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Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

203 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | 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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einman

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +11.1%

07-06-2013 01:13:14 | More by einman
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasting this beer on the anti-winter day, the 4th of July, as fireworks go off outside.

Pours a clear medium rusty amber. Plenty of visible carbonation. One finger of off-white head, good retention, relaxing to a fuzzy cap with a thick ring around the edges. Not much lacing.

Smell is warm, toasty, and wintry spiced. Strikes me much more as a winter warmer than a Scottish ale, but whatever. Spicy, toasty, not much else.

Taste is, again, solidly in the winter warmer box. Toasted malts, buttery and biscuity, backed up by some pie spicy notes (nutmeg, allspice, maybe a touch of clove). I don't know what they put in this beer, but it reminds me of pie crust, not Scotland.

Feel is good. Warm, medium-light, a little fluffy in the carbonation. Nothing remarkable, but somehow I'm really enjoying it.

A solid beer. Toasty, fully of winter-spice aromas and flavors. Scottish ale? Really? Whatever it is, it's tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 04:41:37 | More by zeledonia
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-05-2013 00:11:41 | More by jzlyo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for cracking all of the New Glarus brews, this one included. Titled "Winter Warmer", yet listed as a Scottish Ale... Strange. It pours some nebulous mix between orange and copper with only a very mild haze in the center; otherwise fairly clear. The eggshell-colored head is foamy, chunky, and lasting, leaving some nice spots of webbing all around the glass.

The aroma is perhaps some strange hybrid between a winter warmer and a Scottish ale, and maybe that's why the exact style is difficult to define. Red delicious apples seem to be the stand-out fruit, covered in an array of kitchen-rack spices; cinnamon, light ginger, and a hint of cocoa powder. It seems like there are even more spices in there that I'm not identifying, too.

Any appreciated hoppage is pretty herbal and leafy, and maybe even a little bit minty and menthol-like. Yeast seems to be a big contributor to the aroma as well, with a faint hint of bubblegum and clove. It almost smells Belgian-esque in the finish - does this beer use Belgian yeast? Pretty enigmatic to say the least, and definitely interesting.

The taste is more of the same, however it leads off with the herbal hops; again, showing a heavy bit of mint from front to back. The malts are swaying a bit more towards the toasty, brown sugar side with a bit of sweetness that remains in check from the spices and yeast. Bubblegum, mint, coriander, clove, and cinnamon are all appreciated.

The apples are a bit more buried on the palate, but if you dig - you'll find them. Juicy and just subtly sweet, meshing nicely with the graham cracker malts and the bready yeast. I almost wish this brew wasn't quite so spiced; I feel like it would benefit from a heavier concentration on the quiet fruitiness and robust malt-yeast combo. The finish is more malty than anything, though, with just a dying hint of apple. Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation.

Strange brew to say the least, but still pretty quaffable for what it is. I would have a hard time defining this beer; seemingly part spiced ale, part fruit beer, and part Scottish ale, it'll have your taste buds guessing. Not quite what I was expecting, and definitely not one of New Glarus's best, but still one that I'm glad to have tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 21:28:53 | More by tectactoe
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redleg411

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-28-2013 19:26:26 | More by redleg411
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jschott75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-27-2013 18:36:32 | More by jschott75
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-21-2013 01:36:58 | More by FLBeerGuy
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mychalg9

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%

06-16-2013 00:42:48 | More by mychalg9
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Devi0us

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-15-2013 08:21:41 | More by Devi0us
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-13-2013 04:35:50 | More by Hopsiam14
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vande

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

06-12-2013 23:36:41 | More by vande
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jarrgal

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-10-2013 02:35:12 | More by jarrgal
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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-08-2013 17:03:35 | More by Phillyz
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-08-2013 08:00:11 | More by vicsju1991
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

06-07-2013 21:28:51 | More by thebigredone
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MCMASTERSANCHEZ

Indiana

3/5  rDev -16.7%

06-06-2013 14:09:56 | More by MCMASTERSANCHEZ
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emerge077

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with copious foam into a rinsed glass, after the second pour it takes a while to settle down, but does soon enough. Color is a tawny reddish orange with a slight haze and visible carbonation.

Soft sweetness in the aroma, dried fruit, maple, and sweet tobacco leaf.

Flavors of toasted malt, light spiciness, toffee, dried fruit, and vague oak/toasted coconut. The booze is certainly warming and stings the lips a little. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Definitely a sipper, though it's not especially harsh. Overall a good example of the style, even enjoyed on a May day in the mid 50ºs.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 02:15:23 | More by emerge077
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bman_85

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

05-26-2013 18:02:26 | More by bman_85
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Larrygto

Arizona

3/5  rDev -16.7%

05-24-2013 17:52:53 | More by Larrygto
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-24-2013 02:10:12 | More by derkfromwi
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

05-17-2013 19:20:35 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-14-2013 01:36:00 | More by sgttibbs
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pk18

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

05-13-2013 20:22:47 | More by pk18
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spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

05-12-2013 16:23:42 | More by spycow
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cradke

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy Orange. Very fluffy head. Nice lacing and streaming carbonation

Smell: Faded citrus matched with some pete. Some acidic hops. Docile but approachable and satisfying. Wish it was a bit more pronounced.

Taste: Orange peel and hops again. More scotch notes, especially in the aftertaste. Very approachable yet again. A standard of NG.

Mouthfeel: A little bit thin but nothing crazy. Enjoyable and decent carbonation.

Overall: A solid beer. Good notes, complexity, and flavor. I wish some of these beers they would turn the flavor up to 11 instead of 6-7 but thats their trademark. Nothing over the top and enjoying the moderation of a good, balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 23:54:38 | More by cradke
Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.