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RATINGS: 830   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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With the onset of winter, the brewer’s 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Rich and full in flavor if not so much in body (despite what their description says). And though a winter ale per se may have no exact style, I found this very fitting and what I would expect it to be - dark(ish) with nice roastiness and hops on the subtle and balanced side. And wouldn’t have guessed it to be 7.5% as it’s so easily drinkable. Many thanks to Shadey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Yet another unexpected great offering from these guys. Pours copper with a white head. Smells of caramel, with some piney elements. Taste is of catamel, nutmeg, appspice, and some dough. Finish is bittersweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Poured a clear dark golden brown with a small off-white head.Malty aroma. Caramel, nutty, light roast, some fruit, and light alcohol. Caramel malty flavor. Some roast with a moderately bitter and warming finish. Silky smooth with a medium to full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Pours a dark copper mahogany color with a nicely-lacing off-white head. Dark toasty caramel malty aroma has a touch of hops. Body starts with a nice toasty caramel maltiness well-balanced with a clean, lightly piney bittering hoppy presence. An enjoyable winter warmer that hides its alcohol well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
guzzler67 (1494) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Clear copper appearance with a small off white head that left little lacing. Hoppy, resinous, citrusy aroma. Taste was spicy, malty, with a hint of molassas. Medium to ful lbodied mouthfeel, modesty carbonated with a dry, earthy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dirtyc (173) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
Very nice ale to sit back during the winter and sip on this one, very relaxing and warming, happy with this winter ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Bottle. Hoppy. Much more hops than I had anticipated. Aroma was a bit weak, especially considering the style and abv. A little hops, a little caramel and a little spice in the nose. Mouthfeel was altogether a different story. The hops were over the top, but they were brought back to earth by the loads of caramel, malts and nutmeg (and maybe some vanilla) The alcohol was very well masked. It’s good to see an ASA with a reserved abv, and this one is pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2007 Strong tea colored, translucent with a small off white head that rims the glass. Aroma is of maple, brown sugar and alcohol. Tangy mouth feel, slightly(but pleasantly bitter). It almost seems spicy, but its just the hops. Hoppy, spicey, slightly dry finish. I think I will cellar some of it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (7979) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Nice looking sharp brown color, the color of rich brown sugar and maple syrup. I liked the lightness of the nose - mildly spicy, mildly woody, a little "festive" with some black cherry and oak flavor. A nice, mild winter ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Bright orange/gold in color. Decent head and lacing. Sweet carmelly nose with a nice amount of hops as well. Rich upfront, mid and finish. Malts really come through than a nice balance of hops that linger with a slight alcohol tingle. Long lingering finish.

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