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Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

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82
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239 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with copious foam into a rinsed glass, after the second pour it takes a while to settle down, but does soon enough. Color is a tawny reddish orange with a slight haze and visible carbonation.

Soft sweetness in the aroma, dried fruit, maple, and sweet tobacco leaf.

Flavors of toasted malt, light spiciness, toffee, dried fruit, and vague oak/toasted coconut. The booze is certainly warming and stings the lips a little. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Definitely a sipper, though it's not especially harsh. Overall a good example of the style, even enjoyed on a May day in the mid 50ºs.

Photo of Jason
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -6.4%
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-

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of drummermattie02
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of dirtylou
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.14/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big inch tall off white head on a dark amber colored body. Great head retention.

Lots o maltiness. I get some christmas spice for some reason.

Follows the nose. I even get a little cinnamon apple toffee for some reason. Hides the 9% extremely well.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

I find this to be solid albeit not overwhelmingly good. The last two "only" solid offerings in the Thumbprint/Unplugged series somehow got better after a year, let's see what happens.

Photo of Axnjxn
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of tectactoe
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
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