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Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

202 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasting this beer on the anti-winter day, the 4th of July, as fireworks go off outside.

Pours a clear medium rusty amber. Plenty of visible carbonation. One finger of off-white head, good retention, relaxing to a fuzzy cap with a thick ring around the edges. Not much lacing.

Smell is warm, toasty, and wintry spiced. Strikes me much more as a winter warmer than a Scottish ale, but whatever. Spicy, toasty, not much else.

Taste is, again, solidly in the winter warmer box. Toasted malts, buttery and biscuity, backed up by some pie spicy notes (nutmeg, allspice, maybe a touch of clove). I don't know what they put in this beer, but it reminds me of pie crust, not Scotland.

Feel is good. Warm, medium-light, a little fluffy in the carbonation. Nothing remarkable, but somehow I'm really enjoying it.

A solid beer. Toasty, fully of winter-spice aromas and flavors. Scottish ale? Really? Whatever it is, it's tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 04:41:37 | More by zeledonia
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312HopBomb

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:04:55 | More by 312HopBomb
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz (split two ways) bottle poured into Founders snifter. Thanks Josh (thebigredone) for this one!

A- Pours a slightly hazy brown with a slight yellowish hue. About a fingers worth of head that recedes fairly fast to pretty much no head. Average to slightly below average carbonation that fades fairly fast.

S- Fairly hoppy (for a scotch ale) with notes of pineapple balanced with a nice subtle sweet scotch malt presence. Not exactly what I was expecting- more "tropical" then you would expect from a scotch ale or your typical winter warmer. Overall though I kind of like it.

T- Like the aroma- fairly hoppy for the a scotch ale with light tropical flavors of pineapple that is blended with a sweet scotch malt presence. Overall nice, but not the most flavorful beer in the world.

M- Drinks fairly light for the style, minimal carbonation, slightly watery, drinks very easily especially if this is actually 9%.

O- This beer was definitely a little bit different then I was expecting. It definitely wasn't your stereotypical scotch ale but overall I enjoyed drinking it. It wasn't anything mind-blowing by any means, but I actually preferred it to a lot of beers of the style (perhaps because I'm not a huge fan of they style and I'm very picky with it). Overall if you want to try a slightly more "tropical" scotch ale that isn't overally sweet then I'd recommend trying this out.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 00:11:45 | More by jaasen64
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.79/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark amber light brow bodied beer with 3 fingers of off white head. head slowely drops down to a thin cap on top the beer. Spotty lace.

Smell: fruity and bready; wheat malts. hint of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Distinct bubblegum, banana, and cloves. A fruity yeast note is the main player in the nose of this beer.

Taste: Very fruity and very yeasty. Wheat bread and a hint of caramel. Toasty and nutty. A hint of peat moss. A touch of clove and cinnamon in the finish. As this beer warms up the beer gets that malty and earthy cobmo that starts to make this beer feel closer to a Scottish ale.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. As always, Dan brews a beer with great body; including a gentle, lively, and soft carbonation. You would have no idea that this beer is 9% without officially checking because the abv is very well hidden.

Overall: Beer looks great, has a complex nose, and has a fantastic mouthfeel, but the flavor wasnt all that exciting for me. Not sure that the beer is to style either, but its close enough. I think that Dan is good at being creative with many beer styles and he can brew something truley unique, but this time the overall picture was good, but the flavor profile just didnt do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 06:00:09 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the first 2013 addition to New Glarus line under their Thumbprint label. When I think of a Winter Warmer style, it gets me thinking it’s going to taste like a heavier, darker Oktoberfest style of brew with lots of spices. But in this case it’s a Scotch Ale, so we shall see how it tastes.

It pours a semi-clear, medium brown color with a beige head and lingering lacing. The aroma is interesting and hard to describe as there is a complex mixture of malts and spices. It sort of reminds me off the smell of freshly baked pumpkin bread.

This taste is much simpler that I would expect from New Glarus. Initially I’m picking out quite a bit of malt and bread characteristics. Definitely lots of toasted ingredients here with hints or caramel and vanilla. While it drinks fairly light and smooth, it finishes fairly sweet and salty.

To be honest this is a good brew, but I was left wanting more from the Thumbprint Series as this beer drinks very similar to Sam Adams Scotch Ale which is a much lesser cost. It’s very drinkable and tasty; it just doesn’t have that unique “WOW” factor that most Thumbprint beers have. Give it a try yourself, but I’ll stick to Apple and Enigma while I can!

-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 05:04:44 | More by Lemke10
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Winter 2012 release. Into a FW tulip.

Pours a dark orange with a nice head. Smell is a bit subdued...some malty caramel notes are present. Taste is also about the same. Flavor is good and typical for the style - malts and caramel but not too strong. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall a fairly good beer but nothing too amazing.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 00:35:21 | More by Axnjxn
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equinox1

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-20-2013 00:47:14 | More by equinox1
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warnerry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-03-2013 02:14:06 | More by warnerry
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-11-2013 02:24:05 | More by bpfrush
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-14-2013 01:36:00 | More by sgttibbs
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mobius387

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-31-2013 17:42:45 | More by mobius387
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-12-2013 22:15:19 | More by Eaglefan344
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blue-dream

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

07-09-2014 13:20:51 | More by blue-dream
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-13-2013 04:35:50 | More by Hopsiam14
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Fusebuddy

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

03-30-2013 00:36:48 | More by Fusebuddy
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stortore

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-13-2013 05:17:16 | More by stortore
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-21-2013 01:36:58 | More by FLBeerGuy
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jakea

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2013 15:07:27 | More by jakea
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Klimm

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

02-10-2013 22:54:11 | More by Klimm
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hopswap1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-03-2013 12:48:59 | More by hopswap1
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

08-20-2013 13:39:45 | More by cadaugherty
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Jakob

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

01-28-2013 22:56:07 | More by Jakob
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myersk27

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

11-22-2013 11:25:32 | More by myersk27
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carlmoberg

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

04-20-2014 22:54:57 | More by carlmoberg
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-12-2013 16:23:42 | More by spycow
Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.