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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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929 Ratings

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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 48 | 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 edchicma
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not quite my cup of tea...Appearance was very good...but there was a raw unfinished feeling. At first smell, I thought it may have been a bad bottle...hard to describe...the smell had an odd pungency to it. Taste was ok, but not spectacular..I'm wondering if the smell prejudiced me.Mouthfeel was somewhat lighter than I expected...hints of chocolate? Easy enough to drink after I had gotten by the smell. I know this beer was rated highly by others, which shows sometimes it can be a matter of taste. All in all nowhere near as good as the Geary's Hampshire Special Ale I had just before this offering.

edchicma, Aug 16, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a brilliantly clear, dark caramel with ruby accents, forming a whipped dark beige head atop medium bubbles with good retention and good lacing. Aroma is strong with very abundant notes of buttery diacetyl, toffee and burnt caramel, sweet dust and round English hops. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Mouthfeel is very smooth and pillowy soft with a surprisingly light body. Taste begins with notes of rum, vanilla extract, distant light molasses, pipe tobacco and butterscotch. English hops contribute a round, mild bitterness which is initially prickly. Finishes warm with faint peppery alcohol, a dark grainy astringency and woody notes. A classic English ale with lots of nuances and character. Very enjoyable.

Mitchster, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of granger10
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish-brown color with a very small, head. Aroma of raisins and alcohol mixed together. Yum! Taste shows more complexity though. Roasted malts show strong. Caramel leads the way and is the main flavor. Raisins are there but not as strong as in the smell. Buttery toffee comes in the middle and provides a slickness to this beer. Finishes with slight hop bitterness but mainly alcohol spiced yeast. Finish lasts for a long time. Well done.

granger10, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of braubeater
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit that I was not totally floored on appearance; opaque, brownish-amber color; little head to be appreciated. Nevertheless, I think these characteristics are on par for most British ales in this category.

Aroma is surpisingly syrupy, with a very slight hint of hops. Almost no perception of maltiness, but a subtle hint of smokiness.

After a sip, the smokiness almost overcomes the hop notes, bordering on a true Scotch ale. Finish is really mellow, with a nice balance of sweetness to compliment the hops.

Mouthfeel is about average, with a slight clinginess reminiscent of molasses. Finish is nicely pronouced without any trace of subtle sugary notes experienced earlier.

I would definitely purchase more (this was my first) and I may try to replicate this flavor in the fall, if I can find a good clone recipe.

braubeater, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of woemad
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

woemad, Aug 02, 2003
Photo of rabidawg
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

rabidawg, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

RenoZymurgist, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of beerluvr
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

beerluvr, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of euskera
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

euskera, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

bierman2000, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

feloniousmonk, Jun 27, 2003
Photo of kmo1030
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

kmo1030, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of Indybeer
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Indybeer, Jun 23, 2003
Photo of TheDM
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

TheDM, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

hotstuff, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of BierReise
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

BierReise, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of bmills1608
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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......

bmills1608, Jun 02, 2003
Photo of chilidog
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

chilidog, May 24, 2003
Photo of Thrasher
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Thrasher, May 23, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

JohnnyDuvel, May 11, 2003
Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

clvand0, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of porter17
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

porter17, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of jreitman
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jreitman, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

frank4sail, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of FINA
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

FINA, Apr 17, 2003
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.