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Thumbprint Barley Wine - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

323 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 323
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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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- light transparent caramel color, with a 1 finger dirty white head. Few clumps of bubbles cling to the glass.

S- sweet malts and a ton of citrus (orange rinds), some booze is noticeable as well.

T- sweet caramel at first followed by a big punch of citrus. Decent citrus hop bitterness but not overwhelming.

M- medium body, creamy. Abv not as noticeable in taste and feel as in nose.

O- solid American Barleywine. Many will say this is just a boozy dipa, but this has a slight more malt sweetness to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 00:15:21 | More by kawilliams81
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runfoodrun

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From bottle to Duvel glass.

A: deep golden, nothing special.

S: not alot here, some hops.

T: awesome, sweet, caramel, nice fruity hops.

M: smooth, some carbonation, crisp.

O: Love it. Not great smell, but it tastes great! I've knocked New Glarus before for lack of complexity, but this is fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:44:00 | More by runfoodrun
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stbo101

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-05-2012 02:44:53 | More by stbo101
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TATURBO

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-05-2012 00:34:25 | More by TATURBO
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KBomb

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright and clear copper color with a half inch head that disappears quickly, leaving behind some swirly lacing and just a cluster of soapy bubbles. Appearance resembles and IIPA.

Smell is of grapefruit citrus and a honey sweet/estery malt.

At first sip the flavor is a really bright and sweet mix of hop flavors: citrus, floral, tea-like. Malt flavor is mostly undetectable. The finish is a little rough; a more plain-bitter aftertaste that is not nearly as pleasant as the beginning of the sip.

Mouthfeel is a little sticky, not surprising considering the style. Some fine, assertive carbonation balances it nicely.

This is a stark departure from the Barleywine NG made a few years ago. The array of hop flavors at first is delightful, but ultimately fails to live up to hope without adequate malt backing and poor aftertaste. Worth trying, but won't make a "best of" list.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:52:19 | More by KBomb
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 02:24:45 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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CallMeCoolEthan

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

02-03-2012 19:41:41 | More by CallMeCoolEthan
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wibrewer

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-02-2012 02:36:10 | More by wibrewer
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 03:16:36 | More by maximum12
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vitrael

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, golden, evervescent pour with a nice creamy head with great retention.

S: Rich sweet malt and floral hop aromas, both quite strong. Difficult to pick out what kind of hopping is going on here, but it screams American Barleywine.

T: Just so excellent. Very complex malt body: sweet fruit, and a little bit bready, with a tasty warming alcohol presence. Hop bitterness picks up in the middle and finish, quite clean and refreshing on the tale of a rather sweet brew. Quite nice.

M: A little on the light side of the body; I could go for some more mouthfeel. It finishes rather slick and tart.

Great beer! Happy addition to my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 00:55:53 | More by vitrael
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motorhed

Minnesota

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

Picked up a 4 pack of this at The Nova of Hudson. Love that place! Poured out of a bottle into a Stone pint glass.

A - 1/4 inch of head after pour and receded to next to nothing after about 5 minutes. Very golden/orange in color, what i would expect from an IPA. Filtered clear appearance with very minor lacing as the beer goes down the glass.

S - Pick up some minor hop smell. Mostly pick up scents of sweetness, some fruitiness in there as well. Had no idea of the ABV on this one but could definitely smell it, so i was assuming it was 10 percent or higher. Temp of the beer when opened was cellar, probably 55-60 degrees.

T - Big sweetness up front turns into sharp bitterness in the middle and a dry finish spewing big alcohol. This one is a soul and body warmer. =)

M - Medium bodied with very light carbonation levels.

O - Really enjoyed this beer, i think it will get better with some aging. The alcohol finish on this is pretty prevalent as well as the bitterness and may mellow out a bit with some aging. Other than that, i think it's a really good barley wine from New Glarus.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 20:50:09 | More by motorhed
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought the thumbprint 4 pack and plan to age the remaining 3. Bought young, tasted young. I purchased this in early January right when it hit shelves.

A - Large white head quickly recedes to a small (and after 30 min, no) cap of foam. Its golden color leaves it on or under the threshold of color expectations. Brilliant clarity with little to no lacing.

S - Complex hop character yet no overpowering distinctions. A little bit of sourness, green apple, tangerine citrus hops, clear belgian candy sugar sweetness, really light malt notes. Noticable alcoholic nose only gets more prevalant with temperture.

T - Pretty distict clear candy-like sweetness, no real caramel, chocolate, roast or dark malts. Has a sharp bitterness that is close to overwhelming. Alcoholic warming finishing features.

M - The lighter end of full bodied, light carbonation.

O - Not very complex flavors for a barleywine. I did an initial review and waited to finilize it after I had again reviewed it after it warmed up. On the bottle Dan Carey describes the malt as graham cracker which for me is hard to fathom unless refering to its sweetness, for the beer is clearly hop centered. An overall rare letdown from New Glarus. I will be aging the other 3 bottles so hopefully the alcohol mellows and the malt character steps forward.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 00:11:27 | More by Jparker37
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.88/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Notes Jan 18 2012

Pours a deep clear orange, looks like a DIPA to me.

Smell is very tropical, a little acohol as well.

Taste is a decent amount of hops right off the bat, tropical fruit then after that fades you get a more bready, spicy barlywine flavor. A solid alcohol burn at the end.

Mouthfeel is spot on.

Hats off to Dan on this one. I love a good barlywine and this is a great one! It may be right on the line between DIPA and barlywine but that is fine by me as I love both styles.

If you can get your hands on some go out and get it.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 15:47:12 | More by nickapalooza86
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a 1 finger white head that faded almost immediately leaving just a trace of lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, bready malts and tropical fruit hops.

Bright tropical fruit hop presence hits the front of the tongue. Brown sugar and graham cracker give it a sweetness in the middle and it finishes with a bit of piney bitterness although the caramel flavor is also present. Finishes with a touch of alcohol as well although not harsh.

Medium body for a BW with lowish carbonation.

Definitely an American Barleywine although the hops aren't as strong as some others I've had. It's a bit too boozy to do more than sip on it and I doubt I'd want more than one in one setting, but still good.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 18:59:00 | More by jmarsh123
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Clear amber appearance with a two finger, white head that slowly recedes to leave spotty lacing.

S. Graham cracker is very prevalent. Some sweet pitted fruit aromas emerge slowly as it warms. There is a slight hit of alcohol that you "feel" in your nose more than smell along with herbal hops.

T. Sweet graham cracker malt fills the mouth followed by a nice assault of hop goodness (mainly tropical in flavor) that never gets too bitter. Really lingers nicely on the palate. This is one tasty beer.

M. Very nice, somewhat silky mouthfeel in a medium bodied presentation. Adequately carbonated too.

O. New Glarus has hit this one out of the park. It may not be brewed perfectly to style but I could care less. This beer tastes delicious. The alcohol is completely hidden, the hops and malt play off of each other beautifully and this stuff slides down way too fast. I feel like having another one but know better.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:02:18 | More by bound4er
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denimdemon

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

01-26-2012 00:28:41 | More by denimdemon
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Crass3000

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a slightly dark orange in color with a tiny white head with little retention.

Smell is muted and hard to get much. I smell a little caremal and thats about it - just a tiny bit of sweetness. Taste is nice but nothing really not sticks out. There's definately some caremal sweetness, a tad bit of booze but really is hardly noticable (even at 12 ABV). I definately would drink this again but it really isn't anything I would seek out. Just nothing really great. Sure it's good but nothing better than average.

FWIW everybody seemed to rate this high and find charactoristics that I just couldn't. I do always seem to have signs of allergys so maybe that's affecting my review but I seem to always have that stuffy nose and can pick things out in most other beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 21:37:59 | More by Crass3000
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jjfancybeers

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-23-2012 16:06:34 | More by jjfancybeers
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

01-23-2012 05:25:33 | More by martyl1000
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crossovert

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a brilliant color, a perfectly clear honey-amber with a foamy white head that is a bit fizzy and doesn't leave much lacing. But the beer itself is beautiful.

The smell is huge, as soon as you pop the top a nice combo of zesty almost tropical citrusy hops and clean honeylike malt. It smells a bit like Hopslam or Double Jack. Not quite as hoppy but in that ballpark.

The flavor is great. It is definitely a hop-forward barleywine. It is crisp and dry rather than thick and chewy like normal beer of this gravity. There is a nice fruitiness to it, moreso light fruits than the typical rasiny flavor. The malts bring a big hit of sweetness but it is controlled. There is a light bit of perfumey alcohol presence but it is more flavor than heat. I have to stress it, for a 12% beer, yes it has alcohol prescence, all 12% beers do but this one is far and away the smoothest one I have ever had in this territory.

Barleywines aren't really my forte, I like them, but this one I loved. Non-traditional, but super delicious. And this is not an IPA at all, there is still a distinct malty alcoholic sweetness that would never be welcomed in a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 03:38:46 | More by crossovert
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Loogs

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-22-2012 18:17:45 | More by Loogs
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drpdaddy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-22-2012 00:53:41 | More by drpdaddy
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assman79

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

01-21-2012 03:57:40 | More by assman79
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sonofgor

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

split a 12-ounce bottle with a friend. Served in Great Taste of the Midwest glasses (2011 and 2004, respectively).

Aroma: Prominent grapefruit/resiny hops up front with alcohol evident in the finish. Malt aroma low to moderate at best.

Appearance: Largely transparent amber with orange-ish notes. Persistent off-white head with minimal lacing. On the light end of the appearance range for an American Barleywine.

Flavor: Where's the intense maltiness? This beer is delicious but is frankly missing the intense in-your-face-malty character of a badass (12% abv?) barleywine. Hop flavor and bitterness dominate along with a nice, long alcohol-laden finish. If this was presented as an Imperial IPA it would grade higher.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a nice texture that nevertheless lacks the velvety lushness of the style. Medium-low carbonation with a fairly dry finish, albeit with alcohol quite present.

Overall: It just lacks the intense malt character of a barleywine. Certainly an enjoyable beer but not accurate for the style. I'd give a 4+ if was classified as an IIPA. We'll see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 21:56:41 | More by sonofgor
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-20-2012 07:10:58 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.