Thumbprint Barley Wine
New Glarus Brewing Company

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New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Barleywine - American
3.89 | pDev: 13.37%
Sep 04, 2021
Jan 13, 2012
Very Good
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Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mothman from Minnesota

2012 bottle. White head. Clear copper color. Still hoppy af and has a deep resin and pine flavor. Perfume/floral notes as it warms. Sticky with an awesome bitter finish. Some grapefruit citrus. Not sure how or why, but getting some coconut to go with the caramel and bready malt profile. Raisins, apple skins, fig newtons.

Sep 04, 2021
3.84 by CheapBeerBuzz from California on Jun 10, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by TheGent from New Jersey

Look: The beer pours a medium to deep amber color with a murky and translucent appearance. A finger of tightly packed khaki colored head when I pour. It eventually settles down to thin a layer of bubbles across the top of the beer with some specs of foam on the side of the glass. No visible carbonation. The murky amber color is what I like to see in this style.

Smell: White raisins, prune, soft sherry, and some sweet holiday spice that reminds me of candied orange and nutmeg. Label says graham cracker. I get some of that too. Some rotting peach and lemon. Bready.

Taste: White raisins, white grapes and sweet fruit bread on the tip of tongue. Mid palate the bitter, resinous and lemon pithy hops show up. Earthy and citrusy tea. Lemon herbal tea. Caramel and toffee. Dried apricot.

Feel: Medium level of carbonation. Smooth. Warming on the palate and in the pipes. Exactly the feel good want in a 12% Barleywine.

Overall: This beer drinks like an American Barleywine that’s aged gracefully, taking on soft oxidation notes. I prefer English Barleywine over American. That said, I’ve come around over the past couple years, and I love an American Barleywine that gives way to the hops over time, coupled with some nice oxidation. I would’ve enjoyed the opportunity to try this beer fresh, but am basking in the glory it’s become over the past 7 years

Nov 18, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by userPOOK from Wisconsin

Apperance: Hazy orange. Minimal head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Sweet caramel. Earthy, fruity, Apple cider, raisin, slightly citrusy. Oxidation prominent. Smells old.

Taste: Sweet malts on the front end. Old hops. Some citrus, dried fruit, wet earth. Warm alcohol. Slight acidity. Bitter on the back end.

Feel: Medium-thick. Syrupy. A bit sticky.

Overall: Not bad but not great either. At 7 years old oxidation has pretty much taken over. This beer does not quite have the malt backbone to stand up to it. This is very different than it was fresh. The bright piney hop flavors are long gone. There is some complexity left in it, but it isn't trending upward.

Jan 19, 2019
3.69 by M1A2 from Ohio on Apr 30, 2016
4.36 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Feb 09, 2016
3.75 by kvgomps from New Jersey on Jan 02, 2016
4.09 by jdhasse from Illinois on Oct 11, 2015
4.06 by madtowndmb1 from Wisconsin on Aug 08, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by dutesanch from California

Delicious balance of malt and hops. Not the best or worst of this style.

May 21, 2015
3.5 by Bingja18 from Wisconsin on May 10, 2015
Photo of don1481
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by don1481 from Wisconsin

12o bottle poured into glass.

Look: Pours a hazy orange-ish with a decent amount of bubbling on the inside. Off-white head that lingers and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Quite hoppy, even after 3 years. Not much else seems to get past that, maybe a little toffee.

Taste: More smooth than the overpowering hop smell would have indicated. A complex taste, some citrus notes, maybe a little sweetness to balance the hops. I like it better than Bigfoot, but not as much as barrel-aged barleywines such as CW.

Feel: Pretty clean, slight hoppy aftertaste and a slight stickiness.

Overall: Good. Would like to see a barrel-aged version of this appear. Could be intriguing.

Apr 23, 2015
3.85 by 22Blue from Kansas on Apr 18, 2015
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3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Bosoxfan20 from Missouri

Pretty average. Probably my least favorite from this brewery.

Apr 18, 2015
4.21 by JMScowcroft from Vermont on Apr 05, 2015
4 by ovaltine from Indiana on Mar 13, 2015
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4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Bottled in 2012. Noticeable head, estery flavors, incredibly smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable with a just a touch of alcohol in taste. A well-made English style barleywine.

Mar 08, 2015
3.89 by herman77 from Minnesota on Feb 06, 2015
3.5 by mrn1ceguy from Illinois on Jan 06, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
by JdoubleA from North Carolina

This was really good! I would have loved to have tried it fresh because the hops were still bursting with a perfume-y floral bouquet. Very interesting American Barleywine. I hope this sneaks back into their lineup at some point.

Dec 08, 2014
4 by nathanmiller from New York on Nov 04, 2014
3.5 by lunarbrew from Wisconsin on Oct 13, 2014
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3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Stevedore from Oregon

12oz bottle, dated 12/27/11; almost 3 years old at this point. Poured into a TG snifter 9/28/2014.

A- Darker golden body, one finger white head that disappears quickly. Leaves a medium-sized collar, a little bit of lacing here and there. [3.5]

S- Crackers, orange marmalade, sweet caramel, a bit of toffee, some ethanol. A bit of citrus zest, oxidation. [3.25]

F- Biscuits, crackers, orange marmalade, floral notes, caramel and toffee. A good bit of ethanol heat as well, surprising for a beer that's this old. Fairly typical big barleywine character; I can tell this used to be very hoppy, based on its fairly bitter but non-descript finish; it's like Bigfoot but not quite as sweet. [3.5]

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, a bit too hot for my tastes. Finish is fairly sweet and boozy. [3]

O- A fairly strong barleywine; not sure time did this a lot of favors but I've never had this one fresh. Already developing a bit of pleasant oxidation and still fairly bitter although I have to imagine the aromatic hops have faded a long time ago. Definitely a bottle worth sharing rather than doming. [3]

Sep 29, 2014
3 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Sep 28, 2014
4.25 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin on Sep 25, 2014
3.5 by Smileitsfreetobehappy from Alaska on Sep 15, 2014
3.5 by VerticalLiturgical from Illinois on Sep 08, 2014
3.5 by KAF from Iowa on Jul 24, 2014
4 by bleedsblu from Pennsylvania on Jul 22, 2014
4.5 by Alpar from Wisconsin on Jul 22, 2014
3.75 by GeorgiaBeerGuy from Georgia on Jul 21, 2014
4 by ajevne from Minnesota on Jun 25, 2014
4.25 by ucsbmullet from Colorado on Jun 21, 2014
3 by beernads from Florida on Jun 21, 2014
4 by MacQ32 from South Carolina on Jun 13, 2014
4.25 by CraigTravor from California on Jun 09, 2014
3.75 by crobinso from Colorado on Jun 02, 2014
4 by robear from Wisconsin on May 24, 2014
4 by UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin on May 19, 2014
4 by RobinLee from Wisconsin on May 10, 2014
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