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Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

245 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 7
Gots: 21 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 245 | Reviews: 51
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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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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.

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Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.