Theakston Old Peculier | T & R Theakston Ltd.

Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier
1,023 Ratings
Theakston Old PeculierTheakston Old Peculier

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

Style: 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

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Photo of lenlo
4.88/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely sublime on cask! Smooth and rich, like black velvet running down your throat. Complex flavor, notes of burned sugar, but without being overly sweet. Well balanced and eminently drinkable.

(Much less impressive on bottle. Short and crippled. "Dead.")

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Photo of champ103
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark ruby brown color. A small tan head forms, but recedes fast. Light lace.
S: A rustic wood aroma, with some light bitter chocolate and roasted malt.
T: Very light roasted flavor with chocolate again. Some dry wood flavors. Not bad, but very bland IMO.
M/D: This has a very light body and dry. A bit to much carbonation. Thin and watery. Not really hard to drink considering I have had some Old Ales with nearly twice the alcohol. Though, it is just uninviting for me.

I was not impressed with this offering. It is not bad, just uninspired and bland.

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

A: Deep brown, some reddish hues...Great head & head retention.
S: Slight burnt notes, some juicy fruit bubblegum & coffee. Also licorice.
T: Same as above - very lollyish & Sweet. Little grabby & bitter to finish
M: Not too carbonated & a little heavy but...
D: could easily go another one. Cannot wait to try some more.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep, hearty red color. Doesn't seem to be too much aroma wise, hence it getting my lowest score. Taste wise it's very interesting... first gulp is of malts, as it goes down it has a nice sweetness to it which lingers for a while... definitely not expected. A pretty solid beer I must say, I'd definitely try it again.

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Photo of stageseven
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Deep brown with red highlights. No head to speak of.

S - Hops & sweet malt with a hint of spice. Kind of a sweet & sour smell.

T - A coffee and caramel flavor, with spiciness. The flavor was rich and slightly sweet with a hint of warmth and bitterness at the end. Well rounded.

M - Fairly thick, not overly carbonated. There's still a nice pleasant tingle though.

D - This is a definite one-at-a-time beer. It tasted great, but is a little of the sweet side and I could see myself getting sick of it if I had too many at once.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a brown with a garnet type color on the edge. A very thin head that dissapates quickly.
S- Smells of intense malt, dark chocolate, and some clove. Very appealing as far as how it smells but it smells a little undertoned. Also some alcohol aromae.
T- Tastes very good. Mixes an alcohol taste with a roasted malt taste. Starts with a quick alcohol-y taste moves into a dark malt, dark fruit (maybe cherry?) taste. A little bit of alcohol taste as it moves into the back. Aftertaste is a compelling dark fruit and dark malt taste.
M- High carbonation and medium bodied. Very good mouthfeel. very smooth.
D- Old P'seculiar a pretty unique beer. Very tasty. Very enjoyable. Not really a session beer, but I can't say I would ever turn one of these down.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. poured a deep almost opaque ruby-black with some definite woody-brown hues in there. Not entirely clear - just a hint of cloudiness. A cream colored one-and-a-half-finger head fell relatively quickly leaving some thick and slightly sticky lacing.

s. smooth breaded malts, with hints of raisins, nutmeg and walnuts. Some red grape and figs round it out nicely. There's just a slight hint of alcohol on the nose in the form of a strong and spicy malt. smells delicious, although I wish the aroma was just a slight bit stronger - then it'd be perfect.

t. Pretty much in line with the aroma, which is a good thing. Sweet and fruity malts up front, moving to a dried dark fruit middle, finishing light, smooth, and crisp with just a hint of bitterness. Nothing overpowering (dare I say nothing really stands out?) but a superbly clean and pleasant malt-fruit balance throughout the glass.

m. Lighter and thinner than I was expecting. Although an old ale at 5.7% is lighter than I was expecting. Given the abv, the mouthfeel seems appropriate. A bit cola-ish, both in texture and body... not necessarily bad, it seems to work alright with the flavors.

d. Very drinkable for an Old Ale. While most Old Ales are superb for sipping, this one is on the verge of sessionability. Yes, sessionability. The flavors, while not over the top, are definitely there to make it an excellent experience and definitely worth trying once, if not falling head over heels for in the end.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a DFH pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with ruby and chestnut highlights. The two-finger head of creamy, tan foam leaves an uneven coating of lace on the glass and atop the brew.

S: Smells a bit sweet with a hint of grapes, raisins and nut. Bread malts and some sweet orange are present as well.

T: The taste emulates the smell fairly well, with a sweet, yet dry, balance of vinous and citrus flavors, with an overriding sweet, bready malt characteristic. Bitterness is above average, but mellowed by a hazelnut malt flavor. The dextrin is cut well by a spiking alcohol taste near the mid palate. Crazy good balance and flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sticky initially, but drying towards the finish.

D: A very drinkable blend of fruity sweetness, sturdy malt and mellowing brown ale characteristics. This has to be one of my favourite English ales to date.

A lot of character and a superior balance make this a real treat. Seek out the Old Peculier at bars and liquor stores and stock up a bit. I hope to see this on draft somewhere stateside, but might be out of luck. Oh well, I'd better enjoy this one!

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

A- Pours a dark ruby color with 2 finger head. After a bit the head recedes into a thin cap leaving some minimal lacing. The body is crystal clear with no sediment.

S- A very nice hopiness is present right off the bat. Some swirling reveals some deep toffee butteriness, light cherry, slight pipe tobacco. The nose is tight, but after some digging you can pick out some notes.

T- Starts off creamy with a distinct earthiness with very slight chocolate malt. Oak is present throughout and especially on the finish.

M- A bit to much carbonation and the oakiness can be a bit overpowering.

D- Easily drinkable but leaves a bit to be desired. A bit more maltiness would have been great and balanced out the oak. Perhaps my bottle was old. Would I have it again? Possibly..

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Photo of joedon
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a sturdy off-white head. Appears to be quite clear/not cloudy.
Not much aroma. I'm actually getting a bit of a metallic smell plus some dark malt.
Taste isn't what I was expecting. Very dry finish and fairly sharp bitterness. Nice chocolately notes and a bit of burnt sugar. Aftertaste is somewhat winey.
I was disappointed in the mouthfeel. I was expecting more full bodied beer that sticks to the palate. This is pretty thin stuff.
Seems very drinkable but sort of lackluster.
My idea of Old Ale is more like North Coast Brewing's version. This is supposed to be the prototype but I was not that impressed.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with tons of ruby hues and a tan head that dissipates but due to carbonation, stays in a faint form all down the glass.

Smells of sweet malt, dark fruit, hops, some caramel.

Deep strong malt, caramel, full hop oil, and dark dried fruit flavors with some earthen tones toward the end (stole that part from another review -- but hell yes, that's exactly it - earth).

Always had a trail of bubbles in the glass, and the texture was mouth filling.

After all of that, why the lower drinkability rating? This is not a session beer. Wonderful flavors, scent, texture, - everything. Masterful in structure, but hard to do more than 2 in a row.

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Photo of erratic
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured straight down the middle of my glass and got a 3 finger head. sea-foamy ivory head dissapeared quickly and left no lacing. Color is dark and garnet hued. Light shining through the center is deep red, but goes yellow at the edges.

Smell is bitter and roasty. not too strong

tastes bitter and roated. A little sweetness balances some of the bitterness. Just a little on the bitter side for my taste, but not bad. bitterness lingers on the aftertaste as well.

Heavy carbonation gives an almost cola feel to the mouthfeel.

All around pretty good. Bitterness and heavy carbonation make it a little difficult for me to have more than one at a time, however.

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Photo of stephens101
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had some friends who always talk about how peculier the Old Peculier is. With a name like that, you're asking for it. Let's see for ourselves. A very deep dark brown brew with a quickly fading dark tan head. No lacing is left behind. Smells of molasses, nuts and some dark fruits such as raisins. There's also a boozy essence involved. Tastes a bit sweet and nutty up front with some smokey malts in the middle and spice and alcohol in the back. Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is fairly active and quick. The Old Peculier is a bit different, but in a good way.

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Photo of omnigrits
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A beer I first tried out of a cask at the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in the Lake District far too many years ago. I'm very happy to know that OP is still a damn fine beer. In the bottle I find it a little too carbonated but aroma, taste and enjoyment hardly suffer for it. Very well-balanced with an understated malty sweetness and a nice finish that shouldn't offend anyone who doesn't like that hit of hops as their beer slides down the back of their throat. A very easy - and very pleasurable - beer to drink.

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Photo of John_M
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had not had this beer in some time, but it used to be a beer I enjoyed very much.

The beer pours a dark brown color with minimal head retention and not a lot of lacing. The beer is almost porter like in color. On the nose I get almost a dry cola aroma, coupled with hazelnuts and wood. The beer smells like an aged English ale. The flavors on the palate for the most part replicate the nose. The beer comes across as moderately sweet initially, but then dries out completely on the finish. There is almost a slight hoppy bitter finish to this beer, which frankly is a bit more light on flavor then I recall.

The beer is not heavy or tiring to drink, but what flavor there is comes across as pretty simple and one dimensional. This is a pleasant enough beer, but it will probably be some time before I order it again. There are just too many other interesting beers out there.

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

Very dark and brown in color with a tan brown head. Faint malty earthy smell...faint rum-like alcohol. Tastes of sweet roasted chocolate malt with a bit of earthy funk. Not too thick, moderate mouthfeel. Sorry this review is short but this beer is actually rather simple... not overly flavorful, which is just fine... reminds me of xingu I guess... Light dark fruit shows up as it warms.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a pretty good beer, didn't taste nearly as peculiar as the label lead me to believe.

Dark brown ale with an underlying amber glow and a finger of tan head.

Smells and tastes of molases and sweet malts.

I could certainly drink a few of these in a session.

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a dark reddish brown color with a good sized frothy tan head. The aroma is very malty with a touch of alcohol. The dark fruit smells are glorious. Smells like en EPA mixed with a dark belgian ale. Hops come though in the taste to balance out the malt. There is an interesting earthiness to this brew. Moderate feel and incredible drinkability. At 5.7% I think I would drink this as a session beer.

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Photo of fank2788
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
This beer is very deep dark brown with ruby highlights in the glass with a thinnish tan head that laces a bit. The smell is dark caramel malt, dark fruit and light chocolate/coffee tones that are sweet not astringent. There is also a bit of light flowery hop and even some slightly funky earthy tones. The taste starts out as creamy sweet malts and rum soaked fruits this quickly gives way to more bitter hops and roasted grain. The finish is never ending coarse grain, alcohol spice and hoppy bitterness with a bit of a sweet overlay. The mouthfeel is good, super smooth with low carbonation and great flavors that linger forever and invite the next sip. Overall a good beer, satisfying whether you drink just one or plan on a small session. There is nothing peculiar about it this just a good beer.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with tan highlights. Small head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma of dark malts, raisins, rum and some sweetness.

Taste is of malts. Some hay, toffee, nuts and a slightly medicinal taste that I couldn't quite figure out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly cleansing, dry at the end and somewhat flat.

Overall, a decent brew. Interesting. Nothing to go out of your way for but worth a try.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark ruby red / brown. Not quite opaque, but working towards it. A modest one finger offwhite head that pulls back down just as modestly.

S: Some woody like scents of a sort (that's not right... it's more like lacquer that goes on the wood, maybe). Quite a spicy alcohol nose, softened a the maltiness.

T: Nuttiness and roasted malts, noble hops, and spices. While a full flavoured brew, the flavours have a delicate balance and none are overwhelmingly large.

M + D: Light carbonation, medium to full body, and quite refreshing on the finish. With an alcohol content on the lighter side, it is an excellent beer to enjoy a few at a time with all the flavours of some bigger brews. Perhaps not a summer day drinker, exactly (or maybe it is, depending on what you like!) but a very good, every day beer. Could reasonably be sessionable for a nice afternoon out.

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Photo of KeefD
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with hints of purplish-red, a finger's worth of foam that recedes rather quickly leaving behind little lacing. Smell is very fruity up front, with hints of apple. Smells almost like a BSDA. Taste is very sweet and malty. Barely any hop presence, but the fruity malts, with hints of sourness and a bit of roastiness mingle nicely. Keeps getting sweeter as it warms, hints of raisins, some earthiness pops up and quickly leaves. It sounds strange but I'm picking some hints of grape soda?? Weird, but interesting. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, light to medium bodied. An overall nice brew and my first of this style. I would greatly like to try some more old ales in the future.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle > 16 oz. Sam Smith pnt.

This is a bright brown color with ruby-red hues in the middle. A tan colored crown rises an 1" and falls in moderate fashion, which is lively and foamy for a while.

The scent is nice, honey roasted pecan's, dark chocolate, sour, tangy yeast...slightly fruity. Challah bread.

The malty complexity is obvious on the first sip. sourdough bread and un-sweetened chocolate, tangy molasses, collides with when a sour and tangy fruit flavor rides underneath. There's a slight touch of earthy, grainy hops. The overall effect is a medium bodied feel, crisp at first then smooth on the finish. A complex malt and nearly perfect balance of earthy, sour flavor's...good show!

I can't wait to have an assortment of meats and cheeses with this classic English brew.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a very inviting looking brew, poured into a tulip it's a very dark reddish brown, almost black, with mahogany highs. tannish buff colored head is sticky an porous and leaves sea serpent-esque humps on the glass. foam settles pretty quickly to a thick disk but retains that layer throughout the review.

S- a very different and interesting aroma of farm animals and rotting wood and fresh mushrooms. actually, this ale smells old, it smells like someone's basement, and though i've never had an old ale before, it seems to fit the title. dark fruits like raisin and fig come to mind along with dark bread when i stick my nose in the glass. overall aroma is weak once the head recedes but giving it a good swirl releases a burst of sweet caramel malty and dark berry notes.

T- pleasantly mild and chocolatey with a nice english bitterness. taste signifies a general feeling of age as does the aroma and it's difficult for me to elaborate on, but i'll try. old stone block, cement, and dry centuries old timbers, and stale grains, stale fruit, stale everything, BUT not stale in a bad way. in fact, the taste of this ale is outstanding at any rate and i assume that any old ale i have in the future will have old peculier to live up to. followed up by a robust malty grain taste with dried out leather and tobacco, this complex ale would go nicely with a fine cigar. modest yet ample earthy woodsy hop bitterness in the end is undoubtedly fuggles.

MF- full creamy feel with medium low carbonation and the sense of cooling menthol. not as rich and dense as the color would indicate, but it fits the flavor nicely.

D- a very good brew, it seems to pack more of a punch than most beers in this alcohol range. i'd like to try more of this style and see how they compare.

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

Poured a dark brown with small tan head. Lots of carbonation at first but it has died down.

Sweet, fruity, malty scent - very pleasant.

Fruity malty taste with a slighty bitter hop finish.

Lots of body in this and it goes down smoothly.

A great beer that I am happy to have revisited...and will again.

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Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 1,023 ratings
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