Thumbprint Barley Wine | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
350 Ratings
Thumbprint Barley WineThumbprint Barley Wine
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
350
Reviews:
117
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
13.77%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
67
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Stevedore
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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]

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Photo of wordemupg
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 28/5/13 cheers MasterSki and Sean9689 for sending the bottle

A glows an orange amber with a slight haze due to tiny suspended particles, looks a little flat but there's two fingers of soapy foam that's gone before I really observed it and leaves a few random patches of lace

S smells of candied pineapple and wheaty cereal, caramels strong with a little pine, It smells more like a DIPA and that suits me fine

T some tropical hops work well, this would've been an absolute palate wrecker fresh, a little booze but if this has the 12% behind it that I see listed I'm impressed with how well they concealed the booze

M thick and syrupy and it takes some effort to pull my lips apart, shes one sticky brew, slick after the fact with a DIPA like piney caramel aftertaste, if this is really 12% I'm impressed because other then my sideways walking and my head heating up there's not a whole lot of booze proof

O hopped to hell BW and I'm happy with that, hits all the spots and I don't even know if I'd want to age a bottle

my bottle's stamped 3611 on the neck and according to Fresh Beer Only that would mean this was bottled Feb, 2011, if that's the case I'm worried how this tastes fresh. young BW?, old DIPA? either way I'd drink another

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear light amberish orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and bubbles

S: Booze and big hop wallop, neither of which being bad

T: Immediate hop blast with citrus, light pine and some tropical fruit being very prevelant if not dominant. A bit bready, nice booze sting with a good dose of sugar in this.

M: Very nice, well carbonated but one dimensional. Stinging, acidic at times, warming but no letdown on the palate

O: This beer is what it is..a big, mega hopped American barleywine that leans to the lighter end of the spectrum..much like a Hog Heaven. I suspect this will cellar well oeaking in about five years

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Photo of rfgetz
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden amber, moderate cap of bone white froth, gone quickly. Nose brings immediate attention to the hops - light citrus with earthy, herbal and grassy notes, smooth medium caramel in the back end - nothing too bold. Taste again is hop forward, earthy more than fruity. For a barleywine, the malt profile disapoints a bit as its mostly smooth caramel and honey. Again, the body is out of style - smooth, medium, moderate carbonation. Good beer that I enjoyed, but slightly out of style.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First NG thumbprint beer of 2012. Let see how they did...

poured into a snifter.

Appearance: golden orange bodied beer with a solid one inch tall bone white head. Spotty lacing clings to the side of the glass. Head drops quickly to a ring around the side of the glass.

Smell: Smells really fruity and citrusy hops grapefruit, oranges, pineapples, mangos and lite pine. The malts seem to be hiding in the back of the beer with notes of light caramel, biscuits and a light syrupy smell to it.

Taste: Moderate bitterness right out of the gates. Lots of pine notes with the citrus getting lost in the bitterness. The malt bill also seems to be lost in this beer. Finishes bitter and piney. Just barely any boozey notes even though this beer is a monster at 12%; that is the impressive part of this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. This beer is both slick and clean despite it bitterness.

Overall: Its not a barleywine and its closer to an Imperial IPA, but its not really that style either. Its a beer with a lost identity. I really love NG beers, but I gotta say I am dissapointed. I am not a huge fan of American style Barleywines, but I still can appreciate a good American Barleywine. Its a well made beer, but I think that New Glarus could have done a better job on this beer.

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Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of maximum12
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One cannot cross the border without bringing back the latest New Glarus frankenstein, & I didn't. The Unplugged/Thumbprint series have been good enough that I picked up a couple four-packs of this sight-untasted. 12 oz. bottle into my lovely Cap'n Larry tulip.

Pour is a shiny orange. Color is deep enough that it seems to glow from within rather than depending on an external light source. Crystal clear. Almost have to submerge my nose to get much smell-wise, bits of sweet malt, sugar, plum, very fruity.

Thumbprint Barley Wine certainly has a small mule's kick to it. Hot alcohol is immediately evident in the tingling of the throat, warming of one's core functions, & a sharp increase in IQ. As others have noted, this is one hoppy barleywine. Citrus & pine are oozing over my palate with a boozy sting. Very bready. Lots of reddish fruit in the mid-section, plum, apple. Sugary. Almost a rum-like tinge in the aftertaste. Numbing. Would be a good substitute for Novocaine for oral surgery. A shot? No thanks. I had three Thumbprint barleywinesh in ze lobby.

I'm finding it hard to pass judgment on this beer. Certainly tasty, stoopidly easy to drink. A very good beer that doesn't fold itself nicely into any category. Wonder what time will do to it.

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Photo of Gotti311
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crobinso
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of barnzy78
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours copper in color with a thin white head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Aromas are boozy with some caramel and vanilla. Tastes are overly boozy with notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, some pine on the finish. Mouth-feel is on the thinner side for a barley wine, finishes dry, and yes - boozy. Overall, I think the ABV could have been toned down to a 10 or so to take away the booze factor here. Still drinkable and decent, but there are better barley wines on the shelf to choose from.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle opened on 11.8.12

A - Pours a cloudy orange with a red tint. A small off-white, fizzy head forms and fades rapidly.

S - Sweet malt, citrus, carmel.

T - Carmel malt, rye bread, orange citrus, alcohol burn.

D - Good carbonation, with a heavier body, hot finish.

O - Pretty mild, but well carbonated. Pretty hot on the finish.

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Photo of Dactrius
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of n2185
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a slightly hazy honey color with half a finger of off-white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: Caramel malts up front followed by an almost Belgian-like aroma with candy sugar, lavender, and bubblegum. There are also notes of mango and apricots. The finish is sweet and bready.

T: Caramel malts here as well with vanilla, some sweet and slightly tart fruits, and hearty, sweet breads. There is a decent alcohol burn on this as well.

M: Medium-thick body with carbonation on the low side of medium, this beer would be a bit lighter than most barleywines if not for the alcohol burn.

O: An interesting barleywine overall that seems to have some Belgian influences. It smells quite nice, but unfortunately the taste doesn't have the same complexity.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to mnbearsfan for the sweet extra! enjoyed from my "E" snifter.

a - brew poured a transparent orange with a finger full of off white head that hung out for a bit, but dissolved to a a thin layer of fizzy head.

s - nice citric hop profile, kind of smells like a hoppy pale or a timid/faded ipa. not the big bold odor that i that i would expect for a barley, but pleasant none-the-less.

t - flavor is JUST like the nose. subtle citric hoppiness reminiscent of a hoppy pale or a faded ipa. nice and soft...NO sign of the booze that this one carries. bug again, not very barleywine like...but tasty.

m - a bit fizzy, the ABV is hidden extremely well. a bit thin for such a big beer, but dangerously drinkable.

o - overall, not very barleywine like, but a tasty soft easy drinking beer with a HUGE ABV that is hardly noticeable. yet another beer that makes me sad that NG doesn't distribute to me. hopefully some day this brewery will make it out of WI to the east coast.

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Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jera1350
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has the look of a DIPA. Clear golden color with a short creamy head that leaves lots of lacing.

Lots of citrus and tropical fruit coming from the hops. A nice little malt sweetness reminiscent of honey also. There is a hint of belgian yeast which I know isn't the source, but it's there.

Wow, very different from other barleywines I've had. Big hit of tropical fruit. Passionfruit, pineapple, citrus fruit, star fruit, etc. Getting lots of floral notes from the hops also. The malt is of the lighter variety and gives the flavor the taste of a DIPA. Honey like malt presence. I do get a touch of Belgian yeast in the flavor. Very subtle and I'm not complaining a bit about it. Alcohol comes through some.

The feel is a bit dry at the end, but sticky beforehand. Not as big of a body as the abv suggests and the style commands. Again, reminds one of a DIPA. Smooth beer though.

Barleywine/DIPA? Who really cares. A drinkable Barleywine or an age able DIPA, take your pick. Have it both ways, I know I will. In my opinion, a unique take on the style and one that I thoroughly enjoy.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dirtylou
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single from my madison "connect"

appearance: served in an oversized snifter, bright glowing orange-amber body, thick white cream but only light lacing

smell: very hop-forward, grassy citrus, honey, booze

taste: pretty deviant from the style - huge honey notes, grassy and herbal, stinging citrus hops, pretty large alcohol bite, low residual sweetness. I dont know - not crazy about this

mouthfeel: oily, creamy medium body

overall: well crafted, but not crazy about the direction

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Photo of atone315
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
3611 printed in black on the shoulder. No info.

A - Vividly golden toffee in color, this barleywine is decidedly clear with a bone head that's got some insane staying power! Plenty of lace curtains are drawn across the snifter as the head fades away. Brilliant looking!

S - With a hop-heavy nose like IIPA, it can be safely assumed this is an American Barleywine. Bold, juicy mango and pineapple tropical fruitiness overlaps the sweet, bready malt. Rich, gooey caramel undertones create a balancing act with the potent hop nose.

T - Plenty hoppy in flavor but shockingly more balanced towards the malt. Beginning to end, the lip-smackingly juicy hops leave mango, pineapple, and some grapefruit dancing on the tongue. Lots of bready, heavy (not overwhelming) caramel malt to the rescue!

M - A brisk crispness crosses the tongue momentarily before the sweet, full-bodied malt sets in. Moderately bitter hips finish out with a light dryness. Faint alcohol can be felt retro-nasally, but sheer balance brings this to a close.

O - Another excellent beer from New Glarus, the Thumbprint Barleywine teeters on a fine line between Double IPA and American Barleywine but remains balanced throughout. Agreeable, fruity hops and smooth caramel malts mash up for one delicious beer that's a pleasure to drink. I'll be aging plenty of these for years to come. Damn do I love that New Glarus is in Wisconsin.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Mike for cracking this one; I always look forward to something I haven't had from New Glarus. This one has a shockingly light hue for a barley wine; deep golden yellow with a substantial haze throughout. The "head" fades insanely quick and settles as a stark-white ring around the top of the beer as it just sits, still and motionless.

The nose contains quite a bit of hops, especially considering the style. Florals, grassy hops, perfume, light citrus, tart lemon zest, and some herbs are spread out across a light blanket of some sticky caramel and toasted, bready malt.

The hop character seems to be a bit heavier than the malts, and the malts don't seem as dark or sweet as you think they'd be, considering the style. It almost reminds me of a super strong double IPA that's been sitting for a while and the hops have toned down to "not quite DIPA" levels.

Again, the first sip isn't screaming "barley wine", as the beer is actually quite hoppy. I've had hoppy barley wines, sure, but this one just doesn't seem to fit the style. Herbs, leaves, peppery, grassy, and full of underlying citrus; sweet and even mildly tart. Would be a pretty good hop bill for a D/IPA.

After a bit of some time, I finally start getting some barley wine essence; the malts open up and grow with warmth; sticky caramel, toffee, and quite a bit of sweet toast. There's also some apple-y sweetness in the finish that closes things out quite nicely, along with a subtle boozy warmth. The body is heavy and sticky like a barley wine should be, with minimal carbonation.

A little perplexing, that's for sure. Not quite the barley wine I was expecting, but it was still a pretty tasty brew. It took a while for me to come around to it, but in the end it was pretty good. Barley wine? Extra-malty DIPA? What's the difference, really? Far from New Glarus's best offering, but still worth a try.

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Photo of kvgomps
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.85 out of 5 based on 350 ratings.
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