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Thumbprint Barley Wine - New Glarus Brewing Company

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335 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

AngusOg, Sep 21, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

thewimperoo, Aug 14, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. About 1 and a half years old, probably.

A: Pours a slightly murky dark orange with a nice white head.

S: Mellow pine resin and candi sugar, light booze, papaya, a bit leafy.

T: Hops still going strong, but probably have mellowed a bit since the release. Grapefruit juice, tree sap, resinous, sweet grain, light grassy bitterness, tangerine, biscuit malt.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Still a good hoppy barleywine, but I don't see any reason to age this one. If they brew it again I'll pick it up fresh.

Etan, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jdkitchi, Aug 11, 2013
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imperialking, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Holmes698, Jul 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kspongeworthy, Jul 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

coz, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Mike for cracking this one; I always look forward to something I haven't had from New Glarus. This one has a shockingly light hue for a barley wine; deep golden yellow with a substantial haze throughout. The "head" fades insanely quick and settles as a stark-white ring around the top of the beer as it just sits, still and motionless.

The nose contains quite a bit of hops, especially considering the style. Florals, grassy hops, perfume, light citrus, tart lemon zest, and some herbs are spread out across a light blanket of some sticky caramel and toasted, bready malt.

The hop character seems to be a bit heavier than the malts, and the malts don't seem as dark or sweet as you think they'd be, considering the style. It almost reminds me of a super strong double IPA that's been sitting for a while and the hops have toned down to "not quite DIPA" levels.

Again, the first sip isn't screaming "barley wine", as the beer is actually quite hoppy. I've had hoppy barley wines, sure, but this one just doesn't seem to fit the style. Herbs, leaves, peppery, grassy, and full of underlying citrus; sweet and even mildly tart. Would be a pretty good hop bill for a D/IPA.

After a bit of some time, I finally start getting some barley wine essence; the malts open up and grow with warmth; sticky caramel, toffee, and quite a bit of sweet toast. There's also some apple-y sweetness in the finish that closes things out quite nicely, along with a subtle boozy warmth. The body is heavy and sticky like a barley wine should be, with minimal carbonation.

A little perplexing, that's for sure. Not quite the barley wine I was expecting, but it was still a pretty tasty brew. It took a while for me to come around to it, but in the end it was pretty good. Barley wine? Extra-malty DIPA? What's the difference, really? Far from New Glarus's best offering, but still worth a try.

tectactoe, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mrebeka, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

DarthKostrizer, Jun 26, 2013
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2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Almost a burnt orange, pencil thin white head- dissipates very quickly but sticking to the rim, light carbonation rising

S - Aged fruit - pineapple, cherry, apple, orange, very hoppy, and booze

T - Ripe pineapple, carmel, orange, apple. finish: hoppy booze

M - Moderate frothiness, good coverage around the mouth. acidity pricks the tongue. low viscosity.

O - Most different color ive seen in a barley wine. Missing the toffee malt backbone. Certainly a sipper at 12 abv. Very hop centered- no doubt its American. But the ripe pineapple isn't pleasant- far too sweet. Get no taste of the 'Toasty Graham cracker'. I am pretty disappointed in NG with this. Three more will certainly sit in the cellar. We'll check back in a few years. Hopefully this pineapple/booze can simmer down a bit.

weonfire, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

ackeeper, Jun 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.