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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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894 Ratings

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 41
Gots: 36 | 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 doppelmeup

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Old Ale to review.

Very dark garnet colored head. 1/2 inch thick dissipates, leaves layer of foam.

Caramel, Toffee, butter aromans with some fruit mixed in. Plums, perhaps? Also, a slight sour smell.

Crisp flavor, slightly sour. Much lighter flavor than I was expecting, given the aromas and appearance.

Deceptively light mouthfeel. Slightly fizzy.

Overall, a good beer and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 14:30:34 | More by doppelmeup
Photo of SuperSpy


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark with a nice, small, but dense tan head. Ruby highlights and brilliant clarity. Excellent lacing as the foam dies away.

S - Rather sweet maltiness with little hops. As it warms the nose becomes more pronounced and complex, with different malt aromas and a touch of molasses.

T/M - A perfect level of carbonation and an excellent medium body lay the foundation for the sweet caramel and hints of molasses that this beer delivers.

D - A bit more body and a kick up in the alcohol would make this beer stand out even more and allow some extra room for more complexity, but I really don't have any complaints. This is a very good beer, and a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 03:20:00 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one hell of a beer. Incredibly smooth. Not very bitter. A good chocolate malty flavor with a good alcohol balance. A beer that warmed me up and that I will seek out in cold wheater. The smell added so much to this beer. Oh man. CHOCOLATE MALT LOVERS MUST TRY THIS!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2006 02:26:02 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of jmbranum


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

Dark blackish-brown brew with short tan head

When I first poured this beer, it was too cold and frankly unimpressive but as it warmed (also it poured a nicer head when warmer) an incredible amount of complexity came out. The aroma was pretty malty with some sweetness.

The flavor was very well-balanced. Smooth yet with a crisp bite of hops and matched well with perfect amount of pleasant carbonation. I can taste coffee, chocolate, and maybe a tiny bit of red wine. The sweet and bitter notes match up perfectly.

An excellent beer. I think this is the first of its style I've had, but I look forward to trying more if this beer is representative.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 05:21:37 | More by jmbranum
Photo of mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep garnet with one finger of light brown head that dissipates in five minutes leaving a thin ring of lacing behind.

S - Figs, dates, red grapes and cauliflower,

T - A bit of dark malts with a touch of dark fruits. Alcohol. As this abv, it should most certainly be undetectable. Umm, a bit of cauiflower in the flavor as well. The aftertaste has only the faintest bitterness to it.

M - Slick, thin, smooth and very refreshing.

D - Not too shabby, I'd drink it again. It isn't amazing, but it is drinkable and pleasant. More of a dessert beer, but you could have it with some choice foods.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 22:59:55 | More by mrasskicktastic
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, dark, cow brown with a great frothy/creamy head that retains excellently. Great lacing as well. Pretty beer!

Aroma is very malty, nutty, and biscuity.

Flavor is again, biscuity, very malty, bready, nutty, very mild hops in the finish, a very faint spiciness occuring from the light hops. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel is liquid velvet and oily. Well carbonated.

Extremely drinkable as this beer is not only ridiculously tasty, but at 5.7% abv, it's not so much a knock out beer. Tremendous session capabilities. I'm gonna have to buy more of these!! Total blindbuy and am blindsided!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2006 00:21:54 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of kmacphail

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Classic English ale that is available in just about every lisceneced shop in the UK. It has a cult following in places so I thought I would give it a try.

A very dark pint poured into the glass but the head died off in less than 5 seconds, not a good start in my opinion. The nose was more appealing with a good smell of roasted hops and barley with a hint of dark roasted malts thrown in for good measure.

A nice hoppy and roasted barley taste flowed round the mouth. However it felt like I was drinking coloured water, very light palate which was very odd given the style of beer. This was then followed by a lingering after taste of roasted malts, nice, but a bit too dominant. This prevented me from taking another one. This beer for me was a bit like eating a strong German or Italian sausage: tasted good at the time, but I was still tasting it for a good while later.

Overall not a bad beer, but I was expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 22:19:44 | More by kmacphail
Photo of HerrBob


3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance clear & dark brown/red

Smell - pleasant nutty/coffee smell

Taste - milder than expected. Malty with little or no hoppy taste.I probably rate lower than some as I love hops.

Mouth feel - slightly watery. Carbonation is on the low side.

Drinkability - overall a good beer for those who prefer a mild malty brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 01:11:50 | More by HerrBob
Photo of Absumaster


3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is one of those beers I have looked for, but could never find it.

Appearance was dark brown/ deep red, with a small head.

Smell of malt, burned malts and molasses, maybe a bit too cold.

Taste of dark malts, coffee, a strong maltbitter and some malty notes. Mouthfeel was a little watery.
Nothing really fruity or hopbitter, just strongly leaning on the roasted malts and somewhat one-dimensional. Do I miss something here?

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 18:47:38 | More by Absumaster
Photo of revdrjbob


3.1/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Damn! I was super excited to see the Old Pec in a 500ml bottle, and I hadn't had it in years, so I grabbed one, and shared it with the JW (gangrel7).
Poured into straight pint glasses a deep mahogany brown with a creamy tan head.
Smells great, almost like I remembered, toasty, roasty, hints of chocolate, caramel, and almost no hops, I'd say the earthy Fuggles or Goldings would be masked by the other aromas.
Dang, what happenned? Where'd that huge BANG of flavour go? I remember this brew being a big whack of dark malt and chocolate malts, finishing dry and fruity, big and strong, with a huge body. I think I must have got a re-badged bottle. This brew has hints of what it used to be like, but unless my palate has changed that much, they've tweaked the Old Pec. The mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery, very peculiar. The bottle says "based on an old family recipe". Maybe they lost the original and this is the best they could come up with?

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2006 07:55:01 | More by revdrjbob
Photo of dhilltop2000


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

Pours an intriguing dark stained leather color with ruby accents. Head is light, some-what sudsy, but capped with a tight layer. Smells of sweet cooked caramel, grain and light dose of hops. Thinner than I would like from this style of beer and lacking a great finish. Moderately balanced but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 20:41:40 | More by dhilltop2000
Photo of barefootbrewer


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown with a nice head. The smell is sweet and malty. The taste is very sweet and malty. The mouthfeel is full and slightly chewy. This isn’t the beer I remembered from years ago when I first tasted it. It is very drinkable and pleasant!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2006 04:39:14 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

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

Dark cream head, with an even darker, ruby body of liquid, the head stayed around for a while, then cleared off somewhere else.

Malts and fruits above all in the aroma.

The taste also has malts in abundance, but it is more complicated than that, aftertastes of fruits and hops burst through. This gives it a mouthfeel different to the first taste, strange, but strangley drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 20:15:42 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer from Paul Bussierre from Union Beer Distributors. We're blessed.

Tasted rather peculiar...on tap at the Peculier Pub? Ok, enough bullshit.

Not too impressed with this one. Feel a bit iconoclastic and defiant, being overly critical of the world's classics. But this is not my game, and 1st amendment is proud in my country.

The aroma had a faint raisin subtlety. This was the one saving grace of the beer. It showed up in the aftertaste as well, but was short-lived.

A drinkable brew, but you know what? It's because (in my opinion) at the expense of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 01:33:55 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of Slatetank


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

A fine example of the style, extremely drinkable. I recommend enjoying this ale with fish and chips in the right surroundings: your local english pub. It is malty and strong while not overpowering. It has a pleasant finish and the color is dark and inviting. This ale is delightful in every way

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2006 18:03:06 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Fuller


3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep, dark ruby color with tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin lace. Leaves a smal amount of lacing

S - strong malt smell along with sweet plum and roasted coffee.

T - Initially sweet malty taste with some fruit and coffee followed by some earthy hops and spiciness.

M - Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall a good ale that I will definitely have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 03:51:34 | More by Fuller
Photo of fwine36


4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, almost black, with reddish highlights. Initial head (about two fingers) quickly reduced to thin lacy foam with lace on glass. Coffee, roasty aroma. Wonderful taste of coffee, nut, chocolate with just a bit of sweetness. Limited hoppiness. A little thin for the taste and appearance. Not a session beer but excellent with a variety of food from mussels in red gravy to beef.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 23:50:41 | More by fwine36
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

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

Black but slightly translucent body with very thin offwhite head. Smells malty, kind of earthy maybe? Similar to a Scottish ale in aroma. The first thing I noticed about this beer when tasting it was the mouthfeel. It is a fairly thick feeling beer. Very impressive in that department. Tastes sweet and malty. Almost no hop to speak of. Also has hints of a black licorice or rootbeer flavor to it (the aroma had this too). Kind of roasty too, but not enough to make it more similar to a porter. Reminds me in many ways of a Scottish or Scotch/wee heavy ale. Very tasty. Complex flavors, but well-balanced. Does not hit you over the head with any particular flavor or the entire flavor in general. Not something I'd drink everyday, but I'm pretty impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 01:09:40 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of jarmby1711


3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark browm semi transparent with a off white head.
Not a lot to the smell but some burnt mat sweetness
The flavour has banana cloves and sultanas .There is a hint of alcohol tartness but is tempered in the after taste by the fruity malts.
Is surprisingly thin in the mouth which is a bonus for me
A nice beer that is well worth a try but I couldnt drink it in quantity

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 23:58:14 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of zebedee

United Kingdom (England)

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

Poured a deep burgundy into my pint pot. A one finger off white head formed, which quickly receded to a negligible level. Maybe my glass is dirty, but little lacing, which I find odd for a beer like this.

The aroma I find very pleasant indeed. Chocolaty/toffee smell, with dried dark fruits (prunes, raisins) in the background. A delicious malt aroma in the background throughout. Intense, dark chocolate flavour on sipping, with roasted nuts and a hint of coffee. Blackcurrants and a suggestion of spice (nutmeg maybe?) in the finish. The ale feels nice and full bodied in the mouth, and drinking this stuff is no difficult task. There's little fizziness to it, which I like. This was one of the first ales I tried, and it has quickly become a staple, either as a beer when feeling unadventurous, or when I just want a reminder of the taste of an old favourite. It’s definitely seductive.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 00:00:53 | More by zebedee
Photo of DrJay


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear chestnut with a faint reddish purple hue. A short head of beige foam fell rapidly to a solid ring with a wisp of tiny bubbles on the surface. Malty aroma full of caramel and toffee, but there's a strong fruitiness that's reminiscent of prunes and there's a bit of cocoa in there as well. Same in the flavour, along with moderate bitterness and a hint of hops. Medium bodied, kind of on the light side for an old ale, with medium/low carbonation. Still, it's palate coating. Not bad at all - pretty tasty and easy to drink. I think I've gotten spoiled on slightly bigger old ales, so this one seems a little more "refreshing" than I expected. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 02:41:50 | More by DrJay
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

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

Pours a deep blood red, quite clear, with a medium tan head that builds to nearly two fingers before dissipating slightly, though retention is good. Leaves some lacing. Small is quite sweet, but a bit subdued, with fruity notes of cherry and plum, caramel, and a minor nutty note. Taste is more assertive, touching many of the same bases. The vinous note is puzzling, and I'm not quite sure what I'm tasting beyond the fact that it's intriguing and pleasant. Mouthfeel seems a shade thin, but still warming, and drinkability is rather better than I'd expected. An impressive and unique offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 21:30:27 | More by Mandrake
Photo of Dizzy


2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark reddish brown with off white head which dissipates quickly into a thin film. Aroma is malty, smells like dark fruits, maybe raisins and slightly roasted. Taste is mostly malty with some roasted flavor and hop bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. In my opionion, this beer is too sweet. There just ins't enough roasted flavor, hops or alcohol to balance the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 01:19:01 | More by Dizzy
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

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

Ahh, Theakston’s old Peculiar. I got turned onto this one by a friend saying it was one of his favorite beers. High praise for an unusual style.

Pours a deep burnt red into my glass, with a tight, inch tall tan head. The ale isn’t quite opaque, but it’s close. Drinking it leaves some soapy lacing down all sides of the glass.

I stick my nose in and alcohol, figs, and unidentified fruit spring from the glass. Roasted malts too, nearly a porter smell. There’s a yeasty tartness that underlies everything in the smell and gives it a bit of sharpness.

Well, this certainly tastes unique. This has some burnt flavors reminiscent of a stout or porter, but is a lot lighter and with more fruit flavors. There’s a bitterness but it doesn’t really translate into a hoppy flavor. I taste hints of coffee, prunes, and vague (apple?) tartness wrapped up in a noticeable alcohol bite. I note a slight earthy saltiness too, not entirely unpleasant, just different. It’s dry, crisp, and warming and has a lighter mouthfeel than you may expect.

Old Peculiar is certainly that – a tasty, rather complex and unique beer. In fact it paired wonderfully with a hearty beef chili, but maybe that’s just me. In fact, the more I drink this, the more it grows on me. While I won’t claim that it’s my favorite beer, it’s good enough to warrant the purchase of another six pack… or several.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 16:52:21 | More by kkipple
Photo of wolffman17


3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep brown-burgundy. The head is creamy and leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass.
Sweet malt aroma that really comes out with a few swirls of the glass. I smell dark fruit and grapes with some toffee also.
It doesn't taste as full-flavored as I was expecting, but it's not disappointing. It's sweet with a suprising bitterness that adds a good balance. This is smooth and dry.
The relatively low ABV makes it highly drinkable. I found it to be unexpectedly thirst quenching. An all-around good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 00:34:42 | More by wolffman17
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.