Old Man Winter
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
Winter Warmer
Ranked #99
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
83
Ranked #24,764
Avg:
3.68 | pDev: 12.23%
Ratings:
1,676
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 11, 2022
Added:
Dec 17, 2003
Wants:
  53
Gots:
  260
SCORE
83
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Old Man WinterOld Man Winter
Notes: Our winter offering is here to quell your shivers and get you through the coldest of nights. A rich marriage of hops and barley to cast light upon the evening and melt your mind out of the snowdrifts. Old Man Winter’s earthy hue and thickness lace around the glass, inviting you to linger in its warmth and share the spirits of the season with your friends and family. A deceptively strong brew, it’s best to sit and ponder with this old man, sip by sip.

ABV: 7.5%

Fermentation: Ale yeast, three varieties of hops, two varieties of malts

Color: Brown with ruby hues

Notes: Roasted malts, a touch of smoke, pepper, some floral hops

Flavor: Hints of bittersweet cocoa, nutty, defined malts and balancing hops

Bitterness: Moderate (57 IBU)

Availability: Nov - Dec
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Photo of Dave87
4.26/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by Dave87 from West Virginia

I got a quick taste of floral hops at first but it was quickly taken over by malt. Very easy to drink, I enjoyed it!

Feb 11, 2022
 
3.77 by Taenim from New Jersey on Jan 31, 2022
 
3.44 by EdFed from Illinois on Jan 18, 2022
Photo of JayQue
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by JayQue from Virginia

A pleasant winter warmer without the artificial potpourri of holiday spicing. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, This beer is a beautiful clear copper color with a medium size frothy off white head. Head a retention is good and there are broken rings of light lacing no the glass. A good looking beer. Aroma and taste are toasted malt, somewhat sweet and a little dank, earthy hops. The level of bitterness is very mild. Mouthfeel is a bit light, but not watery. It isa bit too sweet to call crisp but overall very pleasant and goes down easily. No hint of alcohol. this is nothing exceptional but not bad either!!!!

Jan 14, 2022
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

Look: Pours a fairly translucent brass color with a one finger, white head of foam. Leaves average lacing, good head retention.

Aroma: Toasted pecans, roasted almonds and chestnuts. Brown sugar. Somewhat earthy, with notes of fresh spruce clippings and hops.

Taste: Very crisp for the style. Little to no influence of spice (which I appreciate). Upfront it's malty with roasted flavors
dried cocoa, brown sugar, candied apple, toasted pecans and cashew nuts. It goes slightly bitter and earthy only briefly on the finish, before being rounded out by a semisweet notes of banana and clove.

Feel: Very light for the style. Easy drinking. No overbearing adjunct spice weighing the beer down. Alcohol profile is moderate.

Overall: This is how a winter warmer is done right, without tasting like someone dumped out all the spices from your grandma's spice cupboard into your beer.

Jan 02, 2022
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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

From a 12oz bottle dated best by 3/23/22 into my Christmas pint glass.

Pours a translucent copper color with about half a finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing.

Doesn't smell like much right after opening. Lots of earthy notes-smells a little like dirt. Some cooking spices show up on warming. Maybe cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel.

Taste is light cinnamon and earth. Just a little bit of pine bitterness. Honestly, it kind of tastes like weak cola.

Light bitter aftertaste. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

From a brewery I generally like, this was kind of disappointing. It wasn't terrible, just kind of a yawner.

Dec 26, 2021
Photo of Rug
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Rug from Massachusetts

Best by 3/22/22

And with round 4 of the Winter Warmer/Wee Heavy tasting thread, we’re closing it out with this classic from Southern Tier. This one takes a no-frills approach by not adding any spices as many Winter Warmers do. I’m interested in trying just a pure expression of the style, so I’ll stop talking now and pop it open

Pours a mostly clear amber orange with a finger of off white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

It's interesting to see all the spice artificially associated with the style just coming from malt, hops, and yeast. I'm picking up on aromas of brown bread, white pepper, earthy hops, doughy malt, burnt brown sugar, and caramel

I wasn't expecting it to be so clean in taste, but it's crisp and quite hoppy. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting white pepper, herbal hops, biscuity malt, toffee, and orange zest. The swallow brings notes of resinous hops, caramel malt, herbal hops, pine sap, light nuttiness, and orange marmalade

A light medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a zesty beer. Finishes mostly dry and leaning towards bitter

This is definitely interesting, but not something I'd reach for often. It was way more hoppy than I was anticipating, and while I don't love it for that I do respect it

Dec 19, 2021
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3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Clear copper appearance with a large off white head and a fair amount of lacing. Roasted malt aroma but finding it hard to coax out anything more substantial. Taste is more rounded as the malts get a boost from floral, spicy hops. Sweetness is understated though a bit more noticeable in the aftertaste. Medium-to-full bodied mouthfeel with a lingering finish. Best by date of 04/06/22.

Dec 10, 2021
 
4.17 by biteme398 from Virginia on Dec 05, 2021
 
3.71 by ohbigun from West Virginia on Nov 27, 2021
Photo of GuyFawkes
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

Bottled 11/1/21; drank 11/19/21 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dull orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a huge off-white head; strong lace.

Coriander, clove, black pepper & faint mint notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Black pepper, clove, mild coriander & faint mint flavors.

An odd amalgam; it's not terrible, but it's terribly odd. Not one I'll seek out again.

Nov 20, 2021
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Best by 3/23/22, so really fresh.

L---Crystal clear, rich amber color. Smallish white head faded quickly to a ring and left good lacing.

S---Malty & fairly sweet. Caramel.

T---Caramel. Minimal hops. some toffee.

F---Medium/full body with light carbonation.

O---OK if you're buying, but nothing special.

Nov 19, 2021
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3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Burnt orange brown with a cream colored cap and lacing. Toast, burnt caramel and toffee, floral hops make up the nose, very light. Taste has lovely caramel, toast, and toffee malt flavors to start but then a copper like flavor with earth before the floral hops round out in a weak way. Body is watery after initial malt surge, no definition besides this, just a watery weak warmer

Feb 12, 2021
 
3.9 by thisita from Maryland on Jan 30, 2021
Photo of Bluecrow
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Bluecrow from New York

-deep amber-colored bottle pour with some haze and a thin foam film that dissipates very quickly.
The aroma presents some malt sweetness
The flavors include mild malt notes, woody, earthy aspects and some caramel.
The body is moderately light.
This is just fine.

Jan 26, 2021
Photo of chitoryu12
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: Light, clear amber with gold highlights. One finger of off-white head with good retention.

Smell: Sweet, slightly yeasty malt, orange peel, slightly resinous hops.

Taste: Toffee sweet malt, slightly toasted. Mild, somewhat metallic hop bitterness that lingers long on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, with high carbonation.

Overall: A nice winter beer, but make sure to let it warm up from refrigerator temperature to get the full flavor range.

Jan 16, 2021
 
3.38 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Jan 08, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Singlefinpin from North Carolina

I'm drinking this at my favorite tap room in Greenville NC, Tapped Drafts and Crafts.
Poured from a tap into a pint glass.
Looks, slightly hazy amber orange, with a nice foamy head that dropped to a thin cap with a bit of lacing.
Smells very lightly bready, lemony, spicy kind of like a Hot Toddy.
Taste follows the nose, with hints of cocoa, and nuttiness much like an English Brown Ale.
Mouth feel is medium plus for the style.
Overall a nice example of a Winter Ale that I would definitely order again.

Jan 04, 2021
Photo of mikeinportc
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by mikeinportc from New York

BB date : 04/01/21

Clear amber with one finger of off-white head, that leaves a thin ring and a few spots of lacing.

Smell is caramel,toffee, and a hint of molasses that fades with the head. A bit of slightly sweet dried fruit aroma when first poured, that is more apparent from the open bottle - fruit-cake-like , though more subdued.

Taste is close to the aroma, but less sweet, with some toastiness to it. Toffee is the most prominent part of that. Mild , drying bitterness.Light spicy tingled. Not sure if that is from actual spices, noble hops, or both . I like that it is subtle enough that it has me guessing. Slight wood+bread crust aftertaste, that lingers awhile.

Feel is medium, lightly slick & coating, with moderate, soft, very, very fine carbonation. Some tannic, mucilaginous coating lingers at the back of the palate.

Overall , while nothing exciting, it is enjoyable, and easy-drinking. Reminds me of some of the drier,more subdued Oktoberfest/harvest beers that I've had this year. In fact, it has similarities to ST's "Harvest", but less hoppy. If the usual spiced-up winter warmer ISN'T your thing, maybe give this one a try? I haven't had this in a long time. A single, gifted to me reminds me to have it more often. :)

Jan 01, 2021
 
3 by Urk1127 from New Jersey on Dec 30, 2020
 
3.04 by FunkyPolak from New Jersey on Dec 18, 2020
Photo of jkblr
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jkblr from Indiana

12oz bottle BEST BY 04/01/21 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV. The beer pours mostly bright light honey amber in color with light khaki head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves a complete web of lacing. The aroma is faint with orange and caramel. The taste is semisweet caramel & otherwise unnoticeable malt with orange peel, pie spices and minimal pine. Moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish, mostly due to the spice. Overall, nice winter warmer. Not too dominant with any one element.

Dec 04, 2020
 
3.72 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Nov 27, 2020
Photo of Captain69
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Captain69 from Illinois

LAST TIME I HAD THIS BEER WAS 2012 - SCORED AN "4" BUT THIS TEAR DIDN'T GVE ME A LOT F FLAVOR FROM A GREAT BREWERY

Nov 25, 2020
 
3.37 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Nov 24, 2020
 
3.06 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Nov 23, 2020
 
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Nov 17, 2020
Photo of Hophead
3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by Hophead from New York

color is something like ice tea, not much head or lacing.

I get a little bread and raisin on the aroma, but overall the aroma is not very pronounced.

Taste is like an old English ale, with noticeable bitterness, but not overpowering. Some burnt notes from the roasted barley as well, which has that unsweetened coco nib character. Would like a bit more of that. Could be a bit more rounded out.

A bit of slickness on the mouthfeel. A bit on the thin side with medium carbonation.

Overall, it's okay thanks to the hop presence, but not would I would call a traditional winter warmer. I am however glad it is without spices. I liked it more on the first few sips but it sort of weakened towards the end of the bottle.
Not a drain pour but will not be getting this again.

Nov 16, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Greywulfken from New York

Basically what I've come to expect from a "winter warmer" - has some soft bready/fruity sweet-points, a light bitterness that mostly comes off as seasonal spices and hops - and a warming, rounded body that is slightly filling but not over-done... Almost has an old ale quality to it... I liked it - try some...

Nov 15, 2020
 
3.73 by generalraider from New Jersey on Nov 03, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by teromous from Virginia

From the right side of the label: "BESTBY 04/01/21 LKW 20274 194607"

Appearance: The body is a light tea color of brown and golden-brown with very good clarity. The head is short and white with a creamy texture. Even as short as it stands it has good lacing. Good head retention.

Aroma: Spicy hop notes with lemon. There is a bit of alcohol that comes through and a bit of mint. It has a nice refreshing aroma.

Taste: Up front there is a lot of lemon with a bit of pine character. There is a bit of mint towards the middle. The overall hop character is strong. The finish is very resinous with notes of lemon and pine.

Mouthfeel: It has a rather thick body. It is noticeably full and present on the palate with a smooth slickness.

Overall: It is a very interesting take on the Winter Warmer. This beer takes a very hop-forward approach on the style but it also has a much larger and fuller body than what would normally be found on a Barleywine or an Imperial IPA. It's an interesting beer and it's definitely worth drinking if you know what you're getting into. The lemon and slight pine-like flavors can be a little strong and overtake the malt character quite a bit but the beer as a whole is very well made and enjoyable. I could drink it again from time to time, especially if I was putting together a mix-a-six for winter/Christmas themed beers.

Oct 30, 2020
 
3.5 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Oct 19, 2020
 
3.54 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Jun 14, 2020
Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by KTCamm from New Jersey

1/24/20...light copper with thin layer of white foam. Malty bready nose, slight cherry fruit nose. Slight fruity taste, gritty bitter balanced throughout. Fruit punch/cherry everywhere. Tasty.

Mar 29, 2020
 
4.06 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Mar 12, 2020
 
4.25 by elamb106 from New York on Mar 05, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by scootny from New York

An orange amber with a decent sized off white head. A touch of lacing her and there. Some chill haze.

Nose has toffee, toasted malt. Light hops and mild yeast fruitiness. Light orange citrus.

Taste is malty with caramel, lots of toffee and lightly roasted grains. Toasted bread as well. Some notes of faint plum and yeast esters. Hops are mostly earthy but bring a bit of orange and orange zest in the finish. No real alcohol presence in the palate. Taste best on the cool versus cold side as the malts really develop and the yeast complexity deepens.

Medium weight with some fullness in the carbonation. Quite drinkable for the abv.

A solid winter warmer.

Jan 24, 2020
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3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by beergoot from Colorado

Golden honey colored body; excellent carbonation; thick and sculpted head; broken rings of lacing ladder the glass. Low-profile aroma; not much other than some dull notes of caramel and grain. Mild flavors; subdued caramel notes; some nicely balanced hop bitterness. Heavy body; warm; semi-sweet mouthfeel throughout.

A decent if unremarkable winter ale. It brings a somewhat rich toasted malt body and taste to the palate and has a nice hop bitterness offset. The body seems somewhat weak but not bad overall. The alcohol presence at 7.5% ABV is not readily apparent, which is a plus. I'm not sure why there is little presence to the smell, but it is what it is. Otherwise, a pretty good winter ale all around.

Jan 06, 2020
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3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

12oz bottle

Pours not even a finger of white, soapy head into a shaker pint. Initial lacing looks ok. Body is an odd, dark orange, with brown. Quite transparent. Basically no bubbles coming up. Doesn't really look like a winter warmer, and so far it looks average overall.

Nose is a little hoppy, some clear notes of mandarin orange, lemon. Subtle notes of bready oktoberfest-like malts hiding underneath. Smells ok, a little heavy on the citrus for a winter warmer. Nose is not huge either.

Hops certainly hit first. A little pine, some citrus for sure. Malts only briefly hit for a nanosecond at the end. This is fine, I would like something a little maltier and overall more flavorful. On some less assuming sips, this is very close to that classic "this just tastes like beer".

Mouthfeel comes across as a lighter ale as well. Carbonation is medium-high. Body is on the lighter side. Somewhat dry. Bitterness is medium as well. Good mouthfeel for this beer, but again not what I would think for the style.

Drinkability is pretty high. This is really as straight forward as they come. Think lawnmower, but slightly darker.

Appearance turned out pretty much as it started, uninspired. Lacing was barely visible.

Overall a very standard beer. Nothing bad, nothing great.

Jan 02, 2020
Old Man Winter from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1676 ratings