Old Man (Winter Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Old Man (Winter Ale)Old Man (Winter Ale)
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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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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
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 -45.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notta bad offering in this growler.. poured into a pint glass

Hazy darker amber color on this with minimal head with some heavy bubbling minimal lacing, smell is of caramel, malt, syrups not much hops to speak of. taste is good, much malt, again with the caramels and syrups and a little spice. mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, could drink a few more of these, feels seasonal fo sho

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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at pazzos pizza pub in Lexington KY

A - Brought to me in a pint glass with about a finger head. Clear amber in color. Lacing is slight but its there.

S - Smells mostly of yeast. Can't really pull much out of the nose. Maybe some mild spice smell.

T - Suprisingly hoppy with a sweet aftertaste. Not much flavor besides the hops.

M - light bodied perhaps a little too light but matches the flavors.

O - An average beer. I'm not familiar to reviewing old ales, but this one is still pretty tasty.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was really good, but fell slightly short of my "excellent beer" 5 stars...this could really be because I have very high standards for Southern Tier as it is one of my favorite breweries. The flavor was really smooth and consistent from first to last sip but something was missing. I think the spice level could be turned up one click and it would be perfection. I am curious to see what this tastes like out of the bottle - seems to me beers like these tend to pack a higher punch of the intended flavors when poured from the bottle into a frosted pint glass then enjoyed.

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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint.

A: Clear, dark amber with white head and good lacing.

S: Hops, bit of phenols, caramel.

T: Bit of light pine hops, followed by a bit of a roasted malt notes, caramel, finishes off with a bit of an alcohol bite

M: Nice, smooth medium mouthfeel.

O: A nice winter seasonal. Not my favorite. I honestly don't prefer hoppy brews for winter seasonals, but this one balances the hops with a nice roasted malt and caramel profile, so it's all good.

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3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - light copper to golden straw, off-white head that fades quickly to thin film

S - metallic, fruity, hoppy goodness, reminds me of the almost-burnt sides of a cupcake that was left in the oven just 2 min too long

T - some malt up front, some caramel in there, maybe some hops on the sides... not a whole lot here. The nose didn't translate how I thought it might. actually, bitterness is higher than I initially thought and unfortunately lingers, but not in a pleasant way

M - Pretty highly carbed and leaves the mouthfeel a little thin. My lips feel sticky, but my tongue feels left out of the party

O - Not a whole lot going on. pass.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

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Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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