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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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely hopped old ale. The hops first come forth, than a bit of roastiness, mollasses like a porter , and then the full old ale. Satisfying finish.Spicey aftertaste. Caramel and sugar. Medium plus mouthfeel. Another good one from this brewery. Very drinkable with food.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger frothy head with nice lacing on a deep amber mildly hazy body.

S: nice sweet caramel malt aroma, gingerbread notes.

T: a little spicey with mild musty, dry hop notes. Touch of lemon.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice drinkable beer, a little dry in the finish. Nothing special but an easy to enjoy beer

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

unique beer for sure, and excellent for winter. pours a dark copper color, like a tarnished penny, with a small vanishing head. smells a touch smokey, and strong. my brother described the taste to me as "what an old man's hat would smell like" in a good way. he was right, it has a sort of dusty burlap malty base with brighter winter flavors like pipe tobacco peppered throughout much like an old man's cap might have a fishing fly on the brim, a feather in the band, and some funny stain inside, this beer cannot be described in any other way now. its got a full bodied low carbonation mouthfeel which makes it quite easy to appreciate its complex character. my favorite winter beer of the season so far.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Man Winter in my opinion was very good. The beer poured out as a reddish brown color, pretty dark looking. The smell was sweet with malts and perhaps some brown sugar. The taste was sweet also with a slight spice to it. There is a really nice caramel flavor upfront in this beer that realy keeps me going back for the next sip. The mouthfeel is a bit thick which I enjoy too. Overall I like this brew a lot and I look forward to having it again some day.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I saw this beer was 8% ABV I didn't believe it.. when having it for dinner today I could have sworn that it couldn't be more than 5%. This thing is too drinkable for that high of an ABV... but hey this is a damn good beer. Great mouthfeel and finish, nice hoppy flavors to it. Goes down nice and easy and I almost drank it too quickly to enjoy it. A nice winter seasonal here from Southern Tier.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly faded into lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are light aromas of toasted malts and caramel in the nose.
T: The overall taste is rather malty and has flavors of caramel with notes of spices and some hints of alcohol and malty sweetness. There is a mild amount of bitterness in the aftertaste.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly thick on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry and has some warming from the alcohol.
D: Drinking this beer isn't that difficult because the alcohol is well masked.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer truly worth warming up with. Pronounced malt flavors and feel, but balanced and spiced with flavoring and bittering hops (I'm guessing English?) The malt presence is firm and shares flavors of caramel, dates, nuts, pecans, and toffee. These are equally present in aromas as flavor. However the hops lurk in the background aromas, but are bold in their bittering. A medium grassy / piney hop flavor spices up the flavors and linger a bit longer than the malts. The beer is bold, solid, and firm, yet not heavy, cloying, or chewy. A good beer that eats like a meal. I do recommend.

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

This beer pours a clear dark amber hue, with one finger of soapy ecru head, which leaves a ring of lace around the glass as it dissipates. It smells of caramel/toffee malt, and citrus hops. The taste is citrus and pine hops, bready, crackery caramel malt, and a bit of nuttiness. The carbonation is moderate, the body thick, smooth, and somewhat oily, and it finishes fairly off-dry, with a slightly bitter nuttiness.

A pretty good winter warmer, as it's pissing down rain outside - and the ABV is nicely hidden.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, caramel/burgundy color with a one-finger, thick, firm head of tan foam. It left some thick rings of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, toffee, vanilla and some floral notes. It smells like a great old ale.

T - It starts off with a grassy bitter hop bite and is matched by sweet malty caramel. There were touches of vanilla.

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

D - This just didn't deliver what I expect out of an old ale, in terms of strong malty sweet flavor. It just tasted like a strong ale that isn't that strong.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/30/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light raisin, nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, herbal, light raisin, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/piney hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a light creamy and moderately sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Old ale. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark copper color with a bit of a tan head. Some staying power, though not much lacing after it recedes. The nose brings some citrus, toasted bread, caramel, earth, and some light herbal notes. The taste is a bit sweet with citrus and herbs, then yielding to some toasted bread and earth. Nice feel and a good body. The beer lacks cohesion and doesn't end up finishing all that well, though I'd like to see how it ages.

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Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with one finger of light tan head on top of a clear, medium-brown body. The foam settles rapidly and leaves light lace.

S - Toasted malt and some brown sugar with a note of musty molasses. Some herbal hops lurk in the background.

T - Dry caramel malt up front with lots of toasted grain. Herbal hop flavors come out in the middle with some toffee and molasses. The beer dries out towards the finish with more toasted malt flavor and some resinous hop character as well as moderate bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, this is very toasty and malty with some burnt sugar undertones. The toast gets a little bit overly dry in the finish with a burnt bread character that lingers on the palate. The herbal hop flavors blend nicely with the brown, malty notes though the bitterness doesn't quite manage to keep the rich malt subdued. A decent and drinkable beer, though one is enough for me.

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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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Middle of Tropical Storm Irene, feels like a good time for Old Man Winter ale.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head tart fades at a med pace with sticky lacing, over semi clear auburn tan brown colored beer.

Nose has sweet malts, almost barleywine level, maple syrup, light caramel, molasses, syrupy sweetness, and a birt of earthy hops.

Taste starts bitter with some earthy holds and hint of a spicy rye like taste, then sweet malts, syrupy again, light molasses, maple candy, touch of caramel and toffee. Hint of oxidation as well. Plenty of earthy hops start to come through and get strong as well. Finishes drier as the sweet malts dry it gets more bitter with earthy hops and rye like taste, bit sticky.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, dec carb, hint if warming booze.

Overall not bad, interesting malts and syrup sweet flavors, nothing spectacular though, a nice would be winter ale mid hurricane without power.

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Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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