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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 bearer’s wishes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
charule (811) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottle from NG. Poured slight hazy dark amber orange with thinning beige head. Aroma if pear apple caramel spice. Med carb and bod. Sweet dark fruit clove pear taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2583) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scones (4) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013 does not count
It’s 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".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Poured I to a tulip a clear dark golden or pumpkin color with a nice 1+ white finger head. Aroma was of green apples/cider up front followed by some burnt toffee and finishing with a ton of spice. Taste followes the nose with sweetness and apple followed by a sour and bitter maltiness and finishing with spices I can’t pick out (some cinnamon for sure). There is a lot going on and a bit difficult to pick it all out. Mouthfeel is medium and pretty smooth. Feel like this should have about a 7% abv but can’t detect much until it warms to about 55 degrees due to all this sweet spicy maltiness going on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5109) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Picked up a four-pack from Discount Liquors in Waukesha, WI. Pours a clear amber orange colored brew with an average sized off-white head that slowly dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, some tart apple, earthy spices and a hint of cinnamon. Taste is full bodied, malty with flavors of belgian style yeast, a hint of banana, clove, some cotton candy, caramel malt and some floral hops. Finish is semi-sweet with some banana yeast and caramel malt aftertaste. More of an American Strong Ale than a Scotch Ale, but definitely a winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Has some nice malty caramel sweet scents. Taste is very sweet caramel and has some piney bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle. Dark tan pour, a little carbonation and an rich caramel aroma. Flavor is rich caramel, toffee, copper and good and malty all the way through. Not bad for a scotch ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (598) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle from the beer fridge at lake. Interesting / almost sour initial taste followed by toffee / boozie taste that improves as it warms. Tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (2830) - 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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2013
2013 bottle Pours amber with nice head Caramel aroma with some vanilla as it warms. Malty finish. No legs though. Moderate heavy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Probably needs another 6 months

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