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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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very good

959 Ratings

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 48
Gots: 62 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

And lo did God come down (when there was no footy on) and speaketh to the fine chaps (and ladies) at Theakston brewery in Yorkshire. And lo did he tell them exactly what he wanted in the perfect ale, or woman (if he was to ever marry). Fruity and full bodied!

Verily did Theakston brew Old Peculiar (The Legend) and lo did God stagger back up the stairs to heaven with a mighty grin on his face dreaming of lovely bar maids from the Yorkshire Dales!

This beer is truly a wonder to behold. A dark ale that's easy to drink (for me and God anyway) with lots of fruity flavour. It comes with a huge stamp of approval from me, him upstairs (though you might struggle to get confirmation if you've don't have his direct line), and many ale drinkers around the globe.

At the time of writing Aldi have it for £1.49 a bottle. The steal of the century. Buy it, drink it, love it!

Needless to say that if you haven't tried this ale, try it now.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Murky dark ruby color. Weak head from bottle with little lace. Fruity, caramel and roasted aroma. Soft rich malty, fruity taste of dried fruit like dates and raisins and a hint of molasses with a slight roasted finish. Finishes dry. I enjoyed the slick mouthfeel. I especially enjoyed the numbing of my lips and face like it was of a higher ABV content than listed. Short lasting yet good aftertaste. Very clean and nicely balanced, humble yet classy. Very quaffable. Cheers!

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Wow. I had high expectations for this brew and it blew my expectations away. Pours a nice brownish/amber with a creamy head that sinks, with a nice lace holding all the way down. Incredible malty caramel smell. Smooth, creamy malty flavor. Caramel and light,earthy hops blend for great balance in this medium/full bodied brew. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel and incredibly drinkable. Drinking this is such a great experience that it is hard for me to even put th glass down to end my sip. Awesome beer, highly recommended.

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What a wonderful beer. Sweet, and so mellow.

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Absolutely sublime on cask! Smooth and rich, like black velvet running down your throat. Complex flavor, notes of burned sugar, but without being overly sweet. Well balanced and eminently drinkable.

(Much less impressive on bottle. Short and crippled. "Dead.")

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The aroma is rich and earthy like freshly cut, wet wood, with hints of leaves,toast.

The taste is full, complex, balanced and extremely smooth. It has rich, but restrained and balanced notes of fresh, wet wood, earth, ldry leaves, chocolate, dry toast, licorice, and a little dark fruitiness. It is lightly sweet with just enough bitterness to balance it and round out the taste, before a long, dryish finish with toast, fruit, and wood. The palate is full but lively, with faint oiliness but just enough to add a fuller feel without actually making it oily or slick.

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Quite a complex aroma with initial sweet and heavy malt (with some caramel), with qualities of fruitiness (with a red wine type aroma) and seems like alcohol aroma too. Interesting and good. Thinnish head that stays okay. Deep dark brown to red (garnet). After the initial burst of malt, the alcohol seems most evident to me, but not excessive or overwhelming. Taste has many of the same complexities as the aroma, yet remains smooth. A bit of nuttiness to the flavor. Sweetness to the malt, but not so excessive that it tastes like cough syrup (my biggest gripe with malty styles). Nice dryness to the finish with a short but pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and rich. This really is quite an impressive beer.

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Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
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