oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2016
Bottled (backlog). Ambery orange colour with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malts, some fruity and grassy notes along with mild ripe fruits and alcohol. Flavour is nectar, some alcohol, sweet ripe fruits and some sweet toffee as well. Tasty and a big time brew. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Pours a mostly clear deep mahogany color with a creamy off white head. Nose held a bit of candied fruits and a touch of booze....light hops in there as well. Fairly sweet on the palate.....not anything special. Tmoney99 (14376) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark malt, earthy hop and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a good complex beer.
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 18, 2011
Double Old Thumper
Pours coppery with a thick off white head Mild lacing and a beautiful clean appearance. Aroma is spicy sweet with a spicy hop note. Caramel and booze are noticeable. Flavor is all spicy hops with some caramelly maltiness and lots of alcohol. Super long hoppy finish. Very good beer .
PorterPounder (7894) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl - Liquor Loft - 22 oz bomber. Dark orange-amber pour with a thin white head. Aroma is sweet with some brandy accents and hint of molasses and dates. Flavor is similarly sweet with some dates and raisins, molasses, some baked brown bread and a hint of brandy. Mouthfeel is decently sticky. Not bad - best saved for winter.
Ratman197 (14692) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, plum, raisin, alcohol, light banana and light spice. Palate w medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of toffee, pear, dates and light spice with a smooth warming lingering fruity finish. Maverick34 (3212) - New York, USA - JUN 3, 2011
Bottled. Pour is translucent red brown with lingering lacy head. Aroma is malts and dark fruits with a tinge of hops as well as alco. Ok finish but the alco burn wears on you. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle and served in Bells tulip: Amber hue with orangy highlights topped by a fading frothy off-white head and some sticky lace, slightly oily legs. The aroma has notes of pale and crystal malts, some interesting mango jam, cinnamon, mint, cotton candy esters along with herbal and spicy hop tones. I Am actually digging the nose, reminds me a bit of some of the Fuller Vintage Ales. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
The taste is not quite as exciting as the nose but it is not the overly sweet nor a Diacetyl bomb as I feared it could be considering my history with this brewery. (some light Diacetyl is noticed but it fits within the malt profile) Some twangy fruit along with a light herbal bitterness over a huge layer of malt and even a dollop of chocolate milk. Some notice of alcohol that kept the palate some what cleansed and the hop spice notes also brightened up the experience. Methinks the addition of Simcoe hops helped a lot. The mouth feel is a tad oily and slick, perhaps a bit over carbonated and thinner bodied for the genre. Overall I found this beer easily exceeded my low expectations, while hardly a world beater I thought this paid a nice tribute to the Strong English Ale tradition. It also must be noted: Unlike the finest Strong English Ales like Fullers Vintage or JW Lees Harvest, this is NOT a candidate for cellaring.
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asheft (3062) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2012
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.
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.