Winter beers are often thought of barley and hops fermented with mistletoe, but the holiday season is only part of the season as there’s plenty of drinking to do come January. Southern Tier’s ‘Old Man Winter’ will do in those long, cold months, without the gingerbread aftertaste. With spring and summer beers being on the lighter and fruiter sides, non-holiday winter beers tend to be on the darker side for some reason, like lagers trying to be stouts. Old Man Winter is indeed thick, at 7.5% alc, with a subtle flavor of cocoa (which is hard to detect without others pointing it out).
This is an absolutely fine beer to drink while in season while sitting by a fire, but Southern Tier has other more fun beers than Old Man Winter, and I can’t wait for spring.