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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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Ratings: 954
Reviews: 572
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 47
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
T & R Theakston Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

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

On cask at the NI CAMRA festival

Pours with a very dark, brown body, little light penetraion, light foamy head forms, slightly cloudy, slight head but little retention

Smell, malty and thick, warming alcohol aroma

Taste, thick and smooth, malty and slight sweetness, light carbonation

A great cask ale....this is a fantastic beer

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

Pours a dark clear mahogany with a good cream head which slowly subsides to a layer of foam and clingy lace. The nose is roasted malt with floral and alcohol spice notes. Flavor is carmel malts underlying oily diacetyl with a drying and appropriately bitter hop finish. Medium-light, creamy, and well-carbonated body. Surprisingly refreshing for an old ale.

Photo of putnam
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown-sugar red with a dimpled whitish crema on top.
Glazed, roasted nuts, toffee and hard caramel characterise the aromas. Add to that a dusting of vanilla, charred coconut, burnt marshmallow and peppery, sweet Indian spices. Herbal, roasted, and twiggy aromas inhale deeply over the tannic, spicy flavors. Hardened cherry and apple fruit color the medium-bodied frame. The finish is short but perfectly balanced and suggestive of all variety of charred, dry sugars. This is a very dry, liquified, quenching quintessence of rosemary, walnut and rose woods.

Best before 31.01.05

Photo of Rastacouere
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark copper, reddish hints. Honest off-white head, slowsly diminishing to a decent cover. Typical quality old ale aroma full on malt and smooth hops. Toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, wood... it just could use a bit more intensity. I’m hesitant about lowering the score for a small weakness in the flavor development where, in mid-mouth, there’s a slightly watery gate toward the smoky finish, but after reflexion, it just makes it that much more drinkable. Besides it, the mouth entrance is artwork, a great caramel, chocolate and woody blend on a dry and lightly tart foundation of dark malt. Vegetal and mineralic finish has a gentle touch of bitterness. Mild astringency. Soft carbonation, medium body. Tastes much bigger than it is. Excellent.

Photo of canucklehead
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost black with a small head and a malty nose, this beer is understated to the point of almost being dissapointing. I expected a bigger taste but after a few sips began to enjoy the sutble nuances of the hops and malts used. Nice session beer but I do prefer my old ales with more volume.

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

This was a nice, clear brown brew with a light tan head that persisted for a little while. From the look, it promised a good experience.

The aroma was of hops, well balanced with an undertone of medium malts.

The taste was slightly bitter, which faded to a slightly sweet, slightly musty full-bodied malt. It reminded me of a light barley wine. I liked it quite a bit.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a very nice deep brown color and has a nice chunky tan head that dissipated quickly. Decent lace is left in my glass after every sip. It smells of chocolate and sweet malts... Nirvana... It has a very good dark malt flavor and has little hop bite, if any at all until the very end. The body is a bit thin, but it has that creaminess that all British ales seem to have. Maybe it's the water? Who knows, but I like it. I could drink a sixer of these no problem and perhaps more if I wanted to indulge in a drunken binge. This is by far the best Scotch ale that I have ever tried.

Photo of bultrey
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting that this is classified as an old ale -- it's more like an English brown ale with a little extra sweetness and alcohol -- although you don't really notice the alcohol.
This pours with not much head, and sits with a very mild amont of carbonation. The color is dark brown, almost like walnut. The aroma is very much brown sugar, maybe a bit of rum, and some other mild, earthy dark fruits like figs and raisins.
The flavor is sweet and malty, with a bit of a medicinal taste, and some very mild English hopping. The finish is thirst quenching if not a bit too sweet. I've heard that it's brewed with molasses, and that would not be surprising to me, as one can tell that the yeast have been going to town on some adjunct sugars, and the final product does have that burnt sugar taste to it.
This is excellent with fish and chips, or as a decent session beer. It's nothing groundbreaking, but it occupies a unique niche.

Photo of tfinn
2.66/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

Photo of anders36
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of brewQ
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of ElGordo
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of joecast
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Doiv
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of marcellaproust
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of kbub6f
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of krberg
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of hustlemuscle
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of crookedhalo
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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.

Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 954 ratings.