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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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1,192 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,192
Reviews: 517
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.74%
Wants: 33
Gots: 46 | 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 MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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 24, 2013
Photo of CloudStrife
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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%

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
Photo of Px2GrafX
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

clear burnt red with an off-white fluffy head. very nice lacing. aroma is of clean american hops. smells like an ipa. very clean mouthfeel as well. initially sweet, maybe caramel apples, with a mildly hop bitterness and a nice hop flavor. lightly citrusy and grassy. finish is dry, a little bready but clean and lightly bitter. little to no aftertaste. very easy to drink. this is not a bad beer at all, but it's a far cry from an old ale. more like an off-color, high gravity apa.

Px2GrafX, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of david18
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Southern Tier calls this a winter ale and Beer Advocate calls it an old ale. I think the old ale is a better characterization, which for me, is a good thing. Not too much on the spices but great malt flavor with good hops and general beer intensity. Will get this again if I see it.

david18, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a dark and hazed copper with moderate cap of khaki froth, decent retention and good sticky lacing at the top of the glass. Scent is hop forward, lots of orange zest, and the malt comes across as more toasted than sweet, decent lingering spice notes on the rear. Full flavored beer leads with the hops again, mostly citrus with firm notes of spicy and piney, malt backbone is quite deep ranging from dry and tannic roasted grains, toasted and nutty to lightly sweet and caramely, again a decent spice profile lingers on the end. Medium bodied and dry finish. Overall, a style bender for sure... firm hop and malt character and a nice splash of winter spice.

rfgetz, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Middle of Tropical Storm Irene, feels like a good time for Old Man Winter ale.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head tart fades at a med pace with sticky lacing, over semi clear auburn tan brown colored beer.

Nose has sweet malts, almost barleywine level, maple syrup, light caramel, molasses, syrupy sweetness, and a birt of earthy hops.

Taste starts bitter with some earthy holds and hint of a spicy rye like taste, then sweet malts, syrupy again, light molasses, maple candy, touch of caramel and toffee. Hint of oxidation as well. Plenty of earthy hops start to come through and get strong as well. Finishes drier as the sweet malts dry it gets more bitter with earthy hops and rye like taste, bit sticky.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, dec carb, hint if warming booze.

Overall not bad, interesting malts and syrup sweet flavors, nothing spectacular though, a nice would be winter ale mid hurricane without power.

jlindros, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of cyclonece09
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 14 oz. "pint" glass. Pours a dark copper color with a smaller white head with good retention. Smells of dark malt and not much else. Tastes of caramelized malt and slight floral hop, pretty tasty. Is a lighter body than expected, but is made pretty well with it holding its own and having good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

cyclonece09, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of KeefD
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a copper color with golden highlights, a small off-white head that left some generous lacing. Big hoppy aroma that I can smell from a few feet away, plenty of pine and grapefruit. Taste is all bitter hops with a light chocolate/caramel malt background. There might be a light spicing, but it's very light. To me, this tastes like every other Southern Tier hop bomb. Nothing special, but tasty.

KeefD, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Poured out a clear, caramel/burgundy color with a one-finger, thick, firm head of tan foam. It left some thick rings of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee, vanilla and some floral notes. It smells like a great old ale.

T - It starts off with a grassy bitter hop bite and is matched by sweet malty caramel. There were touches of vanilla.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale that is very easy drinking.

D - This just didn't deliver what I expect out of an old ale, in terms of strong malty sweet flavor. It just tasted like a strong ale that isn't that strong.

zeff80, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of nasty15108
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a clear brown/copper color with a head of white foam. Good lacing and carbonation.

S - Herbal, floral and with the aroma of citrus and hops.

T - floral with a good amount of citrus flavors. Finishes off bitter and slightly dry.

MF&D - Slick and slightly oily. Not what I would consider a a true Old Ale or Winter Warmer, but good nonetheless.

nasty15108, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of cooncat
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Served from a bottle into my SA Boston Lager glass.

On the pour you get a light bronze colore brew with a decent head. Head retention isn't great, but it diminishes to a cap which sticks around and produces nice lacing.

Nost is a little lighter than expected, but well balanced between hops and mals.

As an old ale, I expected some sense of alcohol in the taste, but this was completely absent. What I did notice was a very well balance beer, with a great malt backbone, and a good balance of piney hops. The hops win out in the end, but just by the narrowest margin. Mouthfeel is medium light, but adequate for the sytle. The finish is somewhat dry, but not puckeringly dry. A balanced finish.

This is a nice seasonal, and one to check out. It's not 'over the top' in any aspect, but is just a solid brew which you will enjoy. The 8% ABV is not noticeable at all, making this dangerously drinkable. Recommended for a good seasonal!

Na Zdravje!

cooncat, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of tommy78
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Dark copper color, with a medium amount of head out of the bottle that quickly settles into the beer.

S - A good mixture of malts and barley in the beer.

T - Even taste of citrus and hops. I could taste the fair amount of bitterness towards the end.

M - Very smooth beer. Not much carbonation in the beer.

D - I like it out the bottle, but I think it will be better out of a tap. Next time I'm in the Jamestown area, I will try this one at their tap room.

tommy78, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of Grundle20
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

From a rough pour a semi viscous dark brown beer produces a small off white head. There's little head retention to note but some patchy lacing is produced.

Some sweet caramel malts blend well with some fresh citric hop character to build this beer. There are some underlying notes of dates and raisins with the malts.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
There's some up front grassy hop character with a raisiny bitterness. This melds in to a smooth and semi viscous middle with a raisin and bittersweet chocolate taste. In the finish there is just a touch of sulfur and some mouth coating bitterness in the finish.

With a semi high ABV and rich malty flavors this is striking me as a cold day kind of beer. It's pretty good but not something I would want to drink too many of.

Bottom Line:
It's a pretty decent beer. I doubt how true it is to other old ales with a hop profile like this one has. I would almost call it a barley wine but who am I to make the rules.

Grundle20, May 16, 2007
Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.