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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 12-17-2003

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Photo of DruD
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jak
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 7 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, all-spice

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There also is a bit of a clove/all-spice flavour mixed with some dark fruits and even a bit of tobacco. It ends with a sweet malty aftertaste and a surprising. amount of lingering hop bitterness

Overall - This really wasn't what I was expecting but it was still a really good beer. It almost seems like this is their attempt at making a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale. It's got a surprising amount of hops and it's worth trying if you happen to see it on the shelves.

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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with with an inch of dense, foamy off-white head that has great retention. The nose has notes of bread and caramel as well as pine and mint. In the taste there are notes of caramel and light malts, a significant hop bitterness, some faint mint notes, and some alcohol esters. There are some faint notes of dark fruit as well. The mouthfeel is a little viscous, but well carbonated and medium bodied.

Overall, it's not bad, but in comparison to other Old Ales and ST offerings, I feel it stumbles. It's still worth checking out though.

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Photo of Bronowicz
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on Tap at "The Library" in the south side.

A - A nice clean, clear amber brown, maybe a touch dark with a half inch of pillow like head.

S - Mild citrus hops and a touch of biscuit malt. Maybe some caramel too.

T - Fantastically balanced. As other ST offerings it's hoppy but more of a light citrus, which makes way for the main taste of biscuit malt and caramel almost reminding me of a fresh, robust Oktoberfest. Tasty

M - Light to medium on tap. A bit thinner than the bottle offering so it's more drinkable.

Overall what a fantastic beer that makes me want to grab a fresh case for the winter. Very surprised this is an Old Ale since it drinks more like a hoppy Oktoberfest. Great beer!

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear deep amber color. The foam cap is very light almost nonexistant except for a smear. Aroma is malt forward with some toasted malts like a vienna style.
Taste is sweet caramel and some pale. There is a pretty desent toasted or biscuit aspect. Hops are light. Drinks a medium weight on the palette and has a smooth sticky feel. I had Old Man on tap at Jamison Brew house and must say that it's way better out of the tap. Not bad out of the bottle but way better out of the tap.

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Photo of joeykratz
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

A: Perfectly clear amber beer with a bright white soapy head. Lacing is generous and unique, carbonation looks fairly heavy.

S: There is the scent of lightly spiced citrus. Maybe like orange with nutmeg and cinnamon with a tad of cardamom.

T: Citrus upfront through the middle with a nice base sweetness that it falls back on. Bitterness is firm, but not overpowering.

M: Carbonation isn't as full as it looks visibly, and comes out medium. Body is moderate and it tastes "filling".

D: The alcohol isn't present on the palate, therefore drinks quite easily.

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Photo of chardlogic
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Naugros
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber, nearly brown in color. A thin, off-white head makes little effort to stick around.

Hops dominate the smell and the taste, giving spice and citrus. The malts are hard to get in the nose, but on the tongue they have a nutty flavor, mixed with vanilla, that is the first sensation that you get...sort of like toffee. Then the hops take over and outlast the sweetness, leaving a mouthful of grapefruit-like pith.

A nice winter release from Southern Tier, and definitely different than most winter offerings. But I prefer the darker, maltier, fuller-bodied and stronger ales that this season brings.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am totally diggin' (for the most part) this year's crop of Christmas/Holiday/Winter ales. I scored this last night at The Fridge right before I got 86'd and this being New Beer Sunday, I wanted to get it in before I head out to watch the Stillers game.

From the bottle: "Brewed with 3 varieties of Hops and 2 types of Malts".

My pour created two dense fingers of deep mocha-tan head with excellent retention. Color was a deep brownish-amber with NE-quality clarity. BUPGOO! Nose smelled of snow-covered pine forest and I was in love! Mouthfeel was a bit thin, but the taste was clean and minty on the tongue. Who need mouthwash when I've got this in my glass? Finish was breathtaking, but in the right way. It was a big beer, to be sure, but not hot like the Cigar City Winter Warmer Warmer Winter mess that I was faced with on Friday night. It was a very pleasant jump start to the day.

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Photo of ewalden
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ryanonline
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep dark amber with some golden hints and a huge white crown of foamy head with little staying power but lots of lacing.

Smells resiny and piney with strong notes of caramel and a light toffee scent.

The taste is very tea like, it is still very hoppy but lacks the punch of most winter warmers. The malt is very light but consists of a bit of bran and caramel. Most dominant is the piney hops.

The mouthfeel is slightly creamy with some fizzy carbonation. Also very light bodied with a dry finish.

Drinkability is relatively high, not too heavy even flavors and still quite tasty, though uncharacteristic for the style.

Yummy beer, but it's just not what unexpected from an old ale or a winter warmer. Not disappointed but underwhelmed.

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Photo of HopsYeast
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a-pours a medium dark amber color with a clear body and zero sediment. has a 3/4 finger pale head that actually holds for quite some time and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

s-mostly smell hops with some subtle malt aroma. there is a sweet spiciness lingering in the nose that is a vanilla/chocolate smell. spicy citrus with cloves.

t-has a somewhat unimpressive flavor. there is a nice hop hit in the beginning that is then quickly muted out with a a fruity flavor. i honestly dont find it too complex. tastes is one dimensional.

m-light body and drinkable with a tingle of low to medium carbonation. this beer can be consumed quickly but there isnt much to the body at all. watery almost.

o-its not horrible by any mean. but it is a somewhat let down from S.T. as i have grown to enjoy more and more of their beer this year. will try again in the future but look more forward to their fall releases than this winter one.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap and was served in a pint glass.
Dark copper color with some ruby red hues. One finger head that dissipated very slowly and leaving behind some really nice, sticky lace. Visually this ale is very appealing.
Aroma was very malty with hints of vanilla and caramel.
Taste like the aroma was malty upfront. Coats the palate with a bready malty taste only to finish with a nice shot of bitterness. From the aroma it was impossible to tell that there would such hop presence.
Easy to drink and mouthfeel is pretty good, the lingering bitterness in the finish left me wanting more.
Overall, I would say this is a good take on an Old Ale, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of kjay012
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 1,575 ratings.
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