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Thumbprint Spiced Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our heady Spiced Ale summons escape from the ordinary. Lavish English and Wisconsin Malts slow brewed caramel goodness into this beefy bronze Strong Ale registering 20 degrees Plato O.G. Aged on Oak in the Open Top Cellar so that Cassia Cinnamon, Ginger and Allspice could be carefully hand stirred into the velvety Toffee notes of this aromatic Spiced Ale. 100% Naturally Bottle fermented to warm the chill from your soul.

(Beer added by: Ri0 on 01-10-2014)
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Ratings: 212 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

threedaggers, Sep 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

WI-Beer-Man, Sep 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

VerticalLiturgical, Sep 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

masterofsparks, Sep 05, 2014
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2/5  rDev -45.1%

MizzouKC, Sep 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Elicoleman, Sep 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

GRG1313, Sep 02, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

joshshepperd, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

eawolff99, Aug 29, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

tectactoe, Aug 25, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

PHBoiler, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%

Appearance: A nice bubble show builds a huge ecru-colored head to sit on the hazy amber liquid; excellent retention and lacing action

Smell: Caramel, oak, cinnamon and ginger

Taste: Caramel tones, up front, with the spices quickly taking hold, bringing the cinnamon and ginger "red hot" tones; vanilla and oak appear, after the swallow, along with a boozy character that makes this taste more like an Old Fashioned cocktail than a beer

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and moderately carbonated but brings the heat

Overall: I can see why this beer has caused such a schism among the reviewers; I can taste the complexity and I understand what the brewer was going for but I can't say that I would want to taste it again as an Old Fashioned is not the type of thing I care to drink (and I suspect that is the case for many other BAs, as well); still, I rated it higher than I thought I would because I admire the craftsmanship

Thanks, WI-Beer-Man, for the opportunity

brentk56, Aug 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

BarrelAgedG, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Kyrojack, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

jwenzel019, Aug 16, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -3.3%

enelson, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

SteveTheBrit, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

linnymtu, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

MaximumYuks, Aug 11, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Svyturys30, Aug 11, 2014
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3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - The beer poured a golden brown with a slight white head.

Smell - There was a big shock of nutmeg in the aroma, on par with "pumpkin beer" that merely contain the spices of pumpkin pie.

Taste - Well, it certainly tastes like nutmeg. Cinnamon and nutmeg were also very present. The elements of beer are largely masked by the spice. There was a slight metallic taste that fell behind the nutmeg. There was a somewhat sour aspect in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was modest, with the beer being somewhat thick.

Overall - I am glad that I only purchased one bottle.

JohnnyHopps, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

TX-Badger, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Drknight, Aug 08, 2014
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4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I gotta' say I'm a little surprised by the low scores on this one. This is an incredibly rich and complex drink which I found immensely interesting and enjoyable.
Nice amber color and whitish head with o.k. stamina.
Aroma was not as rich and complex as the flavor but still nice and interesting with many of the aspects to be described forthwith.
First thing I noticed with the taste was the classic (for New Glarus) fruitiness that comes from his wild ales with a slight tartness but fruit non-the-less. Next was the oak, wood and vanilla. Then the caramel/toffee flavors with a shot of richness and full body flavor. And finally the spiciness, esp. the allspice but also the drying that seems to come from spiced beer. Subsequent drinks were an adventure in what would present next in a fun an interesting way. Any of the above could show in any level of balance or blending. It was really nice. Alcohol was very hidden and made minimal if any appearance in flavor or feel.
A slightly thin body for style but certainly still in the moderate zone with a bit above average carbonation.
I enjoyed this very much. Went well with the a first time listening of the re-releases of the first 3 L.Z. albums at the roost (Wow that 's rich too).

garymuchow, Aug 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Asrugan, Aug 07, 2014
Thumbprint Spiced Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.