boozedude (1970) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
marvelDim (20) - - DEC 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
ronaldtheriot (1332) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
superspak (2824) - Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
SuperTiti33 (595) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ambré. Belle mousse beige. Belle amertume. Caramel. Grain grillé. Biscuité. Érable. Malté. Ronde et onctueuse. Très bien.
slowrunner77 (6081) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
"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."
Darkmagus82 (1809) - - SEP 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Kavu (2426) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
wiosna (259) - - SEP 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
Metalchopz (2399) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.