Old Man (Winter Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Old Man (Winter Ale)Old Man (Winter Ale)

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Ratings: 1,365
Reviews: 537
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 40
Gots: 111 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 12-17-2003)
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Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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 -2.7%
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 +6%
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 -8.2%
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 -13.6%
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 +19%
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 +14.7%
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 -4.9%
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 +8.7%
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 -6.3%
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 +6%
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 +7.3%
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 +5.4%
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 +9.5%
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.

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

Starting to make my way through the rest of what ST has to offer with this one. Pours amber with a small head that reduces to a ring. Not much lacing but a healthy looking beer. Smell was hops and sweet caramel. Taste was floral and citrus hops with caramel notes and some breadyness. Creamy mouthfeel, not too heavy not too light. Drank 5 of these with little problem, but at 7% it may not have been the best idea.. Southern Tier continues to impress me.

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

The mis-categorization does this beer a great disservice, as it drinks more like a DIPA/Winter Ale blend than a sweet malt old ale. I choose to rate it as it claims, a winter ale.

This beer poured a nice, deep amber/brown with an off-white foam and sticky lacing. The smell is very malty and hoppy up front, with some sweet malt characteristics of vanilla and peanut brittle. Big floral taste on the mouth with some caramel and winterberry graininess to it.

A bit dry on the back end and tastes stronger than its 7.2% ABV may suggest. Otherwise, I'd pick up a six pack and drink this all winter long.

Photo of jwinship83
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no freshness information drank out of my new belgium globe glass.

A- this one pours a clear see through red colored body with a tall cream colored head on it. the head lasts a long time and leaves behind a sticky wall of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice is a lot of caramel malts. after that comes a healthy dose of hops. grapefruit and pine.

T- the taste is much the same as the smell. toffee and caramel malt upfront. then comes the citric and pine hops. lots of grapefruit and a little bit of orange. a different approach to the winter seasonal than most breweries take.

M- medium to full bodied with ample carbonation. little to no warming from the alcohol.

D- easy to finish and leaves me wanting another. im not sure id be able to guess this was an old ale. very well balanced. ill get a few more of these while theyre in season. with the hop presence the way it is i doubt it has any sort of real aging potential.

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

Nice deep copper, ruby pour with nice two finger head and great lacing. The smell was bigger and hoppier than I had expected. But it is Southern Tier so I guess I shouldn't be surprised. Piney earthiness with some bready malts mixed in. The taste had a unique toasty earthiness to it as well. The bitterness was overpowering on the first few sips, but the malty sweetness appeared from nowhere to balance it out nicely. This is a really unique beer. I was ready to downgrade the drinkability at first, but it just kept improving to where I really wanted another. Southern Tier just keeps rolling out great beers.

Photo of sliverX
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well it was a choice of this, Bud light and Blue light so no contest on Christmas
Poured a light brown with a very thick 2 finger head that took its time fading and left a nice amount of lacing as the glass was finished
Smell was a resiny citrus hop think with a touch of malty sweetness
Taste followed the nose but with a hint of alcohol holding in the back
Mouthfeel was medium to light with the right amount of carbonation
Drinkability was good I had a few and didn't tire of them or start becoming disappointed
This to me seemed like it would be what UnEarthly would equate to as an IPA and not the glorious monster it is.

Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from JoeyBeerBelly. Cheers!

A- Pours a clear maroon color with a thick white foam head that leaves a few rings of lace.

S- Hoppy pine and dark fruits with some hints of caramel.

T- Sharp initial sting of hoppy bitterness with some citrus and pine shining through. A sweet finish with candied fruits and toasted caramel malt flavors provides a nice balance.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. The alcohol is so well masked that I didn't realize the ABV was over 5% till I saw it listed here on BA.

D- Overall and nice well balanced winter seasonal.

Photo of BeerPhan86
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper color with a one finger white foamy head. The head dissipated rather quickly but the lacing was pretty sticky.

S - Plenty of hops, which I wasn't expecting in a winter ale (winter beers tend to be rather malty from my experience). Grapefruit/citrus hops for the most part, with light caramel, nut, and biscuit notes.

T - Very sweet up front. Slightly nutty and malty and then you get hit with plenty of citrus hops. I'm tasting some vanilla here as well. Has a fruity taste to it like your standard Belgian ale. Really interesting mix of flavors and very well balanced, but a bit more bitter than most will probably expect.

M - Pretty creamy and full bodied. A bit oily and slick. Finishes dry.

D - This is a little heavy for a winter beer but I love that. Plenty of flavor and alcohol. It's an ale I want to savor so I limit myself to only a couple and move on to something else.

Overall a very unique winter beer that stands out among other winter ales, which tend to taste rather boring to me.

Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of claminat420
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a nice copper brown color. one finger solid white head. light lacing.

S- earthy hop aroma with a light caramel candy malt backup.

T- tastes just how it smells but just a hint of a orange splash.

M- medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- could knock out a 6 no problem.

Overall- for never having an old ale i gotta say i'm turned on. trying this brew and this style for the first time i'm not disappointed. this will be one brew i gotta have at least once every winter.

Photo of goblue3509
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a slightly off white one finger head which yields some decent lacing. The aroma is of caramel, floral hops, and some citrus hops. The taste is a nice caramel malt backbone with the notes of floral hops and citrus hops over the top. Nice hop flavor well rounded with the malt. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. The drinkability is good, you can sit and have these all night, more than enough flavors to keep you interested and wanting more.

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice wintery, deep red color with some very nice tight and foamy head. Can hardly see through the deep color. Head seems to be sticking around in my Duvel goblet. The aroma of this beer was a bit surprising. I was expecting some fruity deep malts but got quite a nice hop aroma instead. There are some spicy malt smells going on as well, but they are muted by the hops. A little bitter on the tip of the tongue but the malts pull through on the palate to smooth this one out. Finishes bitter though, quite a strange. There is a very muted spice note detected as well. A little thin for an old ale, not even sure this should classify as one. Pretty drinkable beer when it's cold and you need to keep your cheeks warm, but couldn't see a session with this beer. The abv is just too high.

Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,365 ratings.