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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 BEERchitect


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Peculier is actually not that peculiar. No individual characters in aroma, texture, appearance, or taste make this beer a standout or enigma. Nevertheless, a well thought and well brewed beer. Medium flavors and aromas throughout. Some of those medium characters are: caramel, toffee, plumbs, grapes, toast, grain, yeast, and hops. It's what you'd expect per the description--plain and simple. Texture to the mouth is medium viscocity, medium carbonation, medium roundness, and medium dryness. Noticable, but not powering alcohol in the finish. A clean, well brewed beer, but a bit benal.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 14:20:16 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of hero27


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark reddish-brown color with a modest foamy, light tan head. Retention is pretty good, but a bit too oily to leave much for lacing.
Smell is caramel..malty and buttery diacetyl. Taste is much the same, and actually a bit more complex than I expected. Reminds me a lot of Fullers, actually. Mouthfeel is a little thin, in my opinion. Needs a bit more muscle, and this would be a truly great beer. Given the light(ish) mouthfeel, it lends a lot to the drinkability. I'm not a huge fan of beers from the UK, but this one was surprisingly good. A respectable and sessionable english ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 23:38:18 | More by hero27
Photo of karst


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear deep brown with garnet glints and a tan ring of persistant foam circles the glass in a meniscus of bubbles that leaves lace. Aroma of fuggles hops, fruity esters (plums and raisons), brown sugar and toffee - from British crystal malt and roasted malts mix with mild chocolate malt tastes. Sweet maltyness is well balanced by hop bitterness. Medium/light body and dextrinous mouthfeel from Belgian candi sugar. Warms offers a hint of butterscotch (diacetyl) and biscuit malt flavors, and some alcohol combine with slightly bitter roast grains and hops to dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 19:53:03 | More by karst
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty clear deep chestnut brown with a tan fizzy head at first pour. The head faded pretty quickly to a small wisp across the top of the beer that was sustained by a few bubbles rising.

Aroma: Some rich dark caramel malts along with some toasty Munich type aromas are present. There also seems to be a bit of a "soapy" smell to it that I can't explain. There may be a tad of raisin in here hiding out too.

Taste: Really deep and rich chocolaty flavor that really hides well in the aroma. I didn't expect this from the aroma, but the flavor is much more robust than I had suspected. There are definitely some toasty notes here to mix with the caramel, but the chocolate that I picked up in the nose is reserved in the flavor. The beer finishes pretty balanced with the hops playing as important a role in the balance as the roast to make this beer finish slightly toward the sweet side of the equation.

Opinion: This is a really nice beer, and one that is surprising to the senses. The aroma is really mild while the flavor is assertive. The alcohol percent is deceptive as this beer has a lot more flavor than the majority in its ABV% compared to its counterparts. Compared to the majority of Old Ales, it is very restrained, but this is a beer that you have to drink on it's own merit. An excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 03:46:06 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of tgbljb


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

poured a deep copper color with modest off-white head. Smell is of caramel with toasted notes. Taste is incredible with an extraordinary note of caramel toasted malt. Mouthfeel is a continuation of the caramel with a slight dryness. This is truly an incredible beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 01:19:26 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Naes

New York

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

The appearance is a very dark brown with reddish hues around the edges. The head is large and tan in color.

Its aroma is faint, but consists of alcohol and malts.

The flavor is mildly malty and contains traces of smoke. A little bit of hop bitterness also surfaces in the finish.

Mouth feel is light and the carbonation is mild.

This one is a bit watery, but an easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2005 01:34:41 | More by Naes
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3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It looks like weak coffee, and there's no real head, even given my aggressive pour. Just a collection of large clear bubbles on one side of my glass mug.

The smell is dark and fruity, with a variety of aromas poking out- port, dark chocolate, raisins, and a fruity hoppiness. The one that keeps coming back to me is the port. I love that smell.

The flavour is thin at first, sort of a watery malty flavour with a sort of spicy bittersweet chocolate that hits in the back of the mouth. Shortly into it, a rasin-like flavour kicks in, then some cold coffee overtones, and a dark spicy flavour on the center of the tongue to take it out.. I expected a more full-bodied flavour, but seeing how thin this one looks, I guss I shouldn't be surprised.

There's a tight fizziness that bursts up front and fades, then it is somewhat thin after. There's a slight filminess after the swallow.

Better than average drinakability, but with every sip I take, I want something a little heartier. Perhaps I'm just not the biggest on this style. I'd have one or two, then move on to something else.

Be well

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 06:33:42 | More by UncleFlip
Photo of NEhophead


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Creamy, yet not quite intact lightly tan head. Some condensed lace that has trouble sticking. Deep auburn/light brown in color.

Very sweet caramel and toffee aromatics. Light oak and mustiness as well. Milk chocolate malt character.

Sweet milk chocolate and toffee. Some vinous and fruity esters: plum, grape, apple, and even pear. A biscuit-like malt character that is pleasant with the on-going milk chocolate flavor. A touch of bitterness followed by a creamy caramel aftertaste.

Medium bodied; creamy and smooth on the palate.

Some pretty good flavors going on here, but more comparable to a black & tan rather than an Old Ale. Definitely the lightest version of the style I've ever tried at 5.7%.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 22:29:07 | More by NEhophead
Photo of palliko


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

A peculiar way to spell peculiar. Appearance is a transparent dark copper with a foamy coffee head leaving cascading lace. Aroma is ethanol, plums, towering toasted malts – plus some hops that give off esters as it warms. Initial taste is a combination of the grapefruit hops, other fruit (currants), malt and is very complex. Body is thin to medium = refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 14:14:23 | More by palliko
Photo of malty


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

Pours a copper-tinged dark ruby red with a beige head. Nice lacing all the way down the glass.

Notes of creamy figs (vanilla) and doughy carmel roasted malts. All the scents are very fresh and alive.

Flavors of mildy spiced raisins and figs imbedded in soft lightly roasted malts. A hint of caramel that's quickly submersed into a pleasant foundation of very clean and balanced dark malts.

Mouthfeel is superb with a light-med. body which is very creamy and finely carbonated. A nice dry finish.

Drinkability is high. ABV is not noticable. Creamy mouthfeel is a rel delight.

Overall a sturdy and consistent Old Ale. The water in Masham lends itself to the inherent beauty of this ale - just like the Blacksheep brews. Good ale with classic well-balanced flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2005 02:38:00 | More by malty
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden brown with a light brown head. The head appears thick and fluffly, fading slowly leaving thin laces. It smells malty, with hints of caramel. It also has a faint aroma of plumbs and chocolate. It tastes of toasted malts with a slight chocolate flavor. It has a sweet taste, with very little hop bitterness. It goes down smooth leaving a slightly fruity aftertaste. The flavor of this beer in not overly aggressive. It is well carbonated. This beer might make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and the taste is smooth and mild. This beer is definately worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2005 20:26:30 | More by OStrungT
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle bought in Sainsburys.

Pours quite a reddish brown / mahogany colour. Head is quite thin and dark cream in colour.

Very nice aroma of fruit (plums??), toffee and some chocolate. Nice amount of maltiness too.

Taste – fruity, toasted caramel with a very nice malty sweetness.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a medium body…

Excellent English ale – extremely drinkable. One of my all time favourite beers… could drink this all night !!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 14:40:33 | More by mdagnew
Photo of ypsifly


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

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Brown to reddish brown around the edges. One finger head of tan foam that has retention and sticks.

Smells like toffee, floral hops and some suagary fruits. Suggestions of grape bubblegum.

Smooth malt and a slight hop twinge make up the taste. Finishes very clean with an almost creamy mouthfeel. A nice dark session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2005 05:57:00 | More by ypsifly
Photo of misterscooter


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

Imagine sitting by the fire on Christmas Eve and you grab an Old Peculier from the snow. You pour it and find a nice, red/brown color with a thick, brown head on top. You catch a whiff of cinnamon and some sort of berry, maybe more than one type so you can't quite distinguish what it is.

The first taste gives you a malty, chocolatey tast with some subtle black licorice hints. Very smooth, you savor the taste and feel in your mouth. The berry smell isn't in the taste so it doesn't get to you as being too sweet. This is good.

This one might be put in with the winter brews packages but it is one that I'd hoist year round. Here's to the holidays!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 03:36:33 | More by misterscooter
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

An aggressive pour gives a nice thick foamy brown head on top of a dark, almost-black amber colored beer. Upon first glance, I could almost think this was a stout, until noticing the deep reddish tinge on the bottom of the glass. Very nice presentation, including a nice, classic-lined bottle.

The nose has a strong fruit character to it, nicely balanced between apples and generic "fruitiness", and some malty bitterness mixed in for good measure. Inviting to be sure, but not a lot of complexity to get lost in.

Taste is better, more complex, with the aforementioned apples reaching the tongue first, then fading away and giving in to a dry maltiness. Bitterness is left upon the tongue to sit for a few minutes, until after a few moments it leaves just a pleasant memory on the palate. Enjoyable, would probably go well with breaded chicken or fish dishes.

Mouthfeel is a bit more watery than I'd like, although that's really more of a nit to pick than anything else. Overall foamy goodness here in the mouthfeel, and a swish around the mouth is pleasant, but the carbonation seems a bit overdone and it's not quite as nice as I'd like.

Overall drinkability is pretty positive, as I'm sure I could put away a few of these if it came right down to it. Quite a decent beer, although nothing that makes me yearn for more, and I'm looking forward to trying it as a dinner beer sometime in the future -- it'll probably work well with grilled steaks or chicken tenders.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2005 03:29:40 | More by danielharper
Photo of mynie


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

Nice color no head. Very deep, dark red that I mistook for black.

Very rich aroma of fruit and malt. Some espresso in there, as well.

Candy sweet fruit upfront moving into a more bitter malt middle and an ending of coffee and chocolate. It's like mixing your Fruity Pebbles with your Coco Pebbles and somehow having it work.

The firm body and great drinkability make this one prime session ale. If I ever see this little baby on tap I'm ordering a pitcher.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 05:36:17 | More by mynie
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North Carolina

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

Pours a dark brownish black with ruby highlights when held to the light, and a thick tan head that retains nicely. Smell is all malt, with vitrually no hops presence whatsoever (but this is an old ale so its not inappropriate for the style) with a big butterscotch and toffee flavors and a plum or raisin fruit smell, but the diacetyl is too evident in my opinion. Taste beings with a big toffee flavor and continues with a plum/raisin/dark fruit flavor as well as the buttery diacetyl flavor. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy, really feels fantastic in the mouth and the carbonation is low which increases the smoothness. The drinkability is descent but i couldn't see drinking more than a few at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 05:17:22 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of pentathlete


4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old ales are beauties. This beer pours a deep ruby purple brown with a nice beige head. The head fell soon thereafter with slight lacing. Nose of sweet malt, hint of alcohol, some fruit. Smooth taste with oily maltiness coating the tongue. There is a touch of hops, but nothing serious. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is superb. If the malty complex finish was tasted earlier, this would have scored much higher. Easy quaffer, low ABV for an old ale, makes it a possibility for a session.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 01:32:52 | More by pentathlete
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3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick, lightly tan head, that slowly falls to a ring of foam. Minimal lacing. A bit of a coffee cake-like aroma -- yes, coffee cake. Very smooth mouthfeel. Big caramel malt flavor, laced with sugar, and just a bit of a tawny, wine-like character. A bit tart towards the finish, which is pleasantly balanced by just the right amount of bitter hops, followed by a powdery sweetness. A complex ale, but a very nuanced one, and rather drinkable. I haven't had this in awhile and I think I need to have it more often. A great beer for cooler spring weather.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 01:31:55 | More by marcobrau
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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California, into a sturdy beer mug. The head is sudsy, bubbly, a little over an inch in height and is dark tan. The body is deep brown bordered by dark crimson streaks. The beer looks like royalty. Smell: flecks of dark chocolate, freshly baked sourdough bread; some faint espresso notes with a finish of candied plums. Taste: milk chocolate sweetness upfront, rapidly takes on some complexity -- slight hop bitterness tangled up in musty dark fruitiness. The middle is chocolate covered coffee beans and the finish is a slightly sour pop of hops with a receding base of dark fruit sweetness. Pleasant, yet complex. Mouthfeel: full, has a whipped-creaminess to it. Middling carbonation. I can imagine washing down a meal of slow-roasted beef with gravy and root vegetables with this brew, and being very satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 03:14:59 | More by RootedFool
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3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't believe that after 11 years I finally got around to having another one. This is a complex-tasting, malty brew that is to be savored. I suspect that the sample I have is old, but that does not detract from the quality too much. Pours to a quickly retreating "head" of huge bubbles that fade to almost nothing. Deep ruby and brown color. Aroma is chiefly malt, caramel, and sherry with hints of vanilla and licorice. Flavor can be described as malty and complex (licorice, banana, port, sherry, etc...) with a perfect balance achieved by judicious hopping. Some nice toasty/roasty notes in there too. Don't drink it ice-cold, you'll miss all the flavors. The finish starts sweet but dries out in the aftertaste. That "sweetness-turned-dry" seems to be the alcohol component of the flavor. There's a lot going on in this old ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 23:45:02 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of acrawf6


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

Pours out a very dark color, almost black, but has the dark ruby red of other dark english ales

aromas are almost floral, but has smells of coffee and some toffee.

sweet taste, good mouthfeel. was good and creamy, some tastes of bitter chocolate. ends up with more carbonation than i thought.

overall a real good beer, hits the spot when you want a good ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2005 22:44:53 | More by acrawf6
Photo of Wonka


3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 FL OZ

Appearance – clear garnet body; inch-thick white head; nice lace

Smell – a touch of the skunk awaited me; metallic; grainy; I’d like to have another to make sure this is proper

Taste – great sweetness in the middle; thankfully the tiny skunk moved elsewhere; slight bitterness enters midway and slackens late; a nice late caramel with even a touch of roast; the faintest dark fruit is present; close remains mostly sweet with a slight bitterness

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – clean and smooth with an almost medium body but not quite; lightly carbonated

This would be a great session beer if the smell of this particular sample cleared up

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2005 01:51:52 | More by Wonka
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3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells of milk chocolate and fresh plums and grapes, pours dark brown with a tan foamy head that quickly recedes. Color is more of a deep ruby red when held to a light. Tastes first of cocoa and dark fruits, then maple syrup, a bit leathery, doughy yeasts. Lightly bitter. Creamy textured medium body, a bit thin for my taste. Goes down easy with a finishing taste of mild coffee, not very bitter.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2005 05:29:17 | More by droomyster
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with a thin beige head. A touch of lace coats the glass.

Malty aroma featuring carmelized sugar and maple syrup. Similar to a toffee candy bar.

Very sweet taste with a touch of burnt sugar. This is a rich beer with a low carbonation. The hop bitterness appears after the swallow. The aftertaste is shortlived.

Seems to be a cross between a brown ale and a Scottish ale. Not particularly noteable, but pleasant anyway.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 02:01:16 | More by smcolw
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 888 ratings.