Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
235
Reviews:
106
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
16.11%
 
 
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9
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29
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of CTbrew32
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
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 Mr-Cyphyr
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
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 BradC
4.42/5  rDev +22.8%
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 +22.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Omnium
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Cloudy amber with a finger of light khaki head, sudsy, decent rings of lacing though./
S - Very sweet caramel malts, dark pine scent, earthy, herbal, ash, oak.
T -Sweet and boozy, spicy hop resin, aggressive pine, kinda soapy, burnt oak chips.
M - Cloyingly sweet and bitter.
O - Eh not really good, just too much of everything, the bourbon barrel version of this is much better.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mychalg9
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.6 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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