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Thumbprint Barley Wine - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

339 Ratings
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87
very good

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Ratings: 339
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 58
Gots: 64 | 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:
Beer added by: mobius387 on 01-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 339 | Reviews: 116
Photo of sweemzander
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a hazy dark orange hue. Produced quite a nice head of white froth for the style. Solid retention and nice clumps of lacing left behind.

(S)- Quite fruity on the nose. Lots of honey, candied fig, orange, and pineapple. An equally heavy sweetness behind that.

(T)- Fairly similar to the smell. A very up front malty sweetness of honey, fig, and orange from the smell. Finishes fairly dry and slightly piney with bits of resin and graham cracker here and there.

(M)- A solid carbonation level and balance. Big malt body, but balanced and integrated together well. The bitterness does get to be quite high as it warms.

(O)- First time reviewing this, but the second or third time actually drinking it. The hops are starting to fade quite nicely which creates the more fruit forward profile I am seeing. It is becoming much more harmonious than when I had this fresh. I look forward to seeing what more time does to this, but it is really drinking quite nicely now.

Photo of gford217
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam for this bottle.

Pours much lighter than any barleywine I've ever seen. It's a clear golden with a small beige head that recedes quickly and leaves a collection of bubbles in the middle.

Aroma is massively hoppy for a BW with lots of herbal character as well as a ton of citrus, pineapples and mango. The malts are definitely in the background with some faint caramel and bready malts. Smells like a DIPA.

Taste brings the sweetness, much more than in the aroma. That said, the initial flavors are oranges and pinapples from the hops. The sugary sweet malts are definitely more prevalent than in the nose creating a stickiness after each sip.

The mouthfeel is smooth and extremely boozy. Every sip leaves a sticky hop resin on the palate with alcohol burn.

I'm not exactly sure how to compare this to other barleywines as it seems much more like a double/triple IPA. A really good beer, if not slightly miscategorized.

Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden amber, moderate cap of bone white froth, gone quickly. Nose brings immediate attention to the hops - light citrus with earthy, herbal and grassy notes, smooth medium caramel in the back end - nothing too bold. Taste again is hop forward, earthy more than fruity. For a barleywine, the malt profile disapoints a bit as its mostly smooth caramel and honey. Again, the body is out of style - smooth, medium, moderate carbonation. Good beer that I enjoyed, but slightly out of style.

Photo of millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of maximum12
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One cannot cross the border without bringing back the latest New Glarus frankenstein, & I didn't. The Unplugged/Thumbprint series have been good enough that I picked up a couple four-packs of this sight-untasted. 12 oz. bottle into my lovely Cap'n Larry tulip.

Pour is a shiny orange. Color is deep enough that it seems to glow from within rather than depending on an external light source. Crystal clear. Almost have to submerge my nose to get much smell-wise, bits of sweet malt, sugar, plum, very fruity.

Thumbprint Barley Wine certainly has a small mule's kick to it. Hot alcohol is immediately evident in the tingling of the throat, warming of one's core functions, & a sharp increase in IQ. As others have noted, this is one hoppy barleywine. Citrus & pine are oozing over my palate with a boozy sting. Very bready. Lots of reddish fruit in the mid-section, plum, apple. Sugary. Almost a rum-like tinge in the aftertaste. Numbing. Would be a good substitute for Novocaine for oral surgery. A shot? No thanks. I had three Thumbprint barleywinesh in ze lobby.

I'm finding it hard to pass judgment on this beer. Certainly tasty, stoopidly easy to drink. A very good beer that doesn't fold itself nicely into any category. Wonder what time will do to it.

Photo of woosterbill
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Thanks to Tony for sharing; I'm always ecstatic to try a new New Glarus brew.

A: Bright pale orange body with a light-tan layer of froth. Spotty lace. Ok.

S: Huge hops. Tangerine, grapefruit, and grass. No malt to speak of. It would be solid (but not spectacular) as a DIPA, but it's a little disappointing for an American Barleywine. At least it doesn't smell too boozy.

T: Fruity hops up front, with some nutty malt filling in behind. Juicy, dank citrus on the finish. Big bitterness, light sweetness. Again, more of a DIPA by far. Still, tasty and impressively devoid of alcohol; I never would have guessed 12%.

M: Creamy, frothy medium-full body. Excellent.

O: I'd love to get a hold of a couple four-packs to age, as I have to imagine the dominant hops will give way to more complex malts within a year or two. Right now, though, this is just too purely hoppy to impress me. I enjoyed drinking it, to be sure, but was still disappointed since it didn't live up to my expectations.

Cheers!

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

1606th Review on BA
Bottle to FW Snifter
12oz

2012 Release

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one

App- This out of the bottle was a glowing orange. Like a DIPA in color but more deep. The beer was pretty clear for a big 12% barleywine. The color was a bit one dimentional all around but really good looking in the glass. The head was a nice white pulled apart and fluffy. A couple dots of cling and lace.

Smell- This was a pretty damn large and aromatic barleywine. It had that big deep malt base with a bit of spice and booze behind it. A bit creamy and sherry cordial like on the nose as well. I couldnt take really large smells and the ABV was a bit too stinging.

Taste- While I drank this at cellar temp, I think it was just a touch too warm. I think just a touch colder it wouldve been a bit smoother with the citrus and the malts pairing a little bit better. This was a bit one noted with both flavors running their course but the ABV was dialed up a little too much on the prickly factor.

Mouth- It was very solid medium body, almost bordering on a bit thick. The carbonation was a pretty full medium and maybe a little low carbed. The bubbles didnt last long and the body did a good job with adding to the feel. Residual booze and citrus zest are mostly what I got.

Drink- Its a very nice barleywine. Im beginning to think that base barleywines are becoming harder for me to enjoy. I need the BA to make them pop. This was a good one to come back to and say I like the style still. Thanks again Erik.

Photo of Holland
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of jbaker67
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Masterski for this one. Sent in a recent trade. First beer back in America while watching the NHL Playoffs.

A fairly fluffy white head for a barleywine. I would say on the lighter side of depth of color for barley wines. A brass/amber color with a touch of carbonation rising from within.

Deep liquor laced caramel in the aroma. A sense of hops at the end. Can’t say pine, per se.. but there is definitely a sense of hops in the aroma.

Again the liquor laced caramel with honey. Lots of malty goodness and some rich pine at the end. I actually like the flavor here. There’s another flavor I am not exactly identifying here. Somewhat fruity actually.

Not as heavy as some other Barley wines. Medium body, not syrupy at all.

I dig this beer. Thanks Alex for shooting this one over.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to mnbearsfan for the sweet extra! enjoyed from my "E" snifter.

a - brew poured a transparent orange with a finger full of off white head that hung out for a bit, but dissolved to a a thin layer of fizzy head.

s - nice citric hop profile, kind of smells like a hoppy pale or a timid/faded ipa. not the big bold odor that i that i would expect for a barley, but pleasant none-the-less.

t - flavor is JUST like the nose. subtle citric hoppiness reminiscent of a hoppy pale or a faded ipa. nice and soft...NO sign of the booze that this one carries. bug again, not very barleywine like...but tasty.

m - a bit fizzy, the ABV is hidden extremely well. a bit thin for such a big beer, but dangerously drinkable.

o - overall, not very barleywine like, but a tasty soft easy drinking beer with a HUGE ABV that is hardly noticeable. yet another beer that makes me sad that NG doesn't distribute to me. hopefully some day this brewery will make it out of WI to the east coast.

Photo of mklisz
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First NG thumbprint beer of 2012. Let see how they did...

poured into a snifter.

Appearance: golden orange bodied beer with a solid one inch tall bone white head. Spotty lacing clings to the side of the glass. Head drops quickly to a ring around the side of the glass.

Smell: Smells really fruity and citrusy hops grapefruit, oranges, pineapples, mangos and lite pine. The malts seem to be hiding in the back of the beer with notes of light caramel, biscuits and a light syrupy smell to it.

Taste: Moderate bitterness right out of the gates. Lots of pine notes with the citrus getting lost in the bitterness. The malt bill also seems to be lost in this beer. Finishes bitter and piney. Just barely any boozey notes even though this beer is a monster at 12%; that is the impressive part of this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. This beer is both slick and clean despite it bitterness.

Overall: Its not a barleywine and its closer to an Imperial IPA, but its not really that style either. Its a beer with a lost identity. I really love NG beers, but I gotta say I am dissapointed. I am not a huge fan of American style Barleywines, but I still can appreciate a good American Barleywine. Its a well made beer, but I think that New Glarus could have done a better job on this beer.

Photo of Florida9
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Somewhat cloudy orange in color. Forms a small, but creamy, tight white head that reduces down fairly quickly to a thick ring around the edge and a thin bit of surface coating. Some decent lacing.

S: Aroma just seems off to me. Caramel malts, brown rice and cruciferous vegetable cooking water give this an aroma that is earthy and vegetal while the fairly heavy alcohol comes off as being mint.

T: Unfortunately the taste is very much like the aroma. Heavy caramel and some lighter toffee notes on the front end, before a good dose of herbal hops give this a minty medicinal flavor. Finish is harsh, with lots of alcohol that just hangs on the tongue.

M: Full bodied, but feels thin. Lower carbonation is appropriate. Mild to moderate bitterness. Heavy alcohol presence gives this beer a feeling of warmth and harshness.

O: Geez, not sure what is going on with this beer. Figured the masters up at NG would have nailed this style, but this one is abrasive, messy, unbalanced, and pulls the palate in a number of directions, none of which are overly pleasant. Glad to say I've only got a single bottle of this one.

Photo of jera1350
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Exiled
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of harrymel
3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled earlier....

Amber with a etched form atop a hazy beer. vanilla, nougat, caramel, bits of floral hops. Flavor is caramel, crystalized hops, tea, sweet wort, bits of belgian candy sugar. Nice flavor. Medium bodied with tight, sharp carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer.

Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 339 ratings.