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Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

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233 Ratings

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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 3
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 01-05-2013)
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4.04/5  rDev +11.9%

Karl_M, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of TheSSG
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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."

TheSSG, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A: Clear, rich copper body under two inches of fine, creamy eggshell head. Tremendous retention for the style and some spotty lace. Lovely.

S: Rich toffee, spicy alcohol, and some toasted breadiness. Quite nice.

T: Spicier here, with peppery notes atop the sweet caramelized malt. Long, warming, bittersweet finish. Tasty.

M: Rich, creamy, full-bodied. Maybe a bit too frothy, but still good.

O: This is certainly less exciting than many of the recent Thumbprints, but I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable Scottish Ale that, although I enjoyed it in the summer, impressed me with its suitability as a Winter Warmer. Nice and spicy, beautifully caramelized, and warming without being boozy. What's not to like?


woosterbill, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

csmartin6, Jan 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

tyleeis, Feb 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

NailGunGuy, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

pabney, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Kunstman, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

jdkitchi, Aug 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

MrTana, Jan 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

alpenglocken, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

aubzachsyd, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

mychalg9, Jun 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

koes0024, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

RobinLee, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +10.8%

When trying to capture the essence of the "winter warmer", why not side with the dryly rich caramels of Belgian dubbel with all its fruit-forward character and its stern spicy balance. But this ale isn't a dubbel, its an American cold weather ale but boy doesn't it want to be a dubbel when it grows up!

With a mystic and ominously deep amber appearance, the beer topples the glass with khaki foam. Once settled, its bubbly effervescence releases rich malt sweetnesses of steely caramel, brown sugar, candied almonds and crusted bread. Its sweet taste is much the same yet coating the tongue with a mild sugary weight.

And explosion of taste happens over the course of the middle palate. Those stone fruits of date, fig, apple and grape open up to the spice of peppercorn, aniseed and something short of brandy.

But once the closure of taste ensues, a stern and spicy alcohol note rises and hits home those brandy tendencies. Perhaps not as vinous as Trappist dubbel, the medium-full beer glides right up against the style but shies away in the nick of time to preserve something that's genuinely American... but that just might be its weakness.

BEERchitect, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

hinemk76, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

AmandaSchaefer, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Grfilwett, Feb 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

KindaFondaGoozah, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

MikeCactusGordon, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

jwenzel019, Aug 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

jmbot4371, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish color with a nice head. Nose is molasses, toffee, and caramel malts. Taste follows the nose well. Lots of toffee and caramel malts with a touch of toasted cereal malts in the background. Really nice scotch ale from New Glarus, and another winner from the Thumbprint series.

birchstick, Jan 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.8%

elevatedgreens, Jan 31, 2013
Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.