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Old Man (Winter Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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1,135 Ratings

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Ratings: 1135
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%

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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 12-17-2003)
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Photo of kylehay2004


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger frothy head with nice lacing on a deep amber mildly hazy body.

S: nice sweet caramel malt aroma, gingerbread notes.

T: a little spicey with mild musty, dry hop notes. Touch of lemon.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice drinkable beer, a little dry in the finish. Nothing special but an easy to enjoy beer

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 06:36:18 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of dorianmarley


3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is translucent copper with a thin head and some lacing.

Nose is hops with some tangerine and caramel.

Taste is dense. The hops give off a tartness, with some solid malt running behind. The alcohol is apparent.

Mouthfeel is OK. The forwardness of the alcohol makes this a sipper. There is plenty of carbonation, which is refreshing.

Overall, this beer seems to accomplish what it wanted. It is hardy, warm, and appropriate for winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 03:23:10 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of maxk


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

Poured into a tulip from an undated bottle.

Clear copper liquid, sudsy/foamy head. Strong trail of lace gets left down the glass.

Pine and grass with a bunch of sweet, pale malt scents.

Hops flavors are subdued, probably due to the fact that this beer is a couple months old. There is a nice malt bill as a strong background to the grass and pine flavors. It's got decent body for a beer of its style.

It's an interesting cross between an Old Ale and a Pale Ale, malty but hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 03:14:46 | More by maxk
Photo of RickS95


3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden coppery brown. Not much to look at with almost no head and zero retention, but at least it's darker than Bud.

Smells better than it looks. Very malty on the nose, a bit of pecan, and some dark, ripe fruits.

Taste is malty as well, but there's some earthy pine and biscuit.

Has a bitter bite at the end, resembling an American pale ale. Medium bodied, the alcohol is well-hidden.

Overall, it's a decent beer. There's nothing to write home about, but it goes down relatively easily.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 05:19:28 | More by RickS95
Photo of pokesbeerdude


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

Received this from maxk, 12oz bottle into a Fuller's Nonic.

A: Excellent clarity, nice new penny copper in color with an eggshell white head that foams up to almost an inch and slowly fades to a thin cap, as it recedes there are excellent rings of lacing left behind.

S: Malty and fairly sweet, slightly minerally, and a bit of an earthy hop profile. Caramel malts, and a slight yeasty ester. Slight amount of toasted bread.

T: Follows the nose nicely, not overly sweet like some old ales/winter ales can be. Nice malt profile, grainy with some caramel. Decent hop profile, resinous and earthy with a very pronounced bitterness to round things out. Pretty darn tasty stuff.

M: Medium body, fairly slick in the mouth finishes right in the middle, not sweet or dry. Slight warmth on the finish. Really nice.

O: Really flavorful winter beer, I would love to have regular access to this in the winter. Very nice beer, glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:13:45 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of JohnnyMc


2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very easy to drink winter seasonal ale. The taste is not bold, but subtle. The bottle says it is brewed with 3 kinds of hops and 2 kinds of malts, but overall the malt, smoky taste comes through over the hops.

There is a slight bitter aftertaste, but there are hints of fruit too. For the decent abv, there is not event he slightest hint of alcohol in the aroma or taste and that's a big plus.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:15:59 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small caramel and gingerbread like smell. In the taste, coriander and cinnamon spices, and a malty gingerbread like flavor underneath it. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon to clean aftertaste. Spicy and malty, with a nice spice blend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2012 15:10:19 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of dexterk1


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to pint glass it looks pretty good. Color is a dark amber/reddish. Head is thick and lingers.
Odor is floral, citrus, malt and a little sweet.
Taste is strong in malt early and goes to more floral at the end. Some coffee present as well.
Mouth feel is relativity sturdy. Lingers a little at the end.
Overall a good winter beer that will keep you warm.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 01:20:26 | More by dexterk1
Photo of HopNelius

New York

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

Served out of 12oz bottle into American Pint glass.
Appearance - dark amber, medium carbonation.
Smell- dark fruit, spice, cinnamon, Ginger.floral hops.
Taste-notes of dark fruit, cinnamon, notes of floral and citrus hops, well balanced.
Mouthfeel- pleasant spices and hops
Overall- solid very drinkable winter brew, complex flavors but nit overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 03:40:00 | More by HopNelius
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solo 12 oz bottle on sale and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden amber color, mostly clear with a hint of haze. Thin white head with miniature bubbles. Have had other draft and bottled servings of this with a more pronounced head

Aroma: Malty aroma with hints of skunky hops. Reminds me of Great Divide Hibernation.

Taste: Initial wave of hops upon sipping. Strong malt backbone attempts to balance this out. Leaves a piney hop flavor in your mouth. Classic lingering leather taste most old ales share.

Mouth: Light with an oily feel. Slight alcohol burn, understandable at 7.7%.

Overall: A beer I find myself drinking every winter. Solid brew from a great brewery. Can't argue when its flying solo at $1.65

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 22:57:37 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of challenja


4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured On Tap 4oz pour at the Black Squirrel in Adams Morgan DC.

A: A nice blood orange. Heavy carbonation frothy two finger head.

S: Nice citrus rind, hearty apple, subtle nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon.

T: Heavy spice upfront, long lingering Bavarian hops. A mellow middle. Long all spice and cinnamon finish. One long lingering black better bite.

M: Heavy carbonation, mellowing middle, nice spice and lingering bite.

O: A really descent winter ale. Nice and spicy. Fire crackling good. This is one slow long traveler like the Mad Elf.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 21:14:36 | More by challenja
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass:

A: amber/brown colored body with a white lumpy head that dissipates within seconds, what there is of the lacing slides down the glass

S: some roasted nuts, light clove, hops and alcohol

T: spicey through the clove and the roasted nuts come back to mix in with the hops for a good balance.

M: about medium with the alcohol felt

O: this is good for the style and for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 18:23:23 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of jedtheavenger


3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A--pours a crystal clear amber brown with a finger-thick off white head. A nice little film of foam hangs out quite comfortably for the rest of the glass.

S--Nothing really jumps out at me right away. There's a bit of a grassy odor from the hops, and the alcohol makes an appearance along with raisins. Perhaps it could be that I'm a bit congested right now, so I might need to come back for a re-review.

T--First impression of clove and sweet potato gets cut through by a little burst of hops. Aftertaste is alcoholic and vaguely bitter--it doesn't linger nearly as much as I would have hoped.

M--In my opinion, the best part about this beer. It's got a nice creamy head that hits my tongue without seeming thick or cloying, followed by just enough bubbles to keep it from being dull.

Overall--There's not much excitement to this beer. I paired it with some abergele cheese, which gave it a little more purpose. I would strongly recommend drinking this beer with some sort of food. It doesn't have enough character as a standalone, but the flavors really popped when contrasted with the cheese.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 03:44:01 | More by jedtheavenger
Photo of Cylinsier


3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours a deep caramel amber color, basically clear, low head lacing.

Smells of piney hop resin and some brown sugar malts.

Taste is hoppy, floral and piney, decently bitter, along with some spiced caramel and molasses malts, rich but not overbearing.

Feels fuller and syrupy with a stinging carbonation.

Pretty darn tasty, the hoppiness and maltiness are balanced quite well. Definitely a good cold weather ale, maybe just a bit too heavy to drink a lot of, strength notwithstanding.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2012 00:00:25 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of cps98


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

Got this from a buddy, I told him I wasn’t a fan of the winter/holiday beers with spices and such. He said this wasn’t the typical over-spiced winter/Holiday Ale I am used too.

A – Poured a really nice super clear sunset orange, with a healthy 2 finger head that lasted for quit a while. I noticed really nice lacing as I drank this beer.

S – Really fresh hop aroma, some citrus notes

T – Lots of hops, some citrus and a little pine.

M – Really nice bitterness, with equally good CO2 bite. Light to medium bodied with lots of active carbonation. The hops played nicely with the malt and everything melted together.

O – I would drink this winter brew anytime, really nice and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 18:40:48 | More by cps98
Photo of sweemzander


3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear caramel colored amber. Not much head; some lacing though.

(S)- A subtle rich caramel malt sweetness. Bits of a fruit cake/ raisin bread background.

(T)- A nice caramel malt sweetness with bits of fig and honey. More of that bread in the finish.

(M)- A nice smooth carbonation level and a good balance. Sweet and malty but not overpowering either.

(D)- Not bad; a straightforward old ale. And a very approachable one for the style. A nice little winter styled ale for the season.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 16:31:55 | More by sweemzander
Photo of LiquidAmber


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

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a clear medium red-orange amber. Half finger fine white head dissipates slowly, leaving lacing. Mild aroma of fresh light fruit and slight hops. Flavor is fairly subtle, dominated by roasted and bready malt, light citrus. Finishes rather dry with a bit of a phenolic flavor that may be contributed by the spicing and hops. Medium bodied. The main flavor is nice but the finish taste combination doesn't work for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 04:43:09 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of cbless97

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Transparent amber color. Finger width of fluffy head.

S- clean, crisp, grapefruit

T- light citrus flavor, sparingly hopped.

M- A bit rusty taste, significant staying power on the tongue.

O- I was duped a bit into thinking Old Man Winter would be a darker more stout like beer. Very light for what I had been expecting. A decent beer, though if I knew it were going to be so light I would want some heavier hop to it. I would drink it again if I see it on top, but I would not buy a six pack again.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 00:55:52 | More by cbless97
Photo of Mitchster


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

$2.19 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. OG=16.8L, 7.7% ABV.

Pours out to a very light amber, quite lighter than expected for an old ale, forming a modest white head with good retention and average lacing. Moderate carbonation. Considering that Southern Tier generally does a good job with their stylistic interpretations, at 7.7% ABV, this seems a bit low for Old Ales. The aroma is also quite mild...smells like an amber ale, with some delicate floral hops, a slight skunkiness, and some bready and nutty malts. The mouthfeel is bright with a pleasant acidity and a medium body. ..the body is actually quite light for a 7.7% ABV, so probably some highly attentuative yeast. It also tastes pretty dry, with little residual sweetness like most old ales. No dark fruit at all like I would expect for the style. The bitterness is quite firm, comparable to many IPAs. No tobacco or leather like most Old Ales. Rated in general, not to style.

This really shouldn't be called an Old Ale, although it's still a good beer in general. Stylistically, in color, bitterness, ABV, OG, and flavor, it's an IPA. Go for Northcoast Old Stock, Hibernation, Curmudgeon, Third Coast Olde Ale, or Jubilation if you want a real Old Ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:47:30 | More by Mitchster
Photo of capeannbass36


3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a bright orange brown, topped with a one finger, off white head that dropped to a light ring after two minutes. Light lacing throughout.

S- A little pine, a little hops, and some citrus.

T- Follows the nose. Pine, hops and citrus. Just a hint of bitterness at end.

M- Slightly oily. Light carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

O- Not bad at all. Pretty well balanced. Booze is hidden. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 21:27:31 | More by capeannbass36
Photo of barleyroad


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

Appearance is pure amber, clear too. Smell is hoppy and nice with hints of malt. Mouthfeel, Ah, very nice leaves the tongue nicely. Like the hoppy finish. Taste is very nice, but this resembles an IPA over the winter ale. We will take it, because this is a nicely done beer. Overall this beer has a nice flavor and finish. The blend of hops is good and mixes well with the malts. Great burger beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 00:55:03 | More by barleyroad
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear brown with a thin off-white head. The head has rather poor retention and leaves almost no lacing lacing on the glass.

A fine mix of malts and earthy hops, There's a hint of cannabis in both the aroma and the flavor -- a reflection of the biological affinity of hops and cannabis? This "winter ale" is not spiced, at least not perceptibly so. Good, lingering, hoppy aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 03:16:34 | More by chinchill
Photo of cratez

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a 6-pack purchased at Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, MI.
A: clear amber hue with a thick off-white cap and sheets of lacing on the snifter.
S: navel orange, peach, apricot, pear, red grape, earthy and floral hops, slight roast, bubblegum, must, and spice box.
T: citrusy and zesty hops upfront, roasted-bready malts and mild caramel sweetness mid-palate, dried orange peel, green grape, and a grassy-astringent bitterness to end.
M: full side of medium-bodied, smooth and creamy middle, punchy, citric and spicy hop bite precedes a drying bitter finish. Grapey grassiness lingers on the palate, alcohol warms the inners.
O: a well-hopped and unconventional old ale. Strikes me as a cross between an Extra Special Bitter and Winter Warmer. I look forward to savouring my last bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 06:34:51 | More by cratez
Photo of mattbk

New York

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Copper to light brown in color, clear, filtered and forced carbonated, large bubbles arose during the pour. A decent head which didn't fade quickly.
S= Piney hops with some bread malt, and maybe some light toffee in the background. Not very strong, was expecting a bit more out of the aroma.
T= A slight malt sweetness in the front, followed by strong hop bitterness over the tongue. The final sip has a slight alcohol burn. Not very malty. This beer has to be very high in terms of IBUs. Not bad, the hops are tasty, just not what I was expecting.
M= Thin to medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is appropriate.
O= This really struck me more like an IPA without a strong hop flavor burst. I was expecting a lot more malt sweetness. The alcohol comes though in the finish, I would have preferred if this was sweetness. Despite all of this - not bad maybe as a winter warmer - but I wouldn't want to drink more than one at a time.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 02:38:52 | More by mattbk
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

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

Southern Tier Old Man....on tap at Dark Horse in NYC....

Appearance-a light to medium yellow body with a two to three finger head. The carbonation is very active and the head tops off nicely.

Smell-very piney hops, are they trying to make it smell like a Christmas tree because if so they did a decent job. The hops outweigh the other quieter smells of alcohol and breaded malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel-again the hops pull through strongly, medium to heavy mouthfeel, nice smoothness with a little malt backbone that adds some nice balance. For how strong this beer is it's impressive that the alcohol is fairly well hidden and doesn't dominate. You'd rather have the hops take the lead here than the alcohol.

Overall-a nice beer, as others have noted I'm not so sure it's really much of an old ale but it's a flavorful hoppy beer with some nice characteristics. Worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 20:39:30 | More by TheDeuce
Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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