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Thumbprint Barley Wine - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

335 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 62
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:
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 jmarsh123
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

jmarsh123, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of bound4er
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

bound4er, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

denimdemon, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Crass3000
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Crass3000, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of jjfancybeers
4.5/5  rDev +16%

jjfancybeers, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of martyl1000
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

martyl1000, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of crossovert
4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

crossovert, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Loogs
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Loogs, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of drpdaddy
4.5/5  rDev +16%

drpdaddy, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of assman79
4.5/5  rDev +16%

assman79, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of sonofgor
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

sonofgor, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ObeMaltKinobee, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of sacrelicio
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Verrrryyyy interestink b-wine from New Glarus. Pours a golden amber color with an off white head. Nice lacing. Smell is tremendously tropical. The taste is also quite tropical, and get a very distinct golden raisin note. This could easily double for a malty double IPA. I will cellar at least one to see what happens when the hops calm down. Delicious, but a bit out of style.

sacrelicio, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of Reason2B
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Translucent copper. Pours with a very thin head of white foam.

S: Sweet with a hoppy, almost IPA smell.

T: Front-end hops with a little bitterness as typical for American barley wines. The hops last just the right amount of time on the palate, and then the nice sweet malty flavor kicks in finishing with a nice balance of the two.

M: light to medium body, with a nice silky feel.

O: This is certainly a beer for the right mood. However, when ready for it, it is very satisfying. I don’t like a lot of over the top American style barley wines and this is just so balanced, with all the taste complexities marinating to deliver a very enjoyable drinking experiences.

Reason2B, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of WIBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +16%

WIBeerGuy, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of adman08
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear, light gold with about a half inch of white foam that leaves decent lacing. Has the look of an IIPA, very light color.
S-Malty sweet aroma with a good amount of citrus hops and just a hint of a Belgian yeast aroma.
T-Strong citrus, fruity hop flavors with a good balance of graham crack/malt. There is a lot of alcohol which may be what contributes to the slight flavor of Belgian yeast.
M-Seems a little light bodied for a barley wine. Lots of alcohol warmth and fairly light carbonation.
Overall, a very tasty beer. A little close to the line between an IIPA and a barley wine but sometimes I wonder where that line is. A very big beer but not very full bodied but lots of hops and alcohol. I'd like more caramel malt sweetness but the flavor is very good.

adman08, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of solargoat
5/5  rDev +28.9%

solargoat, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Steggun
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Steggun, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

jera1350, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of willseph
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed while in WI on business, poured into a plastic cup (shush, I was in a hotel room and had no other choice!).

A - Reminds me like a slightly darker Apple Ale, looks like carbonated apple juice, lots of rising bubbles, and a half-finger of tan tinted head. Just a ring around the cup as I drank it.

S - A decent amount of citrusy hops mixed with an equal parts of booze and wine. There is a faint sweet aroma, like a sweet apple.

T - Very well balanced. Citrusy hops again but mended well toasted grains and, oddly enough, pie crusts. Yes, I taste pie crust in this brew. The boozy taste is short lived, but notable. I noticed a sweet fruity aftertaste on the sides of the tongue.

M - Medium bodied, a bit carbonated that hits the roof of your mouth almost every sip. Definitely leaves a resin-y feel in the mouth afterward.

O - I'm very impressed. Definitely the best barley wine I've had, which isn't a very exhaustive list though. Really good right off the shelf, but I'm curious to see how this does with some time on it. Very enjoyable all the way around.

willseph, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of smogfood
5/5  rDev +28.9%

smogfood, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of hu5om
4/5  rDev +3.1%

hu5om, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Soneast
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, golden to slightly orange color, developing a 1/2 inch white colored head, with decent retention.

The aroma is a hop-bomb. Almost DIPA-like in impression. Strong citrus and tropical fruit character, with just a hint of bread and cracker-like malt notes. Overall very pungent and aromatic.

The flavor starts to bring more barleywine characteristics to the beer, with the hops stealing the show. An almost lemon-drop like flavor dominates adding some piney notes after each sip, as well as some very nice malt characteristics such as a very light brown sugar and toasted cracker flavor that balances excellently with the intense, pungent hoppiness. Once again, very DIPA-like in character, though far more balanced, and yet no loss of hop flavor. The alcohol is virtually non-existant, only evidenced by a pleasant warming sensation after each swallow.

This is a very hop-forward American Barleywine, as it should be I suppose. Without a doubt, the cleanest, least-harsh barleywine I have ever had (while fresh). It almost seems a shame to age something this hoppy. This may be the first American-style barleywine that I would recommend drinking right away, while fresh, rather than wait a year or two. That said, I can't help but cellar a few to see what happens.

Soneast, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

bpfrush, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz red foiled bottle into a tulip pours a lighter orange with some yellow highlights and a generous snowy cover.

Smells of grainy bitter citrus. Many New Glarus beers have clean noses if that makes sense. Maybe the yeast is rather neutral. A hint of the 12 percent can be found here as well, but it is neither overpowering nor off putting.

This is very pleasant, if a barleywine of this abv can be described as such. Tropical fruits meld with the light and bready malt. Hops steal the show but the malt is strong enough to play support. Pineapple, mango, and a slash of mild burn along the back end.

Plenty of bubbles to allow this sit mildly syrupy but smooth on the tongue. Alcohol settles pleasantly into the bones and leaves a gentle numbing, thought the heat is minimal and more felt than tasted.

This may be my favorite Thumbprint/R&D in quite a while. Hits all the right notes and is ready to go right out of the gates. Certainly an Americanized style straddling version and if that type of barleywine floats your boat, I strongly recommend getting your hands on some bottles.

BarrytheBear, Jan 17, 2012
Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.