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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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1,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,183
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 33
Gots: 43 | 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 edchicma


4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

03-16-2006 23:07:16 | More by edchicma
Photo of babydoc


3.58/5  rDev -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.

03-11-2006 05:04:37 | More by babydoc
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

03-05-2006 05:18:09 | More by Ego
Photo of sulldaddy


3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

02-24-2006 21:35:35 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of Fish113d


3.43/5  rDev -7%

*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.

02-17-2006 23:50:33 | More by Fish113d
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

02-10-2006 20:48:07 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of OldSock

District of Columbia

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

02-08-2006 12:41:49 | More by OldSock
Photo of Bones54


3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

01-28-2006 05:58:07 | More by Bones54
Photo of bjohnson


3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

01-26-2006 00:46:50 | More by bjohnson
Photo of beermanbrian


3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

01-17-2006 03:13:40 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of Naes

New York

3.13/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

01-09-2006 02:00:19 | More by Naes
Photo of jmz62565


3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

12-28-2005 04:16:11 | More by jmz62565
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

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!

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


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

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

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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


3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

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

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7%

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.

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


4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +16.5%

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!

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


3.08/5  rDev -16.5%

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.

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


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +7%

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.

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


4.08/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

11-15-2005 22:18:15 | More by Dogbrick
Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.