Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
05-27-2013 02:15:23 | More by emerge077
3.68/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
01-28-2013 02:46:53 | More by Jason
3.65/5 rDev +0.8%
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?
02-07-2013 01:29:26 | More by feloniousmonk
3.39/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
03-08-2013 04:41:04 | More by kojevergas
3.28/5 rDev -9.4%
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.
12-26-2013 19:08:23 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.61/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
04-29-2013 01:01:57 | More by dirtylou
2.96/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
03-29-2013 12:29:15 | More by scruffwhor
3.25/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
03-05-2013 03:24:44 | More by Alieniloquium
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
3.4/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
02-08-2013 06:01:42 | More by ZAP
3.93/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
01-30-2013 03:16:01 | More by Duff27
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
3.76/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
09-12-2013 00:35:21 | More by Axnjxn
4.03/5 rDev +11.3%
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?
08-14-2013 02:39:42 | More by woosterbill
Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.