Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Double Old Thumper AleShipyard Double Old Thumper Ale
BA SCORE
42.4%
Liked This Beer
3.55 w/ 236 ratings
Shipyard Double Old Thumper AleShipyard Double Old Thumper Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by chrisgn on 02-02-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,236
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
236
Liked:
100
Avg:
3.55/5
pDev:
16.34%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
29
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 236 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of Mr-Cyphyr
4.6/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour into wide mouth clear pint beer glass ... nice color, great aroma, nice small bubble head .. first taste .. OMGosh, one word: Freak'n Awesome .. continued sipping, enjoying the aroma, the bitter but smooth hoppiness .. reminded me of a Barley Wine. I let it sit for a while, and warm up .. and it just got better, topping in flavor well into the high 50's, low 60's .. never got bad.. good from the 1st sip to the last. Now on my top 10, no, top 5!

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Photo of Amalak
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of MikeHRayn
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of mychalg9
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Full review on this one because I feel like a small injustice has been done with some of these low reviews.

Bought a bomber on a whim because I'd never heard of this one. Pours a dirty brownish red with a nice whitish-tan head that recedes fast but leaves decent lacing.
Smells like a barleywine should: leathery dark fruits with some booziness. Taste is more of the same, sweet dark fruits throughout, mellows out at the end which I usually take as a sign of weakness, though in this one it feels right. Mouthfeel is great, perfect amount of carbonation with a medium to full body.

Hot damn this is a great, full flavored sipping barleywine. I will certainly look for this again, as I feel like I paid ~$8 for the 22 oz bottle. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a new barleywine to try.

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Photo of BradC
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip, dark hazy amber color with a thin head and nice lacing.

Smells of buttery toffee, vanilla, caramel, not much hop aroma.

Taste of sweet caramel, toffee, some vanilla and fruitiness with firm hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is there but not overbearing.

Full bodies mouthfeel, low carbonation. Heavy but not cloying.

Overall, a nice barleywine. Don't have a ton of experience with the style but this has a great sweet malt backbone, just enough hops and alcohol. I'd hunt this one down again.

NOTE: bottle was from 2012, aged about 16 months.

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Photo of Offa
4.41/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent bareywine.

Deep copper brown, it has a small pale tan head slowly shrinking to a thin lasting foamy top, veneer, with rich foamy ring.

Aroma is candied wood, caramelised bread crust and dried fruits, hint of sherry.

Taste is rich, full of brandied, candied fruits, caramelised bread, spicy raisiny character, some woody-peppery bitterness & bite supporting a rich sweetness. Feel is full, not too oily or thick, a bit lively, lots of rich toast in aftertaste.

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Photo of Skarod
4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
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

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

RJT

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Photo of TPONY51
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been in the cellar for about 8 months and I wish I had tried it sooner because I love it. Beautiful orange and amber color. The smell is sweet and boozey with some biscuit and sweet fruit. The taste is by no way balanced yet flows pretty well and is interesting. It goes from quick biscuit to fruit with a (in my opinion) smooth hop and a nice boozey finish. The mouth feel is slick and comforting and the finish lingers long enough but doesn't over stay its welcome. Over all if i saw it on a menu or in a store I would make the purchase without hesitation.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Quick Review: A really great example of an english barelywine. Big on the dark fruits (raisins, dates, and plums) and a sweet toffee malt. Mild hop presence. Alcohol is hidden well. The feel is great with a soft/chewy texture. Great balance as it never is close to cloying even with it being so malt forward and having an 11% abv. Just a great barleywine, nothing more and nothing less.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of DruC4
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of scotthatch123
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of user785335
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Harkrank
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of 31Sam13
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of travolta
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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.

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Photo of VTBrewHound
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I find it hard to believe this beer scored so low in other's ratings. It's both beautiful and scrumptious. It poured like a thick barley wine with a slow to emerge beige 1" head. In masstone it's a burnt sienna brown but held to the light there's a pretty hazy reddish tint. Smell is great with rich malt, caramel, and hops but not a slap in the face amount of them. Taste is delicious, kind of like candied hops. Rich, sweet, with caramel, toffee, and barley wine attributes. I don't always drink sweet or bold beers but I find this Old Thumper very appealing. And the 11.2% alcohol is well hidden, not a boozy burning mess in my opinion. I say nice job Shipyard.

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Photo of NCStateAE
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of jucifer1818
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 42.4% out of 100 with 236 ratings
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