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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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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

xjack, Jul 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Sooch222, Nov 29, 2012
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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.

BMoney575, Nov 24, 2008
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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

mully, Jan 07, 2008
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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.

paco1029384756, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of klewis
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.

klewis, Dec 06, 2006
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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?

Givemebeer, Nov 25, 2013
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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.

fropones, Dec 08, 2009
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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.

OWSLEY069, Feb 07, 2012
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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.

MeisterBurger, Dec 12, 2010
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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.

JohnnyMc, Feb 16, 2012
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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.

donniecuffs, Dec 22, 2010
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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...

anyhoodle, Dec 07, 2008
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

heddar33, Nov 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

mikejonze, Jan 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

RichardMNixon, Mar 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Jordanbryan10, Jan 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

NBMLove, Feb 01, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

CrummyLuke, Mar 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

JGuill, Jan 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Lurkerson, Dec 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Sazz9, Apr 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

vrbulldog22, Jun 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Another6Pack, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Heff19, Feb 19, 2012
Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.