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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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1,211 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,211
Reviews: 519
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 34
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 12-17-2003)
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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a light tan head. Not as deep a color as I have seen in a lot of other old ales. A bit lighter. Nose is a bit sugary sweet. Nice wood tones there as well. Seems to be lacking the right touch of complexity though. Flavor is tangy with a lot of citrus zest on there that I feel is a bit too much. Leaves a tart zing in the back of the mouth. As it warms it settles and keeps an interesting woody slightly sweet tone. Feel has a decent liquid feel and the carbonation is on the same level. Drinkable, sure. I can't really say this is the greatest old ale ever. I certainly have had others that carry a stronger profile than this. But it was worth trying.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of TheMistler
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, muted nutty brown color. Cheerfully bright where well illuminated. The puffy white head does dissipate rather quickly, but a nice film and big, puffy ring stick around. Also displays good lacing.

Hoppy. Reminds me a bit of Celebration on the nose, though Celebration is more... bright in its aroma. Slightly bracing citrus (grapefruit and, when you catch some malt as well, OJ). Caramel malts, cooked brownies.

Piney hops give way to... blah. I think maybe the spicing detracts from the malt flavors. Allspice? Mint. Sweet malt hovers in the background, caramel and brownie mix, crystalline sugar. Citrus notes come in. Hops and some spice remain on palate.

I'm vaguely reminded of when I used to sweeten up brownie batter with maple syrup and eat the resultant brownies with OJ. Swear to God, it tasted good. I wish the malts had been more forceful. This is nice, hoppy winter beer, but not very well rounded. Especially with the 8% ABV, this creamy but fairly light-bodied beer does go down smooth and easy.

TheMistler, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of kegger22
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Man was a very deep amber/brown with a decent head that didn't last long. A light citrus for an aroma, I couldn't discern any malt. This was either the lightest or "newest" old ale I have had. It tasted mostly citrus hops, just a little bit of malt and a bitter after taste. The feel was medium bodied with sufficient carbonation. Drinkability only fair. Not bad, but not as bold or malty as the other old beers I have sampled.

kegger22, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass.

A: Dark amber/chestnut brown with a rocky, light tan, 1-2 finger head with good retention and plenty of sticky lace

S: Caramel maltiness is overcome by floral and more prominently by herbal, minty hops aromas to give this brew a musty, earthy aroma. Not my favorite but distinctive.

T: The sweetness of the malt is cut quickly by an intense minty, herbal hops flavor that only adds to the mustiness. This top of hops flavor is harsh and doesn't blend well for me with the sweetness. This is a pleasant beer, and unique, but it isn't the combination of malt and hops that I enjoy most.

M: The feel is smooth and lush which belies the intense malting that occurred to make this beer. Aftertaste reemphasizes the herbal hops notes.

D: A bit musty and I wish more floral and citrus notes were present, but it is still an enjoyable old ale.

argock, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of AdamBear
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-thick amber with a foamy cream colored head

S-vanilla, barley, and a good amount of hops! smells good!

T-its a weird mixture of vanilla, barley, and hops. None of those flavors stand out and the taste comes out sort of weird. I feel it would've been best if the barley or hops stood out more. The after-taste is mainly a bad grapefruit bitterness with some vanilla in there as well.

M-medium carbonation tho there is a sharp finish

D-well the tastes stay, this isn't a bad beer really. it seems that a lot of the negative aspects drift away and i start to pick up the better tastes more, especially the vanilla.

AdamBear, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear deep amber color. An accidentally aggressive pour gave almost 2 inches of of rocky, medium tan head that had very good retention and lacing.

A very nice malt aroma greets the nose, with a bit of hops and yeasty spice in the background. On the tongue, all the flavors, malt, hops and the yeast, are very nicely blended. No feature really dominates, they compliment each other very well.

The body was a touch thinner than I look for in the style, but is still pretty good. Drinkability was very good, I may go back and grab a sixer to keep around for a while.

Overall, a very good beer, worth some effort to find.

beertunes, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of plumcrazyfx
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In no way is this an old ale. This is totally different from an Old Stock or Fruet. It's closer to Celebration or a Red Ale/IPA. There is no dark fruit or brown sugar. That being said it's a solid but not outstanding beer.

A- Clear redish brown, almost sparkles.

S- Hops and bready malt, ballanced.

T- Ballanced hops and slightly sweet malt with a dry earthy hop finish.

M- Crisp, lighter body.

This is not a sticky, thick old ale that coats the mouth and finishes with an whisp of alcohol. Really belongs in the Red Ale category. If you are looking for a real old ale- look elsewhere but it's a fine beer that's unoffending rather than a wow beer. Put it this way, if I saw this at a holiday party I'd be thrilled to not have to drink Bud. The problem is, if I want an old ale - this ain't it (I'll get a 4-pack of Old Stock for almost the same price). Other than that, Celebration is a cheaper/better beer. I don't see a reason to buy this again.

plumcrazyfx, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of CrellMoset
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of proteus93 - thanks!! Poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, dull orange - sort of the color of bourbon, actually - with a one-and-a-half finger off-white head of average retention. It leaves some nice fingers of lacing, blots and blobs. The head and lacing are really nice, but the color doesn't inspire too much.

Aroma: Big citrus hoppiness up front, a pretty strong punch, a pleasant surprise for the style. A few spicy flourishes as well, and a pleasant biscuity, cracker-like background.

Taste: More big citrus - orange zest, acidic notes, very much like orange juice - with a few spicy phenols that do a decent attempt at melding with the other flavors. A few sticky malt notes, caramel, faint toffee, maybe a few darker notes. Bitterness is faint, a little fainter than I'd like, as well, and almost lends a sort of soapy edge. It is expertly balanced though.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not too thick, with a crispy, bubbly, uneven mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A good but not great beer from a great brewery. Has that definite orange juice flavor that I don't really care for in my IPAs, much less my old ales, but other than that it's a solid of not outstanding beer. Alcohol's well-hidden, too, and not of an unreasonable level. Give this one a shot, though I can't recommend a sixer.

CrellMoset, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of gatorbreath
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notta bad offering in this growler.. poured into a pint glass

Hazy darker amber color on this with minimal head with some heavy bubbling minimal lacing, smell is of caramel, malt, syrups not much hops to speak of. taste is good, much malt, again with the caramels and syrups and a little spice. mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, could drink a few more of these, feels seasonal fo sho

gatorbreath, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of KYGunner
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a clean copper color with plenty of sticky fizz. Piney hops , bitterness, tea leaf malt and a meaty smoky aroma. There's a good balance of bitter hops and biscuity malt with some backdrop of molasses and dark fruit. The hop character seems mostly bitter and the malt has that tea leaf, biscuit and caramel flavor. This is an Old Ale? Seems like a decent Pale Ale.

KYGunner, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an orange-amber with a smallish white head that melted to a film of white and sticky white lacing.

Aromas of sweet amber malts and pepper with a hint of orange peel and bread dough.

Sweet malt only barely shows itself in the mouth with most of the flavors going to the bread dough, black pepper spice, and an orange peel hop finish. Bitter orange peel makes itself more well known as it warms and is quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin with a bitter finish that works well at drying the palette and making you look for another sip.

7.5% ABV is very well hidden. This feels more like a drinking than a sipping beer. Much lighter than the Old Ales I am used to.

IntriqKen, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid id a dark copper with good carbonation. The head is very small tan and leaves no lace.

The smell is ok mild hops, light spiciness and caramel malt.

The taste follows a nice mild spicy hops and a good caramel malt, with a slight bit of alcohol in the back.

The mouthfeel is goo, nice carbonation and a medium body.

The drinkability is good, not a bad brew and worth a try.

Prosit, MK

MuenchenerKindl, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts to crackle and pop immediately as I pour. Very loud beer. Pours a vibrant copper/amber color and is nice and clear. Smells of a ton of roasted malts and even some hazelnuts. Very well balanced, silky and big bodied. As expected a nice hop presence despite it being a winter brew. Butterscotch and roasted malt sweetness up front. These tastes wash away pretty quickly though as a spicy hop presence sweeps through. Also has some burning wood like characteristics to it. This slightly burnt characteristic lingers in the mouth a little. Makes you feel as if you've been sitting by a fire all day. Definitely could make for a more than solid winter session beer!

jtierney89, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of kimcgolf
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Chicago. Pours to a clear amber with hints of brown, and a thin off-white head that lingers to mid-glass and leaves okay lacing. Nose is a pleasant blend of earthy and dark fruit malted scents along with a hint of hoppy fruit. Mouthfeel for this medium bodied beer was slightly tingly and spicy, and the taste followed suit with the nose. Finish was long, and warming as the 8% alcohol started to make itself known in the second half of the glass.

kimcgolf, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of bigdeuce
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty nice warmer here, not sure if it is an old ale. More of an American strong, but yet, not overly hoppy in the slightest. Some nice tangy malts on the front end, bordering on overly sweet. Can't detect the actual fruits but it is somewhat fruity. Nice head great lacing also. Pours a dark, dark ruby red almost black. Smells of sugary plums and peaches. A nice brew, very strong, and highly drinkable.

bigdeuce, Apr 13, 2007
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 scruffwhor
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty amber that hasa few dark root beer hues in there as well. Nice head, retention, lacing, and even some lethargic bubbling. The aroma has tons of dense malt aromas. But they get musted out by te funky, piney and funky hops in this brew. Too hoppy smelling to be an "old" ale. Deep toasted, bordering on a faint roast, malt character. Plus some very ripe plums. But the bitter hop profile keeps this supposed "old ale" from being very malty or fruity. This beer has a little dry feel to it, and a resiny, musty hop bitterness. A little too bitter for me to call it an "old ale".

scruffwhor, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of Bones54
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12oz bottle.
Pours a dark brownish/red colour with a thin head.
Smell is faint, but presence of spice is there.
Taste- at first not to impressive, but as the beer warms taste gets much better. Has a bit of a bite to it, cinnamon spice flavor. Nothing overwhelming- actually a bit disappointing for a winter brew.
However this beer does go down easy, and is overall a fine beer. Wouldn't go out of my way to look for it- but at a modest price 6.99 for a six- I'd pick it up when I see it.

Bones54, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of Omnium
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice rustic amber color, 2 finger head, good lacing going on.
S - Sweet malts, bourbon, and some dank herbal hops, a few spices.
T - Sweet caramel malts are prominent here, and then comes in some herbal hop flavors and then some of the spice and bitterness.
M - A little sticky and sweet.
O - Not bad, but its best cold thats for sure, as it warms up it gets over the top with sweetness, and you really pick up the bourbon smell. Not as good as I remember it, but still a decent winter beer.

Omnium, May 25, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
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

CloudStrife, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of LeoPanna
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium-dark amber... when held to the light it radiates a nice orange. One finger head, nice and even coating over the top. most of the froth disappears right away when i swirl the glass, but what sticks thins out into some interesting patters..

S: Deep malts... bright hops...orange peel...spring flowers...nothing stands out, but it's a pleasant aroma, i already know this is a quality ale.

T: Springy hops just like the smell, don't know enough about specific hops but by "springy" i mean like spring flowers. Orange peel and tangerine essence. Malts are subdued but give it a nice dark balance in the middle of my tongue... the after taste ties in with the initial flavor, citrus and flowery hops with a nice warm alcohol burn.

MF: Smooth w/ medium carbonation... Sticks to the lips and fizzles down the throat. As it warms the carbonation seems to get a little heavier and the bitterness of the hops starts to steal the show..

O: A very nice Winter Ale... I'm a huge fan of Southern Tier's more subtle beers. I've been drinking so many extreme brews that these kind of medium-body ales are becoming my refreshment drink. It's late fall in NYC and they sell this around the corner, I'll definitely drink a few more throughout the cold season.

LeoPanna, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A crystal-clear chestnut body glows with auburn highlights beneath a good sized head of ivory colored froth. The head retention is fair and it leaves some nice, small, splashes and spots of lace about the glass. The nose is somewhat limited in comparison to the richer flavor inside; yet bright notes of floral and grassy hops swirl over a burnt-caramel maltiness and yeasty fruitiness. It's very smooth, and even lightly creamy across the palate with a medium-full body and restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation. Mildly sweet and deeply caramelized malt appears upfront in the flavor; accented by some yeasty, berry-like fruitiness. Grassy, floral, and piney/spicy hops rise almost immediately; and are then overtaken by a powerful, quick-rising bitterness. It finishes extremely dry and dusty, with a burnt-malt acidity and long lasting, bone-dry bitterness. The combination of rich malt, bold hops, and forceful bitterness is impressive; but at the same time it seems to lose some complexity as everything becomes muddled. Additionally, the brute assault of its bitterness eventually dampens the palate and a good bit of drinkability is lost. Still, it's an impressive, bold beer when enjoyed at just below cellar temperature on a cold winter's day.

NeroFiddled, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber brown color with a cream colored head that left a sheet of lacing on the glass. Probably the lightest old ale that I have seen. The aroma is of grassy and floral hops, very much like an APA. The taste is the floral/grassy hops up front which is supported by bready slightly toasted malt. Again very APA like, perhaps more of a malt body. Not sure how to rate this as it doesn't taste like an old ale, but tastes good. I will cellar one for a while to see what changes. The brew has a nice chewy feel with enough carbonation to make this very drinkable, nice balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. A nice hoppy ale with good malt presence. Great balance makes this very drinkable, ABV is well hidden.

Gmann, Dec 13, 2008
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.

LiquidAmber, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a .25" off white head in the snifter. After the head recedes some, a collar and a layer of bubbles are left on the surface. The beer is a medium brown, copper color with streams of CO2 rising throughout.

smell: I first notice the dark, piney hops followed by a considerable malt presence. The malts give a dark, sweet fruity aroma. Sort of reminds me of a lightly hopped IPA with a large amount of malt sweetness.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the higher end of the light range and the body slightly lighter than medium.

taste: A large, caramel sweet maltiness backed up by a big
hop bitterness. Finishes with a strong, long-lingering bitterness.

drinkability: Tasty but drinkability is somewhat limited by the aftertaste and bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden

Received this beer in a trade with JahNoth.

blackie, Dec 21, 2005
Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,211 ratings.