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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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BA SCORE
89
very good

921 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 921
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
T & R Theakston Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001)
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

tard24, Jan 02, 2014
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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown ruby color almost liken to a prter,bicuit-like aroma.Nice sweetish malty flavor with a bit of an oily undertone.The toffeenish I expected didint come through as much as I thought though.Not to heavy but got full after two for some odd reason.A good English strong ale well worth its reputation in my mind.

oberon, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dark brown body with a reddish tinge under a gigantic head that went down slowly and left some lacing. Looks terrific.

Smell – The aroma is actually kind of light, which is surprising. There’s some dark malt in there and maybe a little bit of fruity sweetness, but it’s hard to pick out.

Taste – This one is tight. The heavy, dark buttered malt is packed so firmly it’s hard to get the taste out of the glass. It’s very creamy though. There’s also some budding toffee in there along with dark chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation in accordance with the style. This one is very thick in the mouth. I didn’t get any alcohol sensation, though, which is odd for an SOA. The ABV is under 6.

Drinkability – It went down all right, but I think there’s some potential in there. I’m going to buy a six-pack and cellar it, maybe taking one out every six months or so. I’ll update the review if there’s a noticeable change.

RoyalT, Sep 09, 2003
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4/5  rDev +1%

SuqMadique, May 23, 2012
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma- deeply malty with rich caramel, slight toffee, notes of dried cherry and earth, nutty with just the faintest hint of diacetyl, fresh blackberry notes, medium low grassy hop, no alcohol

Flavor- not nearly as rich as aroma would lead you to believe- nutty and toasty over solid caramel base, all medium high intensity with medium-high sweetness. Faintly woody. Light herbal hop flavor. Pear and berry esters are medium- low, no diacetyl, roasted malt dries out the finish. Bitterness is medium and balances. Lovely soft vanilla tone with just the slightest suggestion of banana comes out with warmth.

MF- medium-full bodied and smooooth on the palate, no alcohol, very slight astringency from roasted malt, medium carbonation fluffs things up a bit

APP- Beautiful crystal clear deep ruby with low off-white head. Poor retention with light lace.

OVERALL- A really lovely example of old ale that calls to mind Fullers ESB. Proof that it is possible to bet a lot of flavor without a lot of alcohol.

JudgeRoughneck, Nov 02, 2013
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3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Ruddy dark brown, big tan head

SMELL: Toffee, buttery, toasty, spice, dark fruit, brown bread, some alcohol, pepper, herbal

TASTE: Very smooth, creamy, full-ish body, dark bread, hint of brown sugar, vegetal, herbal, toasted bread, buttery, figs, mineral, faint char, carob powder

Hell yeah, the legend returns! Glad to see this classic back in the US. This is a deep beer, a thinking beer, as each sip takes you further into its depths. One of the few imports that taught us what beer could be—before the second coming of craft beer—which earns it some extra fondness from us.

BeerAdvocate, May 02, 2012
Photo of Todd
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 355ml English-style brown bottle. No freshess date.

Appearance: Virtually opaque in its deep and dark ruby brown colour. The tan head is thick, patchy, foamy, creamy and pours an even two fingers in width -- retains very well and sticks.

Smell: Semi-astringent raw floral hops, caramel, touch of toffee, alcohol, coffee and lacto-like sugars.

Taste: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel initially, then a slightly coarse and raw feeling coats the palate with a hop leaf and oil feeling. Lots of body and it's full with a thick, even texture. Malt sweetness is rich, with notes of bitty chickory, unsweetened chocolate, earth, light caramel. There's a distinct sharp bitterness that puckers and dries the platate with a herbal background, and lingers, then fades into toasted grain flavours. Finishes goes on forever with sugary and toasted/light caramel grains ...

Notes: Probably one of my favourite from the line at Theakston. Such the complete and masterfully crafted brew.

Todd, Jul 31, 2001
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3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amberish color, better head than expected. Not much of any aroma on the first sniff, a little chocolate became evident on the fourth pass. The first taste had subtle cherry and chocolate competeing mildly for your attention. Overall the taste was pleasant but thin.

grynder33, Sep 28, 2003
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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, dark, cow brown with a great frothy/creamy head that retains excellently. Great lacing as well. Pretty beer!


Aroma is very malty, nutty, and biscuity.

Flavor is again, biscuity, very malty, bready, nutty, very mild hops in the finish, a very faint spiciness occuring from the light hops. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel is liquid velvet and oily. Well carbonated.

Extremely drinkable as this beer is not only ridiculously tasty, but at 5.7% abv, it's not so much a knock out beer. Tremendous session capabilities. I'm gonna have to buy more of these!! Total blindbuy and am blindsided!

Doomcifer, Nov 01, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

jmshulk, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all time favorite dark English beers, when I lived in Savannah GA for three years this is one of the beers I could always find on a regular basis.

Jason, Dec 17, 2001
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Fullers pint glass. Clear mahogany that is a distinct ruby when held to the light. One finger beige head with staying power and moderate lacing. Aroma is a bit subdued with hops, toffee, and some peppery spices. Mouthfeels is initially thick and creamy, finishes dry and exuberating. Taste is bitter/tart at the beginning, then the walnuts and toffee take over. Overall, an excellent execution of well balanced malty caramel and hops bitterness. Reminds me more of an excellent ESB than a Porter. This is my first Theakston, but it is one of the more drinkable British ales I've come across. Excellent drinkability.

merlin48, Jan 06, 2004
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old favorite, this one leaves its 12 ounce glass home, and pours dark, plummy amber, with a long lasting dark tan film head, leaving respectable fine splotchy lacing. Nose is of light sweet malt with perhaps a hint of rum. This is a rich malty brew, notes of musty malts, plummy ripe fruits and again a hint of wood/smokey rum in the background. Fine after dinner sipper. Classic old style ale.

Billolick, Jun 22, 2006
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3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic Tumbler.

Pours a light foamy head of 1/2 inch that quickly dissipates leaving a Lacy layer atop a dark brown brew.

Smell is of a raisin/currant and sweet malts. Taste is more subtle, but follows taste. I do get a slight little bit of astringency in the finish, but it isn't horrible. This is a good brew. There are nice bitter notes which make this a well rounded brew.

When drinking beer of this type, I think it is important to consider it as a choice with food, and I can see how this would pair well with many British dishes.

mattster, Apr 19, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

chossboss, Mar 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

innominat, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is very malty with some caramel, cream, and grapes. The mouthfeel and taste are silky smooth. A lot like an ESB in flavor, but without the astringent bitterness. There was some fruitiness, but more malt and sourdough-like bite. I really liked this one.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

fionn13, Jul 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

awalsh, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of Thrasher
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A great beer. I believe this is an old sample due to sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but it has not affected the beer in a negative way at all. Roasty, malty, smoky, remarkably complex and unique. Makes me want to don a cloth cap and listen to County Derry. Absolutely perfect mouthfeel, soft and cushiony without being too thick, and just a sparkle of the hard water/metallic quality to wake up the tongue. Drinkability equally high; while you may not want to drink 12 of these in a row, the flavor is continually inviting and the beer suitably robust, but mellow enough to keep you grounded. Should be excellent with food, especially stinky cheeses, boiled veggies, dark roasts and other hearty fare. Where's me Stilton? In his autobio, Dave Davies (that lovable nutter from the Kinks) refers to Old Peculier as a dangerous beer and imagines it being brewed by a bunch of aliens invoking the spirit of Mephistopheles -- this is a compliment of the highest order, of course.

Thrasher, May 23, 2003
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3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mahogany colored with a bumpy dark beige head. Head drops quickly but leaves a sheeted coating around the glass. Nose is sweet, almost perfumey, and malty. Flavor is peculier like the name. Oddly sweet. Tastes like root beer up front, and finishes with prune juice. Hints of sweet brown sugar. Watery mouthfeel. Moderate drinkability.

far333, Aug 16, 2003
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2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark reddish brown with off white head which dissipates quickly into a thin film. Aroma is malty, smells like dark fruits, maybe raisins and slightly roasted. Taste is mostly malty with some roasted flavor and hop bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. In my opionion, this beer is too sweet. There just ins't enough roasted flavor, hops or alcohol to balance the sweetness.

Dizzy, Aug 23, 2006
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2.38/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Brown ale/old ale nutty, brown appearance. Smells like the fruits your grandma eats. . . and brewer's use to make their "weird" beers. . . plums, raisins, ugh.

Taste is like an imperial brown. No hops, high alcohol on the palate (way higher than the abv would suggest), nutty, not thick viscosity wise. Brown mead without the sweetness. Or maybe some tea w/ alcohol in it. I'm not an old ale guy, but I have had North Coast's and it isn't my favorite, but its got something going for it in my book at least. Same w/ Port's anniversary beer. Somewhat astringent, which at times, is welcome, given that the other flavors don't resonate as much.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 29, 2010
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4/5  rDev +1%

KarlMcGowan, Apr 27, 2013
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Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.