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Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

221 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 221
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 5
Gots: 20 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 01-05-2013)
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Photo of martyl1000
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey-copper into a tulip glass. Two fingers of light white rocky head that soon breaks down, showing a faint haze.

The aroma is a bit tame. Raisin and brown sugar, with wood and grass and metal barrel. Nicest thing about the aroma is a faint Belgian yeast / gumball / butterscotch in the nose.

Momentarily sweet on the front end, but only for an instant. Mild hop bitterness accompanies the sweetness through to the throat. A little smoke. Sugary dried fruit of the fruitcake variety, think maraschino cherry and fig (plus sugary coconut!). The grassy hops ride the significant carbonation up into the sinuses. No sign of the 9% alcohol anywhere.

Wish this had more body, though the refreshing carbonation has its own appeal. Finishes super dry.

If you're looking for a syrupy/spicy sweet winter warmer, look elsewhere. This is all imperial Scotch Ale. Yet a very New Glarus take on the Scotch Ale--crisp and refreshing, fruity, earthy, with a bit of hop bite and sharp mouthfeel that dries the style. Oh, man, as it warms, it drifts deliciously closer to the buttery-sweet center of the Scotch Ale tradition.

martyl1000, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Craftonly23121
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Craftonly23121, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Bowers-Brew
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Bowers-Brew, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of M1A2
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

M1A2, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of AmandaSchaefer
4/5  rDev +10.5%

AmandaSchaefer, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of scott2269
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

scott2269, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

morimech, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of stortore
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

stortore, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of NorthSideSean
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

NorthSideSean, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

nmann08, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of doucmehu
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

doucmehu, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

olafphysics, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

sweemzander, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of hopswap1
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

hopswap1, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of Fusebuddy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Fusebuddy, Mar 30, 2013
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.

scruffwhor, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of alpenglocken
4/5  rDev +10.5%

alpenglocken, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Florida9
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Florida9, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of egrace84
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

egrace84, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -17.1%

smartassboiler, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of wiscokid920
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

wiscokid920, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of aslamm75
3/5  rDev -17.1%

aslamm75, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of scaliasux
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

scaliasux, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of mirwinator
4/5  rDev +10.5%

mirwinator, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of robbyc1
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper red with a deep hue, lovely. Some lace, nicely done.

Deep malty nose, subdued.

Great malt, balanced not overly subtle, just a good drinker, hard to believe it's 9%, well hidden.

Heavy mouthfeel, a solid red ale, sorry that it is one and done.

robbyc1, Mar 17, 2013
Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.