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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale

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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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Double Old Thumper is the big brother of the British Grand Champion beer Old Thumper Extra Special Ale, which was created in 1979 by veteran British brewer, Peter Austin, founder of the Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire, England, and brewed in the United States solely by Shipyard. Shipyard¹s Master Brewer Alan Pugsley trained at the Ringwood Brewery before moving to the United States 25 years ago. Double Old Thumper was created by Pugsley and has 11.2% alcohol by volume. "Despite its strength, this beer is a great example of balance between malt and hops lending to a surprising drinkability," noted Pugsley. Double Old Thumper has a brilliant deep copper hue and spicy hop aroma with a complex malty finish featuring a dry Simcoe Hop bite. This beer pairs well with short ribs, lamb, hearty stews, and casseroles. When Pugsley was brewing Old Thumper at Ringwood Brewery in the 1980s it was considered a very strong ale and, by English standards, it still is. "When we started brewing Old Thumper under license at Shipyard in 1994 it was considered strong in the United States too," Pugsley continued. "Double Old Thumper is literally twice the strength, twice the grist, and twice the hops of Old Thumper and, today, is considered strong and Old Thumper is just of average drinking strength. It¹s a funny old world!" In homage to Old Thumper, the package features an illustration of two of the famous Ringwood boars heads. More about the beer: Malt: 2-row British Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate Hops: Challenger, Progress, Goldings, Simcoe Yeast: Top-Fermenting English Color: Deep Copper Hue OG: 1.108 ABV: 11.2%

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperTiti33 (558) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Ambré. Belle mousse beige. Belle amertume. Caramel. Grain grillé. Biscuité. Érable. Malté. Ronde et onctueuse. Très bien.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"dark ruby/amber, smells of spicy hops, sweet malt/fruit and a bit too much alcohol in the mix. flavor similar. not bad, but it’s not a smooth beer. a little too aggressive, though better than old thumper and better than their average brew."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - SEP 18, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 7-20-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance- Pours a deep amber-orange color with a small white head. The head fades very fast leaving a light level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma was very sweet and bready. The sweet is of toffee and caramel with a whole lot of a candied sugar. The bready smell is doughy and biscuity with a little bit of roastiness. Along with these is a big boozy smell of bourbon creating a sweet warming smell overall. Taste – The taste begins very sweet and thick with lots of caramel and toffee upfront. Some orange flavors come toward the tongue soon after the initial taste as well as sweet bready taste. The orange citrus is later joined by some lemon which bitter the brew lightly. An alcohol taste comes to the tongue along with time as well bringing a lighter bourbon taste to the brew. The bourbon grows stronger being joined by a little bit of hop. When these are mixed with the thick sweeter and sugary tastes, leaving a warming boozy taste is on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super creamy and thick with a carbonation level that is very low. This is quite appropriate for the sweeter flavors of the brew as well as for making a nice slow sipper in light of all the booziness in the brew. Overall – A sweet but enjoyable barley wine. A nice slow sipper and worth a try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (2281) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2014
0,65l bottle @ Pikkulintu. Pours hazy amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is malts with some fruits and alcohol. Flavor is malts, fruits, alcohol and hops. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wiosna (175) - - SEP 16, 2014
Runsas kermainen vaahto, kauniin punertava meripihkan ja kastanjanruskea välimaastossa. Suht sameaa. Tuoksussa mallasta, makeutta, karamellia ja hiukan hedelmää. Harmillisen mieto tuoksu. Maussa mallasta, paahteisuutta, alkoholia, hieman palanutta karamellia, suht tasapainoinen. Jokusen maistelun jälkeen tulee myös tummaa hedelmää, pieni aavistus mämmiä. Aika kiva!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalchopz (2317) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
Purchased on my trip to Maine. Pours a clean copper-amber colour with a frothy-creamy warm cap, good retention and dirty lacing. Aromas of caramel malts with some butterscotch notes and some grassy roots giving even hints of mint. The caramel base is there in the taste, but a nice bitterness from the hops get stronger, right into the finish. Gives this one a dry mouthfeel in the end. Gets better with time, got to let it breath. At that point, a decent strong ale - barley wine. Just a little too much diacetyl to be a grew one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1879) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 8, 2014
22oz. bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy amber color. There was about a finger of a frothy tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. It has a nice nose. It has a subdued sweetness. Some caramel, toffee, a touch of chocolate, perhaps even a bit of smokiness. The taste is good. Just a bit of sweetness. Some caramel, dark fruits, breadiness, faint chocolate, raisin. I get a little something new with each sip. I would definitely buy again!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
nakedwhendrunk (2196) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Reviewed from notes. This was poured into a pint glass the first time I had it and the second time I had it I opted for a chalice due to some preconceived notions. Here’s my take from the chalice. The appearance was a hazy burnt orange to brown color with a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light speckled lacing here and there. The smell had a decent blend of roasty sweet coffee to caramel to toffee. There’s some light chocolate even going on as it warms. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and blended them fairly well. On the palate, this one sat right at a medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. Uh-oh, sessionable Barleywine, hmmmm....well okay, I guess. Overall, everything seems to be in place to be a pretty good beer until the palate/mouthfeel gets examined. Honestly, it’s just an okay beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrewFace (799) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle share thanks to beechner224. Hazy amber color with white head. Caramel and light toffee malt notes, light boozy character. Much the same in the flavor,it’s of caramel malt character and some light booziness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Homer321 (1961) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
bottleshare thanks to Beechner224. Aroma is a butter funk malt. Taste is tart, harsh, grainy, weirdness. A light alcohol burn. Bad stuff.

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