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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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929 Ratings

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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 48 | 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 philipquarles
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with some tinges of red and a small brown head. Smells of caramel malts and molasses without much else. Heavily malty taste with some slight toastiness, along with brown sugar. Sweet finish with only a hint of bitterness throughout. Has a kind of tea character, actually. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

philipquarles, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of prototypic
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Peculier pours a dark nut brown color. Quite a bit of light shines through revealing very attractive garnet highlights. A modest tan head that reaches a finger or so deep sits on top. It didn't stick around long and left light, spotty lace lining the glass.

It smells nice, but lacks strength. Despite that fact, it is malty and smells sweet. Roasted malts smell nice and mix with a very light chocolate malt aroma. Dark fruit notes of raisin, fig, and plum are more of a secondary feature and complement its malty character well. Light brown sugar and molasses add more to the sweet element. This is a nice smelling beer and I suspect it has a broad flavor profile. If the nose were just a little stronger.

Alright, so maybe the flavor isn't quite as deep as I suspected, but it is very good. Roasted malts are strong and flavorful up front. There are some light, sweet chocolate malt notes that broaden its very strong malty character. Dark fruit flavors of raisin, plum, and fig add quite a bit of character. Sweet brown sugar and molasses are noted, but aren't that strong. They add a nice sweet dimension to it though. Old Peculier has a really nice overall flavor. But, it lacks that extra something to really drive it to the next level.

A medium body with a nice, smooth feel works well here. Carbonation is mid-range and appropriate. It's a little too active to be silky, but it's good. It goes down easy and is nice and drinkable. The flavor isn't exactly special, but it is very good. I could drink a couple of these before moving on.

Old Peculier is a really nice, well-rounded Old Ale. I like it. It doesn't have enough depth or character to attain excellence, but it's no doubt very good. Despite originating in England, I prefer more recent American renditions of the style. Founder's Old Curmudgeon and North Coast's Old Stock Ale come to mind. Those seem to have a deeper and more satisfying flavor, in addition to a significantly gratuitous bump in abv. For some reason, that seems to work for me. Nonetheless, Old Peculier is very good and is easily recommended.

prototypic, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of coalcracker
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep red/brown with only a tad carbonation and head.
Smell: Light malty aroma upon opening, a bit of fruity-type sweetness also noted in the aroma.
Taste: Malty with a touch of hop bitterness noted towards the back end of the tasting. Some sweetness in the form of currant and caramel. I can also detect a bit of cherry in the taste. As the beer warms, these qualities amplify.
Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side for an olde ale. Smooth texture.
Drinkability: Drinkable both in terms of appeal and ABV.

Overall- Despite the lower ABV and body, this beer possesses a fair bit of complexity. Pretty good!

coalcracker, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of skeetermoses
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this was a great beer. Nice dark coulor good head, not too heavy decent beer that could go with light and heavy foods. the smell was not too impressive but it was very tasty. loved this one a great find as far as new beers go. will definiately be picking up another one of these agian.

skeetermoses, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of duffextracold
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a somewhat cloudy, orangish brown color. very little head.

S- Slightly sweet aroma. not much going on in this department.

T-Has a malty, sweet, sort of fruity taste. slight metallic twang. slightly sour aftertaste.

M- Medium carbonation, very clean mouthfeel, doesn't leave much of a trace of anything behind.

D- I'd give it an overall "Meh". nothing special, not much going on, but not bad or offensive at all. Maybe my old ale is too..um..old.

duffextracold, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 1/12/2008 (bottle):

Pours a very dark red colored body, clearish looking, with a big foamy gray-white colored head, lasting. Has a malty watery aroma, odd. Almost newcastle skunky. Dusty, and musty. Sweet malty taste. Newcastle/Irish Red-like. Watery, somewhat musky.

jujubeast6000, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is all over the place for me.

A - Dark cola brown, head reduces to ring. Tiny cascading bubble and soapy think lacing.

S - Dark cooked fruits. Malt.

T - Taste follows smell, just not as strong.

M - For and Old Ale, far too thin for my likes.

D - Conversely, very easy to drink!!!

srandycarter, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of JayNH
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep brown with a small foamy head.

S- Plenty of diacetyl, spicy raisins, a slightly astringent alcohol scent.

T- A warm sweet roasted malt. A slight alcohol warmth.

M- Watery, light bodied. Not impressed...

D- OK but nothing special going on here. Smells better than it tastes.

JayNH, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of jklinck
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: very sweet malt aroma with strong fruity esters, some strong vinous aromas, no hop aroma

Appearance: deep copper, clear, very thin head that quickly dissipated

Flavor: nutty malt flavor with some alcohol presence, fruity esters present, vinous quality that is more in the background compared how it is perceived in the aroma, very small roasty flavor, dry finish, ho hop flavor, medium bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation, medium thin mouthfeel, small amount of alcohol warmth

Overall impression: an easy drinking ale with some nice fruity esters and nutty malt flavors


jklinck, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark brown, very dark as so you cant see through the glass whats so ever. It started with a medium white head that quickly changed to a very light white lacing along the top. No major signs of bubbles or carbonation.

Smell- Definite malts and a sure tasty dark chocolate hint in the nose, which is kind of inviting.

Taste- Burnt malts, slight hops in the finish, decently well rounded dark ale. Nothing to over whelming or overall powerful but I would describe it is well balanced. Nice finish with a slight bitter end.

Mouthfeel- Very thin and smooth in your mouth. Again nothing to heavy very soft and easy to get down.

Drinkabilty- Definitely a beer you could easily drink a few of with out a problem as they are an ale with a thinner body that say a porter or stout and lower Alc. %

A decent beer not the best ever but pretty good.

Stunner97, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a bottle.

The appearance is a dark chocolatey brown with almost no head.

Smells a bit like chocolate and molasses, and maybe a bit salty if that makes sense.

Tastes delicious. There's a sweetness to it like dates. But its also dry and even slightly sour for just a second.

The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. This may be the weak point of the beer for me.

I really liked this beer and was surprised with how good it is. I could see enjoying several of these.

Cylinsier, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of nephlim
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A friend brought back a bottle from the UK.
Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. A deep dark colour with hints of cranberry red when held to the light. Nice head but it goes away fast.
Smell is noting special. Maybe something like crackers, something crisp and baked.
Mouthfeel is good, low fizz. Taste is alright, again nothing special but not at alll bad.

Overall I'd say this is VERY drinkable. One would be satisfying, but I could easily drink a few more.

nephlim, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Bung
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Nice amber pour with a lasting cream colored head. Malt and peaty aromas. Tastes similarly with some toffee and smoke. Minimal fruits to me. Pretty dry and clean finish. A little thin, but very drinkable. Not one of those blast you in the face, but good and worth trying.

Bung, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of heath1agnew
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance- poured a dark brown with no head retention and minimal lacing.

smell- smelled like roasted malts and hint of a sweet smell.

taste and mouthfeel- the taste was really pretty good, it did lack a little bit on flavor, but for the style it really wasn't that bad. mouthfeel was a bit to watery for me.

drinkability- easy to drink and a text book example of a session beer.

i know it's a totally different style of beer, but this really reminded me of a thinner Warsteiner Dunkel.

heath1agnew, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of Schwarz04
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very thin head, dissipates fairly quick. Dark brown with a slightly purple hue when held to light. Nearly no carbonation.

Smell: Tough to place, all I can really tell is the slight presence of alcohol.

Taste: Very very roasty, hints of almost burnt nuts also present.

Mouthfeel: Strong roasty flavor lingers in your mouth. A slight dryness also lingers. Strangly, contrary to appearance, a sense of carbonation in mouth is also present.

Drinkability: Very smooth drinking beer, quite sessionable!

Schwarz04, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one came for my birthday VIA my brother.
A- Well when I was pouring this it was like pouring a coke from the bottle. The head was very fizzy and foamed up quickly, however, this is beer so the head lasted longer then cola.

S- Malts. Lots and lots of malts. There is a slight hint of vanilla, and to be honest, it smells sort of like cola.

T- This is tart, with dark fruit flavors, and I get a coffee flavor. For some reason I must be on a cola kick here, but I think I can recreate this by mixing a shot of coffee with a coke. Truly, thats what I'm getting from this.

M- Feels good, nice and smooth. A little tart, and your mouth seems to dry out a touch. All the more reason to have another.

D- Easy to drink for sure, goes down smooth.

Wetpaperbag, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown with a small bubbly head that falls quickly with no lacing. The aroma is that of roasted barley. The flavor is roasty and toasty, with a decent dark malt bite. There is a hint of buckwheat honey on the tongue, but the beer falls away quickly leaving almost no aftertaste except a slight whiff of sourness. The mouthfeel is thin and unremarkable. An ok beer, but nothing worth losing sleep over.

Seanibus, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A rich dark brown color there was a two finger head but it quickly dissipated to a thin tan ring. The clarity of the beer is very dense, there is very little light penetration. I see a few carbonation bubble forming and popping at the top.

Nose: A rich malt notes with raisins, black current, and sweet bread yeast. There are notes of esters and citrus.

Taste: A nice mellow roasted malt, raisin, and a sweet bread yeast. There is a slight hint of esters.

Overall: I am very surprised by this beer is is mellow and very easy to drink . I like this beer. The mouth feel is slightly astringent with an easy and slight bitter finish. There is a little bit left on the palate after the beer goes down. A good beer easy to drink

colts9016, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a large tan head with great retention. Dark brown/cola colored. Swarthy lace. Looks English. Smells like iced tea.

Tastes like unsweetened iced tea with some underlying sourness. Lemon here and there.

Though I didn't especially like this beer I wanted more when it was finished. Wierd.

donkeyrunner, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle

Appearance: Very pretty dark garnet/brown beer with nice steady carbonation and a light tan 1.5 finger head that soon fades down to a thin cap with great retention.

Smell: Sweet malty caramel dominates, with hints of fruit (apple and something that's almost like black cherry) and a mild earthy yeastiness in the background.

Taste: Rich in caramel and fruit flavors (again, I think I'm getting black cherry here), brown sugar, and a bit of toasted malt and wisp of smoke on the finish. Just a touch of hop bitterness on the finish keeps this from becoming too sweet. Quite nice!

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky, quite a bit lighter than I was expecting for the style, but well-suited to the flavors.

Drinkability: Quite high.

Conclusion: I typically prefer the brewery on the other side of Masham, but Theakston's has a real winner here...it's deft. a lighter version of an English Old Ale, but it's got really nice flavors and immense drinkability. Well done!

BedetheVenerable, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of BierFan
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

Appearance: 2 finger tan head on top of a really dark brown body. The head doesn't stick around that long.

Smell: Super malty and creamy. Very sweet and dessert-like.

Taste: The taste isn't as heavy as the smell made me believe it would be. Very sessionable.

Mouthfeel: Kinda thin. Thinner than I expected at least.

BierFan, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of fullsweep
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL poured into a glass.

This ale is fairly common in SE England, although I'm not used to seeing it in the States. Was looking forward to trying it.

Pours with a nice head, but it dissipates within a couple minutes. Very dark brown, almost black but without the thickness of a porter or stout.

Has a great, rich, malty scent.

Great beer with a great, unique taste. The dark color is deceitful, as you expect something thick and rich like a stout, but it's actually closer in taste to an English pale ale or a dark mild, but richer than both and not as bitter as an English pale. The maturation process definitely comes through in the taste. Has a mild hint of alcohol on the aftertaste, but only on the first few sips.

Feels great on the tongue. Would definitely drink again, just watch out for that 5.7 ABV.

fullsweep, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of mwilbur
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark garnet with thin tan head that quickly dissipates.
S: Nice aroma wafts from the glass...can smell it a few feet away. Malt, banana esters, and maybe cinnamon.
T: Nicely follows the aroma...bready malt, banana, and spice (again...cinnamon?). Quite good.
M: Smooth and a tad oily.
D: Very drinkable...especially with the low ABV. I haven't had this beer in a few years and I remember it as a decent beer...now that I have it in front of me it's actually pretty damn good.

mwilbur, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A- A nice thick and full pour. The Head is very foamy and lustrous. A gorgeous lacing on the glass. Tan color head and a bleat red mahogany color. Somewhat clear yet opaque.

S- toffee malts and caramel hit the nose and then i get some grapes or sour grape smell. a light hop but more malty smell.

T- a dark roasted sweet malt. Coffee rich but very creamy and smooth like chocolate. It is an olde english ale flavor.

M- creamy and smooth all the way. No overpowering of alcohol or hops. Quite smooth!

D- a very sweet old ale which is great but not excellent. This would fill me up quick. Not a good sessionable beer but a nice beer to have with dinner.

Dodo2step, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is very malty with some caramel, cream, and grapes. The mouthfeel and taste are silky smooth. A lot like an ESB in flavor, but without the astringent bitterness. There was some fruitiness, but more malt and sourdough-like bite. I really liked this one.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.