This is a beer that reminds me that my grades are still very much reflecting my personal enjoyment of the beer rather than an indication of how close to the style the beer is. This style is a bit of a catch all that covers the territory between other styles, yet I find that it often is one that just doesn’t suit my tastes. My point is take a look at my descriptions and try the beer if it sounds like it would be enjoyable to you regardless of the point totals I give it personally.
Bring on the weekend already . . .
Brewery: Southern Tier Brewing Company (Lakewood, NY)
Name: Old Man (Winter Ale)
Style: Old Ale
ABV: 7.70% (on bottle)
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and pulled slightly early before serving in a snifter.
Aroma: Mild malty sweetness with a slight fruity profile. has a bit of a vinous/wine-like character as well. Relatively low overall aroma. – 7/12
Appearance: Medium coppery amber color (caramel-like). One finger, frothy, off-white head that has good retention and leaves great lacing. Crystal clear with rising bubbles visible. – 3/3
Flavor: Moderate maltiness up front with a slightly nutty quality followed by a nice bitterness in the middle. A bit of the vinous/wine-like flavor comes out toward the finish. Pretty well balanced overall. The finish is somewhat dry and is pretty clean with just a touch of lingering fruity sweetness. – 12.5/20
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate to low level of carbonation. Quite smooth on the palate overall. – 3/5
Overall Impressions: Tons of bubbles initially after pouring (appears quite volatile). Just OK overall. Was pleasant to drink, but I am finding it to be not a great style for my palate. I did enjoy the one I had, but did not crave a second one. The bitterness is just enough to make the balance quite nice. – 6.5/10
Overall: B- (32/50)