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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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900 Ratings

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Ratings: 900
Reviews: 568
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 woemad


3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Had this at the Viking. Not a bad beer, but not terribly exciting either. Had a subtle, toasty scent, with a very slight raisiny smell in the background. This was also pretty much the taste. Hops were extremely restrained, but so was the malt, so they balanced. As this is made by the folks at Newcastle, it came as no surprise that it reminded me of a Newcastle Brown Ale with a slightly more toasted malt taste. As I said above, not bad, but not a whole lot going on.

08-02-2003 20:23:41 | More by woemad
Photo of rabidawg


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Appearance: Beautiful garnet with average carbonation. Creamy, off-white head that settled to a dense, sticky cap. Laced very well.

Smell: Slightly metallic, and a little sour. Toasty malt dominates. Not a very odoriferous brew, but what's there is nice.

Taste: Unexpected sweetness, balanced by a well-hopped middle. Nice and creamy, with a satisfying, almost chewy, mouthfeel. The finish is perfectly hopped, with a slight leafiness breaking through the end.

Notes: Wow. I came in with no expectations one way or the other, but this was a really good beer. I won't look past this one the next time I'm in the store. A definite must-try.

07-22-2003 03:08:16 | More by rabidawg
Photo of RenoZymurgist


3.9/5  rDev -1.5%

Tan head dissipates quickly atop a dark brown beer. Aroma is of sweet malt and noble hops. Flavor is deep with a salty water caracter and lots of chocolate and sweet malt with an english hop finish. Definitely clean with a flavorful finish complemented by the noble hops and water. I think that this beer is very good but not very strong or very old due to no lactic sourness.

07-21-2003 05:04:02 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

Pours with a decent tan head settling over dark red liquid. Nose is sweet and malty. The taste was too, only with added caramel-like notes, though a bit more thin bodied than I remember from past tastings though still an enjoyable ale. Finishes light and sweet with no predominately monopolizing flavor characteristic.

beerluvr - N.P., "The Who Sell Out"...wonderful stuff!

07-12-2003 21:26:39 | More by beerluvr
Photo of euskera

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1%

Invitingly dark brew. Smell is malty, with hints of molasses, chocolate and coffee, which also come though in the taste. Not very complex, but pleasing to the palate and very well-balanced. I've drank this brew for years, and will not hesitate to drink it again and again

07-09-2003 11:29:30 | More by euskera
Photo of bierman2000


4.6/5  rDev +16.2%

what can I say except yummy.. this beer is a great strong ale even if it's only 5.7 ABV. Dark opaque brown/black with a roasty character and chocolate flavor. One of England's best almost borders on a porter in color and strength but more complex. Well worth seeking out nd can be enjoyed anytime.

06-27-2003 13:19:40 | More by bierman2000
Photo of feloniousmonk


4/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: beautifully plummy brown color, showing a bright reddish around the sides, with a large, bubbly light tan head, that slowly dims down to a whitish ring.
Aroma: sweet and creamy at first, caramel and nuts, with further impressions of dark fruits and chocolate.
Very smooth and palatable, with those characteristics found in the nose coming forward in the flavor. Very malty and rich, not mention warm and roasty. A mere 5.7%, not particularly strong, but still gives off a bit of heat. The taste is the real attraction. Mmmm, quite nice.
Nothing earth-shattering, just very pleasant, sweet and terrifically tasty.

06-27-2003 02:07:32 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of kmo1030


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

a good looking dark beer, dark red-brown with a medium sized head. the smell was really pleasant, sweet and malty with what i assume to be a number of cooking spices. taste was pleasant just like the smell. sweet and spicy at the begining, a little bitter at the end, a good balance. i would have liked this to have little more of a substantial mouthfeel, but i wouldn't say it was bad by any means. a pleasant surprise, i picked it up on a whim.

06-25-2003 22:30:20 | More by kmo1030
Photo of Indybeer


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep dark red/brown, with a fairly good head that recedes quickly by leaves some lacing on the glass. Aroma is mildly malty. Perfect carbonation! Taste has just the right balance of malt sweetness, and hop bitterness. I really enjoyed this ale.

06-23-2003 19:41:48 | More by Indybeer
Photo of TheDM


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

This brew pours a medium head of small fine bubbles and semi-transparent brown body. It has a mild malt aroma and a smooth palate with a bit of a tingle to the mouthfeel. It has some nice flavors of roasted caramel, malt and spices. A rather good brew!

06-13-2003 14:50:14 | More by TheDM
Photo of hotstuff


3.65/5  rDev -7.8%

When this brew was poured it had a medium head with fine-small bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was reddish-brown. The lacing was extremely sparse. It had a fruity aroma to it. The taste was smooth and it had a sweet flavor in my opinion. There was a slight bitter aftertaste with this brew.

06-13-2003 05:33:33 | More by hotstuff
Photo of BierReise


3.55/5  rDev -10.4%

I have to preface this review by saying that I'm not a big fan of English bottled beer. That in mind, a nice looking dark ale with exceptional head. Aroma is sweet and malty if not a little earthy. Smooth on the palate and goes down super smoothly. Flavor is earthy, malty and bitter. A slight dryness on the finish. Over all a good English brew.

06-05-2003 15:10:14 | More by BierReise
Photo of bmills1608


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Color is dark red/amber - somewhere between a brown ale an Irish red. Poured from a 12 oz bottle , the head was a nice mixture of tight foam and larger bubbles. A handsome ale.

On the nose was a heavy dose of butterscotch/caramel/diacetyl and ripe fruits. This is quite a fruity beer overall.

Taste is full and chewy with flavors of caramel malt, herbs, unspecified fruits and prunes. Overall impression is a sweetish beer that is ultimately reigned in at the end with slightly rough herbal hop flavor. May have had a touch of roasted malt, but I was not positive. Mouthfeel was average - a bit light and airy.

Finish was balanced but leaned more heavily on the herbal hop bitterness, had a touch of molasses and an almost medicinal quality as well. This is a solid, very interesting beer. It's well made and has a real nice distinctive characteristic. Why.....it IS peculiar......

06-02-2003 07:56:02 | More by bmills1608
Photo of chilidog


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%

This beer was recommended by a friend that went to England. I found this after the Ohio abv law was raised. I only have a couple barley wines under my belt, this is a gotta-have on your beer journey. It pours a very dark amber with a two inch tan head. Lace is good, thick & sticky all glass long. The aroma of a sweet roasty malt. The taste and drinkability are complex malty, toasted, roasted grain with an alcohol kick at the end. The mouthfeel lingers on awhile with a tingle thats tart & dry. A good grew to have on your barley-wine list.

05-24-2003 05:39:12 | More by chilidog
Photo of Thrasher


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%

A great beer. I believe this is an old sample due to sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but it has not affected the beer in a negative way at all. Roasty, malty, smoky, remarkably complex and unique. Makes me want to don a cloth cap and listen to County Derry. Absolutely perfect mouthfeel, soft and cushiony without being too thick, and just a sparkle of the hard water/metallic quality to wake up the tongue. Drinkability equally high; while you may not want to drink 12 of these in a row, the flavor is continually inviting and the beer suitably robust, but mellow enough to keep you grounded. Should be excellent with food, especially stinky cheeses, boiled veggies, dark roasts and other hearty fare. Where's me Stilton? In his autobio, Dave Davies (that lovable nutter from the Kinks) refers to Old Peculier as a dangerous beer and imagines it being brewed by a bunch of aliens invoking the spirit of Mephistopheles -- this is a compliment of the highest order, of course.

05-23-2003 15:14:26 | More by Thrasher
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

Old Peculier is one of the most unique and excellent beers I've had. From it's dark, ruby appearance - to the smooth, wine-like flavor and smell, it is a world class beer all the way. Small head, disappears quickly. A unique flavor, almost hard to describe. I love Peculier every time I have it, and it is a subtle, world classic. Perfect balance.

05-10-2003 23:32:56 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of clvand0


4/5  rDev +1%

If you could envision what beer should smell like and taste like, this is the beer that defines this. This beer is the perfect definition of a good beer drinker's beer. It is not too stout and not too sweet, but just right with just the right amount of hops.

04-27-2003 19:01:08 | More by clvand0
Photo of porter17

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Had this beer in London and decided to give it a try here (bottled). Poured out a very dark amber, almost opaque. Thick, rich head and a good smell, though nothing to write home about. I thought that I recalled it being very tasty, but perhaps the fact that this time it was from a bottle should be considered. A good middle of the road beer: not hoppy at all and not too malty either. Some hints of caramel but not strong in any way as far as taste, though not bland. Average mouthfeel and good drinkability. Not a bad beer but nothing "special" about it.

04-26-2003 18:06:57 | More by porter17
Photo of jreitman


4/5  rDev +1%

The bottles out here are typically oxidized, but despite that I quite enjoyed the beer. Reddish/ruby brown in color. Grainy aromas carry through to the flavor as does a nice sweetness. Dark fruit and a subtle chocolate flavor also come though. Nice medium to medium-light body.

04-26-2003 18:03:05 | More by jreitman
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Sweet malty nose with a hint of burnt wood. Brown color with a nice thick tan head. The head on this beer is thick and creamy and very lasting. Very rich sweet thick roast malt flavor. The aftertaste leaves you with a roast/smoke tongue. Medium to full body with a smooth thicker mouth. The brew is also quite lively in the mouth with carbonation swirling around the tongue. This beer is a sweet roasty ale for those who like sweeter brews.

04-24-2003 13:19:12 | More by frank4sail
Photo of FINA


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Chocolatey brown with amber highlights. Very malty; tasting chocolate, brown sugar, and licorice in the end. The licorice leaves a kind of tingly feeling in the mouth. Not much on the hop department, I'm sure there are some in there for balance, but they don't really come to the front. A very tastey ale. A sweet syrupy taste may develop after too many, but I wouldn't worry too much about it.

04-17-2003 19:43:42 | More by FINA
Photo of AtLagerHeads


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

Very nice beer. The pour created a very dark amber to brown clear liquid look. The was very decent and a good looking tan color. Moderate lacing. Decent nose of malt with very faint hops noted. Fairly complex palate and a good dry finish; lots to sample in a single brew. Very smooth and rich mouthfeel. Great bottle and labeling - impressive presentation. Take the plunge on this one.

04-04-2003 18:38:28 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of tavernjef


4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

Color is dark, deep brown, with a tannish head with a good mixture of small and big bubbles. Came right up to just about an inch high then faded some leaving some patchy lace. Smell is sweet malt, pretty bold, with alot of little complexities. Some hints of dried fruit and spices. Taste is kinda creamy/oily with a smooth, sweet, milky, roasted chocolate malt with a strange dryness of fruitlike hops and herbs. Raisin or fig I believe. Its somewhat earthy but I was a little put off by it. It seemed to separate from the original flavor. But was good non the less. The feel is interestingly rich, creamy smooth, heavy to medium bodied with a slightly dry bite. Good complex beer. This really fits the Old Ale style.

03-31-2003 06:38:39 | More by tavernjef
Photo of AtrumAnimus


4/5  rDev +1%

This one pours a very dark brown with a lively tan head. The nose is very mild sweet malt and hints of caramel. The mouthfeel is sharp, almost astringent with the hops. The flavor is a contrast dry with slight undertones of sweetness, sharp hop flavor with somewhat smokey notes. This one is quite enjoyable and a nice dark ale to be savored.

03-29-2003 22:01:27 | More by AtrumAnimus
Photo of Darkale


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

Aptly named! Head hisses up fast and then dissipates. Can't quite place the aroma -- malt, certainly, but other smells that elude classification, for me at least. Very tasty. Malt, some raisin tastes, a bit of hops... Mellow. Good lacing, and a 1/4 inch head that lingers.

Very dark beer with good carbonation. Subtle and smooth... a polished, well-rounded ale. This is a smooth and cultured beer that takes its time impressing you. Nice to have a beer that encourages you to slow down.

03-29-2003 18:42:20 | More by Darkale
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 900 ratings.