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RATINGS: 829   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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With the onset of winter, the brewerís mind turns to providing warmth. For our winter seasonal, Southern Tier offers Old Man Winter Ale, 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. Old Man Winter 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 Winter is a heady brew that encourages sipping and pondering its essential richness. Drink it fresh now, or cellar some bottles to see how this old man becomes wiser with age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (585) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - FEB 8, 2014
This is an incredibly balanced and magnificent ale. Good barley to balance the hops. Great look and great taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2590) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle from Kroger. Clear brown-orange pour with a big white head. Aroma is light chocolate, orange marmalade, and toasted bread. Taste is more chocolate, toast, and a nice bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
translucent copper amber with a thin but creamy beige head. medium body with high carbonation.

aroma: intense munich malt, stoney minerality, and faint herbal hops. smells a lot like a doppelbock, but with less caramel malt and alcohol character.

taste: bready munich malts with that dry toasty astringent character, play-dough minerality, and faint herbal/floral hop bitterness. very german in overall character.

the minerality and hop character start off rather neutral, but get increasingly abrasive toward the end.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MercyDevice (345) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Pours an amber brown with a small head. Bitter, spicy, and strong. Has a weird aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TizzleJizzle (607) - Garland, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear copper color with an off white head. Taste of floral hops, caramel malts, herbs, grass, with a bitter finish. Medium carbonation, medium body. Tastes more like an IPA than an old ale to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gamin (90) - - JAN 28, 2014
Poured from a same day growler fill. Beautiful clear deep red color. Aroma is very minimal. It's hard to really pick anything out. Flavor is malt forward and tasty. I like this beer but prefer Southern Tier's other winter seasonal, 2XMAS. They are great siblings though!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu (836) - Florida, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a slightly murky dull copper-amber with an adequate light tan head. Cream ale and toasted malt nose. Soft, astringent mouthfeel. Mild flavors that approximate the nose. Thereís a a light perfumy quality.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
ansermadide (1513) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Itís dark and looks the part of a syrupy, caramel drink thatís well-carbonated, maintaining a foamy, pasty white head. It looks very much like an English ale, and smells like one too. A nuttiness accompanies a very English yeast aroma thatís slightly decorated by some musky, tavern-like malty sweetness. Itís sharp in the mouth, with an oxidized bitterness that really controls the flavor at first. Following mouthfulls are not as harsh, but still so strong that I wonder if the bottle went bad. Itís not even the middle of winter yet, and this beer has been at 45 degrees for only a couple of months, so I canít imagine that it was anything that I did to ruin the beer. Surely itís not supposed to be this bad. Yes, I said it. Itís unpleasant, unbalanced, and really a disappointment. A musky earthiness almost starts to show its head through the awkward bitterness, but it never successfully does so, preventing me from really being able to identify the nuances of the beer. Itís frustrating. I can get what they were intending with this beer a little, but that bitterness really ruins it. Itís strange, and the wild, floral, spicy, almost perfume-like characteristics of the hops are way too much for the supporting malts and thin body. If you close your eyes and pretend this is an IPA itís not as disappointing. Unfortunately, Iím not sure Southern Tier meant for this to be an IPA.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBenBB (4) - De Pere, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2014 does not count
Decent, but it crosses the line between litter box and a good IPA. Nice to thr nose, but falls short for the epic ale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tfratzke (51) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Clear copper color. Light tan head disapates quickly. Aroma of fresh cut wood, floral hops. Taste is straight up bitter. Seems really unbalanced. Different, yet I donít drink many old ales to compare. Not my thing.

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