1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Old Man (Winter Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Old Man (Winter Ale)Old Man (Winter Ale)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,194 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 518
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 33
Gots: 45 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Old Man (Winter Ale) Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,194 | Reviews: 518 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crisp amber colour with a fairly big somewhat creamy head that dissolves fairly quickly but leaves a nice mess on the glass.

Aroma is a nice blend of sweet caramel malt, some orange and/or other citrus notes from a nice hop balance that counters the malt and provides a bit of pine aroma as well, along with a touch of spice here and there.

The flavour is sweet and a touch juicy basically all the way through but is cut nicely by a bit of hearty, bready earth flavour and some spice once again. Hop burps are a bit bolder than expected as well .Mouthfeel is medium bodied and just about what was expected.

This one was good overall. Nice flavour and nice balance. A good winter ale to pick up if you see it.

SixpointJMH, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of Jredner
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The body is a dark ruddy brown with a firm, creamy and quite lasting off white head. Very attractive beer. The aroma is hoppy with some sweet crystalized sugar spiked malt and a faint hint of toastiness.

Fore is medium hop bitter with pine notes, medium sweetness malts and more mild toastiness. The aroma tells you exactly what to expect. Added warmth gives it nutty and sweeter malt flavors. No real faults with it. No real stellar pluses either, save the beautiful appearance.

Jredner, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of klewis
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a drak copper with a small bubbly head. Specks of lacing on the glass.

S: Yeasty phenols and a bit of citrus.

T: Overall, the taste is bland bitter with a slightly spicy taste that reminds me of oxidation.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: This is definitely not an old ale. Drinks more like an overly hopped winter warmer. Drinkable, but nothing special.

klewis, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of Px2GrafX
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear burnt red with an off-white fluffy head. very nice lacing. aroma is of clean american hops. smells like an ipa. very clean mouthfeel as well. initially sweet, maybe caramel apples, with a mildly hop bitterness and a nice hop flavor. lightly citrusy and grassy. finish is dry, a little bready but clean and lightly bitter. little to no aftertaste. very easy to drink. this is not a bad beer at all, but it's a far cry from an old ale. more like an off-color, high gravity apa.

Px2GrafX, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of far333
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Different label from the bottle pictured at top.

Clearr, light chestnut colored with a full inch high frothy head of meringue. Full of dimples, and sits right up and stays a while. Inviting aroma of malt and cocoa and spices.

Rich and thick mouthfeel leads to full-on flavors of caramel malts, cocoa and cinnamon, smokey bark, a touch of molasses and brown sugar. Flavor is rich and complex, lots of stuff going on here. A hop bite emerges in the finish and hangs out for a lingering piney/citrus peel aftertaste. ABV doesn't hurt the flavor but warms the throat and stomach. A very enjoyable winter brew.

far333, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass lightly hazy deep copper wtih a low tannish head which lasted well enough to lace the glass, but never got any higher than 1/4".

The aroma was malty with a strong caramel malt presence. The aroma had a lightly mineral character and an earthy and slightly piney hop presence in the background. The aroma was lightly floral and somewhat fruity with just light hints of alcohol.

The flavor was malty but with a strong kick of hops. The hop bittering kept the malt in check and in the end the balance was more toward bittering. The hops were melded but were earthy and lightly piney with an aged resinous presence. The malt was filled with caramel and some mineral presence.

The finish was even heading toward dry with a lasting hop presence on the palate into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium full and the carbonation was on the lower side. A nice winter ale, listed as an old ale, but more hoppy than many old ales tend to be.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks hoppedup!

GCBrewingCo, Sep 02, 2006
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 Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Coppery in color with a small white head that left some decent lacing.

Smelled malty, perhaps yeasty, with just a wee bit of hops.

Taste surprised me. I was expecting more of a spicy, "winter warmer"-style ale but it seemed more like an IPA or an APA, though with just a touch of piney, citrusy hops to justify the "winter" designation. The hoppy bitterness dominates, but there is a malty balance underneath those hops. I noticed a tad bit of alcohol; more so as it warmed up.

As for mouthfeel: moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Again, a tad lighter than I expected for a winter brew, but not a light-bodied beer at all.

I felt this beer was highly drinkable, though I was sampling it in May, not on a cold winter's night when maybe I'd want more spicy notes than hops. The hops dominated, but with a decent malt undertone. In some ways it's similar in style (though not necessarily in head-on hoppy taste) to the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

All in all I enjoyed this beer.

Kendo, May 20, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample courtesy of SS '05. Thanks fella's

Aroma is a sweet fruity malt with a nice hop balance of some flower and grass. Fresh and pleasing
Dark amber of browns with orange. Clear. Nice sturdy and stable head with drippy lacing. Good looking beer.
Flavor is less sweet yet still malty up front. Stronger hop presence with both bitterness and flavor, which leads to a dryness experience without being that dry. Hints of bittersweet chocolate. Ultimately short on the malt experience.
Nice fullness and heaviness. Warmth.
Not a traditional old ale with so much emphasis on the hops and a significant lack of sweetness and malt complexity. Taste is good, just lacking malt.
Year of sample is uncertain, but I'm guess late fall '05.

garymuchow, Apr 15, 2006
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 Celt44
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark copper. Head dissipates rather quickly but lacing last throughout.
Malt is the aroma that jumps forth first - hints of ginger and cinnamon spice present also. Hints of coffee there, similar to a good stout. Alcohol is present.
Mouthfeel is excellent and malt taste is not overbearing. Hints of ginger are present. This is probably the best tasting Winter brew I've experienced in quite a while. This is the first time I've been able to get Old Man which is unusual because the brewery is right down the road here in upstate New York.
Overall I highly recommend this seasonal winter brew. I like SA Winter Lager, but this is by far a superior beer.

Celt44, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of edchicma
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper with a pillow head that dissipates quickly, but with decent lacing. Smell is very inviting..a combination of sweet carmely malt wioth nice hop notes. Taste has an initial sweetness that reminds me of molasses but with a hint of undefined fruit. After the initial sweetness, there is a definite hop presence that hits past mid-palate and remains throughout...an interesting combination. Mouthfeel is initially chewy, but fades into dryness. I can sense the alcohol underneath this all and this was a tad harsh which affected drinkability.

edchicma, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of babydoc
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle kindly provided by shippos as part of SS-05. Color is clear, diluted cola, with a foamy head that faded fasted than I'd hoped. Sticky bits of lace persisted. Nose sweet, with a surprising amount of hops for a winter ale- but I like hops! Creamy, moderate mouthfeel, drying towards the finish.

Taste is malt tempered with sweet grapefruit zest. There's a bit of alcohol there as I'd expect in this breed. As it warms there's a hint of cinnamon. Hops predominate in the aftertaste, and the malts back away...

Thanks, shippos, for the chance to try this one.

babydoc, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of Ego
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

part of the "mix six" pack they offer... $9.99 @ DeCicco Market, Pelham, NY

half a finger of white fluff, dissipates moderately, lacing is good (better than the other 2 southern tiers I have tried tonight). actually the lacing is very good, and sticky. Dark but not opaque. I suppose a darker brown would qualify. Solid looking enough.

roasted coffee. slightly burnt malts. The hops for me are not as immediate as they are in some of the reviews I scanned for this one. I am really getting just a nice roasted aroma from this one. after letting it sit a touch I get a nice grapefruit aroma from the hops and a "hint" of spice like the usual winter fare... not bad.

taste etc..
a thick IPA ? with a maltier finish ? that is my initial thought. Almost a creamy thick IPA or APA with the hop signature.. and a hair of spice on the tail end. Creamy and smooth in the mouth. The roasty flavor is taken over by the hops somewhat but is there. This is nice and bitter but yet the creaminess of the flow really lends itself to suckin this bad boy down. medium to thick mouthfeel.

I can see what they are getting at here. this almost reminds me of the Reaper Mortality Stout. This brewery is in love with certain hop varieties and it shows. This isn't your typical Winter Warmer perse but is a tasty and well crafted brew none the less. Like their other offerings this is solid if not overwhelming.

Ego, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a bottle at room temp poured into a pint glass. THe beer pours a slightly hazy chestnut with a thin surface and edge layer of off white head. The aroma is citrusy hops which is surprising. There is a bit of spiciness but not a lot of malt like I expected.
FIrst sip reveals an average to heavy body with mild carbonation. Flavor starts with some caramel but quickly rolls to a sappy and piney hops that are surprising for the style and also much more robust than the nose leads on. A fairly drinkable beer but not necessarily a winter warmer in my opinion. More of an IPA. A drinkable beer for sure but not what I expected.

sulldaddy, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of Fish113d
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

*Served from a 12 oz. chilled bottle into an english pint glass.

Pours a mahogany color with a 1/2" tan sticky head that clings to the glass well. Dissipates to a nice tan surface layer.

Aroma is rather hoppy. Some biscuit aromas pop through as well as some slight brown sweet malts (maybe some molasses). Nothing special however. I thought I'd get more spice being a winter ale.

Hops are very bittering throughout. The alcohol stings your tongue right away also. Some biscuit flavors come through before swallowing, and the sweetness hits you toward the finish. Strong bitter hops aftertaste. Not spicy like I had hoped for; maybe a bit of pepper or coriander in there.

Stingy carbonation on the tip of my tongue up front with a bitter flavor and thinning body. Solid.

Overall, I enjoyed it. It is a bit bitter for a winter warmer, but I could drink a sixer.

Fish113d, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinks like a double brown ale. This is way hopped up. Piney hops overwhelm the sweet malts. Not well balanced but it's bold and interesting. The alcohol is definately there in the warming of the cheeks. Not your typical winter warmer... this is almost a barley wine... but this certainly will warm you up in the winter.

ommegangpbr, Feb 10, 2006
Photo of OldSock
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance – Glad to finally see Southern Tier showing up in Eastern Mass. 12 oz bottle from Julio's. Deep amber/brown that is relatively clear. One finger off-white head that leaves sheets of lacing as it slowly sinks to a thin covering.

Smell – Surprisingly strong grapefruit hop aroma. There is some caramel maltiness, but the smell is closer to an IPA than a winter warmer.

Taste – Lots of smooth hop bitterness laid on top of a sweet malt background. The hops are the main player, citrus, bits of pine and some grassiness. The malt is slightly toasted and nutty with lots of caramel. Not much yeast character or alcohol evident. Its just too bitter for a cold winter night.

Mouthfeel – Medium body with medium strong carbonation.

Drinkability & Notes – Relatively easy to drink, but not what I was expecting or looking for at all, way too hoppy and unbalanced for the style. That being said if they called this a fall amber instead of a winter warmer, I would probably like it better.

OldSock, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of Bones54
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12oz bottle.
Pours a dark brownish/red colour with a thin head.
Smell is faint, but presence of spice is there.
Taste- at first not to impressive, but as the beer warms taste gets much better. Has a bit of a bite to it, cinnamon spice flavor. Nothing overwhelming- actually a bit disappointing for a winter brew.
However this beer does go down easy, and is overall a fine beer. Wouldn't go out of my way to look for it- but at a modest price 6.99 for a six- I'd pick it up when I see it.

Bones54, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark caramel amber color with a nice one finger white foamy head. Left a bit of lace.

S: Aromas of spicy heavy malts and a bit of hops also. Smokey aroma on the second whiff.

T: Tastes spicy with a bold malty, possibly caramel, background that finishes smooth with a faint bitterness. Spicyness isn't overpowering, but right on.

M & D: Mouthfeel is pretty good with a creamyness that left a coating in my mouth. Seemed a bit heavy for the color to me, but I liked it that way. Well balanced for a WW. Drinkability is about one or two--just not a huge winter warmer fan. Those that like WW's, probably could have a few more.

bjohnson, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of beermanbrian
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber brown in color. Thin tan head with nice lacing. Smell has some slight alcohol notes and also has some piney hop notes I didn't expect. Taste of burnt malt and more of the pine notes. Slight bitterness to the finish. The burnt taste really seams to linger. All in all a nice winter warmer that is worth a try.

beermanbrian, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of Naes
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale is dark amber in color with a small white head.
The aroma is not much to speak of, but has a slight hop nose.
The flavor has more hops than I expected; moderately bitter with a caramel malt base.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Naes, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a beautiful clear reddish brown with a large creamy 2 finger head.The scent isn't too strong ,but there is a hop aroma with some holiday spices.This has a very hoppy taste that's very good,but not really like a winter warmer.I was expecting more spices,but this is pretty much an IPA.The m/f is good,but not what I was expecting.This is a well balanced beer with a light m/f.This is a very good brew and I'll buy it again.

jmz62565, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of riversider76
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!

riversider76, Dec 22, 2005
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.

blackie, Dec 21, 2005
Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.