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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 8, 2013
12oz bottle: pours a clear deep copper amber with a large froth of clingy off-white head. Has a sweet toasted dark caramel malty nose with a touch of light fruits. Body starts with some fizzy carbonation eventually revealing sweet toasted caramel malts and some toffee before a drier slightly peppery finish. Could have a little more complexity and balance, but is still pretty true to style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
12 oz bottle courtesy of Marco. Thanks. Pours a translucent copper color with a small white head that has fair retention. The aroma is soft with almonds, pears, apples and caramel. The taste is malt forward with caramel, white fruits and some bitter almond. The palate is full and creamy with medium carbonation. Finishes long with a bit of sweetness lingering. Overall: Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK (4811) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2013
Brown color. Malt base with really no perceivable hops, but that is fine in this style. Sweet with brown sugar and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1823) - Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle. Gold pour, white head, some lace/little retention. Aroma of caramel, toffee, green apple, banana, spice. Taste is sweet, warming, apple, banana, toffee, some hop bitterness. Palate is sharp carbonation, light sticky, oily, bitter/sweet finish. Not digging this but maybe it will improve with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5148) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Thanks for the bottle, Mark! A deep copper colored brew with a fluffy slightly yellow tinted head. A big malty sweet and boozy nose with notes of caramel. There is also some wood and hay. Notes of booze at the front with some warming toffee. There is definitely some cereal grain. The finish is husky and dry with notes of Granny Smith apples. Tasty and smooth, this is well made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3170) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2013
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tcane7 (1669) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2013
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.

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