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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 8
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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Ratings: 223 | Reviews: 103
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.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My nightcap beer, and the beer that made me make malt granola.

Reviewed from notes.

Appearance-Dark ruby red with a 2 finger tan head. Nice sticky lacing and pretty good retention.

Smell-Very very sweet. Theres gotta be tons of sugars in this brew. Lots of dark fruits, I get alot of cherry. Bitterness comes through as well, very awkward.

Taste-Best way to describe this is a Quad meets a Belgian IPA. Lots of dark fruits and cherry. Very hoppy and bitter. Bitterness not lingering like I thought it would. ALOT of booze in there, and it shows when you take your first and last sip. Booze really came out when it got close to room temp. Definitely a sipper.

Mouthfeel-Very hot and can get hard to drink. Rough on the tongue. Full bodied

Overall-This is not an everyday beer, and I don't want to drink more then maybe 8 oz at a time.(I couldn't finish the 11oz that I poured) A creative beer but not very drinkable.

Photo of ToasterChef
3.15/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 22oz bottle is split between two glasses, mine being an Old Thumper logo glass. Slightly translucent caramel colored liquid with a big yellowish head of bubbles and foam. Lots of clinging carbonation on the bottom of the glass and a few streams of tiny bubbles rising within. Swirling the glass leaves an oily slick with patchy foam.

Strong aroma has elements of British ale yeast, English hops and crystal sugars. Swirling the glass releases a wave of scents.

Alcohol and sugars are very apparent in the the flavor. Some bitterness in the finish, but its the alcohol and sweetness that lingers.

Full bodied, average carbonation. Lots of stickiness. The oily slick on the sides of the glass can be felt coating my mouth.

This is an average extreme beer from Shipyard. I don't enjoy it as much as Smashed Pumpkin or some members of Pugsley's Signature Series. Double Thumper won't replace regular Old Thumper for me, especially when its on cask at the Great Lost Bear.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of cpolking
4.2/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.27/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle with some friends into a couple snifters.
Poured a clear amber, faintly reddish with about an inch and a half of head. The aroma has a dark sweetness. An earthy must with some prunes and red grapes. The taste has a lot of dark fruity malts a large amount of sweetness and an alcohol bite on the finish. Dry and slightly sour for the finish but overall very sweet and dark.

Photo of RickS95
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden peach/orange in color. You can almsot see through it. The head doesn't linger at all. It begins an off yellow color but has little retention.

Has a fruity, malty scent. Not citrusy like some ales, but red or dark fruit notes. Kind of like candy apple from the festivals.

The taste is similar to the smell in that you can pick up the dark fruits, but there is also some alcohol that comes through.

It's slightly rough on the palate. There is plenty of bitter and heat from the alcohol. It starts off sweet from the fruits, but then immediately the bitter and heat takes over.

I'm glad to have tried this beer. It's not really my style of beer, but it's something I'd drink again.

Photo of emmasdad
2.04/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Reading about this one on a Beer Advocate forum, I was very excited to try it. I got the opportunity when I saw it on the shelf at BevMo in San Diego. Wow! To be completely honest, this beer was terrible. Aromas of sweet malt, butter and alcohol. Similar on the palate, medium bodied and loaded with diacetyl. The alcohol kept me going on the bottle, but it wasnt fun.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a bottle of this at my local grocer and couldn't resist trying it. I guess if Old Thumper is an ESB (s for special), then Double Old Thumper is an ESB (s for strong). In any case it was good but not as complex as I would have wanted for a beer of that strength.

Poured a deep amber with a nice, one inch head. Active carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass the entire time.

Smell was of fruit and spice.

Flavor was surprisingly not complex and quite hot on the alcohol. Somewhat of a disappointment.

Overall I'd say that this beer was worth trying and I'd probably also try it on draft if i see it but I won't see it out.

Photo of DaveHS
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a thin amber/maple syrup color with less than an inch of thin, off white head. Fades quickly, leaving thin, inconsistent rings of lacing.

S- The nose is packed with fruit aromas, especially pear, strawberry and fig. This is accompanied by a sweetness reminiscent of butterscotch, and spicy, boozy aromas.

T/M- The thin, almost vinous mouthfeel threw me off at first, given the buttery malt character. But before long all you will be able to taste is a barrage of intensely bitter hoppiness. The fruit notes in the nose are practically nonexistent in the flavor profile. Honestly, I think they overdid it on the hops (which is easy to do when you’re working with Simcoe) but it’s a minor complaint.

O- By the time I finished this, I wasn’t so sure about the vinous qualities I initially picked up on in the mouthfeel. Once the hops kick in, it feels much heavier and drier, but there are occasional traces of the initial mouthfeel, probably attributable to the high Alcohol By Volume. The finish is bitter and lingering. This one’s a mixed bag.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"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 !

Photo of chugalug06
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich amber color with a nice tan Baily's colored foamy head.

S - Very nice scent, elegant, smooth and vanilla-y

T - Strong and rich flavor. Almost has a Robitussin taste to it. Very unique. Big booze flavor. I'm having Lamb for dinner, I thought it would be a nice choice for the day... Compliments flavors very nicely.

M - Heavy body and very strong.

D - Good drinkablity, draws me back for the next sip...

Thanks for the trade Andy! Good brew, very glad I got to try it!


Photo of KTCamm
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours light to medium brown with thin topping of white foam. Quite sticky. Bready and malty smell. Barleywine aastringent taste pushes towards cough syrup like. Spicy. Malt pushes through. Hearty. Full flavored.

Not an easy drinker here - lots to handle here, and the last few ounces are a struggle. A little pricy for what you get - just my take.

Photo of GRG1313
2.86/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of surprenant1138
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter. Hazy golden amber in appearance. Good lacing but faint head. Aroma is of mainly yeast. Not impressive. Some citrus, some hops, but mainly yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Taste is boozy and yeasty. There is some citrusy hops, some nuttiness. Yeast flavor just is overbearing. I had this on tap before the bottle and on tap it was a pretty good beer. From the bottle, it is almost a completely different brew.

Photo of Zorro
3.76/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of zimm421
2.69/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip. Appears a nice copper color, that when held to a light, looks almost like a sunset. There is a nice aggressive head here, that leaves some pretty good lacing. Looking at this beer, I was ready to be wowed.

The smell at first seems very much like an adjunct lager, and really turned me away. As it warmed, there was some decent scents that came out, and a little hops, but this was definitely too sweet smelling. The taste at first was absolutely awful. As my palate adjusted, things became better, but still wasn't impressed. This started out overly sweet, and continued that way throughout each sip, but right at the end, the beer slowly became overly bitter, without any real, good qualities behind it.

The mouthfeel was decent, but honestly seemed a little light bodied for the style. This was one of the better characteristics however. Overall, this is not something I enjoyed drinking, and I considered pouring it for a while. I was very disappointed in the brew, and most certainly will not purchase another...

Photo of srandycarter
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark raw apple juice, somewhat murky. Not much head goes to ring fast. Fair amount of cling lace.

S - Earthy, kind of sickly sweet aroma. Faint juicy fruit that makes it better.

T - Bitter first, then toffee, caramel, overly sweet, then bitter again. Pretty dry despite the smell.

M - Roller coaster of flavors. Definitely finished to the dry and bitter side.

D - Maybe not my style?

Photo of Prime16
3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours amber with an off white head.

S- Not much to take from this .... faint smell of biscuit, malt and spice.

T- Bitterness hits both sides of your tongue and cheeks. Alcohol is obvious but degree of alcohol is well hidden.

M- Lightly carbonated.

O: Bitterness and high alcohol make this an interesting beer, but I don't think I'd want to drink more than one.

Photo of 4000qtrap
2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Source/Serving: 22oz bottle,

S: Musty, earthy toffee, moderate alcohol, faint fruit (berries, grapes, and orange oil) and butter.

T: Intense cocoa-tinged toffee and caramel riding a wave of healthy bitterness thickly coat the palette. Fruity-boozy heavily toffee/caramel malt character shoots through the middle with balanced bitterness keeping any sweetness at bay. You can definitely tell this is loaded with alcohol, there is no mystery here, but its not at all solventy or 'off'. Just too strong for me. Finish is comes close to being crushingly bitter, slightly-reminiscent of strong coffee in feel but not flavor, however its not dry. Lingering toffee, alcohol burn, and slick, grassy oils. Carbonation is light and this is VERY full-bodied with a real stick-to-your-lips quality. Has qualities much like a young, bitter barleywine.

Notes: I'm rarely overpowered by a beer and love my big beers, but this one and its unrestrained boozy bitterness almost did me in. Unfortunately it wasn't particularly in a good way with a near nil drinkability and at $7.50/22oz.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a good sized head, fades at a slow rate and leaves a decent cap on top, bits of lacing along the glass.

Smell is mostly sweet malt with a light fruit aroma, picking up some booze in the aroma along with some off scent that I can't quite put my finger on.

Taste has quite the kick to it, can definitely tell this is 11.2%, sweet malt rules the taste with a large amount of bready/graininess, aftertaste has an earthy bitterness that helps slightly with the overall sweetness, the best thing about this beer is the soft carbonation lends a nice creaminess, quite sticky as well.

Not sure if Double Old Thumper is really any better than the regular version since I haven't really cared for either. If I'm picking up Shipyard, it's going to be Prelude.

Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very solid beer. Has the malt ive been looking for and with the increase in everything this yeast strain really takes on a different character. This beer does not drink like an 11 percent beer. Dangerously quaffable and enjoyable. Someone else said more like an barleywine and would like to see how it ages. I would too, I dont think it will get too much better but why the hell not?

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally found it! 22oz bomber purchased at McKinnon's in Salem. Pours a crystal-clear amber-red body with pretty much no head to speak of. Nut, butter, bread, and just a touch of booze in the aroma. Bready, fruity, with nut, touch of butter, and just a hint of alcohol, though it's more of a warming than a flavor. Full bodied bordering on viscous, with low carbonation. A meal of a beer. A sipper for sure. This reminds me more of an English barleywine than an ESB. I'd be interested to see if/how this ages.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.06/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a ruddy amber with an off-white head that reduces to a 1/8" lid.

Has a fruity, malty aroma, with hints of grape, pear and grass. The smell is strong and has a decent amount of alcohol in it. It almost has the smell of a sweet, cheap grocery store wine.

Whoa, the alcohol taste is almost overwhelming. The taste of this shows every bit of it's 11.2%, and then some. The alcohol taste is so strong it borders on an isopropyl alcohol taste. Beyond the alcohol is a sweet bitter, with the beer ending sweet on the back of the tongue and bitter on the middle of the tongue. There is a smokey aftertaste that reflects the astringency of this beer.

Mouthfeel is harsh, full, and astringent. My mouth is starting to numb as I drink it - is that bad?

This beer is simply overwhelming. While I like big beers, this tastes like a beer cocktail. I'm halfway through this monster, and I'm not sure I'll be finishing it.

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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.