Doghair (464) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
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.
More beer please... cbfobes (2891) - 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. 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. Lemke10 (995) - 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
starewich (170) - - JAN 17, 2013
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.
wlajwl (7065) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Aroma is vinous, yeast and a hint of smoke. The flavor is mildly smoky malts, dark fruit and a good, warming alcoholic finish. CanIHave4Beers (4225) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Pours a deep red with a really big head & some lacing on the glass. Petrucci914 (921) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2013
The aroma is like candied apple, certainly booze forward... but more in a refined brandy-like way than harsh or uninviting. A little bit of marmalade is in there as well.
The flavor is rich and has a nice caramel and toffee character while avoiding an overwhelming sweetness. The bitterness is low, but well enough established to provide a nice balance. The fruit character is more towards the red apple end of things. The beer is pretty boozy, but not really harshly so.
The high-ish carbonation seems to carry this beer pretty well despite it being fairly viscous.
Pours a copper color with a thin bubbly head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, and almost a light cinnamon and pumpkin. Mouthfeel is smooth, toasted malts, toffee and caramel - eventually warms the belly a little bit but not overly boozy. islay (3004) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Sour, yeasty, mineral-y aroma features lemon, toffee, salt, crabapple, and cigar tobacco scents. Pours a bright, effervescent copper. Mostly clear liquid but with some haze and cloudiness. Large amount of long-lasting, beige head. Produces good lacing. Sweet, floral, fruity taste features a cigar tobacco flavor and a dry finish. Long, dry aftertaste. Full body / thick. Reasonably lively in the palate. I’m normally not a big Scotch ale guy, but I did enjoy this one. 7/4/7/4/15=>3.7 daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
Amber pour, off white head. Honey, toasted malt, bread, grains of paradise, fruity notes. Pretty solid!