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Peculiar - Granite Brewery & Restaurant

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very good

38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.66%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Granite Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A strong English ale, not too hoppy and reddish brown in colour. It is a dark, malty brew, full in taste with a sweet dry finish.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2003)
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Photo of Bf_89
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%

Bf_89, Sunday at 01:29 AM
Photo of ssmack
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark reddish brown that varies from almost black at the top to dark toffee to amber at the bottom of pint glass. One and a half inch of beige head that lasted well. Some tiny carbonation bubbles. Great lacing and retention. Looks great.

A very malty aroma of toffee and cognac. Very nice.

The taste is not nearly as malty as the nose led me to expect. A quick taste of grainy crackers and then nutty roasted malts with a touch of prunes. It then opens the mouth with a cold steely taste that resolves into nuttiness and grassy bitter aftertaste. As it warms there is a sour off-taste.

A medium feel that seems to open the palette and then ends with dryness.

This ale seems to have a refined taste. I enjoyed it but wish there was a touch of the sweet toffee in the taste.

650 ml bottle from Queens Quay LCBO with bottled date July 30 2014

ssmack, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

WillAndSarah, Aug 12, 2014
Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

JasonLovesBeer, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

paulish, May 28, 2014
Photo of Stripeymonkey
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Stripeymonkey, May 15, 2014
Photo of biegaman
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Peculiar looks plain. And very flat. An immaculately clear mahogany tone, this beer isn't too keen to share much colour or sheen, not even when held directly into the light. With a necklace of pearl-like bubbles it looks pretty - or could were it not intent on staying so dark and concealed.

The aroma has oxidative notes similar to those found in a sherry or port, and also compares to the latter in terms of its presence of dried fruitiness; raisins factor heavily into this bouquet. There is another kind of sweetness too, a fleeting butterscotch- or toffee-like note that smells like a dried out confection or a fruit cake found in the 'day old' bin at the bakery.

The palate replays much of the same, affording the drinker a necessary extension to place these vague and mild flavours. Dried cherries, scorched toffee, candied nuts, and a trace of browned butter are added to the revised list. The taste, however, it must be said, is dull as a butter-knife.

I'm not sure what's keeping all these inherently sweet flavours (dried fruits and confection) from leading to a cloying, overly sweet mouthfeel (especially in the absence of such a feeble malt bill) but the ale is fairly dry and concludes with a faint peatiness and a coffee bean-like roast so brief as to almost seem as though it were imagined. There's no texture on the finish.

Like any Ontario beer drinker in the early 00's (or the two decades prior) I was weaned onto craft beer by Granite Brewery, back when that was one of the only games in town. At that time Peculiar was about as rich and complex as beer got in Toronto - how far we've come. Sadly, while I still maintain fond memories of this Old Ale, it hasn't translated well from cask to the bottle.

biegaman, Apr 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

GoHabsGo, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bomber Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, grains, caramel, vinegar?

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grains, and caramel/molasses. I can also taste a bit of vinegar/apples and hops.

Overall - The odd tart/lactic/vinegar flavour threw me off with this one. Just wasn't doing it for me. Wouldn't buy this one again.

spinrsx, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

yancot, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

Molson2000, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of polloenfuego
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: pours a clear chestnut brown with two fingers of foamy white head that breaks quickly leaving some lacing and a thin film of foam.

S: malts, some floral notes, a touch of anise and some fruity hops.

T: malts... Lots of malts. Hops come in on the end, but the malts dominate.

M: medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O: the maltiness of this beer lets you know right up front that this is a British style ale. The flavor and body are just screaming pub ale to me, and I would happily have a pint or two again if offered.

polloenfuego, Feb 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of peensteen
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear-reddish brown colour, one finger of white head, some lace. Smell i s a nice mix of toasted grainy malts, fruity with a bit of nutty chocolate, light roast, biscuity with a little floral-fruity hops. Taste is malty with toasty grains, light hop bitterness. Lightly carbonated, light-medium body. This is pretty good but not terribly interesting though, would not pass up if offered but not somethign worth seeking out.

peensteen, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Apr 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Cramshawbar, Feb 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

Lawnboy33, May 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Wordslinger, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

FirstBrewsoon, Jan 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Antikythera
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a beautiful clear red-brown like strong tea. Very little head even when poured at home.

Smell: hoppy, nutty, and sweet.

Taste: as above, rich and a bit caramelly/toasty. The hops are distinguishable but not bitter until the end when the last few mouthfuls have warmed up in your hand.

Mouthfeel: creamy, silky. Not too thin at all.

Drinkability: surprisingly easy for a beer this dark. One of my all-time favourites.

Antikythera, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, served in a nonic pint.

Poured a dark ruby, bordering on burgundy with a tan head and good retention/solid lacing. Nose has some soft toffee, sweet tobacco, bit of smoke and roastiness. Taste has more caramel/toffee, with a gentle bitterness underlying. Dark bread, with some toast and roastiness to the malts. Great mouthfeel, full. Good drink, something to check out.

liamt07, Jan 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint on cask at Volo. Arrives a nice rich loamy brown with almost no head even after an aggressive cask pour. Nose is caramel and toast, a hint of weird sweet note that borders on solventy.

A really nice pint that is made for cask. Light grassy bitterness with a pleasant hop bite in the finish but this not about the hops. Cocoa, earth, a hint of rust, caramel, toast. Light flavored but nuanced and pleasant. The almost complete lack of carbonation suits it as the mouthfeel is creamy and pleasing, drawing out the flavor. An easy pint to finish and I would gladly have another.

ritzkiss, Oct 28, 2010
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Peculiar from Granite Brewery & Restaurant
86 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.