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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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899 Ratings

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Ratings: 899
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 42
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 budgood1


4/5  rDev +1%

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.

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


4.18/5  rDev +5.6%

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!

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

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%

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

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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)


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


3.08/5  rDev -22.2%

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

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


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

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!

06-11-2002 16:24:41 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of cokes


3.63/5  rDev -8.3%

Had this from a bottle at a restuarant. I am guessing it was somewhat stale.
Pours a pleasing dark brown body. Golden-ruby edges. Thin head.
Sweet on the nose, with molasses and carmel. Seemed somewhat muted.
Taste also seemed quite muted. Virtually nothing right away, but improved considerable as it warmed. The sweet carmel malts arrive. Faint molasses, raisin and almond as well. Nice subtle hoppiness. Somewhat herbal and tea-like.
I look forward to trying this out again (and hopefully fresher). There is alot here to like, but just not enough of it.

05-26-2002 00:15:20 | More by cokes
Photo of stoutman


4.22/5  rDev +6.6%

Brown in color, this ale has an aroma of brown bread and a dry malty-molasses flavor. Good malt finish and light malt aftertaste.

05-17-2002 17:25:38 | More by stoutman
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1%

A dark slightly sweet (they add maple syrup), medium carbonation and head. Slightly hoppy finish. Seemed to be sweeter ten years ago.

05-11-2002 15:51:51 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Wildman


2.63/5  rDev -33.6%

Okay, I have been to England now three times, last just this past March. To the guy that was surprised by an english beer not being good, try going over there and hanging in a local(and I mean local, not tourist trap)pub. You'll find plenty of "miss congenialty". Theakson on tap over there didn't necessary thrill me.

05-08-2002 20:31:18 | More by Wildman
Photo of ADR


3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

Thin head, very nice ruby brown color. Starts with a pop, a molasses-like impression re-inforced by the aroma. Glides into a caramel flavor, maybe a little raisin. All at the same time, the body and mouthfeel are noticeably light. High marks for complexity, a deep pull and the smells add on. In a way, one of the most interesting "little" Old Ales I've tried. Not a butt-kicker, but if you like the flavor profile -- pretty drinkable.

Love the name...

05-06-2002 11:21:25 | More by ADR
Photo of marc77


3.63/5  rDev -8.3%

Dark garnet hue with good clarity. The initially moderate head settles quickly into a static thin layer that leaves no lace. Lots of fruity yeast esters in the aroma, along with mild acetaldehyde. Classic earthy and slightly grassy Fuggles hop nose. Fairly light in body, but mouthfeel is very smooth and agreeable. Roasted malt notes are surpisingly mild considering Old Peculiar's color, and are comprised of definite chocolate malt and perhaps a touch of roasted barley or black patent. Crystal malt sweetness is minimal. Hop bitterness is evenly balanced by the roasted grain bitterness. As the beer warms a bit of pleasant diacetyl becomes perceptible. Biscuit flavors and a slight alcohol warmth round out the fairly dry finish. Tasty, but a tad bland for an Old Ale; it seems to be an Old Ale / Brown Ale hybrid.

04-10-2002 18:38:00 | More by marc77
Photo of Murph


4.95/5  rDev +25%

Wow. I had high expectations for this brew and it blew my expectations away. Pours a nice brownish/amber with a creamy head that sinks, with a nice lace holding all the way down. Incredible malty caramel smell. Smooth, creamy malty flavor. Caramel and light,earthy hops blend for great balance in this medium/full bodied brew. Creamy, smooth mouthfeel and incredibly drinkable. Drinking this is such a great experience that it is hard for me to even put th glass down to end my sip. Awesome beer, highly recommended.

04-05-2002 16:17:35 | More by Murph
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -12.9%

sweet and raisniny with some toffee or caramel in there aswell, buttery and sweet, malty and light, not much hops detected on this inspection, a touch one-dimensional, i don't like it as much this time, but its still OK.

04-04-2002 00:01:00 | More by rastaman
Photo of aracauna


4/5  rDev +1%

I'm going to have to try this one again. I tried it on the recomendation of a friend and remember making the comment "It is peculiar." Interesting flavor and more complex than the Taddy's Porter I had just before it.

03-28-2002 12:25:02 | More by aracauna
Photo of inebrius


4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

A deep, rich malt backbone delicately balanced with a dry mild hop bitterness make this one tasty ale. This beer is worthwhile to always have on hand when the mood calls for it.

03-15-2002 11:05:31 | More by inebrius
Photo of Viking


4.28/5  rDev +8.1%

Good beer. A bit malty with some fruity undertones. Also a bit of a caramel or molasses flavor lingering under that tan collar.

02-01-2002 10:15:12 | More by Viking
Photo of BKotch


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

There's nothing peculiar about this beer -- it's a classic. Dark brown, big tan head that sticks around and leaves a nice trail of lace down the side of the glass. A wonderfully fruity nose and palate with a slightly oily mouthfeel and dry finish. And there's even recommended reading for this ale -- anything by Martha Grimes, an American who writes very English-style murder mysteries that are always centered around a pub (each book is named after the pub de jour) and a recurring character named Melrose Plant who always drinks -- you guessed it -- Old Peculier.

01-30-2002 14:35:01 | More by BKotch
Photo of ThreePistols


4.97/5  rDev +25.5%

Murky dark ruby color. Weak head from bottle with little lace. Fruity, caramel and roasted aroma. Soft rich malty, fruity taste of dried fruit like dates and raisins and a hint of molasses with a slight roasted finish. Finishes dry. I enjoyed the slick mouthfeel. I especially enjoyed the numbing of my lips and face like it was of a higher ABV content than listed. Short lasting yet good aftertaste. Very clean and nicely balanced, humble yet classy. Very quaffable. Cheers!

12-26-2001 15:36:58 | More by ThreePistols
Photo of Jason


4.4/5  rDev +11.1%

This is one of my all time favorite dark English beers, when I lived in Savannah GA for three years this is one of the beers I could always find on a regular basis.

12-17-2001 22:16:24 | More by Jason
Photo of John

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

Quite a unique brew. Blends the flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, prunes & black licorice. Interesting texture and mouthfeel.

11-12-2001 11:03:22 | More by John
Photo of Brent


4.05/5  rDev +2.3%

This reminds me of a very mellow barleywine. Similar depth and complexity of flavor, but much more reserved. An interesting change of pace.

10-28-2001 21:56:26 | More by Brent
Photo of pbrian


4/5  rDev +1%

Bought a six about a year ago and didn't really care for it. The cloying treacly-type characteristics turned me off. Maybe it's just not my style, after all, this is a world classic, right? Last night I had the pleasure of having a bottle that had been sitting in my cellar for a year. Everything I didn't like about the beer was gone and I was left with an amazingly complex world classic.

10-26-2001 10:50:37 | More by pbrian
Photo of AaronRed

New York

4.9/5  rDev +23.7%

What a wonderful beer. Sweet, and so mellow.

08-31-2001 19:07:24 | More by AaronRed
Photo of Todd


4.38/5  rDev +10.6%

Presentation: 355ml English-style brown bottle. No freshess date.

Appearance: Virtually opaque in its deep and dark ruby brown colour. The tan head is thick, patchy, foamy, creamy and pours an even two fingers in width -- retains very well and sticks.

Smell: Semi-astringent raw floral hops, caramel, touch of toffee, alcohol, coffee and lacto-like sugars.

Taste: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel initially, then a slightly coarse and raw feeling coats the palate with a hop leaf and oil feeling. Lots of body and it's full with a thick, even texture. Malt sweetness is rich, with notes of bitty chickory, unsweetened chocolate, earth, light caramel. There's a distinct sharp bitterness that puckers and dries the platate with a herbal background, and lingers, then fades into toasted grain flavours. Finishes goes on forever with sugary and toasted/light caramel grains ...

Notes: Probably one of my favourite from the line at Theakston. Such the complete and masterfully crafted brew.

07-31-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
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Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
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