Old Man (Winter Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

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

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Ratings: 1,576 |  Reviews: 564
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier, I love you. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s try some beer.

A: Like an old ale should, Old Man pours a dark honey brown, with a texture of stagnant-water thickness. Not much of a head, but what shows up is a bit of fizzy off-white bubbles. Barely any retention, barely any lacing.

S: Lots of grass; these grains, though caramely and sugary, have a huge grain husk overtone. Toffee and indistinguishable dark fruits, along with some light vanilla, mix with that crisp graininess. Again, it all ends up quite leafy, but there is a big hit of alcohol toward the end (it isn’t very well hidden), and some light citrus hops.

T: Tastes better than it smells: a nice mix of malts and hops. The malts are bold and chewy, as husky as they come, in a grainy exhibition of peat, fig, and toasted whole-grain bread. There’s some bitter, complex hops, too, with an earthy, piney, bubblegum, and dried orange peel bitterness that lasts for an unexpectedly long while. The hops last all the way to the aftertaste, which is moderately dry with a salty hoppiness and some mint gum effects.

M: The texture here is chewy, but thins out before the palate is finished. Feels a bit astringent and metallic in the mouth, too.

O: An average old ale, and just that. Still, I enjoy the style, and I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Another tasty Southern Tier beverage – this brewery is not one to disappoint.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of flagmantho
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice orange hue with a tiny touch of haze. Very mild effervescence feeds a finger of frothy ivory foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly malty aroma with a rather biting hop aroma with a citrus character. Not bad, but not quite the malty bang I associate with the style.

Taste: rich malt flavor with more of those big citrusy hops. The flavor has much more of an "old ale" feel than the aroma. I think it's a good blend that works well.

Mouthfeel: big body with a good level of carbonation and concomitant creaminess. Good stuff!

Overall: I like this beer. It's somewhat genre-defying in its hop character, but overall it's a very tasty beer I would gladly have again.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of gustogasmic
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank in a Duvel tulip 3/9/12--- bottled 11/2/11... OK!

A lovely tan cloudlike 2" head grows. Color is a dark reddy brown, caramel. Sticky lacing. Many fast bubbles comes from all over the glass and bounce around unpredictably.

Smells like spicy hops and dark fruits, especially plum.

The hops have mellowed big-time, but still leave a nice resinous, semi-bitter aftertaste. I can taste both red and white grapes... not what was expected! Very drinkable for the style- not sweet, only a little sticky. It's too juicy; leaves me wanting characteristics of wood, DRIED grapes, alcohol warmth, etc... the stuff that makes me love the old ale style. It's wintery in the spiciness, sure, but could pass for an IPA, esp. fresh, in its lack of malt backbone or character. The malts are certainly detectable in the feel of the beer, despite being largely absent from the taste. I'd be happy to encounter a fresh one, just for comparison's sake.

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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeah, I know that Spring has already passed March by but I wanted to give this a shot since it was available via the single bottle up in Totowa. Thankfully, this wasn't skunked and was a very good example of the style from top to bottom, especially given how well the alcohol was hidden.

Nice pour to this, with a light almond hue, frothy head, and good carbonation. The lacing wasn't really present but I liked both the nose and the mouthfeel to this. The balance was good and this had a good warming aspect to this to accompany a moderate amount of piney hops and a decent amount of spicy fruit, molasses, and floral undertones. There's a smooth earthiness in the back that everything fades into but nothing was too overpowering and the balance is about as good as could be here!

Given how strong this was, the alcohol wasn't that detectable and there was only a slight warming sensation as I worked my way through the bottle. This was an extremely accessible beer and for anyone unaccustomed to this style, this would be a great choice to start out with. Even in this freakish heat, I would have certainly popped open another had I had a second bottle with me.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with 1-finger white head. Light retention and thin lace all around the glass.

Dry fruit and toasted malt come out in the nose. Cherries and plums get things started, then the toasted malt with a hint of biscuit comes through. No hint of the abv.

Flavor is warm malt, fruity spice, and a bitter-to-tart sour finish. Toasted caramel malt and more spice than fruit. Sweetness of the fruit gives way to a light sour finish. Some earthy hop bitters in there too, but are buried pretty deep. Again, no hint of the abv.

Rich feel, just a touch cloying.

Overall, a nice winter drinker.

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3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. DOB 11/07/11.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, very light brown body with a small, slimming, whitish head.

Smell: Lightly smelling notes of biscuit tops, toasted sugars, everyday fruit, spice, and old citrus peels.

Taste: Biscuit-toned malts with some nutty, sweetish toffee hints present. Light touches of charred bread crust and of cereal. Moderate fruitiness. Herbal, spicy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Drying finish with a little citrus peel showing and some of the hop spiciness trailing into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Had it two years ago and thought it was fine. Two years later, it's still fine. I'd say I wouldn't revisit it, but, here I am, two years later.

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Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 53.6% out of 100 with 1,576 ratings
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