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RATINGS: 827   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.

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   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
snownirvana (70) - - MAR 27, 2012
Snifter from bottle. A: very weak nose, slight malt and slight hop. Slight carmel. App: very pretty honey-amber color. No head, slight lacing. T: fairly hoppy up front, slightly malty on the back, with a hop aftertaste that has a medium linger. P: slight bite on tongue, goes down smooth. Far below average for a winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (5789) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear copper color with a medium white head. Sweet nose of floral hops and caramel. This is a solid beer: toffee, caramel, rich floral hops, tastes like winter. The kind of grimy dark winter period where you haven’t seen the grass in a long time. Quite robust.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5527) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Clear amber pour with a tan head. The aroma has some nutmeg and allspice notes as well as a lot of toffee and caramel. The flavor is similar. There is a strong malt backbone that provides some sweetness. I get some brown sugar and nutmeg as well as a hint of grass. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
gschrade (525) - Collinsville, USA - APR 7, 2014
I had this at Global Brew. Pours amber with a off white head. Taste Carmel, toast, sweet. I thought this was ok. I could drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3627) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2014
12 oz bottle. Red brown in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of malt, raisin, chocolate, toffee. Taste is of raisin, chocolate, malt, and toffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2014
bottle. amber with small head. big caramel malt body. quite a bit of hops. boozier than you’d expect for the abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (2729) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2014
I am not quite sure what I would call this one. As of March 2014, it is classified as an old ale on RateBeer. I’d say it’s more of a big, malt-centric American amber. It pours a nice copper color with a faint whisper of a head that lasts the duration. The predominant flavor and aroma is caramel malts. It is just a bit sweet but that sweetness is balanced by earthy hops in the finish. This is a clean and well-made beer w// nothing off-putting or flavor flaws that I detect but it is really pretty uninteresting and the malt character is really just simple sweetness rather than anything with real depth. The end result is a decent but forgettable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/30/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light raisin, nuttiness, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of dark/bready malt and moderate hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, pine, herbal, light raisin, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy pine/floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, toffee, orange zest, floral, grass, herbal, light pine, nuttiness, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/piney hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a light creamy and moderately sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good Old ale. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
berkshirejohn (4381) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
12oz bottle from Georgio’s Liqours, Billerica, MA at 7.0% ABV. Copper coloured with a thin cream head; rich aroma with some toffee and herbal hops; in the mouth there’s a good balance between the sweet caramel malts, and the strongly bitter hops; the two continue to fight through the lengthy finish, with the hops finally winning in the end. A very pleasant wintery IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (580) - 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.

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