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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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1,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,351
Reviews: 535
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 41
Gots: 105 | 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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Photo of shambeano
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a- a murky brown, slight head about a half inch.

s-malty, hints of dark dried fruit. smells very good.

t- has a great maltiness to begin with, a lasting bitterness, can still taste the lingering bitterness about half a minute later. a slight heat in there, but it works well. am impressed

m- lightly carbonated, not much bubble coming through, although perhaps not as thick as i was expecting from the type and ABV.

d- overall, a very drinkable, almost dangerously so for the ABV of this beer

overall a pretty damn good drop, great beer for a first review.

Photo of JamisonM
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a nice amber color

S: spiced milk chocolate malty too

T: I am getting chocolate in the taste too at 7.2 it is a good winter warmer

M: mouth is good its light to med body

D: yea for me it goes down easy

overall: its strange I did not expect milk chocolate in smell or taste you can get a bit of spice but not what I expected but still enjoyable

Photo of steve8robin
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up another Southern Tier I have not tried yet and opened on St. Patty's Day...

A: Good color for a winter ale. Medium copper with no head.

S: Grapefruit, raisin, and other dark fruits upfront. Middle of port. Not much on the end. Good.

T: Piney citrus upfront. Grapefruit bitterness in the middle with slight hops on the backend. Decent, but not too much special going on here.

M: Not bad. Carbonation feels in a good spot in the mouthfeel. Maybe just a hint too much water on this.

D: Goes down super easy. Very good for a winter ale in this category.

All in all, this is a decent brew. Not much special going on so definitely not worth going out of your way for. If you're favorite brew happens to be winter warmers, than maybe give this one a whirl.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint. No date or info.

A - A two-finger cream head sprung up off a moderate pour. Good retention became clumpy and left stages of thick lace. The color is a beautiful clear amber color.

S - Toasted malts come across very bread-like with a light caramel and toffee hint to them. A small yeast hint adds dept as well as a little spiciness. Fairly mild aroma though.

T - Hops are noticeably more evident in the flavor profile as they actually outshine the malt. Lots of floral notes accentuate the light spiciness. The malts still taste bread-like and caramelized but aren't as potent as the nose.

M - Smooth and round with a medium body and mellow finish, the end has a lingering flavor and light dryness accompanied by a little bitterness.

D - An easy drinking winter brew that's not very complex. Good warming notes but it doesn't stir any seasonal emotions in me.

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.

Photo of dgilks
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lovely copper colour with a small, but persistent light tan head.

The aroma is a little musty with some light caramel, toffee and earthy hop notes. I'm getting the feeling that Southern Tier likes some hops more than others as I am getting a similar hop aroma here to that in their Raspberry Porter.

This is an interesting take on a winter beer. The initial attack is full on with lots of malt and toffee flavours. It then flows into a lot of bitterness without much hop flavour. What is there is a little earthy (Willamette maybe?). As a whole it doesn't do much for me as it seems unbalanced.

Medium-light body with moderately high carbonation. It's okay but not what I expected.

This is an okay beer. It has flavour but the bitterness is out of balance with the rest of the beer and adds a harshness which I don't appreciate.

Photo of homebrew311
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep copper/red with fluffy white soap bubble head, about 2 fingers

S: lots of deep malts notes with raisin and grapes, some toffee, as well as some ethyl alcohol

T: the malt profile isn't as prominent as the nose suggested, much heavier on the caramel/toffee quality, it seems like this beer might have had a big hop profile at one time, but those have faded as of now leaving some earthy tea like notes

MF:medium body with low carbonation

D: well balanced old ale, great value, nothing too exciting about this beer but it goes down nice and smooth

Photo of mulder1010
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 355 ML poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A-- Poured a light reddish gold color and fairly opaque. One finger off white head, very well compacted and held its composition well. Showing no carbonation and a little bit of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Quite malty and a lot of dark fruits. Plum, cherry, prune. A little bit of spice but much more of a earthy fruity quality.

T-- Earthy and spicy. Has a bit of a hop kick to it that is not in the nose at all. Fruit is there but more hidden in the taste. More of a citrus based fruit taste, where the nose is dark fruits.

M-- Medium carbonation and the beer hangs around for a while in the mouth. Very nice complexity in this as it has a good mixture of malt and hop flavors.

D-- One is very nice. Does get a bit bigger as it warms up but the alcohol is decently hidden. Maybe a bit over spicy as it warms up but very nice. Nicely done beer and pretty complex. I think it needs a little more sweetness.

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From noted.

A - pours a coppery color with a fingers worth of tannish/white head which doesn't last long.

S - spicy and malty with some mild fruitiness.

T - big spicy flavor. As you sip you get a better picture of the beer but the spicies are a bit much.

M - medium bodied and lower carb.

D - not bad but a little to much spice.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Chicago. Pours to a clear amber with hints of brown, and a thin off-white head that lingers to mid-glass and leaves okay lacing. Nose is a pleasant blend of earthy and dark fruit malted scents along with a hint of hoppy fruit. Mouthfeel for this medium bodied beer was slightly tingly and spicy, and the taste followed suit with the nose. Finish was long, and warming as the 8% alcohol started to make itself known in the second half of the glass.

Photo of association330
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours dark amber with a fleeting half pinky of off-white head that settles to a thin cap and ring of bubbles. A bit of lace.

S - Hops, caramel malt, light spices and fruit

T - Initial caramel malt sweetness quickly transitions to piney hops. A swallow of light spices (pepper/coriander notes), followed by a semi-dry, moderately bitter finish.

M - Moderate, with average carbonation. Alcohol warmth slightly noticeable.

D - Not quite the sort of sweet, rich old ales/borderline barleywines I've had before. I recommend trying it.

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a light, foamy tan head. Head falls very slow. Big, sticky lace clings to the glass.

Seems to have a nice hop/malt balance in the nose. Hops are floral yet there is a caramel malt background.

First thing I notice in the taste are the hops. Semi-sweet malts in the middle ending with a hop bitterness.

Medium bodied in the mouth with simple carbonation and a slight bite.

Nice hoppy brew. Much enjoyed.

Photo of THORN
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap poured into tall tulip. Consumed 12/02/2009.
A: Dark copper brown. Retains a quarter inch of sticky head.
S: Sweet fruit hops.
T: SPice: coriander and pepper. Toasted malts. Slight linger and no bitterness.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue. Astringent blah after-taste from hops.
D: Not my favorite old ale/winter, but its not bad. Alcohol is well covered.

Photo of stewart124
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with slight haze. The head is off-white and did't last long.

Stong caramel malts in the nose with some fruitness and floral notes.

Strong bready/biscuity characters in the taste. Lots of spice and more citrus add to the strong caramel malts. Some raisin but lighter crystal seems to be favored in this.

The mouthfeel is chewy and really comes off well. Alcohol is hidden but warms slightly in the finish. The finish also boasts a sharp bite with a bit of fruity esters. A nice one for the season.

Photo of oelergud
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy copper body with good carbonation and a lemon tinted multibubbled head with moderate retention and lace.
Bready scent with a citrus note.
Flavor is bready, malty undertone with plenty of hops. Not as balanced as it could have been. Strong hoppy aftertaste.
Medium body, residual sugars.
Good drinkability.


Photo of ChadQuest
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper color, with a huge sticky head, with tons of lacing.

Sweet malty aroma, with grassy/floral and citrus notes.

Sweet malt, nice crisp hops that balance it perfectly, ever so slight fruity presence. Nutty start that finishes a bit more citrusy.

Smooth mouthfeel, with a very clean finish that's very inviting. Very easy drinking for an Old Ale, the 7.2% helps with that too.
It's a Nice Old Ale that's quite on the Milder and Lighter side of the style, yet very nice.

Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange with mahogany trim with a finger of fleeting, slightly tan foam. Nice lacing, modest durability to the head.

Caramel, nutty, molasses aromas, with more hops that I expected; nice.

Great taste! Nutty, dry taste with molasses mixing with sweet berry and milk chocolate. Quite malty and well-hopped; very impressive and not surprising from the sterling Southern Tier. More and more, mouthfeel is where it's at for me, and Old Man Winter's mouthfeel is spot on--malty, dry, a tad sweet-and-sour--really fine Old Ale and Warmer.

My lone disappointment is that this is not readily available in the Midwest, even though plenty of other ST wares are year-round. This and Sam Adams Winter Lager would always have spots in my refrigerator if I could get Old Man Winter on a regular basis. And again, Southern Tier has hit the nail on the head with a style--this time two--Old Ale and Winter seasonal.


Photo of Jayli
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a clear amber color. Barely any head came out on this but did leave some spotty, wispy lacing.

S: Nose is of caramel malt and floral hop.

T: Taste starts with a zest of floral hop. Middle is blended extremely well in to a caramel malt base that stays in the background through the rest of the beer. Finish is full of grassy, piney hop flavor.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oily at first and then dries out.

D: This is a damn fine drinking beer. Extremely well blended, not over done. I would sit with this one all night...and then again the next night.

Photo of froghop
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear dark copper with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of spice, caramel, and sour malt.

taste is thick, caramel, sour malt, roasted nuts, spice, pepper, and hops, ends on the dry side and slightly bitter.

overall a descent winter ale.

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, caramel and some mild spices. Pleasant and underplayed.

T: Taste consisted of caramel, roasted malt, some spices, and a little hoppiness in the finish. A decent flavor, not overpowering or overly thick and heavy.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A solidly made, drinkable beer.

Photo of bamadog
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review is from notes taken on 1/17/2010. Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a deep coppery/burnt caramel color and starts with a solid one figner off-white head with decent retention that becomes rocky and pock-marked as it dwindles to a thin, yet full, skim on the surface; body is clear and shows moderate carbonation and has fair washes of lacing left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: For an Old Ale, I would say it's very hop-forward; some sweet caramal malts follow along with a definite whiff of alcohol coming through - as it warms the alcohol becomes a little more noticeable and there is a light spiciness that is more reminiscent of and Old Ale starts to creep through as well.

Taste: Hmmm... Sadly, not really digging it at first... The hops are really dominant and they're very bitter and citric, but the taste becomes almost overwhelmingly metallic/coppery; as it warms, a nice sweet maltiness starts to sneak in and save it a little bit along with the slight hints of the spices that are mentioned in the smell.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick feel; comes across a little slick as it goes down; the carbonation is quite nice as it is strong, but not sharp; body leaves a moderate stickiness throughout the mouth.

Drinkability: I'm glad I picked up a couple of these as I'd like to age it for a while to give the hops some time to fade and see if the malts and spices become more prominent; solid offering overall though, but doesn't really rank up there with an Old Stock or 3rd Coast, let alone an Ola Dubh.

Photo of jsh420
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours light amber brown with a big 2+ finger head that left notches down the glass

smell - not very powerful but some fruit hops a carmel nutty malts

taste is very mild for this style - good balance of hops to malt - nice bitter ash on the finish

mouthfeel is light to medium - most old ale i have had are very thick and sticky - but this one has good carbonation to give it some bite and life

drinkability - while this beer is not as complex as most old ales - it does have a lower abv and lighter body that allows to drink more then one bottle

Photo of Augustiner719
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint

Appearance: Dark reddish, black and brown. Nice medium head with decent retention. Moderate lacing. Clear but dark.

Smell: Smell is a bit muted but i got some dark malts and wintery spices. A bit of bourbon comes through as well.

Taste: Tastes like a nice rich porter. I think this is my first old ale, and its good. Nice solid backbone. Not too thin, not to heavy, just right. The 7.2% abv is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation. This one is more carbonated than the other flat ST beers i have had.

Drinkability: Mark this one down for a solid winter style beer. Nice spiciness and malty backbone makes this a solid drinker.

Photo of kshankar
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with an fluffy head that goes down to a foam cap. Lacing sticks to the edges.

Hops mostly, and a malty backing

Tastes like hops, floral specifically, decent malt on the way down. Balance is a bit off on this, the malts don't come in enough.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy. Drinkability is not bad either, even with the high ABV.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle at cellar temp poured into a pint glass. pours a maghony, bronze amber. nice off white biege head with goood retention and plenty of sticky lacing. clear, no visible sediment or cloudiness.

hops very noticable off the initial nose. light fruitiness, some cedar like wood, cherry, caramel malts. very interesting malt aromas.

resiny, citrus, piney hops perfectly balanced with a tasty malt profile. caramel, crystal malts, slight citrus- orange from the hops.

nice smooth mouthfeel, light on the carb, which compliments the taste nicely. some sticky resiny aspects from the hops. would not have guessed this one is 7.2%, drinks very easy, has somewhat of a warming effect, nice sessionable choice for the winter time.

had this one last year around this time, and seems very much the same. this is a wonderful truly balanced choice for the season, im very interested to see how this one ages and how the malt profile changes.

Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 1,351 ratings.