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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Double Old Thumper AleShipyard Double Old Thumper Ale

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185 Ratings
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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.9%


Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: chrisgn on 02-02-2011)
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Reviews by whatthehull:
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whatthehull

California

3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Nice copper transparent, weird grainy almost tan half finger head and some decent lacing

S - Apples, light sweet hops, huge malt, toasted grain, alcohol, syrup, cherry, oak, soil. Maybe a little to sweet and to complex

T - Alcohol, hop bitterness, sweet malt, oak, earth, apples, cherry and lots of toasted grains

M - Not that awesome. Grainy, sticky, bitterness turns into bad bitterness

D - for being 11.2% this is surprisingly easy to drink. Minus the mouth feel, this beer is pretty nice. I don't think I'd but it again at $7.50

Final thought - Shipyard, please try lowering your prices. I might want to drink your beer more often

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 19:35:05 | More by whatthehull
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Pour into wide mouth clear pint beer glass ... nice color, great aroma, nice small bubble head .. first taste .. OMGosh, one word: Freak'n Awesome .. continued sipping, enjoying the aroma, the bitter but smooth hoppiness .. reminded me of a Barley Wine. I let it sit for a while, and warm up .. and it just got better, topping in flavor well into the high 50's, low 60's .. never got bad.. good from the 1st sip to the last. Now on my top 10, no, top 5!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip, dark hazy amber color with a thin head and nice lacing.

Smells of buttery toffee, vanilla, caramel, not much hop aroma.

Taste of sweet caramel, toffee, some vanilla and fruitiness with firm hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is there but not overbearing.

Full bodies mouthfeel, low carbonation. Heavy but not cloying.

Overall, a nice barleywine. Don't have a ton of experience with the style but this has a great sweet malt backbone, just enough hops and alcohol. I'd hunt this one down again.

NOTE: bottle was from 2012, aged about 16 months.

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Deep copper brown, it has a small pale tan head slowly shrinking to a thin lasting foamy top, veneer, with rich foamy ring.

Aroma is candied wood, caramelised bread crust and dried fruits, hint of sherry.

Taste is rich, full of brandied, candied fruits, caramelised bread, spicy raisiny character, some woody-peppery bitterness & bite supporting a rich sweetness. Feel is full, not too oily or thick, a bit lively, lots of rich toast in aftertaste.

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S - Very sweet caramel malts, dark pine scent, earthy, herbal, ash, oak.
T -Sweet and boozy, spicy hop resin, aggressive pine, kinda soapy, burnt oak chips.
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Bought a bomber on a whim because I'd never heard of this one. Pours a dirty brownish red with a nice whitish-tan head that recedes fast but leaves decent lacing.
Smells like a barleywine should: leathery dark fruits with some booziness. Taste is more of the same, sweet dark fruits throughout, mellows out at the end which I usually take as a sign of weakness, though in this one it feels right. Mouthfeel is great, perfect amount of carbonation with a medium to full body.

Hot damn this is a great, full flavored sipping barleywine. I will certainly look for this again, as I feel like I paid ~$8 for the 22 oz bottle. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new barleywine to try.

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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.