Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +38.1%
An A+ Winter Warmer from my friends at New Glarus.
I bought this March of this year and let it hang in the cellar till well now. His buddy is chilling till next year.
A: great pour, nice thin head, a bit off white
S: Nice notes of spice and malt. Some vanilla and caramel
T: Mouth filling, lots of richness but not a stupid amount like some winter warmers. Not boozy at all.
M: as stated above, just a great coating of winter happiness.
O: IOm gonna let the other one hang for a bit longer, see what happens. This was just excellent and what I wanted.
12-15-2013 16:59:40 | More by KC9LDB
4.41/5 rDev +21.8%
12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint.
(A)- Pours a clear caramel colored orange hue. Produced a really nice cap of white froth with great retention and plenty of clumpy lacing left behind as it took its time dissipating.
(S)- A very vibrant and fresh smelling sweet caramel and toffee malts. Faint hints at honey, oatmeal, and a subtle spicy finish. Really nice aroma overall for the style.
(T)- Very reminiscent of the smell. The sweet malts are in full swing with caramel and toffee with subtle bits of honey. It finishes in a really nice dry biscuit-like yeast and subtle spice.
(M)- A smooth feeling and fitting carbonation level. I really like the complexity of the sweet malt base that explodes off the tongue. This is complimented very well with that slightly dry, slightly spicy finish. And at 9%ABV, this is deceiving!
(O)- I honestly really have trouble enjoying most Wee Heavies/ Scottish ales due to how sweet and cloying they can tend to be for me. Of the few that have really shined in my eyes, this was a definite surprise for the style. Very enjoyable and one of the easiest to drink I have had in quite some time. Leave it up to New Glarus for always coming through and making another high quality, classic to style beer.
04-04-2013 23:34:48 | More by sweemzander
4.35/5 rDev +20.2%
New Thumbprint beer this year.First, I don't like Scotch ales..I find them overly sweet, unbalanced, not my cup of tea.Second, since moving here I am blown away by all things New Glarus, so I'll give it a shot.
pours a rich orange brown tone. Actually looks similar to a pumpkin ale..that kind of excites me.
Smells of mulling spices, cider, roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, spicy pepper, touch of alcohol heat(would guess this is around 8%). Dopplebock-like dark bread, apple,sherry starts to come out as well. Starting to smell pretty nice.
Flavor is a blend of cider, dark bread, mulling spices,squash,pepper, hot holiday wine, finishing pretty hot.
This may not be the most intense, or most exciting of the Thumbprint series,but on this 11 degree day, I believe Mr. Carey knew what he was looking to capture and he did, excellently in fact.
A blend of mulling spice, hearty bready grains finishing with a spike of almost Scotch heat..perfect.
walk in from the blistering cold and it makes sense.
well done! Warms you up for sure.
01-22-2013 02:00:59 | More by czfreeman
4.34/5 rDev +19.9%
Pours an orangey-copper into a tulip glass. Two fingers of light white rocky head that soon breaks down, showing a faint haze.
The aroma is a bit tame. Raisin and brown sugar, with wood and grass and metal barrel. Nicest thing about the aroma is a faint Belgian yeast / gumball / butterscotch in the nose.
Momentarily sweet on the front end, but only for an instant. Mild hop bitterness accompanies the sweetness through to the throat. A little smoke. Sugary dried fruit of the fruitcake variety, think maraschino cherry and fig (plus sugary coconut!). The grassy hops ride the significant carbonation up into the sinuses. No sign of the 9% alcohol anywhere.
Wish this had more body, though the refreshing carbonation has its own appeal. Finishes super dry.
If you're looking for a syrupy/spicy sweet winter warmer, look elsewhere. This is all imperial Scotch Ale. Yet a very New Glarus take on the Scotch Ale--crisp and refreshing, fruity, earthy, with a bit of hop bite and sharp mouthfeel that dries the style. Oh, man, as it warms, it drifts deliciously closer to the buttery-sweet center of the Scotch Ale tradition.
04-23-2013 03:25:10 | More by martyl1000
4.26/5 rDev +17.7%
Appearance: Pours with a creamy, dense head of about three fingers. Head was present while drinking and continued to regenerate. Good amount of active carbonation, a touch above average for the style. The color is dark copper.
Smell: Toffee, caramel, cinnamon, and and herbal hops greet the drinker. Toasted barley and malts build on the body as you continue to get waves of rich, sweet toffee. Light airy spices and a touch of booze show up on the back end.
Taste: Vanilla, toffee, and oak hit the palate immediately. Hints of booze and roasted, toasty sweet malts warm on the body. Sugars with caramel and vanilla continue into the back end. Touches of cinnamon and spice open up on the back end and linger on the palate after drinking.
Mouthfeel: Extremely rich and easy drinking for the style. The toffee and vanilla flavors leave a rich texture behind on the palate. Spices are present but not overdone.
Overall: By far the best of this particular style I've had. Toffee and vanilla are the winners in the end, while the spices and hints of booze will warm up the coldest drinker. Just bought this at the brewery this last weekend and it is drinking phenomenally well right now.
08-11-2014 22:59:59 | More by KFBR392
4.25/5 rDev +17.4%
Copper red with a deep hue, lovely. Some lace, nicely done.
Deep malty nose, subdued.
Great malt, balanced not overly subtle, just a good drinker, hard to believe it's 9%, well hidden.
Heavy mouthfeel, a solid red ale, sorry that it is one and done.
03-17-2013 21:56:16 | More by robbyc1
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
4.14/5 rDev +14.4%
12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
9% ABV, 3182 on the neck.
A - Pouring a dirty apricot amber color, this lightly hazy beer produces a tall, fluffy ivory head that lasts for some time, blanketing the nonic in curtains of lace with it's slow departure.
S - Light notes of smoke waft out around the caramelized malt which embodies the meaning of a malty brew. Yeast nuances gather undertones of a German wheat such as banana and clove while earthy clay and subtle alcohol close this beer out.
T - Sweet caramel malt and toffee notes swirl around the spongy loaf of wheat bread that is the malt base of this beer, drawing nuances of light tobacco to the surface. Strangely, there seem to be a lot of yeast nuances reminiscent of New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat; bubblegum, banana, clove, and clay, though not as accentuated, instead, a little subdued.
M - This full-bodied winter warmer has a nice smooth feel and satisfying finish that seems to fill me up. The 9% alcohol level does the trick, slowly warming the belly without approaching a hot or boozy level all while remaining balanced; it's sweet but not cloying. Instead, the alcohol adds some dryness to the finish that works out nicely.
O - Yesterday reached close to 50°. Just when I thought it might be getting past "the season" for this beer, today it's below zero with windchill. Hello Wisconsin weather, hello New Glarus Winter Warmer. This soothing, warming, and hearty malty beer might have been behind the 8 ball in terms of release timing but it's an excellent beer to crack open on a cold Wisconsin night and slowly sip, enjoying it's yeast and malt complexity.
02-20-2013 00:41:04 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.09/5 rDev +13%
Serving Type - 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter
Acquired through a trade with Stevedore as an extra, many thanks!
A - mahogany brown, a little hazy
S - booze at the forefront, with caramel malt sweetness. Hints of nuts
T - toasted sweetness, a bit a booze (just enough!), and more nuts. Very well rounded, warms the palate
M - cloying alcohol
O - a very relaxing beer, I would definitely try some if given the chance. A nice rendition of the style
02-18-2013 23:04:35 | More by Mgm54
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
Appearance: Hazy Orange. Very fluffy head. Nice lacing and streaming carbonation
Smell: Faded citrus matched with some pete. Some acidic hops. Docile but approachable and satisfying. Wish it was a bit more pronounced.
Taste: Orange peel and hops again. More scotch notes, especially in the aftertaste. Very approachable yet again. A standard of NG.
Mouthfeel: A little bit thin but nothing crazy. Enjoyable and decent carbonation.
Overall: A solid beer. Good notes, complexity, and flavor. I wish some of these beers they would turn the flavor up to 11 instead of 6-7 but thats their trademark. Nothing over the top and enjoying the moderation of a good, balanced beer.
05-10-2013 23:54:38 | More by cradke
4.04/5 rDev +11.6%
Pours a big, soft, white head that collapses, leaving a wisp of lacing. A sweet, fruity aroma. A brownish orange color; sienna almost. Flavor is strong malt, booziness is upfront. A flash of sweetness moves aside as a booziness and carbonation pop through. Caramel and biscuit fills in from here. Finish has a touch of hop bitter, smooth caramel, and warming booze.
Quite lovely. Definitely a "warmer."
01-27-2013 04:04:43 | More by TheSSG
Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
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