Peculiar - Granite Brewery & Restaurant
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3.54/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
04-10-2014 22:04:38 | More by biegaman
3.28/5 rDev -14.1%
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.
03-14-2014 00:31:06 | More by spinrsx
3.88/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
02-18-2014 22:35:11 | More by polloenfuego
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
01-20-2014 12:56:45 | More by peensteen
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
03-01-2011 04:14:17 | More by Antikythera
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
01-22-2011 17:38:30 | More by liamt07
4/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
10-28-2010 00:15:11 | More by ritzkiss
4.05/5 rDev +6%
Favorite Beer froma great Pub Brewery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A Close Second to Propeller for Nova Scotian Beer.
A nice amber/dark pour with a sweet but subtle head. Nice lacing around the glass, looks great in a pub!
Smell is wonderfull, hops, dry malt with some nice mineral eart.
Love the taste of this beer. Dry but sweet, dense but light. A nice caramel undertone which i feel balances the fuggle hops that are used in the mix. Just fantastic. A great beer to have with some banger's and mash.
11-14-2009 22:23:17 | More by jbonapar
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
This beer appears a clear deep dark mahogany hue, with a single finger of creamy off-white head, which leaves a thin ring of lace as it recedes. It smells of dry roasted malt, some orchard fruitiness, and light earthy hops. The taste is roasted caramel malt, a light coffee/chocolate essence, and more terra-hops. The carbonation is average, the body full and kind of mealy, in the pitted fruit way, and it finishes slightly sweet, some of that fruit rounding things out.
A pretty sturdy full-flavoured beer, I could see the appeal of having this as an old standby.
08-20-2009 23:13:00 | More by biboergosum
Peculiar from Granite Brewery & Restaurant
85 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.