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Theakston Old Peculier - T & R Theakston Ltd.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

922 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 922
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 43 | 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 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
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.

Naerhu, Dec 23, 2002
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.

Suds, Dec 21, 2002
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.

Gusler, Dec 20, 2002
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.

allboutbierge, Dec 04, 2002
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
Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 922 ratings.