at medium-full, it assumes a lush viscousness as it sits. It won't have a chance to sit that long, however, since it's finding its way into my mouth with alarming frequency.

I knew very little about Southern Tier prior to drinking my first bottle of their beer last fall. They've become one of my favorite breweries though, because each and every one of their offerings has impressed the hell out of me. Old Man Winter Ale proudly keeps that streak intact. It's a full-bodied, hoppy, flavor fest that I would look forward to each winter if I was lucky enough to live in the distribution area. Thanks yet again to HappyHourHero (although getting me hooked on an unavailable brewery wasn't a very nice thing to do).

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerma
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Very bitter and heavy!
Bad after taste!

Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had better winter warmers from local breweries, no need to keep this middle of the road example from across the country.

Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear bronze with a very tight,sticky white head that very slowly dropped leaving a sheet of lace behind.Aromas were not as big as I thought they might be brown sugar hard water and caramel mainly appetizing but not assertive.Great complexities and more assertive flavors though starts out with notes of brown sugar and roasted malt I noticed a hint of molasses but its not strong the flavors meld into a spicey,dry earthy finish showing off some hop muscle.Quite warming,yeah I know its a little late in the season for this beer but on a cold blustery damp day here in the Buffalo area it really hits the spot Iam gonna pair with some hearty meatloaf in mushroom gravy and mashed red skins Iam sure it will hit the spot.

Photo of MadScientist
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It only seemed appropriate to review Old Man Winter after snowshoeing in the 12 inches of snow that we got today.

A: A medium copper with good clarity. The head is thin but long lasting with creamy light-tan bubbles.

S: The aroma is kind of faint when it's cold but gets strong as it warms having a moderately-light hops aroma that is mostly citrus and a little bit resinous pine. There is a moderate malt with a clean sweetness, a touch of fruity esters and a slight peppery aroma.

T: A firm hops bitterness with a moderate hops flavors that are earthy, pine and citrus peel. There is some malt sweetness with a light bitter cocoa flavor but the balance is decidedly bitter. There is a low fruitiness from the yeast that is of light fruit. The finish is slightly sweet.

M: A slightly creamy, medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

O: Nicely bitter for an an Old Ale with a bit of hops in the and peppery phenols in nose. Many of Southern Tiers beer caters to the hops lover and this is one is no different but mostly just the bitterness. I has a good hops bitterness but still manages to be a bit on the sweeter side, though no where near as sweet as most Old Ales.

Photo of brownbeer
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bronze color.

More hop forward on the nose than expected. Smells like a piney christmas tree dipped in caramel malt.

The taste is also leaning heavily toward the hops, with pepper and pine, and a malty strong ale backing.

Pretty middle of the road for me. Hop it and they shall come.

Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Shakerman
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Marc33
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jonny1138
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Jrrrrr15
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was an amber color with a medium-sized tan head and a fair amount of lacing.
Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, citrus. Some sweetness also.
Caramel taste, grapefruit, a little piney hops. There was also some spice that I didn't notice in the aroma.
This was a real easy beer to drink. I think I found a new winter favorite.

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of pengs68
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of heddar33
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of shapudding
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep golden amber with huge amounts of milkshakey eggshelled colored head that finally settled down as about a quarter inch of froth. Killer head retention, very impressive. Tons of carbination seen rising up. Mainly malty scents, could not really get anything else from it. Creamy and thickish feel, very smooth. Alot of nice bitey hoppiness, peppery and dark toasty. Nice and spicey tasting, white grapefruit juice and grapefruit rind. Leaves a ton of flavor in your mouth -mainly the burnt toast and blackness. Schweeet....

Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear darker shade of amber with a very good head that retains very well and leaves behind good lacing. Smells of citrus hops and some maltiness. Taste is very hoppy. This is not what I ws expecting at all...more like a very good IPA. Very well balanced between the great hop character and the malts. A certain spice element is present in the background but not along the lines of a traditional holiday spice like nutmeg or cinnamon..more like a spiciness from the hops. Good deal of carbonation, drier finish, and pretty crisp. Very drinkable and enjoyable. This belongs in the same vein as SN Celebration Ale. A Holiday IPA....only much better imho.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Soft nose of toasted malts under a thin, subtle blanket of piney hops. Much more hop-forward in the taste, with the malt and hints of caramel quickly surrendering to pine and dried floral hops along the sides of tongue. Too unbalanced, especially given the style.

Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head retention is remarkable with a sizable froth to start and lots of stickage after. Clarity is fine. Deep malty aroma of dark sugars and raisins, hops are not to modest at all with a thick oily nose of tangerine and wild flowers. Creamy slick mouth feel with lots of body, maltiness tries to set in but the bitterness from the hops up roots almost all of the sweetness and holds fast with bitter herb and hard a dried orange peel flavor. This does fade a little and some warming alcohol and caramel sweetness comes through. Finishes bittersweet.

Perhaps some age would be good or not, I like it fresh right now. Bitter and heady. I am sure a little age will dull the hops and bring forth the sweetness in hopes that the alcohol ages just as well. A solid pick for the season.

Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear cola brown body with a small and creamy ecru head. Attractive patchy lace clings to the glass. Malty aroma with a hint of chocolate, spicy notes of ginger and orange peel, and some pine hops. Medium body and low medium carbonation. Taste is malty caramel with a hint of chocolate, atop spicy ginger and pine hops. A hint of orange peel. Very dry finish. Decent winter warmer.

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Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,365 ratings.