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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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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Mr-Cyphyr

New Hampshire

4.61/5  rDev +30.2%

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!

02-27-2014 16:22:55 | More by Mr-Cyphyr
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

11-21-2011 00:03:47 | More by Amalak
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

01-11-2012 00:53:48 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

08-18-2013 11:52:37 | More by MikeHRayn
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4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

08-02-2013 03:27:26 | More by Dbrag
Photo of mychalg9


4.45/5  rDev +25.7%

Full review on this one because I feel like a small injustice has been done with some of these low reviews.

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.

09-22-2013 05:17:38 | More by mychalg9
Photo of BradC


4.43/5  rDev +25.1%

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.

02-21-2014 01:08:19 | More by BradC
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4.43/5  rDev +25.1%

This is an excellent bareywine.

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.

02-17-2014 05:50:02 | More by Offa
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4.4/5  rDev +24.3%

I'm not quiet sure why this reviews so low. I really enjoyed this beer
malty caramel smell with a bit of a bourbon on the back of the taste
just a bit of bitter but the malt and the booze balances very nicely
bottle went down dangerously easy
not a huge fan of regular old thumper but this I will buy again

04-13-2013 23:36:31 | More by Skarod
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4.33/5  rDev +22.3%

Been in the cellar for about 8 months and I wish I had tried it sooner because I love it. Beautiful orange and amber color. The smell is sweet and boozey with some biscuit and sweet fruit. The taste is by no way balanced yet flows pretty well and is interesting. It goes from quick biscuit to fruit with a (in my opinion) smooth hop and a nice boozey finish. The mouth feel is slick and comforting and the finish lingers long enough but doesn't over stay its welcome. Over all if i saw it on a menu or in a store I would make the purchase without hesitation.

03-12-2012 09:47:11 | More by TPONY51
Photo of MoreThanWine


4.28/5  rDev +20.9%

I find it hard to believe this beer scored so low in other's ratings. It's both beautiful and scrumptious. It poured like a thick barley wine with a slow to emerge beige 1" head. In masstone it's a burnt sienna brown but held to the light there's a pretty hazy reddish tint. Smell is great with rich malt, caramel, and hops but not a slap in the face amount of them. Taste is delicious, kind of like candied hops. Rich, sweet, with caramel, toffee, and barley wine attributes. I don't always drink sweet or bold beers but I find this Old Thumper very appealing. And the 11.2% alcohol is well hidden, not a boozy burning mess in my opinion. I say nice job Shipyard.

08-17-2011 12:20:18 | More by MoreThanWine
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

09-20-2012 18:15:13 | More by richkrull
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

"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 !

04-26-2011 23:05:15 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

01-04-2013 03:12:40 | More by DruC4
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

04-29-2012 16:02:29 | More by scotthatch123
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

09-16-2013 16:41:49 | More by user785335
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

09-10-2012 14:18:59 | More by Harkrank
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

04-04-2014 02:58:41 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

03-17-2014 22:29:38 | More by VTBrewHound
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

08-05-2013 22:22:40 | More by NCStateAE
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

12-16-2013 05:21:12 | More by jucifer1818
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4.24/5  rDev +19.8%

This beer is highly underrated. It's an excellent beer served warm in a snifter.

The beer poured a nice copper color into a snifter. Served warm at about 50F.
1/2F head.

Immediate wafting of stone fruit, apricot, and raisin. There are American and British hops in this beer, so it has somewhat of a British beer consistency and aroma.

Mouth feel- very carbonated-perhaps too much.

Taste is heavy fruit-raisin, apricots, stone fruits finished with a heavy alcoholic finish.

In general an excellent beer. Perhaps other reviewers served it too cold or in a glass which doesn't enhance the English Barley Wine consistency.

08-22-2013 02:39:10 | More by brureview
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New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +19.2%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle (at 11.2% ABV, this truly is a "bomber") into a red wine glass, and for a refill, a pint glass.

A: Pours cloudy red brown with a finger or so of foamy off-white head a with soap bubbles. Solid head retention and good lacing once the foaminess has subsided.

S: Sweet malts, earthy hops, a faint alcohol spice.

T: Raisins, vanilla, and rum lead the charge. Mid-palate is a tad more subdued with notes of toffee and sweet bread. The finish is quite dry with a healthy dose of bittering hops and a sustained oakiness. That oak just won't quit. At no point in time does the 11.2% ABV present itself. This is the sort of beer that could easily lead to trouble, especially given the overly generous 22 oz serving size. The one factor that limits this to a "one and done" beer is the oaked-out bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is rich, foamy, and slick.

O: Overall, this is a nice beer and one that would work nicely both for fans of barleywine, and those who favor bitters, ESB's, and brown ales but want something a little bigger.

09-07-2011 00:56:02 | More by Boppar
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4.22/5  rDev +19.2%

Pours copper colored with brown and ruby. There is a quarter inch of creamy off-white head that leaves light lacing down the glass.

The aroma is very fruity, lots of jammy apricot and some aromatic and tropical fruit notes. The taste is sweet, but not cloyingly so, there is a good balancing bitterness on the finish.

This is a slightly sweet, dense scone slathered in a sweet, but tangy apricot jam. This is delicious and exceeds my expectations, especially for its high ABV, it is immensely drinkable.

05-30-2011 00:25:43 | More by cpolking
Photo of chrisgn


4.22/5  rDev +19.2%

A- Brilliant amber color with a thin head the reduces almost nothing. Not much lacing left on the glass.

S- The aroma is coming from a great deal of malt sweetness. Some alcohol is also present.

T- For such a huge beer this is really well balanced. Sweet and hoppy with some residual alcohol burn. Not overly sticky sweet IMO. It is pretty dry on the back end.

M- Full bodied and rich. Very little carbonation.

D- Scary drinkable at 11.2%. Wish I was trying it with food. The label says it pairs well with ribs, lamb, hearty stews and casseroles. Would probably be great to cook with as well.

02-02-2011 02:09:58 | More by chrisgn
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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.