Thumbprint Barley Wine - New Glarus Brewing Company

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87
very good

336 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 62
Gots: 64 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mobius387 on 01-13-2012)
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Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of n2185
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a slightly hazy honey color with half a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Caramel malts up front followed by an almost Belgian-like aroma with candy sugar, lavender, and bubblegum. There are also notes of mango and apricots. The finish is sweet and bready.

T: Caramel malts here as well with vanilla, some sweet and slightly tart fruits, and hearty, sweet breads. There is a decent alcohol burn on this as well.

M: Medium-thick body with carbonation on the low side of medium, this beer would be a bit lighter than most barleywines if not for the alcohol burn.

O: An interesting barleywine overall that seems to have some Belgian influences. It smells quite nice, but unfortunately the taste doesn't have the same complexity.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the cleanest barley wines i've seen. a slightly hazy copper/orange in color with a full finger of head which dissipated slowly and left behind a bit of lacing. great head retention. the smell is of a sweet sweet grain bill with notes of caramel, honey, and bread. a sweet flavor throughout the drink, lots of bready malt notes, sweet taste of caramel, a slight citrus (orange) hint, walnuts.
full body with a slight bit of carbonation, definitely feeling the strong abv on this one (in the mouth and in the chest).

overall this is a pretty decent barley wine. i have to honestly say i was expecting a bit more from NG on this one, which honestly shouldn't mean much to the average guy looking for a good beer - i've been spoiled.. so far almost every beer of every style of theirs has blown every other beer of that style away. this one doesn't do that for me, but is still a really good beer for the style. hope that makes sense.

Photo of sweemzander
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
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 josephwa
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange body with a thin off white head. The orange is pretty vibrant and looks more like a west coast style ipa than anything else.

The smell is toasty, grainy, hints of bubble gum, pine, and apricot.

I hate using descriptions from the bottle for reviews, but it says toasted graham crackers and I'll go with that. The bubble gum shows up in the flavor and then becomes very grainy. It seems to be all over the place. The finish is like crushed aspirin.

Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation with a boozy burn.

This one is actually kind of a mess and misses the style for sure. It goes in so many strange directions that just don't mesh.

Photo of soccerfancooch
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of MaseFace
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Florida9
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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 TWStandley
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appeared a brilliantly clear golden red color with a 2 finger off white head.

Smells malty and sweet with a decently strong hop presence.

Very smooth and light tasting for a barleywine. Alcohol hidden well. Slight fruitness and a bit of a tart taste.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin and a bit too carbonate for the style. Abv is well hidden though.

Not bad....pretty refreshing for a barley.

Photo of DrJoe82
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of 33nickadams
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of eyemustard
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of MordorMongo
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
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.

Photo of ThePundsack88
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of yourefragile
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.

Photo of emyers
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.

Photo of mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
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.

Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of pixieskid
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

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.

Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.