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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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908 Ratings

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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 42
Gots: 38 | 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 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!

BeerAngel, Nov 30, 2002
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.

Bighuge, Nov 05, 2002
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.

Mark, Nov 04, 2002
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!

BeerManDan, Oct 09, 2002
Photo of yen157
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.

yen157, Sep 17, 2002
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.

doerickson, Sep 15, 2002
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.

garymuchow, Sep 05, 2002
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!

Dogbrick, Aug 09, 2002
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.

Pegasus, Aug 04, 2002
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.

budgood1, Jul 31, 2002
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!

DarthMalt, Jul 24, 2002
Photo of Bierman9
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

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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)


Bierman9, Jun 22, 2002
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.

IrishRedRock, Jun 18, 2002
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!

WilliamPhilaPa, Jun 11, 2002
Photo of cokes
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

cokes, May 26, 2002
Photo of stoutman
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

stoutman, May 17, 2002
Photo of jdhilt
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

jdhilt, May 11, 2002
Photo of Wildman
2.63/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Wildman, May 08, 2002
Photo of ADR
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

ADR, May 06, 2002
Photo of marc77
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

marc77, Apr 10, 2002
Photo of Murph
4.95/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Murph, Apr 05, 2002
Photo of rastaman
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

rastaman, Apr 04, 2002
Photo of aracauna
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

aracauna, Mar 28, 2002
Photo of inebrius
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

inebrius, Mar 15, 2002
Photo of Viking
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Viking, Feb 01, 2002
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.