Old Peculier | T & R Theakston Ltd.

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3.96/5
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Old PeculierOld Peculier
BEER INFO

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

Style: English Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,737
Reviews:
591
Ratings:
1,031
pDev:
11.11%
 
 
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Photo of lordofthewiens
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.
Medium-bodied.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
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

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Independent
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

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Photo of trevorpost
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCrowsEye
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpongeHop
3.11/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L - Dark brown, nearly black. Clear. Amber-brown light shines through. Beige head that dissipates relatively quickly. Leaves lacing on the side of the glass.
S & T - Aroma of wholegrain graham crackers. Tastes like fizzy water with no real discernible notes at first, then goes into the wholegrain graham crackers taste, but very lightly so. Finally a strange mineralic caramel aftertaste alongside some bitterness, then finishes again with the fizzy water. Lingers on the lips with a mostly bitter tone, with a very slight generic hop-pellet taste.
F - Thin mouthfeel.

O - little bit disappointing. Very fizzy watery. Smells better than it tastes. Has a strange mineralic, metallic tinny quality to it.

Wouldn't recommend this one.

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Photo of Castolo
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served cool into a pint glass. Reviewed while on vacation in the UK. Best before April 30, 2018

Appearance - dark ruby and Amber brown coloured beer. A gentle and loose two and a half fingers of off white head are poured. Some sparse lacing.

Smell - some metallic notes mixed with hearty caramel, butterscotch toffee and even molasses. With no metallic notes this scores higher.

Taste- middling to heavy bitterness. Some peat and earthiness, with caramel and toffee and molasses . Some wood complexities too.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, a bit sticky with a pricklier than expected finish. Very good and robust feel.

Overall - very good beer that improves as it warms. An impressive first beer in England.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lupercmda
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Momon
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TwiggyCZ
3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RMW66
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Treefig33
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thommo_nk
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jhart96
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark brown with a red hue. The aroma is of plenty of caramel, some booze and some faint hops. The flavor is mild and delicate. Some dark fruit flavors and mild bitterness at the end. Smooth mouthfeel. Delicious.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.19/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer has been around forever. Remember drinking it for the first time in the mid90s. This one rocks the appearance of a brown, dark red toffee and tobacco kind of vibe. Small 1/3" tan colored head. Aroma is a mixture of earth, moss, fire, smoke, tobacco, raisin, dark fruit quad like vibe. Its complex for sure.

Taste is also complex but also muddled. Old ale has always been a catch all kind of style, and that really comes out here. All those aromatics are in the taste, but the booze and bitterness seem amplified more than they should be. Kind of has that twang a quad and bsda/ris bitterness to it. A lot of toffee and bitter dark ripe fruits.

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Photo of KrisPaulk77
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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 FZR23
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Umbriel
4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer that's kind of like a stout but yet lighter and more gluggable. It's a very dark ruby red colour and has fruit flavours like dates, sultanas, orange peel but also burnt wood and a sweetness to lift it all. If you're in Yorkshire you can get a pulled pint of this in selected pubs and I'm telling you, it is an absolute knockout, a different and much smoother experience to the bottle. It's strong too and it only takes a few before you're three sheets to the wind. Enjoy!

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Photo of BaileyMitch
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,031 ratings