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Thumbprint Barley Wine - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

333 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 62
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mobius387 on 01-13-2012)
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Reviews by KBomb:
Photo of KBomb
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright and clear copper color with a half inch head that disappears quickly, leaving behind some swirly lacing and just a cluster of soapy bubbles. Appearance resembles and IIPA.

Smell is of grapefruit citrus and a honey sweet/estery malt.

At first sip the flavor is a really bright and sweet mix of hop flavors: citrus, floral, tea-like. Malt flavor is mostly undetectable. The finish is a little rough; a more plain-bitter aftertaste that is not nearly as pleasant as the beginning of the sip.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, not surprising considering the style. Some fine, assertive carbonation balances it nicely.

This is a stark departure from the Barleywine NG made a few years ago. The array of hop flavors at first is delightful, but ultimately fails to live up to hope without adequate malt backing and poor aftertaste. Worth trying, but won't make a "best of" list.

KBomb, Feb 04, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

tectactoe, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of mykd
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mykd, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Jason, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

bpfrush, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of richkrull
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

richkrull, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of weonfire
2.95/5  rDev -24%
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.

weonfire, Jun 19, 2013
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.

mdaschaf, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4/5  rDev +3.1%

UWBadgerFan4Life, May 19, 2014
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.

Sammy, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Beezee
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of danp14
4.5/5  rDev +16%

danp14, May 11, 2012
Photo of tylermains
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

tylermains, Jul 01, 2012
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.

SpeedwayJim, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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

dirtylou, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of ChicagoPeacemaker
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

ChicagoPeacemaker, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of bdub32689
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

bdub32689, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of 33nickadams
4/5  rDev +3.1%

33nickadams, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Gonzoillini, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of Crass3000
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Crass3000, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of jmpizzo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

jmpizzo, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of mobius387
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

mobius387, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of GabbyTapped
4/5  rDev +3.1%

GabbyTapped, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
3.61/5  rDev -7%
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.

Vonerichs, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of sjstraub
5/5  rDev +28.9%

sjstraub, Feb 11, 2012
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Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.