Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.
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3.84/5 rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which looks to have pretty good retention. The head is a light and creamy beige/tan while the body is a chestnut brown which shows as a deep burgundy with crimson in the light. Lacing tends toward sheeting at points.
Nose- Starts off very lush with deep, dark fruits. Think plums, raisins, and minor cherries. A hint of bubblegum, maybe cocoa. Some brown bread, molasses, and brown sugar as the base. Some red grapes that make it a little vinous. Candied fruits on the finish. Swirling doesn't add much to the picture.
Taste- Very reflective of the nose and I'm glad that it isn't too far removed from the aroma. Plums, cherries, and raisins on the front which moves into a light and rounded bubblegum and then light cocoa and chocolate. Some woody bitterness to the finish. Not quite as full or complex as the aroma as the malt notes seem lacking in the flavor profile. The woody bitterness that I detected on the finish seems a lot more earthy, grassy, and mineral than it did before. Some chalk to the finish. Very reminiscent of a dubbel both in taste and smell. Some brown sugar and molasses start to appear, along with a slight cinnamon on the finish. Quite vinous but never cloying. The hops on the back end contrast the rounded dark fruits of the front well. In between a good and really good beer for me. There's nothing outstanding about it but it has nice balance and is pretty much flawless.
Mouthfeel- Just south of medium bodied with low carbonation. Feels smooth and has a nice dry finish.
Drinkability- Very accessible and easygoing. Low alcohol in comparison to most of the other old ales out there. This is a slight negative for me. The 4 to 5 bucks that it costs seems reasonable to me.
Overall- Good to really good beer. A little more subtle than many of the old ales I've had but this is to be expected from an English brew. Definitely worth a try to get a sense of the range of the style. Probably would not repurchase though.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2014 04:43:30 | More by artoolemomo
United Kingdom (England)
4.48/5 rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Found this baby at a new bottleshop in Noksapyeong, Seoul.
A: Almost black with a nice beige head.
S: Chocolate, caramel and fudge.
T: Reflects the nose. Like a stout with all the sensuality of a dark Belgian. It's sweet but has a dry, tart backbone. Soft fruitiness in the aftertaste, strawberries in particular. Soft liquorice. The beer now at room temperature and nearing the end I'm geting sporadic notes of grass. Also getting some dried fruit tones.
M: Almost flat but has a perfectly silky, soft effervescenve to keep it ticking over. Reminds me of Oatmeal Stout.
O: Very nice. It's flavour is something between porter and barley wine but its mouthfeel is lighter than both.
Serving type: bottle
04-02-2014 06:56:12 | More by Hoppsbabo
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
As I first poured this ale into my pint glass, I was under the impression this was going to be a forgettable beer. I took a swig, and as I set down the glass on the desk, I remember thinking my suspicions were confirmed. The taste started bitter, as you would expect any ale to deliver (a little too bitter, if I am to be honest). But, as I continued working at my desk, my taste buds would not let me forget the lingering bitterness that gave way to a sweet finish. I found myself reaching for the glass, taking another sip. As this deep red ale hit my tongue a second time, I realize that this beer holds a quaint little secret! Once again, I set the glass down on the desk, but, unlike the first time, I have a new respect for this delicious ale. Paying more attention to the flavor this time, I realize that this brew has a creamy, sweet caramel flavor, with a very nice lingering fruity undertone - well balanced with a mild bitterness. By the time I finish the glass, this "forgettable" beer has me craving another. Quite a pleasant surprise, I will not soon be forgetting this premium ale!
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2014 02:42:21 | More by geaux750
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
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