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RATINGS: 186   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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A few times a year we cut Dan loose to brew whatever he chooses. Always handcrafted, the bottle you hold is brewed for the adventurous soul. This is a very limited edition and we make no promises to ever brew this style again. Our 2012 Barley Wine bridges continents of style, a harmonious creation of Diploma Master Brewer Daniel Carey. He personally chose the hop fields that were harvested for this powerful beast of a brew. Styrian Golding, Willamette, Columbia, and Sterling with bold citrus and resin notes. All perfectly balanced with toasty graham cracker flavors of floor malted barley. Savor this very big beer at 45° F and it will reward you with an open embrace.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2170) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2013
One of many New Glarus bottles courtesy of GhostFace. Pours slightly hazy orange. Aroma of caramel and citrus. Taste is maybe a tad too sweet. Hides it’s alcohol amazingly well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1430) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle from Neal - thanks! Bright and hazy golden yellow pour with a froth of white foam. Aroma is heavy caramel, toffee, raisin, crackers, and thick, sweet malt with pine and hop bitterness on the finish. Taste is very smooth with a heavy toffee/english style barley wine malt flavor presenting plum, raisin, etc. that is nicely complimented by pine and hop bitterness with some alcohol heat slipping through on the tail end of the sip. Clean, coating mouthfeel. Unique, and of so tasty take on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RSRIZZO (1882) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Color is pale orange with light carbonation with a thin off white head. Aroma is a sweet caramel scent. It has a medium body with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor sweet malt, bold citrus and a mellow bitterness. After the citrus turns to a soap like taste and the bitterness comes out more. Overall its nice take on a Barley Wine, the only down fall for me was the soap like taste I was getting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2013
I know I had this slightly old, but this was truly one of my first disappointments from New Glarus. It was a light golden color and it was unfortunately pretty well oxidized. There wasn’t much to else to pick out, hopefully some bottles are stored better than at Discount Liquor and maybe I’ll try another again soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
valpoaj (661) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle pour - side by side with the ’unplugged’ Iced Barley Wine. Pours a deep apricot with a solid off-white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is very nice - sweet and sugary with caramel, some dark fruits, hint of booze (not overpowering), brown sugar and overall malty character. Flavor is good as well - caramelized malts, lots of sweetness, some booze, and lots of fruity characteristics. Palate is solid, slick and smooth - some burn, but not bad - this one did not drink like it was 12%. Preferred this drink to the Iced Barley Wine - a very good rendition of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11962) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
12oz bottle, thanks nuplastikk. Large off-white head that mostly dissipates, atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, orange/grapefruit, some raisin, light alcohol. Taste is sweet, orange, caramel, some raisin/vinous, light grapefruit. Sticky medium-full body, some resin, alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012

Name: Thumbprint Barley Wine
Date: November 04, 2012
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: clear gold, wispy off white head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, brown sugar sweetness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, light fruityness, rich, sweet, balancing earthyness, light bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (5169) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
This poured a hazy light orange color with a beige head. Not what I expected this one to look like. Aroma was sourdough bread, lemons, and light caramel. Flavor was spritzy and fruity, with underlying sweetness. Certainly more like a wheatwine to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2827) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
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. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-08-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepsican (1496) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Well, not sure why I haven’t reviewed this. Awesome extra from someone. Oddly orange pour with a small white head. Lots of sweet fruit on the nose, ripe strawberry dominates this, not in a weird way either. Lots of caramel and toffee as well, and some booziness but not anywhere near 12%. Sticky. Little hop bitterness in this one really. Aggressive and in your face but miles ahead of most bruisers of the same style. I haven’t enjoyed a barley wine like this in quite some time.

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