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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

912 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 912
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 39 | 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 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
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tavernjef, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AtrumAnimus, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of Darkale
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Darkale, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of philipt
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good beer that commands a premium price at the local food market. Personally, I don't believe it's worth the price I paid. In Virginia, I could have purchased Chimay.

Pours a dark, brownish-red body with a short-lived creamy head. Smells of malt, not much else. The taste is subdued pepper. Malt flavors dominate. I find it needing more sweetness.

Very good (as in "when in doubt, can't go wrong" with this one) beer.

philipt, Mar 22, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a deep amber brown with a big creamy white head.
This is one full flavored beer. There's a strong malt sweetness with a nice hop bite. Also getting a roasted nutty texture to this beer.
I have had this on many occassions and it always satisfies.

re-review! 1-30-04:

This poured out a very clear amber-brown color with ruby highlights. The head was tan and creamy. The aroma has some interesting notes to it. Some syrupy sweet malts, butterscotch and a touch of roasted licorice. The taste is very good with a sweet malt background, a touch of alcohol dryness and full of dark roasted nuts. Sweetly toasted malts and a nutty texture blend with a creamy mouthfeel to make this beer extremely drinkable. Very rich and roasted tasting. Perfect blend of hop bitterness. A damn fine ale. This beer never disappoints.

pezoids, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of 49degrees
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An exceptionally enjoyable old English dark ale that clearly represents (and even defines) what the strong, dark English ale should represent. This is Theakstons’ flagship brew: well rounded, rife with passionate characteristics and a pleasing to the palette finish.

I enjoyed this one from a 12oz bottle recently and truly relished the experience. Despite its recognition the world over, it is a surprisingly difficult beer to track down on the West Coast. Perhaps I just haven’t found the right source, but for those who run beer stores, do you and your customers a favor and stock this bad boy.

Pours a dark black, almost stout like color, but with a lager-style consistency. A robust 1/2" brown head forms on the pour, which later slims to a minimal head, slight foamy consistency, and a 1/6" collar. As you make your way through the glass, the beer leaves a decent amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

A very intriguing brew that presents strong aromatic elements of roasted coffee, caramel, toffee and even a banana fruitiness.

The taste follows the aroma with a slightly oily consistency along the palette. There’s a strong coffee presence on the taste buds and an interest flavor that seems to sit somewhere along the lines of a blended Porter/Doppelbock/Amber Ale. Its interesting and it works extremely well.

Although Old Peculier is not freshness dates, there is a computer engraved stamping on the back of the label, listing: 08 20 J (L05)

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 12 oz bottle / ABV: 5.7% / PRICE: $1.99 USD ]

49degrees, Mar 08, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkish brown, translucent ruby highlights around the edges, spotty and underdeveloped tan head, no real retention, some spotty lace. Decent nose, malty sweet, notes of dark fruitiness, slight yeastiness, soft caramel as well. As for taste… the sweet, soft malt & slightly bitter hops balance the palate nicely, some chalkiness. A nice mixture of graininess and smoothness adds, both, to the taste and mouthfeel. The finish is lovely, albeit thin (as is the body), with a light sweet toffee and coarse bitterness. The alcohol seems stronger that listed. Overall, this is a pretty damn decent beer but frankly its nothing I’d seek out, still I’d drink it again, try one.

bditty187, Mar 05, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the kind of beer that could become a staple of my diet. Mahogony pour with a small, off-white head. The smell was rich a very malted. The taste was definitely malted with a creamy thick mouthfeel. It had notes of caramel and toasted malts. There was just a little hop flourish at the end of the taste. I think this will inhabit a place on my fridge shelf for a while to come.

GreatPondBrewer, Feb 28, 2003
Photo of kindestcut
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My latest review of a Yorkshire beer, the English version of West Virgina...but their beer is better.

Old Peculiar pours a dark ruby-brown with an amber hue when held to the light. The head was light and dissipated slowly throughout the tasting.

The aroma was quite slight. Hanging above the glass was a distinct malt with a hint of grain.

A very tasty brew. I was struck that the taste was weak at the front-end but quite apparent after. I observed a bitter/hoppy taste, definite malt, and slight (almost imperceptible) sweetness.

There was a slight carbonation but not at all fizzy. I enjoyed drinking this beer which would be a great one for meals, in my opinion. Overall, it could be my favorite British beer.

kindestcut, Feb 23, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very deep red, the color was only noticeable if the glass was held up to the light. The head was a light tan and rather dense. It lingered during the whole beer and left a sheet of lace on the glass. Oh, yeah . . .

Smell: This beer has the sweet, English smell to it that I notice on a lot of English beers (go figure). Also, some roasted malt and caramel aromas. Maybe even a hint of clove.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly full and smooth.

Taste: This beer was delicious. It had a full, semi-sweet taste. I didn't detect the hops outright, but something must be there to balance the sweetness. Also some caramel flavors in the mix. It dries out on the finish, leaving me wanting more.

I had this beer a couple of years back, but I do not remember liking it this well. There is a definite sweetness to this beer, which I am usually not a fan of, but it is well balanced and not overwhelming. A very good brew.

Quaffer, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark brown ruby color almost liken to a prter,bicuit-like aroma.Nice sweetish malty flavor with a bit of an oily undertone.The toffeenish I expected didint come through as much as I thought though.Not to heavy but got full after two for some odd reason.A good English strong ale well worth its reputation in my mind.

oberon, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a dark brown color with ruby highlights. It forms a good head and leaves a bit of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is malty, and biscuity. The flavors that come out of this one are raisin-like, malty and toffee-like. The body is medium, and it is a smooth easy drinking beer. Overall, a good beer with some interesting flavors.

BeerBuilder, Feb 10, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep mahogany in color with a thick and creamy tan colored head that fades into a sticky lace. Nose is sweet roasted malts, caramel, and molasses. Smooth, creamy, and full bodied in the mouth. Taste is a malty sweetness at first followed by a bite of oily and bitter hop resins. Then, a nice buttery toffee flavor takes over and seems to coat the mouth. Quite a complex brew. Very nice.

Morris729, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of Brewzzle
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a dark brown color, not the darkest old ale but dark enough. The head appears but mysteriously fizzles out. The carbonation is also quite evident in the mouthfeel, harsh but shortlived.

To taste this is a pleasant and balanced ale, a blend of malt and hops with what I think is some sort of molasses or other burnt or dark sugar. It is a complex blend, difficult to single anything out, very mellow and well matched.

I think someone else here mentioned the flavors becoming more pronounced as it warmed in the glass, I would totally agree. The sweetness and malt profile are best enjoyed after warming for an hour or so out of the fridge.

A good but not excellent beer for a late evening or lazy winters afternoon.

Brewzzle, Jan 05, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, very deep reddish and crimson-tinted brown that appears almost black from any distance. The thin but creamy ivory head holds quite well and leaves some minor lace. The nose offers a distinctly buttery and fruity aroma above some earthy hops. The body is medium/light with a very fine, moderate carbonation that leaves it smooth and creamy in the mouth. The flavor is bold, and mildly complex, with some soft buttery diacetyl, dark fruit (currant, raisin, prune) and toffee with a tinge of deep scortched molasses (that's not quite roasty). It finishes dry and lingering with a rising bitterness and a touch of alcohol. A classic that's quite unique, and well worth trying.

NeroFiddled, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of Realale
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep reddish brown, tending to black when viewed from a distance. Thin cap of foam, and nice, finely beaded carbonation.

Nose is licorice (not Twizzlers, but the good bready, yeasty stuff), with a richly malty base, and a big whallop of diacetyl (butter/butterscotch). A bit too much diacetyl for me, but still within acceptable bounds.

Surprisingly thin in the mouth, which helps drinkability, but hurts taste and mouthfeel. The rich malt and licorice are there, but the diacetyl is too much for me.

This is one of my father-in-laws favorite beers, so I get to drink it with some regularity. I've found that the diacetyl level varies greatly in this beer from being a subtle flavor component, to being overwhelming. This sample was closer to over-whelming. Don't know whether this variability is a brewery issue, or a storage issue, but it makes this beer pretty unpredictable. In the interest of full disclosure, I am quite sensitive to diacetyl, and not particularly fond of it.

Realale, Dec 27, 2002
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 912 ratings.