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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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3.55/5
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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:
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Added by chrisgn on 02-02-2011

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Ranking:
#39,429
Reviews:
106
Ratings:
236
pDev:
16.34%
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: half finger head. Nice amber color and murky.

S: mild grapefruit, touch of lemon and orange.

T: lots of grapefruit and citrus in the initial and lingering taste. Floral and cinnamon notes

M: moderate to full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Thick.

Overall: Certainly not your everyday beer, This one tries to accomplish many tastes with a heavy alcohol content.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.86/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep maple red brown with a thick, firm, full and fluffy off white head. Really lovely to look at.

Nose is sweet citric red plums with that "wax shoe polish" yeast esters character. Assertive and fills your nose.

Mouthfeel is bold and rich but flavor profile is so bold that one can't really get to mouthfeel.

Flavors are as intense as I've tasted but not well integrated. Big and bold fruit and big and bold bitter but they are distinctive, not integrated. Starts off very sweet, sticky and malty and then quickly moves to a huge grapefruit oil and pine bitter.

Finish carries through with the pine bitter character. This could perhaps be a sipper but not all that appealing. Do not see with food.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that left lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of sweetness in the nose along with some hints of butter and caramel.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste has a lot of malty sweetness, but this is immediately balanced off by a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: IT feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly viscous on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Considering its strength, the beer isn't that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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2/5  rDev -43.7%

Photo of oberon
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Thumper is a beer that I really enjoy,having it on cask in Kennebunkport was a thrill,I just wonder why this beer was made,but I actually kinda liked it.Poured into an imperial nonic a rich copper color with a thinner but well retained head.The ringwood yeast brings the big buttery notes along with gummy fruit esters and sweet alcohol,flavors are buttery caramel and big sweet alcohol,the hops are really subdued.To me this is a ringwood yeast dominated English Barleywine with its big sweetness and alcohol.I like this beer as a sipper but its not overly complex in nature,Iam glad I tried it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with half a finger of white head on a hazy, dark copper body. The foam settles fairly quickly and leaves good lace.

S - Fruity notes of red apple, cinnamon and plum, with some caramel.

T - Caramel notes up front with a bit of medicinal clove. Lots of toffee and burnt caramel in the middle that fades to cinnamon and clove in the finish.

M - A moderately thick body, average carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Quite a big, heavy beer. The sugar character is as cloying as one would expect with some oddly strong, spicy notes that further enhance the effect and make it even more of a sipping beer. Not a drain pour, but not particularly enjoyable either, about what I have come to expect from Shipyard.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Good blanketing lace after a modest head. The brew has a deep copper color. Nearly clear.

Sweet, strong brown sugar aroma. To the nose, the alcohol is surprisingly muted.

The alcohol is quite present in the taste. Also, there is a bittering hop that I didn't notice in the smell. The swallow and aftertaste is very warming. I think it is too much of a "good" thing. I would not categorize this as an ESB. I think it is far too potent. Barley Wine is a better description. The body matches this well: Rich mouthfeel with enough carbonation to prevent it from being cloy. In the end, there's too much alcohol to make this work.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.27/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle - Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber body with a foamy, creamyish, near-white head.

Smell: Fusel-scented aroma that, beyond the stinging wafts, are some hints of earthy hops and sugary malts.

Taste: Sweet sugary on the front edge, with a bit of buttery caramel, some toast, and some chocolate. Then some hot alcohol tones and the earthen, herbal hops and plenty of bitterness. Then, while some fruity esters (raisins, mostly) are making there way in, as well as a rebound of sweetness, a bolt of well vodka hits making for a hard, harsh, unclean finish. Lingering tongue-singing heat and bitterness. Guh.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A ghastly brew that's downright hard to drink. Instead of a Double Thumper, I'd rather have had two Thumpers. I was a bit leery of this one once I saw the ABV listing, but thought to myself, "How bad could it be?" Pretty bad, apparently.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg, poured chilled from the bomber into a goblet.

The color is deep honey amber with moderate haze and thick cream cap with fine bead. The lace sticks in a ring pattern with good retention in general. The smell is very fruity with a light apple skin and mild sweet stone fruit ester with some light caramel and subtle oxidized sherry-like note with an almost prune-like dried fruit sweet aroma. The feel is decent with moderate bitterness and medium carbonation with thick body and creamy texture of yeast with moderate sweetness and alcohol in the finish.

The taste has a a woody hop flavor mixed with a honey/caramel taste from the malt which is sweet but not cloying, a bit of yeast fruitiness comes through but alcohol flavor soon takes over with some oxidation present in the taste. I liked this for the most part, it is not very cohesive and kind of hits you randomly with hops adding a spiced impact yet a nice dose of malt sweetness is present. Iike the concept more than the actual flavor

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a clear amber color with no head or lacing.

Smell- smells of hops and alcohol.

Taste- Tastes the way it smells very bitter and strong.Slight butter taste that is not pleasant. Not like an ESB at all.

Mouthfeel- full bodied and bitter.

Drinkability- Once is enough for this one.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle purchased by Mom and Dad in Maine, and given to me as a souvenir. Sorry mom and dad, but this one sucked.

Pours a clear weak-looking amber color, with a small half inch head and no lacing, really.

Smells like alcohol, with some leafy hops, and overly sweet malts.

This is one unbalanced and unpleasant barleywine. I can't really expect too much from Shipyard, though. Quite sugary in the malt department, a bit of burnt brown sugar, some stale tasting leafy hops, and heaps of booze. Ugh.

Medium bodied, sticky sweet syrupy gross mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

This one's pretty atrocious, honestly. Don't buy it.

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Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Double Old Thumper Ale, Shipyard Brewing Company, Portland, Maine. "…the big brother of the British Grand Champion beer Old Thumper. Available in the United States under a unique arrangement between England's Ringwood Brewery and Shipyard Brewing Company, Double Old Thumper is a real beast of a beer. Created by Shipyard's master brewer Alan Pugsley, DOT is deep brown in color with a spicy hop aroma and a warming malty finish. This beer …blah, blah, blah…" 11.2 % ABV.

Bright ruby red look, beautiful, creamy, lacy head atop. Very inviting. Urges me onward.

Aroma: sweetness, with a sting. Full, rich malt, kept pace by bracing booze. Leathery, cognac-y, caramel and a cornucopia of fruit (apple, melon, berries.). Complex, and rewarding. Love it.

Taste: Boom! Bam! Pow! Comes out swinging, this one, explodes on the palate. Spills out flavors aplenty, coats the palate with thick, malt, and powerful hops. It's a thumper, all right, a mammoth, a doozy, a ring-dinger. It hums, it roars, it simmers just before it singes, it warms before it burns.

Absolutely formidable, intense, and amazing. So rich, so complex, so round, so fully packed. Bright, fierce, indomitable. Mmmm. I like this. Ought to pick up more for the winter months. It's coming. Gonna need a big, wooly, warming ale like this.

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty inviting as it sits in my Thistle glass.

A - Pours a deep, clear, transparent dark copper color with a thick white, creamy head. There's also a very nice amount of carbonation.

S - The nose is dominated by pungent butter toffee, butterscotch, and mild spices. There's a small amount of sharpness from the hops.

T - Tastes much different than what the nose first tells you. The buttery, toffee-like flavor zings the tongue upfront but then gets knocked down by a generous amount of hops (namely Challenger, Progress, Goldings, and Simcoe). The booze effervesence is very noticeable, and surprisingly, the balance is very, very good. The inside of your mouth after the sip feels like it was smeared with a coating of butterscotch, and then a layer of hops were immediately painted over the top. The long, lingering bitterness leaves a somewhat metallic bitter red grapefruit coating and man, does it stick around for a LONG time! The buttery malt characteristic is something I've experienced quite often with the beers from Shipyard, nothing negative, just a unique personality of their beers.

M - Very full bodied, slick, viscous-like, mildly gentle on the tongue, and a generous amount of warming in the throat as it travels south.

D - Very good, but because of the high octane, I'd be pressed to attempt another bomber. I think the biggest downfall is the big, boozy nature of this beer. The alcohol is NOT well hidden, by any means. It definitely lets you know it's a beer to be treated with respect.

All this being said, I think Shipyard slugged a homerun with this one. My wife loves the Smashed Pumpkin and hated this one. Me, I really loved this one and while I still enjoy the Smashed Pumpkin, I'd much rather be sipping this mac daddy. I picked up a bottle this past week (at Shipyard) while on business in Maine because I really wanted to try this one. I'm back up there in a few weeks and I'll be stopping by again to get more bottles and cellar a few to see where they go. Big beers like this often get better with age and this one is already good when it's young. A very interesting observation is the bottled version seems to be far hoppier than the tap version. Definitely prefer the bottle which I can't say about very many beers.

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Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 236 ratings
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