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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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BA SCORE
83
good

1,181 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 1,181
Reviews: 516
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.01%
Wants: 33
Gots: 43 | 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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xjack

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

07-06-2014 14:38:41 | More by xjack
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Sooch222

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

11-29-2012 02:03:04 | More by Sooch222
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BMoney575

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -24.7%

Sampled on 11-23-08

Pours a clear deep amber color, with a quickly fading head that leaves creamy rings of lacing.

Smell is malty, with an odd quality I can't place. Maybe a little smoky, and just a slight hint of dark fruit.

Taste is thin and adjuncty. Sweet, with little hop character. At least the booze is well masked.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and creamy.

Drinkability is poor, but at least you'll get a buzz quickly.

Overall, I don't know where the rating comes from. Southern Tier has once again made a steaming failure of a beer.

11-24-2008 01:27:16 | More by BMoney575
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mully

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%

a -- thick head leaves a nice lace on the glass, beer pours dark clear amber color

s -- wool blanket like earthy hops a little sweet malt undertone

t -- hoppy, almost tart/crisp nutty malt underneath -- over hopped

m -- thin not big enough for an old ale

I don't mind beers that aren't to style, but this is not a good interpretation of an old ale, not a well balanced beer

01-07-2008 03:35:45 | More by mully
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paco1029384756

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%

Pours a nice dark orange color, but there is no head and very little carbonation.

Scent of malts, oats, and some fruit. Pretty shallow for and Old Ale.

Taste is grainy, with some malts and oats coming in, not good. This is the least impressive offering from Southern Tier I have had.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but lack of carbonation hurts it.

01-01-2009 01:36:56 | More by paco1029384756
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klewis

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -21.4%

A: Pours a drak copper with a small bubbly head. Specks of lacing on the glass.

S: Yeasty phenols and a bit of citrus.

T: Overall, the taste is bland bitter with a slightly spicy taste that reminds me of oxidation.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: This is definitely not an old ale. Drinks more like an overly hopped winter warmer. Drinkable, but nothing special.

12-06-2006 20:21:52 | More by klewis
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Givemebeer

Vermont

2.91/5  rDev -21.1%

A: dark red almost brown. Some lacing not too much of a head.

S: dark fruit such as cherries and raisin and a slight hint of floral hops

T: way too hoppy for an old ale. Floral citrusy hops hit harder than the nose would make you think they would. There is malt presence - some of those dark fruits but the hops are being showcased. Not what I look for in an old ale.

M: medium bodied and pretty creamy. Good mouthfeel.

O: in my opinion - not a good representation of the style. The flavor isn't bad but why not call this a strong ale?

11-25-2013 02:51:06 | More by Givemebeer
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fropones

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%

A - A nice copper brown with about 3 fingers of crème head that dissipates with some lacing.

S - Very hop forward aroma for an old ale. A little more than I would like. Some citrus fruit, currant, a hint of molasses.

T - Flavor again, is pretty hop forward. A good malt profile in back, maybe a hint of raisins. Some caramel malt shining through as well. All in all, this tastes more like a well balanced APA than an old ale. I find the hop bitterness too overpowering for the style and am having trouble enjoying it thoroughly, since I wasn't expecting or hoping for it being this hoppy.

M - Nice medium-full body and creamy. Low carbonation.

D - Drinks fine for an APA, but I was hoping for an old ale, and as such, it's quite sub par. The alcohol is decently masked, which keeps this score from being too low.

12-08-2009 05:07:50 | More by fropones
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%

Pours a clean yellow to orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a small caramel and gingerbread like smell. In the taste, coriander and cinnamon spices, and a malty gingerbread like flavor underneath it. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon to clean aftertaste. Spicy and malty, with a nice spice blend.

02-07-2012 15:10:19 | More by OWSLEY069
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%

Pours a clear russet brown with a thin head. No real lacing. Retains okay.

Aroma of leafy piney hops, toasty, slightly bready malts. Decent but not overly inviting.

Taste is clean toasty malt (Vienna?) with some raisin in the middle. A leafy, spicy bitterness lingers, but mostly alcohol clings to the corners of my mouth in the aftertaste. Finishes dry.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, fairly nice. Probably the best aspect of this beer.

The aftertaste is a little off-putting and I'm as much of a hophead as the next guy, but this seems unbalanced to me with too much hop bitterness and not enough malt sweetness, with both of them being at odds to the point where I'm not sure striking a better balance would be enough to make me like it.

Yeah. No. Not horrible. But this is not a beer I'll ever come back to. Just not my thing I guess.

12-12-2010 22:01:04 | More by MeisterBurger
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -20.6%

This is a very easy to drink winter seasonal ale. The taste is not bold, but subtle. The bottle says it is brewed with 3 kinds of hops and 2 kinds of malts, but overall the malt, smoky taste comes through over the hops.

There is a slight bitter aftertaste, but there are hints of fruit too. For the decent abv, there is not event he slightest hint of alcohol in the aroma or taste and that's a big plus.

02-16-2012 04:15:59 | More by JohnnyMc
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev -20.1%

At the Mohawk House in Sparta, NJ. Poured a transparent amber into a tulip, with less than a finger of white; average retention and lacing. Very little visible carbonation. The nose consisted of distant spices and some candy fruit; almost like a bland fruitcake. The taste revealed a very subtle sour fruit and candi sugar midpalate, with a weak, semi-sweet finish. The body was surprisingly thin as well; borderline watery, with no carbonation. While this beer seems non-offensive enough to session, I was actually very disappointed with the lack of flavor after hearing so much hype about it.

12-22-2010 03:29:28 | More by donniecuffs
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anyhoodle

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -20.1%

Pouring this beer reveals a deep burnt orange or copper colored brew with a nice tan head that quickley diassapates, leaving minimal lacing down the glass.

The smell is overwellingly hoppy, not particularly citruscy, but definitiely not grassy either.

Unlike most winter seasonals, this beer is very hoppy with no spiciness. While I'm a hop head by nature, the lack of spice and malt flavor and the overwelming hoppiness leave me underwhelmed. I keep thinking that this is more an IPA or heavily hopped APA.

At 8%,and the lack of spiciness I'd expect the alcohol to stand out more, but somehow it doesn't.

I'm a fan of most of the other ST products that I've tried, however this brew leaves me luke warm. Perhaps because I expected that it would be more similar to other winter seasonals with a spiciness or mild fruit inclusion. You won't find any of that here however. Now when when the hop mood strikes...

12-07-2008 00:14:34 | More by anyhoodle
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-21-2012 20:48:51 | More by heddar33
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mikejonze

Michigan

3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-03-2014 22:02:46 | More by mikejonze
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%

03-08-2013 03:26:52 | More by RichardMNixon
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Jordanbryan10

Delaware

3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-26-2012 06:38:55 | More by Jordanbryan10
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NBMLove

Illinois

3/5  rDev -18.7%

02-01-2014 21:09:44 | More by NBMLove
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CrummyLuke

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -18.7%

03-20-2014 13:40:35 | More by CrummyLuke
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JGuill

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-18-2012 16:39:35 | More by JGuill
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Lurkerson

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%

12-09-2013 03:26:14 | More by Lurkerson
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Sazz9

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.7%

04-17-2014 00:39:00 | More by Sazz9
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

3/5  rDev -18.7%

06-08-2012 03:44:20 | More by vrbulldog22
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Another6Pack

Michigan

3/5  rDev -18.7%

11-22-2011 01:10:01 | More by Another6Pack
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Heff19

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -18.7%

02-19-2012 16:53:08 | More by Heff19
Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,181 ratings.