Old Peculier
T & R Theakston Ltd.

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T & R Theakston Ltd.
England, United Kingdom
Old Ale
Ranked #38
Ranked #12,978
3.96 | pDev: 11.11%
Jan 23, 2023
Jul 31, 2001
Very Good
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Notes: Old Peculier is possibly one of the country’s most well-known and loved ales. This unique, beautiful brew is often imitated but never matched and is sold literally all over the world. With countless awards to its credit, it is something of which every Briton can be very proud and is the epitome of the greatest of British brewing tradition.

In the early years of the modern brewing era, about two hundred years ago, many brewers produced a dark, strong ‘stock’ beer in the winter months, to provide a base amount of fermented beer to add to beers brewed in the rather more volatile months of the summer.

Old Peculier probably owes its origins to this. The name pays tribute to the unique ecclesiastical status of Masham as a ‘Court of the Peculier’ and is also reference to the strong characteristic of the beer! For many years it was affectionately referred to as Yorkshire’s ‘Lunatic’s Broth’.
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Reviewed by stcules from Italy

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A very beautiful color, dark, with ruby edges. Light brown foam.
Malty smell, full, with caramel, fudge, biscuit, plums.
Full, intense. Classic, but really well done.
The taste is less sweet, and in the back there are some notes of roots, almost liquorice.
Relatively light body, earthly, great balance.
Totally english, and good.
Jan 23, 2023
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Reviewed by Lmc93

3.51/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Dark ruby colour, 2cm cream head receding quickly.

Great smell. malty, toffee/lighter caramel notes.

Low to medium carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel.

Taste is where it's a small letdown, not matching the dark, noticeable nose. Nothing overwhelming comes through though because of this, very drinkable and hides the slightly higher abv.

Would drink again but not my top choice for a single evening beer.
Nov 12, 2022
Rated: 4 by Ushouldbeworkinh from England

Nov 01, 2022
Rated: 4 by TallGuyCM from California

Sep 28, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by misteil from Ireland

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
500 ml bottle, thanks to my beerpal Egil. ABV is 5.6%. Very dark reddish brown colour, big beige head. Nice aroma of malts (some of them apparently lightly roasted), vinous notes, dark fruits and berries. The flavour is rich and malty with just a mild roastiness, perfectly balanced by fruity hops with berry notes. Not an extreme beer in any way, other than being "extremely good".

Older rating cask, overall 4.5: (Cask conditioned). Good strong ale, well suited for a winter’s day. Full & mallty rich flavour with just the right acidity and sufficient hops. Haven’t had the bottled version, but from a well kept cask it’s a real treat.
Jun 12, 2022
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Rated by Unusualsuspect

4.9/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
An awesome ale in every sense, consistent taste both draft and bottled.
Jun 12, 2022
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Reviewed by LanceBiggums from Canada (AB)

4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
This stuff is great. Pours a very dark ruby, maybe garnet would be a better descriptor, with one finger of foamy tan head that recedes quickly. It's lightly carbonated, in the tradition of British ales. Sweet malts and dark fruits on the nose. Toffee, bitter roasted malt, cherry, and plum on the palate. Full-bodied, velvety smooth, on the sweet side but with a bit of bitterness to balance it out, very moreish - overall an excellent British Old Ale maybe the best.
Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 10, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by bad_poetry from England

Aug 16, 2021
Rated: 4.01 by Johnno

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4 by Robertas from Lithuania

May 21, 2021
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Apr 06, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by ScrewyLoops from England

Mar 03, 2021
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Rated by MJC_MN from Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I love this beer , ever since my first taste in Yorkshire in 1987. Does anyone know where to buy this in the U.S.?
Feb 23, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Nov 28, 2020
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Reviewed by Steve555 from Wales

4.07/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Rich mahogany colour with a 1.5 finger light brown head that fades into half a finger throughout, generous lacing Smells of dark malts, dark fruits and slightly of boot polish. Taste is burnt toast, caramel, treacle with a slight alcohol and hop bitterness coming through right at the end. Mouthfeel is a burnt sweetness with a touch of alcohol, body is medium. It's a rich fairly unique ale that has more character than an ESB. My go to supermarket ale.
Aug 10, 2020
Rated: 4.1 by smi69 from New York

May 25, 2020
Rated: 2.69 by stephenlee93 from England

Mar 27, 2020
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Jan 20, 2020
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From notes 12/28/11: Pours an opaque, dark ruby brown producing 2.5 fingers of tan, large bubbled frothy head leaving splotchy lacing behind as it recedes. Aroma is dark malty caramel and fruity hints.Taste is malty: dark bread, caramel, toffee, dark fruity, cherry, amaretto, chocolate and butterscotch. There is a nice balance between the roasted malts and fuggle hops. A nice beer from start to finish.
Jan 04, 2020
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Reviewed by James94 from England

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Clear, dark red colour, strong lacing, best part of two fingers head
S: Banana, malts, grape, summer fruits, general sweetness
T: Candied banana, slightly bitter hops
F: Easy drinking, smooth, carbonation is well-balanced

O: 4.25
Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 3.72 by unclekeith from Alaska

Nov 10, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by igl from Russian Federation

Sep 02, 2019
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Reviewed by shambeano from Australia

3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
500 ml bottle with a best before of 30/09/2019. Poured into a Tulip.
Look: I would call the colour a very dark brown, almost a cola-black. about 2 cm of off white head, which quickly subsides to a think film.
Smell: I'm not getting a lot on the nose, a bit of maltiness, caramel, something a touch metallic.
Taste: malty, caramel, toffee, a little bit of sweet dried fruit (raisin, date, sultana), roasted malts towards the end.
Feel: A little lighter bodied, nice tingly carbonation. A little dry at the end. Decent length of flavour.
Overall: Tastes quite nice. I could easily drink 3-4 on a cold day, sitting by the fire.
Aug 15, 2019
Rated: 3.83 by smbslt from Illinois

May 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Beer_Rabbit66 from England

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a very dark brown and seems as black as a stout, light head on top but great looks
The smell is nutty and caramel with plenty of malt.
Taste is great, a smooth malty taste with notes of caramel and toffee with a small hint of nut and dried fruit.
Feels Smooth and finished more sweet than bitter but a great balance.
Overall a great ale
Feb 24, 2019
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
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: plum, fig, raisins, with just a hint of chocolate, licorice, toffee, estery spice and herbal hops. Finishes bittersweet, with a light bitterness and some dark fruits and herbal hops 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.
Feb 12, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by lhwjanssen from Netherlands

Feb 08, 2019
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Reviewed by Beck_Hardy_UK from Scotland

2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Bottle poured into pint glass. Dark w/a khaki head. Aroma of toffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Taste is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, etc. Mouth feel is creamy and smooth. Over all an excellent offering from Theakston.
Jan 27, 2019
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Reviewed by KooVee from Finland

4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle, 8m to bb.

Deep ruby/mahogany, foam to match style.

Aroma is raisin, dried dark fruit, dark syrup with a slightly metallic edge. Some caramel and toffee once it warms up.

Taste is smooth dark bread, some grain, but not to any particularly large extent. Prunes, some dark sugar. Little bitterness as such, but it matches the sweetness perfectly so that the end result is balanced and if not dry, not wearying in any way. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel could be a bit thicker for my tastes... but that depends on the context.. on tap the fluidity is perfect, from bottle at home one is conditioned to have a more sip-oriented body.

The aroma and taste combination is quite recognizable, and actually feels like a bit of a cross between a (smaller part of) quad of rochefort 10 type and a dark British ale. The prune notes I guess and the aroma of dark syrup. A classic.
Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
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.
Nov 13, 2018
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.84/5  rDev -3%
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
Nov 10, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by DutchcdnTEXAN from Texas

Sep 20, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by NOLANDMAN from Massachusetts

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Jun 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Independent from Spain

5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This beer is as close to the nectar of the god's on Olympus as anything you can drink! I first tasted this, recommended to me as I drank pints of bitter in a Welsh pub as the best bottled beer in the world. I've never found anyone who really likes beer who didn't agree, from Yorkshire to Georgetown (Washington D.C.). Theakston deserves an International Medal of Honor for this incredible brew! Looks rich, smells like heaven, taste and feel? Pure nectar!l
May 03, 2018
Rated: 3.78 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Jan 07, 2018
Rated: 4.31 by TheCrowsEye from California

Dec 10, 2017
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