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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Coppery in color with a small white head that left some decent lacing.

Smelled malty, perhaps yeasty, with just a wee bit of hops.

Taste surprised me. I was expecting more of a spicy, "winter warmer"-style ale but it seemed more like an IPA or an APA, though with just a touch of piney, citrusy hops to justify the "winter" designation. The hoppy bitterness dominates, but there is a malty balance underneath those hops. I noticed a tad bit of alcohol; more so as it warmed up.

As for mouthfeel: moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Again, a tad lighter than I expected for a winter brew, but not a light-bodied beer at all.

I felt this beer was highly drinkable, though I was sampling it in May, not on a cold winter's night when maybe I'd want more spicy notes than hops. The hops dominated, but with a decent malt undertone. In some ways it's similar in style (though not necessarily in head-on hoppy taste) to the Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale.

All in all I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of stimulus
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (6 pack) into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear reddish brown with a light white head that leaves a bit of lacing along the glass.
S: A bit of brown sugar and caramel malts.
T: Big and malty; strong caramel and toffee notes.
M: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, and smooth but a bit sticky on the finish.
D: Very drinkable, if not for the bit of stickiness, would be perfect for the style.

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Photo of mjryan
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The packaging on this beer can be a little misleading. It clearly says Winter Ale, which it is in a sense. It was released in winter so its a winter ale. Some of us have a preconcieved idea of what winter ales should be. Strong, darker and full of heavy malt flavours. This beer is strong, darkish and full of hop flavours. Come on, its Southern Tier, what did I expect? Pours a brilliant, deep copper with exceptional clarity capped with a firm dome of resiliant bubbles. Aroma is hoppy; spicy, resinous and piney. Not in your face like some beers but plenty powerfull. Flavour mirrors the aroma with the obvious addition of hop bitterness, which is quite smooth by my standards and well thats about it. Malt really takes a back seat in this one. There is some caramel sweetness in there somewhere, but its very subtle. Medium bodied and dry on the finish. I really like this beer, and most other of Southern Tiers offerings. Highly recommended!

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Photo of oberon
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clear bronze with a very tight,sticky white head that very slowly dropped leaving a sheet of lace behind.Aromas were not as big as I thought they might be brown sugar hard water and caramel mainly appetizing but not assertive.Great complexities and more assertive flavors though starts out with notes of brown sugar and roasted malt I noticed a hint of molasses but its not strong the flavors meld into a spicey,dry earthy finish showing off some hop muscle.Quite warming,yeah I know its a little late in the season for this beer but on a cold blustery damp day here in the Buffalo area it really hits the spot Iam gonna pair with some hearty meatloaf in mushroom gravy and mashed red skins Iam sure it will hit the spot.

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
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 MaltyGoodness
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Copper color with a small white head that vanishes. Mid speckled lacing on the glass.

Rich caramel malt aroma with some nice toasted nutty compliments. A pleasant wave of citrusy hops rounds it out.

Caramel malty upfront with mild toasted nutty flavors. Fairly aggressive bitterness midway with a pleasing citrus hop flavor. Finishes rather clean and dry with a touch of lingering hops.

Medium-full body, mild carbonation.

Quite a tasty, easy drinking beer. However, it seems a little too hoppy for the style - and could just as easily be mistaken as an imperial amber. Still, it's well worth the try.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/light brown color with a 1/4" off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It is intensely malty with a mild hop scent. It has a creamy feel to it; refreshing despite an elevated abv. .The taste is good. It is a malty beer with a slightly bitter hop flavor to it. I warms a little on the way down, but it finishes clean. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good seasonal. I am always surprised by the quality beers that Southern Tier produces. They are certainly making a splash in the hand crafted field.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 ounce brown glass bottle. A dark blue neck and obverse label has the words Southern Tier Brewing Company. The main label also has the words ‘Old Man Winter Ale’ and ‘Real Beer’. No strength or freshness listed.

Appearance: Ruddy amber body with some brown chestnut flecks. Clear. Creamy off-white tan head builds nicely and leaves some fantastic lacing on the glass sides as it slowly rescinds to a thick finger cap covering. Excellent conditioning in this one.

Nose: Caramel malts, some alcohol, toffee and nice hoppy nose with some pine oil remnants in the back end. Lovely luscious Barleywine nose.

Taste: Spicy malts and caramel hops, or maybe that should be the other way round, who cares. This is a very nice Barleywine. It has a very fresh yet strong feel. Nice lingering aniseed bitterness on the tongue and spicy hops and malts on the cheeks. Great taste profile.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, finely dissolved carbonation lends a creamy feel to this. Bold but cultured. Feels great, silky even at times.

Drinkability: A sipper that sadly did not last too long. Well not long enough.

Overall: A very attractive Barleywine that drinks well. Complex and tasty. I’m impressed by this one.

Thanks to the NJ’s finest “Old Man” Davo, for this Old Man.

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Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark copper color with a fair off-white head and plenty of lacing like a wall on the pint glass. The aroma suggests skunk malt and evergreen hops. Nice and swampishly delectible. The flavor brings heavy juniper hop and honey cabbage malt. A solidly medium body brew with medium carbonation and a easy feel to go with it. Slightly dry on the finish. A very satisfying and reasonably drinkable brew.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very much cola colored. Almost no head. No lacing.

S: Liquid malt extract, molasses. Really nice tea. Super sweet.

T: Starts off with a faded malt taste that fades into a nice tea like finish. I think this bottle is quite old as it was questionably obtained. All the spice faded and a malt bomb is left.

M: Medium body that I think time has faded out. Little bit creamy.

D: For what this is super drinkable. I will definately review this beer again this winter.

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Photo of cratez
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a 6-pack purchased at Ryan's Party Store in Port Huron, MI.

A: Clear amber hue with a thick off-white cap and sheets of lacing on the snifter.

S: Navel orange, peach, apricot, pear, red grape, earthy and floral hops, slight roast, bubblegum, must, and spice box.

T: Citrusy and zesty hops upfront, roasted-bready malts and mild caramel sweetness mid-palate, dried orange peel, green grape, and a grassy-astringent bitterness to end.

M: Full side of medium-bodied, smooth and creamy middle, punchy, citric and spicy hop bite precedes a drying bitter finish. Grapey grassiness lingers on the palate, alcohol warms the inners.

O: A well-hopped and unconventional old ale. Strikes me as a cross between an Extra Special Bitter and Winter Warmer. I look forward to savouring my last bottle.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Old Man Winter Ale pours a beautiful clear copper color with a small creamy white head on top. As the foam dissolves lines and spots of lace cling to the glass. Several streams of bubbles are seen flowing up to the surface.

The aroma has pale malt notes with orange peel and nutmeg mixed in.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, dry, with an effervescent fizz of carbonation on the tongue. The flavor is malty with hints of spice. It begins with toasted and caramel malt with some nuttyness mixed in. Towards the middle orange citrus and hints of cinnamon present themselves. It finishes dry with fruity notes of strawberry and a mild touch of grassy hops.

This is a sweet, tasty beer that hides its 7% abv well. Easy to drink and would go well with a hearty meal.

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Photo of sublimesipping
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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 kbnooshay
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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 yesyouam
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Winter 2010] Southern Tier Old Man Winter Ale is a clear, tawny brown ale with a dense, foamy, bubbly, light khaki head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a drak, spicy aroma that's also floral, herbal, leathery and wooden. It's medium bodied; smooth and dry. The finish is a little gritty. It has a resiny flavor and it's pretty bitter. There are notes of pine resin, spice and wood. There is a very faint, bitter aftertaste. It's like Bigfoot Light. I'm enjoying this much more than I have in previous years.

[16 Mar 2008] I got a bottle of this from a coworker that's been in his cellar for four years or so. There is a lot of white sediment in the bottle. It is clear and amber with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet and dominated by fruity esters. It's perhaps a bit floral. It has a medium body that's quite smooth and slick. The flavor showcases those fruity esters again. By the end of the taste, it turns roasty. The aftertaste is a little sour. It has a lot of port wine qualities-- quite a bit of twang! Aging this really made it seem like an Old Ale. The aroma was a little strange, the flavor a little more focused and the palate improved. I'd still give this a 3.2, with a palate of 4/5 and an aroma of 6/10.

[25 Dec 2007] Southern Tier Old Man Winter Ale is clear and tawny with a small off-white head. The aroma is of dark roast, sweet sugar and perhaps spice. There is grain in the nose. It is light-to-medium bodied and crisp. The flavor is dark, sweet and bitter with almost a smokiness. I don't think these guys make any bad beers.

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Photo of barleyroad
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pure amber, clear too. Smell is hoppy and nice with hints of malt. Mouthfeel, Ah, very nice leaves the tongue nicely. Like the hoppy finish. Taste is very nice, but this resembles an IPA over the winter ale. We will take it, because this is a nicely done beer. Overall this beer has a nice flavor and finish. The blend of hops is good and mixes well with the malts. Great burger beer.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Dark amber color with a nice head and left some great lace on the glass.

smell - Toffee, alcohol, and malt.

taste - Starts out spicey with malt, and some hops ending it out.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Nice sipper at night, or in the winter time.

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Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a wispy layer ont op leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust caramel malts with large amounts of pine hop aromas. Also present are lighter amounts of herbal hops.

Tastes good. Large caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined almost immediately by solid amounts of pine hop flavors. Midway through the sip the pine flavors fade just a bit, allowing a more earthy and slightly spicy hop flavor to come into play. Near the end of the sip a slight amount of toffee makes a brief appearance before giving way to the hops to carry through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but I was expecting more a winter warmer, or at least some spices, after hearing the name. At times I thought I detected some spices but I'm fairly certain it was just from the hops, if anything. Still, this is a good beer that's worth a shot.

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Photo of shambeano
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a- a murky brown, slight head about a half inch.

s-malty, hints of dark dried fruit. smells very good.

t- has a great maltiness to begin with, a lasting bitterness, can still taste the lingering bitterness about half a minute later. a slight heat in there, but it works well. am impressed

m- lightly carbonated, not much bubble coming through, although perhaps not as thick as i was expecting from the type and ABV.

d- overall, a very drinkable, almost dangerously so for the ABV of this beer

overall a pretty damn good drop, great beer for a first review.

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Photo of Jayli
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours a clear amber color. Barely any head came out on this but did leave some spotty, wispy lacing.

S: Nose is of caramel malt and floral hop.

T: Taste starts with a zest of floral hop. Middle is blended extremely well in to a caramel malt base that stays in the background through the rest of the beer. Finish is full of grassy, piney hop flavor.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly oily at first and then dries out.

D: This is a damn fine drinking beer. Extremely well blended, not over done. I would sit with this one all night...and then again the next night.

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Photo of shirfan
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tawny amber with sticky white lacing, this had a fresh, citrus/pine hoppy aroma well-balanced by roasted malt.

Taste follows suit, striking an excellent balance. A sort-of-roasty, black and tan type malt profile leads the way for a restrained but flavorful pine-resin hop finish. Tangy, active mouthfeel without any attention-whore yeast flavors. The finish especially, reminds me a bit of Celebration Ale, but far smoother, without the rough, unfinished leafy note of this year's batch.

Another very nice ale from Southern Tier, impressively drinkable. If I cellar a case of hoppy christmas ale, it's going to be this one, not a Californian offering.

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Photo of aepb1
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Translucent amber body with an airy white head (frothy)

S- Piney/citrusy hops that I can smell from the glass sitting on the table!

T- Well-balanced between a toffee malt flavor and the piney/citrusy hops from the nose. Finishes bitter hops and no notice of the alcohol

M- Medium, moderate carbonation and finishes dry

D- Very easy to drink with the balance

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Photo of Spikester
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber with a modest off white head that recedes quickly and leaves a good amount of lacing mostly on the upper half of the glass. Aroma is floral and caramel malts. Taste is semi sweet caramel with a good portion of pink grapefruit bitterness. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Mouthfeel is good with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is perhaps too good and this brew will send you to bed early if you try to drink too many. Excellent Winter Warmer without the cloying sweetness of many of that style.

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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 jjchristiano
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Local liquor store just got in 4 cases of this (October 29)and I grabbed a six before it hit the shelves. (I grabbed a Pumking 22 oz also!)
Old Man Winter has a strong hop aroma and taste but the hops are smoothed out by a sweet finish.
High alcohol content hits quick. Probably couldn't do more than 2 of these at a sitting but it is very enjoyable. I drank ice cold but think letting get closer 50-60 degrees would give maximum taste. Will definitely go back to this one.

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Old Man (Winter Ale) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 1,539 ratings.
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