Old Man (Winter Ale) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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539 Reviews

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Reviews: 539
Hads: 1,437
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 46
Gots: 161 | 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

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Beer added by: Jason on 12-17-2003

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Photo of barleyroad
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of auxiliary
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark amber color with a nice head and left some great lace on the glass.

smell - Toffee, alcohol, and malt.

taste - Starts out spicey with malt, and some hops ending it out.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice sipper at night, or in the winter time. (279 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,152 characters)

Photo of shambeano
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a- a murky brown, slight head about a half inch.

s-malty, hints of dark dried fruit. smells very good.

t- has a great maltiness to begin with, a lasting bitterness, can still taste the lingering bitterness about half a minute later. a slight heat in there, but it works well. am impressed

m- lightly carbonated, not much bubble coming through, although perhaps not as thick as i was expecting from the type and ABV.

d- overall, a very drinkable, almost dangerously so for the ABV of this beer

overall a pretty damn good drop, great beer for a first review. (561 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a clear amber color. Barely any head came out on this but did leave some spotty, wispy lacing.

S: Nose is of caramel malt and floral hop.

T: Taste starts with a zest of floral hop. Middle is blended extremely well in to a caramel malt base that stays in the background through the rest of the beer. Finish is full of grassy, piney hop flavor.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oily at first and then dries out.

D: This is a damn fine drinking beer. Extremely well blended, not over done. I would sit with this one all night...and then again the next night. (592 characters)

Photo of shirfan
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tawny amber with sticky white lacing, this had a fresh, citrus/pine hoppy aroma well-balanced by roasted malt.

Taste follows suit, striking an excellent balance. A sort-of-roasty, black and tan type malt profile leads the way for a restrained but flavorful pine-resin hop finish. Tangy, active mouthfeel without any attention-whore yeast flavors. The finish especially, reminds me a bit of Celebration Ale, but far smoother, without the rough, unfinished leafy note of this year's batch.

Another very nice ale from Southern Tier, impressively drinkable. If I cellar a case of hoppy christmas ale, it's going to be this one, not a Californian offering. (659 characters)

Photo of aepb1
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
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 (364 characters)

Photo of Spikester
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking beer, amber tending toward brown. Not much carbonation, and the head, at first fairly nice, receeded quickly to a thin film. Smells very nice, pleasing pine hops with a slightly earthy undertone. A very nice beer, full on piney hops, with just a touch of orange at the end. Lightly malted, but the hops aren't over the top. Just enough for an oily mouthfeel, but not enough to really pucker. Mellow and easy drinking, with that touch of hop oil. (460 characters)

Photo of jjchristiano
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (473 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12 oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Dark brown with amber highlights in color. Has an off-white head with a 1-finger head that quickly dissipates and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Strong roasted malty complex with hints of coffee, caramel, and hops.

T: Smooth rich ale with a roasted malt bitterness. Strong chocolate and coffee overtones, with a nice malt background. Hints of coffee, caramel, and cocoa powder. Slightly hoppy and very smooth.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: A well balanced, easily drinkable, well put together winter ale. Just enough alcohol to make it interesting. (610 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good bit going on here. Definitely holiday-timey. The most general overall impression/reminiscence is that of a generously-spiced whiskey. A dark and dank liquor topped with feathery-soft suds. Smooth, sweet, spicy, and foamy. A little roasty, finishing with a residual sweet brown sugar l'essence.

One of the better (domestic) Xmas-time brews out there. Surely give it a try when it's out. (393 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a slightly off white one finger head which yields some decent lacing. The aroma is of caramel, floral hops, and some citrus hops. The taste is a nice caramel malt backbone with the notes of floral hops and citrus hops over the top. Nice hop flavor well rounded with the malt. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. The drinkability is good, you can sit and have these all night, more than enough flavors to keep you interested and wanting more. (473 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer truly worth warming up with. Pronounced malt flavors and feel, but balanced and spiced with flavoring and bittering hops (I'm guessing English?) The malt presence is firm and shares flavors of caramel, dates, nuts, pecans, and toffee. These are equally present in aromas as flavor. However the hops lurk in the background aromas, but are bold in their bittering. A medium grassy / piney hop flavor spices up the flavors and linger a bit longer than the malts. The beer is bold, solid, and firm, yet not heavy, cloying, or chewy. A good beer that eats like a meal. I do recommend. (586 characters)

Photo of tburkhart
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chefnash51 for this one.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a deep caramel with creamy head that clings to the glass.

Smells of deep malts, slight hops.

Tastes slightly dry and a bit of burnt caramel.

Holds true to the "Old Ale" style. Pretty good beer. (274 characters)

Photo of irishevans
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed live 3/1/2011, Happy St.David's Day.

A-pours with a slightly less than a 2 finger head that is white with a hint of orange shining through from underneath. the body is a light bronze color and is fairly translucent but not all that hazy.

N- yeast and malt, with a very faint almost undetectable fruit odor, like apple or something of the sort. also on the faint side are some hops, but they are very faint.

T- tangy! has some good sour-ish malt about it, along with an almost caramel apple taste about it mixed in with the flavor of raisains or maybe figs. the finish is a nice lingering tartness that isn't offensive in it's stay, rather it leaves just the right amount of flavor behind, it's also the only place I pick up on any hops at all, and they happen to be the more herbal variety.

M- crisp right off the bat, but gets progressively smoother, the sourness/tart quality doesn't quite make you pucker your face, but is still a nice (coming from a sour ale fiend). and the ever so slight hop note on the finish gives it a nice bit of a "tongue pinch" if you will. it's also of a medium to thick viscosity.

D- drinks easy, even with the thickness, tastes great and has a nice moderate warming feel, but doesn't taste like it's loaded with alcohol. I also think I'm a big fan of the old ale being used for a winter warmer. I do declare that I'll be drinking this brew again, and this Welshman (the 25% of my background that isn't as the name implies, Irish) is very happy with the beer chosen for his St.David's review.

Iechyd da! (1,551 characters)

Photo of hops4me
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Capital Ale House. Brown in appearance. Smell is malty with slight hop nose. The taste is alot of the same. This was a good old ale. I ordered it not knowing what their winter ale was. I was pleasantly suprised by it. I would order again. (261 characters)

Photo of nezelrac
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint

A - dark amber/mahogany; one finger of off-white head that fades slightly and sticks around; produces good lacing on the glass

S - bread and cake batter malt notes; hints of caramel and toast; top note of orange and slightly floral hops giving way to earthy and nut-meat notes

T - big malty richness with plenty of bitterness to balance (like an over-malted IPA); strong caramel note across the soft palate; decent length; spicy hop notes swirl through the palate pulling at the layers of malt

M - big and rich with a firmness from the hops; CO2 is just right - carries the malt across the palate without lightening it up

D - really quite drinkable for a winter weight beer without being ponderous (743 characters)

Photo of DaveBlack
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (841 characters)

Photo of HopNelius
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Southern Tier Old Man Winter has a very thick, foamy, soapy, off-white head, a clear, brown, cola-colored appearance, with few bubble streams and lots of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet bread crust, zingy hops, and toffee. Taste is of a pronounced, somewhat grapefruity hop bitterness, and sweet, brown bread crust. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Southern Tier Old Man Winter finishes crisp, refreshing, not a bit alcohilic, and quite drinkable. Delicious!

RJT (475 characters)

Photo of skenyon1811
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint.

A: Dark redish brown color. Quarter inch of head that retained well. Foam has a nice cream color and look to it. This beer looks awesome.

S: A little bit of spice in this one. Some nice hop aroma, smells like cascade. Not too much in the malt department, a touch of caramel.

T: I love the flavor here. Very bold but so well balanced. I get a nice caramel/ nutty flavor with this super fresh hop flavor. This is an excellent winter beer. Nice touch of spice too, nothing really strong.

M: Medium smooth body. A little bit of tingle on my tongue from carbonation and alcohol content.

D: This sixer I bought will take me no time to finish. This is an exceptional beer and it could rival SN's Celebration Ale for my favorite winter seasonal. (774 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (578 characters)

Photo of TheDeuce
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of ndekke39
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank a 12 oz. bottle of this, poured into a pint glass. Comes out a reddish-copper with a thin, white head. Good retention, a little bit of lacing on the glass. Nice winter smells of nuts, nutmeg, cinnamon, toasted grains. Dark, toasted malt at the center of the flavors. Again, a good warm quality. Mostly sweet and nutty on the tongue, like a lightly-spiced Brown Ale. Touch of bitterness in the aftertaste, almost like a dark macadamia nut. Medium-bodied mouthfeel, appropriate for the style. Overall, a nice, balanced session ale. Good for the season. Doesn't rely too heavily on gimmicky spices. Good example of the style - I will definitely remember this one! (666 characters)

Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.