Old Man (Winter Ale)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Old Man (Winter Ale)Old Man (Winter Ale)
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Style:
English Old Ale
Ranked #138
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,027
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 12.13%
Reviews:
578
Ratings:
1,625
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  52
Gots
  255
SCORE
84
Good
Old Man (Winter Ale)Old Man (Winter Ale)
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Reviews: 578 | Ratings: 1,625
Reviews by stickynotes:
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%
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 Beerma
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

Very bitter and heavy!
Bad after taste!

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Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
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 benjaminoliver
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

When I'm in the mood for Southern Tier, I usually go for 2XIPA, because it's delicious and always available at the local store. Today it was not. Even though I'm not a huge fan of winter ales, I decided to give this one a shot.
Pours a nice copper color. Not a lot of head or lacing here. Smells like sweet spiced malts up front, but doesn't lack that nice hop aroma. Booze definitely hits the nose. The mouthfeel is surprisingly moderate, with plenty of carbonation. Starting to think this ale goes a little out of bounds for its style. The taste confirms my suspicion: malty, spicy, subtle sweetness, but with a refreshing amount of bitter hops to round it out.
Pleasantly surprised by this brew.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, scooped a 6 pack at Riley's when looking for something different to quaff down as the heavy snows come. I drank this particular bottle in my Lake Geneva on a very snowy night

appearance: dark amber-mahogany body with a light tan head and minimal lace around the rim, clear body

smell: notable hop presence, caramel and nutty aromas, roasted malt, mollasses

taste: some sort of combination of a porter and an old ale and a few other things, but certainly not what comes to mind when i think of a standard old ale. strong roasted malt torched in a light boozy sauce, piney hops with a slightly metallic aftertaste, a touch spicy

mouthfeel: medium body, slick

drinkability: pretty good, but my limits 2

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Photo of tankg
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of jmarsh123
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bbrown12
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of sirhc3034
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of Kirk
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: medium head, clear, copper, high carbonation

Smell: hops, pear, spices--maybe cinammon, and a touch of apricot--This one smells great

Taste: For all that wonderful smell, hops and grapefruit take over this beer

Mouthfeel: bitter throughout with a medium body

Drinkability: I expected more-especially coming off of the smell. This is very one dimensional as it is bitter and hoppy. There are better offerings in the style and Southern Tier has way better offerings.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Southern Tier's Old Man Winter Ale a couple weeks ago for $1.69 at The lager Mill. I've never had this beer before and it caught my eye while i was looking for some new beers to try, so lets see how it goes. 2014 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it goes with the season and i think it's just a little eye catching. It poured a hazy caramel color that took on more of an amber red color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy and slightly bubbly very light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of patchy lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts being the first to show up and they impart a sweet malt, light toasted malt, bready, caramel malt and bread crust like aromas with a good amount of doughy yeast coming through in the background. Up next comes the hops which impart a mixture of citrus rind and herbal hops aromas with the citrus rind hop aromas sticking out the most. This beer had a nice aroma, but I wish it had a little more complexity.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the malts still being the first to show up and they impart the same malty aspects that they did in the aroma with the bready and bread crust like aspects sticking out the most. Up next comes some doughy yeast that goes right into the hops which impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma with no single aspect sticking out the most. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a bready and herbal hop and a little watery aftertaste. This was a decent tasting beer, but I thought it was a little bland for the style.

M- Fairly smooth, a little watery, pretty crisp, slightly prickly, on the light side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but I wish it was a little thicker with a little less carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was pretty close to being an average example of the style, I know this style always doesn't have to be on the stronger side, but i felt like this beer was missing some of that complexity that I look for in the style and when it came down to it I didn't find it to be too memorable. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, a little watery, pretty crisp, slight prickly, not too filling and the taste didn't do a great job of holding my attention, one is enough for me any more than that and I would start to get bored with it. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, this was a pretty good looking beer. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel and that it was jut a little bland and not to memorable, those aspects held this beer back. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but I wouldn't turn one down. I can't say I would recommend this as a good Old Ale, but it may be worth a try to see what you think of it. All in all I wasn't impressed with this beer, it didn't really have anything that made it stick out to me and it reminded me a lot of how an IPA tastes when it get too old without that stale malt aspect. This one was falls right in the middle for Southern Tier and it's very average for an Old Ale. I just wasn't that into this beer, better luck next time guys.

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Photo of jrfehon33
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Judgie
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of CTHomer
4.07/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: crystal clear; amber colored; 1 finger light khaki head that receded to a thin cap; nice lacing;

S: sweet malt, leather, and a little spiciness;

T: there's a mustiness that runs through this from start to finish; a bit of sweet malt up front, leather in the middle, and a sweet nuttiness on the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: nice complexity in the flavor;

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Photo of Px2GrafX
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harryhood41
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of ACifra
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of PaleAleSean
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought online from Mybrewerytap.com

Poured a burgundy brown colour. Light tan head poured thick, foamy and meringue like then faded to thick one finger covering. Lines of lacing appeared after almost every mouthful...

Aroma - Chocolate malts, molasses, winter spices - nutmeg, cinnamon and light ginger, Christmas cake notes, brown sugar, some dark dried fruits, some piney hints, light toasted bread...

Taste - Spices to the fore (again some cinnamon and clove) mixed with chocolate malts, light treacle sweetness, malt loaf, some light liquorice / cough mixture notes, raisin fruitiness, faint trace of citrus peel...

Feel - Fairly smooth with a nice sharpness coming through underneath... medium / full bodied... this is very quaffable for a winter brew...

Overall - An excellent and nicely spiced example of a Winter Warmer.. recommended...

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Photo of tommyguz
3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 1625 ratings