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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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Shipyard Double Old Thumper AleShipyard Double Old Thumper Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by chrisgn on 02-02-2011

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Ratings: 236 |  Reviews: 106
Photo of DimWit
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
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.

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Photo of buckywarren
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Harkrank
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of rarbring
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of ginemesis
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.

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Photo of mattparsons
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of gregm957
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of deanhead
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of codsmith
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy dark orangish copper with a finger high, creamy, off-white head.

S: Strong caramel and malt character, along with a medium-high alcohol aroma. It is missing the hop characteristic that is supposed to go along with the style.

T: Heavy alcohol taste with low-medium bitterness to finish it off. It has a caramel sweetness with some bready flavor.

M: Full bodied and filling. Moderate carbonation. High alcohol warmth

O: This really doubles the style guidelines for this beer, so its hard to really judge it based on the style, but the alcohol taste is a little too overwhelming. I would really consider this much closer to an English Barleywine.

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Photo of j89de
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

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

The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a thin off white head that left lacing down the sides of the glass.

There are moderate aromas of sweetness in the nose along with some hints of butter and caramel.

Like the smell, the initial taste has a lot of malty sweetness, but this is slowly balanced off by a moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.

IT feels medium- to full-bodied and slightly viscous on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Considering its strength (which I love) the beer isn't that difficult to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a deep amber tone with a touch of haze; fairly aggressive pour yields a 2" creamy/frothy head. great retention and significant lacing on display. great looking beer. nose is interesting. malt-forward and sweet with dark fruits and candied sugar. reminiscent of a sweet BSDA.

flavor is good, better than i was expecting having perused a few other reviews. malt-forward with significant sweetness - though not cloyingly so - with some balancing bitterness and notes of fruit, spice, butterscotch, and booze. mouthfeel is on the full size; adequate carbonation.

overall this is not a bad brew at all; i can see where it wouldn't appeal to some but IMO it's certainly worth a try.

(originally reviewed: 07-12-2011)

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Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish orange pour with 2 fingers of lighter cream head. Head doesn't last long and lacing is faint.

Nose is malt, grain, hot spice, alcohol, and a hint of burnt caramel.
Also a stale smell to it.

Taste is potent. Lots of grain. Very earthy. Medium dry finish, with just a bit of sticky sweetness creeping back in. Slightly oily. Spicy, with a bit of hot pepper. Alcohol is also very obvious.

Feel is quite thick and rich. Heavy.

This probably should come in a smaller bottle. I know 22's are meant to share, but why can't we get a 7oz of this instead?

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

Pours a creeiply bright and vibrant red colour, don't see a lot of beers quite reach that pre-school red paint colour but here it is. Head is whispy, slightly off-white-to-beige. Lace is decent; not all that sticky. Pretty good though.

Smells reasonably sweet, but very subdued, with subtle stone fruit notes, a touch of metallic aroma, maybe some smoke and some rubber. FAirly fresh, with a hint of tartness. Ultimately, though, a bit weak, especially for the strength.

Taste is wow, quite a lot more potent. Starts off in typical bitter territory with a touch of American hoppiness to it, but gets a big boozey-fruit character midway that flaunts its stuff right to the end. Quite big, with an almost cognac whiff and some sour cherry notes. Oh, it's really quite odd. Like there's not much malt but a great deal of booze on there. Really gets more intense at the back, building to a slight rubbery flavour. Weird and quite intense. Not without its likeable points but I think it's a bit overcooked.

Decent fullness, not a lot of texture. Present most prominent on the boozey back; not bad.

Bit weird, a bit odd but there's plenty of salvageable material here, and I wish I just warmed to this more readily.

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Photo of PatGreer
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley CA. Brought to Sydney and shared with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeeroronotobe.

Pours a hazed reddish amber colour, with a fine, slightly bubbly head of off-white. Minimal lacing. Body is goopy and gelatinous, and hold carbonation as though it has lost the will to rise to the surface. Looks decent overall.

Nose is, unfortunate, for want of a better word. Really pronounced vegetative, almost weedy aroma, giving hints of earth, bark and mulch. Some malty sweetness to offset it, but it really doesn't help the aroma overall.

Taste is similar, but here it starts to make a little more sense. Big, prickly English hop bitterness through the centre, giving herbal and woody flavours before punctuating the finish with a brisk punchy dot. Some rounded English malt characters give a slightly husky note which roughens the palate, but adds some basis.

Feel is slightly too chewy and thick for what it is: in fact, the flavours seem to struggle to hold on for as long as the feel wants them to.

Overall, this is a beer of contrasts. There are some really interesting things to it, and some things that just don't work at all. I like the really strong English bitterness, but I feel as though that would have been better utilised in a beer half its strength.

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Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of scotthatch123
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of elec
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Massbmx
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 236 ratings
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