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Thumbprint Barley Wine - New Glarus Brewing Company

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87
very good

329 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 60
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mobius387 on 01-13-2012)
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Photo of cdkrenz
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

12 ounce bottle cellared between 53 and 65 degrees for 1 year.

A - Poured into a snifter the beer offers a nice thick frothy head with large bubbles in the middle and smooth soft edges a pinky's width up to the glass. The body is crisp, clear, clean and a very nice orange color. Well done. 4.0

S - Hints of pungent fruit which seem to be the due to the perfect balance between the hops and malt that fill my nose. It is begging to be sipped. 4.25

T - Wow, let me start with the finish. The deep taste of plum and apple. The middle is a build up of the two and the beginning is a sharp maltiness. 4.5

M - The finish on the center front of my tongue is very unique. It's very abrasive in that spot. The sticky residue throughout and after each pull is well rounded. It is extremely smooth and surprisingly yet comfortably soft while in the mouth. Again, very unique for a barleywine. That being said, it is a very fine feel. This may be it's finest quality. My inky reason for it not being perfect is because I wish it were juuust a bit heavier. 4.75

~~~ This beer has gotten light-years better while in the cellar. It is fantastic! I you were in a position a year ago to have aquired a 4-pack and you cellared a few, now is the time to take a sampling. I have two more bottles in the cellar now and I'm seriously considering cracking them now... but I won't. I'll wait for their respective 3 and 5 years in the cellar. 4.5

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The review below was entered on 1/28/13. The review is from a sampling from tap. The calculated the rating was a 2.7.

A - This is the cleanest bodied barleywine I have ever seen. It's copper in color with a moderate level of carbonation and topped by a half inch of white head. 4

S - Smells nothing like the barleywines I've ever had before. Citrus hops are prevalent with absolutely no pungent fruit or malt aromas. 3.5

T - After taking my first sip I had to think the bartender mis-poured and served me an IPA rather than a barleywine. This beer tastes nothing like any barleywines I've had. It's all citrus and grapefruit hops with a tiny malt sweetness. If I were comparing this to other barleywines I wouldn't choose this one over any other. I really like the pungent flavors of plum, molasses and brown sugar that come with the barleywines I've had in the past. In my opinion this one's flavors don't measure up. If this were a double or imperial IPA it would be top notch in the flavor category. 2

M - The brew is slightly coarse while offering a crispness on the tongue. It too leaves a slightly sticky finish on my lips. I do wish it were thicker/heavier in the body. 4

~ Based on the characteristics available to the consumer and not the way in which the beer was brewed, I have to say the only thing making this a barleywine is the ABV. At 12% it is right in the wheelhouse of a barleywine. Other than that I have a hard time seeing this brew fitting well into the style category of barleywine. This all being said, I do plan to pick up a four pack in order to cellar a few bottles. I suppose one of the true measures of a barleywine that should be considered is its ability to cellar. I'll review it again in a couple years to see how it develops over time. 2.5

cdkrenz, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of sacrelicio
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Verrrryyyy interestink b-wine from New Glarus. Pours a golden amber color with an off white head. Nice lacing. Smell is tremendously tropical. The taste is also quite tropical, and get a very distinct golden raisin note. This could easily double for a malty double IPA. I will cellar at least one to see what happens when the hops calm down. Delicious, but a bit out of style.

sacrelicio, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

Has the look of a DIPA. Clear golden color with a short creamy head that leaves lots of lacing.

Lots of citrus and tropical fruit coming from the hops. A nice little malt sweetness reminiscent of honey also. There is a hint of belgian yeast which I know isn't the source, but it's there.

Wow, very different from other barleywines I've had. Big hit of tropical fruit. Passionfruit, pineapple, citrus fruit, star fruit, etc. Getting lots of floral notes from the hops also. The malt is of the lighter variety and gives the flavor the taste of a DIPA. Honey like malt presence. I do get a touch of Belgian yeast in the flavor. Very subtle and I'm not complaining a bit about it. Alcohol comes through some.

The feel is a bit dry at the end, but sticky beforehand. Not as big of a body as the abv suggests and the style commands. Again, reminds one of a DIPA. Smooth beer though.

Barleywine/DIPA? Who really cares. A drinkable Barleywine or an age able DIPA, take your pick. Have it both ways, I know I will. In my opinion, a unique take on the style and one that I thoroughly enjoy.

jera1350, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of bound4er
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

A. Clear amber appearance with a two finger, white head that slowly recedes to leave spotty lacing.

S. Graham cracker is very prevalent. Some sweet pitted fruit aromas emerge slowly as it warms. There is a slight hit of alcohol that you "feel" in your nose more than smell along with herbal hops.

T. Sweet graham cracker malt fills the mouth followed by a nice assault of hop goodness (mainly tropical in flavor) that never gets too bitter. Really lingers nicely on the palate. This is one tasty beer.

M. Very nice, somewhat silky mouthfeel in a medium bodied presentation. Adequately carbonated too.

O. New Glarus has hit this one out of the park. It may not be brewed perfectly to style but I could care less. This beer tastes delicious. The alcohol is completely hidden, the hops and malt play off of each other beautifully and this stuff slides down way too fast. I feel like having another one but know better.

bound4er, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

12 oz red foiled bottle into a tulip pours a lighter orange with some yellow highlights and a generous snowy cover.

Smells of grainy bitter citrus. Many New Glarus beers have clean noses if that makes sense. Maybe the yeast is rather neutral. A hint of the 12 percent can be found here as well, but it is neither overpowering nor off putting.

This is very pleasant, if a barleywine of this abv can be described as such. Tropical fruits meld with the light and bready malt. Hops steal the show but the malt is strong enough to play support. Pineapple, mango, and a slash of mild burn along the back end.

Plenty of bubbles to allow this sit mildly syrupy but smooth on the tongue. Alcohol settles pleasantly into the bones and leaves a gentle numbing, thought the heat is minimal and more felt than tasted.

This may be my favorite Thumbprint/R&D in quite a while. Hits all the right notes and is ready to go right out of the gates. Certainly an Americanized style straddling version and if that type of barleywine floats your boat, I strongly recommend getting your hands on some bottles.

BarrytheBear, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Lemke10
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

I bought a 12oz single bottle from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $2.59 in early 2012.

Pours a semi-clear light amber color with quite a bubbly head of carbonation leaving a decent amount of lacing around the glass. There are some slight scents of barley but it is mostly of bitter hops giving it more of an IPA scent. The first sip explodes with flavors of bready grains and hops. Drinks extremely smooth and yet is very filling. Is definitely a sipping beer as it will taunt you, daring you to drink 2 in a row which I certainly would not recommend. Even though it is a barleywine, it's definitely something a IPA/IIPA would enjoy trying.

Lemke10, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of knepper
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

Look: Deep gold with a frothy white head that recedes quickly; great sticky lacing. Crystal clear.

Smell: Big fruity, hoppy nose. Candied lemons, alcohol, fresh cut fruit.

Taste: By this time, I already know that I'm in for a different experience when it comes to barleywines. Around these parts, they are mostly thick, malty, giants with, maybe, a solid hop backbone with a bit of dark crystal/roasted malts. Not this one. The mouthfeel is rich, crisp and much thinner than expected - ultra drinkable. The hops immediately take center stage. While there is a decent amount of bitterness, its mostly clean. Again, candied lemons sit over top a piney, earthy, herbal hop flavor. The malt is there providing a rich, semi-sweet balance to the hop show. The ethanol is noticeable but it isn't intrusive and doesn't compromise the experience.

A great one by New Glarus. More reminiscent of double IPA; I like the curveball here.

knepper, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Reason2B
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%

A: Translucent copper. Pours with a very thin head of white foam.

S: Sweet with a hoppy, almost IPA smell.

T: Front-end hops with a little bitterness as typical for American barley wines. The hops last just the right amount of time on the palate, and then the nice sweet malty flavor kicks in finishing with a nice balance of the two.

M: light to medium body, with a nice silky feel.

O: This is certainly a beer for the right mood. However, when ready for it, it is very satisfying. I don’t like a lot of over the top American style barley wines and this is just so balanced, with all the taste complexities marinating to deliver a very enjoyable drinking experiences.

Reason2B, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Bottle from mscarpen, 12oz into a tulip. Thanks Scott!

Hazy darker orange with a couple fingers of white head - nice lace and retention. Lovely nose - oranges, tangerines, sugary sweet, cookie dough and caramel. Almost like a bigger maltier imperial IPA. Taste is super malty upfront, sugary, alcohol, caramel accented greatly by the hops, citrus, with some grass and light spiciness to them. Full feel, not too sticky. Bitter finish, no alcohol save for some warmth in the throat. A lovely, citrusy barleywine.

liamt07, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of adman08
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

A-Pours a clear, light gold with about a half inch of white foam that leaves decent lacing. Has the look of an IIPA, very light color.
S-Malty sweet aroma with a good amount of citrus hops and just a hint of a Belgian yeast aroma.
T-Strong citrus, fruity hop flavors with a good balance of graham crack/malt. There is a lot of alcohol which may be what contributes to the slight flavor of Belgian yeast.
M-Seems a little light bodied for a barley wine. Lots of alcohol warmth and fairly light carbonation.
Overall, a very tasty beer. A little close to the line between an IIPA and a barley wine but sometimes I wonder where that line is. A very big beer but not very full bodied but lots of hops and alcohol. I'd like more caramel malt sweetness but the flavor is very good.

adman08, Jan 19, 2012
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Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.