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Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BarrytheBear on 01-05-2013)
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mobius387

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-31-2013 17:42:45 | More by mobius387
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elevatedgreens

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-31-2013 02:14:04 | More by elevatedgreens
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 02:06:27 | More by Jparker37
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Duff27

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:16:01 | More by Duff27
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 00:47:10 | More by BrownAleMale
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Jakob

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-28-2013 22:56:07 | More by Jakob
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 02:46:53 | More by Jason
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TheSSG

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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."

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 04:04:43 | More by TheSSG
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

01-25-2013 20:58:04 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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DarthGuitarHero

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-22-2013 14:54:07 | More by DarthGuitarHero
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czfreeman

California

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 02:00:59 | More by czfreeman
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Ish1

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

01-21-2013 23:30:52 | More by Ish1
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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smogfood

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +25%

01-17-2013 00:42:26 | More by smogfood
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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +25%

01-16-2013 00:07:11 | More by hooptyjive
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

01-15-2013 20:27:06 | More by cosine
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SafeAtFirst

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.7%

01-14-2013 01:43:48 | More by SafeAtFirst
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-14-2013 01:29:30 | More by Kunstman
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New York

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-12-2013 23:37:23 | More by csmartin6
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tourdot

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-12-2013 16:15:12 | More by tourdot
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MrTana

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.1%

01-11-2013 04:40:59 | More by MrTana
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

01-11-2013 02:24:05 | More by bpfrush
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_Joe_

California

3/5  rDev -16.7%

01-11-2013 01:32:37 | More by _Joe_
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the first 2013 addition to New Glarus line under their Thumbprint label. When I think of a Winter Warmer style, it gets me thinking it’s going to taste like a heavier, darker Oktoberfest style of brew with lots of spices. But in this case it’s a Scotch Ale, so we shall see how it tastes.

It pours a semi-clear, medium brown color with a beige head and lingering lacing. The aroma is interesting and hard to describe as there is a complex mixture of malts and spices. It sort of reminds me off the smell of freshly baked pumpkin bread.

This taste is much simpler that I would expect from New Glarus. Initially I’m picking out quite a bit of malt and bread characteristics. Definitely lots of toasted ingredients here with hints or caramel and vanilla. While it drinks fairly light and smooth, it finishes fairly sweet and salty.

To be honest this is a good brew, but I was left wanting more from the Thumbprint Series as this beer drinks very similar to Sam Adams Scotch Ale which is a much lesser cost. It’s very drinkable and tasty; it just doesn’t have that unique “WOW” factor that most Thumbprint beers have. Give it a try yourself, but I’ll stick to Apple and Enigma while I can!

-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 05:04:44 | More by Lemke10
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Tiburon

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

01-09-2013 00:39:44 | More by Tiburon
Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
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