Old Man (Winter Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Old Man (Winter Ale)Old Man (Winter Ale)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 12-17-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
554
Ratings:
1,535
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
20.38%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
227
For Trade:
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Reviews by Darkmagus82:
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance - Pours a mahogany color with a one finger off white head. The head has moderate retention eventually fading to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of spices. There are strong aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Mixed with these aromas are lighter notes of a bready and caramel nature, which when mixed with the spice give a spice bread aromas.

Taste – The taste starts out roasty and bready with a very light caramel sweetness and a pine hop taste. Upfront there is also some nutmeg spice with more spice flavors come to the tongue as the taste advances. After the initial taste a cinnamon and allspice flavor come to the tongue. In the end the roasted and nutmeg flavors of the brew grow stronger with the caramel fading. A clove, moe pine hop, and light alcohol flavor greet the other tastes in the end to leave a rather roasted bittered spice flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. A thicker body and a slightly lower carbonation may have better accentuated the roasted, pine hop, and spice flavors, although even while said the feel was not too bad.

Overall – A pretty decent winter ale. It was a good blend of spice, roast and hop. Not bad and worth a try.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerma
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Very bitter and heavy!
Bad after taste!

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Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had better winter warmers from local breweries, no need to keep this middle of the road example from across the country.

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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear bronze with a very tight,sticky white head that very slowly dropped leaving a sheet of lace behind.Aromas were not as big as I thought they might be brown sugar hard water and caramel mainly appetizing but not assertive.Great complexities and more assertive flavors though starts out with notes of brown sugar and roasted malt I noticed a hint of molasses but its not strong the flavors meld into a spicey,dry earthy finish showing off some hop muscle.Quite warming,yeah I know its a little late in the season for this beer but on a cold blustery damp day here in the Buffalo area it really hits the spot Iam gonna pair with some hearty meatloaf in mushroom gravy and mashed red skins Iam sure it will hit the spot.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It only seemed appropriate to review Old Man Winter after snowshoeing in the 12 inches of snow that we got today.

A: A medium copper with good clarity. The head is thin but long lasting with creamy light-tan bubbles.

S: The aroma is kind of faint when it's cold but gets strong as it warms having a moderately-light hops aroma that is mostly citrus and a little bit resinous pine. There is a moderate malt with a clean sweetness, a touch of fruity esters and a slight peppery aroma.

T: A firm hops bitterness with a moderate hops flavors that are earthy, pine and citrus peel. There is some malt sweetness with a light bitter cocoa flavor but the balance is decidedly bitter. There is a low fruitiness from the yeast that is of light fruit. The finish is slightly sweet.

M: A slightly creamy, medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

O: Nicely bitter for an an Old Ale with a bit of hops in the and peppery phenols in nose. Many of Southern Tiers beer caters to the hops lover and this is one is no different but mostly just the bitterness. I has a good hops bitterness but still manages to be a bit on the sweeter side, though no where near as sweet as most Old Ales.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bronze color.

More hop forward on the nose than expected. Smells like a piney christmas tree dipped in caramel malt.

The taste is also leaning heavily toward the hops, with pepper and pine, and a malty strong ale backing.

Pretty middle of the road for me. Hop it and they shall come.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Shakerman
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Marc33
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jonny1138
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Jrrrrr15
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was an amber color with a medium-sized tan head and a fair amount of lacing.
Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, citrus. Some sweetness also.
Caramel taste, grapefruit, a little piney hops. There was also some spice that I didn't notice in the aroma.
This was a real easy beer to drink. I think I found a new winter favorite.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of pengs68
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of heddar33
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of shapudding
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep golden amber with huge amounts of milkshakey eggshelled colored head that finally settled down as about a quarter inch of froth. Killer head retention, very impressive. Tons of carbination seen rising up. Mainly malty scents, could not really get anything else from it. Creamy and thickish feel, very smooth. Alot of nice bitey hoppiness, peppery and dark toasty. Nice and spicey tasting, white grapefruit juice and grapefruit rind. Leaves a ton of flavor in your mouth -mainly the burnt toast and blackness. Schweeet....

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Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of nstroup
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear darker shade of amber with a very good head that retains very well and leaves behind good lacing. Smells of citrus hops and some maltiness. Taste is very hoppy. This is not what I ws expecting at all...more like a very good IPA. Very well balanced between the great hop character and the malts. A certain spice element is present in the background but not along the lines of a traditional holiday spice like nutmeg or cinnamon..more like a spiciness from the hops. Good deal of carbonation, drier finish, and pretty crisp. Very drinkable and enjoyable. This belongs in the same vein as SN Celebration Ale. A Holiday IPA....only much better imho.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Soft nose of toasted malts under a thin, subtle blanket of piney hops. Much more hop-forward in the taste, with the malt and hints of caramel quickly surrendering to pine and dried floral hops along the sides of tongue. Too unbalanced, especially given the style.

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Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head retention is remarkable with a sizable froth to start and lots of stickage after. Clarity is fine. Deep malty aroma of dark sugars and raisins, hops are not to modest at all with a thick oily nose of tangerine and wild flowers. Creamy slick mouth feel with lots of body, maltiness tries to set in but the bitterness from the hops up roots almost all of the sweetness and holds fast with bitter herb and hard a dried orange peel flavor. This does fade a little and some warming alcohol and caramel sweetness comes through. Finishes bittersweet.

Perhaps some age would be good or not, I like it fresh right now. Bitter and heady. I am sure a little age will dull the hops and bring forth the sweetness in hopes that the alcohol ages just as well. A solid pick for the season.

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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear cola brown body with a small and creamy ecru head. Attractive patchy lace clings to the glass. Malty aroma with a hint of chocolate, spicy notes of ginger and orange peel, and some pine hops. Medium body and low medium carbonation. Taste is malty caramel with a hint of chocolate, atop spicy ginger and pine hops. A hint of orange peel. Very dry finish. Decent winter warmer.

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Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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