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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%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2019) - 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 (2441) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oRos (1002) - sacramento, California, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle from john rohner. Has a nice balance of of hops and malts. Great beer. Light barly wine taste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2012
on tap-pours amber with a retaining tight light tan head. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel, spice. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel, wood/spice hops with slight bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rarbring (1087) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2012
Aroma: Smelling like cardamom wheat buns, nuts, sherry.
Appearance: A hazy dark amber brew, a high fluffy warm off-white head that leaves much lacing and has big curtains.
Taste: Starting sweet bread (or buns), Marzipan and cardamom and brown sugar, then bitter cherry seeds.
Palate: Medium carbonation, thick, oily and sticky, a big body and slow dry finish.
Overall: It has potential, this one, but does not really deliver. A bit to much bitterness and stickyness.
Note: Bottle 650 ml. Reviewed 2012-08-16.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (9634) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2012
Bottled. Amber coloured.Unclear.Dense beige head. ARoma: Sweetness, ripe fruits, spice, flowers. Flavour: Sweetness, spice, ripe fruits, alcohol, flowers. Medium bodied. Ends caramelly and flowery light bitter: has a distinct alcohol touch to lips and palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10294) - FAROE ISLANDS - DEC 7, 2012
Botella. Unclear amber brown colour. Nice beige head, creamy like. Sweet caramel toasty malty dark fruity alco pleasant aroma. Good mouthfeel. Sweet flavour, dark fruit, caramel, toasted malt, alcohol, ok bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ekstedt (5211) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2013
Bottle (bomber) from Systembolaget. CLear copper, medium beige head. Caramelly and fudgy malt aroma, slightly fruity and sugare, with some citric hops. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation. Semi sweet, medium to high bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (2962) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

3/15/2011: Shipyard Double Old Thumper Ale... Aroma: Butter-toffee schnapps; floral notes; strong! Appearance: Clear brown butter color, maybe amber; large foamy beige head. Flavor: Sweet pale malt and brown sugar abounds with lots and lots of toffee and an alcohol strength to just about knock you down, but it works really well together and tastes good; moderate floral and slightly herbal/spicy bitterness in the middle at first and then throughout; delicate citrus, pine, and molasses refinements hide here and there; very warming alcohol comes through in the finish. Palate: Average. Overall: Much more pleasing than expected; strong, satisfying brew; I’d drink this beer again...

Sample from 22 fl. oz. bottle at Nikki’s birthday dinner. Thanks Scott! Rating #145 for this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
halfonit (1129) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Pours a clear dark amber color. Aroma is malts, molasses, citrus, and some hops. Flavor is pretty boozy with malts, brown sugar, molasses, resin, and some grain. Leaves a boozy sweet malt/molasses finish. A nice stiff one for this cold winter night.

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