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Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

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216 Ratings

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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 01-05-2013)
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Reviews by 312HopBomb:
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3.86/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours a caramel straw color with a smallish head that fades quickly in my Duvel tulip.

Aroma produces Belgian rock candy sugar, alcohol and dark fruit.

The first taste has a surprising coconut flavor that is quite pronounced. The second taste has a less pronounced coconut component and some alcohol and dark fruits come into play. The finish has some residual candy sugar sweetness that is not cloying at all. Rich malts and a slight fruitiness are present.

The mouthfeel is rich yet somewhat sharp from the alcohol. Light carbonation and a medium/full body.

Overall I like this winter warmer. it's a bit boozy (necessary for warming!) but pairs well with the candy sugar flavor.

12-07-2013 21:04:55 | More by 312HopBomb
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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%

Thanks to Jeff for cracking all of the New Glarus brews, this one included. Titled "Winter Warmer", yet listed as a Scottish Ale... Strange. It pours some nebulous mix between orange and copper with only a very mild haze in the center; otherwise fairly clear. The eggshell-colored head is foamy, chunky, and lasting, leaving some nice spots of webbing all around the glass.

The aroma is perhaps some strange hybrid between a winter warmer and a Scottish ale, and maybe that's why the exact style is difficult to define. Red delicious apples seem to be the stand-out fruit, covered in an array of kitchen-rack spices; cinnamon, light ginger, and a hint of cocoa powder. It seems like there are even more spices in there that I'm not identifying, too.

Any appreciated hoppage is pretty herbal and leafy, and maybe even a little bit minty and menthol-like. Yeast seems to be a big contributor to the aroma as well, with a faint hint of bubblegum and clove. It almost smells Belgian-esque in the finish - does this beer use Belgian yeast? Pretty enigmatic to say the least, and definitely interesting.

The taste is more of the same, however it leads off with the herbal hops; again, showing a heavy bit of mint from front to back. The malts are swaying a bit more towards the toasty, brown sugar side with a bit of sweetness that remains in check from the spices and yeast. Bubblegum, mint, coriander, clove, and cinnamon are all appreciated.

The apples are a bit more buried on the palate, but if you dig - you'll find them. Juicy and just subtly sweet, meshing nicely with the graham cracker malts and the bready yeast. I almost wish this brew wasn't quite so spiced; I feel like it would benefit from a heavier concentration on the quiet fruitiness and robust malt-yeast combo. The finish is more malty than anything, though, with just a dying hint of apple. Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation.

Strange brew to say the least, but still pretty quaffable for what it is. I would have a hard time defining this beer; seemingly part spiced ale, part fruit beer, and part Scottish ale, it'll have your taste buds guessing. Not quite what I was expecting, and definitely not one of New Glarus's best, but still one that I'm glad to have tried.

07-01-2013 21:28:53 | More by tectactoe
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%

01-12-2013 23:37:23 | More by csmartin6
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-20-2013 00:47:14 | More by equinox1
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-03-2013 02:14:06 | More by warnerry
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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed orange amber, tiny tight bubbled lacing, good stickage

SMELL: Baked pears, toasted bread, faint broth, rose water, nougat, herbal, toffee

TASTE: Toasty, smooth, creamy, very warming, shortbread, spicy alcohol, biscuity, dried grass, earthy, herbal, papaya, semi-sweet toasty toasty finish

A massive brew to say the least, not sure I get the whole "Scottish" thing to it but I'll listen to what this beer has to say. While the first couple sips might seem a bit timid that beer packs a punch and really grows on me.

01-28-2013 02:46:53 | More by Jason
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-11-2013 02:24:05 | More by bpfrush
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4.16/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper brownish orange that is somewhat cloudy. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big four finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A big caramel malt forward scotch aroma with some spice and citrus. Toasted malts up front with good hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. A mix of fruit aromas including apple, pear, and a little banana. Hints of cinnamon and clove spice. Undertones of peat and smoked malt. Also some hints of citrus hops with some orange and pineapple. A very bready and solid aroma.

Taste: Malty and complex scotch style taste like the aroma hints at. Big taste of toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Taste of dried fruit with notes of apple, banana, and pear. A little citrus hop taste of pineapple and orange. Some cinnamon and clove like spicing. Also some notes of peat and smoke in the malts. Bready and complex. Very good scotch taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and fairly drying on the finish. Feels kind of hot but not overly boozy.

Overall: A pretty solid Scotch Ale/Winter Warmer. Nice caramel malt flavor with some good hints of spice and citrus.

02-14-2013 07:11:43 | More by MattyG85
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-24-2013 22:43:18 | More by tyleeis
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

05-14-2013 01:36:00 | More by sgttibbs
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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

02-19-2013 23:49:49 | More by richkrull
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-05-2013 15:52:07 | More by roostor07
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

05-17-2013 19:20:35 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-20-2013 00:55:37 | More by NailGunGuy
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4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-20-2013 17:41:28 | More by pabney
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3.61/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz Kyle Singler, hair of the dog tulip

lovely looking beer - bright orange body, ripe foamy white head. Unlike any winter warmer i've had - dominant notes of honey, toffee, booze, flowers. Tastes more belgian than scottish to me - reminds me of some crazy batch from mishawaka more than anything. This one probably doesn't need to be brewed again.

04-29-2013 01:01:57 | More by dirtylou
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

02-22-2013 02:58:09 | More by Gonzoillini
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange. Nice white head. Settles pretty quickly. Thin collar and an island of foam.

Smell - Apples and some butterscotch. A little bit of booze. Fruity.

Taste - Apple again. Less butterscotch. Very fruity and estery. A little bit of bitterness. Lots of pale malt in it.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Medium body but feels thin.

Overall - Uninspired. Very fruity but not an interesting fruity flavor.

03-05-2013 03:24:44 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-31-2013 17:42:45 | More by mobius387
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

06-18-2014 04:36:08 | More by Fr0stb1te
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

02-22-2013 23:46:39 | More by DCgolfpro
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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Clear copper color with a massive head that hung around for a long while. The head settles to a thick cap. Massive amounts of lacing is left down the glass.

Strong caramel and alcohol aroma. Hints of toffee and earth.

Alcohol is really strong in the flavor. To go along with the warmth there is sweet caramel, toasted bread, and toffee.

Full bodied with pleasant carbonation. The alcohol makes it a little harsh on the palate but breaks up the sweetness.

A sipper for sure. A little difficult to drink because of the alcohol heat, but will ward off the cold on a winters night.

04-13-2013 22:24:35 | More by morimech
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

03-13-2013 20:32:28 | More by wmobley
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

11-12-2013 22:15:19 | More by Eaglefan344
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

08-20-2014 01:51:13 | More by Synergy87
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Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
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