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Old Man (Winter Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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1,181 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,181
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 33
Gots: 43 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 12-17-2003)
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Reviews by ryanonline:
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3.95/5  rDev +7%

Deep dark amber with some golden hints and a huge white crown of foamy head with little staying power but lots of lacing.

Smells resiny and piney with strong notes of caramel and a light toffee scent.

The taste is very tea like, it is still very hoppy but lacks the punch of most winter warmers. The malt is very light but consists of a bit of bran and caramel. Most dominant is the piney hops.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy with some fizzy carbonation. Also very light bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability is relatively high, not too heavy even flavors and still quite tasty, though uncharacteristic for the style.

Yummy beer, but it's just not what unexpected from an old ale or a winter warmer. Not disappointed but underwhelmed.

12-03-2011 04:01:41 | More by ryanonline
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

05-22-2006 22:57:13 | More by oberon
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

12-27-2012 23:55:09 | More by MadScientist
Photo of brownbeer


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

12-03-2009 03:08:04 | More by brownbeer
Photo of tbryan5


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-02-2014 20:09:23 | More by tbryan5
Photo of GameOfBeers


3.52/5  rDev -4.6%

08-18-2014 17:57:30 | More by GameOfBeers
Photo of Shakerman


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-20-2012 20:47:37 | More by Shakerman
Photo of MikeC144

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

04-09-2014 15:22:32 | More by MikeC144
Photo of Marc33


4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-27-2011 21:47:38 | More by Marc33
Photo of jonny1138


4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

06-21-2014 21:30:41 | More by jonny1138
Photo of lordofthewiens


4.05/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

12-02-2010 00:45:50 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

03-24-2014 05:22:06 | More by DaftPatrick
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

02-11-2013 21:32:55 | More by pengs68
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-21-2012 20:48:51 | More by heddar33
Photo of shapudding


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%

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....

01-09-2005 20:51:20 | More by shapudding
Photo of generallee

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

10-06-2013 12:38:13 | More by generallee
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-02-2013 05:19:15 | More by nstroup
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

11-28-2008 04:07:22 | More by Doomcifer
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

03-02-2014 03:18:12 | More by megamass
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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

01-12-2008 03:42:30 | More by Jason
Photo of merlin48


3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

08-11-2007 13:07:17 | More by merlin48
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

A few 12 ounce bottles sampled, no freshness indication offered. Pours a deep, rich, glowing medium almond shade. Nose is tan and of typical size, the lacing here is quite impressive, fine, scattered, extensive. Nice looking brew. The nose is muted and just a wiff of malt came to me. This is a tasty, warming winter sipper.notes of maple, whisky and grainy hops late. Malty and smooth, I found this one to be quite pleasant and worthwhile for cold weather and holiday imbibing.

12-16-2005 04:11:39 | More by Billolick
Photo of warriorsoul


3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

One of many thanks to shippos for this winter ale from ST.
Pours a nice dark amber w/ a full finger and a half of light brown head...creamy and bubbly, but quickly reduces to half its original height.
Lace is real attractive...leaving a ring around the glass that holds on forever.
Aroma is a nice touch of carmelized malt...just a hint of hops. Semi-sweet at first w/ no alcohol present...7.5% ABV?
The taste is a real surprise...much sweeter than expected, but it is reminiscent of a aged barleywine...brown sugar and hops dominate for the first sip or two, until the malt backbone brings you back to reality.
Texture is real nice...not a thin beer. The aftertaste lingers a bit...leaving a bittersweet flavor.
This is my 3rd brew from Southern Tier and I am impressed. Nothing over the top...just great representations for the styles they offer.

03-22-2005 00:36:11 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of Homebrew35


3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a modest one finger head of off white foam. Nice clear light brown body. A good ring of lacing and some big bubbles remain. Smells initially of some earthy english hops. I also get some carmel, slight citrus, sweet malt. On the taste I get some carmel toffee sweetness at first. Then some resinous piney bitterness. A pleasant neutral moist finish. Maybe some smoky notes in there too. Light carbonation. Medium bodied. I enjoy the finish this neutral balanced clean finish. A touch of lingering bitterness but I can drink this quite easily. Nice job ST. $1.75 for the single.

02-04-2011 02:34:53 | More by Homebrew35
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

11-21-2011 18:29:34 | More by mctizzz
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Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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