Old Fashioned
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Old FashionedOld Fashioned
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Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #55
ABV:
16%
Score:
89
Ranked #6,266
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 9.13%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
26
From:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
89
Very Good
Old FashionedOld Fashioned
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 26 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by LifesAnesthesia:
Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Murky brown with a deep brown center that fades to lighter, more translucent amber on the outside with a thin medium tan head that dissipates somewhat quickly.
S - Orange, cherry, cinnamon, coriander on the nose along with sweet bourbon - maybe some of the sweet maple syrup on the nose.
T - Follows the nose: orange, cherry, cinnamon all up front followed closely by the sweet bourbon and finishes with the rich maple syrup along with some notes of vanilla - really impressive that there's absolutely no alcohol on the taste - definitely a sweet beer - but not in a bad way.
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation - smooth, but somewhat sticky
O - Honestly, I was really surprised by this one - I would venture to say it tastes more like a cocktail than a beer, but either way it is very impressive - very complex flavor profile, incredibly well hidden alcohol content, overall fantastic

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Photo of clayrock81
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper brown body with orange tint with no head whatsoever. Has that combination of dark fruits like black cherries, booze, vanilla sweetness, wood in the aroma with a definite booziness. It is smooth, but also very boozy, almost too hard to drink (as beer warmed it got hot on the finish), has that chewy, malty, slight cherry and vanilla-esque sweetness, but I really can't discern the flavors mentioned on the bottle yet overall this is a good, slow-sipping beer, but a tad much for me at time.

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Photo of smanson56
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a BIF from @Ozzylizard decided to open this tonight.
This pours a nice golden orangey brown color with almost no head. Probably due to the 16% ABV.
The nose is to me cherries and bourbon to the sweet side.
The taste is smooth very sweet but does have the cherries and the bourbon flavor. It is on the sweet side and the 16% ABV is present with some alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is smooth as there is little carbonation present.
This beer fits all the aspects of an Old Fashion. A little sweet for me and to begin having not read all the label I didn't realize it was 16%. I actually enjoyed this beer more as I drank it .

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Photo of robotic_being
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zraly
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a light tawny color with a red streak. Very pretty. No head. The aroma is gorgeous: muddled fruits and baking spices. The flavor is intense with cinnamon, cardamom, and bitters. Delicious fruity undertones with a hint of herbal flavor that rounds out the bourbon punch that sneaks in at the end. The finish is tinged with booze and bitterness that warms you. More or less flawless in its execution and I rarely give all 5s to a beer, but this is not only unique but well done. Southern Tier goes over the top. I hope they make it again next year for the late fall/early winter because it suits the season well. Superior craft, must try (especially if you are a fan of old fashions).

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Photo of WynnO
2.92/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle. Poured out a clear, bright amber color with a small, short lived head of foam. No lacing. It smelled of bitters, orange, bourbon, vanilla and oak. Nice spicy taste with orange and a sharp bitterness.

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Photo of CBennett
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer by Southern Tier!

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into snifter, bottled in 10/2018. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/amber/light copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy cherries, orange peel/zest, fruit skin, honey, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, coriander, clove, cardamom, peppercorn, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, cinchona bark, and bread dough/crust; with light notes of toffee, raisin, plum, fig, pear, red apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/oaky earthiness. Mild booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cherries, orange peel, spices, maple syrup, bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge juicy/lightly tart/tangy cherries, orange peel/zest, fruit skin, honey, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, coriander, clove, cardamom, peppercorn, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, cinchona bark, and bread dough/crust; with light notes of toffee, raisin, plum, fig, pear, red apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/oaky earthiness. Mild herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness; and bourbon/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of cherries, orange peel/zest, honey, caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, coriander, clove, cardamom, peppercorn, bourbon, vanilla, toasted oak, cinchona bark, bread dough/crust, light toffee/dark fruit, pear, red apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, orange peel, spices, maple syrup, bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a solid malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and no cloying sweetness after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and bourbon/oak tannins after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lighly slick/sticky/tannic mouthfeel that is fantastic. Mildly increasing warmth of 16%, with minimal barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic fruited/spiced American strong ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, orange peel, spices, maple syrup, bready malts, bourbon barrels, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV, with the mildly bitter/spicy/tannic/drying finish; not overwhelming on any aspect. Perfectly balanced between rich malts, spices, and bourbon barrel presence/integration. Not overly sweet/heavy from lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing experimental style example. Definitely one of the best cocktail inspired beers I've had.

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Photo of BeenTired
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dsshuck
3.69/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

$ 10.00 (Including tax)/bomber ($ 0.592/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 12/20/18.
500 mL bottle marked “Bottled October 2018” on the label, on shelf at distributor. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 57 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Medium reddish-amber, clear.
Head – A fizzy head appears while pouring but is gone almost coterminous with cessation. No ring, no cap.
Lacing – None.
First pour – Light amber, clear. The subsequent pour contained some sediment.
Aroma – 4.25 – Cherry, orange, and cinnamon. This fades with time.
Flavor – 4 - Begins with cherry and a trace of cinnamon and orange. No maple, no coriander, no bourbon barrel. I have no idea what chichona bark is supposed to taste like. A gastric warming begins immediately. No alcohol (16%), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 - Medium, syrupy, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – While the lack of maple flavor was disappointing, the cherry, orange and cinnamon were very tasty and make up for the maple absence. The initial syrupiness was off-putting, but the viscosity seemed to drop as the brew further warmed. The gastric warming never got to the gastric burn level. I don’t do mixed drinks other than a rye and soda, but if the flavor of an Old Fashioned is anything like this beer, I’m sure I’ll like it.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KMcGrath
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpaethJam
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MeLoynes
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MrFitgers
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Maple...cherry...vanilla...woody notes!
Oh my goodness what a delightful beverage!

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Photo of Nass
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! this beer is at 16% abv. This will be the 2nd strongest beer that I ever drank. This Old Fashion in beer form has 7 ingredients inside plus it is bourbon barrel aged. Southern Tier does not play around when it comes to making a heavy adjunct beer. I am expecting this beer to be well made & tasty. My bottle is less than 3 weeks old, therefore it is quite fresh. It pours a beautiful garnet red type of color almost amber like. Mostly what I am picking up on the aroma is a fruity sweetness that is probably from the tart cherry juice & I am picking up a syrup type of aroma as well. On the taste I do pick up on some alcohol but it's not too harsh, I recommend that you start off drinking this beer at a cold temperature due to the high abv & let it sit and mellow out but not too much where it becomes too hot to enjoy. It does taste good. Its sweet, a little bitter but not too bitter like other Old Fashioneds that I have had in the past, I am picking up some orange peel & some tartness from cherry juice as well, it's a little medicinal which is great for this time of the year. I am picking up on the bourbon but not too much probably due to all the other adjuncts that are overriding, but hey that doesn't bother just as long as the beer is good. This beer is well balanced. This is another banger from the Southern Tier Brewing Co. This is the best Old Fashioned that I ever had although I have only had 3 other ones & this blows all of those out of the water. I highly recommend this beer. Stop being a cheapskate & cough up some cash for some good craft beer. I am impressed, I have to try & see if I can find a bottle of their beer version of a Manhattan sometime. For what this beer is considering that it has some healthy ingredients like cinchona bark, tart cherry juice, orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, maple syrup & it is not over priced.In addition to, their is a month & year on the bottle label & at the end of the day it does taste like an Old Fashioned. Man o' man it is amazing what they are doing with craft beer today, I don't have any need for hard liquor any more I tell you. i'm going to have to say this is a World Class beer. Cheers! A

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer modeled after one of my favorite classic cocktails, the Old Fashioned, sign me up! I am very excited to try this one! This strong ale pours a fairly dark, but clear brown with a slight russet tint and almost no head. Its appearance is actually strikingly similar to an actual Old Fashioned with the exception of the slight red tint. The smell is very complex and very boozy (unsurprisingly given the whopping 16% alcohol). All of the many advertised flavors are apparent in the scent: maple, cherry, orange, cinnamon, coriander, cardamom, and bourbon. I would say cherry, coriander, and cardamom are the most assertive to me. There is something else in the scent as well though. Could it be the advertised chichona bark? I'm not sure because I have no idea what chichona bark is. The taste is similarly extremely complex. It has all the flavors of the scent with orange coming a little bit more to the forfront, but with the spices, bourbon, maple, and cherry dominating. The cherry isn't really tart at all, which is a positive for me. The flavor is a little bit sweet, a little bit bitter (somewhat herbal), and a little bit boozy. The body is medium. It is amazingly similar to an Old Fashioned for a beer. The differences would be that this is a little alcohol heavy, it has more of a spiced influence, and it is a little fruitier. The strong ale categorization is as appropriate as it can be, but this is really something unique. It is a real treat and perfect for the holiday season!

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KurtisCarman
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It kind of looked like the cocktail. No head, aromas were lacking but I was pleasantly surprised how it hit the tongue. Mellowed nicely from a bourbon barrel but still pretty boozy. I detected a hint of orange which impressed me too and made feel even further that I really was drinking some variant of an old fashioned. Very smooth, easy to drink. Very satisfied with the beer.

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Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Suds
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brew is a copper red colored, clear liquid. Slim white head. The aroma is intensely fruity. Citrus and sugary, boozy, malty scents. The taste is incredible....sweet, with depth, bitterness, warmth, fruit, and more. Nice blend of flavors and complexity. Full in body. Wonderful.

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Photo of PathofChaos
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Southern Tier delivers on their promises once again. As the label suggests, this is an Old Fashioned cocktail transmogrified into beer. And its delightful!

Appearance:
Deep orange amber, misty, reminiscent of apple cider. Low carbonation, no head----which is a great quality for a beer like this one.

Bouquet:
Freshly juiced cherries and orange zest at the forefront, backed by warm cinnamon & cardamom with chicona bark trailing stealthily behind it.

Feel:
Smooth, thick-bodied, almost syrupy. Slides silky over the tongue and lingers without overstaying its welcome. Like a soft blanket on a cold autumn day.

Taste:
Sweet maple, tart cherry, and calm orange at the forefront. The candied maple and bourbon flavors prevent any harsh acidity from the citrus components while the fruits and spices prevent excessive sweetness from the aforementioned ingredients. Cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander are a decorative dusting in the overall pallet. A relaxing symphony of lavish components. Complexity without peculiarity. And best of all, no boozy bitterness!

Overall:
I enjoyed it even more than the drink it was modeled after. Superior craftsmanship is evident. Pairs well with savory meals, especially with the types of dishes you might find at Thanksgiving banquets. Makes you want to sit by a quiet fire in a cozy armchair.

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Old Fashioned from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 26 ratings