Thumbprint Winter Warmer | New Glarus Brewing Company

BA SCORE
84
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256 Ratings
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Thumbprint Winter WarmerThumbprint Winter Warmer
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
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Photo of mecummins
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Dactrius
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear orange. Nice white head. Settles pretty quickly. Thin collar and an island of foam.

Smell - Apples and some butterscotch. A little bit of booze. Fruity.

Taste - Apple again. Less butterscotch. Very fruity and estery. A little bit of bitterness. Lots of pale malt in it.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated. Medium body but feels thin.

Overall - Uninspired. Very fruity but not an interesting fruity flavor.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle opened on 11.6.13

A - Pours a dirty light brown with a huge light tan head with great retention.

S - Raisins, caramel, metallic.

T - Spices, raisin, caramel, metal, like sucking on a nickel.

D - Thin body and lots of carbonation.

O - Close, well not really. Lots of metallic tones.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle with no date, no abv given

This... is the definition of a malt bomb. If it really is 9% then it does an excellent job of hiding it. Deep flavor, but all malty and dark fruity. Gingerbread, cinnamon, raisins, plums, etc. Very sweet and no spicy coriander or clove to speak of.

Totally not what I expected. Not really a winter warmer, more of a wild scottish ale.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz red foiled bottle purchased as a four pack. Just come into town this week as the newest Thumbprint release.

Pours a deep rich pumpkin color with a head that vanishes as quickly as the Bengals offense.Lethargic spatter....Dexter would be disappointed.

Smells of warm cider, mulling spices, salted nuts, and toffee. Seems to capture the essence of the holidays in a glass.

Light brown sugary notes, warmed red apple flesh, and cinnamon. Alcohol heat cuts a swatch across the middle into the finish. Oddly, it's a bit unrelenting. Not sure of the abv on this, but it's not mellow.

Medium bodied with light carbonation and just a bit too boozy.

There's some promise here, but it seems a bit raw. Alcohol is sharp, flavors are a bit muddled and incomplete, and the finish is actually quite distracting. Maybe it's a mind game, some sort of perceived brand loyalty, or nostalgia, but are the Thumbprints not as good as the Unplugged? I'm staking my claim here. They are not.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into rocks glass. Clear reddish copper with a tall white head that quickly fades. No lacing, but that may be the glassware. Spiced pear, malt, toffee, and clove. Taste is initially bitter earthiness followed by toasted malt, bread, and caramel sweetness, ending with alcohol spice and pear esters. Medium-light body, creamy texture, active carbonation, and a semi dry toasted finish.

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Photo of Ri0
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Light tan/orange hue with big 3 finger dirty blonde head. Good retention and some lacing.

S - Some toffee and caramel malts with bready hints. Spiced up with a boozy scent.

T - Not a Scotch Ale. This is more of a Christmas spiced beer than anything. There is a bit of alcohol, spice, and caramelized malt. Not a fan of this style of beer.

M - Medium body with plenty of carbonation. Alcohol burn on the finish.

O - This is a winter warmer, but not a Scotch ale. Glad I only had one bottle and shared it. First beer from Dan I didn't care for.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Ommegang chalice glass

Appearance- A hazy orangish color with 2 fingers of fluffy off white head that leaves a little spotty lacing. The head dissipates somewhat but still a nice froth almost all the way down.

Smell- Getting some orange peel with a bunch of other citrus notes which seems odd for a scottish ale. Smells a lot like a saison.

Taste- Lots of winter spices including clove and cinnamon and some orange peel.

Mouthfeel- On the light side of medium with a nice warming sensation.

Overall- This beer is all over the place. It smells like a saison, it tastes like a winter warmer and is considered a scottish ale. If you go purely on the name you will get what you are expecting as there is a very nice winter spice and warming to this beer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure where the 9% came from. I have not seen that published.

Certainly does not taste or feel like that or a wee heavy. More of a scottish ale in my opinion.

Overcarbonated...keeps foaming up. Tough to get past the head.

It has some nice caramel/toffee impressions on the nose and taste.

Body is mediumish...a little sweet on the finish.

Lacks any type of peatiness....

Decent enough malt forward medium bodied ale I'd expect as more of a year round type offering than a special thumbprint beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Acquired from the very gracious Duff27 in a trade. New Glarus "Winter Warmer. Self-identifies as a Scotch Ale on the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with simple effective label and foiled over branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery, which makes many beers I absolutely adore.

I have no idea why this is currently classified as a Scottish Ale on this website; it's a Scotch Ale according to New Glarus and it's called a Winter Warmer. So go figure.

Paired with bowtie pasta.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours an impressive 5+ finger head of gorgeous soft creamy complexion, great thickness, and fantastic retention (~7+ minutes) for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear refined copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light lacing as the head recedes. Not typical of the style; it's got a brighter body colour and the head has unusually impressive retention. Overall, it's gorgeous and I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Bright fruit, malty sweetness, clean bright toffee, light toasted malt, intoxicating pear, crystal malt, biscuit, and light peach. The bright fruity notes are a highlight here, with that sinfully appealing pear really grabbing my attention. I do get some wheat and clove; it's redolent of a fine kellerweizen in some ways. Floral hopping complements these notes well. Light stonefruit - maybe plum - emerges as it warms. It's an above average strength aroma and certainly a high quality one. No alcohol comes through; I'd guess it was 4% if pressed. Very impressive and appealing, but not at all what I expect in a scotch ale. It screams fresh and inviting.

T: Bready, with caramel malt, mild dark stonefruit (including plum), and some toasted character. Pear is a bit more restrained in the taste than in the aroma, but it still lends a pleasant flavour here. A bit of clove spice. Belgian candi sugar. No alcohol comes through. Maybe some biscuity yeast. It's well balanced and built, but it's somewhat simple. Still, there's some notable subtlety here. It doesn't taste at all like a Scotch Ale, but I do quite like it. A bit of apple. Some banana, maybe some bubblegum. It's well put together for what it is.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Lightly refreshing. Moderate presence on the palate. Carbonation is slightly high - a rarity for New Glarus in my experience. Complements the flavour profile, allowing the full depth of flavour to impact. That said, there isn't a lot of heavy flavour here; it's a pretty timid beer. Chewy. Somewhat soft. Not at all acidic. Adequate body.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Hides its ABV well. I like it, but I expected more from New Glarus. This is pretty good, but I figured as a thumbprint series beer, it would wow me. I doubt it will disappoint unless you're really looking for a traditional Scotch Ale; this definitely isn't that. Nor is it a winter warmer. What it is is a tasty all around beer that I probably won't ever have again - and that's okay. Try it if you find it, but there's no need to seek it out.

Drank fine from a pint glass.

Serve chilled.

B-

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3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I finally got my hands on one of these. I sort of wish had I not been able to do so. Poured into a goblet, the beer was an orange-brown color. It is not as dark as I would expect for a Scottish Ale. I enjoyed the aroma. I detect banana for the most part, as though dehydrated banana chips were in the glass. The taste is where things go wrong. A certain musty element drowned the banana and clove that I initially detected. To put it another way, I felt like I dropped a banana on the basement floor and ate it. Not only does this not taste like a scotch, but it does not taste good. The mouthfeel was reasonably appropriate for the style. But in the end, this is the first real failure that I have had from New Glarus. Aside from missing the standards of the style, it just tastes un-good. This is not even a matter of holding New Glarus to a standard that is too high. This would not be a good effort for any brewery.

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3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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