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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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913 Ratings

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Ratings: 913
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 40 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001)
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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
Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Chocolate brown. Frothy two-finger, off-white head. Settles fairly slowly, and leaves a little lacing as it does. Eventually leaves a small layer of carbonation on the surface. Does cling to the sides of the glass a little as you drink, but not much lacing when it's all said and done.

S: Roasted (almost burned) malt, chocolate, and just a bit of sweetness.

T: Dark roasted chocolaty malt. Not really much else.

M: Robust on initial drink, but leaves a light chocolaty aftertaste.

D: Nice brew to drink down slowly. Good flavor.

Not complex, but very flavorful. Really good taste, and a solid bouquet. A good quaff that certainly won't make you think "ale", at any point from the moment it hits the glass, until the final aftertaste fades away.

bmwats, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of beernut
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that is thick and creamy. Aroma is that of caramel, a hint of floral hops and has a toffee smell to it too. Tastesis like an English ale should taste like, smooth and creamy. Not too heavy on the malt, taste some brown sugar as well as some chocolate. Good carbonation and lacing throughout. This beer is very crisp and refreshing has a slightly bitter aftertaste (slightly bitter) could drink this beer all night.

beernut, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of eweneek83
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a dark brown, almost mollasses. A thick foamy head that dissipates kinda quickly.

Smell - Raisiny sweet bread smell, doughy with a smooth English malt smell too. Smells really great.

Taste - Comes on really creamy with a perfect malty brown sugar-like taste. A tiny bit of alcohol but balanced well with the jerk-worthy malts and toasty sweet crisp taste. Still really smooth.

Mouthfeel - just enough carbonation to carry the smooth texture of this rich but simple beer down the gullet so sweetly and quickly, you'll wonder where all the OP has gone.... very peculier indeed.

Drinkability - exceptional. This stuff makes you want to get another drink as soon as the first sip leaves. One of the most drinkable beers I've ever tried. This would be an amazing session brew!

eweneek83, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, in low light it looks like a stout. The tan head fizzles out to a ring pretty quickly and leaves only the odd streak of lace behind. The aroma is replete with raisins, stewed fruit, fresh ground coffee and hot cross buns. Malt is king in the first sip, with the same characteristics as the aroma and dark rum and brown sugar extra. Hops are very subdued throughout. The mouthfeel is full, verging on oily. Malt dough and raisins make up the shortlived finish.

A great old ale, a classic. Its very similar to the Granite brewery version, the did a good job emulating this.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of tgncc
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is malts (sweet), booze, and dark fruit. The appearancew is an attractive red/brown, minimal head. The flavor is sweet malt, caramel and toffee. The palate was also sweet, but with a nice subtle touch of bittering hops. Thick mouthfeel. This reminded me somewhat of a porter or a stout. Nice beer overall.

tgncc, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of lenlo
4.9/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely sublime on cask! Smooth and rich, like black velvet running down your throat. Complex flavor, notes of burned sugar, but without being overly sweet. Well balanced and eminently drinkable.

(Much less impressive on bottle. Short and crippled. "Dead.")

lenlo, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of champ103
2.9/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark ruby brown color. A small tan head forms, but recedes fast. Light lace.
S: A rustic wood aroma, with some light bitter chocolate and roasted malt.
T: Very light roasted flavor with chocolate again. Some dry wood flavors. Not bad, but very bland IMO.
M/D: This has a very light body and dry. A bit to much carbonation. Thin and watery. Not really hard to drink considering I have had some Old Ales with nearly twice the alcohol. Though, it is just uninviting for me.

I was not impressed with this offering. It is not bad, just uninspired and bland.

champ103, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of WHROO
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep brown, some reddish hues...Great head & head retention.
S: Slight burnt notes, some juicy fruit bubblegum & coffee. Also licorice.
T: Same as above - very lollyish & Sweet. Little grabby & bitter to finish
M: Not too carbonated & a little heavy but...
D: could easily go another one. Cannot wait to try some more.

WHROO, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, hearty red color. Doesn't seem to be too much aroma wise, hence it getting my lowest score. Taste wise it's very interesting... first gulp is of malts, as it goes down it has a nice sweetness to it which lingers for a while... definitely not expected. A pretty solid beer I must say, I'd definitely try it again.

oriolesfan4, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of stageseven
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep brown with red highlights. No head to speak of.

S - Hops & sweet malt with a hint of spice. Kind of a sweet & sour smell.

T - A coffee and caramel flavor, with spiciness. The flavor was rich and slightly sweet with a hint of warmth and bitterness at the end. Well rounded.

M - Fairly thick, not overly carbonated. There's still a nice pleasant tingle though.

D - This is a definite one-at-a-time beer. It tasted great, but is a little of the sweet side and I could see myself getting sick of it if I had too many at once.

stageseven, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of jsprain1
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brown with a garnet type color on the edge. A very thin head that dissapates quickly.
S- Smells of intense malt, dark chocolate, and some clove. Very appealing as far as how it smells but it smells a little undertoned. Also some alcohol aromae.
T- Tastes very good. Mixes an alcohol taste with a roasted malt taste. Starts with a quick alcohol-y taste moves into a dark malt, dark fruit (maybe cherry?) taste. A little bit of alcohol taste as it moves into the back. Aftertaste is a compelling dark fruit and dark malt taste.
M- High carbonation and medium bodied. Very good mouthfeel. very smooth.
D- Old P'seculiar a pretty unique beer. Very tasty. Very enjoyable. Not really a session beer, but I can't say I would ever turn one of these down.

jsprain1, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. poured a deep almost opaque ruby-black with some definite woody-brown hues in there. Not entirely clear - just a hint of cloudiness. A cream colored one-and-a-half-finger head fell relatively quickly leaving some thick and slightly sticky lacing.

s. smooth breaded malts, with hints of raisins, nutmeg and walnuts. Some red grape and figs round it out nicely. There's just a slight hint of alcohol on the nose in the form of a strong and spicy malt. smells delicious, although I wish the aroma was just a slight bit stronger - then it'd be perfect.

t. Pretty much in line with the aroma, which is a good thing. Sweet and fruity malts up front, moving to a dried dark fruit middle, finishing light, smooth, and crisp with just a hint of bitterness. Nothing overpowering (dare I say nothing really stands out?) but a superbly clean and pleasant malt-fruit balance throughout the glass.

m. Lighter and thinner than I was expecting. Although an old ale at 5.7% is lighter than I was expecting. Given the abv, the mouthfeel seems appropriate. A bit cola-ish, both in texture and body... not necessarily bad, it seems to work alright with the flavors.

d. Very drinkable for an Old Ale. While most Old Ales are superb for sipping, this one is on the verge of sessionability. Yes, sessionability. The flavors, while not over the top, are definitely there to make it an excellent experience and definitely worth trying once, if not falling head over heels for in the end.

djeucalyptus, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a DFH pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with ruby and chestnut highlights. The two-finger head of creamy, tan foam leaves an uneven coating of lace on the glass and atop the brew.

S: Smells a bit sweet with a hint of grapes, raisins and nut. Bread malts and some sweet orange are present as well.

T: The taste emulates the smell fairly well, with a sweet, yet dry, balance of vinous and citrus flavors, with an overriding sweet, bready malt characteristic. Bitterness is above average, but mellowed by a hazelnut malt flavor. The dextrin is cut well by a spiking alcohol taste near the mid palate. Crazy good balance and flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky initially, but drying towards the finish.

D: A very drinkable blend of fruity sweetness, sturdy malt and mellowing brown ale characteristics. This has to be one of my favourite English ales to date.

A lot of character and a superior balance make this a real treat. Seek out the Old Peculier at bars and liquor stores and stock up a bit. I hope to see this on draft somewhere stateside, but might be out of luck. Oh well, I'd better enjoy this one!

Gambrinus1184, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark ruby color with 2 finger head. After a bit the head recedes into a thin cap leaving some minimal lacing. The body is crystal clear with no sediment.

S- A very nice hopiness is present right off the bat. Some swirling reveals some deep toffee butteriness, light cherry, slight pipe tobacco. The nose is tight, but after some digging you can pick out some notes.

T- Starts off creamy with a distinct earthiness with very slight chocolate malt. Oak is present throughout and especially on the finish.

M- A bit to much carbonation and the oakiness can be a bit overpowering.

D- Easily drinkable but leaves a bit to be desired. A bit more maltiness would have been great and balanced out the oak. Perhaps my bottle was old. Would I have it again? Possibly..

Greggy, Sep 25, 2008
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.

joedon, Sep 23, 2008
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.

OtherShoe2, Sep 06, 2008
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.

erratic, Sep 03, 2008
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.

stephens101, Aug 29, 2008
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.

omnigrits, Aug 16, 2008
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.

John_M, Aug 11, 2008
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.

joshwlt, Jul 17, 2008
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 913 ratings.