Theakston Old Peculier | T & R Theakston Ltd.

very good
1,018 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark, almost black, color with a thick texture. Produced a quarter inch head when poured and a brownish-white lacing that stayed throughout.

Had a malty smell, with a certain tartly sweet quality to it.

Tasted some molasses and malt. Also had a coffee-like attribute remiscent of some English stouts. A good combination, but could've been a bit more complex

Had a fair amount of carbonation for a better than average mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer. It has a solid taste and isn't quite as heavy as you might think by looking at it.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from World Market in Memphis.

Nice dark pour with a fairly impressive head.

Smells very earthy and sweet. Some caramel and malts as well.

Extremely smooth malty flavor with a nice earthy kick on the finish. Reminds me of a good doppelbock but not quite as malty.

I could drink this quite often but it's a bit hard to find around these parts.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into the Tyranena "Pint" glass...

A - Perfect pour. Two fingers, decent retention.

S - Lots of warming spice for the style, which made for a nice accent on the mild sweet aroma. Cherry, slight coco we also noted. Subtle and attractive.

T - Cherry and mild chocolate seem to dominate at the entry. Bitterness and alcohol are perfectly balanced. A very nice buttered toffee flavor mixed with slight citrus (Kent Goldings?) finished this beer off wonderfully.

M - Somewhat full and slightly silky. Nice.

D - This beer impresses me. Manages to be just big enough to warm, but not so big as to lose the subtleties that can make a beer worth contemplating. Wish to revisit frequently.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a rich mahogany with a very slight head. Not a lot of aroma, a little caramel. Medium bodied, lots of malt with molasses and carmalized sugar flavors prevalent. Some fruit. Very little hop flavor or bitterness. Dry finish of toffee.

A very old school British beer, seems a bit quaint compared to today's penchant for big beers.

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Photo of WxAxGxS
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice thick head, lots of fisheyes. Color is a dark red, brown. Smell is faint, sweet and bready. First taste is a nice toasted sweetness. There is a very malted and bready character to it, with a crisp carbonation. The flavor fades fast, ending on almost a metalic copper note. One of my favorite english ales.

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

This beer pours a dark blackish-brown color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather slowly into decent lacing. The aroma is malty with lots of toffee, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. The taste is has more caramel than the aroma, with a long lasting toffee finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice beer that I could easily drink again.

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Photo of shadow1961
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Theakston Old Peculiar Ale pours a finger of tight foam
over a deeply coffee-coloured brew. The nose is toasty
and bready, carbonation, though a bit hard to guage, is
steady and active. The flavor is roasty malts, fruity, with
vanilla notes balanced by a long dry herbal hop finish.
Mouthfeel is round, yet crisp. This is one of the better
British Ales I've ever had. It just goes to show you the
results a really good brewer can achieve without hiding
behind a lot of hops or alcohol.

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Photo of redmagik99
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark reddish, just a few shades from black. Decent head if you give it a vigorous pour. Smell is very subtle - you really have you get your nose right up to it to detect it. Mostly just the tells of a sweet ale, but some kind of interesting fruit underneath it all. That fruit, which becomes apparant in the taste, reminds me the most of lovely overripe plum. A sharp and short bite of hops and alcohol follow, leaving a bit of sweetness and roasted malt lingering at the end. Faint diacetyl that doesn't get in the way too much. Not an incredibly complex ale, but more so than the average british beer on the shelf. Drinkability's fine. A solid choice.

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Photo of GimmeAles
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An even pour produces a 1 finger head which receded to a pronounced ring in the glass above a lovely, dark rosewood body. Moderate to light lacing. I get a vague sense this just isn’t as fresh as it could be – would that I could sample it in Merry ‘Ole England.

Nice caramely, biscuity aroma. Notes of toasted nuts as well with hints of chocolate and gossamerr fruity esters woven throughout. Very English, indeed.

The taste brings this all together in a subtle harmony. Additional notes of toasted bread crust accentuate the nutty, toffee-like sweetness. A drying, plum-skin bitterness balances the luxurious malt presence, making for effortless quaffability. Hints of cocoa-powder and smoke are in the finish.

Like the embers of a dying fire, this one gives a slow, even, comforting warmth, not from the alcohol, but from its color, balance and general richness. Tales of its stature on cask leave me day-dreaming of finding myself in a Yorkshire pub someday.

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Photo of RedBeerHead
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark amber/brown. The head is rather light in both color and weight and it settles quickly. There is a sweet taste initially, followed by a slight bitter aftertaste. Nice, balanced malt flavor. Good drink-ability, definitely a good one for a hot day. Very good, simple ale.

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Photo of adamdotson
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle bought from The Wine Cask in Cambridge, MA

Pours rich ruby brownish red with a nice tan head at first which disappears quickly and does not return with swirling. If it was an older old ale I would not let this effect its appearance score, but i dont think this is very old.

Smell is rich bready malt. Also some strong fruity esters. Bananas stand out to me. A hint of some kind of spicy quality maybe cinnamonish. A nice toastyness and a slight hint of smoked wood.

Tastes rich bready maltness just like the nose implies. A light cherry flavor in the front. Noticed a light herbal, earthy hop flavor(maybe fuggles?) A tinge of roasted character, and a hint of smoke in the taste as well. Nicely balanced. Yummy, long finish on this one. Actualyl a light hop character there and some dry maltiness, as well as th roast. Quintessential example of lighter version of old ale.

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Photo of xare
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured as a completely opaque dark brown/reddish color with an outstanding creamy tan head. Reminds me of Guinness even though it's a different appearance.

It had a strangely nutty aroma along with toasted malt. Reminded me of Frangelico and coffee somewhat, along with a spicy aroma of some sort.

Surprisingly, it doesn't have a bitter taste, despite its aroma and appearance. Bold roasted malt and hidden sweetness balance each other out to create an intriguing drink.

Somewhat thick and creamy in the mouth but enhanced by mild carbonation - doesn't turn you off and doesn't hit you with heavy flavors, making this truly easy to drink.

Drinkability was excellent, especially for this dark English beer. Definitely would drink this one again and buy some to cellar if I had easy access to 6-packs of this. Overall, a truly excellent job.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very lovely, deep ruby. When not held to the light, it looks like a deep brown. Not muchof a head or bubbling, all color. A very swee, malty, fruity aroma greets my nose. Notes of sugared figs and oher candied fruits bring up a great malt nose. The taste is a very complex malt bill with just enough hops to not make this beer taste like candy syrup. Hints f prunes, bown sugar, and fruit cake mixed with roasted malts. Great feel to this palate. smooth and sweet. Hard to be very sessionable though because of the sweetness.

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

Pours an extremely dark brown. Nose is almost like smoky wood. Touch of caramel in there. Flavor is extremely smooth. A bit lighter than some old ales out there, but still carries a nice slight woody character to it. Smooth caramel flavor there. More like, caramel out of the heart of a tree. Feel has a nice level of carbonation and a good liquid feel. Overall this one is very drinkable. Not the most complex old ale by any means, but definitely smooth and well made.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my brand new st. bernardus chalice.

Pours dark brown with red tints in the light. Good head dissipates fast. Nose is malty with dark raisiny plum tones. The taste seems more scotch style to me. Malty and creamy, dark plum and raisin. Burnt sugar. Mouthfeel is very much scotch/yorkshire in smoothness. Very drinkable, as it should be. I really like the darker flavors in this brew but it does have a peculier (haha) bite to the finish. Not bitter, very smooth, but has a non floral mini hop bite without any obvious hop flavors. Good session brew.

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Photo of bfr1992t
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured in to a large DFH Snifter, soft gentle pour (preferred).

A - Nice and clear but dark reddish-amber in color, very little foam due to the soft pour.

S - Malty with hints of fruit, almost fresh sweet red grapes. Slightly spicy on the finish. Think fresh molasses cookies.

T - Not bitter, but bold buttery roasted malts (butterscotch?) revealing to slight hints of dark fruits. Sometimes grape, sometimes darker, definitely sweet but hidden and balanced.

M - Medium to thin viscosity, some carbonation, enough to enhance the flavor but it's not over the top.

D - I found this very easy to drink. Very smooth and finished just right, not too dry, not too sweet.

Overall - I was impressed. I'm not a fan of true English beer, yet found it quite tasty. I did not have any trouble getting to the bottom of the glass and would not hesitate drinking another if I had one. I'd even go so far as to experiment with food pairings. That says a lot considering I'm more of a sweet IPA/stout fan. Very good job.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark brown with purplish red highlights and next to no head. The beer smells of malts and perhaps a few subtle fruity notes. The taste starts off with some sweet malts and finishing with some dark fruity raisins. The mouthfeel is pleasant with a fair amount of carbonation. I would consider this beer to be fairly drinkable, and could see myself possibly reaching for another.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A very clear, but dark leathery brown/ amber liquid. The head that forms is thick and very creamy looking, and even dimples the top of the beer a bit. Very appealing.

S- Very Englishy, sweet malt, fruity, molasses... Everything seems to compliment each other very well.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma with some cherry and malted milk ball tossed in. I am getting a little bit of wood and an English buttery profile to it as well. There is a tad sourness to the flavor, but it is not out of place at all.

M- Pretty smooth overall, with a good amount of carbonation. A little dry on the aftertaste. I felt it was a little thinner than I prefer.

D- An impressive amount of flavor and complexity for a lower ABV beer. Definitely worth checking out.

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

Appearance: Brown, a nice ruby when held to light, good thick head.

Smell: Fruity during the pour but settles out into a earthy tone.

Taste: Toasty with a subdued raisin/dark fruit flavor. Kind of reminds me of a sweeter barleywine but scaled back about 50%.

Drinkability: Flavorful, but not overpowering, and alcohol on the low side gives this a good rating.

I haven't had the Peculier for probably three years, I wish I hadn't waited so long. Even though this is vastly different than what I normally drink, it has a good flavor profile that I enjoy a lot.

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Photo of tlinner
4.59/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best beers I've had yet. Dark copper/brown with a creamy head. The smell is as enticing as anything I've ever encountered: a kind of warm, rich molasses and malt combo that just makes your mouth water. Taste is similar to some Belgian ales, Chimay Red coming immediately to mind (that's a good thing, btw): very "deep", with hints of butter and dried fruit. The 5.7 ABV is amazing considering the complexity and richness. Absolutely a must-drink.

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

This beer is a real treat. I didn't have overly high expectations but was pleasantly surprised. The beer doesn't have much head, retention, or lacing. The beer is medium to full bodied, and lacks carbonation, but that's not a bad thing in this case. The beer's smell is very nice. You'll get those dark, deep, sweet malts, caramel, toffee, and raisin. The taste largely follows suit, but there is a bit more dryishness to this beer, a slightly more sourish hoppy end, and some other complexity that makes this a very nice option. The mouthfeel is very nice, a little syrupy, a little creamy. The aftertaste is moderate. This beer is well worth seeking out, and it definitely spoiled me for some other beers I was trying afterwards.

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Photo of clemsonbrewer
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with ruby edges and a thin tan head. Traces of lacing but nothing spectacular in the lacing department. Smells of alcohol, rich malts, and some caramel. Taste is sweet malt with caramel. A slight hop balance rounds out the taste. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth with a strong bitter finish. Enjoyable. Give it a try.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.42/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes
Sampled on 11-17-07

Pours a cool brown/red color, with a fizzy head and no lacing,.

Smell is very sweet and buttery, very English, with just a bit of fruitiness.

Taste is much like the smell, quite sweet, with flavors of raisin and toffee in the finish.

Mouthfeel is very good, very thin carbonation adds to the stickiness.

Drinkability was not as good, a bit too English for me.

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Photo of brendan13
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with mahogony tints when held up to light. A couple of centimetres of thick beige head.
S - Some floral hop notes, a bit of toasty malt.
T - Like the smell but stronger with some sweet caramel malt touches.
M - Quite full bodied with medium carbonation. Fairly dry finish.
D - Not something for everyday drinking but it is a nice, tasty drop. Well worth a go.

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Photo of Squelch
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Looks like coca cola. Dark brown which looks deep copper when looked at through a light. Head is light brown and thick and creamy

S: Roasted malts shine through this beer.

T: Heavy Roast and light caramel malts overwhelm any hop flavors with this beer. Good tasting beer.

M: Thin and watery up front with an astringent dry puckering tartness (due to roasted malts?) taking over the mouthfeel towards the end.

D: Overall a good beer to drink. I would definitley drink it again.

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