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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Series   ABV: -
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (2874) - 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 (638) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (2603) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lemke10 (971) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2013
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sherm1016 (1272) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a clear dark amber with a nice white head that sticks around for a while and nice lacing in the glass, the aroma is pretty much all malt with a little bit of bread and caramel, pretty sweet smelling, the flavor is really sweet with a lot of malt and caramel with some bread notes in the finish, mouthfeel is a little light but still pretty decent, not bad by any means, I just would of liked something a little different than a malty caramel beer from New Glarus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scones (8) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013 does not count
Itís good, but not what I expected. I think a winter warmer, and I expect a little more, a little more body, a little more umph. This beer came across a little light. I got some caramel in the nose, and more caramel and some vanilla flavor. The mouthfeel was rather light, at least for what I thought for the style. Not really disappointed, just thrown off a bit. Again, a good beer, but I guess since it was New Glarus (a thumbprint no less) I was expecting to be a bit more "wowed".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (2275) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Deep amber moving towards brown with heavy frothy tan head. Pretty active carbonation. Nose has a slight mineral edge with toasted malt, light toffee and caramel, and a touch of fruit esters towards the end. Flavor is a nutty toffee and toasted malt with the faintest touch of roast towards the end. Lightly sweet and semi-fruity with some lingering toast. Very Dan Carey-clean and lager-esque. Nothing overly exciting, but well-crafted (duh). Goes well with a burger on Friday night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3205) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle - Pours lightly rosy amber with a big foamy white head. Toasted bready malt on the nose, with a bit of toffee sweetness and a touch of peat. Smooth, well-balanced taste, with the same bready maltiness, subdued caramel sweetness, some fruitiness (the grapes from canned tropical fruit?) and just a bit of boozy warmth on the finish. The finish is pretty bitter malty too, and lasts a long time in the mouth. Thinner than I expected, but smooth and with just the right amount of carbonation. Solid, and a much more season-appropriate beer than the Sam Adams Spring mix pack I saw--on January 4th--in the cooler.

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