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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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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | 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 rawfish
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

rawfish, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

brureview, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of MikeHRayn
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

MikeHRayn, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of bigaddy
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

bigaddy, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of NCStateAE
4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

NCStateAE, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of nygannon
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

nygannon, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Dbrag
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Dbrag, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Newenglandcraftbrew
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Newenglandcraftbrew, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.19/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance- Pours a deep amber-orange color with a small white head. The head fades very fast leaving a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was very sweet and bready. The sweet is of toffee and caramel with a whole lot of a candied sugar. The bready smell is doughy and biscuity with a little bit of roastiness. Along with these is a big boozy smell of bourbon creating a sweet warming smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins very sweet and thick with lots of caramel and toffee upfront. Some orange flavors come toward the tongue soon after the initial taste as well as sweet bready taste. The orange citrus is later joined by some lemon which bitter the brew lightly. An alcohol taste comes to the tongue along with time as well bringing a lighter bourbon taste to the brew. The bourbon grows stronger being joined by a little bit of hop. When these are mixed with the thick sweeter and sugary tastes, a warming boozy taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super creamy and thick with a carbonation level that is very low. This is quite appropriate for the sweeter flavors of the brew as well as for making a nice slow sipper in light of all the booziness in the brew.

Overall – A sweet but enjoyable barley wine. A nice slow sipper and worth a try.

Darkmagus82, Jul 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Sinnian, Jul 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

JMS1512, Jul 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

grahammi, Jul 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Soxfan45, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

JTomczak, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of rockrob
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

rockrob, Jul 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

jaxon53, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

megamass, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bottle is over a year old, been stored in the cellar since purchased in early 2012 (probably a 2011 bottle release)

a murky amber/orange in color with a finger of off-white head. smells of lots of sweet malt, caramel, honey, very boozy nose, raisins, plum, dates. yeesh, as far as flavor goes it is very rough around the edges.. an oxidized wine-like flavor up front, lots of harsh alcohol flavors, almost a bourbon-like feel.. tastes of olives, grapes, figs, sweet malt backbone with a lingering bitterness that's almost rust-like. full body medium amount of carbonation.

this is definitely not what i was expecting. the name led me to believe it'd be an old ale. this site classifies it as an english barleywine.. i guess in all honesty, it's in between both.. it's high abv/malty profile is like a barleywine, the boozyness is like an old ale.. but the harshness is just repelling honestly.

well, at least i cleared a bottle from the cellar.

facundoCNB, May 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15%

Dave7500kl, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Carpentiere, May 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

kjkinsey, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Skarod
4.4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Skarod, Apr 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Texasfan549, Apr 12, 2013
Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.