brian60625 (701) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle. Faded orange appearance, lots and lots of foam rising on top. An actively carbonated beer! Aroma of toffee, spice, caramel green apples. Taste is gentler than expected. I had to swish it around for a bit to track down and peg the flavors - raisins, toffee, marmalade, and some alcohol warmth throughout. Palate is light side of medium, very carbonated. Overall, this is a tame beer and very drinkable, but I had hoped for something bolder and more abundantly flavored, more punctuated in a category thatís admittedly warm and sorta jagged. Iím glad I tried this one, esp. given the obscurity of the winter warmer style (aka scotch ale here?) but Iíll opt for a different New Glarus variety next time.
Brigadier (2625) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle
This latest Winter Warmer release, part of the Thumbprint series, lives up to the high standards of a New Glarus release. I am glad that tastybeer picked up another one so I can enjoy it again in the future.
Aroma / Appearance - The lively head forms into dense chunks before collapsing it on itself. A warm caramel base fills the glass like melted toffees. Active carbonation releases a blend of snickers bar, caramel, warm pie crust, and nutmeg. This is what pies warming in the oven smell like at Christmas dinner.
Flavor / Palate - The caramel and light chocolate sweeten the palate. A full bodied mouthfeel traps flavor in every corner of the mouth. The sweet finish is warm on the back of the throat. This is a top notch scotch ale that everyone should try if they can get sone.
Ratman197 (8518) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, apple, pear, orange zest and apricot. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, apricot, apple, orange zest and light spice with a crisp lingering fruity finish. A very tasty beer, but I would never guess it was a Scotch Ale.
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice copper color with a fingers width of big bubbled, white head that fades rather quickly. Aromas are caramel, toffee and banana bread with a hint of booze. Tastes like toffee and caramel with some gumball and bread flavors then you get a decent booze hit and some weird bitterness. Overall this is a nice scotch ale, though it leans just a little too much towards boozy/bitter aftertastes. But with the limited availability of good Scotch Ales this ranks #2 behind Alesmithís Wee Heavy. Congrats New Glarus everything of yourís has been rock solid!
tcane7 (1365) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a lightly cloudy amber with fluffy tan head that quickly dissipates and some lacing. Nose is sweet toffee and banana bread. Full bodied, somewhat boozy and warming.
Lubiere (9085) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A golden amber ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, a sweet fruity malt with lots of phenolics, alcohol burn, banana, light Brett. In mouth, a bready malt with coriander, cloves, loads of warming alcohol, licorice, OK but not a scotch ale. Tasted with GRM March 1 2013.
fidelis83 (1739) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy dark amber with a copper core and a tall, chunky beige head that has great retention. Aroma has lots of toffee, caramel, cooked tree fruit, toast and floral notes. Flavor is very toffee forward, lots of toffee, apples and pears simmered in sweet sugary rum, floral and herbal hops and just enough booziness to make it have that pleasant warmth going down. Medium body with a creamy to sticky entry, mild, but blanketing carbonation and creamy finish. Pretty tasty stuff here, definitely hits alot of the right notes, reminds me of, and would go perfect with caramel drenched bread pudding, or flan.
Petrucci914 (879) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper color with a thin bubbly head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, and almost a light cinnamon and pumpkin. Mouthfeel is smooth, toasted malts, toffee and caramel - eventually warms the belly a little bit but not overly boozy.
CanIHave4Beers (2777) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep red with a really big head & some lacing on the glass.
The aroma is like candied apple, certainly booze forward... but more in a refined brandy-like way than harsh or uninviting. A little bit of marmalade is in there as well.
The flavor is rich and has a nice caramel and toffee character while avoiding an overwhelming sweetness. The bitterness is low, but well enough established to provide a nice balance. The fruit character is more towards the red apple end of things. The beer is pretty boozy, but not really harshly so.
The high-ish carbonation seems to carry this beer pretty well despite it being fairly viscous.
pepsican (1397) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark amber with a huge off white head. Aroma is all sorts of toffee, caramel, a bit of rum soaked raisins, and a bit of butterscotch. Flavor has a slightly harsh metallic twang that just seems off, everything else though is here. Rich, hearty, and Iíll be damned if this isnít boozy too. Slightly peppery in the finish, big carbonation. This almost worked perfect for me, but something just wasnít right. Easily identifiable NG signature on this one.