Thumbprint Barley Wine | New Glarus Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mobius387 on 01-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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117
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350
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
13.8%
 
 
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Photo of zeledonia
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 (the only?) vintage. Tasted 8 September 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours medium amber, clear, one finger of yellowish head. Retention and lacing are okay. Not much to say.

Smells like a barleywine - has that potent, robust malty sweetness, though it's more robust than sweet. A little bit of hops sticking through, and a tiny bit of alcohol.

Taste is pretty similar. Moderately sweet, moderately hopped, nicely balanced. Doesn't have a whole lot of fruit. Sugary-sweet, with caramel and toffee. Nice balancing hops, not quite bitter, but a good contrast to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy, with rather low carbonation. Relatively low ABV for a barleywine, which makes it more drinkable than many.

A good malty, half-hoppy barleywine. Not super-sweet like most English barleywines, but not hopped-up like, say, SN Celebration. An interesting middle ground. Straightforward, not overly impressive, but a tasty beer.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass. Managed to cut my finger on the foil, ugh.

A: Pours crystal clear, light golden with a finger of light beige head. Good retention and a few streaks of lace. Looks like a pale ale.

S: Crystal malt, honey, apple, some graininess, a touch of caramel.

T: Mostly malt, honey, coriander, with gripping bitterness throughout the sip and a little sweetness on the finish.

M: Medium-full body and medium light carb. Hides the alcohol well.

O: More reminiscent of a clean, strong golden ale or something. There are no hops left.

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Photo of crossovert
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.

It pours a brilliant color, a perfectly clear honey-amber with a foamy white head that is a bit fizzy and doesn't leave much lacing. But the beer itself is beautiful.

The smell is huge, as soon as you pop the top a nice combo of zesty almost tropical citrusy hops and clean honeylike malt. It smells a bit like Hopslam or Double Jack. Not quite as hoppy but in that ballpark.

The flavor is great. It is definitely a hop-forward barleywine. It is crisp and dry rather than thick and chewy like normal beer of this gravity. There is a nice fruitiness to it, moreso light fruits than the typical rasiny flavor. The malts bring a big hit of sweetness but it is controlled. There is a light bit of perfumey alcohol presence but it is more flavor than heat. I have to stress it, for a 12% beer, yes it has alcohol prescence, all 12% beers do but this one is far and away the smoothest one I have ever had in this territory.

Barleywines aren't really my forte, I like them, but this one I loved. Non-traditional, but super delicious. And this is not an IPA at all, there is still a distinct malty alcoholic sweetness that would never be welcomed in a DIPA.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here we have a new barleywine from the Thumbprint series of New Glarus.

Red Foil cap pops off and I am greeted with a brief aromatic burst of peach crumble with caramel sauce on top. Once in the glass, this aroma changed to a lovely smell of densely brown sugared toffee malts with a potpourri of pine resin and orange peel hopping on top....as it warms up towards room temperature a backdrop of subtle tropical fruit tones appears in an understated sort of way.

Taste is partially reminiscent of certain Lagunitas products IMHO, what with all the emphasis on candied citric peel / pine resin duality combined with a strong and sweet malty backbone entirely capable of holding it all together. Not very dry...at least not until the finish, which transforms into semi-astringent dryness from the rising heat of the alcohol content. (Oddly enough, reminding me in the finish of the savory aspects of the flavor from Chinese takeout Orange Chicken.)

I have no idea what the ABV is, but I will state that it does not come across nearly as harshly alcoholic on the palate as a lot of other barleywines I've had, for which I am grateful. Body is on the thinner side of medium thickness, flows well in the mouth, it is perhaps about 10% undercarbonated however for my personal preferences.

Oh yes, and color. It poured out an orange-golden color with light haze, an exceedingly thin vanishing soda spritzer head that is gone in thirty seconds, no lacing. I am really intrigued by the light orange color of this barley wine.

Overall, interesting stuff. Well worth a try.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange body with a thin off white head. The orange is pretty vibrant and looks more like a west coast style ipa than anything else.

The smell is toasty, grainy, hints of bubble gum, pine, and apricot.

I hate using descriptions from the bottle for reviews, but it says toasted graham crackers and I'll go with that. The bubble gum shows up in the flavor and then becomes very grainy. It seems to be all over the place. The finish is like crushed aspirin.

Mouthfeel has prickly carbonation with a boozy burn.

This one is actually kind of a mess and misses the style for sure. It goes in so many strange directions that just don't mesh.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 7/13/12

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear copper color - moderately sized, off-white head - fades to a nice ring, leaves some lacing

Smell: A bit mild - looks too clear to be a barleywine, but it smells like one - cooked malts, cooked grains, grainy bread, and multigrain crackers - hops are prevalent here as well, with some citrus, pine, herbal notes, and earthy notes - some fruit, some alcohol

Taste: Rich - very malty, with a lot of cooked malts, caramelized malts, caramel, and dry crackers - sweet, but not sugary, just malty - complex, but not exceptional depth for the style - herbal citrus and pine, slightly resinous - bitter, with a lingering pithy character - some booze, becomes "a lot of booze" as it warms up

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, chewy, with some alcohol heat - could use a little more carbonation, maybe a little less booze

Overall: A tasty barleywine

This is a very hoppy and very boozy barleywine. Definitely a sipper. It's tasty, but a bit harsh for what I personally want in a barleywine. The malts could also be a tad more interesting. It might get better over time, but sadly this is my only bottle.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.44/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Founders snifter. I don't know if others exist, but this is a 2012 vintage.

I think this was an extra from mnbearsfan, but I am not 100% on that.

Apricot colored body sits with a fluffy beige crown of 3 fingers loftily perched atop. Very thick lacing and strong retention. I prefer my barleywines to be a shade darker, but I will admit that this looks mighty fine.

Smells surprisingly light on the malt bill... I get a big herbal spicy hop note over a sugar-glazed-citrusy sweetness. Quite underwhelming.
The flavor is much the same, but with a very large booziness on the backend. Spicy, piny, and herbal hops dominate the profile... Overly boozy.

Feels thin and overcarbed.

Overall-- a rare miss from NG. I tend to really enjoy their offerings, especially the unplugged series... But this just lacks anything special.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wine glass.

A- Pours a rich bright gold that has a reddish tint to it. The head is white and very thin.

S- This is a very citrus/hoppy smelling barley wine. There are notes of Orange, Pineapple, Grapefruit, Mango as well as other sweet fruits that I can't quite put my finger on. There is also a slight hoppy bitterness that melds its way around the overall aroma.

T- This is very hoppy for a barleywine. The taste is very sweet and fruity. The sweet start to the beer is also very tart and bready. There are notes of grapefruit and mango with light hints of barley in the middle. It ends with a sweet and bready finish somewhat reminiscent of shortbread cookies or graham crackers.

M- Chewy. Very carbonated with almost a slight sting to it. Slightly abrasive.

O- This is a barleywine that definitely grew on me a little. Initially I really did not enjoy it very much because of how hoppy it is. This is definitely the hoppiest barley-wine I have ever tasted. I originally bought a 4-pack and put 3 of them off to the side to age but unfortunately my weak will ended up leading me want to go back and try it again....twice. I am really looking forward to how the remaining bottle will turn out after about 4 years. A rare miss by New Glarus in my opinion.

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Photo of Mdog
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold, good head and lacing.

Smell: Sweet sugar candy and citrus hops.

Taste: Sweet entry and a citrus finish. Not particularly complex.

Overall: This really doesn't hit the barleywine spot for me, either English style or American style. It seems more like a big bock or a "strong ale", with a lot of sweetness but not much caramel or toffee flavors like expected from a barleywine. There is a fair amount of citrus hops, kind of reminds me of a Lagunitas brew. Not bad but not what I was expecting from a New Glarus barleywine, especially after the Iced Barleywine from a few years back.

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Photo of derkfromwi
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: One-finger white head that disappears kinda quick, nice golden color, some carbonation

S: Nice blend of hops, some citrus, bit of pine, some earthy malted barley, touch of sweetness

T: Sweet, then citrus hops, bitterness that stays, some bready barley, bit of alcohol/boozieness

M: Medium bodied, smooth and resiny, doesn't feel like 12% ABV, okay carbonation

O: Good stuff, got some to enjoy now, to share, and to store and see what happens

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one of the cleanest barley wines i've seen. a slightly hazy copper/orange in color with a full finger of head which dissipated slowly and left behind a bit of lacing. great head retention. the smell is of a sweet sweet grain bill with notes of caramel, honey, and bread. a sweet flavor throughout the drink, lots of bready malt notes, sweet taste of caramel, a slight citrus (orange) hint, walnuts.
full body with a slight bit of carbonation, definitely feeling the strong abv on this one (in the mouth and in the chest).

overall this is a pretty decent barley wine. i have to honestly say i was expecting a bit more from NG on this one, which honestly shouldn't mean much to the average guy looking for a good beer - i've been spoiled.. so far almost every beer of every style of theirs has blown every other beer of that style away. this one doesn't do that for me, but is still a really good beer for the style. hope that makes sense.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange with a 1 finger white head that faded almost immediately leaving just a trace of lacing.

Smells of brown sugar, bready malts and tropical fruit hops.

Bright tropical fruit hop presence hits the front of the tongue. Brown sugar and graham cracker give it a sweetness in the middle and it finishes with a bit of piney bitterness although the caramel flavor is also present. Finishes with a touch of alcohol as well although not harsh.

Medium body for a BW with lowish carbonation.

Definitely an American Barleywine although the hops aren't as strong as some others I've had. It's a bit too boozy to do more than sip on it and I doubt I'd want more than one in one setting, but still good.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Schlais for the crazy extra hookup.

Appearance: A surprising dark gold. Head is bright-white with a decent retention. Head is small, creamy, tight, and leaves some moderate streaks of lacing. Minimal carbonation on the whole thing.

Smell: Solid hit of pine, citrus, and a big floral note. Malts are big and bready. Some seriously cooked malts and grains. Vaguely biscuity. Hints of flower petals and fresh baked bread. Lots of grain, like multigrain bread or crackers. Too varied to really pull anything in particular out. Hits close to marmalade on the citrus scale. Very full and sweet without being cloying. Light hit of caramel and deeper sugars, a bit different for what I expect from the style.

Taste: Grapefruit zest. Marmalade and a touch of pine. Malts are sweet, pushing touches of caramel and toffee. Bready and biscuity in good measure. Huge hit of alcohol on the back of each sip. Seriously cooked malts. Slight resin. Touch of alcohol grows to a big smack of heat as the beer warms. Lots of malt flavor, but not as complex as would be expected given the slightly toasted, sweet, caramel, biscuit, and such coming from the malts. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: A moderate-full body. A bit chewy at times. Minimal carbonation. Solid dryness on the back from the alcohol.

Overall: A partial Thumbprint.

Not the most complex barleywine out there, but it's unique. A bit of a mess, but a year might help settle things down a bit. A nice big balance of malts and hops. A big beer all around.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Kasteel goblet.

Appearance- Golden orangish color that keeps a solid 1 finger cloudy head with nice lacing being left behind. Small little carbonation bubbles are cascading to the surface.

Smell- Lots of fruit. Apple, orange, and even a pumpkin and all spice scent.

Taste- A booze bomb up front. The back end has a small amount of the sweet fruits as detected by the nose.

Mouthfeel- A good medium feel that doesn't make it as hard to take all the boozy flavor.

Overall- A little to boozy for my liking. They need a little more malt and definitely more hops presence to balance the alcohol. I would suggest this for those who don't mind a somewhat boozy beer. Would work well as a winter warmer because you do get a nice mellow burn.

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Photo of DCon
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ rjacobs6 as an extra. I'm aging two of these so decided to pop one from last year and see how it aged. Poured from the red saran wrapped bottle into my 4 Hands Tulip Glass. 2012 Vintage.

Aroma- Carmelized with a light honey, super sweet background. Has a note of alcohol but doesn't overpower.

Appearance- Has a Reddish Copper colored body with good clarity. A .5 finger find head had average retention but only a few suds were left behind.

Flavor- Sweet, Candied, and tons of caramel come across at the beginning. Has almost no bitterness but hops are absolutely present.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Light-Medium Carbonation, light bourbon and a sweet finish.

Overall Impression- A super strong Barleywine that was almost candied at times. I'm excited to try the other two down the road. Another awesome brew by New Glarus.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16 oz. snifter.

A- light transparent caramel color, with a 1 finger dirty white head. Few clumps of bubbles cling to the glass.

S- sweet malts and a ton of citrus (orange rinds), some booze is noticeable as well.

T- sweet caramel at first followed by a big punch of citrus. Decent citrus hop bitterness but not overwhelming.

M- medium body, creamy. Abv not as noticeable in taste and feel as in nose.

O- solid American Barleywine. Many will say this is just a boozy dipa, but this has a slight more malt sweetness to it.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage mentioned on the bottle.

A= Pours a translucent amber color with a small white head on it that rises to a finger high and holds some decent retention without being great and the lacing is spotty.

S= The smell is peppery and hoppy. I dunno why but it has a black pepper smell to it for me. Nice grassy hops and a little malty sweetness to back it up.

T= The taste is big hops without being over the top. A nice peppery grassy hop character in it and a bit of a malt backbone. The alcohol is well hidden despite other reviews I've read. Really not bad at all. A sort of American barleywine with english hops?

M= Nice carbonation.

O= This is much better than I expected after reading other reviews. It's not the hot mess people have made it sound and it actually is a subtle enjoyable barleywine with soft hop characters and a soft malt backbone to follow. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of TWStandley
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appeared a brilliantly clear golden red color with a 2 finger off white head.

Smells malty and sweet with a decently strong hop presence.

Very smooth and light tasting for a barleywine. Alcohol hidden well. Slight fruitness and a bit of a tart taste.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin and a bit too carbonate for the style. Abv is well hidden though.

Not bad....pretty refreshing for a barley.

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Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip. About 1 and a half years old, probably.

A: Pours a slightly murky dark orange with a nice white head.

S: Mellow pine resin and candi sugar, light booze, papaya, a bit leafy.

T: Hops still going strong, but probably have mellowed a bit since the release. Grapefruit juice, tree sap, resinous, sweet grain, light grassy bitterness, tangerine, biscuit malt.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Still a good hoppy barleywine, but I don't see any reason to age this one. If they brew it again I'll pick it up fresh.

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Photo of Treebs
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle served in a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a hazy solid amber color with a thin yellow head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring.

S: Candied sugar and large piney hops fill nose right away. Caramel malt sweetness is present as well, but it smells like a big and boozy DIPA right now.

T: The taste is more barely wine which I really enjoyed. Caramel malts sweetness, candied sugar, some light alcohol with a nice bitter hop profile to balance it out. As it warms more of the booze takes over and takes away from the over all flavor profile

M: Medium bodied, but a little on the lighter side. Slightly sticky and there is a lower carb level.

O: This was a solid over all American BW. There alcohol was noticeable, but there wasn't any heat to take away from the mouthfeel, although the alcohol taste did take away from an otherwise nice tasting BW.

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Photo of Lemke10
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 12oz single bottle from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $2.59 in early 2012.

Pours a semi-clear light amber color with quite a bubbly head of carbonation leaving a decent amount of lacing around the glass. There are some slight scents of barley but it is mostly of bitter hops giving it more of an IPA scent. The first sip explodes with flavors of bready grains and hops. Drinks extremely smooth and yet is very filling. Is definitely a sipping beer as it will taunt you, daring you to drink 2 in a row which I certainly would not recommend. Even though it is a barleywine, it's definitely something a IPA/IIPA would enjoy trying.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a goblet, this barley wine was a reddish copper color with a slight head. The most immediate aroma was the citrus note of hops. Initial taste was a intense citurs flavor. As other reviewers have noted, this is more characteristic of an DIPA. Also hidden in the flavor was a faint nutty taste that reminded me of amaretto. It should further be noted that there was a strong alcohol presence in the taste with a slight malt backbone. The aftertaste, aided by a thicker texture, had a lingering warming sensation of alcohol. The citrus hints accompanied the alcohol, but were no longer as potent.

New Glarus may be my favorite brewery and barley wine is among my favorite styles, but this was certainly a letdown. Lacking the sweetness of a good barley, this does resemble a DIPA.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 8/5/12 tasting notes.

Thanks to ncketchum for the bottle. Poured this into a CBS snifter. Served slightly chilled.

A) Orange with a little red tint. Full finger of off white head. Nice retention, a dusting remained. Decent lacing too.

S) Malty sweetness, caramel, tropical fruit, pineapple, honey, light pine and grass as well. The alcohol was faint on the nose.

T) Follows the nose pretty closely, with the exception being the alcohol is definitely more pronounced in the flavor. There is a little tingle and some warmth, but it stays balanced, and highly drinkable.

M) I found this to be pretty full bodied. Thick, chewy, even a little bit syrupy. Light carbonation worked well. This was smooth all the way to the alcohol tingle. There was some warmth, and a pleasant aftertaste.

O) I really enjoyed this brew. One of the better barley wines I've had in recent memory. Drank this on the patio, and didn't really take into account the 12% ABV, but man it hit me. I walked inside and said to my wife, get those kids some chicken nuggets and put on a movie. Special thanks to Daniel and Deborah Carey at New Glarus Brewing Co. Woo Hoo... Everyone's getting laid tonight!! Glad to recommend this fine brew.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of AlAlvarez. It was allowed to warm before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

New Glarus Thumbprint Barley Wine pours a super clear orange, with three to four fingers of cream colored foam topping the beer. The head retention is very good, but the lacing is fairly spotty. The nose is heavy on dank piney hops, with an herbal-mint edge. There's also just a hint of caramel lurking about. Each sip brings a touch of bready malts and caramel at the front end of thing. The bitterness is definitely noticeable, but definitely not quite as intense as some of the more highly hopped barleywines. The hop flavor isn't quite as heavy on pine as the nose. That ends up leaving room for more minty-herbal notes to clearly shine through. The body is surprisingly light for the style, and there's a definite (though not harsh) warming sensation from the alcohol. Cabonation is nicely dialed in, there's enough to boos the hop profile a little bit, but it stops short of being bubbly to a distracting degree. New Glarus's Thumbprint Barley Wine was a nice beer to have in my glass for a while this evening, it just doesn't hit the mark solidly, specifically as a barleywine. There's just not enough of a sturdy malt background. It's probably closer to the dryness of a DIPA in that department.

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle cellared between 53 and 65 degrees for 1 year.

A - Poured into a snifter the beer offers a nice thick frothy head with large bubbles in the middle and smooth soft edges a pinky's width up to the glass. The body is crisp, clear, clean and a very nice orange color. Well done. 4.0

S - Hints of pungent fruit which seem to be the due to the perfect balance between the hops and malt that fill my nose. It is begging to be sipped. 4.25

T - Wow, let me start with the finish. The deep taste of plum and apple. The middle is a build up of the two and the beginning is a sharp maltiness. 4.5

M - The finish on the center front of my tongue is very unique. It's very abrasive in that spot. The sticky residue throughout and after each pull is well rounded. It is extremely smooth and surprisingly yet comfortably soft while in the mouth. Again, very unique for a barleywine. That being said, it is a very fine feel. This may be it's finest quality. My inky reason for it not being perfect is because I wish it were juuust a bit heavier. 4.75

~~~ This beer has gotten light-years better while in the cellar. It is fantastic! I you were in a position a year ago to have aquired a 4-pack and you cellared a few, now is the time to take a sampling. I have two more bottles in the cellar now and I'm seriously considering cracking them now... but I won't. I'll wait for their respective 3 and 5 years in the cellar. 4.5

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The review below was entered on 1/28/13. The review is from a sampling from tap. The calculated the rating was a 2.7.

A - This is the cleanest bodied barleywine I have ever seen. It's copper in color with a moderate level of carbonation and topped by a half inch of white head. 4

S - Smells nothing like the barleywines I've ever had before. Citrus hops are prevalent with absolutely no pungent fruit or malt aromas. 3.5

T - After taking my first sip I had to think the bartender mis-poured and served me an IPA rather than a barleywine. This beer tastes nothing like any barleywines I've had. It's all citrus and grapefruit hops with a tiny malt sweetness. If I were comparing this to other barleywines I wouldn't choose this one over any other. I really like the pungent flavors of plum, molasses and brown sugar that come with the barleywines I've had in the past. In my opinion this one's flavors don't measure up. If this were a double or imperial IPA it would be top notch in the flavor category. 2

M - The brew is slightly coarse while offering a crispness on the tongue. It too leaves a slightly sticky finish on my lips. I do wish it were thicker/heavier in the body. 4

~ Based on the characteristics available to the consumer and not the way in which the beer was brewed, I have to say the only thing making this a barleywine is the ABV. At 12% it is right in the wheelhouse of a barleywine. Other than that I have a hard time seeing this brew fitting well into the style category of barleywine. This all being said, I do plan to pick up a four pack in order to cellar a few bottles. I suppose one of the true measures of a barleywine that should be considered is its ability to cellar. I'll review it again in a couple years to see how it develops over time. 2.5

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Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.
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