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Thumbprint Barley Wine - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

333 Ratings
THE BROS
87
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mobius387 on 01-13-2012)
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at AndrewK’s tasting.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is an alcohol kick and a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but pretty strong.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

zestar, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus taster glass.

Pours a fairly-clear caramel color with a thin white head. Retention is a bit weak, quickly falling to a thin collar. The nose has some sweet malt with some light fruits and a good dose of bread plus caramel. Some lingering hops contribute a bit of bitterness to the flavor, and there's some warming booze in the background. Medium-full body with a good dose of residual sugar. Decent, but not a standout.

Thorpe429, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.1%

nmann08, May 11, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Jun 13, 2013
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.

Phyl21ca, May 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ygtbsm94, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Knapp85, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -22.7%

JAHMUR, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

emerge077, Mar 13, 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 TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, citrus, alcohol and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that are followed by a mild alcohol sting. Then a strong but not over-powering and very 2IPA-like hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer but there are other beers in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles from both d0b and joshuaseresse - thanks guys! Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Voluminous orange-tinged foam has excellent retention - I had to wait a while before I could actually start to drink the beer. When it eventually settles there's tons of creamy glass-coating lace left behind. Transparent dark golden body with some slow-moving bubbles. A bit light for the style, but otherwise very attractive.

S - This is one insanely hoppy barleywine - all I can smell is pine, herbs, and bitter citrus, with perhaps a hint of cat pee and alcohol in the background. At one point I caught the faintest glint of sugary malt, but I may have imagined it - the malt is otherwise a neutral, crackery, and unobtrusive.

T - The taste has a tad more malt sweetness, but this is largely citrus, with some herbal notes and alcohol bite in the finish. There's also a mildly nutty character to the malt bill. Reminds me more of some triple IPAs I've than a typical 'barley wine'.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with lower but active carbonation. Actually a tad watery for 12%. Pretty low alcohol warmth considering there's some booze in the aroma. Chewy, viscous, and fairly dry and resinous in the end.

D - Not what I was expecting - very low sweetness but with tons of hop character. While alcohol is present it's not out-of-line for the listed 12% and should mellow in time - I think the sharp herb and pine character of the hops probably exacerbates the alcohol presence anyway. I actually found this pretty easy to drink, and ended up pacing myself so that I wouldn't fall asleep working this evening. Another well-crafted New Glarus beer that's worth checking out.

MasterSki, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Thorpe, served in a snifter, beer is yellow and mostly clear with a white head, one finger, small bubbles, no lacing, moderate retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is plain and sweet with a mild malt and a little cider.

Beer is medium in body and drinkable, sweet and nice throughout with a good finish. It is a fine little beer but a little too dry on the finish and has this mild cidery sense to it. Interesting but not great. I don't think I'll repeat.

drabmuh, Apr 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

mendvicdog, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

MarkyMOD, Apr 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

beernads, Jun 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Rochefort10nh, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Was in a barleywine mood and I had this from a trade with Duff27; thanks again, buddy! 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled over branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; I love a lot of beers from this brewery and Duff27 insists the thumbprint series beers are the best. Brewed with Styrian Goding, Willamette, Columbia, and Sterling hops.

Served straight from the fridge (per label instructions it should be 45 degrees F) and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with salted pretzels.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of slight cream, okay thickness, and good (~4 minute) retention for the high ABV. No lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a surprisingly bright pale clear copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Looks more like an IPA than a barleywine. Fairly vibrant. It's caught me a bit off-guard, but it's generally appealing for the style. There's nothing unique or special here, but there are no overt flaws. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Surprisingly hoppy, actually. Floral hop character, juicy citrus, clean bright malts, and some nectary hop character. Boy, this seems more like a wheatwine than a barleywine. There's definite pungent fruit here; mango and other vaguely tropical fruits come to mind - all bright fruits. The heavy malt build I'd expect from a barleywine is not present here; it's surprisingly hop-centric. Light caramel. Sweet, evoking Belgian candi sugar. Sweetbread. Honey. Light orange. Ripe fruit is dominant. Pineapple. A pretty strong aroma, but not at all what I was expecting. Still, I'm looking forward to trying it. New Glarus rarely goes a direction we expect. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Ripe fruit and caramel, with the sweet candi sugar body beneath it. Hrm. Tropical fruit is complemented by a large dose of hop character - which feels unwelcome here. I get acidic pineapple (especially on the finish), a touch of over-ripe orange, lots of pineapple, light cidre-like apple, a bit of white plum, lychee, and crystal malt. Seems more like the wheatwines I've had than the barleywines I've had. Lacks a dark toffee-like malty build. This is not what I'm used to - or particularly what I like - in a barleywine. Overly hoppy. Alcohol has definite presence here, but I wouldn't call it hot - just boozy. Little yeast character, if any. Balanced and fruity. Complex and well put together, but it may lack needed subtlety. This is more a fresh blast of hops with a fruity bright malt body than the refined toffee-like caramel build I expect in a good barleywine.

Mf: Good carbonation. Smooth and wet. Rather thick, with a heavy body. Palate presence is good, but it is a bit overwhelming. Crisp. Suits the flavour profile well, but it does have a bit of a bite. It's very filling. Acidity is a touch high for the style.

Dr: It's a sipper. The 12% does hit. I'll have no trouble finishing this one, but I may have expected too much based solely on the brewery. For my specific tastes, this isn't a particularly satisfying barleywine, but it may hit home for others. I got none of the "toasty graham cracker" notes described on the label. A pretty decent barleywine from New Glarus, but not up to par with many of their other beers. I'm glad I got to try this one; thanks again, Duff27! Maybe 3-5 years of age would do this one some good.

High C

kojevergas, Mar 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

oriolesfan4, Sep 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

imperialking, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clouded dull copper with a retentive off white head; light lace. Toasted malt, caramel, resin, light fruit. Fruity, piney and caramel malt to start and a slightly dry, earthy, hoppy finish. A little too sweet and boozy for my taste, but nothing wrong here.

yourefragile, Dec 31, 2012
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Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.