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Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale

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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boozedude (1998) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2014
had this with my pal josh at club w... not A HUGE FAN OF THIS STYLE, but overall this is a decent llittle gem, wouldnt get again, but its ok stuffs

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
marvelDim (20) - - DEC 7, 2014
Golden - amber color. Slight haziness. Good head retention all the way through. Malty start with bitter hop finish. Nice alcohol bite. Interesting beer, would drink again. Serve in snifter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ronaldtheriot (1338) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Shipyard Double Old Thumper has a thin, cream-colored head, a murky, rust-red-copper appearance, noticeable bubble streams, and splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, fig or dates, sweet malts, and white bread crust. Taste is of strong, sweet, boozy malt, intense hop bitterness, and rich, candied fruit (think of fruitcake). Mouthfeel is medium, and Shipyard Double Old Thumper finishes alcohilic and sip-able. RJT

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but likely from the January 2011 initial release(282 10 bottle manufacture code). Pours hazy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, cherry, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, fruity yeast ester, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, cherry, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, biscuit, nuttiness, light chocolate, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, cherry, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English barelywine style. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/bready malt, earthy hops, and fruit yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperTiti33 (612) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Ambré. Belle mousse beige. Belle amertume. Caramel. Grain grillé. Biscuité. Érable. Malté. Ronde et onctueuse. Très bien.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6090) - 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."

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1828) - - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (2438) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wiosna (269) - - 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!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Metalchopz (2405) - 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.


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