Thumbprint Barley Wine - New Glarus Brewing Company

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87
very good

345 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 57
Gots: 66 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mobius387 on 01-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of don1481
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12o bottle poured into glass.

Look: Pours a hazy orange-ish with a decent amount of bubbling on the inside. Off-white head that lingers and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Quite hoppy, even after 3 years. Not much else seems to get past that, maybe a little toffee.

Taste: More smooth than the overpowering hop smell would have indicated. A complex taste, some citrus notes, maybe a little sweetness to balance the hops. I like it better than Bigfoot, but not as much as barrel-aged barleywines such as CW.

Feel: Pretty clean, slight hoppy aftertaste and a slight stickiness.

Overall: Good. Would like to see a barrel-aged version of this appear. Could be intriguing.

Photo of tectactoe
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Mike for cracking this one; I always look forward to something I haven't had from New Glarus. This one has a shockingly light hue for a barley wine; deep golden yellow with a substantial haze throughout. The "head" fades insanely quick and settles as a stark-white ring around the top of the beer as it just sits, still and motionless.

The nose contains quite a bit of hops, especially considering the style. Florals, grassy hops, perfume, light citrus, tart lemon zest, and some herbs are spread out across a light blanket of some sticky caramel and toasted, bready malt.

The hop character seems to be a bit heavier than the malts, and the malts don't seem as dark or sweet as you think they'd be, considering the style. It almost reminds me of a super strong double IPA that's been sitting for a while and the hops have toned down to "not quite DIPA" levels.

Again, the first sip isn't screaming "barley wine", as the beer is actually quite hoppy. I've had hoppy barley wines, sure, but this one just doesn't seem to fit the style. Herbs, leaves, peppery, grassy, and full of underlying citrus; sweet and even mildly tart. Would be a pretty good hop bill for a D/IPA.

After a bit of some time, I finally start getting some barley wine essence; the malts open up and grow with warmth; sticky caramel, toffee, and quite a bit of sweet toast. There's also some apple-y sweetness in the finish that closes things out quite nicely, along with a subtle boozy warmth. The body is heavy and sticky like a barley wine should be, with minimal carbonation.

A little perplexing, that's for sure. Not quite the barley wine I was expecting, but it was still a pretty tasty brew. It took a while for me to come around to it, but in the end it was pretty good. Barley wine? Extra-malty DIPA? What's the difference, really? Far from New Glarus's best offering, but still worth a try.

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Brilliant robust golden color, two fingers of thick head

SMELL: Marmalade, green peppercorn, faint leather, passion fruit, rose water, alcohol, light caramel, crackers

TASTE: Incredibly smooth, creamy, full body, dry biscuits, yeast, ripe exotic fruit, pulling hop bitterness, leafy, mint, hop resin, citric rind, peppery, floral, big alcohol, lingering clean graininess in the boozy semi-bittersweet finish.

Bit of a booze bomb, a sipping brew all the way. I can understand the brewers intention but it just does not hit me the right way fully. Fun to drink? Sure, just make sure you sip it or share a bottle ... that might be better.

Photo of weonfire
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Almost a burnt orange, pencil thin white head- dissipates very quickly but sticking to the rim, light carbonation rising

S - Aged fruit - pineapple, cherry, apple, orange, very hoppy, and booze

T - Ripe pineapple, carmel, orange, apple. finish: hoppy booze

M - Moderate frothiness, good coverage around the mouth. acidity pricks the tongue. low viscosity.

O - Most different color ive seen in a barley wine. Missing the toffee malt backbone. Certainly a sipper at 12 abv. Very hop centered- no doubt its American. But the ripe pineapple isn't pleasant- far too sweet. Get no taste of the 'Toasty Graham cracker'. I am pretty disappointed in NG with this. Three more will certainly sit in the cellar. We'll check back in a few years. Hopefully this pineapple/booze can simmer down a bit.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wendall for this one!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a small white head on top. Not much retention reducing to an extremly thin cap on top. Thin, but sticky lacing forms on most of the glass.

S: Extremely hoppy, but not like Bigfoot. Lots of pine and citrus - plenty of rind. Very faint alcohol tinge.

T: Not as hoppy as the aroma, but still plenty of citrus with some malty sweetness backing it up. A little bit of bready malt as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks very easy and smooth.

O: Very different compared to most barleywines I have had, and I quite like this one. Doesn't come off all heavy and malty, but a bit lighter with lots of hops coming through.

Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An American strong ale. Big bubbly head on clear orange body. Lacey.Lots of orange aroma, and orange taste. Honeyish, caramel. Leaning on the bitter side with a hop bitter and dry finish. Lots of flavour, a dangerously drinkable beer, and a good high alcohol beer for a cold night.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the Unplugged Barleywine. NOT the Unplugged Iced Barleywine. 12oz. bottle poured into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger fine white head with moderate retention. Beer is clear orange copper. Lacing is stringy and thick with little stick. Solid, especially given the style.

Nose is caramel, molasses, tree sap, citrus, and cane sugar. Nice and crisp but at the same time, lacking that certain robustness.

Opens sweet citrus, mango, and papaya. Tree sap and cane sugar in the middle. Pineapple. Caramel and sap hoppiness at the end. Finishes sweet caramel. Toffee in the aftertaste. Solid.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Bubbly and prickly in the mouth. The same going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. A bit thin.

A nice offering from New Glarus but overall, this one lacks the body and robustness required for the style. Not sure of the aging potential of this one. Still though, fresh, its a decent beer and worth trying.

Photo of dirtylou
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single from my madison "connect"

appearance: served in an oversized snifter, bright glowing orange-amber body, thick white cream but only light lacing

smell: very hop-forward, grassy citrus, honey, booze

taste: pretty deviant from the style - huge honey notes, grassy and herbal, stinging citrus hops, pretty large alcohol bite, low residual sweetness. I dont know - not crazy about this

mouthfeel: oily, creamy medium body

overall: well crafted, but not crazy about the direction

Photo of Crass3000
3.11/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a slightly dark orange in color with a tiny white head with little retention.

Smell is muted and hard to get much. I smell a little caremal and thats about it - just a tiny bit of sweetness. Taste is nice but nothing really not sticks out. There's definately some caremal sweetness, a tad bit of booze but really is hardly noticable (even at 12 ABV). I definately would drink this again but it really isn't anything I would seek out. Just nothing really great. Sure it's good but nothing better than average.

FWIW everybody seemed to rate this high and find charactoristics that I just couldn't. I do always seem to have signs of allergys so maybe that's affecting my review but I seem to always have that stuffy nose and can pick things out in most other beers.

Photo of mobius387
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass

appearance: pours a golden brown, translucent, with a 1" foamy white head. honestly, it looks like an octoberfest/marzen type of beer, if this was blind id be very surprised to find out this is a barley wine

aroma: i cant believe it, this is a barley wine, and i smell oranges. dont know how they pulled that one off. also a sweet background to it, nothing sticks out tho

palate: medium body, a little tangy/stingy on the tongue, sits well in the mouth tho, fairly smooth

taste: a great balance to this beer. i get the hops and citrus, but very toned down for each. everything about this looks and feels like an ipa, and then the graham cracker flavor hits you with some malty flavors that reminds you this is something special. well done NG!

overall: a very tasty and unique brew from wisconsin's best brewery! very happy they decided to release this one this year, hurry up and get it while it lasts!

Photo of Vonerichs
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange body with a thin off white head. The orange is pretty vibrant and looks more like a west coast style ipa than anything else.

The smell is toasty, grainy, hints of bubble gum, pine, and apricot.

I hate using descriptions from the bottle for reviews, but it says toasted graham crackers and I'll go with that. The bubble gum shows up in the flavor and then becomes very grainy. It seems to be all over the place. The finish is like crushed aspirin.

Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation with a boozy burn.

This one is actually kind of a mess and misses the style for sure. It goes in so many strange directions that just don't mesh.

Photo of TWStandley
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appeared a brilliantly clear golden red color with a 2 finger off white head.

Smells malty and sweet with a decently strong hop presence.

Very smooth and light tasting for a barleywine. Alcohol hidden well. Slight fruitness and a bit of a tart taste.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin and a bit too carbonate for the style. Abv is well hidden though.

Not bad....pretty refreshing for a barley.

Photo of emerge077
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright sunset orange color, jewel tone clarity, thin skim of foam across the top, leaving a bare halo of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Dried papaya, orange peel, boooze. As it warms the alcohol is less than subdued, and pretty overt.

Tastes fruity with plenty of tropical hop character, papaya, mango, and citrus. This is at the edge of its descent into mellowness though, but the fruity hoppiness is still prevalent. Creamy smooth feel and plenty drinkable, though clearly an ass kicker. Best served up with hearty food. Yes it's hoppy, and that's a good thing.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear light amber color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of light cookie dough with some caramelized malt and some light toffee. Taste is an interesting mix between some dry caramelized malt notes with light cookie dough notes and some light toffee, the whole mix is note as sweet as I was expecting. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with great level of complexity.

Photo of n2185
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a slightly hazy honey color with half a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Caramel malts up front followed by an almost Belgian-like aroma with candy sugar, lavender, and bubblegum. There are also notes of mango and apricots. The finish is sweet and bready.

T: Caramel malts here as well with vanilla, some sweet and slightly tart fruits, and hearty, sweet breads. There is a decent alcohol burn on this as well.

M: Medium-thick body with carbonation on the low side of medium, this beer would be a bit lighter than most barleywines if not for the alcohol burn.

O: An interesting barleywine overall that seems to have some Belgian influences. It smells quite nice, but unfortunately the taste doesn't have the same complexity.

Photo of MaxSpang
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Belgian tulip. Enjoyed on 2-21-12.

APPEARANCE

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow-honey color. It's fairly light compared to other barleywines I've had, and it looks very much like an IPA or double IPA. The head was massive, about 3 fingers, and just the slightest bit off-white. It leaves some nice lacing along the side of the glass, and after the initial pour there is almost no carbonation bubbles to speak of.

SMELL

This is a citrus bomb! Tons and tons of fresh hoppy aroma come out, bringing grapefruit, tangerine, and fresh orange zest. Some slight alcohol follows. I tend to enjoy the hop/alcohol combination, so it definitely works. There is a slight malt smell after the hop barrage. Like the bottle says, there is a bit of graham cracker detectible. Overall, WOW this brew smells fantastic.

TASTE

Could it be? Is that MALT I taste?! Indeed it is! And plenty of it - I was worried that this was going to be like an IPA in terms of bitterness, but to my surprise there is a lot of sweet malt in this bad boy. It brings notes of caramel-covered graham crackers and toffee. The hops bring a wonderful complexity, bringing some old familiar favorites: citrus, tangerine, tropical fruits, mango, and everyone's favorite "cat piss". Yum. The booze is definitely evident. This beer drinks like a 12% ABV brew, which I think holds it back slightly. The flavor is wonderfully complex and intense, I very much dig.

MOUTHFEEL

For as big of a beer as this is, it's no struggle to drink. It drinks more like an imperial IPA than a barleywine, which can be a dangerous thing! It's not as thick as one would imagine, and it has a (dare I say it?) DRY finish! What a mindf**k. There's a medium-low amount of carbonation - perfect for this particular beer.

OVERALL

I usually don't like hoppy, American barley wines, but New Glarus just can't seem to get a bad beer past me. I was worried about this beer being too bitter, but the bitterness and hop character are just about perfect. I'm glad to taste the sugary-sweet malt mess that I like in barley wines. I'm also glad they made a BIG barleywine, not a casual 8-9% ABV barleywine. I can only imagine what this beer tastes like after a year or two of age on it.

VERY special thanks to Duff27 for sending me a whole 4 pack of this delicious brew.

Cheers!

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.73/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
3611 printed in black on the shoulder. No info.

A - Vividly golden toffee in color, this barleywine is decidedly clear with a bone head that's got some insane staying power! Plenty of lace curtains are drawn across the snifter as the head fades away. Brilliant looking!

S - With a hop-heavy nose like IIPA, it can be safely assumed this is an American Barleywine. Bold, juicy mango and pineapple tropical fruitiness overlaps the sweet, bready malt. Rich, gooey caramel undertones create a balancing act with the potent hop nose.

T - Plenty hoppy in flavor but shockingly more balanced towards the malt. Beginning to end, the lip-smackingly juicy hops leave mango, pineapple, and some grapefruit dancing on the tongue. Lots of bready, heavy (not overwhelming) caramel malt to the rescue!

M - A brisk crispness crosses the tongue momentarily before the sweet, full-bodied malt sets in. Moderately bitter hips finish out with a light dryness. Faint alcohol can be felt retro-nasally, but sheer balance brings this to a close.

O - Another excellent beer from New Glarus, the Thumbprint Barleywine teeters on a fine line between Double IPA and American Barleywine but remains balanced throughout. Agreeable, fruity hops and smooth caramel malts mash up for one delicious beer that's a pleasure to drink. I'll be aging plenty of these for years to come. Damn do I love that New Glarus is in Wisconsin.

Photo of scaliasux
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium amber-gold. Quite cloudy. Tall sudsy white head that dissipates quickly into a fairly thin foam.

Smell - Rich malitness. Dark fruit and bread. A little alcohol. A little citrus.

Taste - Very rich malt. Backed by fairly prominent citrusy hops. Ends up on the sweet side - almost syrupy. Toffee and raisin and orange. Don't really taste the alcohol, but definitely feel it.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full and smooth. Alcohol warmth.

Overall - Rich and complex, well made beer, but the flavor (though certainly what the brewer was looking for) isn't quite up my alley. I appreciate New Glarus making this, but I'm probably not in for more than a single 4 pack.

Photo of jegross2
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company.
Score: 91

2012 vintage bottle with code "3611 09:30" printed on the bottle neck. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 03/29/12.

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden orange color with a finger of white seafoam head that settles into a ring around the glass and foggy cap over three-quarters the beer. Above average lacing, above average retention. 4/5

Smell: Piney hops, tropical citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel and barley malt. Very light alcohol heat. A little lemon in the nose too. Hint of coriander. 4/5

Taste: Peach, apple and honey sweetness, pine, grass, hoppy grapefruit, orange and spicy caramel malt. The caramel malt sweetness is well contrasted by the piney hops and a modest bitter barley flavor. Rye spice and black pepper perkiness on the midpalate. Very DIPA-like in flavor, though more malty than a DIPA. Has a juicy and malty orange backbone. Finishes with a pineapple, grapefruit and hops flavor that has average linger. Just a hint of booziness and warmth on the palate -- nothing that screams 12% ABV, though. Very refreshing overall, quite balanced. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Juicy mouthfeel. Malty and bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: A superior brew from New Glarus' Thumbprint/Unplugged series. I have really come to enjoy hoppy barleywines of late, and this is a really good example of the American barleywine style. Hopefully New Glarus will bring this brew back in the near future; this might be my favorite beer of theirs.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out and drink it fresh. The tropical citrus hoppiness really works well in this beer, and hops tend to fade over time. I will be aging a couple of bottles of this, however, so, assuming this blog is still being updated a few years down the road, I will report back to let my readers know how this one holds up over time. Hopefully I will not regret saving more of this beer for future consumption, it no longer being produced at the present time, but this beer is just too enjoyable fresh to let sit on the shelf.

Pairings: Chocolate chip pancakes.

Cost: $10.99 for a four pack.

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Glarus Thumbprint Barley Wine

Appearance: New Glarus’ take on the barley wine style pours a cloudy, golden, honey-colored, viscous liquid. A creamy finger and a half or so of off-white head forms at the top, but quickly disappears leaving only slight alcohol legs and an even slighter crust. Spotty lacing is left behind all over the glass, but it does not stick around, probably due to the high alcohol content. This is a good-looking example of the style, yet more head à la the excellent Bigfoot from the impossibly consistent folks at Sierra Nevada. Nevertheless, this one packs more of an alcohol punch than Bigfoot, so less head and less lacing are to be expected.

Aroma: First whiff gives an interesting and delicious scent akin to citrus fruit mingling with sugary sweetness that is usually elicited from freshly baked sugar cookies. There is a slight tartness to the smell as well, as if one took that citrus glazed sugar cookie recipe and put sour cream in the dough. Add to this delectable smell a particular creaminess and maltiness and the drinker’s nose is in for a treat.

Taste: This beer is huge. The hop flavor is everywhere, ranging from orange to tangerine to lemon to pineapple and just hits on a sour apple note somewhere in the mouth. The bitterness is there, but contained by the other component of the flavor: the sweet malt. The malt fights tooth and nail against the hops the whole way down the throat leaving a strange, yet balanced taste in its wake. Honestly, as another reviewer said, this beer tastes less like a barley wine and more like a ridiculous imperial IPA. There is a faint grapey sourness that may be from improper storage or another pre-opening factor that is slightly unpleasant. It has that Midas Touch from Dogfish Head sort of wine-esque quality to it that really does not fit in with this style. What is even more unfortunate is that the vinegary sourness is the taste that lingers. Lastly, the alcohol comes through ever so slightly in the very end of the taste. It is not a bad tasting beer, but it is an odd example of the style.

Mouthfeel: As with the rest of the categories, the feeling on the palate is huge. This beer is thick, sticky, viscous, and just fills the mouth with an undeniable fullness. There is a mild carbonation as well, but nothing ridiculous. This does not hurt the distribution of the taste because of how enormous this beer is in flavor. The alcohol that imparted a bit of taste also gives a certain warming quality that is always welcome, especially going into the cold months as we are now.

Overall: Perhaps this is a bad bottle for taste, but the vinegar sourness really threw me off. I had this one a while back (when it first came out this past winter), and have been saving this bottle since. Perhaps something happened that threw off the taste, but I do remember the bottles I had before having a strange, wine-like characteristic to them that was definitely off-putting. It is an example of the style that is possibly worth seeking out if you are a barley wine fan, but New Glarus could certainly do better. Hopefully in the future they will. 16/20

Photo of jmarsh123
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a 1 finger white head that faded almost immediately leaving just a trace of lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, bready malts and tropical fruit hops.

Bright tropical fruit hop presence hits the front of the tongue. Brown sugar and graham cracker give it a sweetness in the middle and it finishes with a bit of piney bitterness although the caramel flavor is also present. Finishes with a touch of alcohol as well although not harsh.

Medium body for a BW with lowish carbonation.

Definitely an American Barleywine although the hops aren't as strong as some others I've had. It's a bit too boozy to do more than sip on it and I doubt I'd want more than one in one setting, but still good.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 7/13/12

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear copper color - moderately sized, off-white head - fades to a nice ring, leaves some lacing

Smell: A bit mild - looks too clear to be a barleywine, but it smells like one - cooked malts, cooked grains, grainy bread, and multigrain crackers - hops are prevalent here as well, with some citrus, pine, herbal notes, and earthy notes - some fruit, some alcohol

Taste: Rich - very malty, with a lot of cooked malts, caramelized malts, caramel, and dry crackers - sweet, but not sugary, just malty - complex, but not exceptional depth for the style - herbal citrus and pine, slightly resinous - bitter, with a lingering pithy character - some booze, becomes "a lot of booze" as it warms up

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, chewy, with some alcohol heat - could use a little more carbonation, maybe a little less booze

Overall: A tasty barleywine

This is a very hoppy and very boozy barleywine. Definitely a sipper. It's tasty, but a bit harsh for what I personally want in a barleywine. The malts could also be a tad more interesting. It might get better over time, but sadly this is my only bottle.

Photo of spunk509
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a New Glarus pint glass.

Pours with an orange-gold coloring and very little head.

The nose hits you with a light aroma of hops, much more than I was expecting, but also a slight hit of the high alcohol. Not as strong of an aroma as I was expecting.

Lots of citrus both from the hops and the light taste of the alcohol. You can tastes the malt, but it’s clear there was little to no roasted malt in this beer. Fairly light on body but also a little sweeter than I was expecting. This must have started in the 90s for OG if not higher.

I don’t know that I can call this beer overly balanced, but I wouldn’t expect a young barleywine to be so in the first place. Right now I think it’s very bright with good flavors (almost like pineapple) but the high alcohol overpowers much complexity. Give this six months to a year in the cellar and I bet it’s fantastic.

Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. About 1 and a half years old, probably.

A: Pours a slightly murky dark orange with a nice white head.

S: Mellow pine resin and candi sugar, light booze, papaya, a bit leafy.

T: Hops still going strong, but probably have mellowed a bit since the release. Grapefruit juice, tree sap, resinous, sweet grain, light grassy bitterness, tangerine, biscuit malt.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Still a good hoppy barleywine, but I don't see any reason to age this one. If they brew it again I'll pick it up fresh.

Photo of dutesanch
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious balance of malt and hops. Not the best or worst of this style.

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Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.