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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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544 Reviews

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Reviews: 544
Hads: 1,452
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 20.11%
Wants: 49
Gots: 172 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 12-17-2003

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Reviews: 544 | Hads: 1,452
Photo of peabody
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a very filtered brew. Clear amber liquid with 1 finger of slightly off-white suds. Some lacing around my glass.
Aroma is charred malts and pungent hop/yeast burn in the nose. As it warms it gets a little more sugar in the nose with molasses and brown sugar.
Taste is a tad watery for an old ale but the alcohol is very well hidden. A slight dirty flavor at first then the malt coats the back of the mouth and the bitter hop comes to the front. There is some booze left on the palate at the very end of the taste right before the black bitterness of the charred malts takes over.
Mouthfeel is very sharp and black for the most part. You don't get the alcohol burn at all as you do from most old ales. So I take it this one is slightly weak.
Overall I still like this mishmash of flavors and wouldn't hesitate buying this again.
Pretty nice beer.

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Photo of Earpe
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, some not so good comments on this brew...I am an IPA and a English/Scottish Ale fan. i am definitely an amateur with all the lingo....however i know what i like....Old Man is a very nice beer that you will not be disappointed with....it has a brownish tint with a light head....but who care, it is taste and ABV....you cannot go wrong with this beer as it has a little darker taste, tad bit floral, but not so much...then follows with that of a warming alcohol....what better feel do you need for winter time...perfect, only thing better would be a Skull Splitter

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep amber with garnet highlights and a dense half inchcream head that dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving spotty lacing.

Floral hops and caramel, toasted malt combine with hints of dark fruit to form the aroma.

Caramel and lightly toasted malt are accentuated by grain, booze, and floral, perfumey hops, leading to a fairly bitter, resiny finish.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a tad low, and slight astringency. Significant alcohol warmth.

Lacks the character of an old ale, minus the booze. Pretty lackluster, and more bitter than anticipated. Just hot and bitter.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass mug.

A: Clear medium brown with two-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted more than several minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt and mild hop aromas.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Toasted caramel malt. Not too sweet. Has a stale taste. Resin. Not bad.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: This is a solid Old Ale. Looks, smells, and tastes like it should I think.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a clear, medium brown color with a slight, beige head. Just some grains and slight hops in the aroma, but nothing too fancy. There are some floral tones and spices in the flavor. A decent overall texture as it finishes with a slightly bitter taste. It has a kind of dry taste overall that gives a unique tasting experience. This is my first Old Ale, so I don’t have anything to compare it to, but this is pretty good!

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Photo of jucifer1818
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: perfectly clear, light amber brew with a strong carbonation and a lick, bubbly head (tho it does disapte rather quickly.
It could defiantly use more color, but its clarity is quite refreshing

S: this beer gives off a lovely spicey/sweet hop smell. It is a rather weak smell however, and almost smells a bit of metal
Still its not bad. but needs to be more defined

T: this is where ST really always delivers, and its not exception here. Lovely hoppy flavors, tasting greatly of Grapefruit american hops, which are medium strength, yet balanced by the sweetness of the malt, which is barley detectable

a hop heavy brew, the taste is rather good. I would give this one a 4/5

Mouthfeel: mostly watery, with a nice acidic bite from the hopps.

overall: this is not a bad beer, but I feel that it is a bit off, since it doesn't taste like a winter beer at all, but a nice balllanced IPA.
their is not enough spice for me to consider it a one

however, To ward off the cold, this beer does nicely. It really delivers a good hoppy brew, and I feel that it deserves a solid 4/5

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a smaller chalice, color is lighter amber, transparent; head presents thicker on warmer pours, this time was 1/4" thick, then dissipates to froth and rings.

Smell is subdued cold, but as it warms is light toasted malt and bigger hop citrus and resin, pine.

Taste is quite crisp, nice clean malt profile, with some light toast and caramel, but not over sweet; bitterness overtakes and lingers in the tongue, flavors are more resin and pine with notes of lighter citrus.

Mouthfeel is quite pleasant for the strength, maybe some lingering bitterness and caramel notes, but not cloying or taste bud destroying.

Overall, another great tasting brew from southern tier, clean tastes good hop and bitterness profile; a nice winter take on the hopped up beer, and a unique take on the old ale style, maybe more clean and hoppy than i would have expected but a solid brew.

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

It only seemed appropriate to review Old Man Winter after snowshoeing in the 12 inches of snow that we got today.

A: A medium copper with good clarity. The head is thin but long lasting with creamy light-tan bubbles.

S: The aroma is kind of faint when it's cold but gets strong as it warms having a moderately-light hops aroma that is mostly citrus and a little bit resinous pine. There is a moderate malt with a clean sweetness, a touch of fruity esters and a slight peppery aroma.

T: A firm hops bitterness with a moderate hops flavors that are earthy, pine and citrus peel. There is some malt sweetness with a light bitter cocoa flavor but the balance is decidedly bitter. There is a low fruitiness from the yeast that is of light fruit. The finish is slightly sweet.

M: A slightly creamy, medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

O: Nicely bitter for an an Old Ale with a bit of hops in the and peppery phenols in nose. Many of Southern Tiers beer caters to the hops lover and this is one is no different but mostly just the bitterness. I has a good hops bitterness but still manages to be a bit on the sweeter side, though no where near as sweet as most Old Ales.

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Photo of atr2605
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a deep red amber with an off white head with decent retention that leaves a small lace
S-raisins, spice, molasses
T-bit bready up front with a decent amount of bitterness and finishes sweet with raisin flavor
O-different style than many other winter beers. Big and full flavor that is very drinkable

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Photo of AmitC
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. My first Old Ale.

Brown color in the glass. Translucent. Some haze. Not one of the darkest old ales. Head is of creamy color and nature, about two fingers thick and with excellent persistence. A good stickiness on the sides that leaves some decent laces. Very few bubbles.

Aroma is purely malt based. Sweet, ester like. Some dry nuts and raisins may be. A very mild alcohol presence if i may say so. Some toffee like notes.

Taste: Malt sweetness, caramel like flavors and some very mild chocolate. A very good hop presence that is rich in bitterness. Tilts the finish on sweet bitter side with a touch of dryness. Some alcohol is observed, however it is very mild.

Mouth feel: Very good medium to slightly full feel. Some alcohol warmth. Some chewiness. Nice on palate. Low carbonation makes it very good to drink. No astringency of any kind.

A very surprisingly likable style and a good brew at that.

Style Rate: 4
Personal Rate :4

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Clear brown with an inch of off white head. Nice stick to the glass.

S. malty, raisins, spices, brown sugar. Nice nose on this. Not overpowering.

T. This is smooth as hell and has a nice balance of hops, malts, spices, and faint sweetness.

O. Very solid option for the season that is definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of BenjaminBlondbeard
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with some reddish hues. There is little head, and it disappears quickly. I can see minimal carbonation, and the glass has sparse lacing as the session goes on.

There is some citrus / pine hops on the nose, and some toasted malts.

These flavors, and more, come about in the taste. There is an initial pine hop, followed buy a sweet citrus, like orange and bitter grapefruit, then some raisin flavors as the very subtle toasted oat / toffee malts strike a nice balance. There is a great clean sweet sugar in this ale that blends well with the prominent hop flavors. The body is lighter than expected, and the finish is clean. The Somewhat minty, but more citrus, bitters linger with the clean rock candy sweet of the malts. This brew tastes great stat to finish.

A well hopped, not spiced, or overly sweet, winter seasonal. There is a well balanced blend of piney citrus sweet hops and subtle toasted malts that make this a wonderful winter ale.

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Photo of rangerred
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark copper with a one finger off-white head. The head seems to last forever and there is lots of thick lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Piny hops really stick out at first in the aroma but there are hints of much more underneath. Caramel and dark fruit are there along with some tree bark and earth. Almost a little bit of mint and some spices comes through.

The flavor begins mush like an IPA with pine, earth and caramel up front. These quickly transition, however, into peppermint and pine trees along with pitch. This is a little fleeting leading to a parting shot of caramel and a lingering bitterness on the roof of the mouth. Mouthfeel is somewhat chalky leaving a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, I really like the flavors in this beer. It really reminds me of a winter pine forest and makes for a good cold weather beer. Nice to see an Old Ale being made by an American brewery.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean brown pour with a finger of creme colored head.

smells of grapes, raisins, dates, molasses, chocolate, cinnamon. the taste is very sweet and malty up front followed by an even sweeter backbone of dark fruits and subtle nutty notes. very sweet and flavorful rich.

medium body with moderate carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

a nice winter warmer, sweet and malty, not to the point where it's undrinkable.. in fact it's quite enjoyable. a roasted nutty characteristic that satisfies the slight want for bitterness.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance - Pours a mahogany color with a one finger off white head. The head has moderate retention eventually fading to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of spices. There are strong aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Mixed with these aromas are lighter notes of a bready and caramel nature, which when mixed with the spice give a spice bread aromas.

Taste – The taste starts out roasty and bready with a very light caramel sweetness and a pine hop taste. Upfront there is also some nutmeg spice with more spice flavors come to the tongue as the taste advances. After the initial taste a cinnamon and allspice flavor come to the tongue. In the end the roasted and nutmeg flavors of the brew grow stronger with the caramel fading. A clove, moe pine hop, and light alcohol flavor greet the other tastes in the end to leave a rather roasted bittered spice flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. A thicker body and a slightly lower carbonation may have better accentuated the roasted, pine hop, and spice flavors, although even while said the feel was not too bad.

Overall – A pretty decent winter ale. It was a good blend of spice, roast and hop. Not bad and worth a try.

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Photo of weeheavybutdieting
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased in a Growler from Ale Yeah, Roswell GA. Served in a snifter.

A: A light mahogany with a hint of copper. Not as dark as I would expect from some Old Ales but still in the ballpark.

S: Carries a grain scent from front to back though in the middle you pick up a little bit of the malt aroma and something a little creamy.

T: The front of the palate picks up the caramelly sweet malt flavor but definitely carries the citrusy hops on the back end and into the after taste. I find myself wanting more of that sweet raisin after taste of other old ales but keep coming back for another swig. It is a balanced beer from front to back.

M: Lighter than I expected (could be that lack of raisin) with less carbonation after the original pour. Plus it has a light oily viscosity that coats the tongue. Reminds me of Bergamot in Earl Grey tea. Might have to try some for that to make sense. The mouthfeel is ok though I would like it to be a little heavier on a cold winter's night.

O: Overall it is a pretty good beer. Would definitely poor another, oops, just did. I enjoy the way that the taste is not overly complex and changes significantly from the front to back. It may be the gravity of beers I drink but I find the alcohol tones fairly laid back though you still get a nice warming in the tummy.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am pretty sure I had this before, but I wanted to try it again and review it this time. I usually am not too fond of brown ale based holiday beers, but this one isn't necessarily brown ale, is it.

Right off the bat it has a cool look to it. Pretty brown, nicely translucent and a thin head with nice lace. The aroma is not as pronounced as I would like but it's a nice hoppy smell with a bit of the malt too. The taste is of a dark bitter ale, but not overy so. The aftertaste is especially pleasant with a boozy, hoppy finish.

Unlike other Southern Tier products, I am not rushing out to get lots more of this, but it is a commendable brew that I intend to buy again.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich meringue-thick head sits very tightly atop a red-brown beer. Lacing already taking effect.

Rather muted nose shows off little other than bronzed malts and a semi-sweet toastiness. Flavor might turn out sweeter.

Brute bitterness from pine hops opens this beer up. The hops are a bit more detectable in the nose now as it slowly warms. It's brighter than expected and still showy with English-style malts. Aftertaste yields light tangy citrus and light booze.

Drinks very nice. Good level of carbonation conceals the booze a bit, even though the body is behind medium.

A beer I like to enjoy once or twice a season. I feel like it always throws me for a curveball.

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Photo of charlzm
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed May 1st, 2012. Brewed on November 2nd, 2011 according to bottle label. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Beer presents as a clear, golden/copper/caramel mix. Sticky one-finger head made of uniform, densely packed tiny bubbles that leave some sticky sheeting behind.

Aroma - faint spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), some brown malts.

Flavor: Starts off with piney bitterness and a touch of indistinct spice. Rich melanoidin midtaste. Caramel on the finish. not as acidic or sharp as I like, but that's not a flaw.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily.

Well done and drinkable, as long as your limit is one. A little too sweet and hot to have more.

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Photo of bnes09
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear bronze color. Good thickness on the head, excellent retention and a line of lacing after every sip with exceptional stickage.

Roasty malt and piney hop aroma, mildly spicy.

Hearty buttered biscuit malt with a mild hickory smoke. Robust earthy hop character in perfect balance with the malt. Not the most complex but very flavorful and refreshing.

Medium bodied, somewhat dry texture. Lively carbonation.

Really good brew. Solid flavor, a little different from the normal and highly drinkable. I think this is more of a winter warmer than an old ale, however.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier, I love you. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s try some beer.

A: Like an old ale should, Old Man pours a dark honey brown, with a texture of stagnant-water thickness. Not much of a head, but what shows up is a bit of fizzy off-white bubbles. Barely any retention, barely any lacing.

S: Lots of grass; these grains, though caramely and sugary, have a huge grain husk overtone. Toffee and indistinguishable dark fruits, along with some light vanilla, mix with that crisp graininess. Again, it all ends up quite leafy, but there is a big hit of alcohol toward the end (it isn’t very well hidden), and some light citrus hops.

T: Tastes better than it smells: a nice mix of malts and hops. The malts are bold and chewy, as husky as they come, in a grainy exhibition of peat, fig, and toasted whole-grain bread. There’s some bitter, complex hops, too, with an earthy, piney, bubblegum, and dried orange peel bitterness that lasts for an unexpectedly long while. The hops last all the way to the aftertaste, which is moderately dry with a salty hoppiness and some mint gum effects.

M: The texture here is chewy, but thins out before the palate is finished. Feels a bit astringent and metallic in the mouth, too.

O: An average old ale, and just that. Still, I enjoy the style, and I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Another tasty Southern Tier beverage – this brewery is not one to disappoint.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with a tiny touch of haze. Very mild effervescence feeds a finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly malty aroma with a rather biting hop aroma with a citrus character. Not bad, but not quite the malty bang I associate with the style.

Taste: rich malt flavor with more of those big citrusy hops. The flavor has much more of an "old ale" feel than the aroma. I think it's a good blend that works well.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Good stuff!

Overall: I like this beer. It's somewhat genre-defying in its hop character, but overall it's a very tasty beer I would gladly have again.

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Photo of gustogasmic
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank in a Duvel tulip 3/9/12--- bottled 11/2/11... OK!

A lovely tan cloudlike 2" head grows. Color is a dark reddy brown, caramel. Sticky lacing. Many fast bubbles comes from all over the glass and bounce around unpredictably.

Smells like spicy hops and dark fruits, especially plum.

The hops have mellowed big-time, but still leave a nice resinous, semi-bitter aftertaste. I can taste both red and white grapes... not what was expected! Very drinkable for the style- not sweet, only a little sticky. It's too juicy; leaves me wanting characteristics of wood, DRIED grapes, alcohol warmth, etc... the stuff that makes me love the old ale style. It's wintery in the spiciness, sure, but could pass for an IPA, esp. fresh, in its lack of malt backbone or character. The malts are certainly detectable in the feel of the beer, despite being largely absent from the taste. I'd be happy to encounter a fresh one, just for comparison's sake.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, I know that Spring has already passed March by but I wanted to give this a shot since it was available via the single bottle up in Totowa. Thankfully, this wasn't skunked and was a very good example of the style from top to bottom, especially given how well the alcohol was hidden.

Nice pour to this, with a light almond hue, frothy head, and good carbonation. The lacing wasn't really present but I liked both the nose and the mouthfeel to this. The balance was good and this had a good warming aspect to this to accompany a moderate amount of piney hops and a decent amount of spicy fruit, molasses, and floral undertones. There's a smooth earthiness in the back that everything fades into but nothing was too overpowering and the balance is about as good as could be here!

Given how strong this was, the alcohol wasn't that detectable and there was only a slight warming sensation as I worked my way through the bottle. This was an extremely accessible beer and for anyone unaccustomed to this style, this would be a great choice to start out with. Even in this freakish heat, I would have certainly popped open another had I had a second bottle with me.

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Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with 1-finger white head. Light retention and thin lace all around the glass.

Dry fruit and toasted malt come out in the nose. Cherries and plums get things started, then the toasted malt with a hint of biscuit comes through. No hint of the abv.

Flavor is warm malt, fruity spice, and a bitter-to-tart sour finish. Toasted caramel malt and more spice than fruit. Sweetness of the fruit gives way to a light sour finish. Some earthy hop bitters in there too, but are buried pretty deep. Again, no hint of the abv.

Rich feel, just a touch cloying.

Overall, a nice winter drinker.

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Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.