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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

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beechner224 (1024) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle in fridge. Pours a cloudy amber with just a small white head. Aroma if malty boost. Taste is strong malty boost, bitter too.

JK (6406) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Cask at the Shipyard Brewhaus on Peak Island. Served in a full shaker. Copper color. Light sweetness and mild hops. Makes me think of a brown ale more than a barleywine. The flavor is ok but I doubt it is 11%. Nice lacing head.

blackflag321 (709) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Shared bomber, pint glass. Murky brown. Sweet malty, biscuit nose. A bit of a sweet, sticky malt bomb. Would probably be better with food.

dogfish120love (1364) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Pours a rusty brown. The aroma mostly consists of caramel, toffee, coffee and alcohol. Overly bitter and unbalanced

Lilja (3621) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2014
Ca två år gammal flaska. Smak och doft av humle, malt, honung, kolaremmar, kryddig och örtig med toner av russin. Välbalanserad och god. Trevlig beska som avrundar det hela.

Vignale (4205) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2013
Flaska från SB. Ca två år gammal med snart passerat BBD. Bärnstensfärgad med lågt skum. Stor doft av främst kolaremmar och fruktiga malttoner. Rejäl kropp, med söta torkade frukter, honung och kolaremmar men också rejält humlad med en åtminstone för en engelsk BW rejäl kryddig och gräsig beska som skapar en fin balans. Smakbilden med mycket humle och bra maltbas känns igen från den vanliga old Thumper men här är allt uppskruvat flera snäpp. Riktigt trevlig.

Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2013
From bottle, courtesy of John C. Mild hoppy note, sweet malt and light alcohol, raisins and biscuit. Dark amber hazy with off-white foamy lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Pretty bitter throughout with biscuit and caramel notes. Bitter finish. Not bad but not one I’d seek out on a regular basis.

devman171 (1223) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Pretty nice mild bitter, easy drinking and light bitter, probably the best shipyard beer but that's not saying much

RexTalionis (3843) - FINLAND - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle 65 cl. Pours light brown in color with a small head. Sweetish malty notes, some nuttyness and dark syrup in aroma. Quite smooth mouthfeel. Bit of boozy notes, some ripe fruity vinous notes in taste. Boozy, too boozy I’m afraid.

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tiong (7900) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 14, 2013
650ml bottle @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Thanks BTR!

Pours dark orange with a smooth head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, toffee, boozy notes. Taste is sweet, sticky and malty with hints of syrup and alcohol. Finish is stingy, sticky and boozy with hints of caramely malts and syrup. Quite unbalanced and messy.

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