Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Thumbprint Winter Warmer - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Thumbprint Winter WarmerThumbprint Winter Warmer

Educational use only; do not reuse.

53 Reviews

(Read More)
Reviews: 53
Hads: 254
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 26.88%
Wants: 5
Gots: 24 | 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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Thumbprint Winter Warmer Alström Bros
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 53 | Hads: 254
Photo of MDDMD
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
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

 290 characters

Photo of NSK79
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to snifter

A - Hazy deep orange with a fluffy head, minimal retention and lacing.

S - A soapy quality with some sweet orange and apple notes

T - Similar to nose, sweet, orange, clean, with just faint bitterness on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, high carbonation, and dry

O - This was much lighter than I had hoped for a winter warmer and a Scotch Ale, but it is a really great beer none the less. I was hoping for something bigger and more robust to fill the winter warmer bill.

 504 characters

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Slightly fruity followed by toasted malt and caramel flavors. I didn't find the high alcohol content to be as noticeable as some of the other reviewers reported.

 162 characters

Photo of Axnjxn
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 371 characters

Photo of Lemke10
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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

 1,257 characters

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: dark amber light brow bodied beer with 3 fingers of off white head. head slowely drops down to a thin cap on top the beer. Spotty lace.

Smell: fruity and bready; wheat malts. hint of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Distinct bubblegum, banana, and cloves. A fruity yeast note is the main player in the nose of this beer.

Taste: Very fruity and very yeasty. Wheat bread and a hint of caramel. Toasty and nutty. A hint of peat moss. A touch of clove and cinnamon in the finish. As this beer warms up the beer gets that malty and earthy cobmo that starts to make this beer feel closer to a Scottish ale.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. As always, Dan brews a beer with great body; including a gentle, lively, and soft carbonation. You would have no idea that this beer is 9% without officially checking because the abv is very well hidden.

Overall: Beer looks great, has a complex nose, and has a fantastic mouthfeel, but the flavor wasnt all that exciting for me. Not sure that the beer is to style either, but its close enough. I think that Dan is good at being creative with many beer styles and he can brew something truley unique, but this time the overall picture was good, but the flavor profile just didnt do it for me.

 1,307 characters

Photo of 312HopBomb
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a caramel straw color with a smallish head that fades quickly in my Duvel tulip.

Aroma produces Belgian rock candy sugar, alcohol and dark fruit.

The first taste has a surprising coconut flavor that is quite pronounced. The second taste has a less pronounced coconut component and some alcohol and dark fruits come into play. The finish has some residual candy sugar sweetness that is not cloying at all. Rich malts and a slight fruitiness are present.

The mouthfeel is rich yet somewhat sharp from the alcohol. Light carbonation and a medium/full body.

Overall I like this winter warmer. it's a bit boozy (necessary for warming!) but pairs well with the candy sugar flavor.

 684 characters

Photo of jaasen64
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

 1,391 characters

Photo of zeledonia
3.87/5  rDev +4%
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.

 920 characters

Photo of facundoCNB
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

 939 characters

Photo of emerge077
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

 600 characters

Photo of Duff27
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

 474 characters

Photo of TheSSG
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
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."

 403 characters

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes. Pours gold with a slight haze under a creamy 2” white foam collar. Big toffee character on both the nose and the palate with a light hop touch. Very clean flavors. Medium body and medium fine carbonation.

 226 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +7.5%

When trying to capture the essence of the "winter warmer", why not side with the dryly rich caramels of Belgian dubbel with all its fruit-forward character and its stern spicy balance. But this ale isn't a dubbel, its an American cold weather ale but boy doesn't it want to be a dubbel when it grows up!

With a mystic and ominously deep amber appearance, the beer topples the glass with khaki foam. Once settled, its bubbly effervescence releases rich malt sweetnesses of steely caramel, brown sugar, candied almonds and crusted bread. Its sweet taste is much the same yet coating the tongue with a mild sugary weight.

And explosion of taste happens over the course of the middle palate. Those stone fruits of date, fig, apple and grape open up to the spice of peppercorn, aniseed and something short of brandy.

But once the closure of taste ensues, a stern and spicy alcohol note rises and hits home those brandy tendencies. Perhaps not as vinous as Trappist dubbel, the medium-full beer glides right up against the style but shies away in the nick of time to preserve something that's genuinely American... but that just might be its weakness.

 1,148 characters

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish color with a nice head. Nose is molasses, toffee, and caramel malts. Taste follows the nose well. Lots of toffee and caramel malts with a touch of toasted cereal malts in the background. Really nice scotch ale from New Glarus, and another winner from the Thumbprint series.

 290 characters

Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
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?


 739 characters

Photo of cradke
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

 674 characters

Photo of Mgm54
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 12 oz bottle poured into a snifter
Acquired through a trade with Stevedore as an extra, many thanks!

A - mahogany brown, a little hazy

S - booze at the forefront, with caramel malt sweetness. Hints of nuts

T - toasted sweetness, a bit a booze (just enough!), and more nuts. Very well rounded, warms the palate

M - cloying alcohol

O - a very relaxing beer, I would definitely try some if given the chance. A nice rendition of the style

 454 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
9% ABV, 3182 on the neck.

A - Pouring a dirty apricot amber color, this lightly hazy beer produces a tall, fluffy ivory head that lasts for some time, blanketing the nonic in curtains of lace with it's slow departure.

S - Light notes of smoke waft out around the caramelized malt which embodies the meaning of a malty brew. Yeast nuances gather undertones of a German wheat such as banana and clove while earthy clay and subtle alcohol close this beer out.

T - Sweet caramel malt and toffee notes swirl around the spongy loaf of wheat bread that is the malt base of this beer, drawing nuances of light tobacco to the surface. Strangely, there seem to be a lot of yeast nuances reminiscent of New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat; bubblegum, banana, clove, and clay, though not as accentuated, instead, a little subdued.

M - This full-bodied winter warmer has a nice smooth feel and satisfying finish that seems to fill me up. The 9% alcohol level does the trick, slowly warming the belly without approaching a hot or boozy level all while remaining balanced; it's sweet but not cloying. Instead, the alcohol adds some dryness to the finish that works out nicely.

O - Yesterday reached close to 50°. Just when I thought it might be getting past "the season" for this beer, today it's below zero with windchill. Hello Wisconsin weather, hello New Glarus Winter Warmer. This soothing, warming, and hearty malty beer might have been behind the 8 ball in terms of release timing but it's an excellent beer to crack open on a cold Wisconsin night and slowly sip, enjoying it's yeast and malt complexity.

 1,630 characters

Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

 1,360 characters

Photo of robbyc1
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper red with a deep hue, lovely. Some lace, nicely done.

Deep malty nose, subdued.

Great malt, balanced not overly subtle, just a good drinker, hard to believe it's 9%, well hidden.

Heavy mouthfeel, a solid red ale, sorry that it is one and done.

 252 characters

Photo of KFBR392
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a creamy, dense head of about three fingers. Head was present while drinking and continued to regenerate. Good amount of active carbonation, a touch above average for the style. The color is dark copper.

Smell: Toffee, caramel, cinnamon, and and herbal hops greet the drinker. Toasted barley and malts build on the body as you continue to get waves of rich, sweet toffee. Light airy spices and a touch of booze show up on the back end.

Taste: Vanilla, toffee, and oak hit the palate immediately. Hints of booze and roasted, toasty sweet malts warm on the body. Sugars with caramel and vanilla continue into the back end. Touches of cinnamon and spice open up on the back end and linger on the palate after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Extremely rich and easy drinking for the style. The toffee and vanilla flavors leave a rich texture behind on the palate. Spices are present but not overdone.

Overall: By far the best of this particular style I've had. Toffee and vanilla are the winners in the end, while the spices and hints of booze will warm up the coldest drinker. Just bought this at the brewery this last weekend and it is drinking phenomenally well right now.

 1,190 characters

Photo of martyl1000
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orangey-copper into a tulip glass. Two fingers of light white rocky head that soon breaks down, showing a faint haze.

The aroma is a bit tame. Raisin and brown sugar, with wood and grass and metal barrel. Nicest thing about the aroma is a faint Belgian yeast / gumball / butterscotch in the nose.

Momentarily sweet on the front end, but only for an instant. Mild hop bitterness accompanies the sweetness through to the throat. A little smoke. Sugary dried fruit of the fruitcake variety, think maraschino cherry and fig (plus sugary coconut!). The grassy hops ride the significant carbonation up into the sinuses. No sign of the 9% alcohol anywhere.

Wish this had more body, though the refreshing carbonation has its own appeal. Finishes super dry.

If you're looking for a syrupy/spicy sweet winter warmer, look elsewhere. This is all imperial Scotch Ale. Yet a very New Glarus take on the Scotch Ale--crisp and refreshing, fruity, earthy, with a bit of hop bite and sharp mouthfeel that dries the style. Oh, man, as it warms, it drifts deliciously closer to the buttery-sweet center of the Scotch Ale tradition.

 1,126 characters

Photo of czfreeman
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

 1,027 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.