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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 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
Photo of Phocion


4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a thick frothy dark-beige head, which settles into a thin, creamy layer with medium lacing around the glass.

The aroma is overwhelmed by very strong, complex malts. Toffee, molasses, and caramel. Thick and sweet.

More balanced and a bit more mellow than the nose. Strong malts are still there, but with the addition of raisins and just enough fruity hops for balance.

I was in the mood for something rich and creamy tonight, and this hit the spot perfectly. Thick mouthfeel (especially as it warms), but not overwhelming. A little too sweet for me to drink all night, but one or two of these here and there is always a treat. Would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 04:19:26 | More by Phocion
Photo of strattor


3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark, btu not opaque ruby-brown with a thick, fizzy tan colored head.

Light caramel aroma with sweet malts coming through.

Flavor is pretty sweet, with just barely noticeable roasted malt flavors, remniscent of burnt toast. However the flavor is a little lighter than I had hoped.

Mouthfeel is also a little light, but with a slightly oily feel that that glides over the tongue nicely.

Nothing offensive here, but no great shakes either. I could take it or leave it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2006 03:11:00 | More by strattor
Photo of hanco005


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

12 oz bottle, with 3009N 07 on the neck label, poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid brownish black with a wispy tan head that fades away immediately, just a thin sheet remains,

S—caramel, very sweet, a little nutty, some over ripe fruit, very fragrant and inviting

T—bittersweet dark chocolate, some over ripe fruits, malty, very good flavor and I am enjoying sipping on this one.

M—dry, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—very drinkable and I would have this again. Perhaps a session for this old ale, if you can imagine that.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 03:54:17 | More by hanco005
Photo of StonyB

New Jersey

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

I have tried Old Peculier several times previously. This review was from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at Riverside Wine Merchants (North Bergen, NJ).

Appearance - Very dark reddish-brown, almost opaque. Dark and foamy head, fades somewhat quickly. Very strong lacing, practically pasted to glass. Inviting.

Smell - Complex. Toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, figs. A lot of stuff going on.

Taste - Interesting. Biscuits, toffee, a little but of fig and chocolate. Again, quite complex. Mildly warming. Enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Somewhat thick and chewy. Mild carbonation. Lingering aftertaste, but not in a bad way.

Drinkability - A little filling to be a session beer, but for such a complex taste, it's extremely drinkable. Nice after a light meal.

Old Peculier has a lot of different aromas and flavors that work well together, leading to a very drinkable ale. Worth seeking out; definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 18:09:58 | More by StonyB
Photo of JayTheFinn


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

I've had this a few times, but it was a while ago. I wanna say I even had one when I was up in Yorkshire on vacation a couple years ago. Don't remember. None the less I just had one out of the bottom at the Victoria Pub in Ventura, California. It was very good indeed!

A - Good dark rich looking body with a smallish but steady head.
S - Malty scents of black currant. Smells like it'll be sweet.
T - Fantastic taste of roasty dark malts. Yes it's a bit sweet, but not overbearing. It's just a good all around tasty beverage, reminiscent of a stout.
M - Full mouthfeel.
D - This one is right up my alley! Very drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 00:43:46 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of DaveFL1976


3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What a fine looking brew. Mahogany brown body, topped by a creamy tan head that sticks nicely to the side of the glass.

Smell is a bit toasty, chocolaty, caramel, and a smidge of bittering hops. Not too bad at all. Smells like it's going to be a sweet tasting brew.

Yeah, a bit sweet, but it lacks depth. A bit watery tasting. This is an ale? Tastes like a macrobrewery's attempt at a bock to me. Not too impressive. Not bad at all, but not fantastic.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery, and the drinkability is affected by the lack of depth and complexity in the taste

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 18:56:26 | More by DaveFL1976
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.