1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Peculiar - Granite Brewery & Restaurant

PeculiarPeculiar

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

32 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 32
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 8.55%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of biegaman
biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 22:04:38 | More by biegaman
Photo of spinrsx
spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 00:31:06 | More by spinrsx
Photo of polloenfuego
polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 22:35:11 | More by polloenfuego
Photo of peensteen
peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 12:56:45 | More by peensteen
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown color with a diminutive tan head that leaves nice lace. The aroma is of raisins and fig newtons. The taste is full on chocolate malts, quite sweet with little hop character. Theres a figgy, plummy almost vinous character that emerges in the middle. Theres an underlying pixie stix sweetness through out. A slight hop bitterness makes itself present in the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and subtly carbonated.

This is a nice Canadian ale closely based on Old Peculier from the UK. Its a little to sweet from me and the malts a little too plummy.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2004 18:11:02 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Antikythera
Antikythera

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 04:14:17 | More by Antikythera
Photo of liamt07
liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 17:38:30 | More by liamt07
Photo of ritzkiss
ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: cask

10-28-2010 00:15:11 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of jbonapar
jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2009 22:23:17 | More by jbonapar
Photo of biboergosum
biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2009 23:13:00 | More by biboergosum
Photo of allergictomacros
allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark ruby with a big ole creamy head. Looks good.

S - Roasty and fruity, with red fruits and a caramel aroma.

T - Again, fruity - prunes, raisins... that sort of thing. Slight toast and very sweet. Almost sugary.

M - Body is heavy and low carbonation, giving a smooth creamy texture.

D - A little too sweet for my taste, but otherwise not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2008 23:34:27 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of bobsy
bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Granite Brewery in Toronto. Deep ruby red liquid underneath a huge rocky head. Beautiful to look at. Aroma and flavour both have strong caramel and chocolate notes. This beer is also pleasantly smooth and fresh tasting. A very sessionable drink.

Serving type: cask

01-12-2008 22:28:44 | More by bobsy
Photo of Mandrake
Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from a hand pump not two feet from my seat, this beer pours out a beautiful deep red with brownish hints and a light tan head that settles out from a foamy body and lasts very well, leaving solid lacing. Some light citrusy hops come on top of a deep and resiny malt base. Almost an old ale, but well classified, I think, as an English strong. The complexity showing with the very moderate ABV is impressive. Coffee and piles of thick caramel, sticky and sweet. Taste only improves upon the promise held in the scent. Vinous notes pour forth, the hoppiness showing well in a balancing role, but not distracting from the real show, the strong malts and barleywine character. Nuttiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, typical for cask, plenty of body though, and quite warming. Drinkability is excellent. My favourite Granite brew, just great.

Serving type: cask

03-03-2007 03:32:40 | More by Mandrake
Photo of grub
grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampled on cask as part of the volo cask days 2006. thanks to ralph and all involved for putting together an awesome fest.

this was the bourbon barrel aged version prepared for this year's volo cask days.

pours a nice ruby colour with a thin head.

aroma is great. nice and malty with a great oaky vanilla punch. slightly sweet.

taste is great. slightly sweet malty base. nice oaky vanilla character from the barrel that is balanced and meshes really well with the base peculiar. slight bitterness and lingering sweetness in the finish. no trace of alcohol.

mouthfeel is ok. decent body and low carbonation.

drinkability is good. well balanced and low alcohol presence make it very drinkable.

Serving type: cask

10-22-2006 23:42:01 | More by grub
Photo of DrJay
DrJay

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the whiskey barrel aged offering at Volo Cask Days. There was a faint smoke aroma in addition to the regular malty profile. The barrel added a bit of whiskey sweetness to the flavour, as well as a sharp smokiness that was a bit out of balance. It was great to see the brewer trying something new with a long established product. Hopefully we'll see this one again.

Serving type: cask

11-02-2005 01:35:11 | More by DrJay
Photo of Derek
Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Whiskey barrel aged for the Volo Cask Ale event on Oct. 22, 2005.

A: Dark, brownish-black.

S: Very little odour, just a little malt.

T: Very well rounded malt flavours, but could use a little more fruity flavour (in the british tradition). Not much bitterness (slighty sweet), but finishes dry. Certainly unique.

M: Light to moderate body (very little carbonation from the cask, as expected).

D: Quite good.

Serving type: cask

10-24-2005 23:49:46 | More by Derek
Photo of TerryW
TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made the trek down to the brewery to try this (and a few others) out first hand.

Handsome red brown with a tight, even head. Good lacing throughout. Appetizing nose with malt and hops both distinctly present. Nice grapefruit citrus aroma from the hops.

Similarly nice balance of malt and hop to drink this one. love the grapefruit hp character, nicely pronounced malt up front. Some roastiness adds another dimension.

Enjoyable overall, I preferred this to the bottle version. Nice compliment to an enjoyable meal on site.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2005 00:02:47 | More by TerryW
Photo of baiser
baiser

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown body, with a thin white cap. Aroma is floral, toffee, grain, a tad minty and citrusy. Taste was excellent. Great balance. Strong on the malts, fruity, toffee, some chocolate. Balanced by a nice hop bitterness, dry after taste. Smooth, creamy and easy drinking. Great cask ale.

Serving type: cask

03-01-2005 06:30:39 | More by baiser
Photo of Viggo
Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Granite Brewery. Peculiar is a nutty reddish brown colour, with thick whitish head when poured. Smells interesting, maltiness and a little bit of citrusy scents. I love the taste of this brew, dark malty sweet with some fruitiness and a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is excellent, very full and creamy. I love this beer very much and I think it has very high drinkability. I suggest anyone in Toronto who hasn't been to Granite yet does so.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2004 14:48:03 | More by Viggo
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This review supplements my bottle review below. The on-tap is more carbonated, bit more of a head, fresher and served colder. For taste, I prefered the bottle. The on-tap would go better with food and was a good mix in the session. Still coffee toastiness apparent. Less brown appearance.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2003 00:50:21 | More by Sammy
Peculiar from Granite Brewery & Restaurant
86 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.