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Thumbprint Barley Wine - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

326 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 58
Gots: 67 | FT: 4
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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DrJoe82

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

01-24-2013 01:14:52 | More by DrJoe82
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33nickadams

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-21-2013 14:47:05 | More by 33nickadams
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eyemustard

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-15-2013 15:44:47 | More by eyemustard
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-15-2013 15:06:43 | More by brandoman63
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MordorMongo


3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-13-2013 23:55:03 | More by MordorMongo
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-12-2013 18:27:41 | More by AlexFields
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Schlais for the crazy extra hookup.

Appearance: A surprising dark gold. Head is bright-white with a decent retention. Head is small, creamy, tight, and leaves some moderate streaks of lacing. Minimal carbonation on the whole thing.

Smell: Solid hit of pine, citrus, and a big floral note. Malts are big and bready. Some seriously cooked malts and grains. Vaguely biscuity. Hints of flower petals and fresh baked bread. Lots of grain, like multigrain bread or crackers. Too varied to really pull anything in particular out. Hits close to marmalade on the citrus scale. Very full and sweet without being cloying. Light hit of caramel and deeper sugars, a bit different for what I expect from the style.

Taste: Grapefruit zest. Marmalade and a touch of pine. Malts are sweet, pushing touches of caramel and toffee. Bready and biscuity in good measure. Huge hit of alcohol on the back of each sip. Seriously cooked malts. Slight resin. Touch of alcohol grows to a big smack of heat as the beer warms. Lots of malt flavor, but not as complex as would be expected given the slightly toasted, sweet, caramel, biscuit, and such coming from the malts. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: A moderate-full body. A bit chewy at times. Minimal carbonation. Solid dryness on the back from the alcohol.

Overall: A partial Thumbprint.

Not the most complex barleywine out there, but it's unique. A bit of a mess, but a year might help settle things down a bit. A nice big balance of malts and hops. A big beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 02:16:15 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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ThePundsack88

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-04-2013 23:54:42 | More by ThePundsack88
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 21:36:47 | More by yourefragile
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emyers

Illinois

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a very thin white head dissipating quickly.

Smell: Caramel with a touch of herbal hops. It's pretty one dimensional, but the aroma is nice and strong and quite good, so I approve.

Taste: Once again very strong on the caramel, with some herbal hops and raisins. Very slight alcohol heat and grassy hops on the finish. Once again, this beer has a fairly one dimensional flavor profile, but it doesn't lose too many points there. It also doesn't come off as overly sweet, which many English barleywines do to my palate, so it gets some points there.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body. I'd like a bit more body and a bit less carbonation, but it still comes off quite smooth.

Overall: A very solid English barleywine. It doesn't particularly excel in any one area, but it's very good all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 06:35:29 | More by emyers
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mychalg9

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-12-2012 12:55:27 | More by mychalg9
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle opened on 11.8.12

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a red tint. A small off-white, fizzy head forms and fades rapidly.

S - Sweet malt, citrus, carmel.

T - Carmel malt, rye bread, orange citrus, alcohol burn.

D - Good carbonation, with a heavier body, hot finish.

O - Pretty mild, but well carbonated. Pretty hot on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 06:03:19 | More by HuskyinPDX
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-21-2012 03:42:35 | More by olafphysics
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pixieskid

Germany

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

11-20-2012 22:18:55 | More by pixieskid
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FosterJM

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 17:21:00 | More by FosterJM
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BrettD

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-06-2012 05:29:42 | More by BrettD
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harrymel

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 07:34:47 | More by harrymel
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Wiscivore


3.5/5  rDev -10%

11-04-2012 01:09:26 | More by Wiscivore
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jethrodium

California

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy totoropanda. Thanks Daniel. Pours a clear light amber small head that has decent retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma is fruity with lots of caramel, some floral hops, and light alcohol. The taste is sweet with lots of brown sugar and caramel and some floral hops. The finish has a light bitterness and a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Low carbonation. Not bad, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 05:30:19 | More by jethrodium
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bdub32689

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

10-30-2012 14:46:09 | More by bdub32689
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JJWIGHT

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

10-30-2012 05:42:33 | More by JJWIGHT
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 19:42:54 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%

10-28-2012 21:50:58 | More by TastyIsBeer
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a really nice honey-amber color with just a touch of a white head that quickly disappeared into a nice white ring. Clear beer, some touches of orange and red hues in there.

S - Malt forward, nice hop presence. Bit of burnt sugar, caramel, and whiff of booze.

T - Slight taste of burnt brown sugar with a touch of lactic sourness on the end. Pretty smooth, alcohol is well hidden for something at 12%. It's got a lot of hop character, and is really clean when you first start drinking it. At first, you might mistake it for a really big IPA. Lots of malt and sugar up front.

M - Crisp, smooth, lower carbonation, medium bodied.

O - Solid beer, if you like hoppy barleywines, this is pretty good. Smooth, alcohol is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 04:22:34 | More by AgentZero
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vobr0002

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-17-2012 02:17:09 | More by vobr0002
Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.