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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001)
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 16:12:58 | More by ianjsullivan
Photo of brewskifan55


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 16:56:44 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 05:20:31 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 10:57:36 | More by SmashPants
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4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 02:49:26 | More by Etan
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 08:03:16 | More by heygeebee
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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 06:47:23 | More by Mebuzzard
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 22:56:52 | More by damndirtyape
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New York

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 05:10:12 | More by CaptDavyJones
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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 19:24:09 | More by thierrynantes
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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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 04:02:01 | More by BeerAdvocate
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New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 15:57:41 | More by Samp01
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 21:55:14 | More by SLeffler27
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Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 03:50:55 | More by chimaylvr
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a ruby red/brown color with an inch tan head that stayed around for a little while. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like caramel malt, dark fruit, chocolate and a bit of banana. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some bready malt and some licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. I think it's a solid brew overall, I'd try this again in the future. $2.69 for a single bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 00:24:43 | More by bluejacket74
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours dark red-tinted brown. Slow carbonation with a thin 1 finger head. Retains only a film, leaves a decent lace.

S: Chocolate and toffee malt, some roast, toasted bread type smells. Hints of dark fruits, but overall malty.

T: Toffee and dark fruits on the tongue, quite sweet. Slightly hoppy flavours in the follow, with a nice bready finish - very malty finish and aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied, with not too much fizz. Very drinkable and smooth.

Overall: Very enjoyable beer and well worth a try. *Slightly* expensive for what it is though, you can better ales for cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 11:19:52 | More by killianf
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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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4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass and it created quite a nice tan head that lasted as I nursed this wonderful beer. Immediately while pouring the aroma of sweet malt flowed out of the glass. Aromas of carmel, alcohol and dark fruits. The taste was amazing. I was truly impressed. Very sweet with carmel and malt. Then dark fruit like flavors and a smack of hops followed by a slight alcohol taste. Body was very nice as well. What a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 03:48:03 | More by HochFliegen
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at my local though albeit really too cold at first. I hope this review does it justice.

Good dense nose of a quarter inch fine sandy tan coloured head. Nice patches of orangy red at the bottom but otherwise a slight haze brown to black colour.

For what it is (and was) the body is relatively lightish but deep dense slightly malt ending with earth and an a final note of bitterness.

Still clings to your ribs as it always did but this lacks the richness and stuffing I vividly remember over twenty years ago. The result of being 'decanted' around a number of breweries over time I would suspect.

Serving type: cask

03-06-2012 13:46:32 | More by Zimbo
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There was copious dust on the bottles when I purchased this six-pack of Theakston Old Peculier at the distributor; I chanced it anyway. This is gorgeous stuff - just beautiful. All right, it's just your average deep dark brown, reddish in hue through strong light, with a copious tan head if you pour dead center. Smells like good Yorkshire Ale, at least the ones I've had in a bottle - the bready yeasty smell that lets you know this is from England, plus a sweet aroma I don't know how to describe. Maybe raisins. Perhaps this is like a perfect marriage between Korbinian and real ale. The maltiness and other characteristic English flavors are all here, but the added dimension of fruit, caramel, and roasted nuttiness makes it extra delicious, but not unreasonably sweet. World class? Absolutely. Do not hesitate to get a six-pack. Perfect for winter. I'm usually a little wary of English dark beer. This is in a class all its own.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 08:29:26 | More by angusdegraosta
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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red brown. One finger light tan fine head with good retention and nice lacing. Rich aroma of caramel malt, dark and light fruit, very malty. Flavor follows aroma with caramel and toasted malt, brown sugar, dark fruit with a very mild hop finish. Finish is somewhat abrupt and dry. Flavor is understated, but has a nice progression and is very pleasant to drink. Medium bodied with slight creaminess. Very nice for a moderate ABV old ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 04:42:04 | More by LiquidAmber
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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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Rhode Island

3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

no obvious date

A: Clear, dark red with almost no head or lacing.

S: Sweet, molassesy dough. Smell is pretty prominent.

T: Much mellower and balanced than I remember from years ago. Vanilla, smooth, sticky, malty sweetness, some dirty hops on finish.

M: Surprisingly thin and carbonated.

O: Easy enough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 01:29:43 | More by greybeardloon
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4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5 liter poured into a nonic.

Appearance is a hazy dark brown with a creamy offwhite head. Great head retention.

Smells of toffee, caramel, and dark fruit. Raisins and prunes are most prominent. Also some molasses.

Taste is very reminiscent of the dark fruit noted in the aroma. Also some molasses and caramel. There is also a flavor reminiscent of pipe tobacco along with a bit of musty basement. Some wood too. Mouthfeel is nice and thick.

Overall this is an excellent beer. There is so much going on here and the balance of flavors is incredible. A top notch beer and one I would love to have on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:37:37 | More by rangerred
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark coppery brown body. Fragmented lacing from the receded head.

Nice Fuggle hop aroma. Mild and roasty. Metallic element to the nose, like the inside of an aluminum can. Some fruity malt bursts in play.

Copper kettle malt roast, a bit of chocolate, a semi-sweet nuttiness punctuated by a poppyseed roll character. Some cinnamon spice in there, some milk caramel. Then, there are the fruit notes: red apple, plums, any dark tannic fruits. Has that kind of tannic bitterness.

Mouthfeel is chewy and chalky. Not particularly big-bodied. Rather dry feeling.

This is a decent beer 'with a character all its own'. I agree. A classic. Very mellow for the style, feels like a session beer. I like more heft, more caramel/toffee, more body. But this is a standard, and I can't take that away from Theakston.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:35:20 | More by thecheapies
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
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