Thumbprint Barley Wine | New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Barley WineThumbprint Barley Wine
BA SCORE
72.6%
Liked This Beer
3.89 w/ 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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
350
Liked:
254
Avg:
3.89/5
pDev:
13.37%
Alströms:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
67
Trade:
3
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 350 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Thorpe, served in a snifter, beer is yellow and mostly clear with a white head, one finger, small bubbles, no lacing, moderate retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is plain and sweet with a mild malt and a little cider.

Beer is medium in body and drinkable, sweet and nice throughout with a good finish. It is a fine little beer but a little too dry on the finish and has this mild cidery sense to it. Interesting but not great. I don't think I'll repeat.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus taster glass.

Pours a fairly-clear caramel color with a thin white head. Retention is a bit weak, quickly falling to a thin collar. The nose has some sweet malt with some light fruits and a good dose of bread plus caramel. Some lingering hops contribute a bit of bitterness to the flavor, and there's some warming booze in the background. Medium-full body with a good dose of residual sugar. Decent, but not a standout.

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Photo of hardy008
2.21/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear light amber with a one finger off white head with decent retention and no lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, caramel, and alcohol. Much of the aroma is not very strong, and it was pretty difficult to pick up as much as I did.

The strongest taste in the beer is the alcohol, no contest. That is not a good thing, since I like to have the alcohol well disguised, instead of front and center. There is also the taste of grapefruit and caramel, but they are overwhelmed by the alcohol taste.

Less than medium bodied with somewhat high carbonation. Not what I expected, and really disappointing. Doesn't really taste or feel like a Barleywine, just a booze bomb.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wendall for this one!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a small white head on top. Not much retention reducing to an extremly thin cap on top. Thin, but sticky lacing forms on most of the glass.

S: Extremely hoppy, but not like Bigfoot. Lots of pine and citrus - plenty of rind. Very faint alcohol tinge.

T: Not as hoppy as the aroma, but still plenty of citrus with some malty sweetness backing it up. A little bit of bready malt as it warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks very easy and smooth.

O: Very different compared to most barleywines I have had, and I quite like this one. Doesn't come off all heavy and malty, but a bit lighter with lots of hops coming through.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is crystal clear, appearing a light golden color. Mild effervescence and a lasting quarter inch of white head that leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The aroma brings malt, caramels, alcohol, maybe a hint of butterscotch candy. Alcohol presence is nicely disguised. This one could sneak up on you in a hurry. Malty, fruity, a tad sweet. Hop presence shines in the finish, offering a light bitterness. Overall, I thought this was really solid. I would have this again.

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Photo of Lukafer
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of sgoro
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of nathanjohnson
1.75/5  rDev -55%

Photo of AleWatcher
2.44/5  rDev -37.3%
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 Zenk
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of sbricker
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ChicagoPeacemaker
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Zuidman
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
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 tbeq00
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of billab914
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Devil's Backbone tulip. It poured orange amber in color with a thin but frothy head covering the top.

The aroma has a bready, biscuity, slight caramal flavor coming out of the malts. I get a good amount of hoppiness to it as well which gives it a moderate citrusy and fruity presence. It's got a little bit of a candied orange flavor to it. Pretty good balance of hoppy and malty. As it warmed though more of a alcohol heat started to come out.

The taste also has a pretty big hoppiness to it with grapefruit and citrus rind bitterness throughout. The maltiness comes through as more of a sweeter, candied orange like flavor. Bitter, citrus rind lingers well after the finish. A little alcohol heat is there in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being average. Overall it was a pretty de centbeer, but the maltiness was a little too reserved and one dimensional for my preferences in the style. The hoppiness just seemed to dominate a little too much, especially in the citrus rind, bitter, finish. I think this could have easily been labeled a DIPA and I wouldn't have questioned it much. I got a lot of alcohol heat to it as well that didn't help. Good beer overall, but not one that stands out in the style for me.

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Photo of Hanby
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden/ reddish with a finger of off-white head. Held against the light, it looks like a wheat field under the setting sun (poetic, I know.)
Smell: Graham crackers and hops.
Taste: Good balance of malty sweetness with subtle hops. The malt stands out the most, with a somewhat sweet graham cracker flavor. The hops are present but subtle, keeping the beer from being too sweet.
Mouthfeel: Full, sweet, and crisp. Big alcohol presence.
Overall: I really enjoyed this barley wine. It was more than I expected: the stand-out flavor is definitely in the graham cracker malt, but it is balanced by a subtle hop presence that I enjoyed. Very good beer. The one complaint may be a little too much booze-taste. It is 12% ABV, which, I think, is normal for a barley wine. But it was a little much. Overall, though, very good.

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Photo of valdieu2
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Durb777
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Brilliant robust golden color, two fingers of thick head

SMELL: Marmalade, green peppercorn, faint leather, passion fruit, rose water, alcohol, light caramel, crackers

TASTE: Incredibly smooth, creamy, full body, dry biscuits, yeast, ripe exotic fruit, pulling hop bitterness, leafy, mint, hop resin, citric rind, peppery, floral, big alcohol, lingering clean graininess in the boozy semi-bittersweet finish.

Bit of a booze bomb, a sipping brew all the way. I can understand the brewers intention but it just does not hit me the right way fully. Fun to drink? Sure, just make sure you sip it or share a bottle ... that might be better.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Mdog
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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 cradke
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden with a nice little head to it. Transparent. Welcoming appearance

Smell: Quite a bit of hops for a barley wine. Sweeter nose to it. The malt comes through and there isn't much alcohol.

Taste: Hoppier than most barley wines even though this has about 2 months of age on it. There is a decent sweetness to it. Little alcohol. I wish there was a bit more balance and complexity but it's still a fantastic brew. A very refreshing and easy going barelywine.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than most but nothing to complain about.

Overall: A nice easy going barleywine. A little sweeter and lighter than most but refreshing. Interested to see how this would age.

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Photo of Scout11
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Thumbprint Barley Wine from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 72.6% out of 100 with 350 ratings
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