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 AlexDank
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of TheDeuce
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Old Man....on tap at Dark Horse in NYC....

Appearance-a light to medium yellow body with a two to three finger head. The carbonation is very active and the head tops off nicely.

Smell-very piney hops, are they trying to make it smell like a Christmas tree because if so they did a decent job. The hops outweigh the other quieter smells of alcohol and breaded malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel-again the hops pull through strongly, medium to heavy mouthfeel, nice smoothness with a little malt backbone that adds some nice balance. For how strong this beer is it's impressive that the alcohol is fairly well hidden and doesn't dominate. You'd rather have the hops take the lead here than the alcohol.

Overall-a nice beer, as others have noted I'm not so sure it's really much of an old ale but it's a flavorful hoppy beer with some nice characteristics. Worth a try.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber/copper with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & fruittyness

T: Breadyness, citrussy & piney hops up front, a touch of brown sugar too, along with dryness. Grapefruit & pine as this warms, dryness & pear notes as well, some biscuitty malt. Finishes with mineral hoppyness, grapefruit & woody dryness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good balance

Not truly an old ale to me but drinkable enough & certainly knocks the chill off ya

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops are present. Taste is piney hops up front, some alcohol, a touch of malts at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is a pretty good beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of drew74
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of vfgccp
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Buckwheat honey body drinks up light and spits it out in bright copper highlights. The head is the only thing holding the appearance score back.

S – Savory coriander, allspice, nutty wheat, and a touch of booze.

T – Opens with a fresh barely flavor that has impressive depth. Basil and leafy hops accent the edges of the profile. Nutty sweetness and bitter chocolate leave you with an impression of Nutella.

M – Bright, medium body with a medium carbonation.

O – Fantastic, rustically raw barely character.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of NvMyBeer
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of SickGnar
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A peachy copper that is bright and clear with quite a few big bubbles rising to the smallish off-white head. Settles to a ring & leaves quite nice lace.

S: Firm citrus hop nose – lots of tangerine, but also some orange & a bit of grapefruit. More fruit than rind. Toasty grain & biscuity pale.

T: Opens with huge tangerine citrus hops. Orange & grapefruit are there as well, but stronger than in the nose – as is the rind. Firm bitterness. The great citrus / tangerine hop character is joined by a bit of resin and a touch of pine that really sticks around in the finish with some spicy & earthy notes and some rind. Toasty grain & biscuity pale malt provide a nice base along with a touch of caramel sweetness, hints of bread crust, and dark sugars.

M: Not too much beyond medium body with a finely textured and expansive carbonation. Just a few dextrins kicking around and of course some hop oils and tannins. Sweet flash at the start and fairly smooth overall, but quickly hop drying.

D: Sort of in the same vein as SN Celebration. Less bright and caramelly sweet, darker & more toasty, drier malts, different hops (more tangerine & less grapefruit). More ESB rather than APA. A bit of an American style Old Ale. Great as a winter seasonal.

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Photo of hyprlt
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

A - Deep copper, half finger white head, little lacing.

S - Christmas tree, pine.

T - Starts with pine needles, resin, leans toward spearmint but flows into subtle caramel and raison notes.

M - Moderate - high carbonation, medium - full bodied.

O - This is an interesting beer, definately makes me think of opening presents under the christmas tree.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #91
Served On: 12/16/2011
Glassware: Pint Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.7%
Date/ Code: 2011 Release

Scored a 6-pack of this at Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD. This was my first experience with an offering from the infamous Southern Tier.

Look: Poured a clear medium copper color. Reviews of this brew from years past (on YouTube) seemed to suggest a darker color than what I got. It sort of resembled a darker East Coast IPA as opposed to an Old Ale. Head was a single finger of tan foam with a frothy consistency. Had typical carbonation levels.

Smell: Slight hops with some sweetness. Again – reminiscent of a darker East Coast IPA with the pine and spice.

Taste: I had some trouble finding any characteristics of an Old Ale here. First was a resiny pine with some light spice. Middle was a bitterness that coated the entire mouth. Finish was a light bitterness that faded into a semisweet malty aftertaste.

This was an average brew that I don’t believe lived up to an Old Ale, but would make an excellent IPA for the winter season. One comparison that came to mind was Heavy Seas Winter Storm - based on the hop profile and bitterness levels. Also Winter Storm didn’t seem to match its style either (labeled as an ESB).

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2/5  rDev -46.4%

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

Pours a clear dull reddish orange with two fingers of dense white foam; sheet down the glass. Smell: caramelized sugar, slightly nutty, reminiscent of baking spices, herbal and piney hopping, a note of sweet plum as it warms. Taste: caramel, yeasty and slightly nutty, toasted grain - snappy, hopping is orange citrus, lemon peel and a little pineapple. Medium bodied and properly attenuated (woohoo ST!). Not sure what style... medium grav winter ale hybrid. Enjoyable for sure. Bottled 11/2/11.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 1,576 ratings.
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