Review: Old Man Winter, Southern Tier Brewing

Old Man Winter
Southern Tier Brewing Co. — Lakewood, New York

  • Style:  Old Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not provided
  • ABV: 7.7%
  • Malts:  Not provided
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle 

Description:  "With the onset of winter, the brewer’s mind turns to providing warmth. For our winter seasonal, we offer a rich and complex amalgam of hops and barley that will put the feeling back in your toes and lift your spirits above the snow. OMW throws a deep and inviting hue with a thickness that clings to the glass and the warmth of an open flame. Because of its high alcohol content, Old Man is a heady brew that encourages sipping and pondering its essential richness. Drink it fresh now, or cellar a few bottles to see how this old man becomes wiser with age."  — Southern Tier Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:   I've heard good things about Southern Tier and have been looking forward to tasting their beer.  I saw Old Man Winter at New Seasons and quickly picked it up.  This is the first beer I'm reviewing from New York state.  I hope to sample more east coast brews.  This is my 19th winter seasonal review.

The tasting:  Deep amber in color, very clear, with a white head that left some lacing on the glass.  Aroma of caramel malts, citrus hops, and spice—very nice.  Flavor of caramel malts with some alcohol in the finish.  I didn't notice the hops or spice in the flavor.  After it warmed up, I tasted some smoky malts.  Medium bodied with an effervescent mouth feel.  Very drinkable.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I'd drink this if someone gave it to me.   Old Man Winter is a very nice beer, but there is nothing memorable that makes it stand out from the many other winter brews I've tasted.

Have you tried Old Man Winter?  What did you think of it?

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  1. I just tried this winter ale and I have to say it's pretty nice. It has that signature Southern Tier sweetness but not too overpowering. Nice roast profile and well balanced. Diggin' the blog, Sanjay.

  2. Thanks Angelo! This was my first STBC brew and I look forward to trying more--especially their series of stouts.


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