Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company
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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
3.65/5 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
3.54/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
01-31-2013 02:06:27 | More by Jparker37
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
3.38/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
01-30-2013 00:47:10 | More by BrownAleMale
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
4.04/5 rDev +11.6%
Pours a big, soft, white head that collapses, leaving a wisp of lacing. A sweet, fruity aroma. A brownish orange color; sienna almost. Flavor is strong malt, booziness is upfront. A flash of sweetness moves aside as a booziness and carbonation pop through. Caramel and biscuit fills in from here. Finish has a touch of hop bitter, smooth caramel, and warming booze.
Quite lovely. Definitely a "warmer."
01-27-2013 04:04:43 | More by TheSSG
4.35/5 rDev +20.2%
New Thumbprint beer this year.First, I don't like Scotch ales..I find them overly sweet, unbalanced, not my cup of tea.Second, since moving here I am blown away by all things New Glarus, so I'll give it a shot.
pours a rich orange brown tone. Actually looks similar to a pumpkin ale..that kind of excites me.
Smells of mulling spices, cider, roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, spicy pepper, touch of alcohol heat(would guess this is around 8%). Dopplebock-like dark bread, apple,sherry starts to come out as well. Starting to smell pretty nice.
Flavor is a blend of cider, dark bread, mulling spices,squash,pepper, hot holiday wine, finishing pretty hot.
This may not be the most intense, or most exciting of the Thumbprint series,but on this 11 degree day, I believe Mr. Carey knew what he was looking to capture and he did, excellently in fact.
A blend of mulling spice, hearty bready grains finishing with a spike of almost Scotch heat..perfect.
walk in from the blistering cold and it makes sense.
well done! Warms you up for sure.
01-22-2013 02:00:59 | More by czfreeman
Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.