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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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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.

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

julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Caramel and fruitcake balanced by moderately bitter hops and a light dose of ethanol. Finishes fruity, mildly caramely and fairly dry with lingering bitterness.

puboflyons (3630) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2014 From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Pours a vibrant copper-amber with a decent head thanks to the aggressive pour. The aroma is full of malts with the inevitable Ringwood yeast to balance it out. The body is razor sharp and about medium. The Ringwood yeasts are not as obvious in the Double as they are in the regular but they are there. There’s also a sort of buttery back drop. What I really like are the malty characters with a likeable hoppy finale. The higher ABV is well masked in the flavor but not in the effect. Don’t drink one and drive.

patrick767 (4475) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2011
tap at Blaze restaurant in Bar Harbor - Pours amber and smells heavily of caramel with a hint of dark fruit. The taste has loads of sweet caramel along with dark fruit, especially cherries, mild hops, and alcohol though it doesn’t taste like the ABV is as high as it is. The finish is pleasantly warming. Excellent and underrated, IMO, though I admit to some bias as I was enjoying a ridiculously cheap -- for most of the US -- whole lobster dinner at the time.

Darkmagus82 (2303) - - SEP 18, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 7-20-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance- Pours a deep amber-orange color with a small white head. The head fades very fast leaving a light level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma was very sweet and bready. The sweet is of toffee and caramel with a whole lot of a candied sugar. The bready smell is doughy and biscuity with a little bit of roastiness. Along with these is a big boozy smell of bourbon creating a sweet warming smell overall. Taste – The taste begins very sweet and thick with lots of caramel and toffee upfront. Some orange flavors come toward the tongue soon after the initial taste as well as sweet bready taste. The orange citrus is later joined by some lemon which bitter the brew lightly. An alcohol taste comes to the tongue along with time as well bringing a lighter bourbon taste to the brew. The bourbon grows stronger being joined by a little bit of hop. When these are mixed with the thick sweeter and sugary tastes, leaving a warming boozy taste is on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is super creamy and thick with a carbonation level that is very low. This is quite appropriate for the sweeter flavors of the brew as well as for making a nice slow sipper in light of all the booziness in the brew. Overall – A sweet but enjoyable barley wine. A nice slow sipper and worth a try.

jimhilt (2647) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Pours a one finger off-white head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium-bodied. light piney hop nose and flavor is slight caramel, piney hops and more malty than expected. Light bitter aftertaste. High ABV is hidden but is warming. $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

Cybercat (6580) - Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Pours an attractive clear coppery red-brown with a fairly thick and somewhat persistent pale coppery-tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Strong aroma is malty and a little yeasty with a firm overtone of apple brandy. Sharp, malty flavor has a strong brandy tang and hints of hoppy bitterness and caramel, with just a whisper of fruity sweetness. Ragged texture is fairly fizzy and leaves behind a mild but persistent tingle.

Benjii (3050) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 21, 2012
In bottle. Pours a golden - brown colour with a thin beige head. Aroma of treacle, toffee, raisins, alcohol and oak. Similar woody, treacle, caramel and grassy hop flavours. Alcohol is quite present with a fairly bitter and dry finish. Moderate carbonation and a chewy mouth-feel. I really enjoyed this.

ronaldtheriot (2076) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Shipyard Double Old Thumper has a thin, cream-colored head, a murky, rust-red-copper appearance, noticeable bubble streams, and splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, fig or dates, sweet malts, and white bread crust. Taste is of strong, sweet, boozy malt, intense hop bitterness, and rich, candied fruit (think of fruitcake). Mouthfeel is medium, and Shipyard Double Old Thumper finishes alcohilic and sip-able. RJT

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