Southern Tier has a great rep in the craft beer world. Their hallmark is sweet (some would say too sweet...me being on of those people), dessert like beers. I enjoyed their Pumpking but found their Creme Brule a little too rich for my blood.
I give them a lot of credit for the ingredients they use and their recreation of dessert favorites.
Let's see how their winter seasonal stacks up.
Look-Deep burnt orange in color. A finger of head that dissapates fairly quickly.
Smell-Nice spicy hop aroma with some nutty flavor thrown in. Very pleasing to my nose.
Taste-Hearty (almost chocolately) malt on the lips which gives way to a burst of hop flavor.
Mouth-medium to full bodied. The finish is dry and malty.
Overall-Very tasty winter ale. I love the malt to hop back to malt taste. I'm not a huge fan of dry finishes but this isn't overly so. I also enjoy the hints of chocolate I get throughout.
About Old Man:
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.