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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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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 4
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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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -15.5%

12-16-2012 16:01:53 | More by metapod
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-02-2012 05:39:28 | More by MarioM
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3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 05:22:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-23-2012 20:25:45 | More by DrFunkenstein
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-09-2012 14:34:51 | More by adamdanger
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-07-2012 16:20:13 | More by 071reeda
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4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 22:09:25 | More by morimech
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

10-26-2012 04:10:39 | More by Jules11788
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3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 10:35:26 | More by Blackwolf
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

10-16-2012 05:06:29 | More by 12owls
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3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 23:00:09 | More by beergoot
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South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

10-01-2012 23:11:09 | More by CameronLBell
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-27-2012 23:32:02 | More by MisterE
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

09-20-2012 18:15:13 | More by richkrull
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

09-17-2012 00:49:00 | More by DimWit
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4/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 23:23:35 | More by bluejacket74
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

09-13-2012 00:33:05 | More by buckywarren
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

09-10-2012 14:18:59 | More by Harkrank
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-26-2012 19:21:42 | More by Davepoolesque
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3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 15:37:15 | More by rarbring
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-09-2012 01:23:51 | More by raythealeman
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a reddish orange, a semi-lingering head with a slight lacing

S- Very malty with a prune fragrance. Matches the taste.

T- Very mild with elements of prune. Deceptively strong alcohol as it is 11%. Incredibly strong aftertaste, full of prune. Not bitter.

M- Texture is creamy and pleasant.

O- It's a good beer, but would be better classified as an old aie.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 04:07:14 | More by ginemesis
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New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

08-05-2012 02:52:22 | More by mattparsons
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

08-05-2012 01:25:31 | More by gregm957
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3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a nonic:

A: hazy brown/orange/copper body gives a one finger off-white/caramel colored head that slowly dies to half a finger within a minute. No carbonation is seen rising, and barely any lacing is around the sides of the glass.

S: some strong caramel and malt notes accompanied with some slight alcohol aroma, slight hops in the background

T: sweet through the caramel and breadiness, slightly roasty nuttiness comes out, the alcohol comes out stronger as the beer warms.

M: heavy and carbonation is definitely felt, not sessionable

O: this thing is a beast, not only will I be drinking water after this, but my palate feels wrecked. Oh well, no big deal. Just curious, I wonder if this is more of a barleywine? I'd probably only have this again on special occasions or see if I could find it on tap somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:17:41 | More by BeerKangaroo
Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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