Old Man (Winter Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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Reviews by semihobo:
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2
Kept one of the last bottles from the 04-05 winter batch, let's see how it is after a summer of sitting around.
Looks good, a light mahogany (if that's possible) brown with a fine poofy head that gently deflates leaving nice lacing.
Smells very strong, a big sniff actually made my nostrils sting. Rich sweet malt profile, some piney hops, maybe some alcohol is adding to the punch.
The flavor of this beer is even stronger than the smell. It was intense on tap in the winter, and it's harsher now. If you like big, over-the-top beers, this'll be a treat. Takes my breath away -- bold malt backbone, strong hop presence, maybe a little spice, and some alcohol. Malt flavors are caramel, sweet and nutty. There's a taste of black pepper. Hops are piney and bitter -- I'd like to know what the hop bill is. I remember drinking this in the dead of winter; it's a little more appropriate then.
The finish is of hop oil, pretty slick and bitter. Mouthfeel complements the power of the flavor, although not its best characteristics -- it is hard hitting but a little nasty.
I gotta penalize this for getting kinda gross as it warmed. The flavor is too powerful to drink a lot of these, and the alcohol limits how many you can have as well. I recommend it for a once in a while drink, but it's not as refined as it could be. Better on tap ... hopefully I can give it a review off a fresh keg this winter.
A good, above-average effort from Southern Tier that maybe got a little carried away as it aged over the summer.
Serving type: bottle
09-20-2005 23:31:03 | More by semihobo
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/30/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light raisin, nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, herbal, light raisin, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/piney hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a light creamy and moderately sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Old ale. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: bottle
03-03-2014 01:27:34 | More by superspak
Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,118 ratings.