AWISLguy (1289) - 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 (784) - 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 (1148) - 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.
cbfobes (2293) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
scones (6) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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".
arkurzynski (1519) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
madvike (2729) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Doghair (257) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber with nice foam. Caramel earthy aroma with sone vanilla as it warms. Malty caramel with a light malt finish. Very nice. Moderate heavy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Very good beer.
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