kmweaver (3203) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, courtesy of New Glarus. Thanks! Pours a deep, clear orange-amber color; creamy, fine-bubbled light-tan head with nice lacing. Aroma shows a lot of candied sweetness and red fruits, though the sweetness itself is well restrained. Medium body; medium-high carbonation; a modest acidity and lean profile (for what otherwise seems a hefty brew) keep this from being overly hefty; lots of hard candy, toffee, and red fruitiness throughout; again, it never goes cloying, offering pretty pinpoint mouthfeel and composition. The finish offers some ascending bitterness and a candied balance overall.
agent_511 (157) - - MAR 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of raisin, white grape, and apricot. Flavor also reminiscent of raisin, white grape, and apricot. It is balanced toward sweetness, but has a mild bitterness in the finish. Also has a bready finish. Medium full body with a mouth filling carbonation. Delicious little beer.
jkwood04 (3238) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle in a thistle. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, cereal, and toffee notes from the malts plus a little bit of hops. Flavor a nice blend of the malts. Average texture. A pretty good Scotch ale.
ryanfolty (1737) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
February 23, 2013 bottle shared at Skyviews. Golden orange pour with some head that faded quickly. Aroma was caramel and alcohol. Taste was consistent with aroma and some spice.
BVery (5443) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Orangish pour with a white head. Toffee, boozy, and sweet on the aroma and taste. A little spritzy for the style.
dwm1034 (579) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the beer fridge at lake. Interesting / almost sour initial taste followed by toffee / boozie taste that improves as it warms. Tasty
wlajwl (3472) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is vinous, yeast and a hint of smoke. The flavor is mildly smoky malts, dark fruit and a good, warming alcoholic finish.
RobertDale (2832) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Thanks Jeff! Pours a slightly hazy orange/gold with a nice biege head. Aroma of malt, caramel, fruit, and spice. Taste is caramel malt, citrus fruits, spices, and yeast. Decent.
Ericular (428) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2013 Pours hazy orange with fine decent head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma is very sweet malts and only a hint of bread, and then some yeast. Taste is a light sweet cherry into a peppery yeast. Palate is unreasonably carbonated. Aftertaste is moderately bitter. Not my favorite beer in not my favorite style.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Festival Foods (Eau Claire, WI). I love doing grocery stores for my New Glarus hauls as they always have the best prices. Pours a deep copper amber pour, touches of brown and deepness in the body. Good hazy middle, amber orange glow on the edges is striking. A cakey tannish head atop stays larger, laces pretty well. Aromas are spicy apple sweetness, toffee and carmelization, bready and biscuity malts. Some bigger apple feel at times, mellow earth, yeast, and spice. Gentle spiciness, nondescript sweeter biscuit and caramel malts, gentle kiss of yeast and faint cinnamon whisper. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch lighter. Gentle carmelization, sweeter toffee, biscuits. Some creamy sweetness moves into some mellow yeast, spice, firm earthy hopping that combines with the toast, dries out a decent bit as we move back. Gentle toasty malts linger into the backend, some sticky toffee, caramel, and gentle fruitiness. A touch of heat, dried fruit. A bit bland an non-descript. Not quite what I’d expect from New Glarus a solid if forgettable Winter Ale.