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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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888 Ratings

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Ratings: 888
Reviews: 565
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 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
Photo of Twerknasty


3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a musky dark brown, with a beige head that laces quite well. Nose does work with a load of brown sugar, cinnamon. The palate is very bakery/sugary, with dark bread covered in yeast. Great initial entry, but mid-finish leaves a watery mouthfeel with sugar. The beer isn't overly sweet, so it's quite sessionable. Decent at best.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 06:10:22 | More by Twerknasty
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark and cloudy brown in color with a nice creamy head. This beer was fairly interesting. It had a flavor of dark malts, caramel, coffee, dark fruit, and a strange vegetable-like quality (almost like celery). The feel was a little syrupy. Not bad, but a little too sweet and tangy, which hurts the drinkability. My wife knocked into my glass with her purse and spilled some beer on my hand and it glued my fingers together.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 03:11:19 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of DoubleJ


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12 ounce bottle from Town and Country Liquor, on to the beer:

Solid pour into my pint glass, it appears dark murky brown, almost as dark as a porter, and on top forms a 2 cm thick head of foam. Aroma is mild and pleasant, dark malts, yeast, toffee, and a whiff of rubbing alcohol. The taste is bolder than I was expecting. Darker brown ale? Dark pale ale? The two together? Mild yeast flavor, sweet and very well balanced. A fine ale indeed.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 04:02:09 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of billybob


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy dark brown with a quarter inch light tan head that faded quickly with some lace that faded also. smells of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, toffee. taste is slightly sweet with roasted malt, fruity, rock candy and toffee. weak watery mouthfeel and carbonation was also weak. if i saw something better i would pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 02:45:13 | More by billybob
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark, dark brown in color; ruby when held to light. Thick, creamy tan head that retains well and settles nicely over the top of a beer. The head isn't as tall as one would expect in a pint glass, but the wide base of the snifter forces it to expand over a wider area.

S: Wonderfully complex aroma. I'm getting a lot of dark fruity notes from the sweet malt. Faintly detect a hint of earthy muskiness in the background. Incredibly rich, full, and inviting.

T&M: The taste is just as, if not more, complex than the aroma. Unreal smoothness, with a perfect balance between sweet fruity malts, roasted malt, and a slight hop background to even things out. This stuff tastes fantastic. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, but the smoothness is unreal. Hardly any carbonation, but enough to tickle your tongue and release those wonderfully complex flavors. Mouthcoating is good, and the finish is malty and sweet.

D: This stuff is excellent. Low ABV makes it sessionable. It's not really heavy at all for such a dark beer. The malty sweetness of the beer is incredible. This one would be wonderful after dinner or when hanging out with some friends. I could drink this stuff all night. This is one of my father's favorite brews and I see why.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 01:15:07 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of swizzlenuts


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

A dark beer almost black with a nice head. The head has a decent retention as well. A nice 1 cm head that stays for a bit.

The beer smells dark roast and some sweetness in the vein of the dark fruits. The best thing about this beer is the complex flavour. It has fruit, then a cream flavour, then a dark roasted taste. This beer is fucking solid. The flavours constantly change on your tongue. It's so god damn balanced it's drinkable. The mouthfeel is slightly thin, but it works for the beer. I could easily drink many of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 20:24:45 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of botham


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours deep chocolate brown/almost black with a single finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. light lacings.

aroma is of light roasted malts and a base of dark fruits. earthy undertones ground the profile allowing the roasted malts to carry the character. well proportioned, complete aroma.

taste is malty, with notes of roasted malt, chocolate malt, and a bit of black malt. the dark fruit base is present, but less pronounced. finishes with residual dark fruit and a nutty character.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and a clean finish. a bit thin for the flavors present, which reduces the richness a bit.

drinkbility is good. this is a mild brew that harnesses the qulaities of the flavors present, and creates a solid composition that is wonderfully easy to drink. an excellent old ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2008 23:24:18 | More by botham
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.