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Indulge in our heady scotch ale. This "Winter Warmer" is a celebration of roasted toffee notes wrapped in rich tawny tones and toasty palate. Two months in the making insures an incredible silky finish. Scottish folklore tells that the first person to step over your threshold brings with them luck for the New Year. Simple gifts of coal for warmth, salt for prosperity and ale for joy symbolize the bearerís wishes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a lighter than expected orange-tan, a little murky, with a thin, oily white head. Rather unimpressive for a NG Thumbprint, this sort of leans more towards an Amber, Not really clean enough or smooth enough on the palate to really capture any Scottish feel, finish is actually a little boozy, along with cherry amber malt. Mystery ABV doesnít help a beer like this out, I;d guess 8.2%, and shows it. The more and more I sip on it, it reminds me of a Belgian Amber, sugary, boozy, big amber malt tones. Not one Iíd seek out or buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
starewich (147) - - JAN 17, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 Cloudy red-orange. Malt character is big on caramel. Hops are there but in the background. Long finish; the earthy taste of a scotch ale kicks in here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Guerde (1184) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2013
(bottle) Pours a clear ruddy color with a medium cream-colored head. Aroma is interesting, although somewhat subtle, with scents of marshmallow, booze, urinal cake, maraschino cherry, graham cracker, and toasty malt. Odd combo, but it somehow works. The flavor is disappointing,and consists of a muddled mass of undefinable sweetness before finishing with a thinned-out booziness. Gets a bit minerally and metallic in the finish. Could be a hint of cherry here, but itís very faint, and itís the only definable aspect of the flavor. Carb is a little too high as well for the style and is very spritzy. A rare miss from New Glarus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (7909) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlbeer (842) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2013
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1725) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Scotch malty goodness. Just enough warming heat to make you happy. Well balanced. This a very good scotch ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nsquishee (615) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2013
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.

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