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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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
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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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of funkel81
2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of de322
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bshanly
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish, copper brown. An off white head that dissipated quickly.

S: I sipped it too quickly. My bad. I will update this review tomorrow.

T: Nice balance of hops and malts for a winter ale. The malts taste like German style malts. The hops aren't too forward or pungent.

M: hmm. At first pretty velvety and smooth and then a bite. Definitely reminds me of a crisp German style lager.

Overall, I LOVED this beer when I first had it at Thanksgiving a few weeks ago. Now, it doesn't taste like I thought it would. It tastes much like a German style beer - which I've learned to love, but wasn't expecting. I'm giving it a B.

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Photo of josefnewsong
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a thin bit of head. Not too much going on in the way of nose, but it smells decent enough, a bit resiny. Spicy hops dominate the flavor with some bready malt. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and smooth with a slight bit of stickiness. Overall, this is not what you'd expect from an 'old ale', it's kind of just a generic high abv amber. Decent, and drinkable, but nothing more.

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Photo of thisladyluck
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's a light amber color, almost orange, with a decent two finger head that dissipated to a sheen, leaving good lace.

It's got a clean, crisp, hop-spicy and a little grainy smell.

Taste is a bit earthy, almost oddly pungent, hoppy, perhaps a little metallic.

Feel is pretty smooth, medium bodied, alcohol just a touch noticeable.

Overall it's not my fav from the brewery, but it's decent enough. It's only my second old ale so I reserve the right to alter my judgment of this one in the future.

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Photo of PthPndr
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

unique beer for sure, and excellent for winter. pours a dark copper color, like a tarnished penny, with a small vanishing head. smells a touch smokey, and strong. my brother described the taste to me as "what an old man's hat would smell like" in a good way. he was right, it has a sort of dusty burlap malty base with brighter winter flavors like pipe tobacco peppered throughout much like an old man's cap might have a fishing fly on the brim, a feather in the band, and some funny stain inside, this beer cannot be described in any other way now. its got a full bodied low carbonation mouthfeel which makes it quite easy to appreciate its complex character. my favorite winter beer of the season so far.

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Photo of hippityhops85
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on draft into a 3 oz tasting glass.

Pours a crystal clear burnt umber with a thin eggshell head. Reminds me of some of the English barleywines I've had.

The nose has lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, piney hops. Not bad.

The taste is pretty one noted with a malty bitterness with a dash of cinnamon and hops. Flavor falls apart at the end palate.

The mouthfeel is overcarbonated and thin. Not desirable.

There are much better examples of and Old Ale I would reach for before trying this again.

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Photo of DruD
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jak
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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 +8.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +35.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +8.7%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +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%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,611 ratings