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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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890 Ratings

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Ratings: 890
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 41
Gots: 35 | 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.

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Photo of joedon


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a sturdy off-white head. Appears to be quite clear/not cloudy.
Not much aroma. I'm actually getting a bit of a metallic smell plus some dark malt.
Taste isn't what I was expecting. Very dry finish and fairly sharp bitterness. Nice chocolately notes and a bit of burnt sugar. Aftertaste is somewhat winey.
I was disappointed in the mouthfeel. I was expecting more full bodied beer that sticks to the palate. This is pretty thin stuff.
Seems very drinkable but sort of lackluster.
My idea of Old Ale is more like North Coast Brewing's version. This is supposed to be the prototype but I was not that impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 20:49:46 | More by joedon
Photo of OtherShoe2


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with tons of ruby hues and a tan head that dissipates but due to carbonation, stays in a faint form all down the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, dark fruit, hops, some caramel.

Deep strong malt, caramel, full hop oil, and dark dried fruit flavors with some earthen tones toward the end (stole that part from another review -- but hell yes, that's exactly it - earth).

Always had a trail of bubbles in the glass, and the texture was mouth filling.

After all of that, why the lower drinkability rating? This is not a session beer. Wonderful flavors, scent, texture, - everything. Masterful in structure, but hard to do more than 2 in a row.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 12:51:45 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of erratic


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured straight down the middle of my glass and got a 3 finger head. sea-foamy ivory head dissapeared quickly and left no lacing. Color is dark and garnet hued. Light shining through the center is deep red, but goes yellow at the edges.

Smell is bitter and roasty. not too strong

tastes bitter and roated. A little sweetness balances some of the bitterness. Just a little on the bitter side for my taste, but not bad. bitterness lingers on the aftertaste as well.

Heavy carbonation gives an almost cola feel to the mouthfeel.

All around pretty good. Bitterness and heavy carbonation make it a little difficult for me to have more than one at a time, however.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 03:00:52 | More by erratic
Photo of stephens101


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

Had some friends who always talk about how peculier the Old Peculier is. With a name like that, you're asking for it. Let's see for ourselves. A very deep dark brown brew with a quickly fading dark tan head. No lacing is left behind. Smells of molasses, nuts and some dark fruits such as raisins. There's also a boozy essence involved. Tastes a bit sweet and nutty up front with some smokey malts in the middle and spice and alcohol in the back. Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is fairly active and quick. The Old Peculier is a bit different, but in a good way.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 19:31:44 | More by stephens101
Photo of omnigrits


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer I first tried out of a cask at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in the Lake District far too many years ago. I'm very happy to know that OP is still a damn fine beer. In the bottle I find it a little too carbonated but aroma, taste and enjoyment hardly suffer for it. Very well-balanced with an understated malty sweetness and a nice finish that shouldn't offend anyone who doesn't like that hit of hops as their beer slides down the back of their throat. A very easy - and very pleasurable - beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 23:07:52 | More by omnigrits
Photo of John_M


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had not had this beer in some time, but it used to be a beer I enjoyed very much.

The beer pours a dark brown color with minimal head retention and not a lot of lacing. The beer is almost porter like in color. On the nose I get almost a dry cola aroma, coupled with hazelnuts and wood. The beer smells like an aged English ale. The flavors on the palate for the most part replicate the nose. The beer comes across as moderately sweet initially, but then dries out completely on the finish. There is almost a slight hoppy bitter finish to this beer, which frankly is a bit more light on flavor then I recall.

The beer is not heavy or tiring to drink, but what flavor there is comes across as pretty simple and one dimensional. This is a pleasant enough beer, but it will probably be some time before I order it again. There are just too many other interesting beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 13:13:17 | More by John_M
Photo of joshwlt


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and brown in color with a tan brown head. Faint malty earthy smell...faint rum-like alcohol. Tastes of sweet roasted chocolate malt with a bit of earthy funk. Not too thick, moderate mouthfeel. Sorry this review is short but this beer is actually rather simple... not overly flavorful, which is just fine... reminds me of xingu I guess... Light dark fruit shows up as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 01:43:32 | More by joshwlt
Photo of donteatpoop


3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer, didn't taste nearly as peculiar as the label lead me to believe.

Dark brown ale with an underlying amber glow and a finger of tan head.

Smells and tastes of molases and sweet malts.

I could certainly drink a few of these in a session.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 21:57:49 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a dark reddish brown color with a good sized frothy tan head. The aroma is very malty with a touch of alcohol. The dark fruit smells are glorious. Smells like en EPA mixed with a dark belgian ale. Hops come though in the taste to balance out the malt. There is an interesting earthiness to this brew. Moderate feel and incredible drinkability. At 5.7% I think I would drink this as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 02:16:21 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of fank2788


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
This beer is very deep dark brown with ruby highlights in the glass with a thinnish tan head that laces a bit. The smell is dark caramel malt, dark fruit and light chocolate/coffee tones that are sweet not astringent. There is also a bit of light flowery hop and even some slightly funky earthy tones. The taste starts out as creamy sweet malts and rum soaked fruits this quickly gives way to more bitter hops and roasted grain. The finish is never ending coarse grain, alcohol spice and hoppy bitterness with a bit of a sweet overlay. The mouthfeel is good, super smooth with low carbonation and great flavors that linger forever and invite the next sip. Overall a good beer, satisfying whether you drink just one or plan on a small session. There is nothing peculiar about it this just a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 23:49:26 | More by fank2788
Photo of atigerlife


3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with tan highlights. Small head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma of dark malts, raisins, rum and some sweetness.

Taste is of malts. Some hay, toffee, nuts and a slightly medicinal taste that I couldn't quite figure out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly cleansing, dry at the end and somewhat flat.

Overall, a decent brew. Interesting. Nothing to go out of your way for but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 23:52:34 | More by atigerlife
Photo of Proteus93


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark ruby red / brown. Not quite opaque, but working towards it. A modest one finger offwhite head that pulls back down just as modestly.

S: Some woody like scents of a sort (that's not right... it's more like lacquer that goes on the wood, maybe). Quite a spicy alcohol nose, softened a the maltiness.

T: Nuttiness and roasted malts, noble hops, and spices. While a full flavoured brew, the flavours have a delicate balance and none are overwhelmingly large.

M + D: Light carbonation, medium to full body, and quite refreshing on the finish. With an alcohol content on the lighter side, it is an excellent beer to enjoy a few at a time with all the flavours of some bigger brews. Perhaps not a summer day drinker, exactly (or maybe it is, depending on what you like!) but a very good, every day beer. Could reasonably be sessionable for a nice afternoon out.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 23:29:31 | More by Proteus93
Photo of KeefD


4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with hints of purplish-red, a finger's worth of foam that recedes rather quickly leaving behind little lacing. Smell is very fruity up front, with hints of apple. Smells almost like a BSDA. Taste is very sweet and malty. Barely any hop presence, but the fruity malts, with hints of sourness and a bit of roastiness mingle nicely. Keeps getting sweeter as it warms, hints of raisins, some earthiness pops up and quickly leaves. It sounds strange but I'm picking some hints of grape soda?? Weird, but interesting. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, light to medium bodied. An overall nice brew and my first of this style. I would greatly like to try some more old ales in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 16:45:52 | More by KeefD
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle > 16 oz. Sam Smith pnt.

This is a bright brown color with ruby-red hues in the middle. A tan colored crown rises an 1" and falls in moderate fashion, which is lively and foamy for a while.

The scent is nice, honey roasted pecan's, dark chocolate, sour, tangy yeast...slightly fruity. Challah bread.

The malty complexity is obvious on the first sip. sourdough bread and un-sweetened chocolate, tangy molasses, collides with when a sour and tangy fruit flavor rides underneath. There's a slight touch of earthy, grainy hops. The overall effect is a medium bodied feel, crisp at first then smooth on the finish. A complex malt and nearly perfect balance of earthy, sour flavor's...good show!

I can't wait to have an assortment of meats and cheeses with this classic English brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 18:56:08 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of hustlesworth


4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a very inviting looking brew, poured into a tulip it's a very dark reddish brown, almost black, with mahogany highs. tannish buff colored head is sticky an porous and leaves sea serpent-esque humps on the glass. foam settles pretty quickly to a thick disk but retains that layer throughout the review.

S- a very different and interesting aroma of farm animals and rotting wood and fresh mushrooms. actually, this ale smells old, it smells like someone's basement, and though i've never had an old ale before, it seems to fit the title. dark fruits like raisin and fig come to mind along with dark bread when i stick my nose in the glass. overall aroma is weak once the head recedes but giving it a good swirl releases a burst of sweet caramel malty and dark berry notes.

T- pleasantly mild and chocolatey with a nice english bitterness. taste signifies a general feeling of age as does the aroma and it's difficult for me to elaborate on, but i'll try. old stone block, cement, and dry centuries old timbers, and stale grains, stale fruit, stale everything, BUT not stale in a bad way. in fact, the taste of this ale is outstanding at any rate and i assume that any old ale i have in the future will have old peculier to live up to. followed up by a robust malty grain taste with dried out leather and tobacco, this complex ale would go nicely with a fine cigar. modest yet ample earthy woodsy hop bitterness in the end is undoubtedly fuggles.

MF- full creamy feel with medium low carbonation and the sense of cooling menthol. not as rich and dense as the color would indicate, but it fits the flavor nicely.

D- a very good brew, it seems to pack more of a punch than most beers in this alcohol range. i'd like to try more of this style and see how they compare.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 19:36:05 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of toolbrew


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown with small tan head. Lots of carbonation at first but it has died down.

Sweet, fruity, malty scent - very pleasant.

Fruity malty taste with a slighty bitter hop finish.

Lots of body in this and it goes down smoothly.

A great beer that I am happy to have revisited...and will again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2008 02:28:42 | More by toolbrew
Photo of zeff80


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
Photo of JonathanL7890


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

I had to pick this one up during my recent beerrun because it brought back memories.

My old college roommate ordered this beer for me as a joke at a beer bar in the 80's thinking I would hate it.... I drank it all and he freaked. I didn't like it that much but had to keep up appearances.
I guess my taste in beer has changed since college.

Poured a two finger head into my pint glass. Color dark brown, a few shades from being opaque.

Smell is molasses, malt sweetness.

Taste is creamy roasty malt. Very well balanced. No hops detected.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Exactly the silkiness that I look for. Excellent for a 5.7 ABV brew.

Drinkability. Unlike my college days, I could drink quite a few of these (although I probably would have more of a hangover).

An excellent brew. Too bad it took me so long to revisit this.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 03:04:51 | More by JonathanL7890
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Poured a deep mahogany color with slight ruby hues when held up to the light. The pour produced a decent head of creamy tan foam. Good lacing throughout.

S - Smelled a little blend. Hints of sweet caramel malts and a slightly smell of metallic alcohol detected.

T - Slightly sweet and smokey up front with hints of ripe fruits. Finished with a slightly spicey hop flavor with a slight hint of alcohol pushing through. Tasted a lot better that it smelled.

MF&D - Creamy with good enough carbonation to give your tongue a slight sizzle. Overall a good session ale that I would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 18:32:10 | More by nasty15108
Photo of gfreed


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

For an Old Ale, I am surprised at how light this beer is. That's not a bad thing, especially when consuming it in warmer weather. Very pleasant, mellow aroma of chocolate and honey or maple; not very bubbly; nice and tasty. Not too toasty, not overly malty, and ever so slightly bitter. All in all, a pleasant surprise. Lovely mahogany color. A good dark beer to try on those who might normally shy away from such things. Worth repeating!

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 02:03:51 | More by gfreed
Photo of Traquairlover


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Clear dark reddish amber, with medium sized light tan head of small and medium bubbles, fair retention and medium lacing left on glass.

S = Light maple syrup with vague cinnamon notes, pleasant light wood smoke or peat but the entire smell is just a little too light.

T = Sweet flavors of maple syrup, cola, mostly sweet flavors but there is a sllight bitterness adding good balance.

M = Medium-light body, carbonation a little too fizzy and stinging on tongue. Average mouthcoating.

D = This is pretty easy drinking but it is a little light for the style and I didn't care too much for the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 01:43:51 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of Hawthorne


4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Old P is something very special. As a malt fanatic, this brew quickly became one of my favorites. The Beer's greatest flaw would be its availability but that only makes the heart grow founder.
Pours a deep brown with a beautiful head which lingered nicely for a while before it settled to the rim. The initial taste is a smooth malty sensation that will have you going back for more and the finish just reinforces what can only be described as an immideiate affection. I love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 13:31:34 | More by Hawthorne
Photo of AmishT


4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter

A - Dark crimson, with a big tan foamy head that doesn't retain long, but that may be due to the wide area of the snifter and the style. Gorgeous color.

S - Whoa, very complex malty smell. Bold dark fruit character and faint alcohol aroma; almost smells like red wine. I'm just blown away by the nose on this ale

T - Delicious sweet malt flavor right off the bat - butterscotch and caramel. Just prior to a pleasant, but mild hoppy finish, the dark fruits and alcohol that I detected in the nose make their presence. Putting it simply, it's great -- I need to stop typing and keep drinking

M - Very smooth. The carbonation goes very well with the rich malty flavor.

D - It's not surprise that a beer that tastes this good is very drinkable. Only drawback is that I'll be sad when it's gone

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 00:36:15 | More by AmishT
Photo of Natural510


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

Pours an opaque dark-brown with decent head retention & lacing.
Smells of rich malts and toffee-like dark sugar.
Flavors of roasted malts and molasses, but not very sweet atall. A slight overtone of raisins & currants. Gives off quite a hoppy kick with a welcoming dry finish.
Remains carbonated and quite crisp, not exactly something I expected from an old ale.
Overall, an enjoyable brew...I may try to find a newer bottle to judge better on its drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 10:55:44 | More by Natural510
Photo of pitweasel

New York

4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After eying this one on the shelf every time I visited the store, I finally decided to try out this mysterious looking brew. 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date (that I could find).

A: Poured a deep ruby brown, but with a thin head that dissipated to a ring around the glass within a few minutes.

S: A little bland, but everything smells that way to me right now. What I could make out smelled pretty good, though.

T: It's hard for me to really classify this; probably because I could really tell you the difference between malts and a bag of Cheerios. What I can say is that it's only mildly sweet, definitely not to a point where it becomes syrupy and undrinkable. No real hops presence, but that's not to be expected in an Old Ale.

M: Somewhere just shy of medium, but more than thin. Mild carbonation; not the overbite that cheap beers have, but more than most stouts or other heavier brews.

D: This one goes down easy, and the low ABV makes it an ideal candidate for enjoying it with other drinks throughout an evening instead of being limited to one or two stronger drinks.

This is something that I would definitely seek out in a six pack, and not just buy a bottle every once in a while. It seems best suited for spring or autumn nights - nothing so thick that it'd warm you up while it's snowing out, but not quite the refresher you'd want while grilling on a hot sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 22:31:19 | More by pitweasel
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
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