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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

926 Ratings

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of Sellen
4/5  rDev +1%

Sellen, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Wobbly
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

A truly great beer, Old Peculiar by Theakston sets the standard for the old ale style.

Wobbly, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of admh1972
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

admh1972, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of captaincoffee
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from a half liter while sitting in my temp apartment in London. Life's good...
Brown with red tint in the light. I didn't give it the best pour, but a reasonably thick cream colored head with some staying power.
Nose...virtually none at all. I took a break and smelled some fresh air from the window and came back for another wiff, but again almost nothing. I read some of the other reviews on this beer talking about toffee, brown bread, etc notes...sorry, they forgot to put that in this one. I went to the bathroom and came back for one last smell (even tried to stick my nose down into the bottle), but no. This is a fresh beer BTW judging by the label (I am in London after all).
Moving on, I was ready to be disappointed with a flavorless brew, but was very happy with the taste. Creamy, coffee, toffee...all that good stuff. I mean, it isn't a stout or something, but really a full flavorful beer. Nice finish without off flavors coming out.
Lovely beer. Might have another now.

captaincoffee, Aug 17, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +8.6%

robotiks, Aug 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

thufflife, Aug 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

xhuang61, Jul 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

tomgoehring, Jul 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Davefleming79, Jul 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jul 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

MattXT, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

psmithmkt, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of ElegantRose
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Originally, this beer was recommended to me by a friend of mine, and is not one of those usual beers that one might see in a store. My interest piqued, I opened it, and I have been pleasantly surprised ever since.

This delicious ale from the U.K. has a unique, special taste made using (among others) Fuggle hops and deep roasting of the barley. There is a hint of licorice-like sweetness at the end of every sip, which adds a bit of complexity to this beer.

The deep roasting of the barley and what appears to be the unfiltered choice for this beer give the appearance of what appears to be a cross between a porter and a stout. I am loving the lingering, semi-sweet finish as it is ultimately quite palatable.

The smell actually reminds me a little of a quad, with that (near) smoky, deep, inherent sweetness on the nose.

Also, there is a little interesting story on the neck of the beer which describes a little of the history, which dates back to the 12th century.

I will be enjoying this beer.

ElegantRose, Jul 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

IgnacioFeito, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Fruitjeus, Jul 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

beerinabottle, Jul 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

rmehughes, Jun 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Zachariah1978, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Klebe, Jun 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

davidwhatshisnam, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1%

Vanz, Jun 16, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

DrBass, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a murky very dark brown, with a half inch head- recedes quickly- and a lot of foamy, almost soapy-looking lacing.

The smell is honestly a little weak. I smell some caramel malt, some chocolate, and leather.

The taste is more complex, but still a little weak. I'm confounded by the concept of a nearly "session old ale" at 5.6% ABV. The lower ABV seems to have dulled the flavors here that could be a lot stronger and fuller. I've always associated old ales as a cousin of the barleywine, and this shows that it's not always so close. There's some cocoa powder, grape skin, oak, grassy hop bitterness, classic fruity English yeast flavor, musty leather, with a slight sour-ish twang near the end. There is strong flavor at the front and back of each sip- it seems slightly watery in the middle- there's something missing.

Medium bodied, could be a little thicker, I think. A slow sipper.

This was interesting, but fell a tiny bit short for me. It had a lot of potential, but this just isn't the style of old ale I like.

GreesyFizeek, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of uspbacchus
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Served in a small goblet. Thin coffee in color with decent,bread colored thin sustained lacing
S. Malty smell
T. Nice dark malt taste. Bread and toffee notes predominate. Do get a metallic taste.
M. Surprising thin for the pour. Light on the carbonation might be attributing to this.
O. Not a bad beer. Would order again versus the various boring beers, but can probably find a nicer dark beer out there.

uspbacchus, Jun 08, 2014
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.