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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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947 Ratings

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 47
Gots: 56 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

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Photo of bobsy
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle while I was in Devon, and drank it while Aunty Mary's dog repeatedly dry-humped a toy rabbit in our midst. Chihuahuas have no moral compass or sense of public decency.

Drank just below room temperature, this rich copper brew deserves its plaudits. Heavy lace coats the glass as I lift it to my nose and discover a great bouquet of caramel and dark fruit, wrapped around lightly toasted nuts. The flavour is just as rich as the nose, with toffee, brown sugar, raisins, vanilla and a hint of oak producing a very rich palate. The hopping is low, but a hint of earthiness can also be found. Medium smooth body.

Great drinkability for this old ale, which would also be an appropriate winter brew.

Photo of argock
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Single purchased at Market Street Wine Shop (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.90.

A: Comforting leather dark brown with thin cap of beige head with no lacing.

S: Delicious herbal hops blend with oaky, toffee and earthy, nutty malt aromas

T: A very full-flavored beer for the ABV to be sure. Strong maltiness with caramel, toffee, raisin, plum, and vanilla work nicely with herbal, earthy hops flavors to form a malt-dominated but reasonably balanced old ale at low ABV.

M: I wish this were a bit more full-bodied, but it is medium and it's hard to ask for more from a 5.7% brew. Aftertaste is long and a little peaty with a woody, herbal character.

D: I really liked this beer and wish it was easier to find. This brew is a great example of high-flavor without high-octane ABV. Theakston pulls it off excellently.

Photo of SeanRedd
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourbon escaped the bottle the moment the cap bent. Cherry plum, grape, and fig ride the nose. The body is muddy grape and poo poo. Taste upfront with malt. Toffee hint then sappy fig with followed by pirate barrel. A crashing dry gate seals round one then round two begins with yeast creaping from under. Fruity, bit tangy, followed by moldy bordello floor. A port wine to finish an array of desserts. Complex and peculiar.

Photo of JRed
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark opaque brown in body. Tang, woody, old maple, slight burnt sugar in the nose; the English standard. Flavors of tang, wood, old maple, English yeast, diacetyl, a bit medicinal in the aftertaste. A smooth, slightly syrup feel to this medium-heavy bodied brew. Uniquely drinkable with a mix of strange flavors that leave the palate curious for more.

Photo of mattcrill
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Wonderful fruity esters of fig, prunes, raisins, and dark cherry up front. Warming alcohol in the background. No hop aroma.

Appearance: Clear ruby colored pour with a sticky fine off-white head.

Flavor: More fruity esters of fig, prune, raisins. A bit of sherry-like note and some earthy background bitterness to balance. Balance leans to the fruity esters. Just a touch of malt-derived graininess/breadiness that adds a layer of complexity. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A bit prickly and warming on the palate.

Overall impression: A classic, wonderful English Old Ale. Easy sipping by the fire and just as enjoyable any time of year. Can't believe I've overlooked this for so long. Strongly recommended.

Photo of DerBayer
2.76/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hallo everyone, I reviwed this yesterday but none of my favourites so I ll keep this brief:

A - Light brownish colour not cloudy not clear quite thin head that dissipates quickly

S - Some wheat some malt not bad

T - Similar o its smell - I like the wheat notes maybe some very fain chocolate

M - A bit flat really but not really smooth enough for a low carbonation beer

D - it is drinkable but not great so I probably wouldn t go there again any time soon

Photo of webbcreative
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear, dark brown-red color. with 1 finger head.
Smells kinda like a dark sweet fruit, maybe raisins, i cant really tell for sure, smells like alcohol in the end. Taste is similar dark sweet fruit, I thought this was an attempt at a dobble bock before i found out what it was, very similar to a dobble bock, but has that alcoholness in the back of the throat that im not a fan of. couldnt/wouldnt drink more than one of these at a time

Overall, meh, probably wont be revisiting this one anytime soon, but not terrible, just would rather buy a good dobble bock personally, about the same experience, just not as good...

Photo of AtlasBrew
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Dark Reddish brown

Aroma: Nice toffee and caramel aroma with hints of sweetness

Taste: Nice caramel and buttery toffee flavor with a whisper of smokiness. Medium body, low bitterness but there is that peculiar hint of tang or tartness. What is that?

Overall: I don't know what makes it so peculiar but it is good.

Photo of degerbah
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown with a lot of head. not too much, but a good inch or two. smells slightly sweet with something else that I can't put my finger on.

The taste is very sweet with a slightly sour aftertaste that isn't unpleasant. not really any bitterness. Very drinkable and it gies down easy.

This is my first old ale and I'm not sure if it's a style I can really get into. Still a very good beer that I could see myself ordering in the future.

Photo of scottyshades
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a thick, rich, mahogany color with rose highlights when held to light. Very beautiful looking brew. The head was small, retains decently, and leaves a little bit of lacing along the glass.

S: Sweet malts, dark cherries, a slight waft of warming alcohol, and some other dark fruit that I can't positively identify. Overall, the nose is sweet, inviting, and warming.

T: Very smooth and easy flavor profile. Lots of dark fruits, malts, and a slight touch of toffee. The fruits seem to be dark cherry, currants, and what seems to be blackberry

MF/D: Extremely smooth! Low carbonation, which aids in its drinkability. Light/medium in body, very clean and refreshing quality to it.

This is my first Old Ale, and after this, certainly not my last. This style is very intriguing to me, and this beer has justified that.

Photo of mattster
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic Tumbler.

Pours a light foamy head of 1/2 inch that quickly dissipates leaving a Lacy layer atop a dark brown brew.

Smell is of a raisin/currant and sweet malts. Taste is more subtle, but follows taste. I do get a slight little bit of astringency in the finish, but it isn't horrible. This is a good brew. There are nice bitter notes which make this a well rounded brew.

When drinking beer of this type, I think it is important to consider it as a choice with food, and I can see how this would pair well with many British dishes.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, roasted malts, caramel and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced and starts with sweet flavors of caramel, nuts and dark fruits. The malt character is hearty is hearty but not too heavy. There's a good hops presence for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean for a style that is normally a little sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very good, flavorful beer with some substance that is worth drinking for a long time.

Photo of DIM
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was a clear dark brown with some lighter, golden edges. It poured with a thin off-white cap that quickly faded.

s: Fairly mild overall. I got some perfumed raisins, a little toffee, and a hint of brown sugar.

t: Starts off nicely with some mildly sweet raisins and brown sugar. Things fall off a bit at the finish though. Its kind of a muddled, dry, flowery spice. Kind of tea-like at the end.

m: The body is okay for a small beer, but this is kind of still.

d: Split with my dad while watching the Phillies lose. We both agreed that this was okay, but not something we'd seek out again.

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.

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.

Photo of coalcracker
4.12/5  rDev +4%
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!

Photo of skeetermoses
4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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!!!

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.

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


Photo of Stunner97
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of nephlim
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.