badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of Skyview. Dark orange color with a medium head. Musty malt aroma. Malty flavor with a light bitterness. Lacks the malt profile of most Scottish/Scotch Ales.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a four-pack from Discount Liquors in Waukesha, WI. Pours a clear amber orange colored brew with an average sized off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, some tart apple, earthy spices and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is full bodied, malty with flavors of belgian style yeast, a hint of banana, clove, some cotton candy, caramel malt and some floral hops. Finish is semi-sweet with some banana yeast and caramel malt aftertaste. More of an American Strong Ale than a Scotch Ale, but definitely a winter warmer.
crossovert (6134) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 Very clean and alty brew. some yeast which is almost bubblegummy. Overall it is solid but I would have liked more toasted malt character and a different english ale yeast.
dlbeer (641) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Amber/orange pour with off white head that sticks around. Smells of toasted and sweet malts with hints of bananas. Tastes malty sweet with very slight bitterness on the finish. Good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Bacterial (1068) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Scotch malty goodness. Just enough warming heat to make you happy. Well balanced. This a very good scotch ale.
nsquishee (566) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like a sweet lager with warm, spice notes on the finish. Pours a clear, light-brown color with a thick white head. Taste is medium sweet with a light-sour/bitter finish. Flavors of sweet-light malt, rye, peat, lemon, spice, and alcohol. Not bad, but definitely a sipper due to the spiced nature of this beast.
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured I to a tulip a clear dark golden or pumpkin color with a nice 1+ white finger head. Aroma was of green apples/cider up front followed by some burnt toffee and finishing with a ton of spice. Taste followes the nose with sweetness and apple followed by a sour and bitter maltiness and finishing with spices I canít pick out (some cinnamon for sure). There is a lot going on and a bit difficult to pick it all out. Mouthfeel is medium and pretty smooth. Feel like this should have about a 7% abv but canít detect much until it warms to about 55 degrees due to all this sweet spicy maltiness going on.
AWISLguy (1012) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Rayís in Tosa. Pours a golden orange with a foamy white head leaving nice lacing. Aroma has toffee, fruits, some bread and a tinge of a metallicness. Taste is of sweet toffee, tangy fruit, toastiness, peat and some alcohol. Smooth and easy. Finishes sweet with a little tang and some kick. Nice smooth scotchie.
Lemke10 (663) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is the first 2013 addition to New Glarus line under their Thumbprint label. When I think of a Winter Warmer style, it gets me thinking itís going to taste like a heavier, darker Oktoberfest style of brew with lots of spices. But in this case itís a Scotch Ale, so we shall see how it tastes.
It pours a semi-clear, medium brown color with a beige head and lingering lacing. The aroma is interesting and hard to describe as there is a complex mixture of malts and spices. It sort of reminds me off the smell of freshly baked pumpkin bread.
This taste is much simpler that I would expect from New Glarus. Initially Iím picking out quite a bit of malt and bread characteristics. Definitely lots of toasted ingredients here with hints or caramel and vanilla. While it drinks fairly light and smooth, it finishes fairly sweet and salty.
To be honest this is a good brew, but I was left wanting more from the Thumbprint Series as this beer drinks very similar to Sam Adams Scotch Ale which is a much lesser cost. Itís very drinkable and tasty; it just doesnít have that unique ďWOWĒ factor that most Thumbprint beers have. Give it a try yourself, but Iíll stick to Apple and Enigma while I can!
-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com
sherm1016 (1038) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, purchased at Discount Liquor Milwaukee. Pours a dark amber color with a white head and a little lacing. Aroma is malty, bready, caramel. Medium to heavy on the palate with big, soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, caramel, toffee, A little bit of alcohol, with a sweet, malty finish. A very nice, very drinkable scotch ale.