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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Ratings: 1,591 |  Reviews: 566
Photo of joeykratz
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Naugros
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +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 +8.7%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ryanonline
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 -11.7%
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 +6.3%
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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of Aberration
1.9/5  rDev -48.4%
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...

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of msanfe
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of RossCain
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of LeoPanna
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,591 ratings
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