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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 104
Hads: 230
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 16.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.86/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.27/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of nickfl
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but likely from the January 2011 initial release(282 10 bottle manufacture code). Pours hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, cherry, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, cherry, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, cherry, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English barelywine style. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruit yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ejimhof
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of cjgator3
1.91/5  rDev -46.8%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Brilliant rich amber crownd by a ferocious 3” clingy, cream colored foam collar. S: Malt, spicy hops and alcohol. T: Aggressive malt, hops and alcohol. F: Medium full body, medium carbonation. O: A very full flavored, strong beer.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Something different for #200.

A-A rich amber color with a head that dies off rather quickly. Not too much in the way of lacing.

S-A big dose of malt and booze. Getting some hoppy bitterness in there as well. Predominantly sweet and alcoholic.

T-Like the nose, heavy on the malt and alcohol. Mild hop bitterness here too. As this one warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced.

M-Medium bodied. Sugary.

D-Not high in the drinkability category. Too boozy. Would like some more balance perhaps with a stronger hop profile. Took me forever to drink.

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Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

Huge toffee and toasted caramel aroma, with fruity esters and higher alcohol. Flavor is less sweet than aroma indicates. Fruity character overwhelms somewhat.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive clear coppery red-brown with a fairly thick and somewhat persistent pale coppery-tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Strong aroma is malty and a little yeasty with a firm overtone of apple brandy. Sharp, malty flavor has a strong brandy tang and hints of hoppy bitterness and caramel, with just a whisper of fruity sweetness. Ragged texture is fairly fizzy and leaves behind a mild but persistent tingle.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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