Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Double Old Thumper AleShipyard Double Old Thumper Ale

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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 8
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: chrisgn on 02-02-2011

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Ratings: 228 | Reviews: 104
Reviews by asabreed:
Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Light peach-colored and fairly clear. Nice lacing.

Smell: A lot of booze is there. Some peach-esue fruit aromas. But highly, highly booze.

Taste: Again: never had the original, but this is booze city, so much so that I can't pick out anything distinctly. That said, it's enjoyable, and not a mishmash.

Mouthfeel: Thick and drenched, but this is the way, I think, that it's supposed to be.

Drinkability: This, to me, doesn't feel like a brew with this power. I've never had the original, so maybe that makes me not as much of an expert as I should be? I think balance is the key, and as much as I'm enjoying this, this isn't the case. Still, check it out.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shipyard Double Old Thumper has a thin, cream-colored head, a murky, rust-red-copper appearance, noticeable bubble streams, and splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, fig or dates, sweet malts, and white bread crust. Taste is of strong, sweet, boozy malt, intense hop bitterness, and rich, candied fruit (think of fruitcake). Mouthfeel is medium, and Shipyard Double Old Thumper finishes alcohilic and sip-able.

RJT

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Thumper is a beer that I really enjoy,having it on cask in Kennebunkport was a thrill,I just wonder why this beer was made,but I actually kinda liked it.Poured into an imperial nonic a rich copper color with a thinner but well retained head.The ringwood yeast brings the big buttery notes along with gummy fruit esters and sweet alcohol,flavors are buttery caramel and big sweet alcohol,the hops are really subdued.To me this is a ringwood yeast dominated English Barleywine with its big sweetness and alcohol.I like this beer as a sipper but its not overly complex in nature,Iam glad I tried it.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that left lacing down the sides of the glass.

There are moderate aromas of sweetness in the nose along with some hints of butter and caramel.

Like the smell, the initial taste has a lot of malty sweetness, but this is slowly balanced off by a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.

IT feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly viscous on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Considering its strength (which I love) the beer isn't that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of Shipyard, but I do like Old Thumper. I figured this was worth a try.
In a snifter the beer was a clear amber color. It had a thick tan head and a good deal of lace.
Sweet, caramel aroma. Herbal, peppery hops.
Caramel taste to begin, then a hit of sweet butter. Piney hops late.
Reminds me of a barleywine. A little on the hot side.
The bomber at one sitting was more than enough. Still, would drink it again.

Photo of tigg924
3.04/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: tan in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted English malt

Taste: toasted English malt, caramel, light fruit

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, medium carbonation, sweet with slight bitterness

Overall: I like this style and this one is about average as to what I have had. Very malty, but nothing really jumps out like others I have had in the style. I will pass on this in the future.

Photo of Blackwolf
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A- Poured a copper/amber clear body, one finger tight white head, little retention that settled into a thin cap. very little carbonation with some uniform can be seen on the sides of the glass just under the head. Not much lacing.

S- Aggressive. Lots of caramel, candied sugar/toffee, sweet roasted malt and lots of ethanol. The beer screams alcohol content right off the back... Not very complex, and again seemingly overwhelming with the alcohol content. This could have been balanced a bit more in all honesty.

T- The taste was also aggressive from the get go, but as this beer opens up so does the flavor. Caramalts, candied sugar, figs, very light on the spiced hop finish... Just a bit too subtle, but it is detectable. Lots of alcohol, and again when the beer opens up, so does the booziness.

MF- Full body, sticky and creamy. Lots of warming on the finish.

O- Taking the style into consideration not bad at all, but this is a very aggressive ESB that could use some more balance to it. Worth a try I suppose.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Old thumper goes back to the roots and genesis of my beer geekdom back in the mid-late 90's. So the DT is pretty interesting to me.

A clear, dark-brown amber and a heady off-white foam that goes down slow.

A nice, spicey herbal hop aroma that is very nice along with a slight tang, butery caramel malt and buzzy heat tingle in the nose.

Earthy, spicey and dry hop flavor comes on first. complex slightly bitter effect and a dry bite and then medium-bodied maltiness takes over with leather and tobacco flavor's, only slightly sweet with a layer of smoke and caramel as the bold, earthy hop flavor's come and go. The complexity is very high with multi layers of malt and hop flavor's all in good balance. The flavor's morph and mutate and then an assertive heat rides in but it falls into the mix as the taste slowly changes.

This one is a beastie beer that is WAY to easy to drink !

Photo of cjgator3
1.91/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

22oz bottle

A- Pours a nice brownish copper color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is surprisingly faint considering the high ABV. The aroma is sweet bready malt and caramel but not much else.

T- The taste is sweet and malty up front with some bitterness from the hops and a lot of boozy alcohol in the finish. The finish is harsh and overpowers any flavors that may be present in this beer. Not a fan at all of the taste.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I'm not a huge fan of this beer. It will be difficult to drink this entire bottle without dumping some down the drain.

Photo of RickS95
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden peach/orange in color. You can almsot see through it. The head doesn't linger at all. It begins an off yellow color but has little retention.

Has a fruity, malty scent. Not citrusy like some ales, but red or dark fruit notes. Kind of like candy apple from the festivals.

The taste is similar to the smell in that you can pick up the dark fruits, but there is also some alcohol that comes through.

It's slightly rough on the palate. There is plenty of bitter and heat from the alcohol. It starts off sweet from the fruits, but then immediately the bitter and heat takes over.

I'm glad to have tried this beer. It's not really my style of beer, but it's something I'd drink again.

Photo of zimm421
2.69/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a nice copper color, that when held to a light, looks almost like a sunset. There is a nice aggressive head here, that leaves some pretty good lacing. Looking at this beer, I was ready to be wowed.

The smell at first seems very much like an adjunct lager, and really turned me away. As it warmed, there was some decent scents that came out, and a little hops, but this was definitely too sweet smelling. The taste at first was absolutely awful. As my palate adjusted, things became better, but still wasn't impressed. This started out overly sweet, and continued that way throughout each sip, but right at the end, the beer slowly became overly bitter, without any real, good qualities behind it.

The mouthfeel was decent, but honestly seemed a little light bodied for the style. This was one of the better characteristics however. Overall, this is not something I enjoyed drinking, and I considered pouring it for a while. I was very disappointed in the brew, and most certainly will not purchase another...

Photo of morimech
4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy, dark amber color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

Lovely aroma of herbal/floral hops complimented by rich malt aromas of caramel, toffee, brown bread, and butterscotch. No sign of alcohol. Smells very British.

The hops and malt hold their own against the alcohol for the most part. Nice hop flavors that are herbal, floral, and earthy. Plenty of malt sweetness with caramel and bready notes. Bitterness is moderate. Alcohol makes its appearance in the finish with flavor and warmth as it is a little boozy at the end.

Rich and smooth body. Nice carbonation that lends a smooth texture. Good big beer feel.

This beer excels at maintaning its British roots while taking on American boldness. A very good strong ale.

Photo of KTCamm
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours light to medium brown with thin topping of white foam. Quite sticky. Bready and malty smell. Barleywine aastringent taste pushes towards cough syrup like. Spicy. Malt pushes through. Hearty. Full flavored.

Not an easy drinker here - lots to handle here, and the last few ounces are a struggle. A little pricy for what you get - just my take.

Photo of GRG1313
2.86/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep maple red brown with a thick, firm, full and fluffy off white head. Really lovely to look at.

Nose is sweet citric red plums with that "wax shoe polish" yeast esters character. Assertive and fills your nose.

Mouthfeel is bold and rich but flavor profile is so bold that one can't really get to mouthfeel.

Flavors are as intense as I've tasted but not well integrated. Big and bold fruit and big and bold bitter but they are distinctive, not integrated. Starts off very sweet, sticky and malty and then quickly moves to a huge grapefruit oil and pine bitter.

Finish carries through with the pine bitter character. This could perhaps be a sipper but not all that appealing. Do not see with food.

Photo of bierguru
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

NOTE: THIS IS MY FIRST ESB TRYING TO KEEP AN OPEN MIND AND BASING THE BEER OF DESCRIPTION

A: Pretty good head retention it is also kind of fizzy. The body is a dark copper light amber. Mild carbonation.

S: The smell overall is very mild. Fairly strong caramel slight toastiness as well as some hops.

T: Bold fruity flavor from beginning to end. However, during the taste I get some caramel and hops. The beer is only mildly bitter. Much less then what I expected due to its style name. Also, I do not taste much alcohol. I tasted it in the first sip but not after.

M: As I get deeper into the bottle the beer begins to dry my mouth but at the same time keep it wet. It also has a slight prickling on the tongue.

D: With this being my first of the style I liked it. Will try more in this style and this one again.

Photo of aepb1
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear brown body with a fluffy white head

S- Spicy, toffee and some hopes

T- Caramel/toffee up front, hops and booze finish for a bitter taste that lingers and is not altogether pleasant

M- Full-bodied and coats the mouth and boozy warming

O- Tough to finish one and the unpleasant bitterness makes me reticent to revisit this one. It's more than other ESBs as this is more astringent than other bitters...

Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. It pours a nice handsome copper-amber with a nice inch or so head. Good clarity. The aroma is malty with noticeable Ringwood yeasts. The body comes in at about medium. Unlike the original Old Thumper the Ringwood yeasts are not quite as obvious but they do touch the nose. The taste has a nice malty characteristic with a muted hoppy ending. The double-digit ABV is barely noticeable.

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. I know I've had this beer a little while, but I just don't remember exactly how long so I have no idea how old it is (no date on the bottle). Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy dark copper color with an inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a lot of lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is nice and malty, the brew smells like caramel, toffee, butterscotch, dark fruit and some bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some booze, nuts, and a bit of spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and slick with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew. I'd like to try this fresher in the future, but I definitely liked this beer with some age on it.

Photo of danmcg62
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangey brown color with a smallish white head. Good looking brew.

S-Very biscuity. There's also figs, raisins. Mild spice hop aroma, mild malt as well. I like this.

T-Very spicy hops, finishes rather malty like the label says. Like the smell there is figs and raisins.

M-Thick and chewy. Spicy and malty.

O-Overall this a very good brew. I dig the smell and taste of the beer. I know this is an amped up version of the Old Thumper Ale, but I thought this was more close to the Export Ale. I think this would pair well with some BBQ.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle purchased by Mom and Dad in Maine, and given to me as a souvenir. Sorry mom and dad, but this one sucked.

Pours a clear weak-looking amber color, with a small half inch head and no lacing, really.

Smells like alcohol, with some leafy hops, and overly sweet malts.

This is one unbalanced and unpleasant barleywine. I can't really expect too much from Shipyard, though. Quite sugary in the malt department, a bit of burnt brown sugar, some stale tasting leafy hops, and heaps of booze. Ugh.

Medium bodied, sticky sweet syrupy gross mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

This one's pretty atrocious, honestly. Don't buy it.

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that left lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of sweetness in the nose along with some hints of butter and caramel.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste has a lot of malty sweetness, but this is immediately balanced off by a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: IT feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly viscous on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Considering its strength, the beer isn't that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice copper color with 1" beige head that fade to a mottled 1/4" head with lacing all the way down the glass

S-dark fruits, raisins and plums but not very strong extra points for 11.2% but you can't smell it

T-carmel malts with raisins just like the smell 11.2% but very well hidden

M-nice creamy carbonation

O-nice flavors and suprisingly easy drinking high alcohol beer

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a good sized head, fades at a slow rate and leaves a decent cap on top, bits of lacing along the glass.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with a light fruit aroma, picking up some booze in the aroma along with some off scent that I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste has quite the kick to it, can definitely tell this is 11.2%, sweet malt rules the taste with a large amount of bready/graininess, aftertaste has an earthy bitterness that helps slightly with the overall sweetness, the best thing about this beer is the soft carbonation lends a nice creaminess, quite sticky as well.

Not sure if Double Old Thumper is really any better than the regular version since I haven't really cared for either. If I'm picking up Shipyard, it's going to be Prelude.

Photo of stmartinpale
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-The most impressive part of this beer. A beautiful mahogany color. Very little head that fades quickly.
S-Sweet and boozy
T-Very sweet, some booze, very mild hop
M- Soft, sticky sweet, stays a little too long
D- At 11.2% it maybe too drinkable. I would buy it again but I would split it with a friend. Not a bad English barley wine.

Photo of tekstr1der
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It took a second impression on this to pick up some subtleties. First impression was mostly imbalanced burning alcohol. As a big fan of the single Thumper, I'm surprised they can pull some of the malty goodness up at this ABV. This gets more exciting as it warms, and complex fruity flavors develop. Finish still has a bit of an alcohol bite, but it's a pretty big beer!

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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.