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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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222 Ratings
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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
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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Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of sjverla
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose: Very sweet. Dark fruit. Jam-like with a little yeast and hot alcohol.

Appearance: Slightly hazy, deep ruby. A thin head skims the top and sticks to the sides.

Taste: Plenty of booze in this. Very tart and really yeasty. A little musty and bitter on the back end. Assertive burnt malt notes.

Overall: Less "thump" than I was hoping for. Unless they're referring to the sound you make when you hit the ground.

Photo of tpauer
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of waiting4lunch
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Pamola
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Burt
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of danmcg62
4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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 codynevels
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Vinlespo
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of richbrew
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Boppar
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of asabreed
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Bfarr
3.37/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear sharp orange amber, nice tight tan head with great retention. Floral lager aroma. Toasted malt with peppery hop with lightly sweet finish and hop linger. Notes of toffee and biscuit. Slick feel with light stickiness.

Hops and toastiness start to dominate after awhile and may benefit from some aging. It is an amazingly drinkable beer for 10%, not too heavy feel and little alcohol in taste and warming. I really don’t think it’s worth the expense at this point but possibly in a year or 2.

Photo of nickfl
3.32/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a deep amber tone with a touch of haze; fairly aggressive pour yields a 2" creamy/frothy head. great retention and significant lacing on display. great looking beer.

nose is interesting. malt-forward and sweet with dark fruits and candied sugar. reminiscent of a sweet BSDA.

flavor is good, better than i was expecting having perused a few other reviews. malt-forward with significant sweetness - though not cloyingly so - with some balancing bitterness and notes of fruit, spice, butterscotch, and booze. mouthfeel is on the full size; adequate carbonation.

overall this is not a bad brew at all; i can see where it wouldn't appeal to some but IMO it's certainly worth i try.

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev 0%
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 seand
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light brown color with a layer of eggshell white head with small bubbles. A thin layer retains well, leaving pretty good lacing.

S: Dark, thick, and sweet. Caramel, along with foral notes.

T: Heavy sweetness and heavy hops. Not really subtle or balanced, but lots of flavor. There's a touch of something that feels almost savory mid-palate that I can't quite place. Finishes dry with bitter hops

M: Medium body, thin for the ABV, medium carbonation.

Overall, it's OK, and certainly interesting; worth trying, but I wouldn't want to have it all that often. It's kind of a harsh beer, and would probably be best in fairly small portions.

Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.