RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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 bearer’s wishes.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2013
12 oz. bottle served in snifter. Ar: Moderate boozy dried fruits, touch of toffee, and a touch of light smoke. Ap: Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with almost no head or lacing. T: Fairly sweet and definitely malt-forward, but not as much so as other Scotch Ales I’ve had. Not as robust as I expected, finish is a bit piney. P: Moderate to high carbonation for a bigger beer, medium-thick body and a bit sticky. O: Pretty good beer, but underwhelming for me compared to most other NG Unplugged/Thumbprints.

JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 30, 2017
Amber to orange in color with a stable, moderately sized head. Aromas of slightly burnt caramel, yeast and floral hops. Sweet flavors, with some pale malt, caramel, molasses, light fruit and hint of alcohol. Fairly sweet throughout. I seem to want a bit of earthiness. Nearly too clean. 1/13

juiceisloose (1603) - 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. It’s 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.

BiiruBierBeer (1059) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Gingerbread house smell. Taste is semi-sweet, semi-bitter, scotch ale notes, and a slight metallic note. Kind of bitter aftertaste along with a well water note. High carbonation with light foam.

tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Bottle: Thanks, Jeff. Orange-copper mix on the body with a mild haze. Foamy, eggshell colored head on top that leaves decent webbing on the glass. Aroma is a strange blend of winter warmer & Scottish ale. Red Delicious apples, cinnamon, ginger, cocoa powder, herbal & leafy hoppage, a touch of mint, very faint menthol, sweet bubblegum, clove, toast, finish has reminders of Belgian yeast. Definitely a lot going on. Flavor leads off with heavy herbal hop notes; mint, toast, brown sugar, gum, coriander, cinnamon, clove, & yeast all come crashing down at once. More subtle background notes of apple, graham cracker, smoke, & caramel are there, too. Definitely a strange brew. Not bad, but just decent, especially based on my standards for New Glarus.

Homer321 (5248) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2015
12oz bottle to snifter. Nose is full of sticky, chewy, malty aromas with a light toffee/buttery sensation. Some light esters, mostly apple. Pours a slightly hazy dark orange to red with a medium sized off white head. Wowsers on the taste. Initially full of malt sweetness with some toastiness and caramel. Then the alcohol kicks you in the chest. Finish is on the sweet wide, but man, the alcohol just continues to build and build. My ears are starting to warm as well. Overall a well made beer, but the alcohol is out of control, almost a tad hot and burning.

slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2014
"At first this seems to light in color and body for a scotch ale, but that ain’t it. Color, maybe, but that’s 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."

lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Typical scotch ale flavours but a slightly better example. Not my thing of course but drinkable.peaty

Dogbrick (14316) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 3, 2014
This beer is a slightly hazy dark amber color with a medium light beige head that diminishes steadily to a film. Aroma of malt, butterscotch and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of caramel malt, earthy hops, yeast and spices. The finish is dark fruit and malt, with some linger spice in the aftertaste. Decent overall.

phaleslu (10898) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Homer321- thanks again, Sean! Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a small off-white head that leaves a ring and some film that leans to one side. Aroma of fruitcake, allspice, nutmeg, caramel, and cardboard. Flavor of fruitcake, allspice, caramel, nutmeg, gingerbread, graham cracker, cardboard, and a metallic note at the end. Kind of boozy on the finish, too. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a boozy, spritzy mouthfeel. Past its prime. Wish I’d gotten a hold of one sooner.

napdynmite (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Rich and boozy with notes of toffee, coriander, anise, brown sugar. Tastes like a holiday brandy.

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