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RATINGS: 178   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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ben4321 (6895) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
Location: Draft at Shipyard Tavern (Mystic), 7/13/13

Aroma: The nose is caramel and toffee, some booze, fruity notes, and bready notes
Appearance: This one pours an orange-amber color with a an off-white head
Flavor: Tastes malty and boozy, the alcohol comes through more here with the light sweetness
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has some stickiness, and some heat too
Overall Impression: This one was solid, but not spectacular. The alcohol is more noticeable than you would like it to be. Still though, it is a solid beer.

brureview (8) - Maine, USA - AUG 22, 2013 does not count
I am not sure why this beer generally has lower ratings. The beer should be served at higher temps 50-55°F in a snifter. Stone fruit aroma, raisins, and fruit taste. MF moderate. Excellent alcoholic finish. This is a UK- US collaboration between Shipyard and Ringwood- a lot of UK hops in this beer. Excellent English Barleywine.

dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - AUG 15, 2013
On cask at the Pony Bar. Pours a cloudy copper color with a bubbly, strong head. The aroma is spicy, full of caramel and bread dough. There's a nice spicy dry line finish too. I think it's better than these rates. Perhaps it really needs to be done on cask to shine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

BeerSkull (1372) - SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2013
(Bottle). Vaguely tangy scent of candy, tutti frutti, butterscotch, strawberries and some diacetyl. The taste is sweet and sour with notes of berries, citrus, grapefruit and spices. In the aftertaste emerges the alcohol clearly but it has a nice spicy note. A very special beer! I like it!

shigadeyo (3855) - Cincinnati, 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.

HeadyDE (892) - 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..

ekstedt (7031) - 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.

Texasbrew76 (14) - Alabama, USA - APR 14, 2013
Nicely hopped beer with a solid backbone of sweetness that balances the high abv well. On the front, there is a nice hint of sour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2013
22oz bottle. Clear red - orange color. Thin, bubbly off-white head. A swirly layer retains on the surface. Some loose lace, not a bad-looking barleywine. Bigger body. Dry texture. Light, smooth carbonation. Earthy aroma. Caramel malt. Some dark fruit. Kind of a musty smell. Bigger spicy hop. Some metallic. Kind of dark fruity hops. Pretty aggressive spicy hop profile. Kind of a bitter bite, boozy in the finish, with a little sweet, but that sweetness is kind of cloying. I’m warming up to it as the beer itself warms up, though. It was odd-smelling and harsh at first, but as it warms and sits, it does get a little better. The first couple of sips are a bit shocking, it’s very different than your typical barley wine - very bitter and hoppy.. But I’m accepting that more now. Alright hoppy english-style barleywine to sip on. A little metallic twang to the flavor, big hops, but still makes a decent sipper. Was nice to enjoy with my easter lamb.

GIJOE (1260) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Pours deep golden and forms a thick beast of a foamy tan head that stays forever. Lacing is sticky and thick. Nose is mostly malty sweetness with a hint of boozy raisins. Taste is malty forward and pronounced astringent bitterness back that lingers long. A bit much for me. Like I'm sipping medicine. Creamy and thick mouthfeel with residual booze warmth accompanying. Not one I'd come back to, but not bad for a potent ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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