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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mat42m (160) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2012
strong fruity aroma. very light body. spicy finish with a set up front. pretty good can’t put my finger on it

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcox90 (1924) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2013
650ml bottle. Pours a clear pale orange amber with a one finger off white head. Aroma is a mix of floral/earthy hops and sweet caramel malt. Flavor is primarily sweet with a weak hop background. Aroma and flavor are not as intense as some Barlywines. Medium palate with a warm finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeadyDE (756) - Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Draft offering..copper red color..good lacing..aroma of dark fruit..plum..sweet malt..bit surprised of how this hides the abv quite well..pleasantly surprised by this..medium body..nice mouthfeel..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kavu (4175) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tekstr1der (382) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 28, 2015
It took a second impression on this to pick up some subtleties. First impression was mostly imbalanced burning alcohol. As a big fan of the single Thumper, I’m surprised they can pull some of the malty goodness up at this ABV. This gets more exciting as it warms, and complex fruity flavors develop. Finish still has a bit of an alcohol bite, but it’s a pretty big beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2011
22oz twist off cap bomber pours clear pure amber with mostly tight 2 minute long head. I can easily smell the molasses, spicy maple, fusel like booziness and butterscotch long before I get close enough to aromatically interrogate the beer. A closer inspection reveals an intermingling of volcanically violent notes of butterscotch and caramel as well as slightly lesser notes of spicy black strap molasses, roasted malts, harsh booziness and fading levels of caramel and butterscotch. The taste has malts, roasted malts, black strap molasses, harsh boozy notes and fading hints of caramel and butterscotch. The harsh booziness get worse as the finish approaches and makes me wish the buttery popcorn and butterscotch notes would return in vigor to help quell boozy attack. I think there may be some merit in aging this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thornecb (5535) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Butterscotch and anise aromas. Sweet butterscotch upfront turning hot before the dry, lasting bitter pith finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2011
On tap at 38 Degrees, Alhambra, Los Angeles. Copper colour. Fruity caramel aroma and flavours. Fails to excel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3434) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2011
650 ml. screw top bottle. Pours a medium, long lasting off white head, over a clear,, amber (SRM 8) body....nose is light toffee/caramel, light dried fruits (raisin, fig) with a bit of light dusty, musty tone....taste is sweet caramel/toffee to start then light raisin, plum, leading to a sharper bitter finish....mouth feel is light of medium, carbonation adds a nice foamy qualia. This Barley Wine is sweeter, and lighter on bitterness than many. These help it to fall into an English Barley Wine style, rather than an American Barley Wine. The layers of flavor from both the malt and hop back bones are lighter and less complex than is often found. But aging may help. Why use a screw top on what is supposed to be a good ageable beer?? BJCP 7/3/13/4/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cuso (7813) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle from coldbrewky, many thanks. Shared with Karol and Gurthnar. Hazy golden color with medium beige head. Fruity, malty aroma. Sweet taste with some fruits, honey, malt, caramel and floral hops. Long hoppy finish. Good.

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