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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
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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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CampusCrew

Florida

4.35/5  rDev +17.9%

appearance: deep dark brown, great lacing and head. nice reddish glow

smell: nice hop presence suprising considering style but not brewer

taste: nice and balanced old ale. nice american touch on an engish classic. not a heavy malted old ale.

mouthfeel: medium bodied. nice sessionable big beer

drinkability: nice winter seasonal and will drink again.

11-27-2010 20:46:47 | More by CampusCrew
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prototypic

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

Old Man Winter is a bronze/amber color. It's mostly clear, and has burgundy highlights with a little backlighting. A cream colored head tops it off. It's somewhat modest and only rises to a finger in depth. It's quick to recede, and leaves a moderate coat of lace behind.

The nose is a little light on aromatics. It does feature a nice, lively hop scent. I wasn't expecting that, but I love it. They're mostly a mix of citrus grapefruit and orange. Caramel malts are noted, and add a bit of a sweet scent. Eh. That's about it. Alcohol is blended well, and isn't noticeable. It's not bad, but would be better with more strength.

The flavor is good. It's not at all what I envisioned. It has a nice, sturdy caramel malt backbone. It's a little sweet, but it's not too much. The hop presence is very impressive! It's full of citrus grapefruit and orange flavor. A healthy dose of pine follows. It's nice and bitter. The malts don't provide much balance. It's hop skewed, and it's not close. On the tail, there's a light, tangy dark fruit flavor. Alcohol is expertly blended, and is never a factor. Finishes hoppy, bitter, and a little dry.

Old Man Winter has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation is light and mellow. Drinkability is very, very high. This is an interesting, but tasty Winter release. I'm really enjoying this bottle. While it's not a lightweight at 7.2%, it goes down awfully easy.

Southern Tier crafted a nice Winter seasonal here. It's not your typical release for this time of year. It's devoid of any holiday spice presence. Fortunately, you won't miss it. The lively hop punch more than makes up for it. Calling this an Old Ale is a stretch. Save for the light dark fruit flavor, it's not really even close to that. It's much more a hoppy Amber or Pale Ale. Just sayin'. Damn tasty beer nonetheless.

11-27-2010 02:59:24 | More by prototypic
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aranheaney

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured into a DFH snifter:

A-chestnut brown with one finger of head and nice lacing that hangs on

S-very nice hoppy, malty, clove and maybe some cardamon

T-also very nice, agree with some of the other comments about this being a winter-warmer style, maybe we should reach out to Southern Tier for some clarification

M-also good

D-very high, easy to spend a nice winter evening with a few of these

11-27-2010 02:49:51 | More by aranheaney
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beerman207

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Pours a nice brown into the glass with a fluffy white head that leaves a nice skim and some bubbles which hang around a while.

S: Sweet, clove, bread, malt, perhaps a bit of allspice?

T: Bitter hop up front, malt, sweet

M: Easy to drink but heavier carbonation than expected

D: Pretty decent brew. Can't say it's the best Winter Warmer. If its an old ale, it is terrible so I'm going to assume the beer is mislabeled here.

11-26-2010 03:20:41 | More by beerman207
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begforme4484

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a nice dark copper/brown color with ample tan lacing that recedes quick but sticks to the glass well.

Has a some nice floral and fruit hops on the nose. A nice spiciness and some doughy malts in there too.

A nice sweetness at first that is quickly taken by a floral grassy hop bite. All round spicy and finishes somewhat doughy/bready.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, moderate carbonation and very slightly resinous.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's not too heavy being 7.2, and aside from the warming, there isn't much of a hint of any alcohol. I could easily down a sixer if I had the hankering.

11-25-2010 03:27:00 | More by begforme4484
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TCgoalie

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +3%

Pours a burnt copper color and leaves a wondrous white film over the top of the brew. Lacing is solid creating winter landscapes of foam alongside the glass.

Smells of sweet malts are met with subtle fruity hops. An essence of pear and lemon mingle with the malts creating a 70/30 malt to hop aroma.

Much like the smell indicates, lemon-pine hops exist amidst slightly burnt malts creating a very drinkable brew. I'm not sold on the old ale title as it tastes more like an ESB.

The feel in the mouth is somewhat disappointing. Medium to thin for the style with not much else going on.

Like I mentioned before, this drinks like an ESB. Bottoms up and put a few back before you hit the sledding hill.

11-24-2010 23:56:01 | More by TCgoalie
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champ103

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%

A: Pours a clear copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms and recedes in a minute. Some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Up front is a zesty and spicy hop aroma with some citrus. That fades to some caramel sweetness.
T: Follows the nose. Kind of hoppy up front, and finishes with some malty sweetness. That is it.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation. Fairly creamy and smooth. Not a huge alcohol content for the style, but still some burn. A sipper.

Just kind of bland. There is some hops and sweetness, and that is it. Not really an Old Ale to me. Nothing bad, just middle of the road. Especially for one of my favorite styles.

11-23-2010 04:54:21 | More by champ103
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rembrant

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +7%

I didn't have a category for this when I drank it and reviewed. Old Ale? Okay. I just had an Old Ale tonight and...they were not all that similar. This has a real zingy,sort of west Coast hops,almost like a Dark Celebration. The other finished with a dry woody bitter,rather British. Both do have a lot of dark sweet fruit notes,however.

Appearence Gold-Brown, 2 finger cream froth

Aroma Some herbal aroma,caramel,bread,pine resins.

Taste A bit of caramel with then an array of interesting hoppy flavors. There's a bit of the dank bud,a bit of mixed citrus and something else rather unique but hard to describe that gives a hop side that's a bit different. I don't taste any "holiday spice" so I think it's a somewhat unfamiliar hop combo,perhaps some yeast effect?

Mouth Call it whatever..Dark Cascadian,a hoppy Brown,it has a good body and carbo,a nice if not extended finish and a good blending of various elements. the malt backbone gives substance and lets hop flavors be the show more than bittering

Drinkability...good, a middleweight ,hop forward beer,not high $ or hard to find. Interesting depth but now a flashy "wow' beer.

As far as I know...NO SPICES. It is not a "Winter Warmer" it's a damn nice beer that's a bit out of the box. It seems as if it's expected to have eggnog/punkin pie spice,and were that my expectation,I'd have avoided it. It's sort of a maltier Celebration with a bit more orange/tangerine to the hop side.

11-22-2010 06:54:18 | More by rembrant
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

A: This beer is a dark copper with a nice tan head, that leaves very nice lacing around the glass.

S: The smell is caramel with slight hops and a bit of almond hint at the tailend.

T: Great winter ale, close to being one of my favorites. Sweet malts and caramel nutty aftertaste, very pleasant.

M: Smooth and nicely bodied.

D: A beer that I would like to have in my fridge from December-February,great on a cold night.

11-22-2010 00:19:56 | More by thedoubler55
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nickthegun12

Alabama

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

the beer is dark reddish brown....with a nice foamy head...

smell of hops...very pleasant....maybe some sweetness from the malts....

taste like an ipa....very bitter....some spiciness from who knows what....thats what makes this an old ale in my opinion....

a very dry mouthfeel...nice lacing...

decent session beer...the abv is a little high....but decent drinkabillity...

11-21-2010 01:53:40 | More by nickthegun12
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Amber in color with a dark sandy colored head that is thick and creamy, leaves ample lacing and retains well.

Picking up some belgian yeast scent along with some fruity jam and earthy and citrusy hops.

A generous amount of hops are present. They add a nice bitterness from start to finish. There is some roasty malts present with dark fruit sweetness. Plum, blackberry jam and toasted cracker also detected. Really, pretty good complexity.

Velvety smooth. Fuller bodied with a chewy texture. Awesome feel with a dry finish.

Drinks quite well. The overall flavor is fine, but personally, it doesn't do a whole lot. Still, this is a very good beer that makes a really good winter beer without the huge abv. Another winner from Southern Tier.

11-21-2010 01:51:57 | More by jera1350
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3%

Had this once last year and decided to revisit a year later, both fresh bottles though.

Old Man looks like a darker version of a oktoberfest or such, the body is dark gold with some brownish appeal, maybe some copper. A slow pour yielded a bunch of cream/egg shell colored foam that was thick and full but lacked life, leaving a cap, small squiggly lines on the way down. Smell is malty and rich and pungent, it does not leap from the glass, but the scent is full up front, caramel, chocolate, some lingering yeast, bread crumbs, some dark fruit, not old alse though. Same is for the taste, the toasted malt is there present and roasted as well, but not in mass quanity like the big boys. After that, some plum, apple, touch of chocolate. Don't pick up any hop flavor. Feel is medium strong and malty. Goes down with a slight punch to the tounge. Drinkability is one bottle would not have more than that. I see this as a really light old ale, as Rock Art Ridge Runner is a light English Barleywine. A smaller package(to style) of the bigger thing. All Southern Tier needs to do is add an old ale to their imperial lineup. I could see a bottle of this developing somewhat over a year but don't see it doing anything after that.

11-20-2010 02:12:19 | More by BARFLYB
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circlenine

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%

I am a huge fan of most of Southern Tier's arsenal, although I feel this beer misses the mark - although not by much.

The beer pours a nice rust/coppery color with just enough head that dissolves relatively quickly. It has an impressively hoppy aroma, although upon taste its bite is stronger than its smell. I am a fan of hoppy beers although this has a rather medicinal quality to it. To boot, drinking it doesn't seem to capture the essence of winter - although it does in fact warm the belly.

Not Southern Tier's best work, but not their worst either.

11-18-2010 01:34:10 | More by circlenine
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +7%

Pours a nice copper color with a decent head that fades to a swirl. Smells a bit waxy and earthy with a hint of spice overlaying the malt and some earthy hops. Nicely balanced with more of that waxy malt and spice and a bit of spicy hops. Quite smooth and a nice seasonal. Not too spicy or sweet, this is especially drinkable for a winter, but a little light for an old ale.

11-17-2010 03:21:05 | More by Georgiabeer
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

On tap at Bishop's Collar during the Philadelphia Craft Beer Express event on 11/13/10.

A - Clear deep ruby-tinged amber with garnet and copper hues and half a finger of off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and some icy-looking lace.

S - Earthy, herbal hop character with a hint of toasted grains as well as caramel and toffee sweetness. There is also a slight molassess or cola syrup aspect. Digging deeper, I am also able to pull out some spicy notes such as ginger as well as cookie dough.

T - Old Man Winter is surprisingly hoppy for a Winter Warmer, yet it still retains its requisite malty attributes by way of toffee, caramel and molasses, giving the flavor an almost ginger snap cookie aspect. A hint of alcohol also sneaks into the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and a hint of carbonation. Quite bitter for the style but with a sweet malty finish and moderate hop bite on the palate.

D - Good Winter Warmer but not awesome. Altough I enjoyed the hoppiness of this brew, it could have been creamier and more full-bodied... and warmer.

11-17-2010 01:57:44 | More by ffejherb
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mcnabb0001

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -28.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle no freshness date on the bottle

A- Pours a murky light brown looks like cedar water with a moderate white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Smell of citris hops and sugar cookie, also a little pine

T - Orange Peel, pine, lemon citris. The hops leave a nice bitter aftertaste. Hop bitterness begins to fade a little as this beer warms. But not spiced like I would have thought. Malt character is not what I thought it would be either. Maybe I am not familar enough with this style so I'm missing something???

M - Good carbonation and moderate body.

D - Its ok I probably wouldn't drink more than one and glad I only bought two.

Overall worth trying but nothing to write home about in my opinion much rather have a Rogue SPR.

11-14-2010 22:40:03 | More by mcnabb0001
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claspada

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

Aromas are quite malty with a large amount of dark fruits. A little bit of spice but much more of a earthy fruity quality.

The taste is malty, earthy and spicy. Has a bit of a hop kick to it that is not in the nose at all. Fruit is there but more hidden in the taste. More of a citrus based fruit taste, where the nose is dark fruits. The mouthfeel has medium carbonation and the beer hangs around for a while in the mouth. Very nice complexity in this as it has a good mixture of malt and hop flavors.

Overall this is a very nice beer. Nicely done beer and pretty complex.

11-14-2010 18:03:24 | More by claspada
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mbusster88

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A: Dark orange/brown in color. Carbonation really comes off the bottom of the glass. Thick head about 2 fingers.

S: Get some citrus from the hops, sort of grapefruit. Spices are definitely in this nose, and hops make this smell very pleasant.

T: Get the hops up front, sort of west coast taste, and then fades into woody flavors with burned malts and caramel. Lots of earthy flavors in the end and some really nice hop character here. Really balanced taste for sure. Hop tastes are similar to SN Northern Harvest IMO.

M: Clean and refreshing is this feel. Hops are all flavor not really bite. Hard to not drink this one all in one gulp as its really clean!

D: Could drink these all night. Great winter brew, but not overly heavy, great for a night of drinks. Would highly recommend this one!

11-11-2010 04:14:45 | More by mbusster88
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ryantaussig

New York

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Nice brown hue with a creamy white to off-white head. The head is quite sturdy and leaves little puffs that last the whole glass. Leaves a solid lacing along the sides.

S: Malts and a mild acidity are most prominent. There's a slight balance of hop aroma in the background.

T: Taste is well balanced with a good amount of malt and hop character. I'm sure cellaring it for a few months to a year would lessen the hop impact and bring more of the malts forward. Slight hints of caramel, raisins, and even currants in there. Finish is a bit bitter though.

M: Creamy and medium-heavy bodied. Finish is medium-dry.

O: A bit heavy to be knocking back more than two or three. Good flavor and the bitter finish keep you coming back for more.

11-09-2010 23:12:45 | More by ryantaussig
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glid02

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer ont op leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust caramel malts with large amounts of pine hop aromas. Also present are lighter amounts of herbal hops.

Tastes good. Large caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by solid amounts of pine hop flavors. Midway through the sip the pine flavors fade just a bit, allowing a more earthy and slightly spicy hop flavor to come into play. Near the end of the sip a slight amount of toffee makes a brief appearance before giving way to the hops to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but I was expecting more a winter warmer, or at least some spices, after hearing the name. At times I thought I detected some spices but I'm fairly certain it was just from the hops, if anything. Still, this is a good beer that's worth a shot.

11-07-2010 18:11:25 | More by glid02
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Brez07

Maine

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect pint glass

A: Dark orange pour. Large 2 finger fluffy off white head. Lots of active appearance. Lined lacing at the top of the glass

S: Light citrus hops, some pine. Some bread and caramel malt

T: Mostly malt, but the hops are there to provide a nice pine touch. Some grass and earthy flavors. Just a bit of spice in the finish

M: Full bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. Despite the appearance, carbonation is not that crazy. Coats the mouth and leaves some hop bitterness behind

D: Seems more like a balanced IPA to me, but regardless it's a pretty good beer. Just picked up a single but might just have to go back and grab a full 6 pack

11-04-2010 21:47:41 | More by Brez07
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jampics2

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

I think I've slept on this one the past few years, so I had to try it when a single was available for less than $1.50.

So, let me wake up from my hibernation and spend some time with the old man. The beer looks above average in my pint glass; it has nice clarity and an amber color with copper edges. There is some film on top, but the lack of head retention and lace knocks the score down a bit.

The smell is the first indication that I'm in for something off the beaten path of Winter beers. There's some great sweet caramel malt with lots of prominent toastiness. But the hops in this bad boy are kicking it! There's some hints of orange and grapefruit and some slight burned caramel or toffee from the malt. A nice start!

The flavor is particularly full and really nice for the season. The hops are there, adding some nice bitterness and a touch of citrus. The malt is very full and flavorful, with hints of roast and toast. There's also some great spicy notes and just a touch of booze. This is full-flavored and very festive without going overboard.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation. The carb could actually be toned down a touch, but it is not distracting. The aftertaste has some sweet and toasted malt with a hint of booze. This is a beer worth drinking during Winter months. It's a different take with all the spiced ales in the market this time of year, and I think it's well constructed and executed. Another winner from Southern Tier.

11-04-2010 19:06:20 | More by jampics2
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

6 pack picked up for roughly $9

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Semi rigerous pour brings up an inch of off white head. Fizzles away quickly leaving assorted bubble islands. Thin streaks of lace trail the glass.
Color is a deep and dark amber, transparent.
Aroma is a bit subdued but smells of light sweet malt and also light hops. Mild pine and resin mostly with an earthy spice.
Taste is much much better then aroma would indicate. Terrific malt and hop balance, sweet with a large doseage of cereal grains, although not husky. Hops deliver a sessionable, non pallete destroying amount of resin, pine and herbal leafy flavors.
Its a well balanced beer indeed with terrific flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.
I really enjoyed this beer. So glad I picked up 5 other bottles. This is something I WILL be grabbing more of. Recommend it to all.

11-02-2010 22:15:38 | More by Buebie
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jjchristiano

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%

Local liquor store just got in 4 cases of this (October 29)and I grabbed a six before it hit the shelves. (I grabbed a Pumking 22 oz also!)
Old Man Winter has a strong hop aroma and taste but the hops are smoothed out by a sweet finish.
High alcohol content hits quick. Probably couldn't do more than 2 of these at a sitting but it is very enjoyable. I drank ice cold but think letting get closer 50-60 degrees would give maximum taste. Will definitely go back to this one.

10-30-2010 02:06:54 | More by jjchristiano
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drewd0g

New York

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

Looks like a medium brown copper color. smells like toasted malts and a pleasant hoppiness. tastes toasty and warm. A good amount of hop bitterness in this one, has a good amount of bite at the end of it. pretty good mouthfeel, a little thin, but probably appropriate for the style. Drinks pretty slow, it's tasty but i'd probably wouldn't want more than one in a single sitting. Still a very well crafted beer. I really like Southern Tier, they make some great stuff.

10-29-2010 23:54:14 | More by drewd0g
Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.