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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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81
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205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 5
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 UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev +11%

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a fruity finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

acurtis, Jan 16, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

metter98, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Texasfan549, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

kjkinsey, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

GRG1313, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%

A: half finger head. Nice amber color and murky.

S: mild grapefruit, touch of lemon and orange.

T: lots of grapefruit and citrus in the initial and lingering taste. Floral and cinnamon notes

M: moderate to full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Thick.

Overall: Certainly not your everyday beer, This one tries to accomplish many tastes with a heavy alcohol content.

kylehay2004, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.23/5  rDev -37%

22 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber body with a foamy, creamyish, near-white head.

Smell: Fusel-scented aroma that, beyond the stinging wafts, are some hints of earthy hops and sugary malts.

Taste: Sweet sugary on the front edge, with a bit of buttery caramel, some toast, and some chocolate. Then some hot alcohol tones and the earthen, herbal hops and plenty of bitterness. Then, while some fruity esters (raisins, mostly) are making there way in, as well as a rebound of sweetness, a bolt of well vodka hits making for a hard, harsh, unclean finish. Lingering tongue-singing heat and bitterness. Guh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A ghastly brew that's downright hard to drink. Instead of a Double Thumper, I'd rather have had two Thumpers. I was a bit leery of this one once I saw the ABV listing, but thought to myself, "How bad could it be?" Pretty bad, apparently.

ChainGangGuy, May 28, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

oberon, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -15.3%

JAHMUR, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%

A - Pours with half a finger of white head on a hazy, dark copper body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves good lace.

S - Fruity notes of red apple, cinnamon and plum, with some caramel.

T - Caramel notes up front with a bit of medicinal clove. Lots of toffee and burnt caramel in the middle that fades to cinnamon and clove in the finish.

M - A moderately thick body, average carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Quite a big, heavy beer. The sugar character is as cloying as one would expect with some oddly strong, spicy notes that further enhance the effect and make it even more of a sipping beer. Not a drain pour, but not particularly enjoyable either, about what I have come to expect from Shipyard.

nickfl, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

Double Old Thumper Ale, Shipyard Brewing Company, Portland, Maine. "…the big brother of the British Grand Champion beer Old Thumper. Available in the United States under a unique arrangement between England's Ringwood Brewery and Shipyard Brewing Company, Double Old Thumper is a real beast of a beer. Created by Shipyard's master brewer Alan Pugsley, DOT is deep brown in color with a spicy hop aroma and a warming malty finish. This beer …blah, blah, blah…" 11.2 % ABV.

Bright ruby red look, beautiful, creamy, lacy head atop. Very inviting. Urges me onward.

Aroma: sweetness, with a sting. Full, rich malt, kept pace by bracing booze. Leathery, cognac-y, caramel and a cornucopia of fruit (apple, melon, berries.). Complex, and rewarding. Love it.

Taste: Boom! Bam! Pow! Comes out swinging, this one, explodes on the palate. Spills out flavors aplenty, coats the palate with thick, malt, and powerful hops. It's a thumper, all right, a mammoth, a doozy, a ring-dinger. It hums, it roars, it simmers just before it singes, it warms before it burns.

Absolutely formidable, intense, and amazing. So rich, so complex, so round, so fully packed. Bright, fierce, indomitable. Mmmm. I like this. Ought to pick up more for the winter months. It's coming. Gonna need a big, wooly, warming ale like this.

feloniousmonk, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

I purchased this at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg, poured chilled from the bomber into a goblet.

The color is deep honey amber with moderate haze and thick cream cap with fine bead. The lace sticks in a ring pattern with good retention in general. The smell is very fruity with a light apple skin and mild sweet stone fruit ester with some light caramel and subtle oxidized sherry-like note with an almost prune-like dried fruit sweet aroma. The feel is decent with moderate bitterness and medium carbonation with thick body and creamy texture of yeast with moderate sweetness and alcohol in the finish.

The taste has a a woody hop flavor mixed with a honey/caramel taste from the malt which is sweet but not cloying, a bit of yeast fruitiness comes through but alcohol flavor soon takes over with some oxidation present in the taste. I liked this for the most part, it is not very cohesive and kind of hits you randomly with hops adding a spiced impact yet a nice dose of malt sweetness is present. Iike the concept more than the actual flavor

Slatetank, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

Good blanketing lace after a modest head. The brew has a deep copper color. Nearly clear.

Sweet, strong brown sugar aroma. To the nose, the alcohol is surprisingly muted.

The alcohol is quite present in the taste. Also, there is a bittering hop that I didn't notice in the smell. The swallow and aftertaste is very warming. I think it is too much of a "good" thing. I would not categorize this as an ESB. I think it is far too potent. Barley Wine is a better description. The body matches this well: Rich mouthfeel with enough carbonation to prevent it from being cloy. In the end, there's too much alcohol to make this work.

smcolw, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -15.3%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.4/5  rDev -4%

Purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley CA. Brought to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeeroronotobe.

Pours a hazed reddish amber colour, with a fine, slightly bubbly head of off-white. Minimal lacing. Body is goopy and gelatinous, and hold carbonation as though it has lost the will to rise to the surface. Looks decent overall.

Nose is, unfortunate, for want of a better word. Really pronounced vegetative, almost weedy aroma, giving hints of earth, bark and mulch. Some malty sweetness to offset it, but it really doesn't help the aroma overall.

Taste is similar, but here it starts to make a little more sense. Big, prickly English hop bitterness through the centre, giving herbal and woody flavours before punctuating the finish with a brisk punchy dot. Some rounded English malt characters give a slightly husky note which roughens the palate, but adds some basis.

Feel is slightly too chewy and thick for what it is: in fact, the flavours seem to struggle to hold on for as long as the feel wants them to.

Overall, this is a beer of contrasts. There are some really interesting things to it, and some things that just don't work at all. I like the really strong English bitterness, but I feel as though that would have been better utilised in a beer half its strength.

lacqueredmouse, May 05, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%

Pours a one finger off-white head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-bodied. light piney hop nose and flavor is slight caramel, piney hops and more malty than expected. Light bitter aftertaste. High ABV is hidden but is warming. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

jdhilt, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%

A clear dark amber colored ale with a small tan colored head. This is dark enough to be entering the shade you could call red.

Smell is sweet and fruity with a strong fig aroma. There is a little bit of butter and tobacco leaf in the scent. That is about it, could have more aroma.

Starts out bittersweet with a buttery wood aftertaste. This gets more bitter as you drink it and there is no sign of the fruitiness from the scent in the taste. Mostly this is woody and fairly bitter, very much a Double ESB.

Mouthfeel is thick but not objectionably so.

Drinkability is good. This does lack a little in the complexity department but it's a good beer.

Zorro, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of ejimhof
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Appearance- Pours a clear amber color with no head or lacing.

Smell- smells of hops and alcohol.

Taste- Tastes the way it smells very bitter and strong.Slight butter taste that is not pleasant. Not like an ESB at all.

Mouthfeel- full bodied and bitter.

Drinkability- Once is enough for this one.

ejimhof, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Gold foil on cap which was glued on like crazy.

Poured into old Stein #42, formed a 1/2" tan head over the clear copper brew. Head fizzes away rather quickly, with chunky lacing. Aroma is boozy with pine hops.

Taste is syrupy sweet to start, strong pine prickling in the middle, and a warm alcohol close than intensifies over time. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is okay as well. Seems like everything in this brew is intensified from the original Old Thumper, for better or worse.

ppoitras, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +13%

rab53, Dec 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%

DOUBLE Old Thumper? Hmm. Wonder what that will taste like?

Pours a beautiful amber color with a thick white head into my glass. Looks a lot like the style.

Lots of sweet, buttery/bready malt to greet the nose. It's a bit too sweet for my liking. Must be the source of all of that extra alcohol.

Taste is more well thought out than I expected. Buttery malt with just the right amount of hops greets the taste buds. Think of an ESB ramped up and you'll end up with this.

Mouthfeel is a jumbled mess with enough alcohol lingering to cause perception issues. Is it buttery? Is it bready? Is it alcoholic? I DON'T KNOW!

Worth a try if you liked the other imperial offerings from Shipyard. I enjoyed Smashed Pumpkin and ditto on this offering.

Brad007, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of GraduatedCashew
3/5  rDev -15.3%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 29, 2013
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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.