Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4.75/5 rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
The little lady picked me up a four pack of this delight and I can’t wait to review this. I’ve had one already and it’s so unique and delicious. Drank from my Russian River tulip while watching the Falcons vs. Saints.
Appearance- Pours a perfectly dark reddish ruby brown with a big fizzy dirty white head. A nice cap and collar stick around for the entire beer but surprisingly no lacing.
Smell- Really earthy smelling with a deep raw chocolaty tone that is surprisingly potent. It very much smells like a Tootsie Roll. Not much in the way of the ‘Abbey’ part of the beer in the nose as the chocolate covers anything else that might be present. A touch of spice and a banana and that really is about it.
Taste- Starts out with a dose of the banana and spice (clove and maybe even a touch of cinnamon) that I mentioned in the nose. Slightly warming after that first sip but it gives way to that earthy raw chocolate. It’s more like a cocoa nib chocolate than a milk chocolate. Just a touch of sweetness is present though. Long lingering notes of chocolate and a touch of caramelized sugar in the finish.
Mouthfeel- The beer is velvety smooth and full bodied with a creamy, somewhat dry finish. The carbonation is soft and spot on.
Drinkability- Really really REALLY like this beer a lot. It’s so unique and easy drinking and smooth as silk. It’s chocolaty like you’d expect but not overly so and the best part – it’s not sweet at all. New Glarus is my favorite brewery for a reason and this is why.
Serving type: bottle
11-13-2011 20:07:28 | More by younger35
4.72/5 rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Couple bottles picked up from a border run to Hudson. Advance buzz on this one, hopes are high.
Pour is coca-cola cut with iced tea. A little foam, slightly paling brown, bubbly.
The first whiff is an absolute holy shit moment. One of the most potent chocolate botiques I've ever had, both sweet and bitter at the same time.
And the taste,well, more of the same. Holy shit. The Tootsie Roll factor everyone sites is spot on. Delicious. As the rhapsody wears off I notice this might be missing some of the dubbel characteristics - there's no hop whatsoever, and the malt is very hidden. Who cares? Tastes awesome.
CA is somewhat carbonated, perhaps too much for my liking, but it does differentiate this from sweet stouts. End of the day, goes down well enough.
This beer is not perfect, but it's spectacular at the things that matter most. A+. Back to dairyland to stock up.
EDIT: 1/17. I've had 2 more bottles of Chocolate Abbey, and they were OK at best. Would probably give it a 3.5 in all categories. Not changing my ratings, I still think my first impressions were legit.
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2011 15:06:03 | More by lurpy1
4.5/5 rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark roasty chestnut brown to settle an ever so close to black browned hue that in most light you barely can catch that it has a super deep mahogany glow within its body. A medium foamyness of dark beige crowns the top very nicely. Very minimal lace spawns across the glass in a few tiny dots, specks, and globs.
Lovely aroma of softly alluring bakers chocolate and cocoa powder with a soft twist of root beer, fruit cake, vanilla sweetness, sarsaparilla, graham cracker, molasses, and a whisper of wintergreen.
Flavors are wonderfully molded into a smooth delightful tone of Dubble style Belgian candied, fruityish tang and soft cocoa sweetness. It's a bit hard to pin down any one overall taste, per se, but it has flashes of dates and raisin, a pinch of cherry, flashes of vanilla and molasses, and a light coating of cocoa dusting around the edge that is a complexly welcome finishing portion of it's character.
Body is smooth and lightly tangy with a bold medium girthy tone that's very thirst quenching and easy to drink.
Chocolate Abbey is worth every cent spent and every drop out the bottle. Another gem in the Unplugged/Thumbprint series from New Glarus!
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2011 23:42:15 | More by tavernjef
Thumbprint Chocolate Abbey from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.