Thumbprint Winter Warmer | New Glarus Brewing Company

Thumbprint Winter WarmerThumbprint Winter Warmer
BA SCORE
3.62/5
256 Ratings
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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
256
pDev:
12.15%
Bros Score:
3.66
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
22
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 53
Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Photo of cosmonick
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of einman
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of zeledonia
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasting this beer on the anti-winter day, the 4th of July, as fireworks go off outside.

Pours a clear medium rusty amber. Plenty of visible carbonation. One finger of off-white head, good retention, relaxing to a fuzzy cap with a thick ring around the edges. Not much lacing.

Smell is warm, toasty, and wintry spiced. Strikes me much more as a winter warmer than a Scottish ale, but whatever. Spicy, toasty, not much else.

Taste is, again, solidly in the winter warmer box. Toasted malts, buttery and biscuity, backed up by some pie spicy notes (nutmeg, allspice, maybe a touch of clove). I don't know what they put in this beer, but it reminds me of pie crust, not Scotland.

Feel is good. Warm, medium-light, a little fluffy in the carbonation. Nothing remarkable, but somehow I'm really enjoying it.

A solid beer. Toasty, fully of winter-spice aromas and flavors. Scottish ale? Really? Whatever it is, it's tasty.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for cracking all of the New Glarus brews, this one included. Titled "Winter Warmer", yet listed as a Scottish Ale... Strange. It pours some nebulous mix between orange and copper with only a very mild haze in the center; otherwise fairly clear. The eggshell-colored head is foamy, chunky, and lasting, leaving some nice spots of webbing all around the glass.

The aroma is perhaps some strange hybrid between a winter warmer and a Scottish ale, and maybe that's why the exact style is difficult to define. Red delicious apples seem to be the stand-out fruit, covered in an array of kitchen-rack spices; cinnamon, light ginger, and a hint of cocoa powder. It seems like there are even more spices in there that I'm not identifying, too.

Any appreciated hoppage is pretty herbal and leafy, and maybe even a little bit minty and menthol-like. Yeast seems to be a big contributor to the aroma as well, with a faint hint of bubblegum and clove. It almost smells Belgian-esque in the finish - does this beer use Belgian yeast? Pretty enigmatic to say the least, and definitely interesting.

The taste is more of the same, however it leads off with the herbal hops; again, showing a heavy bit of mint from front to back. The malts are swaying a bit more towards the toasty, brown sugar side with a bit of sweetness that remains in check from the spices and yeast. Bubblegum, mint, coriander, clove, and cinnamon are all appreciated.

The apples are a bit more buried on the palate, but if you dig - you'll find them. Juicy and just subtly sweet, meshing nicely with the graham cracker malts and the bready yeast. I almost wish this brew wasn't quite so spiced; I feel like it would benefit from a heavier concentration on the quiet fruitiness and robust malt-yeast combo. The finish is more malty than anything, though, with just a dying hint of apple. Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation.

Strange brew to say the least, but still pretty quaffable for what it is. I would have a hard time defining this beer; seemingly part spiced ale, part fruit beer, and part Scottish ale, it'll have your taste buds guessing. Not quite what I was expecting, and definitely not one of New Glarus's best, but still one that I'm glad to have tried.

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Photo of redleg411
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Devi0us
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Hopsiam14
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of vande
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jarrgal
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Phillyz
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of vicsju1991
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of thebigredone
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of MCMASTERSANCHEZ
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with copious foam into a rinsed glass, after the second pour it takes a while to settle down, but does soon enough. Color is a tawny reddish orange with a slight haze and visible carbonation.

Soft sweetness in the aroma, dried fruit, maple, and sweet tobacco leaf.

Flavors of toasted malt, light spiciness, toffee, dried fruit, and vague oak/toasted coconut. The booze is certainly warming and stings the lips a little. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Definitely a sipper, though it's not especially harsh. Overall a good example of the style, even enjoyed on a May day in the mid 50ºs.

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Photo of bman_85
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Larrygto
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Thumbprint Winter Warmer from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 256 ratings
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