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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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894 Ratings

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 41
Gots: 36 | 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 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 19:06:20 | More by Quaffer
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 17:11:11 | More by oberon
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2003 09:32:11 | More by BeerBuilder
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 17:10:34 | More by Morris729
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 14:11:04 | More by Brewzzle
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2003 07:50:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2002 07:32:40 | More by Realale
Photo of Naerhu


4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Ingredients listed: Barley, grains and hops.
Interesting, I wonder what other grains are used.

Drank on 24 December 2002.
Exp. Date January 2004
355ml bottle, 5.6% alc.

Next to no head. Light aroma, but amazing dark grain, lacto-sweetness, molasses and toffee flavor. I do not see the graininess or coarseness that everyone seems to be detecting. Dark, too dark to call it reddish-brown, maybe the color of cola. Dark at top, but transparent at the bottom of the class. Very light carbonation. Bottom line is that this is a delicious beer that will convert anyone to dark beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2002 20:33:56 | More by Naerhu
Photo of Suds


3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-brown color, with a shallow tan head. The foam fades quickly, but still leaves a decent lattice on the glass.
The aroma's full of malt and and roasted grains. Taste is of grain and slightly sweet caramel. Mild hop bitterness. Medium bodied...starts with a rough , grainy feel, but ends smooth and sweet. Not exactly outstanding, but solidly good.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2002 15:25:52 | More by Suds
Photo of Gusler


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour a deep ruby red to almost brown, the head preposterous in size, creamy in its consistency and the lace forms thick sticky sheets that smother the glass. Nose has a nice hint of toasted grain, caramel, yeast also present, sweet and fresh to the olfactory sense, the start sweet and the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is perky in its acidity, delicately hopped with a dry long lasting somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 12:49:28 | More by Gusler
Photo of allboutbierge


3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a good dark ale with a slightly bitter taste that becomes stronger and stronger as it warms. Not a very fragrant beer, could be the style. I've never had an english old ale before, but this offering was very enjoyable. Color resembles that of a amber but many shades darker. Lace retention is slight but head poured is attractive, very white, and fluffy. Will give this another try, I think the bar I had it at served it too cold for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 15:27:12 | More by allboutbierge
Photo of BeerAngel


3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown color with a small off-white head. Smell is mild roasted malt and light bread notes. The taste is a mellow toasted bread and malt and medium hopped that balances out quite nicely. This is a light to medium bodied brew that goes down easy. Very drinkable and one I would consider as a session beer. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 20:58:23 | More by BeerAngel
Photo of Bighuge


4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mohagony. Clear. Medim sized creamy light brown head. Recedes to a good sized film that retains nicely. Brown sugar coated caramal malt tones mix with earthy hops accents to provide a very enjoyable aroma. Nice malt profile. Some definite cocoa tones on the palate. Great earthy hop contributions. Body is about medium. Seems a little light to me. Very drinkable. Enjoyable.

ADR used to use the bottle label of this beer as his picture ID for this site. I always kept telling myself that I needed to try that one. I finally have and glad I did.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2002 18:35:52 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Mark


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark brown topped off by a slightly tan, airy, foamy head. Sensationally smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Smooth slightly fruity taste with solid malty base. I took this out of the fridge about 60 minutes prior to dinner to let it warm a bit. Very drinkable classic ale from the U.K. A visual (great lace) as well as tasty delight.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2002 19:56:10 | More by Mark
Photo of BeerManDan


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a nice clear dark reddish brown color with very little foam. A slight malty and caramel flavor and maybe a hint of spice? It leaves a creamy taste in the mouth and palate. A very pleasant ale, smooth and well balanced. Pricey, but well worth it!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2002 21:31:50 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brownish red, and holds its tan head nicely. Smells a little like caramel, but I can't really describe it. Flavor of beer is nicely helped out (not saying it NEEDS help) by 5.7% ABV. It finishes smooth and sweet, with a little bitterness on the back of the tongue. If another sip is not taken for 30 seconds, you mouth actually starts to water! Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2002 06:51:09 | More by yen157
Photo of doerickson


4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a heavy brown with a cream-colored froth which isn't particularly sticky. Nose is full of raisin-y and grapelike fruit and malt aromas, with some sherry-like alcohol as well. The malts are the first thing you taste, but they are very quickly cut into by a tea-like hop flavor, which brings you to a sort of abrupt finish, with little aftertaste. Very active carbonation. This brew is not nearly as heavy as the nose and appearance would lead you to believe (which I found to be a good thing). Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2002 17:41:49 | More by doerickson
Photo of garymuchow


4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite a complex aroma with initial sweet and heavy malt (with some caramel), with qualities of fruitiness (with a red wine type aroma) and seems like alcohol aroma too. Interesting and good. Thinnish head that stays okay. Deep dark brown to red (garnet). After the initial burst of malt, the alcohol seems most evident to me, but not excessive or overwhelming. Taste has many of the same complexities as the aroma, yet remains smooth. A bit of nuttiness to the flavor. Sweetness to the malt, but not so excessive that it tastes like cough syrup (my biggest gripe with malty styles). Nice dryness to the finish with a short but pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and rich. This really is quite an impressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2002 19:07:08 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Dogbrick


4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peculier but in a good way! Khaki (is that a color?) head over a rich brown Ale. The color is especially beautiful while pouring for some reason (?). Wonderful roasty flavor and complex aroma I can't begin to pinpoint. I can't wait to have this one again!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2002 14:24:20 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Pegasus


3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogony brown with a thick tan head that lingers, good lace that throughly coats the glass, no apparent carbonation. Complex aroma of alcohol, dark fruits, coffee, caramel. Very smooth taste with a light body and good mouthfeel. Flavor begins with roasted malt, progresses through bitter hops, coffee, and earthy notes, and slight sweetness. Finish lingers with earthy and caramel notes. Lighter in body than I would have expected, though not bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2002 07:43:42 | More by Pegasus
Photo of budgood1


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i had high expectations and was let down just a little bit. this is an ale that should be drank in late fall/winter and not in the middle of summer. very dark ruby with a minimal head. smells raw (maybe the water used?), but layered..lots of faint fruity overtones with a touch of caramel, raisin and chocolate. much lighter mouthfeel than i expected...extremely smooth and drinkable with an assortment of different flavors in a delicate harmonic balance. i believe that this ale tries to be all things to all beer drinkers, making it very peculier. nothing stands out but the balance. even the hops have a hard time sticking out. one of the most difficult brews to date to analyze.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2002 17:00:07 | More by budgood1
Photo of DarthMalt


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, snug fit into the generic pint glass for this dark ale. Brown head reaveals things to come. This is my first foray into the style. Essentially it comes off as a baby McEwans Scotch Ale, but it has its own personality.

Up front, it gives this great little pat-of-butter mouthfeel with the taste of a sesame-caramel or bit-o-honey candy. Midway is the classic hard and cruchy ale water. It finishes (waaay back in the throat) with a hop-like pop, but I think it is the roasted malt doing the dirty work on this one.

Pretty darn fabulous!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2002 12:40:11 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

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

Cask review from 03SEP04...

On cask at The Museum Tavern in London, I had 3 of these as "dessert" one afternoon after lunch, and another 3 to close the place on my last night in town. Old Pec had a deep mahogany color with some ruby/garnet highlights glimmering through. A rich, tan head topped things off, though it thinned quickly and left lovely Belgian lacing down the glass. Nose has intriguing hints of dark fruit. Not quite medium bodied though it was casky-smooth over the palate. A light sweetness is first present in the flavor plus an undercurrent of fruit in a dark way, like currants or raisins. At the very finish there seems to be a slight vinous quality to things. Nice stuff! Much, much better fresh from the cask than in bottles shipped across the pond. Cheers!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

*** ***

Bottle review from 22JUN02...
Nice dark chestnut color, with some ruby hues peeking through. Very fine, thin head, with very little lacing. Pick up some dark fruit aromas in the nose, along with some caramel malt. Feel it's body is rather thin, but still nice over the tongue. Mild malt flavors meld with dark-fruit notes, and a subtle hop presence at the end gives a nice, dry finish. It really needs a touch more of a lot, imho.... head, body, malt character.... A decent bier overall, but I wouldn't seek it out.

(4.0/3.5/3.5/3.5/3.5 - 3.60)


Serving type: cask

06-22-2002 16:54:43 | More by Bierman9
Photo of IrishRedRock


3.08/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The smell is terrible, but the dark body with thin head looks very nice. The taste is somewhere in between, so its drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2002 14:01:38 | More by IrishRedRock
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep garnet color, with a nice pillow-like tan colored head. Fruit and caramel aromas are on the nose. The mouth feel is smooth. On the palate a fruitiness upfront, banana notes are evident, hints of caramel malts, a touch of spice, nicely sweet, and maybe hints of toffee or butterscotch…not sure….sure is tasty though. Tingles the palate in the finish. Overall an excellent brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2002 16:24:41 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.