Theakston Old Peculier | T & R Theakston Ltd.

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1,022 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 JonathanL7890
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to pick this one up during my recent beerrun because it brought back memories.

My old college roommate ordered this beer for me as a joke at a beer bar in the 80's thinking I would hate it.... I drank it all and he freaked. I didn't like it that much but had to keep up appearances.
I guess my taste in beer has changed since college.

Poured a two finger head into my pint glass. Color dark brown, a few shades from being opaque.

Smell is molasses, malt sweetness.

Taste is creamy roasty malt. Very well balanced. No hops detected.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Exactly the silkiness that I look for. Excellent for a 5.7 ABV brew.

Drinkability. Unlike my college days, I could drink quite a few of these (although I probably would have more of a hangover).

An excellent brew. Too bad it took me so long to revisit this.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Poured a deep mahogany color with slight ruby hues when held up to the light. The pour produced a decent head of creamy tan foam. Good lacing throughout.

S - Smelled a little blend. Hints of sweet caramel malts and a slightly smell of metallic alcohol detected.

T - Slightly sweet and smokey up front with hints of ripe fruits. Finished with a slightly spicey hop flavor with a slight hint of alcohol pushing through. Tasted a lot better that it smelled.

MF&D - Creamy with good enough carbonation to give your tongue a slight sizzle. Overall a good session ale that I would definitely drink again.

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

For an Old Ale, I am surprised at how light this beer is. That's not a bad thing, especially when consuming it in warmer weather. Very pleasant, mellow aroma of chocolate and honey or maple; not very bubbly; nice and tasty. Not too toasty, not overly malty, and ever so slightly bitter. All in all, a pleasant surprise. Lovely mahogany color. A good dark beer to try on those who might normally shy away from such things. Worth repeating!

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A = Clear dark reddish amber, with medium sized light tan head of small and medium bubbles, fair retention and medium lacing left on glass.

S = Light maple syrup with vague cinnamon notes, pleasant light wood smoke or peat but the entire smell is just a little too light.

T = Sweet flavors of maple syrup, cola, mostly sweet flavors but there is a sllight bitterness adding good balance.

M = Medium-light body, carbonation a little too fizzy and stinging on tongue. Average mouthcoating.

D = This is pretty easy drinking but it is a little light for the style and I didn't care too much for the mouthfeel.

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Photo of Hawthorne
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Old P is something very special. As a malt fanatic, this brew quickly became one of my favorites. The Beer's greatest flaw would be its availability but that only makes the heart grow founder.
Pours a deep brown with a beautiful head which lingered nicely for a while before it settled to the rim. The initial taste is a smooth malty sensation that will have you going back for more and the finish just reinforces what can only be described as an immideiate affection. I love this beer.

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Photo of AmishT
4.62/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into a snifter

A - Dark crimson, with a big tan foamy head that doesn't retain long, but that may be due to the wide area of the snifter and the style. Gorgeous color.

S - Whoa, very complex malty smell. Bold dark fruit character and faint alcohol aroma; almost smells like red wine. I'm just blown away by the nose on this ale

T - Delicious sweet malt flavor right off the bat - butterscotch and caramel. Just prior to a pleasant, but mild hoppy finish, the dark fruits and alcohol that I detected in the nose make their presence. Putting it simply, it's great -- I need to stop typing and keep drinking

M - Very smooth. The carbonation goes very well with the rich malty flavor.

D - It's not surprise that a beer that tastes this good is very drinkable. Only drawback is that I'll be sad when it's gone

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Photo of Natural510
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark-brown with decent head retention & lacing.
Smells of rich malts and toffee-like dark sugar.
Flavors of roasted malts and molasses, but not very sweet atall. A slight overtone of raisins & currants. Gives off quite a hoppy kick with a welcoming dry finish.
Remains carbonated and quite crisp, not exactly something I expected from an old ale.
Overall, an enjoyable brew...I may try to find a newer bottle to judge better on its drinkability.

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Photo of pitweasel
4.44/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After eying this one on the shelf every time I visited the store, I finally decided to try out this mysterious looking brew. 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date (that I could find).

A: Poured a deep ruby brown, but with a thin head that dissipated to a ring around the glass within a few minutes.

S: A little bland, but everything smells that way to me right now. What I could make out smelled pretty good, though.

T: It's hard for me to really classify this; probably because I could really tell you the difference between malts and a bag of Cheerios. What I can say is that it's only mildly sweet, definitely not to a point where it becomes syrupy and undrinkable. No real hops presence, but that's not to be expected in an Old Ale.

M: Somewhere just shy of medium, but more than thin. Mild carbonation; not the overbite that cheap beers have, but more than most stouts or other heavier brews.

D: This one goes down easy, and the low ABV makes it an ideal candidate for enjoying it with other drinks throughout an evening instead of being limited to one or two stronger drinks.

This is something that I would definitely seek out in a six pack, and not just buy a bottle every once in a while. It seems best suited for spring or autumn nights - nothing so thick that it'd warm you up while it's snowing out, but not quite the refresher you'd want while grilling on a hot sunny day.

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Photo of Twerknasty
3.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a musky dark brown, with a beige head that laces quite well. Nose does work with a load of brown sugar, cinnamon. The palate is very bakery/sugary, with dark bread covered in yeast. Great initial entry, but mid-finish leaves a watery mouthfeel with sugar. The beer isn't overly sweet, so it's quite sessionable. Decent at best.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark and cloudy brown in color with a nice creamy head. This beer was fairly interesting. It had a flavor of dark malts, caramel, coffee, dark fruit, and a strange vegetable-like quality (almost like celery). The feel was a little syrupy. Not bad, but a little too sweet and tangy, which hurts the drinkability. My wife knocked into my glass with her purse and spilled some beer on my hand and it glued my fingers together.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single 12 ounce bottle from Town and Country Liquor, on to the beer:

Solid pour into my pint glass, it appears dark murky brown, almost as dark as a porter, and on top forms a 2 cm thick head of foam. Aroma is mild and pleasant, dark malts, yeast, toffee, and a whiff of rubbing alcohol. The taste is bolder than I was expecting. Darker brown ale? Dark pale ale? The two together? Mild yeast flavor, sweet and very well balanced. A fine ale indeed.

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Photo of billybob
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy dark brown with a quarter inch light tan head that faded quickly with some lace that faded also. smells of dark fruits, prunes, raisins, toffee. taste is slightly sweet with roasted malt, fruity, rock candy and toffee. weak watery mouthfeel and carbonation was also weak. if i saw something better i would pass on this one.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Dark, dark brown in color; ruby when held to light. Thick, creamy tan head that retains well and settles nicely over the top of a beer. The head isn't as tall as one would expect in a pint glass, but the wide base of the snifter forces it to expand over a wider area.

S: Wonderfully complex aroma. I'm getting a lot of dark fruity notes from the sweet malt. Faintly detect a hint of earthy muskiness in the background. Incredibly rich, full, and inviting.

T&M: The taste is just as, if not more, complex than the aroma. Unreal smoothness, with a perfect balance between sweet fruity malts, roasted malt, and a slight hop background to even things out. This stuff tastes fantastic. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, but the smoothness is unreal. Hardly any carbonation, but enough to tickle your tongue and release those wonderfully complex flavors. Mouthcoating is good, and the finish is malty and sweet.

D: This stuff is excellent. Low ABV makes it sessionable. It's not really heavy at all for such a dark beer. The malty sweetness of the beer is incredible. This one would be wonderful after dinner or when hanging out with some friends. I could drink this stuff all night. This is one of my father's favorite brews and I see why.

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

A dark beer almost black with a nice head. The head has a decent retention as well. A nice 1 cm head that stays for a bit.

The beer smells dark roast and some sweetness in the vein of the dark fruits. The best thing about this beer is the complex flavour. It has fruit, then a cream flavour, then a dark roasted taste. This beer is fucking solid. The flavours constantly change on your tongue. It's so god damn balanced it's drinkable. The mouthfeel is slightly thin, but it works for the beer. I could easily drink many of these.

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Photo of botham
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours deep chocolate brown/almost black with a single finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. light lacings.

aroma is of light roasted malts and a base of dark fruits. earthy undertones ground the profile allowing the roasted malts to carry the character. well proportioned, complete aroma.

taste is malty, with notes of roasted malt, chocolate malt, and a bit of black malt. the dark fruit base is present, but less pronounced. finishes with residual dark fruit and a nutty character.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a smooth texture and a clean finish. a bit thin for the flavors present, which reduces the richness a bit.

drinkbility is good. this is a mild brew that harnesses the qulaities of the flavors present, and creates a solid composition that is wonderfully easy to drink. an excellent old ale.

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Photo of blackjack000
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very dark, with ruby shining through in the light. Light tan head.

Smell: A little hard to place. Coffee with creamer, and something spicy in the air. Oak somewhere in there. Well, I'm glad I just finished up the smell portion of this review, because my dog just puked on the floor. Let's move this tasting into another room . . .

Taste: The beer has a deep, roasty flavor immediately present. I taste coffee and a hoppy little zing balanced well. The beer is more roasty than I was anticipating, with a peculier alcohol taste that makes a brief appearance. I'm sorry, I had to use the name of the beer as an adjective. I had no choice.

Mouthfeel: A good medium weight in the mouth. A bit heavier, and it would feel like a stout, at least to me.

Drinkability: Pretty good. The taste is very interesting. I was preparing myself to not anticipate anything peculier from this beer, but its name is fitting. I don't know quite what to make of it. It's very enjoyable and interesting.

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Photo of animal69
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i had this one at a bar a few weeks ago & got one to try ; pours a deep garnet-brown w/ a thin head which dissipates quickly leaving little lacing ; a strong, vinous smell, dark fruit and alcohol stand out only slightly over a buttery diacetyl/burgundy nose ; slighly sweet brandy/sherry-like flavor, minimal hop bitterness w/ a slightly nutty note about midway, finishes well w/ a hot alcoholic/woody undertone ; a light-med. body and mild carbonation make this one a bit thin, but not too thin ; a decent brew for sure, i'll have to get some more of these next time i beer shop...

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Photo of Rayek
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another classic I hadn't had in awhile.

A: Dark chestnut brown color. Rocky off-white head dissipates quickly to a thin layer of foam. leaves a small amount of lace.

S: Complex. Toffee, butter and floral smells are accompanied by bits of grass, lemon and coriander.

T: Unique. Quite bitter. Hops are spicy rather than floral, with coriander and cumin flavors. Malt has a toffee tastes. A little butter too, perhaps from the strain of yeast. There is a subtle acidity in the finish.

M: Medium body with a bit too much fizz. Feels slick.

D: Quite a unique beer that I have to be in the right mood for. Good with hearty food. I'd only do two of these in one session.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with a caramel hue that pours a thin head that disipated quickly.
S - Sweet caramel and hops.
T - More sweetened malt, caramel, and earthy fruits with a good balance of hops.
M - Light with a nice twinge and a moderately low carbonation.
D - Not bad. Drank this on a friends recomondation. It was plesant but I was hopeing for a little more substance.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

A - Rich, dark brown color. Thick creamy head with gerat retention and great lacing.

S - Sweet caramel aroma with a hint of some hops.

T - Very sweet with a hint of chocolate.

M/D - Rich, creamy and smooth. A nice easy beer to sip on.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Peculier is synonymous with the CAMRA beer revolution of the early seventies. A pilgrimmage to drink it at source in Masham was tantamount to a religious experience. But that was 35 years ago. Today I had to be content with a bottle to relive those moments.

Very dark brown with reddish glints in the light, quite clear. Aroma of molasses and fruity malt. I was quite surprised at the sweetness evident here - molasses and chocolate hints; it's not overdone and balanced with some darker notes, complexity and a lingering bitter component. Excellent with blue cheese, for savoring rather than glugging.

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Photo of SargeC
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber-brown colored brew, with minimal tan head.

Smell: Hints of berries, alcohol and burnt caramel. Underlying malt presence.

Taste: Slightly sweet without being overpowering. Smoky middle with fruit flavors and a touch of bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Interesting acidic quality.

Drinkablity: Great ale, very enjoyable.

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

Pours a nice tan colored head which fades to a nice lace - low carb. Dark brown in color. Not much in aroma, some spices detected. Sweet in flavoe, kind of like a light McEwans. I like the taste though, malty and sweet. Very drinkable and could be a nice tasty session ale. Recommended.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison...
"Traditionally Brewed Yorkshire Ale" on the black front logo sticker...
Pours a deep, dark, black hue with a minimal head...
Malty, nutmeg and espresso aroma with strong cream essences...
Taste likewise complemented the aroma, with a powerful suggestion of malts, licorice, caramel, dark sugars, and slight espresso...
Mouthfeel seemed slightly watered-down and not too pervasive..
Drinkability was pretty good due to the modest alcohol percentage and lack of cloying flavors...
Overall this was a decent, drinkable beer, but nothing too exciting and nothing to write home about...

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Photo of philbe311
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a flat black w/ faint caramel undertones at the bottom of the glass... Pour with 1/2" of head the quickly settles and leaves an inviting lace dancing on top of the brew...

S - Very faint malt smell and not much else...

T - Nothing particular jumps out at you... After a while it reminded me of seltzer or tonic...

M - Dry, thick, bold and distinctive...

D - 3.5 Refreshing and enjoyable, but more of an one and done variety...

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Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,022 ratings.
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