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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   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%


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
devman171 (727) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pretty nice mild bitter, easy drinking and light bitter, probably the best shipyard beer but that's not saying much

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (3073) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2013
650ml bottle @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Thanks BTR!

Pours dark orange with a smooth head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, boozy notes. Taste is sweet, sticky and malty with hints of syrup and alcohol. Finish is stingy, sticky and boozy with hints of caramely malts and syrup. Quite unbalanced and messy.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nate (3556) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2013
From bottle, courtesy of John C. Mild hoppy note, sweet malt and light alcohol, raisins and biscuit. Dark amber hazy with off-white foamy lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Pretty bitter throughout with biscuit and caramel notes. Bitter finish. Not bad but not one I’d seek out on a regular basis.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (1812) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2013
Flaska från SB. Ca två år gammal med snart passerat BBD. Bärnstensfärgad med lågt skum. Stor doft av främst kolaremmar och fruktiga malttoner. Rejäl kropp, med söta torkade frukter, honung och kolaremmar men också rejält humlad med en åtminstone för en engelsk BW rejäl kryddig och gräsig beska som skapar en fin balans. Smakbilden med mycket humle och bra maltbas känns igen från den vanliga old Thumper men här är allt uppskruvat flera snäpp. Riktigt trevlig.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
brureview (5) - Maine, USA - AUG 22, 2013 does not count
I am not sure why this beer generally has lower ratings. The beer should be served at higher temps 50-55°F in a snifter. Stone fruit aroma, raisins, and fruit taste. MF moderate. Excellent alcoholic finish. This is a UK- US collaboration between Shipyard and Ringwood- a lot of UK hops in this beer. Excellent English Barleywine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (2812) - Vantaa, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2013
650ml bottle. Dark amber, hazy. Bready, spicy, very spicy, can’t figure out which spice. Flavor has bread, spices, hops. Long spicy finish.

-- bb/wp 7

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dogfishho (586) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2013
On cask at the Pony Bar. Pours a cloudy copper color with a bubbly, strong head. The aroma is spicy, full of caramel and bread dough. There's a nice spicy dry line finish too. I think it's better than these rates. Perhaps it really needs to be done on cask to shine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RexTalionis (2133) - FINLAND - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle 65 cl. Pours light brown in color with a small head. Sweetish malty notes, some nuttyness and dark syrup in aroma. Quite smooth mouthfeel. Bit of boozy notes, some ripe fruity vinous notes in taste. Boozy, too boozy I’m afraid.

-- bb/wp

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lilja (1403) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2014
Ca två år gammal flaska. Smak och doft av humle, malt, honung, kolaremmar, kryddig och örtig med toner av russin. Välbalanserad och god. Trevlig beska som avrundar det hela.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (3569) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Location: Draft at Shipyard Tavern (Mystic), 7/13/13

Aroma: The nose is caramel and toffee, some booze, fruity notes, and bready notes
Appearance: This one pours an orange-amber color with a an off-white head
Flavor: Tastes malty and boozy, the alcohol comes through more here with the light sweetness
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has some stickiness, and some heat too
Overall Impression: This one was solid, but not spectacular. The alcohol is more noticeable than you would like it to be. Still though, it is a solid beer.


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