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Thumbprint Barley Wine - New Glarus Brewing Company

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very good

339 Ratings
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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a goblet, this barley wine was a reddish copper color with a slight head. The most immediate aroma was the citrus note of hops. Initial taste was a intense citurs flavor. As other reviewers have noted, this is more characteristic of an DIPA. Also hidden in the flavor was a faint nutty taste that reminded me of amaretto. It should further be noted that there was a strong alcohol presence in the taste with a slight malt backbone. The aftertaste, aided by a thicker texture, had a lingering warming sensation of alcohol. The citrus hints accompanied the alcohol, but were no longer as potent.

New Glarus may be my favorite brewery and barley wine is among my favorite styles, but this was certainly a letdown. Lacking the sweetness of a good barley, this does resemble a DIPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured orange amber in color with a thin but frothy head covering the top.

The aroma has a bready, biscuity, slight caramal flavor coming out of the malts. I get a good amount of hoppiness to it as well which gives it a moderate citrusy and fruity presence. It's got a little bit of a candied orange flavor to it. Pretty good balance of hoppy and malty. As it warmed though more of a alcohol heat started to come out.

The taste also has a pretty big hoppiness to it with grapefruit and citrus rind bitterness throughout. The maltiness comes through as more of a sweeter, candied orange like flavor. Bitter, citrus rind lingers well after the finish. A little alcohol heat is there in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being average. Overall it was a pretty de centbeer, but the maltiness was a little too reserved and one dimensional for my preferences in the style. The hoppiness just seemed to dominate a little too much, especially in the citrus rind, bitter, finish. I think this could have easily been labeled a DIPA and I wouldn't have questioned it much. I got a lot of alcohol heat to it as well that didn't help. Good beer overall, but not one that stands out in the style for me.

Photo of Hanby
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden/ reddish with a finger of off-white head. Held against the light, it looks like a wheat field under the setting sun (poetic, I know.)
Smell: Graham crackers and hops.
Taste: Good balance of malty sweetness with subtle hops. The malt stands out the most, with a somewhat sweet graham cracker flavor. The hops are present but subtle, keeping the beer from being too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Full, sweet, and crisp. Big alcohol presence.
Overall: I really enjoyed this barley wine. It was more than I expected: the stand-out flavor is definitely in the graham cracker malt, but it is balanced by a subtle hop presence that I enjoyed. Very good beer. The one complaint may be a little too much booze-taste. It is 12% ABV, which, I think, is normal for a barley wine. But it was a little much. Overall, though, very good.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Mdog
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold, good head and lacing.

Smell: Sweet sugar candy and citrus hops.

Taste: Sweet entry and a citrus finish. Not particularly complex.

Overall: This really doesn't hit the barleywine spot for me, either English style or American style. It seems more like a big bock or a "strong ale", with a lot of sweetness but not much caramel or toffee flavors like expected from a barleywine. There is a fair amount of citrus hops, kind of reminds me of a Lagunitas brew. Not bad but not what I was expecting from a New Glarus barleywine, especially after the Iced Barleywine from a few years back.

Photo of cradke
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with a nice little head to it. Transparent. Welcoming appearance

Smell: Quite a bit of hops for a barley wine. Sweeter nose to it. The malt comes through and there isn't much alcohol.

Taste: Hoppier than most barley wines even though this has about 2 months of age on it. There is a decent sweetness to it. Little alcohol. I wish there was a bit more balance and complexity but it's still a fantastic brew. A very refreshing and easy going barelywine.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than most but nothing to complain about.

Overall: A nice easy going barleywine. A little sweeter and lighter than most but refreshing. Interested to see how this would age.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of pweis909
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Really, this is much more like an DIPA, IMO. I expect a barleywine to maltier. And the piney citrusy hopping was much more like DIPA.

Pours orange, white foam. Hops are immediately apparent in the nose. The taste is bitter, almost overwhelmingly so, but I warm to that aspect of the beer with time. However, it is a bit boozy, which I prefer not to have.

I am gradually realizing that I am not a big fan of big hoppy boozy beers that so commonly are touted by my fellow BAs.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.11/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz poured into a snifter. Split with a friend.

It's a blondie! Much lighter color than others of its kind with a good head. Fleeting malts and citrus hops in the aroma... certainly sweet and somewhat fruity. Smells like a malty pale ale to me.

Tastes fruity, slightly bitter, slightly boozy... like an ordinary DIPA. Not the beast as it proclaims to be. Disappointingly thin with no particular highlights. Seems like a beer to age on barrels if highlighting barrels is the objective. Thoroughly ordinary and not memorable in any way.

4.5, 3.5, 3, 2, 3

Photo of Strix
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden-orange, head dissipates to a ring.

Citrus, fruits, and spices in the nose.

Cherry, apple, sugar, alcohol, caramel, dark fruits, black pepper, orange rind. Deliciously complex.

Quite carbonated, but mouth-coating.

Wow, these thumbprints continue to amaze. This one defies categorization. Definite DIPA and even belgian ale aspects.

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3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a massive three finger head. Excellent retention. Thick lacing. Color is pretty strange for a Barleywine. Color is a dark orange.

S. Smells pretty hoppy. Bordering along lines of a DIPA. Some caramel malt. Nice citrus hop notes. Smells good, just not really a whole lot like a barleywine.

T. Taste is also a lot like a strong DIPA a little bit past its prime. Get some pretty sweet citrus hop flavors, balanced with a nice malty sweetness. Not too much bitterness. Get a little bit of dry malt flavor.

M. Medium bodied. Some lingering sweetness on the finish. Medium carbonation.

O. Interesting beer. I think time will bring about some changes to this beer. Right now it gives me a DIPA vibe. Not that it really matters what style it is as long as it is good, and this is a good beer. Not the most flavorful or complex Barleywine I have had, but an easy drinking for 12% beer.

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