Theakston Old Peculier | T & R Theakston Ltd.

BA SCORE
88
very good
1,018 Ratings
Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier
BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,018
Reviews:
585
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
11.17%
 
 
Wants:
61
Gots:
90
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,018 |  Reviews: 585
Photo of ElGallo
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of sommersb
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 12-02-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black when my glass is full. The tan head is small and quickly disappears. Lacing is fair.

Smell: Malty sweet, with rich dark fruits and nuttiness. Very appealing.

Taste: Malty and nutty, lightly sweet. There doesn't seem to be a whole lot of flavor. Based on the strong aromas I was expecting more in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and a somewhat thin body. Goes down smoothly with a dry finish.

Overall a good beer, but seems to lack the oomph of an Old Ale. I would have called this a brown ale in a blind tasting.

 699 characters

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After seeing this classic in BA magazine I had to go out and get one.

Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue (almost plum-like) with 1/4" of very dense, soft off white head that quickly fades. The nose has notes of dark fruit - raisins and dates, yeast, caramel, and deep malts. The taste is sweet at first with notes of dark fruit and a hint of red apples, then it gets a little maltier with some chewy caramel notes, and finishes with a nice hop bite that lingers on the palate for a second. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, rich, smooth, but a little heavily carbonated.

Well, it wasn't as delicious as some of the other Old Ales I've had, but this was the one that got me into the style in the first place. It's still delicious and worth looking into.

 763 characters

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Windigo
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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

Bottle courtesy of Mrs mixylplik3, thanks for the opportunity. Pours a clear dark brown color with ruby highlights when held to light. Decent head and great lace on the way down. Smells of caramel, dark brown sugar, melanoids, dark fruits. This could be a dopplebock the way it smells. Taste is thick, sweet, and filled with dark sugars and fruits. Caramel and other burnt sugar vies for attention from raisins, prunes, and a hint of earth and minerals. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a thick chewy mouthfeel. Surprisingly good lower alcohol old ale. I enjoyed this, thanks MJ.

 608 characters

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of seanyfo
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50cl bottle poured into standard uk pint sleeve

BBE 31 March 2011

A- nearly black body with ruby highlights. Tan head is a rocky 2 fingers with average retention.lacing is minimal.

S- sultana cake, treacle toffee, bready malts, reminds me of Traquair

T- toasted malts come through but any other flavour note is severely muted, doesn't live up to the aroma at all. Hint of toffee sweetness. I found the finish thin and underwhelming

M- medium carbonation, medium to thin body.

D- aroma promised much but failed to deliver on the palate. Body was just too thin. Can't blame it on an old bottle. Will need to seek out on cask.

 629 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ow wow I had no idea this was an "old ale"

A - Well it looks pretty good for one. Color is a dark amber brown, almost black with a bit of red hue on the edges. Head is minimal but results in a fine creamy lace ring that sticks to the glass.

S - Well I do get some solid roast and toffee smells maybe with a bit of muskiness that reminds me of oak. Rum notes as well.

T - Well I am used to old ales being pretty high octane but this low ABV one is very smooth. Slight burnt toffee with a creamy bit of chocolate and slight dark fruits making a sweet finish.

M - Light to medium as expected but creamy throughout.

Overall this was really a random pick at my mix-sixer place with a six pack price of 10.99 so for an imported old ale it really was worth the 1.80 price tag and if I seen it again I would get another. Pretty stellar brew.

 840 characters

Photo of HuaiDan
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jonb5
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of mnixon86
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of grittybrews
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark cola brown with a faint ruby tinge and excellent clarity. Around a finger of off-white head. Fairly mild aroma with some light malt and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, somewhat light mouthfeel. Toasty malt up front with hints of caramel, dark fruit, mild spice, and some earthy hops on the tail end.

Easy-drinking and well-balanced, but the overall impression was a little underwhelming.

 415 characters

Photo of radioscooter
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Excited that this legendary brew is back available in the states. (Now bring back Mcewan's!) Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Scotch ale thistle glass.

Dark mahogany, chestnut brown tone. Creamy, sticky head froth.

Smells wonderful -dark toffee, banana bread, MOLASSES

Tastes a little quaddy. Has a very strong flavor - almost like Rochefort 10 with a little grassiness, but lighter.

In a Real Ale, I was expecting a bit more booziness, but this is almost a session ale. The flavor is robust and OLD. Like a dungeon door. Toffee, raisins, maybe Belgian yeast? Very Earthy/Mossy.

Taste leaves the palette quickly with a lingering sticky aftertaste.

Excellent brew. Would like to try it on tap.

 701 characters

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter, which was woefully undersized for the bottle. 12 oz. is a strange bottle size for an import and it caught me and my snifter off guard.

Appearance - A very slow pour filled it to the brim with a dome-shaped cream-colored head. Dark brown body as it pours, but ends up being nearly opaque in the glass. Only a few flecks of red light shimmer through when held up.

Smell - It's not the highest gravity old ale, so its lack of aroma by comparison takes some forgiving. A good whiff gathers some toffee and burnt sugar aromas with a nice dose of fruitiness. There's a weak English hop flavor back there too, which isn't as nice as the rest.

Taste - A good deal more flavorful than the aroma belies. Toffee and burnt sugar dominate the initial flavors, but it quickly turns earthy and even grassy. A strong hop bitterness in the finish with a distinctly "English" flair.

Mouthfeel - Well, it's only 5.7%, so it's light bodied for an old ale. Not disappointingly so, but still light. It's not slick and it doesn't retain flavors well. It feels a bit watery and a bit over-bitter.

Overall - It's 150 times more flavorful than most English ales and I remember this being a breath of fresh air when I found it in England (ironic?). With access to over-the-top old ales in the US, it's easy to see how this one would pale in comparison to bourbon-barrel treatments of 15% ABV malt bombs. Not that either concept of an old ale is bad. This one delivers remarkably well in the categories that really matter, which allows it to hold its own.

 1,569 characters

Photo of Ironthumb
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Jspriest
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of bonkers
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is murky, small white head, light lacing. Lots of toffe and sweet caramel on the nose. The flavor is more earthy than the nose lets on, caramel and toffee notes also. The body is medium, light carbonation, no discernable alcohol. A solid brew, the earthy notes don't really work for me.

 357 characters

Photo of LittleCreature
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3.5
Pours a thin beige head over a dark brown to black body, which is a clear, reddish brown when held to direct light. Poor head retention, some sticky lace.

Smell - 4.0
Sweetish, malt driven aroma with notes of dark toast, cocoa, light roastiness, burnt caramel, spicy hops and vanilla oak.

Taste - 4.5
All of the above, plus raisins and a definite sour aged note. Earthy, spicy English hop flavours and an assertively bitter, dry, woody finish. Great complexity without a great deal of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Medium body - lighter than expected. Carbonation seems sharp when cold, but settles and smooths when the beer reaches its intended (12-14 degree celcius) temperature.

Overall - 4.5
Ridiculously drinkable considering the strength (5.7% is on the low end of the scale for old ales, but strong for an English ale). To me this will always be one of the great English ales.

 900 characters

Photo of mithrascruor
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color, nearly black. Off-white head is mostly a film, so not much retention to speak of.

Smell: Surprisingly mild aroma. Certainly malty, with a hint of cherries and some caramel.

Taste: Nice, heavy malt flavor, with just a bit of brown sugar or caramel to sweeten it.

Mouthfeel: One of the heaviest beers I've had. Smooth, with moderate carbonation (a bit more than I'd expect for this style).

Drinkability: Rather low ABV for this style; good flavor.

A very pleasant and drinkable old ale... very dense, but with the low alcohol it is easy to drink. Not the most flavorful or complex old ale, but I still enjoy it.

 693 characters

Photo of Luigi
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out deep brown with deep ruby highlights as the light tries to break through. Good two finger head that is light tan and creamy. Good retention as the head sticks around the glass.

The aroma is rich with caramel, toffee, some hints of chocolate. Leafy hops, and some mineral water.

The flavor is rich with toasted malts, caramel, and hints of chocolate. Very mild though. The Fuggle hops are leafy and blended so perfectly. Finishes dry hoppy, with residual toasted malts.

Has a creamy full body. Slick on the tongue, yet still easy to drink.

One of the best ales I have had from England I have had in a long time!

 627 characters

Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,018 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe