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 NEhophead
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy off white head that fades after a few moments to an intact sheet. Thin and spotted lacing with good strength. Deep, glowing oak in color.

Bright citrus: lemon and orange peel hop aromatics. Semi-sweet vanilla and toffee. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Semi-sweet, light toffee malt character. An underlying tone of Cascade hops; lemon, orange, pear. Touches of caramel spiced with nutmeg and amaretto. The finish is dry and musty with flavors of a bittered vanilla. The aftertaste is a powdered nutmeg and cinnamon.

Medium bodied; powdery at times on the palate, but mostly mellow. A nice spicy quality that gives the palate a kick as well.

An interesting ale; creamy, spicy, and touch of hops. Worth a try; especially compared to the average 'boring' winter warmers out there.

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Photo of PenguinBeerFan
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Great Lakes stout glass.

Pours a wonderful red-amber with good lacing but a generally thin head.

Smells like a spiced up IPA, lots of hops and some ginger. Already apparent that this is hoppy for the style.

Taste is very well balanced. Spices taste ginger-cinammon. Spiced malt at the front with some sour lemon/grapefruit tastes. Strong hop finish. This beer balances hops and spice better than most of the beers in this style. One of the better one's I've had this holiday.

Drinkability is decent, kind of dries out my mouth though and makes me reach for something more refreshing after 2. Good to have one or two to close out the night.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark reddish amber color with a medium foamy beige head and sticky lacing. Sweet aroma of brown sugar, caramel and malt. Medium-bodied and very representative of the season, with lots of malts and spices in the flavor. A very pleasing character all around. The finish is short but tasty with malt and dark fruits primarily. Not as bold as some of the better winter seasonals but enjoyable all the same.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a clean dark amber/brown beer. Has a big creamy off white head and great lace. The aroma is mostly a big promise of hop goodness . With a combination of spicey and grapefruit hops and a little malt sweetness in the background.The flavor weaves back and forth between a bittersweet grapefruit at the start, roasted malt next and then the spicey hop notes. All of which seem to blend into a nice finish.

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Photo of unclederby
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a nice winter warmer for hopheads.
it pours a nice but not quite opaque mohagony - very attractive.
the nose is a whopping dose of citrusy hops.
taste much the same, though there is a good malt presence up front and towards the middle. it doesn't linger long however as the hops really assert themselves and needless to say it ends bitterly...
thick, chewy, and resiny mouthfeel. nicely carbonated.
i like this, and a bomber i think would be just the right amount.
sort of a palate wrecker, this brew is living large...surprisingly.
reaches toward double ipa status..

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Photo of budsboy
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle, but it's got to be fresh ... new label style.

Clear and leather brown, bone white head is small and shrinks back leaving a little lacing.

All piney hop aroma, very little else.

Strong burnt hop flavor, piney and somewhat floral, but less hop bitterness. Underlying sweetness that balances fairly well. Finishes with a flash of alcohol warmth and a roasty bitterness.

Slick and full in the mouth, smooth with low carbonation.

A bit hoppier than I expected. Not bad, just a surprise. Seems a darker, less bitter version of their IPA. Yep. This is a winter warmer for the hop head. It is good. Try some.

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Photo of semihobo
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Kept one of the last bottles from the 04-05 winter batch, let's see how it is after a summer of sitting around.

Looks good, a light mahogany (if that's possible) brown with a fine poofy head that gently deflates leaving nice lacing.

Smells very strong, a big sniff actually made my nostrils sting. Rich sweet malt profile, some piney hops, maybe some alcohol is adding to the punch.

The flavor of this beer is even stronger than the smell. It was intense on tap in the winter, and it's harsher now. If you like big, over-the-top beers, this'll be a treat. Takes my breath away -- bold malt backbone, strong hop presence, maybe a little spice, and some alcohol. Malt flavors are caramel, sweet and nutty. There's a taste of black pepper. Hops are piney and bitter -- I'd like to know what the hop bill is. I remember drinking this in the dead of winter; it's a little more appropriate then.

The finish is of hop oil, pretty slick and bitter. Mouthfeel complements the power of the flavor, although not its best characteristics -- it is hard hitting but a little nasty.

I gotta penalize this for getting kinda gross as it warmed. The flavor is too powerful to drink a lot of these, and the alcohol limits how many you can have as well. I recommend it for a once in a while drink, but it's not as refined as it could be. Better on tap ... hopefully I can give it a review off a fresh keg this winter.

A good, above-average effort from Southern Tier that maybe got a little carried away as it aged over the summer.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking beer, amber tending toward brown. Not much carbonation, and the head, at first fairly nice, receeded quickly to a thin film. Smells very nice, pleasing pine hops with a slightly earthy undertone. A very nice beer, full on piney hops, with just a touch of orange at the end. Lightly malted, but the hops aren't over the top. Just enough for an oily mouthfeel, but not enough to really pucker. Mellow and easy drinking, with that touch of hop oil.

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

Pours a somewhat hazy red and gold color with a thin ring of white head. No real lacing.
Aroma of caramel, fruity honey, bread grain and some resined hop notes in the background.
Flavor had a caramel base, sharp pale malt and mildly fruity hop finish. Slightly metallic hard water note.
Mouthfeel is caramel sweet to start, moving to a fruity, sweet malt note and finishing with a tangy hop finale.
Drinkability is above average. Hard water/metallic notes slightly off-putting but overal a decent beer.

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

copper brown with some reds near the bottom of the glass. The head is perfect, not huge but a dense frothy tan colour that leaves lots of lacing and has some staying power.
tame aroma balanced between grassy hops on a base of dark malt.
Somewhat sweet tasting, caramel or even brown sugar coming through. Some hop aftertaste and a really nice mouthfeel from this almost syrupy beer. Drinkability is quite good though not really a session ale - for me at least.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained a six pack for $6.99 at the Tops supermarket in East Aurora, NY.

Pours a dark reddish brown, head settles to almost nothing but leaves lacing on the glass. Loads of malt on the nose with notes of spice and caramel, a good prelude to the first sip. The taste starts out moderately but quickly grows and warms as it moves down the tongue, developing into an excellent balance of intense caramel, spice, smoky malt, and hops. Mouthfeel is thick and oily with just enough carbonation, alcohol is there but not in your face. This is a huge beer, very good and highly recommended if you like big thick beers. Will definately get this again. Reminds me somewhat of Victory's Storm King.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of many thanks to shippos for this winter ale from ST.
Pours a nice dark amber w/ a full finger and a half of light brown head...creamy and bubbly, but quickly reduces to half its original height.
Lace is real attractive...leaving a ring around the glass that holds on forever.
Aroma is a nice touch of carmelized malt...just a hint of hops. Semi-sweet at first w/ no alcohol present...7.5% ABV?
The taste is a real surprise...much sweeter than expected, but it is reminiscent of a aged barleywine...brown sugar and hops dominate for the first sip or two, until the malt backbone brings you back to reality.
Texture is real nice...not a thin beer. The aftertaste lingers a bit...leaving a bittersweet flavor.
This is my 3rd brew from Southern Tier and I am impressed. Nothing over the top...just great representations for the styles they offer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crystalline orange-bronze, heavy on the orange. The pale caramel colored head is densely creamy and is as stubborn as Old Man Winter himself. As it melts, it displays a rounded mesa of foam beneath thick, interconnected strands of lace.

The nose is hoppier than expected... which is exactly why I love Southern Tier beer. There's a nice admixture of caramel malt and sweet orange zesty hops, slanted ever so slightly toward the good guys. It's more than aromatic enough, but more is always better when the beer smells this good.

Appearance and smell are all well and good, but taste and mouthfeel are what count most as far as I'm concerned. Old Man's bold, brassy flavor calls to mind some of my favorite winter warmers. The beer is beautifully balanced and shows off a malt backbone of hardened steel that is countered by a flurry of citric hoppiness that slams into the taste buds and is sustained to and through the lingering finish. This brewery understands what makes good beer: quality ingredients and lots of them.

Sugary, pine sap-covered hop cones abound, but don't drown out the liquid caramel essence that keeps OMWA a member of the stated style (the brewery calls it an old ale however). Though the body/mouthfeel starts out at medium-full, it assumes a lush viscousness as it sits. It won't have a chance to sit that long, however, since it's finding its way into my mouth with alarming frequency.

I knew very little about Southern Tier prior to drinking my first bottle of their beer last fall. They've become one of my favorite breweries though, because each and every one of their offerings has impressed the hell out of me. Old Man Winter Ale proudly keeps that streak intact. It's a full-bodied, hoppy, flavor fest that I would look forward to each winter if I was lucky enough to live in the distribution area. Thanks yet again to HappyHourHero (although getting me hooked on an unavailable brewery wasn't a very nice thing to do).

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Photo of Suds
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a deep, woody brown color with a slight haze. It’s got a clumpy, sudsy, tan-ish head that produces a marvelous lace. Very nice combination of malt and hops in the aroma. There’s a nice alcohol background, followed by waves of caramel, flowery hops, and a serious sweet-smelling doughy maltiness. The taste has a solid and forcefull bitterness that presents itself at the first sip. Alcohol warming and a sticky sweetness are also present. It’s all very well balanced, and comes together as a fantastic beer. This one’s a keeper.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A crystal-clear chestnut body glows with auburn highlights beneath a good sized head of ivory colored froth. The head retention is fair and it leaves some nice, small, splashes and spots of lace about the glass. The nose is somewhat limited in comparison to the richer flavor inside; yet bright notes of floral and grassy hops swirl over a burnt-caramel maltiness and yeasty fruitiness. It's very smooth, and even lightly creamy across the palate with a medium-full body and restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation. Mildly sweet and deeply caramelized malt appears upfront in the flavor; accented by some yeasty, berry-like fruitiness. Grassy, floral, and piney/spicy hops rise almost immediately; and are then overtaken by a powerful, quick-rising bitterness. It finishes extremely dry and dusty, with a burnt-malt acidity and long lasting, bone-dry bitterness. The combination of rich malt, bold hops, and forceful bitterness is impressive; but at the same time it seems to lose some complexity as everything becomes muddled. Additionally, the brute assault of its bitterness eventually dampens the palate and a good bit of drinkability is lost. Still, it's an impressive, bold beer when enjoyed at just below cellar temperature on a cold winter's day.

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Photo of shapudding
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out a deep golden amber with huge amounts of milkshakey eggshelled colored head that finally settled down as about a quarter inch of froth. Killer head retention, very impressive. Tons of carbination seen rising up. Mainly malty scents, could not really get anything else from it. Creamy and thickish feel, very smooth. Alot of nice bitey hoppiness, peppery and dark toasty. Nice and spicey tasting, white grapefruit juice and grapefruit rind. Leaves a ton of flavor in your mouth -mainly the burnt toast and blackness. Schweeet....

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Photo of granger10
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I think it was below 0 degrees last night here in Michigan, so a Winter Warmer was definitely called for. Luckily I had this. The color of this beer is really unusual. Kind of like ruby red grapfruit juice. Here was small but held together nicely. No lacing. Smell was really fruity and hoppy along with some nutty characteristics. Taste begins with a diluted mouthfeel and then sugary caramel malts followed by bitter floral hops. Barley is there but seems really grainy and out of place. Finish has a bitter hop spiciness and fusel alcohol. Alcohol warmth, flavors are present the whole way through and actually makes this beer much more enjoyable. There's just too many residual sugars and hop resins in this beer, like they threw a whole bunch of both ingredients and more yeast in the secondary or after the boil. The flavors had an intensity even with the lighter body but they didn't really work together. It did the job by warming my insides but I think the Beast could do that as well. Decent.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arriving as part of the BIF X-mas package from shippos, this beer poured out clea deep copper with a 1 inch thick foamy head. The aroma was that of resinous and peppery hops and perfumey alcohol. The malt was chewy with a bit of a burnt toast, followed by a drizzling of apricot and apples, and a wisp of smoky dryness. The hops that were prominent in the aroma did not feature much in the form of bitterness. Very silky and soothing mouthfeel, despite being a bit thin. Very easy drinking that is somewhat like a diluted barley wine.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite nice. After your pour it you notice the nice copper/dark amber color. Widly distributed lacy with a sticky cream colored head. Aroma is of caramel, hops and lotsa malt. Taste is florally with some interesting spices. Hints of dark fruit. Light medium feel.

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

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark copper with beigish head that subsides to a tan-colored foam film, which tops the surface of this beauty of a beer. A fine lacing is noticed as well.

Smell: Spicy, fruity hops. Some carmel and toffee-like notes in the background.

Taste: Vibrant carbonation with a somewhat thick, warming mouthfeel. Incredibly spicy, fruity hops assault the pallate on the initial sip. This is all balanced out with biscuity malts in the finish. Alcohol is nicely hidden, thus deceiving to those unaware of its 7.5% ABV.

Overall: A top-shelf beer all the way around. This makes for the perfect winter warmer. It warms warms the soul and the mind, so drink with care.

Yet another kick-ass beer by what is becoming one of the best breweries in the entire northeast, if not the entire country.

Two thumbs up to this old man!

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My local watering hole had this on tap; granted I've got one of the best watering holes in Philly, but I thought that this was a stretch. \where in the hell is Lakewood anyway?
this was a wonderful beer, a great balanced beer to while away a winters evening with. color a dark clear copper amber with a a nice head and glass lacing. Very clear crisp look and finish; this beer invites imbing. Nose bouquet of xmas caramels and Tom and Jerry's. A taste of sweet chestnut followed by an nice subtle balanced hoppiness. I would agree with the Shangys lad- this beer could be a barleywine crossed with Celebration Ale. I thought this was a real winner to drink in Santa and the new year both. Excellently balanced, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked me up a case during my last visit to Shangy's Beer Superstore in Emmaus, Pa. I told the salesman( the owner's son) I was looking for a barleywine, he told me this was "like" a barleywine crossed with S.N. Celabration Ale. He also told me it was 9.2% abv. He was wrong all the way around. Don't get me wrong, it's very good, just not a barley. Anyway...pours reddish brown with a creamy tan head, excellant retention and lacing. Smells initially malty and slightly sweet, followed closely by a large dose of hops. Same with the tasting-malty at first then a blast of citrus and pine from the hops. Mmmm, this is a good mistake. Very balanced, soft mouthfeel makes this perfect for sippin' or gulping. Alcohol is evident but well integrated. I'm glad I have a whole case of this!

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Photo of wailingwench
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Eye Candy: Dark copper, reminds me Weyerbacher Autumn. Very carbonated, half full glass with thick pillowy head. Finally filled glass: retention throughout with superb lacing and hop clumping. Small quanity of rising carbonation bubbles at the lower depths.

The Nose Knows: Sugar corn like sweetness (corn pops ?) that rapidly transitioned into bitter resinous piney hops.

Tongueland: Very acrid and bitter, not ESB bitter. Thick and velvety. Very warming. Alcohol is hidden cold and emerges when warmed. Hops are hidden under the initial taste. Ends honey sweet and smooth that transitions into their signature combination of bitter with a dash of pepper.

Bender Factor: At 7.5 ABV, this is the way to go when opening up Christmas presents. Another stellar offering from Southern Tier. The hops tame down when cellared after 5 months.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-finger bubbly beige head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Light carbonation. Starts crisp, hints of spices, finishes hoppy, slight bitter aftertaste. Not what I was expecting for a winter warmer. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Hoosick Street Discount Bev. Troy, NY.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 3/4" beige head, with average lacing. A slightly cloudy dark copper brew, with an aroma of medium malts, spices, and alcohol, which is what I would expect for the style. Taste is initially of dark fruits, but quickly rounds out with sweet malts, and leaves you with a warming feeling at the outset. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both reasonably good, a good representation of the style, but leaves you just a bit wanting. Close enough to great to make you ache for it.

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