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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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1,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,171
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 32
Gots: 40 | 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 riversider76

New York

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich amber. Nice head,and lots of lace. Smell is of pine and spice. Merry Christmas.Mouthfeel is medium and slightly carbonated. Taste is smooth with just the right balance of bitter and sweet. Not overpowering,very good. Try this, you will not be sorry!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2005 01:40:58 | More by riversider76
Photo of blackie


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a .25" off white head in the snifter. After the head recedes some, a collar and a layer of bubbles are left on the surface. The beer is a medium brown, copper color with streams of CO2 rising throughout.

smell: I first notice the dark, piney hops followed by a considerable malt presence. The malts give a dark, sweet fruity aroma. Sort of reminds me of a lightly hopped IPA with a large amount of malt sweetness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the higher end of the light range and the body slightly lighter than medium.

taste: A large, caramel sweet maltiness backed up by a big
hop bitterness. Finishes with a strong, long-lingering bitterness.

drinkability: Tasty but drinkability is somewhat limited by the aftertaste and bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden

Received this beer in a trade with JahNoth.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2005 02:01:14 | More by blackie
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 04:11:39 | More by Billolick
Photo of Bierguy5


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date. Pours a clear amber color. Creamy off-white head. Good retention. When it does disappear, good patchy lace clings to the sides of the glass. Hint of caramel in the nose. Fairly robust aroma, floral and citrusy hop aroma. Caramel malt followed up well by floral and citrusy hops. I wish the malt was a bit more robust, as I think it could use it as a "winter warmer". Soft spices in the background. I enjoyed the 2nd bottle much more than the first. This one seems to have grown on me.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 00:45:01 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of orsulacp


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

This beer poured a deep amber, with some orange hues around the edges of the glass. There was a creamy off white head that held on at an 1/8 of an inch for the entire glass. The first smell gave a citrus hoppy smell, there was some pine in it too. I didn't get much malt in the smell. The taste starts all malt, bready and mildly sweet then the bitterness kicks in and stays for awhile. The bitterness goes away quickly and it finishes dry. I really like this beer, there is a good balance of hops and malt. Nothing is over done, not too bitter, not too sweet, just right.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 00:35:58 | More by orsulacp
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear dark copper in color with a thick 3"+ head. Super thick lacing develops on the glass during the session.

Smell: the aroma is mildly candy-sweet with some pine in the background.

Taste: the flavor is nicely malty, with a nutmeg, pepper, and mild ginger spice mixture. Mild bitterness and a hint of alcohol rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Mouthfeel is mildly crisp at the start and finish. A brief spicy finish is somewhat dry.

Drinkability: Overall I found this beer to be very flavorful and superbly drinkable. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 12:58:30 | More by Gavage
Photo of Onceeven

New York

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

Poured into my Orval goblet (i'm feeling festive..) without much in the way of a head, but with moderate lacing. The beer itself is a crystalline conglomeration of garnet, sienna and burnt orange hues bouncing off one another. Just what I was looking for tonight.

Smell is subdued.. mostly a sweetness, malt comes through as well numerous other complexities rising up from the depths. Overall impression is a mix of pine needles, candied sweetness, gingerbread, and a slick lemony/tart note bringing up the rear. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel feels a bit light, but creamy and coating.

Taste starts with a surprising earthy hop note. Reminds me of a U.K. variety, Fuggles, Golding etc.. Carbonation dances on the tongue, more pine and lemon. Spiced sweetness comes through afterwards and lingers.

Very drinkable. Complex, but not maddenly so. Another winner from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 01:24:49 | More by Onceeven
Photo of silver1audi


4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked some of this up to give it a shot and I'm glad I did. Smells a little piney and definately hoppy. Slight citrus aroma in there too. It pours a dark amber brown with a nice foamy head. It tastes hoppy and has that signature souther tier "tang" or something to it. I can't quite put my finger on what it is, but there's a certian Southern Tier zing that all of their beers have, but whatever it is I've always enjoyed it and it's nice in this beer.
There's a lot to like about this beer. It's very flavorful being both sweet and hoppy-bitter at the same time. For over %7 abv, the alcohol is well hidden, but it does warm you up a bit. The bottle looks very different from the one in the picture, but I'm assuming it's only the label that changed. I really enjoy this and will certianly buy this again. I like most of what I've tried from Southern Tier and this is one of my favorite winter offerings out of any that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 23:39:39 | More by silver1audi
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Auburn/chessnut brown. Not much head.

S: Slightly winey, surprising.

T: Really nice winey flavour, with just a hint of tartness. The sweetness is nicely balanced by the resiny, American hop bitterness. Alcohol is warming, but not assertive, and leaves a dry finish. There's a lot of good things working together here!

M: Moderate body and carbonation.

D: This stuff is great. Top notch winter warmer!

Thanks Kevin!

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 18:32:45 | More by Derek
Photo of waughbrew


3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear mohogany with a thick creamy creme-colored head that laces very well. Piney, woody, and molasses aroma. Smells earthy like a brown ale but as it warms some spiciness appears. Fruity hops that have gone papery. Toasty, toffee, ginger, and molasses in the flavor. Thick and slick, this comes off a little candyish, which I tend to like in a beer, but this is kinda dull. A refreshing bitterness comes in at the finish, but the flavor just seems weak. Overall it is not something to seek out, but certainly pleasant nonetheless. It improves as it warms, so serve this one barely chilled.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2005 03:16:41 | More by waughbrew
Photo of NEhophead


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy off white head that fades after a few moments to an intact sheet. Thin and spotted lacing with good strength. Deep, glowing oak in color.

Bright citrus: lemon and orange peel hop aromatics. Semi-sweet vanilla and toffee. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Semi-sweet, light toffee malt character. An underlying tone of Cascade hops; lemon, orange, pear. Touches of caramel spiced with nutmeg and amaretto. The finish is dry and musty with flavors of a bittered vanilla. The aftertaste is a powdered nutmeg and cinnamon.

Medium bodied; powdery at times on the palate, but mostly mellow. A nice spicy quality that gives the palate a kick as well.

An interesting ale; creamy, spicy, and touch of hops. Worth a try; especially compared to the average 'boring' winter warmers out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2005 20:06:45 | More by NEhophead
Photo of PenguinBeerFan


3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Great Lakes stout glass.

Pours a wonderful red-amber with good lacing but a generally thin head.

Smells like a spiced up IPA, lots of hops and some ginger. Already apparent that this is hoppy for the style.

Taste is very well balanced. Spices taste ginger-cinammon. Spiced malt at the front with some sour lemon/grapefruit tastes. Strong hop finish. This beer balances hops and spice better than most of the beers in this style. One of the better one's I've had this holiday.

Drinkability is decent, kind of dries out my mouth though and makes me reach for something more refreshing after 2. Good to have one or two to close out the night.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 03:33:12 | More by PenguinBeerFan
Photo of Dogbrick


4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark reddish amber color with a medium foamy beige head and sticky lacing. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, caramel and malt. Medium-bodied and very representative of the season, with lots of malts and spices in the flavor. A very pleasing character all around. The finish is short but tasty with malt and dark fruits primarily. Not as bold as some of the better winter seasonals but enjoyable all the same.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 22:18:15 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

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

a clean dark amber/brown beer. Has a big creamy off white head and great lace. The aroma is mostly a big promise of hop goodness . With a combination of spicey and grapefruit hops and a little malt sweetness in the background.The flavor weaves back and forth between a bittersweet grapefruit at the start, roasted malt next and then the spicey hop notes. All of which seem to blend into a nice finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 22:39:39 | More by ybnorml
Photo of unclederby


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

this is a nice winter warmer for hopheads.
it pours a nice but not quite opaque mohagony - very attractive.
the nose is a whopping dose of citrusy hops.
taste much the same, though there is a good malt presence up front and towards the middle. it doesn't linger long however as the hops really assert themselves and needless to say it ends bitterly...
thick, chewy, and resiny mouthfeel. nicely carbonated.
i like this, and a bomber i think would be just the right amount.
sort of a palate wrecker, this brew is living large...surprisingly.
reaches toward double ipa status..

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2005 00:56:55 | More by unclederby
Photo of budsboy


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

Undated bottle, but it's got to be fresh ... new label style.

Clear and leather brown, bone white head is small and shrinks back leaving a little lacing.

All piney hop aroma, very little else.

Strong burnt hop flavor, piney and somewhat floral, but less hop bitterness. Underlying sweetness that balances fairly well. Finishes with a flash of alcohol warmth and a roasty bitterness.

Slick and full in the mouth, smooth with low carbonation.

A bit hoppier than I expected. Not bad, just a surprise. Seems a darker, less bitter version of their IPA. Yep. This is a winter warmer for the hop head. It is good. Try some.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 19:48:47 | More by budsboy
Photo of 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
Photo of hustlemuscle


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

A good looking beer, amber tending toward brown. Not much carbonation, and the head, at first fairly nice, receeded quickly to a thin film. Smells very nice, pleasing pine hops with a slightly earthy undertone. A very nice beer, full on piney hops, with just a touch of orange at the end. Lightly malted, but the hops aren't over the top. Just enough for an oily mouthfeel, but not enough to really pucker. Mellow and easy drinking, with that touch of hop oil.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 15:59:10 | More by hustlemuscle
Photo of CRJMellor


3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy red and gold color with a thin ring of white head. No real lacing.
Aroma of caramel, fruity honey, bread grain and some resined hop notes in the background.
Flavor had a caramel base, sharp pale malt and mildly fruity hop finish. Slightly metallic hard water note.
Mouthfeel is caramel sweet to start, moving to a fruity, sweet malt note and finishing with a tangy hop finale.
Drinkability is above average. Hard water/metallic notes slightly off-putting but overal a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 01:37:44 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

copper brown with some reds near the bottom of the glass. The head is perfect, not huge but a dense frothy tan colour that leaves lots of lacing and has some staying power.
tame aroma balanced between grassy hops on a base of dark malt.
Somewhat sweet tasting, caramel or even brown sugar coming through. Some hop aftertaste and a really nice mouthfeel from this almost syrupy beer. Drinkability is quite good though not really a session ale - for me at least.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2005 20:29:51 | More by SaunaKing
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New Hampshire

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

Obtained a six pack for $6.99 at the Tops supermarket in East Aurora, NY.

Pours a dark reddish brown, head settles to almost nothing but leaves lacing on the glass. Loads of malt on the nose with notes of spice and caramel, a good prelude to the first sip. The taste starts out moderately but quickly grows and warms as it moves down the tongue, developing into an excellent balance of intense caramel, spice, smoky malt, and hops. Mouthfeel is thick and oily with just enough carbonation, alcohol is there but not in your face. This is a huge beer, very good and highly recommended if you like big thick beers. Will definately get this again. Reminds me somewhat of Victory's Storm King.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2005 06:24:27 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of warriorsoul


3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2005 00:36:11 | More by warriorsoul
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).

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 17:04:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Suds


4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a deep, woody brown color with a slight haze. It’s got a clumpy, sudsy, tan-ish head that produces a marvelous lace. Very nice combination of malt and hops in the aroma. There’s a nice alcohol background, followed by waves of caramel, flowery hops, and a serious sweet-smelling doughy maltiness. The taste has a solid and forcefull bitterness that presents itself at the first sip. Alcohol warming and a sticky sweetness are also present. It’s all very well balanced, and comes together as a fantastic beer. This one’s a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2005 20:02:24 | More by Suds
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2005 14:21:08 | More by NeroFiddled
Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.