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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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1,402 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,402
Reviews: 542
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 41
Gots: 139 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Jason on 12-17-2003

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a good robust copper color with minimal white head

S - Very nice hop/malt balance, citrus and sweet hops, a bit of caramel toastiness from the malt.

T - The front of it has some spiciness from the hops, and towards the back you get the malt sweetness, with some bitter drying hops on the finish. Not bad.

M - Fairly full-bodied, a bit light, and perhaps a bit much carbonation.

D - very drinkable. Easy to drink for sure.

Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the spot in point

Pours a clear copper color with a fairly high off-white head. Retains pretty well, leaving some rings of lacing around the glass.

The nose is somewhat soft, with hints of cinnamon spice, caramel, dark fruit, and a twinge of alcohol.

Begins with a decent dose of bitter pine hops, followed by mellowing sweetness. Raisins and cherries are apparent, along with a malty, bready backbone. Another flash of hoppiness is coupled with a bit of a boozy aftertaste during the finish.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, a little dry feel. Drinks okay, the alcohol is masked alright except during the aftertaste. Flavors are decent, I usually like ST but I don't think I'd seek this one out.

Photo of SnowGoon99
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a dark amber with hints of orange. Thick head on top that eventually laces down the glass. Aroma is a bit of everything. Caramel, toast, fruit, pine, raisins are all apparent. Definitely complex but still lacking the pungency of a really good old ale.

Flavor was very good. Alcohol comes through along with the caramel sweetness and a touch of toast. Body is great but it's to be expected with a over 7% beer. Drinkability is also very good in spite of the high alcohol content.

Overall a very nice beer that borders on being a really great beer. It's just missing something. Could be age or a more controlled fermentation. Could be less hop flavor and more specialty malts. Not sure what it is really. Just missing that "great beer" quality. But don't get me wrong, i'd certainly drink it again.

Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown with ruby highlights and a finger of off-white head. Some decent lacing left behind. Sweet caramel nose with hints of ginger. Big caramel flavour, which is cut by hints of pine and ginger, and accentuated by a burst of spice in the finish. Alcohol is AWOL. Medium body seems pleasantly full at times and works really well.

A pleasant drinker, though not one to blow me away. As an old ale / winter warmer, its more at the 'sessionable' end of the scale in comparison to some of the bigger brews, though I'm not sure its interesting enought to have more than one.

Photo of silentjay
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a translucent grayish brown colored brew gives way to an average sized cream colored head that quickly recedes to a spotty film, but leaves some decent chunks on the glass.

aroma of pine, spice, and light caramel and some light toast.

flavor is reminiscent of the nose, but less hoppy. light caramel and toast dominate with little to no spice and hops that come through after the swallow. a touch metallic, but finishes sweet.

rather thin bodied with just a touch of carbonation.

drinks okay. alcohol is masked well, but flavors are not quite what I expect, nor want, out of a winter warmer, nor any beer for that matter. not a bad beer, but one i will pass up on from now on. not ST's greatest.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (6 pack) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish brown with a light white head that leaves a bit of lacing along the glass.
S: A bit of brown sugar and caramel malts.
T: Big and malty; strong caramel and toffee notes.
M: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth but a bit sticky on the finish.
D: Very drinkable, if not for the bit of stickiness, would be perfect for the style.

Photo of nick76
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is good but it's not much of an old ale. The aroma is malty with hops, paper, and a bit of fruit. The appearance is amber with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma with a good balance of sweet and bitter. The palate is smooth. Overall a good beer but it needs work in same ways.

Photo of lovindahops
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Gotta support ny craft brewery seasonals!

A- pours a dark brown look with a slightly brown head. Looks very hearty as one would want with winter brews

S- spices, brown sugar, good dark malt scent. Let me just say this is the scent I want in a winter seasonal. Hearty scent

T- taste is what you expect. Good darkened, warming, spiced malt with the sugar and taste you want this time of year.

M- great flavor in mouth

D- so here it is. With bbc taking away the winter seasonal I remember... Southern tier makes thee winter seasonal out there. Spices, sugar, and good malt. This is the new go to of this season

Photo of Seanibus
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber brown, like a sherry or a Bordeaux past its prime, with a slight fluffy head (with no lacing). The aroma is burned tobacco, smokey, like a cool ashtray. The flavor is smokey and woody, like smoked bacon, with a sharp hop bite and a cinnamon burn. The mouthfeel is prickly, with a spicy burn around the lips and a prickly finish

Photo of williepep
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber color. Medium head that clung to the mason jar mug all the way down, though it did not leave distinct rings.
S- The nose was very hoppy which dominated the sweet maltiness that was barely detectable.
T- The taste was similar to the smell with the hops nearly overwhelming the malt. However, it was quite smooth, especially considering the somewhat high alcohol content.
M- A medium-bodied, medium-carbonated brew. Could have had more of the former and less of the latter.
D- Quite drinkable even for a beer of relatively high alcohol content.

I was somewhat disappointed in this brew, as it did not meet my expectations for a seasonal winter ale. I am not a hop-head, nor do I think a seasonal brew should be heavily hopped. I do think that spice should play a part, however, and I detected very little if any spice in this beer. Nevertheless, it was a pleasant and drinkable beer

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

Poured from the bottle into my newly purchased Sam's Perfect Pint glass.

It poured a very nice amber in color, mid level in color, non cloudy.

Smell - the nose on this amazing, cascade hops shine through, piney, citrust notes, along with the malts showing up later.

Taste - follows similar to the nose, but the malts are really taming the citrus note hops, with a toffee/malty finish that lingers afterwards. Not bad at all. I'm not picking up any sort of spices.

Mouthfeel - low on the medium scale, I wouldn't say full bodied but it's no where near light

Drinkability - I'd have no problem having a few of these on a cold winter night. Very nice beer, but lacking the spices to truly call it a winter warmer, but the alcohol is there to make sure of your warmth. Another great beer from Southern Tier!

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 nickfl
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a clear mahogany color with a small head. Some lacing. Aromas of caramel, malts, and some apple. Taste has some hop bitterness to it that I didn't notice in the aroma. Some spice flavor as well as some caramel malts. A bit of a warming alcohol aftertaste. Doesn't have that typical Southern Tier sweetness to it. Pretty good winter offering.

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2010 vintage.

Pours clear amber copper with a good foamy off-white head.

Aroma is hoppy with a lot of citrus and pine, some caramel and toffee, fruit such as pears and apples. Good strength.

Flavor is more citrus and pine hops, good caramel malt, toffee, toasted bread malt balance, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, medium carbonation.

Good, hoppy American Strong Ale. OK so this is listed as an Old Ale, reviewing to style will knock this down as it is awfully hoppy for an Old Ale and certainly has all the makings of an American Strong Ale as it is listed at Ratebeer.com.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass. Pours a rusty orange with a thick, creamy sticky head. Great retention as I drink the beer.

Smells malty and nutty, with citrus hops and grassy grains. Decent spice hits the nose as well.

Starts buttery, with spiced citrus hops and sweet honey malt. Cinnamon, nutmeg and mild clove in the spice mix, but it is neither overpowering nor too "Christmasy". Rather, the spice tingles the tongue as you drink this one down.

Medium bodied with nice hop bitter hitting the tongue as you drink this one down.

Nicely drinkable, I'm glad I've got a growler for the Browns game.

Photo of beergod1
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at UPick6 in Erie PA. I Got a huge aroma of hops and spice with the glass still a ways away from my face. Nice. Pours a deep red color with a minimal head but nice lacing. A slightly creamy texture. The flavor is predominately Malt, but just enough x-mas spice to leave a nice aftertaste. As it warms, so does the Alcohol. Not overwhelming, but it lets you know it's over 7%. A nice relaxing Christmas Ale. Is it Top 5...Maybe.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque dark reddish mahogany with a fine-bubbled, light tan head. Aroma is hoppy, rather like an IPA, and slightly spicy, mainly cloves. Strongly hoppy flavor has an overtone of cloves and cinnamon, as well as hints of malt and fruit. Texture is tingly and ragged, leaving behind a nice fizz.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark brown, great lacing and head. nice reddish glow

smell: nice hop presence suprising considering style but not brewer

taste: nice and balanced old ale. nice american touch on an engish classic. not a heavy malted old ale.

mouthfeel: medium bodied. nice sessionable big beer

drinkability: nice winter seasonal and will drink again.

Photo of prototypic
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Man Winter is a bronze/amber color. It's mostly clear, and has burgundy highlights with a little backlighting. A cream colored head tops it off. It's somewhat modest and only rises to a finger in depth. It's quick to recede, and leaves a moderate coat of lace behind.

The nose is a little light on aromatics. It does feature a nice, lively hop scent. I wasn't expecting that, but I love it. They're mostly a mix of citrus grapefruit and orange. Caramel malts are noted, and add a bit of a sweet scent. Eh. That's about it. Alcohol is blended well, and isn't noticeable. It's not bad, but would be better with more strength.

The flavor is good. It's not at all what I envisioned. It has a nice, sturdy caramel malt backbone. It's a little sweet, but it's not too much. The hop presence is very impressive! It's full of citrus grapefruit and orange flavor. A healthy dose of pine follows. It's nice and bitter. The malts don't provide much balance. It's hop skewed, and it's not close. On the tail, there's a light, tangy dark fruit flavor. Alcohol is expertly blended, and is never a factor. Finishes hoppy, bitter, and a little dry.

Old Man Winter has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation is light and mellow. Drinkability is very, very high. This is an interesting, but tasty Winter release. I'm really enjoying this bottle. While it's not a lightweight at 7.2%, it goes down awfully easy.

Southern Tier crafted a nice Winter seasonal here. It's not your typical release for this time of year. It's devoid of any holiday spice presence. Fortunately, you won't miss it. The lively hop punch more than makes up for it. Calling this an Old Ale is a stretch. Save for the light dark fruit flavor, it's not really even close to that. It's much more a hoppy Amber or Pale Ale. Just sayin'. Damn tasty beer nonetheless.

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

Poured into a DFH snifter:

A-chestnut brown with one finger of head and nice lacing that hangs on

S-very nice hoppy, malty, clove and maybe some cardamon

T-also very nice, agree with some of the other comments about this being a winter-warmer style, maybe we should reach out to Southern Tier for some clarification

M-also good

D-very high, easy to spend a nice winter evening with a few of these

Photo of beerman207
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice brown into the glass with a fluffy white head that leaves a nice skim and some bubbles which hang around a while.

S: Sweet, clove, bread, malt, perhaps a bit of allspice?

T: Bitter hop up front, malt, sweet

M: Easy to drink but heavier carbonation than expected

D: Pretty decent brew. Can't say it's the best Winter Warmer. If its an old ale, it is terrible so I'm going to assume the beer is mislabeled here.

Photo of begforme4484
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark copper/brown color with ample tan lacing that recedes quick but sticks to the glass well.

Has a some nice floral and fruit hops on the nose. A nice spiciness and some doughy malts in there too.

A nice sweetness at first that is quickly taken by a floral grassy hop bite. All round spicy and finishes somewhat doughy/bready.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation and very slightly resinous.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's not too heavy being 7.2, and aside from the warming, there isn't much of a hint of any alcohol. I could easily down a sixer if I had the hankering.

Photo of TCgoalie
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt copper color and leaves a wondrous white film over the top of the brew. Lacing is solid creating winter landscapes of foam alongside the glass.

Smells of sweet malts are met with subtle fruity hops. An essence of pear and lemon mingle with the malts creating a 70/30 malt to hop aroma.

Much like the smell indicates, lemon-pine hops exist amidst slightly burnt malts creating a very drinkable brew. I'm not sold on the old ale title as it tastes more like an ESB.

The feel in the mouth is somewhat disappointing. Medium to thin for the style with not much else going on.

Like I mentioned before, this drinks like an ESB. Bottoms up and put a few back before you hit the sledding hill.

Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,402 ratings.