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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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cabrina

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

10-18-2013 14:48:49 | More by cabrina
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RWNay

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

10-04-2013 17:04:32 | More by RWNay
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Westuh

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -16.7%

10-01-2013 18:54:44 | More by Westuh
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AlphaKingKegger

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

09-21-2013 05:26:31 | More by AlphaKingKegger
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Very slightly hazed light copper with some orange leanings. Head is small, creamy, and off-white. Drops to a spotty cap and small collar in short order. Moderate carbonation of the pour. A bit lighter than I've come to expect from the style.

Smell: Light spiciness. Malts run on the sweet side with a ton of cooked and caramelized malts. Caramel sweetness with some slight cereal grains. A touch of alcohol. Toasted and bready, like whoa. A touch of smoke and some roasted malts. Vabguely fruity.

Taste: Malty, obviously. Caramel, some toffee, and an earthy undertone. Nice balance of roasted and toasted malts. Some minor backing spice, but it's well hidden. Some apple and pear. Alcohol is present, but not assertive. Warming alcohol on the back with some associated spice. Bready with some dried grass on the back.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Slightly dry on the finish with a crispish finish.

Overall: Half a firestarter.

An ok winter warmer. Malts are nice, but it's missing a little complexity. A bit sweet overall, but not bad by any means.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 17:39:11 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Ri0

Wisconsin

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

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Light tan/orange hue with big 3 finger dirty blonde head. Good retention and some lacing.

S - Some toffee and caramel malts with bready hints. Spiced up with a boozy scent.

T - Not a Scotch Ale. This is more of a Christmas spiced beer than anything. There is a bit of alcohol, spice, and caramelized malt. Not a fan of this style of beer.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Alcohol burn on the finish.

O - This is a winter warmer, but not a Scotch ale. Glad I only had one bottle and shared it. First beer from Dan I didn't care for.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 01:10:49 | More by Ri0
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CityofBals

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

09-12-2013 18:59:06 | More by CityofBals
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Winter 2012 release. Into a FW tulip.

Pours a dark orange with a nice head. Smell is a bit subdued...some malty caramel notes are present. Taste is also about the same. Flavor is good and typical for the style - malts and caramel but not too strong. Nothing out of the ordinary here. Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Overall a fairly good beer but nothing too amazing.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 00:35:21 | More by Axnjxn
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%

09-02-2013 21:43:47 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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Dirtinabottle

New York

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-30-2013 17:10:46 | More by Dirtinabottle
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Holland

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-24-2013 04:24:01 | More by Holland
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cadaugherty

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

08-20-2013 13:39:45 | More by cadaugherty
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ajzy

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -44.4%

08-17-2013 23:31:24 | More by ajzy
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jegross2

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.7%

08-16-2013 03:31:04 | More by jegross2
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A: Clear, rich copper body under two inches of fine, creamy eggshell head. Tremendous retention for the style and some spotty lace. Lovely.

S: Rich toffee, spicy alcohol, and some toasted breadiness. Quite nice.

T: Spicier here, with peppery notes atop the sweet caramelized malt. Long, warming, bittersweet finish. Tasty.

M: Rich, creamy, full-bodied. Maybe a bit too frothy, but still good.

O: This is certainly less exciting than many of the recent Thumbprints, but I found it to be a thoroughly enjoyable Scottish Ale that, although I enjoyed it in the summer, impressed me with its suitability as a Winter Warmer. Nice and spicy, beautifully caramelized, and warming without being boozy. What's not to like?

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:39:42 | More by woosterbill
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Canada_Dan

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-14-2013 00:22:20 | More by Canada_Dan
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +11.1%

08-11-2013 01:50:56 | More by jdkitchi
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-hazy orange amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-malt, toffee, spice, herbal notes

T-bready malt, toffee, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-interesting beer, not exactly a scotch ale, but reasonably pleasing

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 19:37:16 | More by MDDMD
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SCZ

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-02-2013 02:14:39 | More by SCZ
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rayj212

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-02-2013 01:22:48 | More by rayj212
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 8/1/13, because the first day of August is definitely when a Winter Warmer should be enjoyed

Appearance: Pours with a lively, medium sized, off-white, creamy head - medium amber with some copper highlights, generally hazy - leaves some thick streaks of lacing that stick around

Smell: Malty, with some roast - not a particularly robust aroma - malty, with some caramel grains, toast, and hints of toffee - some light sweetness - lightly roasty with a touch of smoke - alcohol is pretty obvious

Taste: About as unexciting as the aroma, sadly - medium amount of maltiness - some caramel, grainy, toasty, and lightly sweet toffee notes - some earthy, grassy bitterness - lightly roasty, but not much - alcohol is obvious, not not overwhelming

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, with some dry booze in the finish

Overall: Finally! A New Glarus beer that isn't fantastic!

I typically have a lot of loving things to say about New Glarus beers, but I am far from blown away by this. It's not particularly flavorful for a Scotch Ale. It has some malty and roasty notes, but it lacks complexity.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 06:22:09 | More by angrybabboon
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UffDaBock

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-26-2013 19:58:42 | More by UffDaBock
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atone315

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

07-23-2013 11:56:25 | More by atone315
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FUwolfpacker

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

07-22-2013 12:33:14 | More by FUwolfpacker
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally got my hands on one of these. I sort of wish had I not been able to do so. Poured into a goblet, the beer was an orange-brown color. It is not as dark as I would expect for a Scottish Ale. I enjoyed the aroma. I detect banana for the most part, as though dehydrated banana chips were in the glass. The taste is where things go wrong. A certain musty element drowned the banana and clove that I initially detected. To put it another way, I felt like I dropped a banana on the basement floor and ate it. Not only does this not taste like a scotch, but it does not taste good. The mouthfeel was reasonably appropriate for the style. But in the end, this is the first real failure that I have had from New Glarus. Aside from missing the standards of the style, it just tastes un-good. This is not even a matter of holding New Glarus to a standard that is too high. This would not be a good effort for any brewery.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 03:08:15 | More by JohnnyHopps
Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.