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Old Peculier | T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Old PeculierOld Peculier

Brewed by:
T & R Theakston Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Ratings: 1,036 |  Reviews: 595
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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 bark
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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 KrisPaulk77
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Snowcrash000
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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. 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 oberon
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Dark brown body with a reddish tinge under a gigantic head that went down slowly and left some lacing. Looks terrific.

Smell – The aroma is actually kind of light, which is surprising. There’s some dark malt in there and maybe a little bit of fruity sweetness, but it’s hard to pick out.

Taste – This one is tight. The heavy, dark buttered malt is packed so firmly it’s hard to get the taste out of the glass. It’s very creamy though. There’s also some budding toffee in there along with dark chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation in accordance with the style. This one is very thick in the mouth. I didn’t get any alcohol sensation, though, which is odd for an SOA. The ABV is under 6.

Drinkability – It went down all right, but I think there’s some potential in there. I’m going to buy a six-pack and cellar it, maybe taking one out every six months or so. I’ll update the review if there’s a noticeable change.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Very dark ruby/mahogany. Ours with a thin pale tan head that clears swiftly to lacing.
S- Dark puddingy smell, conjours up images of a trad Xmas dinner.
T- Gentle at first, but builds swiftly. Toffee, molasses (a rich smokey edge). Very distinctive profile, if this was a regular of yours you'd spot it a mile off in a blind tasting.
F- It has good hopping but it's on the richer side of the scale.
O- Lovely, I'd call this a classic winter-warmer. I'm enjoying it tonight together with a pre-prep'd lamb-shank in rich gravy [Tesco] and buttered mash. Perfect on a dark, cold and rainy night. Perfect combo too to mark my 250th review, 35 years after first drinking this beer whilst at university in Yorkshire :)

£1.80/500ml from Sainsbury's - a total bargain at that price. BB: 31/10/19

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Photo of SuqMadique
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma- deeply malty with rich caramel, slight toffee, notes of dried cherry and earth, nutty with just the faintest hint of diacetyl, fresh blackberry notes, medium low grassy hop, no alcohol

Flavor- not nearly as rich as aroma would lead you to believe- nutty and toasty over solid caramel base, all medium high intensity with medium-high sweetness. Faintly woody. Light herbal hop flavor. Pear and berry esters are medium- low, no diacetyl, roasted malt dries out the finish. Bitterness is medium and balances. Lovely soft vanilla tone with just the slightest suggestion of banana comes out with warmth.

MF- medium-full bodied and smooooth on the palate, no alcohol, very slight astringency from roasted malt, medium carbonation fluffs things up a bit

APP- Beautiful crystal clear deep ruby with low off-white head. Poor retention with light lace.

OVERALL- A really lovely example of old ale that calls to mind Fullers ESB. Proof that it is possible to bet a lot of flavor without a lot of alcohol.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Pretty. Little, if any, head.
Lovely aroma of caramel and toffee, with some dark fruit.
Caramel and toffee taste. A hint of peat. Cherry and raisins.

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Photo of Todd
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 355ml English-style brown bottle. No freshess date.

Appearance: Virtually opaque in its deep and dark ruby brown colour. The tan head is thick, patchy, foamy, creamy and pours an even two fingers in width -- retains very well and sticks.

Smell: Semi-astringent raw floral hops, caramel, touch of toffee, alcohol, coffee and lacto-like sugars.

Taste: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel initially, then a slightly coarse and raw feeling coats the palate with a hop leaf and oil feeling. Lots of body and it's full with a thick, even texture. Malt sweetness is rich, with notes of bitty chickory, unsweetened chocolate, earth, light caramel. There's a distinct sharp bitterness that puckers and dries the platate with a herbal background, and lingers, then fades into toasted grain flavours. Finishes goes on forever with sugary and toasted/light caramel grains ...

Notes: Probably one of my favourite from the line at Theakston. Such the complete and masterfully crafted brew.

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Photo of grynder33
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amberish color, better head than expected. Not much of any aroma on the first sniff, a little chocolate became evident on the fourth pass. The first taste had subtle cherry and chocolate competeing mildly for your attention. Overall the taste was pleasant but thin.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, dark, cow brown with a great frothy/creamy head that retains excellently. Great lacing as well. Pretty beer!

Aroma is very malty, nutty, and biscuity.

Flavor is again, biscuity, very malty, bready, nutty, very mild hops in the finish, a very faint spiciness occuring from the light hops. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel is liquid velvet and oily. Well carbonated.

Extremely drinkable as this beer is not only ridiculously tasty, but at 5.7% abv, it's not so much a knock out beer. Tremendous session capabilities. I'm gonna have to buy more of these!! Total blindbuy and am blindsided!

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Photo of jmshulk
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all time favorite dark English beers, when I lived in Savannah GA for three years this is one of the beers I could always find on a regular basis.

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Photo of merlin48
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Fullers pint glass. Clear mahogany that is a distinct ruby when held to the light. One finger beige head with staying power and moderate lacing. Aroma is a bit subdued with hops, toffee, and some peppery spices. Mouthfeels is initially thick and creamy, finishes dry and exuberating. Taste is bitter/tart at the beginning, then the walnuts and toffee take over. Overall, an excellent execution of well balanced malty caramel and hops bitterness. Reminds me more of an excellent ESB than a Porter. This is my first Theakston, but it is one of the more drinkable British ales I've come across. Excellent drinkability.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old favorite, this one leaves its 12 ounce glass home, and pours dark, plummy amber, with a long lasting dark tan film head, leaving respectable fine splotchy lacing. Nose is of light sweet malt with perhaps a hint of rum. This is a rich malty brew, notes of musty malts, plummy ripe fruits and again a hint of wood/smokey rum in the background. Fine after dinner sipper. Classic old style ale.

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Photo of mattster
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into Nonic Tumbler.

Pours a light foamy head of 1/2 inch that quickly dissipates leaving a Lacy layer atop a dark brown brew.

Smell is of a raisin/currant and sweet malts. Taste is more subtle, but follows taste. I do get a slight little bit of astringency in the finish, but it isn't horrible. This is a good brew. There are nice bitter notes which make this a well rounded brew.

When drinking beer of this type, I think it is important to consider it as a choice with food, and I can see how this would pair well with many British dishes.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of magictrokini
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is very malty with some caramel, cream, and grapes. The mouthfeel and taste are silky smooth. A lot like an ESB in flavor, but without the astringent bitterness. There was some fruitiness, but more malt and sourdough-like bite. I really liked this one.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of stephenlee
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,036 ratings