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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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1,204 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,204
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 33
Gots: 48 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 12-17-2003)
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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

Pours a clear light brown with a thick offwhite head.

Smell is a piney,citrusy with a solid biscuit backbone.

Taste is a blend of powerful hops, esthery yeast, and sweet bready malt. Very good balance. Kind of like a brown ipa like dfh's indian brown.

Good mouthfeel and very drinkable. This was one of my favorites this past Christmas.

aubuc1, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of jpro
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Closed for Business...

A: Served in a shaped pint glass... Deep copper / mahogany, with a slightly off-white, creamy, one-finger head that manages some pretty good retention and leaves a few thick rings of white lace.

S: Hoppy... wow, wasn't really expecting this! Lots of citrusy / grapefruit rind hop character in the nose; also some lightly roasted malt aromas.

T: Interesting brew here... Pretty substantial bitterness from the hop department, yet kept in check by toasty malts and some caramel / perhaps even toffee-like sweetness; quite flavorful.

M: Leaning towards the full side of medium-bodied; low-moderate carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable, considering the hoppiness and abv... a good / interesting take on a winter ale.

jpro, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle -No best by date visible.

Poured a light brown with two finger head that held it's retention - good carbonation

Smell - Some roasted malts , with mild hops, spice hints

Taste - Toasted malts upfront with mild hops , some spice but not as much as most Winter Ales.

Drinkability - Not to bad was impressed with a Witer Ale that wasn't overly spiced , decent hops with a good malt backing.

InebriatedJoker, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of NuggetNectar22
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Old Man from Southern Tier is a good winter beer. It has a full flavor w/ some hints of the outdoors. The appearance is a amber/brown color with some head. I nice lace around the pint glass. The smell is good and it tastes nice. Grab one of these on a cold winter day.


NuggetNectar22, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of matty
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is nutty and hoppy.Taste are hops,dark fruits and nuts.This beer goes down relatively smooth for a beer of 7%ABV.Just like the bottle says an ale that is probably best during the cold winter months.I would recommend and purchase again.

matty, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of mattgreger
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was a very nice pour. It has a nice deep brown color tht had a bit of redish hues running through it as it touches the light. It had a nice off white cap that has pretty good retention. Though the head was light, there was plenty sticky lacing follows as you drink the brew.

The aroma on this brew was nice. I was kind of expecting the same old winter warmer style aroma as I poured and smelled, but I was very suprised. This brew has a very crisp Cascade-hop aroma with some toasty, caramelly malts, lemon and almost an aroma of chocolate chip cookie dough. This brew seems to fit the winter season well.

The flavor of this brew starts pretty strong. You can taste sweet caramel malt and a interesting hit of grapes. Its really different. The brew begins to develop a bit of spiciness in the middle, then as you come to the finish you get a nice hit of the hops and pepper. A really well balanced brew. Something I can say I haven't really had before.

This brew has is a medium bodies brew, with a decent amount of carbonation. Though the brew had a nice lacing, it doesn' t have a very sticky feel at all.

This is a very drinkable brew. It has a nice balance that gives it the great bitter/sweet flavors. Its a great winter style brew, that would be great to have on a cold winter night. The ABV, though not high, gives a nice warming feel as drink it.

mattgreger, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of philbertk
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Southern Tier Brewing Company--OLD MAN Seasonal Winter Ale--Brewed with 3 Varieties of Hops and 2 Types of Malts--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. 65 IBU's? (3.0 / 5.0) Lacy white lasting light head. No sediment. Clear dark copper amber thin rich color. Slightly earthy toasted no spice mild hop front. Dry sweet thin textured fully fermented toasted caramel body. Crisp dry rich hot hop spice end. Big bitter but unbalanced. Sampled 1/14/2011. 6-Pack purchased for $9.25 @ PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 12/2/2010.

philbertk, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of laituegonflable
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darkish golden colour, slight haze and great-looking head, cream-coloured with nice dense bubbles. It sinks slowly, leaving pretty high calibre lace trails behind. Yeah looks good.

Smells very malty; darker than it looks as well. Golden syrup with walnut notes and a good belt of cocoa as well. Mostly sweet, but a nice dose of bitter as well, the way good rich molasses are (is?). Hint of some grassy hop but mostly a malt bomb. Nice.

Taste is an interesting one. Seems to take time to get going, with a slight brown sugar sweetness on the assault, then not much until the middle as the strong, complex sweetness takes hold. Lots of nutty notes with walnuts and some dark fruit as well, plum and raisins and of course more brown sugar. Finish has a slight subtle bitterness that nonetheless lasts quite a while. Not much hop flavour, but hints of resiny bitterness. Really like the flavours and the bitterness just finishes it well.

Full body, nice and slick as it goes down though. Damned nice.

A great tasty, hearty beer. Lots of complex sweet flavours well handled.

laituegonflable, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Clear orange brown with a big fat off white head.
smell: Doesn't sniff like an old ale. More like an IPA that's on the mildly hopped side.
taste: Not sure what to make of this. Not bad, but not particularly good. Tastes like an AMerican IPA and an ale all mixed up.
Maybe I'm a little too hyped since most ST brews I've had have been kick ass. Hoped for a heavy duty Old ale or Winter Warmer.

cindyjeffsmith, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of Jesstyr
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Usually love some Southern Tier, but pretty disappointed by this offering. Served in a tulip glass.

Nice amber, with about a finger of head and a good amount of lacing. Nose is sweet malty, right on for a old ale, and probably the best element of this brew.

Taste is where this is most disappointing. Hops overwhelm (though aren't that strong) any of the characteristic malt for this style, or even some of the vinous or fruity flavors. This tastes more like an IPA to me, which is fine, but its not the right style. Mouthfeel is light and its fairly smooth.

Jesstyr, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Clear orange amber color. Two fingers of beige creamy/frothy hybrid head with average retention and a good amount of lacing.

3.5 S: The aroma is really nice, but it's just too damn weak. Toasty, caramel, nutty, and winter spicy with emphasis on nutmeg.

4.0 T: The taste is a bit more outgoing. Toffee and caramel are strongest. Next are piney and earthy hops. Moderate bitterness. Christmas spices with nutmeg and just a touch of cinnamon.

3.5 M: Medium body. Carbonation is a bit high for my liking in the upper moderate arena. This is a bit chewier than I'd like. Otherwise, good.

4.0 D: This isn't a bad beer. The mouthfeel could benefit from a few changes, but the taste is good enough and it gives a hoppy bitterness bite that is a welcome change from most of the beers of this style out there.

DavoleBomb, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of dedrinker
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronze to nut brown color with a light tan head.

Aromas of sweet toasty malts and a musty sharp earthy hoppiness.

Nutty and slightly sweet malt flavor with noticeable hop character. Kinda like a hoppy Scotch Ale.

Medium-full body with the malt and hops trading blows all the way to the finish, where the hops edge it out by a hair.

dedrinker, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A good looking beer. Deep brownish-orange with a two finger tan head that has great retention and a ton of lacing.

S: Lot going on on the nose, first smell is malts, followed by spices and a fair amount of hops. It's a little surprising to find such a strong malty aroma that doesn't seem to cover up the hops at all. It smells rich and fits the winter season well.

T: I'm liking what I taste. Not surprising for how it smells, but there's a lot of caramel malt flavor up front, followed by some slight spicy notes and finishes strong with the hops. A really well balanced and delicious beer.

M: Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Not sticky in the least.

D: I found this to be a readily drinkable beer. The balance of malts and hops meant that it was neither too sweet or too bitter. Just a great beer for a cold night.

DaveBlack, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of shand
3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

This beer pours a very deep brown, wood-esque colour with a fingers wroth of head that retains well. The aroma is a little strange. It's a mix between heavy, sweetened malts and bitter, floral hops. The taste is also a little out there. It's a mix between an old ale, and an imperial IPA, in a way. It's both heavily malted, and heavily hopped. However, I feel that the malts are just way too strong, making this an extremely unbalanced beer. The fig/raisin notes don't help this matter. The hops remain, trying to shove their way into the forefront, but all they do is unbalance the beer and make it a difficult drinker.

The mouthfeel is alright, it's medium thickness and carbonation. The drinkability is alright as it goes down, but the overwhelming aftertaste really hurts it. As a Southern Tier fan, I'm a little let down by Old Man. It's just not very good, the flavor never quite meshes together correctly. It's almost like they threw everything they had in the bottle, and it never quite works right.

shand, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks great. Dark mahogany, with a light tan close to a finger of head that laces well.

Aroma is malty, slightly sweet, but at the same time, theres definitely some hops in there. Slight spice. It's unique, but I like it.

Malty sweet, a little nutty and woody, with a nice, spicy, crisp stark bitter finish. Different than any other Old Ale, but I do like it.

Feel is medium in body, fairly carbonated. A bit more crisp and thin than desired.

Solid drinkability. I like the bitterness of it and would drink it plenty.

EgadBananas, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Spikester
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a modest off white head that recedes quickly and leaves a good amount of lacing mostly on the upper half of the glass. Aroma is floral and caramel malts. Taste is semi sweet caramel with a good portion of pink grapefruit bitterness. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Mouthfeel is good with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is perhaps too good and this brew will send you to bed early if you try to drink too many. Excellent Winter Warmer without the cloying sweetness of many of that style.

Spikester, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of alli4051
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint.

Another brew not available in CO I was glad to try while home for the holidays. Pours a deep, clear, amber with a tan head. Head is big and foamy, leaving some nice lacing as it slowly recedes. Big malty nose with a pleasantly surprising hop character. Taste is lots sweet malt and dark fruits up front with a nice hoppy bite to the finish. Alcohol is well hidden as there is only a subtle solvent like flavor that actually plays nice with everything else. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Glad I got to try this and would definitely drink it again.

alli4051, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of BB1313
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark amber w/ nice fluffy white head and sticky lacing. I'm picking up alot of malts and grains. Also lots of caramel and toffee. The hops are present, but take a backseat to the maltiness. This one finishes bittersweet. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, not overly carbonated. Drinkability isn't bad, these are the kind of beers you want to enjoy, but not by drinking alot. Old Man definitely has an English influence.

This one doesn't really fit the bill of an "old ale", but makes a good one to enjoy in the winter time.

BB1313, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of beersensei305
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber, the one of the best heads I've ever seen. Great retention, white foamy big.

S- Major aroma, citrus and hopy. caramel malts

T- piney, citrus, some carmel nice spicy malt finish

M- Creamy and sticky, not very carbonated

D- a sipper nice winter warming brew

beersensei305, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, hops, slight grain, sweet malt, and a hint of floral aromas. Does not seem to fit the style of an Old Ale, but it's labeled as a Winter Ale on the bottle. It is much closer to a Winter Warmer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of grain, hint of citrus hop, and hint of floral. Overall, good appearance and blend, but lacking in body.

Tone, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery.

Appearance: Dark amber with a finger of white head.

Smell: Very malty and spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.).

Taste: Cinnamon, caramel malt, sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy.

Drinkability: A very nice winter beer that hits the spot on a cold December night.

Axic10, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks great. A fair amount of tan head that sticks around a good while. Body color is dark copper, and is cleanly filtered.

Aroma wise it's bready, metallic, and a slight powdery dryness.

In the taste there are raison or fig, some sweet bread, and mild metallic hops.

Feels medium to full in body, decently carbonated for a smooth crispness, and ends a bit on the dry side.

TheSarge, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of aepb1
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Translucent amber body with an airy white head (frothy)

S- Piney/citrusy hops that I can smell from the glass sitting on the table!

T- Well-balanced between a toffee malt flavor and the piney/citrusy hops from the nose. Finishes bitter hops and no notice of the alcohol

M- Medium, moderate carbonation and finishes dry

D- Very easy to drink with the balance

aepb1, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of TheBigBoy
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice full-bodied beer good for winter drinking. Thick, tasty, belly-warming. Has taste of a good old craft beer without an overpowering alcohol taste. Very good for one or two, but certianly not something you can stick with if drinking a few beers for the night

TheBigBoy, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of magine
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a fluffy, patchy white head. Head settles to a lace island. Some patchy, spotty lacing along the edges as you drink. Good looking brew.

Brew smells of oily resiny hops, grainy malts. Fruity hops as well. Pretty good smell.

Brew is smooth and has a bready grain malt flavor. Has the floral hop notes as well as the fruit hops. Good balanced carbonated brew. Brew finishes slightly dry and has some decent hop bitterness to it. Good brew.

This is a surprise, I picked up a six pack and had no idea what to expect. Good stuff, and drinkable.

magine, Dec 29, 2010
Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,204 ratings.