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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

KeyWestGator, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

DruC4, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of ububru
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ububru, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of cvm4
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%

A - Pours a copper or rusty color with a light tan head. Good lacing.

S - The nose is just sweet caramel, candied sugars & malts.

T - The taste definitely mirrors the nose. Burnt caramel, sweet malts, light prunes & a faint bitterness.

M - On the light side of medium body with good carbonation.

O - Not one I would go for again. Just way too much sweetness to be enjoyable.

cvm4, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of metapod
3/5  rDev -15.3%

metapod, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of MarioM
4/5  rDev +13%

MarioM, Dec 02, 2012
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
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

DrFunkenstein, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of adamdanger
3/5  rDev -15.3%

adamdanger, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of 071reeda
3/5  rDev -15.3%

071reeda, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of morimech
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%

Pours slightly hazy, dark amber color with one finger of head that had good retention. The head settles to a thick cap. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

Lovely aroma of herbal/floral hops complimented by rich malt aromas of caramel, toffee, brown bread, and butterscotch. No sign of alcohol. Smells very British.

The hops and malt hold their own against the alcohol for the most part. Nice hop flavors that are herbal, floral, and earthy. Plenty of malt sweetness with caramel and bready notes. Bitterness is moderate. Alcohol makes its appearance in the finish with flavor and warmth as it is a little boozy at the end.

Rich and smooth body. Nice carbonation that lends a smooth texture. Good big beer feel.

This beer excels at maintaning its British roots while taking on American boldness. A very good strong ale.

morimech, Oct 30, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.5%

Jules11788, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Blackwolf
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

A- Poured a copper/amber clear body, one finger tight white head, little retention that settled into a thin cap. very little carbonation with some uniform can be seen on the sides of the glass just under the head. Not much lacing.

S- Aggressive. Lots of caramel, candied sugar/toffee, sweet roasted malt and lots of ethanol. The beer screams alcohol content right off the back... Not very complex, and again seemingly overwhelming with the alcohol content. This could have been balanced a bit more in all honesty.

T- The taste was also aggressive from the get go, but as this beer opens up so does the flavor. Caramalts, candied sugar, figs, very light on the spiced hop finish... Just a bit too subtle, but it is detectable. Lots of alcohol, and again when the beer opens up, so does the booziness.

MF- Full body, sticky and creamy. Lots of warming on the finish.

O- Taking the style into consideration not bad at all, but this is a very aggressive ESB that could use some more balance to it. Worth a try I suppose.

Blackwolf, Oct 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

12owls, Oct 16, 2012
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3.63/5  rDev +2.5%

Slightly hazy, dark honey colored body; thick, sticky, creamy off-white head. Butterscotch and caramel sweetness in the aroma overall, with just a faint hint of the alcohol content in the background. Big malt sweetness with some alcohol taste and bitterness near the end. Medium-heavy body; rather soft with carbonation.

A pretty good high ABV malt bomb. I certainly got the "warming malty finish" described on the bottle label, but not any "spicy hop aroma". Still, there is plenty of good stuff going on with this beer. Definitely not a session brew, but does go down well while watching some Sunday football...

beergoot, Oct 14, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

CameronLBell, Oct 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

MisterE, Sep 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

richkrull, Sep 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.3%

DimWit, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +13%

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.

bluejacket74, Sep 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

buckywarren, Sep 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Harkrank, Sep 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Davepoolesque, Aug 26, 2012
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3.6/5  rDev +1.7%

A hazy dark amber brew, a high fluffy warm off-white head that leaves much lacing and has big curtains.

Smelling like cardamom wheat buns, nuts, sherry.

Starting sweet bread (or buns), Marzipan and cardamom and brown sugar, then bitter cherry seeds.

Medium carbonation, thick, oily and sticky, a big body and slow dry finish.

It has potential, this one, but does not really deliver. A bit to much bitterness and stickyness.

rarbring, Aug 16, 2012
Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.