Double Old Thumper Ale
Shipyard Brewing Company

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Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Barleywine - English
3.55 | pDev: 16.34%
Jul 20, 2019
Feb 02, 2011
Double Old Thumper AleDouble Old Thumper Ale
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3.31 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Jul 20, 2019
3.92 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Jul 14, 2017
3.6 by mkyer from Connecticut on Feb 19, 2017
3.88 by deNerval from California on Jan 06, 2017
4 by paulish from New York on Aug 22, 2016
3.58 by Beginner2 from Illinois on Apr 27, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by scotorum from Massachusetts


Bought in Feb. 2014 and cellared. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Tree House stemmed tulip.

a: Translucent copper with an inch thick offwhite head which receded to even surface foam surrounded by a thick ring, and spotty lacing.

s: Caramel malt and alcohol.

t: Luscious caramel malt up front with a moderate hop and alcohol bite. A little throat burn follows a swallow early on. Sweet finish. Very high 11% ABV is nicely offset and complemented.

m: Medium to full, very good body and substantial carbonation tingle.

o; A marvelous brew for this time of year, warming and tasty, although at this point perhaps closer to a Wee Heavy than a barleywine since it seems short on significant dark fruit flavors, although some plumlike notes do appear as it warms. As is a great sipping malty treat, at least with nearly two years age on it.

Dec 12, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pat61 from Minnesota

L: Brilliant rich amber crownd by a ferocious 3” clingy, cream colored foam collar. S: Malt, spicy hops and alcohol. T: Aggressive malt, hops and alcohol. F: Medium full body, medium carbonation. O: A very full flavored, strong beer.

Aug 04, 2015
3.45 by rderedin from Maine on Jul 05, 2015
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3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

It took a second impression on this to pick up some subtleties. First impression was mostly imbalanced burning alcohol. As a big fan of the single Thumper, I'm surprised they can pull some of the malty goodness up at this ABV. This gets more exciting as it warms, and complex fruity flavors develop. Finish still has a bit of an alcohol bite, but it's a pretty big beer!

May 28, 2015
3.35 by JVan from Illinois on May 25, 2015
3.5 by beerjamieson from Pennsylvania on May 08, 2015
3.77 by Mebuzzard from Colorado on Apr 30, 2015
3.48 by mmellow12 from Connecticut on Apr 11, 2015
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by 31Sam13 from New Hampshire

High octane, full-bodied and very flavorful.The earthy notes are balanced well with a fullness of fruit tastes that is very impressive. I have been sitting here pondering how many distinct fruit flavors i can pick out of this beer. It is wonderfully complex.

Mar 06, 2015
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2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by BcOneSeven from Pennsylvania

Bam, Bam, Bam, and more Bam! But not really much after that.

Feb 11, 2015
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3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: hazy; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a thin collar; nice lacing;

S: sweet malt, caramel, alcohol;

T: sweet malt and caramel up front; burnt sugar from mid-palate through the finish with light bitterness at the very end; hides the alcohol very well - unexpected after the nose;

M: a little syrupy; moderate carbonation - a little tingly;

O: got very little hop profile in either the nose or the flavor;

Dec 27, 2014
3.09 by Fitzy01 from Maine on Dec 25, 2014
3.76 by irishevans from California on Nov 30, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

Shipyard Double Old Thumper has a thin, cream-colored head, a murky, rust-red-copper appearance, noticeable bubble streams, and splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, fig or dates, sweet malts, and white bread crust. Taste is of strong, sweet, boozy malt, intense hop bitterness, and rich, candied fruit (think of fruitcake). Mouthfeel is medium, and Shipyard Double Old Thumper finishes alcohilic and sip-able.


Nov 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
by travolta from California

Appearance: Whipped up, light caramel head, frothy. Toasted ruby color when held to the light. Great, sticky, spotted lacing. Good head retention.

Nose: Fig, caramel, toffee, dark fruit bread, with a little vinegar and brandy at the end.

Taste: A nice combination of bitter and sweet toffee with tons of fig. Dark sweet bread with hot alcohol at the end.

Nov 26, 2014
2 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Nov 21, 2014
3.5 by thomasmcnally26 from Texas on Nov 18, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by superspak from North Carolina

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but likely from the January 2011 initial release(282 10 bottle manufacture code). Pours hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, cherry, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, cherry, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, cherry, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English barelywine style. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruit yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Nov 14, 2014
4 by DinoBlueShoes from Maine on Nov 14, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
by barczar from Kentucky

Huge toffee and toasted caramel aroma, with fruity esters and higher alcohol. Flavor is less sweet than aroma indicates. Fruity character overwhelms somewhat.

Nov 11, 2014
3.5 by Cheld from Maine on Nov 10, 2014
2.36 by DuffMan23 from New York on Oct 30, 2014
3.7 by skaboom420 from Pennsylvania on Oct 20, 2014
2.75 by pwdiamond from Connecticut on Oct 15, 2014
3.75 by pasjc2001 from Pennsylvania on Sep 20, 2014
3.5 by mattycasey from Massachusetts on Sep 14, 2014
3 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Sep 09, 2014
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3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
by Boto from Connecticut

22oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy amber color. There was about a finger of a frothy tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. It has a nice nose. It has a subdued sweetness. Some caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate, perhaps even a bit of smokiness. The taste is good. Just a bit of sweetness. Some caramel, dark fruits, breadiness, faint chocolate, raisin. I get a little something new with each sip. I would definitely buy again!

Sep 08, 2014
3.25 by alienlifeforcecube from Massachusetts on Aug 25, 2014
2.6 by drinkfella from Florida on Aug 23, 2014
4 by blknikon from Massachusetts on Jul 27, 2014
3.5 by GeneralChewy from Massachusetts on Jul 19, 2014
4 by Stargazer2892 from North Carolina on Jul 15, 2014
Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
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