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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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566 Reviews

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Reviews: 566
Hads: 965
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 53
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
T & R Theakston Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Pint glass.

A: Pours a black color forming a medium very creamy and bubbled beige head with excellent retention. A lots of creamy chunks of foam are formed and left in the glass

S: Mainly sweet and roasted with notes of flowery hops. Sweet and fruity Ale yeasts backbone

T: Sweet and roasted upfront. Roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits and coffee. British hops bitterness (bit citrus)

M: Medium body and carbonation. Roasted bitterness aftertaste

O: Easydrinking Ale. Very British. Recommended (540 characters)

Photo of BS-
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a highball glass.

A: Very dark brown with a good golden head after a hard pour. The beer is a very deep burgundy colour when held against the light. Head melts away fairly quickly, leaving an extremely thin layer of froth with almost non-existent lacing.

S: Nutty, caramel, slightly herby, with hints of coffee

T: Malty with a hint of chocolaty sweetness. Very pleasant presence of coffee and caramel in the aftertaste. Some citrus notes can be detected too.

M: Decent to medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

O: Overall a very mellow beer, perhaps a little too mellow to the point of being slightly lacking. I was expecting a bit more from an old ale, but this is a very good beer, nonetheless. (716 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours black with no head or lacing. The aroma is of licorice and anise, fairly plain. The flavor leads off with anise followed by a licorice and peppery finish, ordinary. It's mouthfeel is smooth but a bit watery for the style. Theakston Old Peculier is an average beer, recommended. (293 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep red colour with no head. no lacing

S: Caramel and more caramel.

T: Caramel dominates the palate with a med bitterness. There are hints of alcohol but it is truely well balanced with the malt and biterness.

M: Very smooth feel with just the right amount of carb.

O: Ok beer. I found it to be a bit too strong on the caramel flavour but when I had it with orange chocolate it intensified the flavour of the chocolate. (429 characters)

Photo of MoreThanWine
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice. Poured a 3" cappuccino head with decent lifespan. The body is a burnt sienna brown color in masstone but held to the light an interesting maroon comes through. It smells complex with malts, vanilla, cocoa, and cola. The tast mirrors the smell and has a substantial malt finish. Gets yeasty in the end. Very nice over all. And it's not the beer which is "peculiar", it's a historic name. (397 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark ruby-brown with a thick light brown 2-finger head that slowly dissipates down the glass leaving a nice solid lace.

S: Caramel and dark fruit aroma with a good malty scent.

T: Slightly sweet flavor with a good malt flavor and slightly hoppy from the Fuggle hops.

M: Full body and medium carbonation.

O: Excellent English Ale – lots of complex flavors and aromas. (435 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 9/4/12

Deep chestnut in color with a two finger cap of foam. Head retention is a thinner layer and some decent, soapy lace is left clinging to the glass.

Subtle earthy hops drift about heavier malt aromas of caramel, toffee, bread, raisins and a hint of burnt molasses. Smooth, consistent smell. Some floral hops as it warms. The flavor has a tangy bent that the aroma lacks, and it's not entirely pleasant. Beyond that is a dry tasting beer that boasts dry bread notes and toasted sugars. One plus is that the hops take a downplayed, but persistent approach toward the palate. The overall taste is a bit edgy, as is the feel, what with a medium thick body, moderate carbonation and a coating finish.

As the beer warms, the tanginess subsides some. Still, I found myself wanting something from this beer that it didn't deliver. It's solid, but I'd like to give it another shot to see if this is a bottle fluke. (954 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 29/8/12

A murky light brown, looks peculiar, thick even, just a short lived film and a random patch of lace
-edit second pour leaves a thick tan thumbs width of foam that leaves lots of unorganized lace, perhaps a dirty glass first try

S molasses and rum soaked raisin, figs, nutty toffee with some faint bruised banana and some other overripe dark fruits

T no bruised banana but hazelnut comes out strong and everything I smells still there, a little sweet and very malty

M a little syrupy but creams up nicely from the bubbles, after taste is long and nutty

O solid beer with plenty of complexity, just missing a little something to put it into the world class but most worthy

I´ve heard about this one before and when I saw it at a beer bar in Mexico I knew what to do (814 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ABV 5,6%.
Pours deep dark reddish brown beer with excellent tan head.
Smell of coffee, roasted malts and caramel.
Taste is deep, less fruits (prunes are in place), more caramel, coffee and nuts. Chewy body and moderate carbonation. Very good old ale. (250 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A quintessential Old Ale, and one that comes in at a reasonable abv of 5.7%. Nice dark brown pour with a moderate off-white head that sticks around and leaves some very nice lacing. Toasty aromas with some slight sherry notes. Similar taste, but a bit more complex. There is a very pleasant rounded nuttiness layered onto the light sherry notes and toasty grain. Some light sweetness, but finishes fairly dry. Very smooth and fairly creamy. An interesting beer that I remember being one of gthe best things available in Georgia before we popped the cap. Very nice still. (570 characters)

Photo of Timadae
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful reddish-brown color with a big off-white frothy head that lingers.

Aroma is malty with a roasted edge and maybe some carmel ?? Found it somewaht closed

Taste is what you would expect slight carmel and citrus notes in the aftertaste but overall average flavours for this style of beer.

Medium body bordering on being a little thin, but with a reasonable finish that gives a bit of length.

Very drinkable but was hoping for a bit more from this Old style Ale. (481 characters)

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown with ruby tints and shallow brown head. It leaves small dots of sliding lacing. A swirl brings back the thin head.

S: Malt, smoke, bacon, citrus, scotch, caramel.

T: Malty mellow with sweet chocolate and carmel, smoke, and a finish of hops, Old Peculier has rich coffee bean lingering finish with the hint of alcohol.

M: Smooth, mellow, creamy.

O: A great smooth ride from start to finish, Old Peculier has a wonderful flavor that just gets better as it warms. It has a rich malty flavor that reminds of whiskey, but a nice balance of hops on the finish meld well with the alcohol. (635 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass at my hotelroom in Bath, UK.

A: Dark brown with a tan, half finger head that runs off to solve a mystery. Steadfast lacing.

S: Malts, oak, smokey, mysterious. Peculiar, of course.

T: Light coffee, malts. Almost like a porter. Dark chocolate. Dry finish.

M: Medium with med/strong carbonation.

O: Not as impressed as I thought I'd be after all the buildup. Glad I tried it, though. I like the "Ten Word" Mystery Contest they have. (454 characters)

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Very dark ruby black, with a thick light brown long lasting head and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell – Roasted malt, cola, and a touch of honey.

Taste – Sweet malts, cola, and buckwheat honey.

Mouthfeel – Somewhat thin, lightly carbonated, and very smooth.

Drinkability – This is a decent old ale, but a little weak for my taste. I think a little more booziness could have made this nicer. However, at 5.7%abv, it’s extremely drinkable. (463 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Embossed and funky 500mL brown bottle, old-school label, a cool name and a 10-word crime novel. What more could you want?

Appearance: dark, plum-brown colour with a two-finger, thick tan head with great retention.

Aroma:  sweet and creamy at first, caramel and nuts, with further dark fruits and chocolate. A bit weak.

Taste: very smooth and palatable, with the characteristics of the nose coming forward in the flavour. Very malty and rich, not mention warm and roasty.

Aftertaste: stays for a good while, heavy biscuit and bread malts linger. Nice warming effect, can't pick the 5.7%, it's made so well.

Mouth feel: lovely, creamy body. Low-to-moderate carbonation, very palatable.

Overall: a great, fun old English beer. Wonderful :) Very smooth and palatable, with the characteristics of the nose coming forward in the flavour. Very malty and rich, not mention warm and roasty. A lovely, lovely brew, but it is still AU$110 a case of 16 x 500mL. This one, though, is well worth it. (1,000 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: Pours a blackish brown with a small off-white head. Small amount of lacing.

S: Raisin, soft toffee and caramel, slight roasted character.

T: Prune, raisin, dark grain, smooth toffee, light buttery character, more dry fruit esters, mild spice.

M: Soft carbonation, medium-bodied, creamy.

O: Extremely tasty and drinkable, a favorite to share with my brother when I visit home. (432 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Dannos. BB 2013

Pours dark brown/mahogany. One finger cream head hangs around for a while, dies to a film. Clumpy lace.

Aromas of toffee, honey, well-roasted malts.

Taste is English Malt-driven, with a darker roast (almost burnt) aftertaste. Initally more. Caramel and toffees.

Moderate carbonation, zingy.

Good, (not great) English beer, with a difference. (367 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've purposefully kept away from this beer for a while. I had it way back in the 90s and loved it, back before craft beer was "catching on". But I kept away so as to form new opinion. Well, it's still damn fine

Pours a dark brown, nutty, some ruby-ness. Tan foam of up to 1 1/2 fingers. Good lacing. Nice

Aroma drops off a bit. Raisin, toffee, black cocoa, toast. It's darn fine, just a tad weak.

Flavors are all over the place and nicely captured. Toasted bread, almost burnt. Toffee and caramel linger together. The dark cocoa and figs do well together as well. But I think the feel is the best part and it really increases the salience of the flavors. Bubbles, but not overly. Smooth and a bit crisp. Light use of the English hops (I'm guessing) is superb.

I still love this beer. (789 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Tulip glass. Date stamp on neck looks like it say L306 (something rubbed off) 12:34 - whatever that means.

Appearance: Dark brown on the table with a persistent 1/16" thick light tan head. Strands and small sheets of lacing noted. When held up to the light, dark ruby red to copper comes through at the edges.

Smell: Toffee, fruit (berries), caramel malts. Quite lovely.

Taste: Toffee, malt sweetness (mild roasted malt in there) up front - nicely blended - and then it moves into the bitter hop finish, which the bottle says is Fuggles. I think the more typical Fuggles English bitter flavor is muted a tad here, but in a good way. The bitterness counters the sweetness to yield a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation that shows up quickly on the tongue and then goes away as fast as it arrived. Nice thickness underneath - smooth.

Overall / Drinkability: All that I remember when I had this a few years ago when it was last in the states, and so glad its back. A great ale - pairs nicely with chicken and mashed potatoes, and I think its also good all on its own. Nicely drinkable, wouldn't mind having another one. Overall, a great looking ale with a solidly good taste, aroma, and mouthfeel. For everyone I've ever introduced to this ale, I have yet to find someone who doesn't like it. (1,336 characters)

Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle. Almost no light penetration once it is in the glass, with some reddish hues when held against light.
Two finger tan colored head from a semi-aggressive pour that dissipates very slowly.
Lots of malt in the nose, with caramel, bready, earthy notes coming through.
The aroma translates into the taste, with sweet malt notes upfront all the way to the finish. A hint of bitterness after the finish that lingers for a short time.
Smooth as silk, one of the smoothest ales I have ever had, period. One of a kind silky mouthfeel. Lots of lacing along the insides of the glass too.
Hands down one of the best old ales I have ever had and one of the smoothest beers. Definitely worth a try and comes highly recommended. (763 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : vinous aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : caramel and roasted malt dominates the palate, with spicy notes and dry finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the English style Old Ale. (313 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of Samp01
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Pours a dark mahogany brown with a lasting medium brown head and moderate lacing. Aroma and Taste is sweet caramel malt, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruity esters, plums, dates a bit of raisin flavor, yeasty with some mild bitterness. Palate is med to full body with a slightly thick texture and moderate carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, molasses, dark fruit, plums, dates ending with a sweet bitterness for balance. Aroma has some light banana as it warms up as well as the flavor becomes more pronounced. Overall a very good, delicious and enjoyable brew (580 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with a creamy, light chestnut head of about half an inch that lingers as it leaves a fine coating of lace on a Dogfish Head snifter.

Aromas include strong plum and rum combinations with raisins and molasses.

Sweet and malty with a light showing of hops. Dark fruits are as anticipated and the finish is long and subtle, becoming dry by comparison.

A medium body with soft carbonation and woolly texture. Alcohol is surprisingly more prominent than anticipated.

This one is great as a slow sipper but also works well with a meal. (548 characters)

Photo of chimaylvr
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured in tulip glass

App: dark mahogany color, one finger, creamy froth, good carbonation level provides a thin blanket throughout

Smell: subtle hints of coffee, caramel, roasted malts, butterscotch, toffee; unpronounced

Taste: nice balance: malty and pale; smooth and strong; has character: raisin, semi-sweetness, not bitter, full flavor

Mouthfeel: exceptional. period. malty but not syrupy; smooth, not watery, pleasant from first contact to back of throat.

Overall: One of the best English beers I've had to date...on par with certain Sam Smiths varieties. Sessionable. I highly recommend this variety of its unusual style (632 characters)

Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
88 out of 100 based on 566 ratings.