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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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908 Ratings

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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 42
Gots: 38 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001)
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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!

barefootbrewer, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
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!

BlackHaddock, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of Sixpoint
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.

Sixpoint, Oct 11, 2006
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

Slatetank, Oct 09, 2006
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.

Fuller, Oct 08, 2006
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.

fwine36, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
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.

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 09, 2006
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

jarmby1711, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of zebedee
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.

zebedee, Aug 29, 2006
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.

DrJay, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of Mandrake
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.

Mandrake, Aug 25, 2006
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.

Dizzy, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of kkipple
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.

kkipple, Aug 22, 2006
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.

wolffman17, Aug 08, 2006
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.

Phocion, Aug 05, 2006
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.

strattor, Aug 05, 2006
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.

hanco005, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of StonyB
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.

StonyB, Jul 30, 2006
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!

JayTheFinn, Jul 24, 2006
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

DaveFL1976, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
2.33/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Strong malty aroma. Poured to a dark brown with trace of ruby, and a slight, tan head that diminished soon after. Taste was very strong malt and chocolate, and very fizzy. Left a dry, bitter (not good) finish. Don't know how this scores so high with a lot of raters, but I'm unimpressed with this one.

kimcgolf, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of tneel
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally got to try this for the first time and I was not dissapointed. I bought a bottle of it at a local beer bar. It has a dark color and a nice head. Drinks very smoothly with slight caramel taste to it. Very well made and something that I could drink on a regular basis.

It should be noted that this is the first Old Ale that I have tried. But I did really enjoy it and if you ever have the chance you should try one.

tneel, Jul 03, 2006
Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cola brown color with a long-lasting tan head that leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Caramel, banana, butterscotch, licorice - quite malty

Taste: Starts with a rich caramel and banana flavor; by mid-palate, some earthy hop elements join in to mute the sweetness; after the swallow the sweetness of dried fruit and butterscotch kick in - worth noting that the diacetyl is intentional

Mouthfeel: Relatively thick bodied with modest carbonation

Drinkability: One of my favorite English beers; worth coming back to every now and again; glad to see it back in the market (comment added in 2011)

brentk56, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old favorite, this one leaves its 12 ounce glass home, and pours dark, plummy amber, with a long lasting dark tan film head, leaving respectable fine splotchy lacing. Nose is of light sweet malt with perhaps a hint of rum. This is a rich malty brew, notes of musty malts, plummy ripe fruits and again a hint of wood/smokey rum in the background. Fine after dinner sipper. Classic old style ale.

Billolick, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've heard much about this beer and have been wanting to try it for a long time...so when I saw it at Bottleworks in Seattle, I grabbed it. Maybe I should have grabbed two....

Nice dark ruby colour with a frothy khaki head. Almost mahogany. Nice dark malt smell with a pleasant hint of sourness. Hints of raisins, plums. Very, very faint vinous hints.

Tastes malty with a fruit sourness that is not at all bad. Like a scotch ale without the smokiness or peat hints. Certainly tastes like an old, matured ale. Fresh sourdough hints come through. Complex bread and fruit combinations with a gentle, but omnipresent malt taste.

My only complaint is that this suffers perhaps from a very slight case of overcarbonation. The rich flavour and body leaves me wanting more but at the same time present this as a sipping beer. Sessionable, but only if you want your sessions to last awhile!

BDTyre, Jun 12, 2006
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.