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Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

53 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 250
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 24 | 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:
Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 01-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 53 | Hads: 250
Reviews by kojevergas:
Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Acquired from the very gracious Duff27 in a trade. New Glarus "Winter Warmer. Self-identifies as a Scotch Ale on the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with simple effective label and foiled over branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which makes many beers I absolutely adore.

I have no idea why this is currently classified as a Scottish Ale on this website; it's a Scotch Ale according to New Glarus and it's called a Winter Warmer. So go figure.

Paired with bowtie pasta.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an impressive 5+ finger head of gorgeous soft creamy complexion, great thickness, and fantastic retention (~7+ minutes) for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear refined copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light lacing as the head recedes. Not typical of the style; it's got a brighter body colour and the head has unusually impressive retention. Overall, it's gorgeous and I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Bright fruit, malty sweetness, clean bright toffee, light toasted malt, intoxicating pear, crystal malt, biscuit, and light peach. The bright fruity notes are a highlight here, with that sinfully appealing pear really grabbing my attention. I do get some wheat and clove; it's redolent of a fine kellerweizen in some ways. Floral hopping complements these notes well. Light stonefruit - maybe plum - emerges as it warms. It's an above average strength aroma and certainly a high quality one. No alcohol comes through; I'd guess it was 4% if pressed. Very impressive and appealing, but not at all what I expect in a scotch ale. It screams fresh and inviting.

T: Bready, with caramel malt, mild dark stonefruit (including plum), and some toasted character. Pear is a bit more restrained in the taste than in the aroma, but it still lends a pleasant flavour here. A bit of clove spice. Belgian candi sugar. No alcohol comes through. Maybe some biscuity yeast. It's well balanced and built, but it's somewhat simple. Still, there's some notable subtlety here. It doesn't taste at all like a Scotch Ale, but I do quite like it. A bit of apple. Some banana, maybe some bubblegum. It's well put together for what it is.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly refreshing. Moderate presence on the palate. Carbonation is slightly high - a rarity for New Glarus in my experience. Complements the flavour profile, allowing the full depth of flavour to impact. That said, there isn't a lot of heavy flavour here; it's a pretty timid beer. Chewy. Somewhat soft. Not at all acidic. Adequate body.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. I like it, but I expected more from New Glarus. This is pretty good, but I figured as a thumbprint series beer, it would wow me. I doubt it will disappoint unless you're really looking for a traditional Scotch Ale; this definitely isn't that. Nor is it a winter warmer. What it is is a tasty all around beer that I probably won't ever have again - and that's okay. Try it if you find it, but there's no need to seek it out.

Drank fine from a pint glass.

Serve chilled.

B- (3,340 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (2,250 characters)

Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of equinox1
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Jason
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (572 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. Pours gold with a slight haze under a creamy 2” white foam collar. Big toffee character on both the nose and the palate with a light hop touch. Very clean flavors. Medium body and medium fine carbonation. (226 characters)

Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,360 characters)

Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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. (350 characters)

Photo of Gonzoillini
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (458 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (581 characters)

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.