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Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

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53 Reviews

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 254
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 26.88%
Wants: 5
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.
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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Very slightly hazed light copper with some orange leanings. Head is small, creamy, and off-white. Drops to a spotty cap and small collar in short order. Moderate carbonation of the pour. A bit lighter than I've come to expect from the style.

Smell: Light spiciness. Malts run on the sweet side with a ton of cooked and caramelized malts. Caramel sweetness with some slight cereal grains. A touch of alcohol. Toasted and bready, like whoa. A touch of smoke and some roasted malts. Vabguely fruity.

Taste: Malty, obviously. Caramel, some toffee, and an earthy undertone. Nice balance of roasted and toasted malts. Some minor backing spice, but it's well hidden. Some apple and pear. Alcohol is present, but not assertive. Warming alcohol on the back with some associated spice. Bready with some dried grass on the back.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish with a crispish finish.

Overall: Half a firestarter.

An ok winter warmer. Malts are nice, but it's missing a little complexity. A bit sweet overall, but not bad by any means.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Thanks Lukaski for picking this brew up for me.

Rusty amber color. Good bubbling. Nice off white head after the pour and some strong film o' foam for all twelve ounces.

Sweet malt and somewhat banana like yeast aromas. Smells malty sweet and inviting. But the aroma for this style of beer seemed a little off.

There's some cracker, biscuit, and a little bread crust malt flavor. The rest is dominated by booze. Pretty hot beer here. Does NOT taste the way it smells at all. Bitter alcoholic finish.

I won't buy this beer again. I was definetly disappointed with this beer.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into snifter

A- Dark hazy orange. Big white, fluffy head that melts quickly. Little lacing.

S- Sweet toasted tawny malts. Slight fruity pear notes

T- Toasty and warming. Biscuit sweet malts that fades into an alcohol burn.

M- Medium bodied. Highly carbonated. Silky smooth and creamy

O- An interesting brew. Doesn’t have the typical Scotch Ale features I typically associate with the style, but as a Winter Warmer it definitely does the job.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.22/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 8/1/13, because the first day of August is definitely when a Winter Warmer should be enjoyed

Appearance: Pours with a lively, medium sized, off-white, creamy head - medium amber with some copper highlights, generally hazy - leaves some thick streaks of lacing that stick around

Smell: Malty, with some roast - not a particularly robust aroma - malty, with some caramel grains, toast, and hints of toffee - some light sweetness - lightly roasty with a touch of smoke - alcohol is pretty obvious

Taste: About as unexciting as the aroma, sadly - medium amount of maltiness - some caramel, grainy, toasty, and lightly sweet toffee notes - some earthy, grassy bitterness - lightly roasty, but not much - alcohol is obvious, not not overwhelming

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, with some dry booze in the finish

Overall: Finally! A New Glarus beer that isn't fantastic!

I typically have a lot of loving things to say about New Glarus beers, but I am far from blown away by this. It's not particularly flavorful for a Scotch Ale. It has some malty and roasty notes, but it lacks complexity.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 11.6.13

A - Pours a dirty light brown with a huge light tan head with great retention.

S - Raisins, caramel, metallic.

T - Spices, raisin, caramel, metal, like sucking on a nickel.

D - Thin body and lots of carbonation.

O - Close, well not really. Lots of metallic tones.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle with no date, no abv given

This... is the definition of a malt bomb. If it really is 9% then it does an excellent job of hiding it. Deep flavor, but all malty and dark fruity. Gingerbread, cinnamon, raisins, plums, etc. Very sweet and no spicy coriander or clove to speak of.

Totally not what I expected. Not really a winter warmer, more of a wild scottish ale.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz red foiled bottle purchased as a four pack. Just come into town this week as the newest Thumbprint release.

Pours a deep rich pumpkin color with a head that vanishes as quickly as the Bengals offense.Lethargic spatter....Dexter would be disappointed.

Smells of warm cider, mulling spices, salted nuts, and toffee. Seems to capture the essence of the holidays in a glass.

Light brown sugary notes, warmed red apple flesh, and cinnamon. Alcohol heat cuts a swatch across the middle into the finish. Oddly, it's a bit unrelenting. Not sure of the abv on this, but it's not mellow.

Medium bodied with light carbonation and just a bit too boozy.

There's some promise here, but it seems a bit raw. Alcohol is sharp, flavors are a bit muddled and incomplete, and the finish is actually quite distracting. Maybe it's a mind game, some sort of perceived brand loyalty, or nostalgia, but are the Thumbprints not as good as the Unplugged? I'm staking my claim here. They are not.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into rocks glass. Clear reddish copper with a tall white head that quickly fades. No lacing, but that may be the glassware. Spiced pear, malt, toffee, and clove. Taste is initially bitter earthiness followed by toasted malt, bread, and caramel sweetness, ending with alcohol spice and pear esters. Medium-light body, creamy texture, active carbonation, and a semi dry toasted finish.

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Photo of Ri0
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Light tan/orange hue with big 3 finger dirty blonde head. Good retention and some lacing.

S - Some toffee and caramel malts with bready hints. Spiced up with a boozy scent.

T - Not a Scotch Ale. This is more of a Christmas spiced beer than anything. There is a bit of alcohol, spice, and caramelized malt. Not a fan of this style of beer.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Alcohol burn on the finish.

O - This is a winter warmer, but not a Scotch ale. Glad I only had one bottle and shared it. First beer from Dan I didn't care for.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Ommegang chalice glass

Appearance- A hazy orangish color with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head that leaves a little spotty lacing. The head dissipates somewhat but still a nice froth almost all the way down.

Smell- Getting some orange peel with a bunch of other citrus notes which seems odd for a scottish ale. Smells a lot like a saison.

Taste- Lots of winter spices including clove and cinnamon and some orange peel.

Mouthfeel- On the light side of medium with a nice warming sensation.

Overall- This beer is all over the place. It smells like a saison, it tastes like a winter warmer and is considered a scottish ale. If you go purely on the name you will get what you are expecting as there is a very nice winter spice and warming to this beer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure where the 9% came from. I have not seen that published.

Certainly does not taste or feel like that or a wee heavy. More of a scottish ale in my opinion.

Overcarbonated...keeps foaming up. Tough to get past the head.

It has some nice caramel/toffee impressions on the nose and taste.

Body is mediumish...a little sweet on the finish.

Lacks any type of peatiness....

Decent enough malt forward medium bodied ale I'd expect as more of a year round type offering than a special thumbprint beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
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.


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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally got my hands on one of these. I sort of wish had I not been able to do so. Poured into a goblet, the beer was an orange-brown color. It is not as dark as I would expect for a Scottish Ale. I enjoyed the aroma. I detect banana for the most part, as though dehydrated banana chips were in the glass. The taste is where things go wrong. A certain musty element drowned the banana and clove that I initially detected. To put it another way, I felt like I dropped a banana on the basement floor and ate it. Not only does this not taste like a scotch, but it does not taste good. The mouthfeel was reasonably appropriate for the style. But in the end, this is the first real failure that I have had from New Glarus. Aside from missing the standards of the style, it just tastes un-good. This is not even a matter of holding New Glarus to a standard that is too high. This would not be a good effort for any brewery.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Easy pour with a nice two finger head that leaves some lacing as it subsides, very nice copper coloring

S: Aromas of toffee, raw sugar, some spice and earthy yeast esthers.

T: Toasted malt, toffee, allspice with a dry woodsy finish.

M: Decent carbonation, medium body with a resinous aftertaste.

O: Interesting take on a scotch ale and definately a nice beverage on a cold night.

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Photo of Jparker37
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter (no thistle glass yet).

A - Light amber in color with orange highlights. Great clarity from a soft pour for this bottle conditioned beer. Medium head of a vanilla color which has bubbles that are medium in size. The cap of foam fell quickly and left little bits of spotty lacing.

S - Many shades of toasted malt. I get a fruity (pineapple) alcohol twist in there.

T - Toasty malt throughout the whole taste. Has a little bit of bitterness to it then melds with the alcohol on the later half. Alcohol seems a bit warm for the 9% it's putting out. As this warms I'm getting some more mild roasted tones and hoppiness halfway through.

M - Medium-full body, medium-light carbonation, never sweet but yet never really dry.

O - The beer shows up lighter in color than expected. It shows maltiness and stylistic alcohol in aroma but the taste leaves a couple things to ask for. I may have drank this beer while its too young and maybe some of the alcohol would calm with aging adding complexity as well. This beer seems to be brewed to specifically warm for this winter (we got 10" today in Wisconsin), therefor stepping outside typical Scottish Ale style guidelines. It seems a little one dimensional on malt character steering away from roasty/dark malt and smokiness. I'm always excited for the next thumbprint beer to come from New Glarus and I will put away the remaining inventory of this Winter Warmer for later evaluation.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber. A little hazy. Tall off-white foamy head. Persistent.

Smell - Sweet medium roasted malts. Caramel and toast. Not particularly strong.

Taste - Begins with a fairly light toasty malt flavor. Later, a little caramel or toffee and somewhat bitter dark toast/smoke. Alcohol is clearly noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full. Creamy.

Overall - Not bad, but not a favorite.

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Photo of ChiPool
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter. Grabbed this from Woodman's/Kenosha today, and it seems to be a recent release. Pours a medium-dark orange color, with a conservative amount of cream colored head. It smells like apple juice: sweet, with a bit of booze. Down the hatch, it is definitely a malt bomb, on the sweeter side for the style. Mouthfeel is on the slighly lighter side of medium. Nice version of a style that is not my favorite.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter Warmer pours a copper color , with a large fluffy head. There is a yeasty, malty aroma. The taste is much the same yeasty, and malty. Its on the sweeter side, and the alcohol does blend nicely. Nice carbonation and easy drinking. Overall a decent Scottish ale. Not as heavy some others, but all the flavors do blend nicely.

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Photo of morimech
3.61/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ hwy mikes

Dark amber in color. Minimal head. Little retention and little lacing. Pleasantly aromatic: malty, butterscotch, vanilla, and some very light oak. Taste is rather malty, with lots of vanilla. Moderate sweetness. Creamy and fairly spicy. Pumpkin pie type spice. Thankfully not overdone, but its noticeable. Medium mouth, a bit hot on the finish.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

New Glarus Winter Warmer. Ale 12 Fl. Oz. No ABV given. Brewed and bottled in New Glarus, WI.
Called a Scotch ale on the label, which I will fend off copying for you until I've done my own notes.

Clear, caramel-toned coloring, with a lush, looming white head, leaving lace.

Aroma: Sweet malt hits the nose first, some toffee tones, a bit of fruit, nice hop notes. A bit of complexity here, if on the quiet side.

Taste: malt forward, well-balanced, clean, and drinkable. Toffee and caramel malt tones aplenty, but rather thin compared to many other winter warmers, specifically the kind I prefer.

I don't know what to tell you. This is a nice beer, but it fails to impress, or even delight.

Let's look at the gobbledygook: "Indulge in our heady Scotch ale. This "winter warmer" is a celebration of roasted toffee notes wrapped in rich tawny tones and toasty palate. Two months in the making insures an incredible silky finish."

Silky finish, perhaps. Indulgent, heady? No. This is a fine Scotch ale, or Scottish ale, but it's a pretty feeble winter warmer. Oh, well, you can't please everyone, right?

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Photo of Jason
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
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