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Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

226 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 6
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 NailGunGuy
4/5  rDev +10.5%

NailGunGuy, Feb 20, 2013
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.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

richkrull, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Mgm54
4.09/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter
Acquired through a trade with Stevedore as an extra, many thanks!

A - mahogany brown, a little hazy

S - booze at the forefront, with caramel malt sweetness. Hints of nuts

T - toasted sweetness, a bit a booze (just enough!), and more nuts. Very well rounded, warms the palate

M - cloying alcohol

O - a very relaxing beer, I would definitely try some if given the chance. A nice rendition of the style

Mgm54, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Rochefort10nh, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of BrianCramer
4/5  rDev +10.5%

BrianCramer, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beautiful amber pour with 2 fingers of bubbly off white head, great head retention. smells of raisins, cherry, has a sort of cream ale yeast scent. the flavor is full of tart notes.. definitely getting a hint of barrel aging in here, but not the typical oak/bourbon.. this has a wine barrel feel. slightly sour with notes of plum, grapes, ginger, definitely getting a roasty grain flavor. a high carbonation medium body beer with a healthy abv! doesn't drink like your typical scottish ale, doesn't taste like the typical winter warmer "cinnamon / spice", but i'll be damned if i say this isn't what i was looking for right now. i was hesitant to pick up a bottle to drink because i wasn't in the mood for a sweet beer. this is excellent.

the mouthfeel actually works out for the flavor profile too.. and the alcohol, well i wouldn't have known about the 9% unless i looked up and saw it on here.. you can barely taste any trace of it.

facundoCNB, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle with no date, no abv given

This... is the definition of a malt bomb. If it really is 9% then it does an excellent job of hiding it. Deep flavor, but all malty and dark fruity. Gingerbread, cinnamon, raisins, plums, etc. Very sweet and no spicy coriander or clove to speak of.

Totally not what I expected. Not really a winter warmer, more of a wild scottish ale.

jimmah120, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall New Glarus Signature Pilsner Glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper brownish orange that is somewhat cloudy. Moderate amount of bubbles and a big four finger off white head that slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing clinging to the glass.

Smell: A big caramel malt forward scotch aroma with some spice and citrus. Toasted malts up front with good hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. A mix of fruit aromas including apple, pear, and a little banana. Hints of cinnamon and clove spice. Undertones of peat and smoked malt. Also some hints of citrus hops with some orange and pineapple. A very bready and solid aroma.

Taste: Malty and complex scotch style taste like the aroma hints at. Big taste of toasted malts with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Taste of dried fruit with notes of apple, banana, and pear. A little citrus hop taste of pineapple and orange. Some cinnamon and clove like spicing. Also some notes of peat and smoke in the malts. Bready and complex. Very good scotch taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and fairly drying on the finish. Feels kind of hot but not overly boozy.

Overall: A pretty solid Scotch Ale/Winter Warmer. Nice caramel malt flavor with some good hints of spice and citrus.

MattyG85, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

TonyTalon, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of jaasen64
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz (split two ways) bottle poured into Founders snifter. Thanks Josh (thebigredone) for this one!

A- Pours a slightly hazy brown with a slight yellowish hue. About a fingers worth of head that recedes fairly fast to pretty much no head. Average to slightly below average carbonation that fades fairly fast.

S- Fairly hoppy (for a scotch ale) with notes of pineapple balanced with a nice subtle sweet scotch malt presence. Not exactly what I was expecting- more "tropical" then you would expect from a scotch ale or your typical winter warmer. Overall though I kind of like it.

T- Like the aroma- fairly hoppy for the a scotch ale with light tropical flavors of pineapple that is blended with a sweet scotch malt presence. Overall nice, but not the most flavorful beer in the world.

M- Drinks fairly light for the style, minimal carbonation, slightly watery, drinks very easily especially if this is actually 9%.

O- This beer was definitely a little bit different then I was expecting. It definitely wasn't your stereotypical scotch ale but overall I enjoyed drinking it. It wasn't anything mind-blowing by any means, but I actually preferred it to a lot of beers of the style (perhaps because I'm not a huge fan of they style and I'm very picky with it). Overall if you want to try a slightly more "tropical" scotch ale that isn't overally sweet then I'd recommend trying this out.

jaasen64, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of JorgeOjeda
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

JorgeOjeda, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Klimm
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Klimm, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Zachtheporter, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

ystazi, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of ZAP
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

ZAP, Feb 08, 2013
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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?

feloniousmonk, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of Nachos4two
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Nachos4two, Feb 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

gatornation, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of mkennedy119
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

mkennedy119, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +10.5%

fuzzcherry, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of MooseBoose
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

MooseBoose, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of mobius387
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

mobius387, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of elevatedgreens
4/5  rDev +10.5%

elevatedgreens, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Jparker37
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jparker37, Jan 31, 2013
Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.