Old Man (Winter Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

1,576 Ratings
Read the review
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 12-17-2003

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,576 |  Reviews: 564
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Gurrett
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of PaBeerLover
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of Aberration
1.9/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served from a bottle

Looks pretty good! Smell is a little weak however...

Taste is like the smell...I get nothing of value here. The mouthfeel is pretty good, but the lack of any flavor was a real detriment to me drinking the entire bottle.

Maybe I'll revisit this one someday, but for now I feel as if it isn't even worth drinking the rest of it....hopefully this is just a bad batch...

 390 characters

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear amber orange with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. Decent three finger white head that quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. A good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Hop forward but fairly subdued. Citrus orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Some bready malts in the background with some caramel and toffee. Also some hints of nuts and nutmeg. Aroma has a buttery characteristic.

Taste: Like the nose leads, forward with citrus hops but a lot more laid back than a IPA. Notes of grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple. Bready caramel and toffee malts in the background. Hints of nuts, butter, and a little nutmeg spice. Finishes with some earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Finishes a bit dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty interesting take on an old ale. Flavors are pretty laid back but whats there is tasty and well balanced.

 986 characters

Photo of msanfe
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of RossCain
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12oz into a pint glass

A: Pours with a medium-light navel orange hue topped by a wispy, off-white head. The beer's head dissipates in a somewhat hastened fashion, leaving behind a small cap resting on top the beer and splotchy remnants of lacing on the glass.

S: Rather interesting aroma that comes off hop-forward with relatively juicy citrus notes. Hints of caramel sweetness can be picked up residing in the background. As the beer warms, the caramel notes begin to dominate with a buttery goodness. In all, a well blended cast of aromatics.

T: An intriguing mixture hits the tongue upon first sip with fruity/sweet (juicy fruit gum) flavors flowing from the hops and a certain bready/biscuity quality coming from the malts. As a toasty malt character fades from the middle of the tasting, the beer finishes with a touch of bitterness and traces of higher alcohol content coming through.

M: Low carbonation, medium bodied and slightly thin with a slick feel as it passes over the tongue. Finishes dry and bitter with some alcoholic warmth brushing down the back of the throat.

O: This was an enjoyable beer but not exactly what I had in mind when I was thinking old ale. The malt/hop flavors were well blended and made for a good drinking experience. I might pick this one up again.

 1,315 characters

Photo of jjayjaye
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of LeoPanna
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium-dark amber... when held to the light it radiates a nice orange. One finger head, nice and even coating over the top. most of the froth disappears right away when i swirl the glass, but what sticks thins out into some interesting patters..

S: Deep malts... bright hops...orange peel...spring flowers...nothing stands out, but it's a pleasant aroma, i already know this is a quality ale.

T: Springy hops just like the smell, don't know enough about specific hops but by "springy" i mean like spring flowers. Orange peel and tangerine essence. Malts are subdued but give it a nice dark balance in the middle of my tongue... the after taste ties in with the initial flavor, citrus and flowery hops with a nice warm alcohol burn.

MF: Smooth w/ medium carbonation... Sticks to the lips and fizzles down the throat. As it warms the carbonation seems to get a little heavier and the bitterness of the hops starts to steal the show..

O: A very nice Winter Ale... I'm a huge fan of Southern Tier's more subtle beers. I've been drinking so many extreme brews that these kind of medium-body ales are becoming my refreshment drink. It's late fall in NYC and they sell this around the corner, I'll definitely drink a few more throughout the cold season.

 1,254 characters

Photo of wingman14
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish copper with a frothy off white head that leaves plenty of lacing. Smell is hoppy, sweet, roasted malt, with some spice in there as well. Taste has a nice malt presence that revolves around sweet hop flavors. Finishes with a nice malt backbone. A nice medium mouthfeel, very smooth, and not a highly noticeable ABV. Overall a nicely done winter ale, great flavors, and well balanced. Very tasty and enjoyable.

 424 characters

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of pwoody11
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of tommyrxc
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of spoonhawk
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of amstelcat
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of anirishunion
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Another6Pack
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of KC9LDB
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of mctizzz
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of ej285701
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Pours a dark and hazed copper with moderate cap of khaki froth, decent retention and good sticky lacing at the top of the glass. Scent is hop forward, lots of orange zest, and the malt comes across as more toasted than sweet, decent lingering spice notes on the rear. Full flavored beer leads with the hops again, mostly citrus with firm notes of spicy and piney, malt backbone is quite deep ranging from dry and tannic roasted grains, toasted and nutty to lightly sweet and caramely, again a decent spice profile lingers on the end. Medium bodied and dry finish. Overall, a style bender for sure... firm hop and malt character and a nice splash of winter spice.

 662 characters

Photo of dansmcd
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky dark amber beneath a small creamy head and a smattering of lace spots. Lots of sediment.

S - Sweet malt, smoke, brown sugar, pineapple, cola.

T - Caramel, smoked ham, spices, ginger, a light pineapple, touch of booze.

M - Syrupy medium body, low carbonation.

O - A pleasant wintery ale, with a fair bit of character.

 330 characters

Photo of muletrane
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.