Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by Phocion:
3.13/5 rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
12 ounce bottle picked up from the brewery last weekend poured into a Westmalle goblet. Thick frothy beige head that only lasts about as long as the time it takes me to type about the head. Moderate beige lacing mixes with the dark-mahogany colored body.
Great, aroma smells like a dubbel, not just chocolate. The chocolate aromas are definitely there, however, and fairly complex with a blend of milk chocolate as well as bitter darker tones. Dark fruits are also very noticable; raisin and black cherry, as well as hints of banana and well spiced. Definite tone of candy sugar as well as caramel. This thing smells absolutely wonderful.
Flavor does not in any way, shape, or form hold up to the aroma. The chocolate has definitely taken a few steps back and is overpowered by a very earthy, yeasty, and quite alcoholic flavor. Dark fruits are pleasant as well; figs, plums, and cherries. Bitter chocolate combines with an immensely sweet candy sugar for a somewhat unpleasant finish.
Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for a beer this big, but well-carbonated. A tad on the oily side.
Overall, this thing smells absolutely fantastic. Unfortunately, that's the only thing keeping this above average. The flavor just doesn't hold up. Try it...but only one bottle.
Serving type: bottle
10-08-2011 15:50:05 | More by Phocion
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3.96/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured out a brown, cocoa colored liquid. 1/4" tan head, spotty lacing around the glass as the liquid was consumed.
A chocolate aroma first and foremost. Actually that was all there was, which is fine.
Taste, mmm, more chocolate and cocao. For a dubbel, I like far more than the average one. Dry, like cocao powder was used moreso than sweet chocolate. Not sugary. Smooth experience. Dark fruit aspect is minimal, yet not overwhelmed by the cocoa. The minimal yeast contribution is very mild, nothing in terms of clove or banana are on it, which is a good thing. It has a very mild chocolate bubble gum contribution. Mild toasted grains.
I'd consider myself a fan, and would drink again.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2013 18:58:06 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.