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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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very good

860 Ratings

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Ratings: 860
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%

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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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An ale to appreciate for flavour. Amber brown, with a nice head. A dark bear's richer taste and sour kick, scotch, malty, and bitter. Thanks Radek for sharing and OKBeer for sending. Fuller mouthfeel. A splash was accidently added to a Dogfish 2004 and improved it's flavour.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 03:38:19 | More by Sammy
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3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some candied fruit aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, slight caramel, slight dark fruits, and some herbal hops on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate that quickly fades with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good old ale but it's somewhat mild in the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 04:31:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper with hefty amounts of orange and red. The head is light milk chocolate brown in color and is large, creamy and softly pitting. It deflates slowly and deposits an adequate amount of lace in thick rings.

The aroma is complex, interesting and appealing all at once. Specifics include brown sugar, molasses, toffee, sugared pecans and roasted malt. Wow, I'm not sure that I've smelled anything quite like this before.

TOP's flavor follows its nose pretty closely, though it's thinner than expected. Perhaps I'll let it warm a little more. This stuff is damn tasty, but I can't quite figure out what makes it so. No wonder they call it Peculier. All of the same characteristics that are present in the nose are in present on the palate... with the addition of raisins and an earthy oakiness. The mouthfeel is firming up and the beer is becoming more creamy as it warms.

Theakston Old Peculier is very good beer. It's kind of odd to have an old ale weigh in at only 5.7%, but that makes it especially drinkable. The world's most sessionable old ale? Most peculiar.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2004 20:31:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with a long-lasting tan head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Caramel, banana, butterscotch, licorice - quite malty

Taste: Starts with a rich caramel and banana flavor; by mid-palate, some earthy hop elements join in to mute the sweetness; after the swallow the sweetness of dried fruit and butterscotch kick in - worth noting that the diacetyl is intentional

Mouthfeel: Relatively thick bodied with modest carbonation

Drinkability: One of my favorite English beers; worth coming back to every now and again; glad to see it back in the market (comment added in 2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 22:41:19 | More by brentk56
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Peculier is actually not that peculiar. No individual characters in aroma, texture, appearance, or taste make this beer a standout or enigma. Nevertheless, a well thought and well brewed beer. Medium flavors and aromas throughout. Some of those medium characters are: caramel, toffee, plumbs, grapes, toast, grain, yeast, and hops. It's what you'd expect per the description--plain and simple. Texture to the mouth is medium viscocity, medium carbonation, medium roundness, and medium dryness. Noticable, but not powering alcohol in the finish. A clean, well brewed beer, but a bit benal.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 14:20:16 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very cloudy dark brown in color (close to near black) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high creamy beige head that died down, leaving some patches of bubbles floating on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of fruity yeast in the nose along with notes of dark malts.
T: The taste has a bit of sweetness with flavors of dark malts
M: It feels medium-bodied and relatively smooth on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful without being full-bodied and for this reason is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 05:02:59 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 17:11:11 | More by oberon
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, very deep reddish and crimson-tinted brown that appears almost black from any distance. The thin but creamy ivory head holds quite well and leaves some minor lace. The nose offers a distinctly buttery and fruity aroma above some earthy hops. The body is medium/light with a very fine, moderate carbonation that leaves it smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor is bold, and mildly complex, with some soft buttery diacetyl, dark fruit (currant, raisin, prune) and toffee with a tinge of deep scortched molasses (that's not quite roasty). It finishes dry and lingering with a rising bitterness and a touch of alcohol. A classic that's quite unique, and well worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 07:50:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: beautifully plummy brown color, showing a bright reddish around the sides, with a large, bubbly light tan head, that slowly dims down to a whitish ring.
Aroma: sweet and creamy at first, caramel and nuts, with further impressions of dark fruits and chocolate.
Very smooth and palatable, with those characteristics found in the nose coming forward in the flavor. Very malty and rich, not mention warm and roasty. A mere 5.7%, not particularly strong, but still gives off a bit of heat. The taste is the real attraction. Mmmm, quite nice.
Nothing earth-shattering, just very pleasant, sweet and terrifically tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2003 02:07:32 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, roasted malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced and starts with sweet flavors of caramel, nuts and dark fruits. The malt character is hearty is hearty but not too heavy. There's a good hops presence for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean for a style that is normally a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very good, flavorful beer with some substance that is worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 01:41:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
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2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a ruddy brown with a chunky tan head. Dropped to a slight head. Some lacing present

Smell: Slight fruitiness

Taste: sweetness, some nutiness, and treacle flavors. Some molassess hints. Too sweet on the finish

MF: Slighltly prickly and thin

Drinkable enough. Inclined to think I got a bad bottle, but here in the middle of the country I seem to find a lot of "bad bottles" from across the pond. Call'em as I taste them. This was great over in the UK. cask or bottle. I'd say worth a try despite my rating. If the only thing I knew about this beer was this bottle that would be a different story!

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2006 05:33:44 | More by russpowell
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a dry, high abv. aroma. The taste is decent. It has a thin malty flavor with a dry, yet slightly sweet finish. It is a bit toastey and bitter. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking Old Ale. It has excellent aroma and good flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 17:32:08 | More by WesWes
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3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown almost black color with a tan, foamy, two-finger head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of fruit and malt. It had a dry smell.

T - It tasted of rich maltiness. It was sweet and smokey.

M - It was soft and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice old ale. Very complex flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 18:06:33 | More by zeff80
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3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a thick light brown head that sits atop a deep, dark amber, clear beer. The aroma is sweet and has notes o f molasses, caramel and dark fruit. The taste is fairly clean compared to the rich brew that I remember that this once was. This beer is lightly sweet with almost no balancing bitterness. There seems to be a threshold level of buttery diacetyl, which, adds a bit to the complexity of this beer. There seems to be some subtle dark malt flavors that are evocative of chocolate. It is quite drinkable, but need to be served quite warm to get any of the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2004 03:15:24 | More by Gueuzedude
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3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a deep rich looking black color. Not much light was getting through this one. The head was brown and pretty thin. The smell of the beer smell old and musty, lightly roasted and had some light grains in there too. The taste of the beer was toasted and had some lingering leather flavors in it. The far end of the aftertaste had a light sweetness to it from the malts. This reminded me of Harviestoun's Old Engine Oil a little bit. In all honesty I thought that this beer was better than the Engine oil. The mouthfeel was thinner than the engine oil brew. Overall I found this beer to be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 14:22:53 | More by Knapp85
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United Kingdom (England)

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark cream head, with an even darker, ruby body of liquid, the head stayed around for a while, then cleared off somewhere else.

Malts and fruits above all in the aroma.

The taste also has malts in abundance, but it is more complicated than that, aftertastes of fruits and hops burst through. This gives it a mouthfeel different to the first taste, strange, but strangley drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 20:15:42 | More by BlackHaddock
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4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby dark brown with a thin tan head that becomes a swirling patch.

The smell is of molasses/chocolate, raisiny and blackcurrant fruitiness. Caramel tones with a subtle earthiness in underneath.

This is a malty delight. Milk chocolate and molasses (but not overly thick) combine with a solid raisin/blackcurrant fruitiness. Slight roasted/smoky undertones give it balance along with just enough earthy bitterness to balance out the sweetness. It has a smooth, long, dry finish.

Smooth in a medium to full body. Despite complexities, and a touch of raw, oily touch on the palate, this goes down very easily and begs for more. A wonderful, classic example of the stlye.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 03:06:22 | More by jwc215
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4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely dark brown. Nose is almost like smoky wood. Touch of caramel in there. Flavor is extremely smooth. A bit lighter than some old ales out there, but still carries a nice slight woody character to it. Smooth caramel flavor there. More like, caramel out of the heart of a tree. Feel has a nice level of carbonation and a good liquid feel. Overall this one is very drinkable. Not the most complex old ale by any means, but definitely smooth and well made.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 19:05:00 | More by RblWthACoz
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep ruby brown tone with a frothing tan head arising from quite a vigorous pour, nice even lattice of lacing not bad. Aroma: Contains mild chocolate with the tosted malts producing a certain musty characteristic one of those English open fermentation things I'm almost sure of, either way it's not bad at all. Taste: Semi fruit infused sweetness with a clean toasty finish of chocolate running through it, I always was turned away from this beer for the simple reason that here in WV it runs at 9 bucks a six pack not bad I am enjoying this one finishes very clean. Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy medium in body a great selection glad I found a single. Drinkability: Amazingly drinkable compared to what I thought it was going ot be like, refreshing ties all flavors together well seems like a classic English ale glad I finally gave it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 21:06:39 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with a thin beige head. A touch of lace coats the glass.

Malty aroma featuring carmelized sugar and maple syrup. Similar to a toffee candy bar.

Very sweet taste with a touch of burnt sugar. This is a rich beer with a low carbonation. The hop bitterness appears after the swallow. The aftertaste is shortlived.

Seems to be a cross between a brown ale and a Scottish ale. Not particularly noteable, but pleasant anyway.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 02:01:16 | More by smcolw
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4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear deep brown with a medium white head, good retention, no lace.

S: Sweet dark bready malt, hint of molasses and roast.

T: A strong malt character starts the beer. Dark bread and toast. Gets minerally fast with a hint of sulfur, a great ending to the beer.

M: Medium-bodied, fairly soft but still prickly carbonation, mineral character for sure, lingers on the palate.

O: It was a delight to revisit Theakston Old Peculier which had been out of the country for years. I had it back in the early days, never thought I'd have it again. Good to see it back in the Southland, it's just as good as I remember. A must pickup for any English ale fan.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 03:52:46 | More by Halcyondays
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2.55/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle into Harp pint glass in low altitude Belfast, Northern Ireland.

A: Pours a dark black, non-transparent, with a three finger head of lovely cream and fair thickness.

Sm: Chocolate. Nutty. Hoppy.

T: Nutty but simple. Strange hoppy finish isn't particularly pleasant. This is my first experience with the style, so I don't know if it's built well. There's a lovely cream taste on the open and even in the finish, but it doesn't quite balance the body, which is a bit bland. I wish I'd served it colder.

Mf: Nicely coarse yet adequately smooth and dry.

Dr: Hides its ABV well. Very cheap in Belfast. I'd like to try other beers in the style before coming back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 01:12:09 | More by kojevergas
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 00:54:14 | More by Billolick
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark slightly sweet (they add maple syrup), medium carbonation and head. Slightly hoppy finish. Seemed to be sweeter ten years ago.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2002 15:51:51 | More by jdhilt
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2001 22:16:24 | More by Jason
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Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 860 ratings.