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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Series   ABV: -
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, 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 (247) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2013
Thanks, Adam! Cloudy light amber pour, at least lighter than one often gets with the style. Fluffy head, abundant lacing, and a nose thatís appealingly peaty and smokey. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, if Iím being picky. But the taste is very satisfying, hitting the marks with rich toffee and nuts, all backed up by a lovely, sublte smokiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (5686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Dark orange pour. No head. Malty earthy Carmel taste. Very weird. To sweet or something

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
A decent warmer. Cinnamon apple scent, bronze color with sizable head, apple cinnamon toffee fruity musty basement tinge taste with a medium bubbly feel. Trade from Jamil!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1090) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
c/o mnmike. Thanks again mike! Aroma - Brettanomyces yeast, alcohol, some spices and a honey like quality Appearance - orange body; liquid is clean, with lots of continuos nucleation; the head is huge about 2 1/2 " and of white the head takes some time to settle Taste - is sweet, but not overly sweet. There is an alcohol quality also present that is a combination of a Brettanomyces like yeast, honey, toffee, and molasses. Palate - body is medium; the texture is slick; the carbonation lively; the finish is a little boozy and just a touch bitter. Palate -

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10248) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"At first this seems to light in color and body for a scotch ale, but that ainít it. Color, maybe, but thatís irrelevant. Less chocolate malt and more toffee than a lot of wee heavies. It opens nicely and becomes pleasantly warming. I like this, but for a style I really like and a brewer I love I was just a tiny bit disappointed. Not as wee heavy in its presentation as Belgian. Fruity and even a little yeasty like a BSA instead of peaty like a scotch. Definitely enjoyed, though. Thanks again to Heybeerman for the trade."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2015
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear, dark amber color with an orange hue and topped by a thick, fluffy off white head of foam that quickly settles to a thin film. No real lace to speak of on the glass. The aroma shows notes of dark fruit, buttery toffee, toasted caramel, and sweet bready malts with some yeasty esters as well. Very malt forward, but not overly sweet which is nice. The flavor is malt forward as well with the dark fruit, toasted caramel, buttery toffee, and sweet bread all playing a role with some esters and a nice drying quality from the yeast. Not much in the way of hops or peat/smoke like you would find in a traditional scotch ale though. Itís able to avoid getting overly sweet though. Medium bodied, but a touch thin on the mouthfeel with soft carbonation that leads to a relatively short finish. This has held up nicely with a couple years on this bottle now. Not sure it fits quite into the Scotch ale category, but it is a solid winter time beer either way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (2268) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Deep amber moving towards brown with heavy frothy tan head. Pretty active carbonation. Nose has a slight mineral edge with toasted malt, light toffee and caramel, and a touch of fruit esters towards the end. Flavor is a nutty toffee and toasted malt with the faintest touch of roast towards the end. Lightly sweet and semi-fruity with some lingering toast. Very Dan Carey-clean and lager-esque. Nothing overly exciting, but well-crafted (duh). Goes well with a burger on Friday night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nsquishee (638) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Smells like a sweet lager with warm, spice notes on the finish. Pours a clear, light-brown color with a thick white head. Taste is medium sweet with a light-sour/bitter finish. Flavors of sweet-light malt, rye, peat, lemon, spice, and alcohol. Not bad, but definitely a sipper due to the spiced nature of this beast.

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