Old Peculier
T & R Theakston Ltd.

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English Old Ale
Ranked #39
Ranked #7,378
3.98 | pDev: 11.06%
T & R Theakston Ltd.
England, United Kingdom
Very Good
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Reviews by Decko:
Photo of Decko
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - dark brown with creamy forth head which didn't stay. Some lacing. S - malt and coffee but with another scent that's reminiscent of wine or port. T - sweet maltiness with coffee roast overtones dominate the taste. A nice dry finish balances that a little. M - good carbonation and full-ish body. O - really enjoyable beer, my first old ale. I like the balance of it but a couple would probably be enough and the sweetness might be a little much. Would definitely buy again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of bark
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown clear liquid. High beige head, no lacing.

Smooth somewhat roasted smell. Fortified wine, dried fruits and plum pudding.

Malty taste with roasted notes. Passing clean-dry bitterness. Medium body. Mulled wine and dried fruits in the aftertaste.

Strong fresh carbonation, small smooth bubbles. Light liquid.

I think this beer would gain of stronger alcohol.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #58 (November 2011):

LOOK: Ruddy dark brown, big tan head

SMELL: Toffee, buttery, toasty, spice, dark fruit, brown bread, some alcohol, pepper, herbal

TASTE: Very smooth, creamy, full-ish body, dark bread, hint of brown sugar, vegetal, herbal, toasted bread, buttery, figs, mineral, faint char, carob powder

Hell yeah, the legend returns! Glad to see this classic back in the US. This is a deep beer, a thinking beer, as each sip takes you further into its depths. One of the few imports that taught us what beer could be—before the second coming of craft beer—which earns it some extra fondness from us.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark mahogany coloration with a reddish tint and a medium, creamy head. Smells of toasted, caramel malt and dark fruits, with just a hint of estery spice. Taste is dominated by sweet and lightly toasted caramel malt and dark fruits: fig, raisins, with just a hint of chocolate, licorice, toffee, estery spice and herbal hops. Finishes more sweet than bitter, with a light bitterness and some dark fruits and licorice lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

A rather nice English Old Ale with a good balance, although perhaps a bit too much on the sweet side. Still rather enjoyable, with a good mouthfeel and depth of flavor.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up at Asda in Dyce and enjoyed in my hotel room.
Beautiful deep garnet color with a moderate khaki head that lingered for a moment and then fell, leaving a rim of foam on the edges of the glass.
The aroma was fruity, malty, and jammy with a whiff of ripe banana. Extremely pleasing aroma.
The flavors were rich, with sweet malts and dark fruit cut with an herbal bitterness.
Definitely an enjoyable beer and a true classic.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is dark, deep brown, with a tannish head with a good mixture of small and big bubbles. Came right up to just about an inch high then faded some leaving some patchy lace. Smell is sweet malt, pretty bold, with alot of little complexities. Some hints of dried fruit and spices. Taste is kinda creamy/oily with a smooth, sweet, milky, roasted chocolate malt with a strange dryness of fruitlike hops and herbs. Raisin or fig I believe. Its somewhat earthy but I was a little put off by it. It seemed to separate from the original flavor. But was good non the less. The feel is interestingly rich, creamy smooth, heavy to medium bodied with a slightly dry bite. Good complex beer. This really fits the Old Ale style.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Hennepin glass. The beer and head fills it nicely to about a 1/2 inch from the brim. The head settles a bit from about an inch high to a very firm 1/4 inch of creamy foam. The smell is quite peculier (LOLOLOL!!!) with a malty roasted base and a smell that resembles either carrot or corn husk. Slight grassy hops toward the end. The taste is also interesting. It reminds me a lot of a german schwarzbier but with a little less sweetness and a little more hop presence. Bitter metallic hops follow the drink leaving a mouthfeel similar to an APA or very mild IPA. There s also a bit of an earthy porter-like effect after a few more sips. Much lighter in body than a porter, but very similar hop profile. This beer covers all the bases of several beers I've had including chocolate stout, cream porter, APA, schwarzbier, and english brown ale. It's a good thing they call it an old ale, because I have yet to have two old ales that are strikingly similar.

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Photo of buckyp
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ben4unc
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of HardTarget
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: The smell of dark bread, with alcohol, and a hint of peat? Mild esters noted.
Appearance: Black, that showed a deep amber red when backlit. Clear, with a creamy light tan head that lasted a while
Flavor: Clean taste with malt and hints of smoke. Great balance with the malt being dominant, but not heavy handed. I let the beer sit for a while and the carbonation died off, but still left a bubbly and dry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium, with a very clean finish.
Overall Impression: Not particularly one of my favorite styles, but this beer has me thinking I should explore some more. I liked this. Drinkability is solid, the dry finish and clean taste makes it hard to put down.

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Photo of billybob
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy dark brown with a quarter inch light tan head that faded quickly with some lace that faded also. smells of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, toffee. taste is slightly sweet with roasted malt, fruity, rock candy and toffee. weak watery mouthfeel and carbonation was also weak. if i saw something better i would pass on this one.

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Photo of soju6
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany color with a tan head that fades slow;y to lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, bit of chocolate and dark fruits.

T: Taste of roasted malt, with dark fruit and a bit of chocolate in the background. Mild bitterness and a quite dry finish.

F: A solid mediumbody, smooth and creamy. Nice balance.

O: An enjoyable beer that goes down easy. A nice way to end the day.

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Photo of alex_hart
2.25/5  rDev -43.5%

Photo of TheDM
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a medium head of small fine bubbles and semi-transparent brown body. It has a mild malt aroma and a smooth palate with a bit of a tingle to the mouthfeel. It has some nice flavors of roasted caramel, malt and spices. A rather good brew!

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Photo of thierrynantes
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : dark brown color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : vinous aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : caramel and roasted malt dominates the palate, with spicy notes and dry finish.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the English style Old Ale.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly murky dark brown with a 2 inch foamy khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and some candied fruit aromas. Taste is of toasted malt, slight caramel, slight dark fruits, and some herbal hops on the finish. There is a mild bitterness on the palate that quickly fades with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good old ale but it's somewhat mild in the flavor department.

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Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ElGordo
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown hue with a one-finger, creamy tan head. Poured a bit cold, but nice notes of sweet malt, toffee, and a hint of maple syrup. Nice, rich, creamy body holds a palate of dark malt, with a light sweetness and hints of dark cherries lingering in the background. Notes of roasted malt in the back of the throat. An unusual, excellent ale.

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Photo of tanarm
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The tan colored head fades fairly quickly on this one. Held up to the light, you can see it has nice clarity, and a deep reddish-brown tone. Emits a yeasty, earthy aroma, with a light hop background. As far as the taste... caramel is the first thing I notice. Crystal malts. Fresh grain flavors. A little dryness and hop flavor in the finish. Lingers nicely even though the body is light-medium...very drinkable!

Maybe next time the head will stick around... that would help. Very nice flavors but not overpowering. Probably a good bridge beer for people afraid of dark beers. Overall this beer is very easy to like. It just begs you to have another one. And I think I will...

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Photo of treque
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: it has a tan big head, looks creamy and very richy, some waste left on the glass after it dissipates, it shows good retention the body is clear and a copper color

S: i like it, malts, some caramel and probably munich, nutty and a little bit roast

T: medium high body, the mouth gets full with a small sip, balanced, some alcohol, sweetness, bitterness, malt flavour, nutty

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

Pours a murky very dark brown, with a half inch head- recedes quickly- and a lot of foamy, almost soapy-looking lacing.

The smell is honestly a little weak. I smell some caramel malt, some chocolate, and leather.

The taste is more complex, but still a little weak. I'm confounded by the concept of a nearly "session old ale" at 5.6% ABV. The lower ABV seems to have dulled the flavors here that could be a lot stronger and fuller. I've always associated old ales as a cousin of the barleywine, and this shows that it's not always so close. There's some cocoa powder, grape skin, oak, grassy hop bitterness, classic fruity English yeast flavor, musty leather, with a slight sour-ish twang near the end. There is strong flavor at the front and back of each sip- it seems slightly watery in the middle- there's something missing.

Medium bodied, could be a little thicker, I think. A slow sipper.

This was interesting, but fell a tiny bit short for me. It had a lot of potential, but this just isn't the style of old ale I like.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When this brew was poured it had a medium head with fine-small bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was reddish-brown. The lacing was extremely sparse. It had a fruity aroma to it. The taste was smooth and it had a sweet flavor in my opinion. There was a slight bitter aftertaste with this brew.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, clear. Mild head. Beautiful color and presentation.

Dark ripe fruits. Cool and crisp. Applish.

Light grape/apple. Mild alcohol tinge. Good but not strong. Not too sweet.

Nice carbonation and mild foamation.

Not bad, not my favorite. I’d try again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of BeerSnobery
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
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