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Old Man (Winter Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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1,211 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,211
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 34
Gots: 48 | 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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Ratings: 1,211 | Reviews: 519 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely hopped old ale. The hops first come forth, than a bit of roastiness, mollasses like a porter , and then the full old ale. Satisfying finish.Spicey aftertaste. Caramel and sugar. Medium plus mouthfeel. Another good one from this brewery. Very drinkable with food.

Sammy, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

t0rin0, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +8.4%

djrn2, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark copper color with a bit of a tan head. Some staying power, though not much lacing after it recedes. The nose brings some citrus, toasted bread, caramel, earth, and some light herbal notes. The taste is a bit sweet with citrus and herbs, then yielding to some toasted bread and earth. Nice feel and a good body. The beer lacks cohesion and doesn't end up finishing all that well, though I'd like to see how it ages.

Thorpe429, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts and caramel in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather malty and has flavors of caramel with notes of spices and some hints of alcohol and malty sweetness. There is a mild amount of bitterness in the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly thick on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry and has some warming from the alcohol.
D: Drinking this beer isn't that difficult because the alcohol is well masked.

metter98, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Texasfan549, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -18.7%

kjkinsey, Nov 17, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer truly worth warming up with. Pronounced malt flavors and feel, but balanced and spiced with flavoring and bittering hops (I'm guessing English?) The malt presence is firm and shares flavors of caramel, dates, nuts, pecans, and toffee. These are equally present in aromas as flavor. However the hops lurk in the background aromas, but are bold in their bittering. A medium grassy / piney hop flavor spices up the flavors and linger a bit longer than the malts. The beer is bold, solid, and firm, yet not heavy, cloying, or chewy. A good beer that eats like a meal. I do recommend.

BEERchitect, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
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).

BuckeyeNation, Mar 10, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was nice, a bit lighter then I expected, but still very nice. Very hazy and cloudy amber color, which a rich, decadent looking head of white that just sat of the top for what seemed like forever. Decent carbonation coming up from the top, and overall a very good presentation.

The aroma was also very intresting, lots of fruit here, peaches, plums, hints of pear and a nice grain like base to it were all fairly evident. The flavor was a mix of grain like malts, light fruit, almost like a sour grape, but lighter then what I would have thought. Lots of odd flavors running through here, hard to nalil down the style really, but still very good. Smooth, medium bodied profile did wonders to really show it off and the overall presentation was very nice. A little bit easier to sip for me as it went down quite quickly to say the least.

Again overall not bad at all, I really enjoyed it, and while not being the best one of the night, was certaing more then deserving overall. Very solid offering here.

mikesgroove, May 02, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger frothy head with nice lacing on a deep amber mildly hazy body.

S: nice sweet caramel malt aroma, gingerbread notes.

T: a little spicey with mild musty, dry hop notes. Touch of lemon.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice drinkable beer, a little dry in the finish. Nothing special but an easy to enjoy beer

kylehay2004, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Man Winter in my opinion was very good. The beer poured out as a reddish brown color, pretty dark looking. The smell was sweet with malts and perhaps some brown sugar. The taste was sweet also with a slight spice to it. There is a really nice caramel flavor upfront in this beer that realy keeps me going back for the next sip. The mouthfeel is a bit thick which I enjoy too. Overall I like this brew a lot and I look forward to having it again some day.

Knapp85, May 31, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. DOB 11/07/11.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, very light brown body with a small, slimming, whitish head.

Smell: Lightly smelling notes of biscuit tops, toasted sugars, everyday fruit, spice, and old citrus peels.

Taste: Biscuit-toned malts with some nutty, sweetish toffee hints present. Light touches of charred bread crust and of cereal. Moderate fruitiness. Herbal, spicy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Drying finish with a little citrus peel showing and some of the hop spiciness trailing into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Had it two years ago and thought it was fine. Two years later, it's still fine. I'd say I wouldn't revisit it, but, here I am, two years later.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

oberon, May 22, 2006
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

"That old man winter..." (That was sung in a deep baritone.) It pours a clear garnet topped by a finger-and-a-half of light ecru foam. The nose comprises caramel, light grapefruit, and some chocolate deep in the very, very back. On the tongue, strong pine and orange peel do battle with some slightly smoky toffee. When all is quiet again, a pall of mint hangs over the fallen. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid brew, but not necessarily something I can honestly see myself going after regularly.

TMoney2591, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear dark amber hue, with one finger of soapy ecru head, which leaves a ring of lace around the glass as it dissipates. It smells of caramel/toffee malt, and citrus hops. The taste is citrus and pine hops, bready, crackery caramel malt, and a bit of nuttiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body thick, smooth, and somewhat oily, and it finishes fairly off-dry, with a slightly bitter nuttiness.

A pretty good winter warmer, as it's pissing down rain outside - and the ABV is nicely hidden.

biboergosum, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, caramel/burgundy color with a one-finger, thick, firm head of tan foam. It left some thick rings of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee, vanilla and some floral notes. It smells like a great old ale.

T - It starts off with a grassy bitter hop bite and is matched by sweet malty caramel. There were touches of vanilla.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale that is very easy drinking.

D - This just didn't deliver what I expect out of an old ale, in terms of strong malty sweet flavor. It just tasted like a strong ale that isn't that strong.

zeff80, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A crystal-clear chestnut body glows with auburn highlights beneath a good sized head of ivory colored froth. The head retention is fair and it leaves some nice, small, splashes and spots of lace about the glass. The nose is somewhat limited in comparison to the richer flavor inside; yet bright notes of floral and grassy hops swirl over a burnt-caramel maltiness and yeasty fruitiness. It's very smooth, and even lightly creamy across the palate with a medium-full body and restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation. Mildly sweet and deeply caramelized malt appears upfront in the flavor; accented by some yeasty, berry-like fruitiness. Grassy, floral, and piney/spicy hops rise almost immediately; and are then overtaken by a powerful, quick-rising bitterness. It finishes extremely dry and dusty, with a burnt-malt acidity and long lasting, bone-dry bitterness. The combination of rich malt, bold hops, and forceful bitterness is impressive; but at the same time it seems to lose some complexity as everything becomes muddled. Additionally, the brute assault of its bitterness eventually dampens the palate and a good bit of drinkability is lost. Still, it's an impressive, bold beer when enjoyed at just below cellar temperature on a cold winter's day.

NeroFiddled, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

unique beer for sure, and excellent for winter. pours a dark copper color, like a tarnished penny, with a small vanishing head. smells a touch smokey, and strong. my brother described the taste to me as "what an old man's hat would smell like" in a good way. he was right, it has a sort of dusty burlap malty base with brighter winter flavors like pipe tobacco peppered throughout much like an old man's cap might have a fishing fly on the brim, a feather in the band, and some funny stain inside, this beer cannot be described in any other way now. its got a full bodied low carbonation mouthfeel which makes it quite easy to appreciate its complex character. my favorite winter beer of the season so far.

StonedTrippin, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with one finger of light tan head on top of a clear, medium-brown body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves light lace.

S - Toasted malt and some brown sugar with a note of musty molasses. Some herbal hops lurk in the background.

T - Dry caramel malt up front with lots of toasted grain. Herbal hop flavors come out in the middle with some toffee and molasses. The beer dries out towards the finish with more toasted malt flavor and some resinous hop character as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, this is very toasty and malty with some burnt sugar undertones. The toast gets a little bit overly dry in the finish with a burnt bread character that lingers on the palate. The herbal hop flavors blend nicely with the brown, malty notes though the bitterness doesn't quite manage to keep the rich malt subdued. A decent and drinkable beer, though one is enough for me.

nickfl, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jason, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start with just stating how outstanding this brew is. Appearance: Ruby amber brown with a nice creamy tan head leaves a good amount of lacing not too shabby at all very nice appearance going down. Aroma: Piney hops awesome aromatics here huge caramel malts giving a roasted malt character that's well needed in the wintertime. Taste: Deliciously spicy this is where it's at the hops play their role down to the T with the caramel malt presence tying it all together what a dream beer Southern Tier strikes again my favorite new micro of the year by far. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with slightly oily texture just due to the amount of hops playing a role in this brew. Drinkability: Perfect winter in my eyes not too sweet perfect hop profile a masterful job done by an inscenduary brewing team up in New York some where.

WVbeergeek, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.55/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On-tap 2/4/07 at Pitcher’s Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a decent-sized off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malt, spice and a good amount of hops.

T: Pale hops along with some dark fruits are the most prevalent flavors in the taste. I found it to be quite bitter, but it was not a pleasant hops bitterness. It was more like a bitterness that comes from a lack of flavor. Some vanilla flavor comes out a bit in the after-taste, which is also mainly bitter.

M: Very crisp but not very smooth at all, medium body, medium carbonation, very dry finish.

D: Not very tasty and doesn’t go down very easily, this one just seems to fall short on many levels. I just didn’t like it, which surprises me because I’ve really liked everything else that I’ve had from Southern Tier.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a light tan head. Not as deep a color as I have seen in a lot of other old ales. A bit lighter. Nose is a bit sugary sweet. Nice wood tones there as well. Seems to be lacking the right touch of complexity though. Flavor is tangy with a lot of citrus zest on there that I feel is a bit too much. Leaves a tart zing in the back of the mouth. As it warms it settles and keeps an interesting woody slightly sweet tone. Feel has a decent liquid feel and the carbonation is on the same level. Drinkable, sure. I can't really say this is the greatest old ale ever. I certainly have had others that carry a stronger profile than this. But it was worth trying.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
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Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,211 ratings.