Old Man (Winter Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Old Man (Winter Ale)Old Man (Winter Ale)

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Jason on 12-17-2003

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Reviews: 562 | Ratings: 1,573
Photo of Guppy314
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle, pours as light copper with a thin quickly dispersing white head. Aromas of caramelized malts. Even balance of bitter hops and sweet malts with indistinct spice. Only mild carbonation but good "sustain" to flavors.

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Photo of flaskman
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a six pack for 4.99 from my favorite discount grocery store. Pours an amber/copper color. Decent off white head that dissipated fairly quickly with some remaining. Decent lacing. The smell was a little malty to non-existent. The first sip was mildly surprising. It tastes like bitter hops balanced out by sweet malts. I like the mouthfeel and the sweetness on the back end. Good carbonation. It's not a spiced seasonal but I like it. It is difficult to find something to compare it to. Kinda odd but a good brew.

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Photo of theBubba
2.24/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you're expecting a typical winter ale...malt, spice, a little bit of hop, forget it. This beer is more like a dark IPA. Bitter and with a nasty aftertaste. If you're into hops then go for it. But if you're looking for a traditional winter ale you won't find it here. A miss leading label and description from Southern Tier. Maybe they should mention the IBU's on the label.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.63/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma Is hops, flowers . Red-brown color. Taste is bitter hops, ash, grains. Not a pleasant drinking beer. Nice kick, but otherwise unimpressive. On tap at Blend."

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Photo of deniro
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a really nice copper color. Smelled really nice, got some spice and malt in there. When I tasted it I was rather discouraged. Pretty basic. It was very grainy tasting which caught me off guard a little hoppy, with a slight bitter taste at the end. Mouthfeel was very smooth, a medium feel for sure. Very easy to drink and pretty refreshing. I let it warm a bit and it definitely started to taste a little bit better, I started getting a little more malt and more complex flavors which I was expecting from the initial smell. Overall I was a little disappointed, I expected it to be a bit better. Not a bad winter ale at all, but nothing to write home about and wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of Griffin2
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - Pours a deep amber with a significant white head.
S - Smells of malt.
T - Tastes of malt and spice.
F - Medium carbonation.
O - Decent winter ale.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old Man (Winter Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick and medium tan, with solid lacing, and a clear deep brown amber.

I smell full-bodied malts with ginger, nutmeg, and a small bit of cinnamon.

Tastes like a slightly bolder version of what's described in the smell with a slight caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel I'm getting is medium with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate Old Man (Winter Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company with a 4.5. Big thanks to @nicholas2121 for getting me a bottle of this on his most recent haul.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Old Man (Winter Ale) brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company, with an ABV of 7.50% This brew pours out a deep brown color with a nice off white head. I really like the look of this brew. The smell of Old Man (Winter Ale) is rich with roasted grians, malts, hops. You also pick up on some spices in the smell. The smell is really inviting . This winter brew has the look and smell of most winter brews on the market. Not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste it is bold with flavors. You first pick up on roasted grians and malts. Then you pick up on the hops and spices . Old Man (Winter Ale) has a real nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about this brew at all. I can get over how smooth this brew is. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.50% ABV in this brew. The mouthfeel of Old Man (Winter Ale) is Rich, Bold, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Old Man (Winter Ale) a 4.75 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Southern Tier Brewing Companydid a real nice job with this brew.

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Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the River Room. Clear dark copper body with small foamy head. Subtle malty aroma, gets bitter in taste, finishes bitter as well. Bitterness is a combo of roast grains and hops. Good rendition.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.17/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Aroma is fine, but it doesn't fit the style at all. It's pretty much pilsner malt, very straw-like and mealy, which is a distance from the more robust, darker malt you get in many old ales. Taste is a little heftier but still flat & pale malt forward, which isn't bad per say, but a stretch in this style. A whimper of fusel alcohol creeps in at the end, but is also faint. There is some hops but they are bland and bitter, not really fitting the rest of the make-up. It has s stale malt flavor, dry and timid, really not much flavor at all.

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Photo of kgammell1
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Much more hoppy than I would have thought but that's probably good because it balances out some of the sweet, grainy malt. The finish is complex and lingers on the palette nicely. Some clove and cinnamon-sequel spices too. Really good beer here.

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Photo of Grizwaldio
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper reddish color with a nice head. A subtle aroma that breaks through at taste, bold on the tongue, not too sweet, not too bitter.

A nice strong ale.

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Photo of Act25
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the better winter warmers out there. Try 1.

A - Pours a clear, mahogany, burgundy color with a one-finger, thick, firm head of tan foam and oceans of thick rings of lace.

S - Beer smells of caramel, toffee, vanilla, wood, and floral notes. Beer smells like an old ale, but too faint compared with taste.

T - Beer starts off with grassy hop bite that is matched by sweet malty caramel and fruit. There are notes of dark fruit, chocolate (made me reach for one) and of vanilla.

M -Finish is soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium bodied ale that is easy drinking.

D - Old Ale meets winter warmer. Gets better - natch - as it warms.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A light head over a clear amber, lightly carbonated, beer poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. We pick up malts in the nose and the tongue, with high bitterness taking front stage. A little heavy on the hops IMHO. Laser-etched date code (first I have seen on a beer) says DOB 9/11/15, rated on 11 Jan, so this beer is 4 months old. This one may have been more of a hop bomb when fresh.

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Photo of salamiwagon
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Very bitter. No sweetness. No malt. I even let the beer warm a little hoping additional flavors would come through but all I taste are the hops. I did not find the lingering taste on the tongue pleasant at all.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] Beer is a transparent mahogany brown color. It pours out with a 1/2 finger of off white head. The head has bubbles of varied sizes. The head dissipates into "continents" of bubbles with big open areas in between. The bottle lists the ABV (7.5%) but there is no dating information.

S: [3.75] Brown bread, warn spices like nutmeg and hints of cinnamon. Some sweetness like molasses.

T: [3.75] Follows the nose. Brown bread with hints of spices and a molasses sweetness throughout. The flavors are well balanced.

M: [3.75] Medium body and slightly elevated carbonation both work well. There is a bit of a lingering dry sweetness on the finish.

O: [3.75] Overall this is a nice beer. It would be great after finishing a day of skiing. It evokes lots of thoughts of holiday flavors and winter. I would definitely drink this again or happily bring it to a holiday party.

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Photo of mlockman
2.14/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

There is no malt profile evident to this beer, as both the aroma and palate are dominated by overassertive bitter hop flavor. Perhaps if it was aged for ten years this would make for a decent old ale, but fresh it is undrinkable.

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Photo of Wanderlust_Ink
3.14/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bitter, very little spice. Bitterness accentuates the alcohol -- I've had beers with 9-12% alcohol content that have less alcohol taste. Probably should have allowed to warm more, and that might change my feelings, especially toward the lack of spices.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light brown caramel color with amber highlights. The head is one finger off white with a small rim of retention amd nice draping lacing. The smell is mild sweet and bready malts. The taste is similar, but not good at all. There is a hint of booze, but it also tastes stale. Feel is medium and oily with not a lot of carbonation. Overall not good.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a brown color with ruby red highlights when held up to the light. There is a small head which quickly dissipates but some of it sticks around as a collar and there is good lacing.

The smell is full of fruity and spicy hops with thick caramel and bready malts.

The taste follows the nose with lot of hop spiciness, a little bit of hop oil and a little sweet fruit, caramel, roasted and bready malts in the background along with a slightly boozy taste.

The feel is thick and chewy with some hop oil hanging around after swallowing.

Overall, good stuff.

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Photo of brureview
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper red color in a Stone snifter

The aroma is light: fruit, and some toffee- not as strong as in other Winter Warmers.

There is a good bitterness to this beer: not overdone and not dwarfing the taste as in other beers in style.

Taste: Good, but not pronounced fruit and fig.

Overall: a good old ale, but not in the same class as other more complex offerings in the style.
Definitely worth checking out, and easier to drink than other Old Ales.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice old ale pours a medium dark copper color with a nice head of white foam that settles to a thin layer, thick ring, and light lacing. Nose of light caramel malts, moderate grain notes, and bittering hops. Flavors surpass the nose with caramel and spruce touched hop notes to the front and middle, fading into the background with light warming alcohol and a lightly bitter hop and sweet malt aftertaste. Very nice.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a snifter because it is an old ale.
The appearance was a bronzed golden amber to almost caramel brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Adequate foamy lacing started to cling but slid into the beer.
The smell had a sweet caramel malt blended with a sly amount of sprucy/piney substance. A light amount of cherry came back to even things out a bit.
The taste was mainly sweet with the pine wanting to let a sly bitterness to enter but for the most part stays in the background. A slight lingering aftertaste wants to charge into the finish but dryly moves along.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium bodied with an ample amount of sticky sprucy to caramel malt clinging to my tongue. For the most part, it feels fine. Carbonation feels fine as well.
Overall, it's a nice old ale good for this time of year, pretty sure I could have this again.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: A clear chestnut color, with a big white head of glistening, uniform bubbles. Snowy lace scatters across the glass. The look is the most wintery thing about this ale, which is more of an APA (read on).

Smell: Lots of herbaceous hops on the nose: peppermint tea, fresh earth, and dried sage. Well-toasted malt provides a warm backdrop. It's a nice scent, but the hoppiness is unusual for a winter ale, and foretells of a beer that may not fit its billing.

Taste: Grainy, toasted malt up front, with the herbal hop flavors bursting through in the middle,like an American hop volcano. At this point, it's confirmed: A winter ale, this is not. The bitterness grows, but does not extend beyond a medium-high level. Even if this were an APA, it's not terribly diverse in terms of flavor. All in all, however, it is enjoyable in its own right.

Mouthfeel: A good, standard mouthfeel for a beer of this size. Medium body and carbonation make this brew drinkable, but not too light.

Overall: Undoubtedly unusual for the style, and not a jewel under any category , as the complexity is wanting. There are some interesting upsides, however, particularly when it comes to the high level of flavor coming from hp varieties that are typically more subdued.

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Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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