Thumbprint Barley Wine - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Here we have a new barleywine from the Thumbprint series of New Glarus.
Red Foil cap pops off and I am greeted with a brief aromatic burst of peach crumble with caramel sauce on top. Once in the glass, this aroma changed to a lovely smell of densely brown sugared toffee malts with a potpourri of pine resin and orange peel hopping on top....as it warms up towards room temperature a backdrop of subtle tropical fruit tones appears in an understated sort of way.
Taste is partially reminiscent of certain Lagunitas products IMHO, what with all the emphasis on candied citric peel / pine resin duality combined with a strong and sweet malty backbone entirely capable of holding it all together. Not very dry...at least not until the finish, which transforms into semi-astringent dryness from the rising heat of the alcohol content. (Oddly enough, reminding me in the finish of the savory aspects of the flavor from Chinese takeout Orange Chicken.)
I have no idea what the ABV is, but I will state that it does not come across nearly as harshly alcoholic on the palate as a lot of other barleywines I've had, for which I am grateful. Body is on the thinner side of medium thickness, flows well in the mouth, it is perhaps about 10% undercarbonated however for my personal preferences.
Oh yes, and color. It poured out an orange-golden color with light haze, an exceedingly thin vanishing soda spritzer head that is gone in thirty seconds, no lacing. I am really intrigued by the light orange color of this barley wine.
Overall, interesting stuff. Well worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
01-13-2012 23:44:05 | More by WastingFreetime
More User Reviews:
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bright and hazy golden yellow pour with a froth of white foam. Aroma is heavy caramel, toffee, raisin, crackers, and thick, sweet malt with pine and hop bitterness on the finish. Taste is very smooth with a heavy toffee/english style barley wine malt flavor presenting plum, raisin, etc. that is nicely complimented by pine and hop bitterness with some alcohol heat slipping through on the tail end of the sip. Clean, coating mouthfeel
Serving type: bottle
01-03-2014 21:05:05 | More by jbaker67
Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
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