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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 78   EST. CALORIES: 336   ABV: 11.2%
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:
First Brewed: December 2010
Available: Year-round
Malt: 2-row British Pale Ale, Crystal, Chocolate Hops: Challenger, Progress, Goldings, Simcoe
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Color: Deep Copper Hue
OG: 1.108

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25327) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2016
Bottled (backlog). Ambery orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malts, some fruity and grassy notes along with mild ripe fruits and alcohol. Flavour is nectar, some alcohol, sweet ripe fruits and some sweet toffee as well. Tasty and a big time brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Pours a mostly clear deep mahogany color with a creamy off white head. Nose held a bit of candied fruits and a touch of booze....light hops in there as well. Fairly sweet on the palate.....not anything special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13459) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark malt, earthy hop and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good complex beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
Shipyard Double Old Thumper Pours coppery with a thick off white head Mild lacing and a beautiful clean appearance. Aroma is spicy sweet with a spicy hop note. Caramel and booze are noticeable. Flavor is all spicy hops with some caramelly maltiness and lots of alcohol. Super long hoppy finish. Very good beer .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7303) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Liquor Loft - 22 oz bomber. Dark orange-amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet with some brandy accents and hint of molasses and dates. Flavor is similarly sweet with some dates and raisins, molasses, some baked brown bread and a hint of brandy. Mouthfeel is decently sticky. Not bad - best saved for winter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13248) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, plum, raisin, alcohol, light banana and light spice. Palate w medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of toffee, pear, dates and light spice with a smooth warming lingering fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2979) - New York, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Bottled. Pour is translucent red brown with lingering lacy head. Aroma is malts and dark fruits with a tinge of hops as well as alco. Ok finish but the alco burn wears on you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle and served in Bells tulip: Amber hue with orangy highlights topped by a fading frothy off-white head and some sticky lace, slightly oily legs. The aroma has notes of pale and crystal malts, some interesting mango jam, cinnamon, mint, cotton candy esters along with herbal and spicy hop tones. I Am actually digging the nose, reminds me a bit of some of the Fuller Vintage Ales.

The taste is not quite as exciting as the nose but it is not the overly sweet nor a Diacetyl bomb as I feared it could be considering my history with this brewery. (some light Diacetyl is noticed but it fits within the malt profile) Some twangy fruit along with a light herbal bitterness over a huge layer of malt and even a dollop of chocolate milk. Some notice of alcohol that kept the palate some what cleansed and the hop spice notes also brightened up the experience. Methinks the addition of Simcoe hops helped a lot. The mouth feel is a tad oily and slick, perhaps a bit over carbonated and thinner bodied for the genre. Overall I found this beer easily exceeded my low expectations, while hardly a world beater I thought this paid a nice tribute to the Strong English Ale tradition. It also must be noted: Unlike the finest Strong English Ales like Fullers Vintage or JW Lees Harvest, this is NOT a candidate for cellaring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
22oz bottle -

This was quite an experience and definitely different from most Shipyard products. Not only was this full of spicy hops, but full of malts that really, really reminded me of a classic American barleywine that was much in the same mold as Bigfoot. Aroma has buckets full of caramel malts, with a punch of piney hop followed up by some spicy notes. Flavor has enough chewy malts to help keep the hops from becoming the main focus (which may not be too horrible of an idea). Nice balance between the sweet and bitter, but the alcohol does rage a bit out of control. Mouthfeel is a bit water-like. Wet dirt/woody hops come out about mid-pint. Didn’t notice any of the butterscotch-like notes Shipyard is known for, so that’s good. Overall, a damn good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2960) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2012
[bottle] Grainy and cereal grainy aroma with a healthy dose of pine hops and some spicy melanoidins. Almost clear brownish bronze under an eternal flannel blanket of white foam that laces the glass. Flavour is quite potent: spicy melanoidins balanced well with earthy, pine hops and notes of bread crust and mocha. Faint strawberry and ethanol accents. Bitterness is almost assertive and appropriate. Watermelon comes in as the beer warms. Medium to full body, medium carbonation, ethanolic twang in the finish together with some bitterness.

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