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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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959 Ratings

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 48
Gots: 62 | 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 jmc44
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Peculier pours a deep, dark brown with some slight ruby hues, a thick tan head that lingers and leaves a nice lace.

Sweet malty smell, a bit of coffee, caramel, hints of raisins, perhaps a touch of vanilla. Very pleasant.

Taste is sweet and malty, with dark fruits, raisins, caramel, and coffee. Finishes a bit dry with hop bitterness, but not at all overwhelming or undesired. A slight sweetness lingers. Very nicely done.

The beer is thick and full; it's got a slight oil-like character as well.

This is one of my favorite drinking beers. Very, very well done.

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

Pours a pretty solid black color with a small tan head. Head disappeared completely and left little lace, but still, the beer looked good. Dense aromas of alcohol soaked fruit float float to the nose. Very rich flavors of vanilla, spice, and dark chocolate covered fruits. It's quite complex and sweet overall, with a certain hop bitterness at the end. Nice mouthfeel and fine carbonation. Drinkabilty is high considering all the flavors in this brew.

Photo of brdc
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I don't understand the reason, but it looks to me I had a different beer than most reviewers....
It is a very good looking dark brown brew, with a reddish hue. The head is thick and foamy, creamy and it stays for a long time, eventually leaving a nice coating.
The smell is delicious, sugary and malty, with caramel, strong vanilla, coffee and mild hops somewhere in there.
Perhaps given the strong smell and beautfiul presentation, I expected something spectacular.
The taste is good, don't get me wrong, but does not match the nose at all. Body is medium to thin, or at least thinner than I expected. The pleasant taste is also rather mild when I expected a powerful, robustly malted brew. There is malt sweetness, and is mostly bittersweet chocolate and caramels with some balancing hoppiness.
Easy and pleasant to drink, but mildly disappointing given the thin mouth - I prefer it heavier on the malts, and the national "equivalent" from Bell's I had for comparison on the same night beats it easily.

Photo of letsgopens
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Theakston's Old Peculiar is a yorkshire old ale with a deep brown, slightly amber hue. The head recedes from a milky foam to a light scattered lace in a couple of minutes.

The aroma is malty and sweet with roasty light coca.

The flavor is heavily malty with soft vanillia and molasses tones that resonate throughout the palate to a sweet roasted aroma.

Overall, a very enjoyable after dinner beer due to its mellow flavor and mouth feel. I enjoyed the entire bottle but wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This strikes me much more as an English Dark Ale than and Old Ale.
Anyway, poured a dark amber with reddish tinges to it. Soft off-white half finger head that melts to a film of tiny, tan lacing.
Aromas are rich...vanilla, butter, and earth comes to mind.
The taste has raw vanilla faintly in it, British toasted amber malt, and the dry tingle of British hops.
Mouthfeel is tingly from the tiny carbonation.
Nice, heavy, rich Dark Ale.

Photo of Stephen63
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep dark brown almost black, good head that remained throughout

S - Pleasant fruity aroma.

T - Upfront rich and fruity. Less so on the finish with little bitterness.

M - Light carbonation, however became a little disappointing as it felt a bit thin in body.

D - Probably a beer to be drunk as a half pint as quite heavy. Two pints would be more than enough for me.

Reviewed the beer as a bottle serving about two weeks ago and though the cask is good, perhaps expected a little more.

Photo of MCDuhamel
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a British pub glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, with ruby highlights when held against the light. Head is large on an agressive pour, but bubbles are enormous and the head sadly collapses very quickly to only a desultory ring around the surface. Carbonation appears moderate.

S: Distinctive vanilla notes hit the nose immediately, followed by soft wood and a hint of molasses. No hops noticeable, which is fully appropriate for the style.

T: Again a noticeable and distinctive vanilla note dominates upfront, with a sweetness that is offset by soft earthy and wood notes. There is a slight dryness in the finish, which lingers, perhaps contributed by English style hops.

M: This is a smooth beer, with perhaps just a tad bit too much carbonation which tingles the tongue distractingly. Medium bodied.

D: The sweetness, distinctive flavor and strength make this an unsessionable beer. I enjoy the entrie glass, but one in an evening is ample.

Overall: This is a classic English old ale, and it deserves its reputation as a world class beer. Better head retention and a lighter touch with the carbonation would made it a truly outstanding beer. Those of the American interpretations that stay away from additions of American hops often surpass this one, though. I wonder what this would be like from a hand-pulled cask?

Photo of slyke
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Peculier pours dark garnet with a thin, but sticky off-white head.

The aroma and taste both have notes of wood and molasses.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a strong malt character.

Drinkability is good. It would be quite easy to enjoy two or three of these at a sitting. Recommended.

Photo of BBM
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark, deep brown into a pint glass. Little-to-no head, but perhaps due to the cold temperature at which it was stored. The nose was not very strong; just slight hints of brown sugar, and bready notes.

Unfamiliar with what style this beer was as I was drinking it, I had myself convinced it was a porter. It certainly has many characteristics of your English porter. It has a big malt backbone with toffee and buttery notes, accompanied by slight hints of chocolate and raw coffee beans. There's a musty finish to the beer that lingers just long enough.

Mouthfeel was medium, with a clean finish. There's a good chance you can drink a few of these at a time. It's highly drinkable. And recommended if you like old ales or English porters.

Photo of ekfinn
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured a very dark color which appeared black until I turned on a brighter lamp. The head is a light tan with not a lot of foam, and minimal lacing. The smell is very sweet-- sugary, with some overtones of fruit (mildly bananas and dates).

Initial mouthfeel is thinner, alcohol not apparent. The complexity of flavors don't really come out until a moment after swallowing. It leaves a very sweet aftertaste in the mouth. It reminds me of a porter, but only much sweeter.

Overall, very nice brew.

Photo of HossMcGraw
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally tried this one at an Indian restaurant yesterday afternoon. While it didn't quite compliment the delicious cuisine like I had hoped, it was still a tasty brew.

Poured (incorrectly by the waiter) a dark red bordering on brown, with a thick tan head and adequate lacing. Aroma is raisin, a mild sour quality, and faint butterscotch.

The taste is very malty. Raisins and dark fruit are evident, along with a certain malty characteristic that is evident in most English bottled beers I've tried. I wish I knew what it was. Hops provide a pleasantly dry finish.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin, and while it is a well crafted and tasty beer, I couldn't drink more than two of these in a sitting due to the sweetness.

Photo of Braudog
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 oz bottle, poured a deep, opaque river-bottom muddiness and a frothy whipped head. With a deep sugary nose, the full-bodied flavors don't exactly sneak up on your palate. Sweet and sugary with a toffee-fullness. Pleasantly bittered, but with a sweet almost black grape essence at the very end. Makes me crave some smoked almonds. (#2667, 1/28/07)

Photo of geexploitation
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with some ruby highlights on the edges. Delicate tan head that leaves some thin lacing and a collar. Aromas are nicely sweet, with molasses and butterscotch/diacetyl notes that mingle together nicely and are never overdone. On the palate, the diacetyl is less dialed-down and a bit more out of wack at higher temperatures, but at lower temperatures the palate is nicely malty and sweet, showing highlights of chocolates and molasses. Very smooth mouthfeel, with slick malts and only minimal carbonation making for a drink that feels surprisingly light for an old ale. Overall, this is a good old ale, and an especially good option given its availability in the US compared to other beers of the style.

Photo of mpyle
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice appearance - a creamy pale tan head with good retention, and a dark amber color with nice clarity

Clean aroma - some malty sweetness but not much else.

Some subtle alcohol spice and a strong sherry note. Hops hidden but enough bittering to keep the beer from being overly sweet.

Medium body and carbonation, and very creamy. A bit of slickness on the tongue, but not much alcohol warming.

The beer does taste old, but the oxidized character works well and gives it a distinctive taste and mouthfeel. A very big 5.7% ABV beer.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, clear. Mild head. Beautiful color and presentation.

Dark ripe fruits. Cool and crisp. Applish.

Light grape/apple. Mild alcohol tinge. Good but not strong. Not too sweet.

Nice carbonation and mild foamation.

Not bad, not my favorite. I’d try again.

Photo of doppelmeup
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of SuperSpy
3.96/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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!!!

Photo of jmbranum
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Doomcifer
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

Photo of kmacphail
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of HerrBob
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of Absumaster
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
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?

Photo of revdrjbob
3.13/5  rDev -21%
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?

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Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.