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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

921 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 921
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 42 | 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 tfinn
2.68/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cola color. chunky mixed-bubbled head dies down quickly.

smells not like hops or malt, but spices like anise or coriander, but very faint.

taste is... a dry beer cola. think RC without the sugar or high carbonation. honestly if I had this from a 2 liter bottle or can I wouldn't have figured out it was beer until I was a 1/4 way into my glass.

mouthfeel is mineraly, which fits with the cola-ish style. very wet and thin, like dilute flat cola. less acidic, but still along those lines.

this is drinkable; but it's still... cola. I just can't shake the cola connection here.

I don't get it. this is supposed to be an old ale yet it has none of the nice beerish qualities of an old ale, like MALT perhaps? it tastes like a mass-manufactured alcoholic "malternative" soft drink. I'd much rather have a flanders old ale, german alt, or HOTD adam over this anyday.

oh well. it is peculier, and I can see its draw, but it's not for me.

tfinn, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of anders36
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This lovely beer pours a dark, dark and a bit ruby colour. The head is thick and tan coloured. Long lasting too. It has a bit malty smell some sweet fruity smell too. The taste is a bit roasted and malty, some hints of choclate too. It has a little bitterness in the aftertaste but it is a beer that runs down smoothly. I like this beer.

anders36, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of brewQ
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head befits a porter, light brown with a tight 1 inch head.
A sweet chocolate nose with hints of fruit.
Deep ruby brown color adds the eye appeal.
A full rich flavor that still allows drinkability.

I got a nostalgic glow on this. Can recall their small bottles with a peel off metal top, ala the old Mickey's Malt! This was a classic road beer twenty years ago.

brewQ, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown hue with a one-finger, creamy tan head. Poured a bit cold, but nice notes of sweet malt, toffee, and a hint of maple syrup. Nice, rich, creamy body holds a palate of dark malt, with a light sweetness and hints of dark cherries lingering in the background. Notes of roasted malt in the back of the throat. An unusual, excellent ale.

ElGordo, May 31, 2004
Photo of joecast
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

fantastically creamy, lightly tanned head. darkest ruby in color.
aroma of sweet molasses and intensly floral perfume.
flavor is malty sweet, with some bitter dark chocolate. also a hint of alcohol, which is surprising at only 5.6%abv. finish is dry and warming of alcohol.
mouthfeel is fairly light, and a bit underwhelming. a bit more body would have done wonders for this beer.
over all, a very interesting beer. not bad for a cold night, but maybe only one.

joecast, May 08, 2004
Photo of budsboy
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep, deep brown with purple highlights, creamy white head that lasted all the way down. Aroma is sweet toasted malt and some fruitiness (plum?) and a touch of smoke and coffee. Taste is malty, with hint of woodspice and chocolate. Hops are a secondary flavor, a bit of bite coming toward the swallow. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin for such a dark brew, Guinness like. Very drinkable, but I think it would be even better paired with a beef dish.

budsboy, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of Doiv
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time I tried this beer on tap it was so off it felt like I was drinking pure malt vinegar. Fortunately more recent tries of this ale have been better. Lets see how the bottle holds up...

Pours a dark browny ruby colour with a tan head that quickly disperses. Aroma is of roasted hops, malty and bready. There is also a very ambiguous other hint in there that I cant quite put my finger on.

Taste is rich and smoky, with a little dried fruit flavour and estery malts. Slightly yeasty, warming cinnamon aftertaste.

Mouth feel is smooth and it is very drinkable.

Doiv, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of marcellaproust
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't taste like a Scotch ale to me. Smells of dark caramel and toffee, roasty barley. This lovely beer pours a thick, tan head; mouthfeel is silky but not cloying. Tastes like straight up roasted barley and malt tinged with sweetness, though the latter dissipates once you drink past the first few gulps. The finish stops the maltiness short with . . . a subtle dryness without bitterness, followed by a residue of malt aftertaste. This is a wonderful beer; I usually associate Scotch ales with a flavor that tastes like a compressed and redoubled, alchohol-forward amber ale. Granted, the Scotch ales in my experience are all American microbrew interpretations of the genre.

marcellaproust, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just popping the top, I'm pretty sure this is right up my alley. Nose is sweet, chewy toffee. Head is small, tan, dense but active. The beer is dark brown and hazy. There are ruby highlights. Front is tangy, fruity toffee. Almost a little cheese in there. The chewy, dark, full, thick middle is delicious and capped off by a nice, fresh bready finish. This is just a yummy, chewy, bready toffee delight. Great.

kbub6f, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper with hefty amounts of orange and red. The head is light milk chocolate brown in color and is large, creamy and softly pitting. It deflates slowly and deposits an adequate amount of lace in thick rings.

The aroma is complex, interesting and appealing all at once. Specifics include brown sugar, molasses, toffee, sugared pecans and roasted malt. Wow, I'm not sure that I've smelled anything quite like this before.

TOP's flavor follows its nose pretty closely, though it's thinner than expected. Perhaps I'll let it warm a little more. This stuff is damn tasty, but I can't quite figure out what makes it so. No wonder they call it Peculier. All of the same characteristics that are present in the nose are in present on the palate... with the addition of raisins and an earthy oakiness. The mouthfeel is firming up and the beer is becoming more creamy as it warms.

Theakston Old Peculier is very good beer. It's kind of odd to have an old ale weigh in at only 5.7%, but that makes it especially drinkable. The world's most sessionable old ale? Most peculiar.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of krberg
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Somehow I have managed to always pass over Old Peculiar. Today I corrected that oversight.

It pours a nice dark brown with a big tan with white laced head. The colors make me think of caramely beers. I'm a bit worried because I see Scottish and Newcastle mentioned on the bottle. I know they are only the importers, but...

Smells like an English bottled beer: tangy and fruity. Still I get no indication about the beer. Samuel Smith's pulls the same trick with my nose. "Did I just get an off beer?"

Old Peculiar has a very mild sweet taste that finishes malty as hell. There is a slight bitterness through the entire sip, but it isn't pronounced enough to call this a "bitter" beer.

The initial mouthfeel is way too thin. As the CO2 escapes it thickens up decently, but lacks any distinguishing characteristics. It is exactly average.

This beer is extremely drinkable. At 5.7 ABV you could put quite a few away, but I don't know why you'd want to. While it isn't a bad beer, it is my least favorite Scotch ale so far. Why not skip this offering and find a Smuttynose Scotch ale instead. Old Peculiar never goes for the gold, it is strickly an honorable mention.

krberg, Mar 04, 2004
Photo of ppoitras
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer, purchased at Main St. Liquors, Monson, MA, as part of do-it-yourself mixed 6 pack.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, good frothy head formed on top of a mahogany-hued brew. Strong malty aroma, nice balance between of malt and hops, bits of lace being left here and there as drinking ensues. After a few mouthfuls, the bitterness starts to dominate a bit, and affects the mouthfeel, in my mind. Still very drinkable for a strong ale, an enjoyable experience.

ppoitras, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of diablo14
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

there was i time this would have been a dead set 5 all the way. its not a patch on the original. that was the beer that set me on the path of glorious english ales many moons ago. its not as good now, but unlike, say, moretti la rossa, which has gone from a great beer to a crappy one, this has gone from an outstanding beer to a very good one. still one worth giving a good going over when the chance presents itself.

classic dark ruby color and pesistent head development that looks like a beauty before its even been consumed. this is a beer i could almost say i perve on. simply gorgeous. the smell has some malts, roasty grains and a nice raisiny tinge. the flavor is full of dried fruits and malts, some nutty almond flavors, with caramel hints popping up intermittently. its not necessarily complex, but by golly its got a marvellous taste and does not skimp in this department. its not a big as it once was, but at least they have still maintain a quality level of flavor in the brew. its not too big in body, and doesnt have any carbonation to speak of. the gentle dryness you get from this is all hops baby, and how can any beer love not want that? its full, its smooth, its dry, its got it all in a nice neat little package.

maybe its because its a fond memory of mine, this brew, but even tho it has changed, its still one of the kings. ive said it before about english beers. they know how to stay well within themselves, while still giving you everything you want from a beer, and can down a few pints without being totally rotten by the end of the evening. this is a prime example. an all time great.

diablo14, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark translucent brown with a thick tan head. Very lacy. Smell is malty and lightly bitter and lightly metallic.

Taste is malty and sweet. Also nutty and lightly bitter like dark chocolate. A bit of alcohol burn perhaps in the finish? Caramel undertoones and lightly smoky. Very smooth with a lingering sweetness balanced slightly by that light bitterness. Did I say smooth? this one used to get me in big trouble when visiting Britain. Smooth as a mild but 50% stronger. It really sneaks up on you after a few. One of the most drinkable beers I've ever had. On cask, it's heavenly but I'll take it from the bottle anytime.

ViveLaChouffe, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of hustlemuscle
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby/maroon with a good whiteish head that does not linger.

Tart, coffee and mild hop scent, with a slight caramel candy touch.

A sip starts smooth, and then gets almost rough in the mouth, with a tart and tangy finish. Puckers the mouth, even. Malty, with a touch of what tastes like dirt.

hustlemuscle, Feb 12, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep coppery-brown color with a thick beige to tan head. Dusty and musty malt aromas, intertwined with some traditional diacetyl-like buttery malt notes and a faint bit of hops round out a nice interpretation of an English old ale. Easily drinkable after a night out on the town. Slightest puckering tartness in the finish, but adds to it's drinkability.

crookedhalo, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of waughbrew
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany, beige head with good retention. Roasted barley leads the aroma with just a hint of caramel, earthy hops, butter, and apple esters. Flavor has surprising similarities to an abt12 - just missing some alcohol. Smooth milk chocolate flavors, lingering watery sweetness. Very good brew, I am surprised I have not heard more talk about it.

waughbrew, Feb 02, 2004
Photo of arizcards
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brownish red ale poured a nice head which dissapated quickly but is leaving a nice lacing of my pint. Nothing overly powerful smell wise but did detect some sweet malts. The taste is an interesting start of the smooth sweet malts and finishing with a slight pleasant bitterness. This is a medium bodied beer leaving a semi decent mouthfeel. Not a bad beer and would drink it again but nothing noteworthy about it.

arizcards, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of hyuga
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A crimson-mahogany hued beer with a soda-like head that thins after a bit. Big peaty aroma with a vinous tone. Almost a bit cheese-like. Molasses, peat, and caramel make for a big sweetness on the palate. Hops are leafy, adding a little bitterness to support and staying in the background. A bit thin, but tasty. Reminds me a lot of McEwan's Scotch Ale. They are both owned by Scottish Courage... Not bad, enjoyable, but there are lots of better beers in the style. Orkney's SkullSplitter is a much better example of something like this.

hyuga, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of BitteBier
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A murky amber brown pour with a finger's worth of uniformly foamy head with average cling. Sweet malts and caramel remind one of Scotch ales. A very interesting and pleasant mouthfeel--creamy and clean, not syrupy. A wash of mild bitterness starts at the front of the mouth and methodically crawls to the back. Creamy malts are strongest in the middle of the taste, eventually giving way to some bitterness and lightly spicy alcohol flavors. This is a pleasantly interesting and drinkable beer.

BitteBier, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a thick light brown head that sits atop a deep, dark amber, clear beer. The aroma is sweet and has notes o f molasses, caramel and dark fruit. The taste is fairly clean compared to the rich brew that I remember that this once was. This beer is lightly sweet with almost no balancing bitterness. There seems to be a threshold level of buttery diacetyl, which, adds a bit to the complexity of this beer. There seems to be some subtle dark malt flavors that are evocative of chocolate. It is quite drinkable, but need to be served quite warm to get any of the flavors.

Gueuzedude, Jan 15, 2004
Photo of Beersignal
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep walnut brown showing burgundy highlights with no particulate matter in suspention. Initial rich and generous foam dissipates somewhat quickly to a thinnish film that leaves very fine lace clinging to the glass. Smelled rich and malty with chocolate, spice (nutmeg and cinnamon mostly), ripe fruit and diacetyl notes of butter and nuts. A solidly structured beer supported by malt and molasses which are joined by a slight ''horse blanket'' character and black fruit tastes. Finishes on this sourness and a mild but well defined bitterness leaving you wanting another sip 'til it's all gone. I'm now looking for a place which serves this on tap.

Beersignal, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Fullers pint glass. Clear mahogany that is a distinct ruby when held to the light. One finger beige head with staying power and moderate lacing. Aroma is a bit subdued with hops, toffee, and some peppery spices. Mouthfeels is initially thick and creamy, finishes dry and exuberating. Taste is bitter/tart at the beginning, then the walnuts and toffee take over. Overall, an excellent execution of well balanced malty caramel and hops bitterness. Reminds me more of an excellent ESB than a Porter. This is my first Theakston, but it is one of the more drinkable British ales I've come across. Excellent drinkability.

merlin48, Jan 06, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in the 12 oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The color was a dark amber with a nice white head. The smell was a nice sweet malt. The taste was a very light malt sweetness with very little hoppiness. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin. Drinkability-wise, could have a couple.

Not as good an old ale as some of the ones I've had recently, but was a servicable beer. I'd probably have one in the future.

beergeek279, Jan 01, 2004
Photo of TAMU99
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Brown porter that pours a medium tan head with some staying power.
Strong scents of chocolate and coffee.
Great taste. Bold choclate malts, coffee tones with carmel underpinnings. Slight hoppy aftertaste.
Nice lace down the glass with a rich, smooth feel.
Very drinkable. A good solid beer.
I liked this one a lot - good for cooking and cold nights.

TAMU99, Dec 26, 2003
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 921 ratings.