crossovert (13724) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2015 Very clean and alty brew. some yeast which is almost bubblegummy. Overall it is solid but I would have liked more toasted malt character and a different english ale yeast. 2 year aged bottle: Darker pour than I remember, hazed amber poured with lees, the creamy off-white head sticks forever. Aroma of a brandy old fashioned, bubblegum, vanilla, oak, poached pear, ginger, and spice. Flavor is toffee and dark fruits, hit of alchol, some earthiness and spice. This aged really well. Bumped to a higher score Bacterial (3040) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Scotch malty goodness. Just enough warming heat to make you happy. Well balanced. This a very good scotch ale. nsquishee (641) - 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. 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. AWISLguy (3277) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle from Ray’s in Tosa. Pours a golden orange with a foamy white head leaving nice lacing. Aroma has toffee, fruits, some bread and a tinge of a metallicness. Taste is of sweet toffee, tangy fruit, toastiness, peat and some alcohol. Smooth and easy. Finishes sweet with a little tang and some kick. Nice smooth scotchie.
Lemke10 (993) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2013
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
sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2013
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. cbfobes (2885) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
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. scones (8) - 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". arkurzynski (2456) - 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.