Brewed by Ringwood (Marstons)
Style: Premium Bitter/ESB
Ringwood, England
Serve in English pint


on tap

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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Cask, Regular; Challenger, Goldings and Progress hops.
Originally 5.6%, changed July 2013
First brewed 1979. Winner of CAMRA Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 1987.
Old Thumper is brewed in America by Shipyard: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/ringwood-old-thumper-usa/4467/

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ManVsBeer (5490) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2012
Unlikeable Soapy aroma, and a dirty taste, but not completely in a negative sense, although the noticeably strong texture is overbearing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4167) - SWEDEN - JUN 29, 2012
Cask at Wetherspoons Portsmouth. Pours dark amber with a good creamy beigish head leaving lace. Aroma is fruity malty caramel a bit hoppy. Flavor is acidy fruity malty a bit caramel bitter tea apples and grass. Finishes bitter dryish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
a_cross (639) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
Thick mouthfeel; sweet malt and chewy baked fruits to taste; a sugary sweet aftertaste; a bit sickly on its own, would probably be transformed alongside a sticky toffee pudding or suchlike.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (3010) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
Cask at the Prince of Wales, Twickenham. Deep red-brown with a tight clingy off-white head. Malt plus a little marmalade and red fruit on the nose. Full bodied with slightly tart malt, touches of chocolate and smoke, plus a hint of oak and whisky in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 15, 2012
On cask at the Alexander Graham Bell for the Wetherspoons beer festival. Pours a dark golden colour with a thick white head. Aroma of apple seed, yeast, caramel and alcohol. Similar flavours with lingering caramel and a dry finish. Moderate carbonation and a chewy mouth-feel. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1453) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 27, 2012
First tasted this in the Olde George Inn, Christchurch in August 1983. Cask, handpump dispense. Clear dark mahogany in colour with a thick creamy white head. Black pepper notes in the spicy aroma. Rich creamy texture to the smooth malty mouthfeel and good lacing. Mixed malts give a robust, moist maltloaf base with sweet molasses and dates. Strong hop prickle present in the spicy, peppery aftertaste. Finish is powerful with full bodied malt to the fore, giving lashings of vinous plum fruit and dry oak tannins full in the mouth. A superb ESB but does have a clout if you overindulge. Highly recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2011
A - caramel, toffee and citrus A - mid golden brown with thin head T - sweet and sour with roasted bitter P - mid and soft O - decent

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnRMurdoch (3687) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 8, 2011
Cask @ The Henglers Circus JDW. Medium reddish brown colour with a good head. Sour grassy vegetable aroma. Dry grainy biscuit marzipan flavour. Quite smooth & strong. Not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bullit (4125) - Burgos, SPAIN - SEP 10, 2011
Copper-orange colour, medium foamy off-white head. Nose is malty, caramel. Flavour is malty, caramel, toffee, bit hoppy. Fairly bitter and slightly sweet toffee candy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (2421) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2011
Sötare, starkare och mindre besk än bittern och i mitt tycke ett bättre öl. Provad på fat på Greatham Inn, East Hants.

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