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Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

201 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.91%
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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jzlyo

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
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 -3%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

North Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Indiana

3/5  rDev -16.9%

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

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +8%
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 -10%

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

Arizona

3/5  rDev -16.9%

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

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +13%
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
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-10-2013 18:07:01 | More by imperialking
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brandoman63

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -37.7%

05-09-2013 02:42:25 | More by brandoman63
Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.