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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1713) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2006
Thanks to notalush for this bottle. Pours brown, with a white head. Aromas are sweet malt and brown sugar. Flavors are slightly smoked malt, bitter hops, and some toffee. might also have some slight touches of chocolate. Bosy is lighter than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 10, 2006
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm
Rich head. Flowery aroma. Big toasted taste. Toffee, coffee and grassy hops. A bittersweet symphonie but lacks in all other areas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2006
This is one drinkable warmer - light and sweet throughout. Cranberry colored pour with a healthy, foamy head. The nose is also light - noting yeast funk and subtle apple fruitiness. Some of the malt also comes through in the aroma, bringing with it a cinammon sweetness. More malts, sweet and doughy, are realized in the body giving a nice depth and masking the high ABV. Mild chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut come through and blend nicely - adding to the creamy, smooth mouthfeel. Like I said before, this is dangerous stuff - meant to be sipped and savored but it could be easily chugged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2006
bottle. pours a brown-copper body with a medium sized off-white head that shortly recedes to a small ring. up front I’m really digging the aroma - there is a fairly pleasant pine hop profile among caramel and chocolate malts. very bitter grapefruit hop flavour with warm yeasty undertones. interestingly enough the caramel and biscuit malt play a large role so there is a pretty decent balance here. very tasty though not the winter sipper that I was expecting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Clear reddish amber with a small white head. really well-balanced aroma juicy caramelly abd toffeeish malts with oily piney notes. Less balanced flavour. Caramel, wood, toffee, wormwood and white peppe in flavour with a bitter aftertaste of orange-peels and wormwood. Interesting ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Transparent, opulent and magnifying copper in color with a grey-tinted, oily grease splotch covering most of the head. Winter aromatics conjure up nutmeg, brown sugar, whole wheat bread, rum raisins and spruce. Flavor spins off the predicated nose with caramel and maple to sweeten a forward bitter assertion that was somewhat dormant in the aroma. Toasty almonds meet tree bark while honey-oat whole wheat bread lingers with a touch of piney bitterness. Hints of rye for a yuletide twang border on a stinging sensation but keeps it professional through and through. Similar mouth feel as a Rye P.A. or an imperial red. Admirable natural carbonation is mimicked and enhanced with a sodden, earthen, bitter edge. Roasted pecans, almond shells and rye protrude in the finish, wrapping up with a titillating, clean, bittersweet tale in the end. Thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 2, 2006
(12oz bottle) Tiny beige head atop a crystal clear copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, cherry, mango, blackberry. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, earthy, peach, some nutty, cherry, light herbal, alcohol warming. Medium body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Clear, light brown color. Fizzy, quickly fading off white head. A clean tasting ale. Moderately full malty flavor which is nicely balanced with bitterness. Overall, this brew is a tad on the thin side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1475) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2005
this is a very good beer. high in alc. smooth and slightly spicey. pours and rich leathery brown -thought the head lasts only moments. has a strong and lasting aftertaste. This is very good and I will be cellaring half of my six pack.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Thanks argo0! Clear, rich copper body with lazy carbonation and a small, foamy head. Aroma of cinnamon spice, brown sugar, and fruity malts with notes suggesting currants and black raspberries. Flavor is of assertive and slightly coarse American hops with a well-toasted malt background that includes a fruity element. Quite bitter with good balancing residual sweetness. Very flavorful with a medium-full body. I have no idea what the recipe is for this but it reminds me of Arrogant Bastard with a subtle English malt twist. Good beer, especially at the end of a cold winter day.

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