Thumbprint Winter Warmer | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
84
good
256 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BarrytheBear on 01-05-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
256
Reviews:
53
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
12.37%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
23
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of cheesy26
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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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.

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Photo of Karl_M
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%

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?

Cheers!

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Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

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Photo of tyleeis
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of NailGunGuy
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of pabney
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of MrTana
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of alpenglocken
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of aubzachsyd
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of koes0024
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of RobinLee
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

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Photo of hinemk76
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of AmandaSchaefer
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Grfilwett
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of KindaFondaGoozah
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of jwenzel019
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
3.72 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
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