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Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
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245 Ratings
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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.
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Ratings: 245 | Reviews: 51
Photo of facundoCNB
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of jimmah120
3.31/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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.

Photo of TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jaasen64
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of JorgeOjeda
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Klimm
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
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?

Photo of Nachos4two
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of mkennedy119
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of MooseBoose
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of mobius387
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of elevatedgreens
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

Photo of Duff27
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Jakob
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jason
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of TheSSG
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
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."

Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
2.75/5  rDev -24%

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