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 Alesmith’s Wee Heavy. Congrats New Glarus everything of your’s has been rock solid!
StefanSD (2374) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber somewhat clear with a somewhat bright white head. The aroma brings a light grainy sweetness. The flavor brings light subtly sweet malts. It is pretty light for the style not bringing overbearing flavors at all which provides a smoothness that I rather enjoy.
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, appearance is a cloudy brownish amber with tall head. Nice mild aroma of apple and caramel. Taste is light apple, caramel and spice. Not at all what you would expect with a name like winter warmer, it’s actually fairly light tasting and really easy to drink. Aging it for a bit may have taken the edge off, as there is no detectable alcohol. Overall quite the unique and enjoyable brew.
Doghair (312) - 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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cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, 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.
sherm1016 (1271) - 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.
Lemke10 (969) - 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 it’s going to taste like a heavier, darker Oktoberfest style of brew with lots of spices. But in this case it’s 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 I’m 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. It’s very drinkable and tasty; it just doesn’t have that unique “WOW” factor that most Thumbprint beers have. Give it a try yourself, but I’ll stick to Apple and Enigma while I can!
-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com
Bacterial (2822) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Scotch malty goodness. Just enough warming heat to make you happy. Well balanced. This a very good scotch ale.
starewich (170) - - JAN 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2013 Cloudy red-orange. Malt character is big on caramel. Hops are there but in the background. Long finish; the earthy taste of a scotch ale kicks in here.