Old Man (Winter Ale) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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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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3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle.Pint glass.Enjoyed on novĀ“11.Light amber in color. Close,dense white color head.Good retention.Piney & slightly tosted malt aromas.Dry hop upfront. Sweet toasted malt. Flavorful body, malty tendency.Correct carbonation. Not bothering ABV. Smooth astringent finish.Fruity & resiny wood aftertaste.Nice drinkability.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger frothy head with nice lacing on a deep amber mildly hazy body.

S: nice sweet caramel malt aroma, gingerbread notes.

T: a little spicey with mild musty, dry hop notes. Touch of lemon.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: A nice drinkable beer, a little dry in the finish. Nothing special but an easy to enjoy beer

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3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is translucent copper with a thin head and some lacing.

Nose is hops with some tangerine and caramel.

Taste is dense. The hops give off a tartness, with some solid malt running behind. The alcohol is apparent.

Mouthfeel is OK. The forwardness of the alcohol makes this a sipper. There is plenty of carbonation, which is refreshing.

Overall, this beer seems to accomplish what it wanted. It is hardy, warm, and appropriate for winter.

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip from an undated bottle.

Clear copper liquid, sudsy/foamy head. Strong trail of lace gets left down the glass.

Pine and grass with a bunch of sweet, pale malt scents.

Hops flavors are subdued, probably due to the fact that this beer is a couple months old. There is a nice malt bill as a strong background to the grass and pine flavors. It's got decent body for a beer of its style.

It's an interesting cross between an Old Ale and a Pale Ale, malty but hoppy.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden coppery brown. Not much to look at with almost no head and zero retention, but at least it's darker than Bud.

Smells better than it looks. Very malty on the nose, a bit of pecan, and some dark, ripe fruits.

Taste is malty as well, but there's some earthy pine and biscuit.

Has a bitter bite at the end, resembling an American pale ale. Medium bodied, the alcohol is well-hidden.

Overall, it's a decent beer. There's nothing to write home about, but it goes down relatively easily.

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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this from maxk, 12oz bottle into a Fuller's Nonic.

A: Excellent clarity, nice new penny copper in color with an eggshell white head that foams up to almost an inch and slowly fades to a thin cap, as it recedes there are excellent rings of lacing left behind.

S: Malty and fairly sweet, slightly minerally, and a bit of an earthy hop profile. Caramel malts, and a slight yeasty ester. Slight amount of toasted bread.

T: Follows the nose nicely, not overly sweet like some old ales/winter ales can be. Nice malt profile, grainy with some caramel. Decent hop profile, resinous and earthy with a very pronounced bitterness to round things out. Pretty darn tasty stuff.

M: Medium body, fairly slick in the mouth finishes right in the middle, not sweet or dry. Slight warmth on the finish. Really nice.

O: Really flavorful winter beer, I would love to have regular access to this in the winter. Very nice beer, glad I got to try it.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very easy to drink winter seasonal ale. The taste is not bold, but subtle. The bottle says it is brewed with 3 kinds of hops and 2 kinds of malts, but overall the malt, smoky taste comes through over the hops.

There is a slight bitter aftertaste, but there are hints of fruit too. For the decent abv, there is not event he slightest hint of alcohol in the aroma or taste and that's a big plus.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 1,575 ratings.
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