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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

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Photo of BioBilly
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this beer was very drinkable for a dark beer, I drank it and I hardly even knew it. It poured extremely dark red when held up to the light you can barely see through it. There was a slight smell but I couldnt quite finger it. Mouthfeel was good thin but yet had some body, it was nice. I feel as if the taste was not quite there, there was something missing. As a side note is in my girlfriends top ten favorite beers.

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Photo of Domingo
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The BA magazine has done it's job. I'd never had this before, but the final article actually inspired me to buy some.
Pours a reddish brown color and forms a surprisingly large head for a British ale. Good looking brew for sure.
Smell focuses on sweet dried fruits. I pick up dates, cherries, and figs.
The flavor has that strange wine-like flavor that I've really only gotten from a few ales like Newcastle. I'm not sure what it is, but it's a tangy flavor that's a little like a port or sweeter red wine. I'm not 100% sure I like it, but it's unique. The dried fruit flavors come out in the flavor, too. Tart bing cherries and plums. There's some brown sugar sweetness that ties everything together.
Mouthfeel is perfect for quaffing a few of these in a row, which isn't too hard.
A good solid British ale that has a unique flavor and a nice texture. I still haven't made up my mind if I like the wine-like flavor that keeps popping up, but so few beers have it that I don't really care.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer several times when I studied abroad in England and always thought fondly of it. Upon my return to the States, I became enamored with the whole American craft beer movement and haven't consumed a whole lot of the beers I used to drink across the pond. Then, in the most recent issue of the BA magazine there was an article on the Old Peculiar, and it lit a fire in me. Good thing, too.

Poured into a belgian snifter, the OP is a rich dark brown color with a thinnish off-white head that dissipates quickly. But when held up to the light, the bright hues of burnt orange and cordovan shine through. In its brightest spots it's positively ruby red. Beautiful. The nose is sweet and sour, like rhubarb pie with dark cherries (heavy on the cherries). There's some chocolate and fig in the aroma as well. Very nice and complex. OP tastes a bit denser than the nose would suggest. Lightly bitter, with a steady cherry/coffee flavoring. Earthy and herbal. Tart, but even. The mouthfeel is a bit thin at times, but it's such a solid beer on the whole it doesn't take away too much from it.

This is a fine beer from our mates in Engerland. Steady, firm, nothing flashy. Just good beer. And at 5.7%, a quality session beer for sure. Old Peculiar. Old delicious.

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Photo of jar2574
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Very dark brown, ruby color with only slight head that quickly disappears.

Interesting smell. Alcohol and cherries. Pretty strong.

Chocolate, cherries and a dark maltiness. Some nuttiness in the taste as well. I tell you what, the beer lives up to its name, it's very unique, at least to me.

Not sure of how many of these I'd want in one sitting, but it's a good sipping beer.

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Photo of JamesS
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice deep brown with a fair amount of head and some really nice lacing. Has a great scent, a nice bourbon cask aroma with a little bitterness. Has a good taste, a little smoky and a bit more alcohol in the flavor than would be expected from a relatively low ABV, but a very pleasantly sweet taste compared to the scent. Goes down really nice. I'll have more.

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Photo of BucBasil
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Served in a pint glass from the bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a 2 finger foamy light tan head.

Smell: Clean with some bitter malts in there. Pleasant and balanced.

Taste: Nice, rich malty introduction, but in the middle there's a medicinal taste while the taste balances out and the hops come in. Hop profile was wet and kind of reminded me of tea. Strange, but not too bad. Very smooth as well, which was a big plus.

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Photo of claytri
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark ruby with a tan head. The aroma was light, but had sweet malt and hints of hops. The taste had a malty start, that was quickly countered with a rush of hops to give it a nice bitter taste. The feel was medium and wet. A nice solid dark ale that would be a good choice if you wanted one a little more bitter.

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Photo of BabaJohn
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown but translucent with maroon highlights and a head that vanishes fast, leaving a thin film and some bubbles. Smells a bit sour and of vinegar with a hint of apples and sweet fruits. Very strong malt presence (almost ‘Belgian’ at first) in the flavor but with a thin body overall. Slight toasted bread flavor and some lingering tartness related to the original vinegar smell. Hops manifest themselves mildly. It’s not blowing me away, but I wouldn’t turn it down at the pub.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Slow pour into a chalice yields a one-finger tan head over a dark brown almost opaque body. Head quickly fades to a thin ring around the chalice.

Smell is lovely and rich. Malty, raisiny, warm and sweet malt, with a note of pepper far in the background. Surprisingly syrupy, even slightly boozy smell. Wow. There's a bit of beef and leather in there as well. Dark, rich, warm. Mmmmm.

With such a rich smell, the taste is a *bit* of a letdown. Bread dough, malt, some dark fruits, a bit of sweetness. Not as boozy or rich as the smell. Still, it tastes good.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I might have thought from the smell, but then this *is* a 5.7% beer, so even though it smells like a 9% or 10% beer, it still has a light palate.

Drinkability is great. There is enough complexity to keep your taste-buds interested, and a low enough ABV to make this sessionable. Get some and enjoy.

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

Dark brownish red pour, nearly black; no head. Smell was rich, sweet, and malty. Taste was heavy with dark, cooked fruit such as raisins and figs, but not as sweet as the smell would have suggested. Mouthfeel, while certainly full bodied, was smooth and easy to drink. I found this enjoyable, but a little weaker in flavour, and much weaker in abv than I would have expected from an Old Ale. Still a good drink.

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

Pours a deep cola brown with a finger of thick tan head. Can be seen through on the edges, looks pretty clear.

The smell has a fruity sweetness to it, bringing mandarin oranges and various darker fruits to mind. A bit of a caramel like cola aroma mixing in. Slight earthiness to the aroma overall. Nice.

Dark fruits again right at the front of the tongue, but what is most notable about this one is a bitter finish. Like an unusual bitter cola flavour. Some roasted malt peaks up now and again in the flavour as well. Unique, as far as I've tasted.

There is a fair bit of body to the beer, and the carbonation is lowish. Smooth drinking.

Pretty good, but an unusual mix of flavours. I'd say this one grows on you.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark translucent brown, foamy head that doesn't linger. not much lace.

aroma is quite malty with a sharp yet brief hint of hop. alcohol is noticeable. more carbonated than i expected, although the texture is still somewhat creamy.

tastes of toasted bread crust, also seems to have a slight malt vinegar note. bitterness is nice and plays well into a pleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a rich deep brown, about the color of cola, and not much of a head. The strong aroma is malty with a hint of toffee and even a bit of cola-like scent. Rich flavor is strongly malty with some hop bitterness and a whisper of toffee. This is a very tasty and satisfying ale, good either on its own or with a meal.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12 oz. brown crown top bottle, without a date.

Appearance: Dark slightly hazy mahogany in color. Little in the way of head, the little it had when poured faded away quickly leaving basically nothing on top.

Smell: Very complex, Dried fruits, maybe raisins or prunes. Caramel and hazelnuts.

Taste: Much like the nose I taste dried fruits. I also get some diacetyl, giving a very mild buttery flavor, quite pleasant. I also taste a tinge of chocolate and brown sugar. The earthy hops create a perfect bitter balance.

Mouthfeel: Light to Medium in body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Great. This is an extremely drinkable old ale. Very nice with a quality stogie!

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Photo of biggmike
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium dark brown with light tan head that hung around a while. A different kind of taste that I really cant put a finger on what it tastes like. Aroma is of fruit, licorice and caramel. Taste is of dark cherries, toffee and chocolate upon further review. Mouthfeel is good with proper carbonation. Lacing on glass was good.

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Photo of AlephNull
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a deep dark brown color, though fairly clear, with very little head. The head disappears quickly to a thin ring leaving no lacing.

S- Fruity esters over a malt that smells a little carmelly. Not much in the way of hops.

T- malt dominated. Not too strong, but a little molases maybe.

M- A little bit too thin. Not heavily carbonated.

D- Not bad, but not spectacular. I don't know the ideal time to drink this one as it's too light for a beer to ponder, but too dark for casual consumption. A good counter for those who claim dark beers are all heavy though.

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Photo of giblet
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a very nice full bodied beer. nice dark color with a nice head and lace. i enjoyed this beers aroma and taste. it is a full bodied beer so you wont likely be able to have many in a row. certainly one that is to be slowly enjoyed.

i came across this one and found it to be peculier that i had not heard of it. i am glad i tried it. i would recomend it to anyone who likes a full bodied ale!

suckem up and movem out!


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

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with a tall head.

Smell: Sweet and winey.

Taste: Sweet, slightly smokey malt with a strong alcohol finish and medium-strong bitterness,

Mouthfeel: Smooth.

Drinkability: I liked this beer a lot and thought it was very drinkable. To my taste buds this is sort of a hybrid of a porter, a strong scotch ale, and a dark english ale (which are all good to me!) Definately worth trying.

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Photo of jwc215
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby dark brown with a thin tan head that becomes a swirling patch.

The smell is of molasses/chocolate, raisiny and blackcurrant fruitiness. Caramel tones with a subtle earthiness in underneath.

This is a malty delight. Milk chocolate and molasses (but not overly thick) combine with a solid raisin/blackcurrant fruitiness. Slight roasted/smoky undertones give it balance along with just enough earthy bitterness to balance out the sweetness. It has a smooth, long, dry finish.

Smooth in a medium to full body. Despite complexities, and a touch of raw, oily touch on the palate, this goes down very easily and begs for more. A wonderful, classic example of the stlye.

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Photo of Truh
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was confronted with a decrepit odd one with this one on 7/4/2007. 12-oz. bottle poured in a chaker glass.

Just a film, a wash of white stuff that settles in the middle with a halo on the edge; some nice lace hits though as the drink disappears. Dark brown hue with shades of purple at the core; tough to discern what if anything is going on inside. Rum-soaked dates, prunes, treacle, caramelized macoun apples, and crisped cracker jacks allm play on the nose nicely. Very biscuity up front on the tongue with some baker's chocolate standing out first, followed by a mossy sweetness, like apple butter, and some quiet raisin and licorice notes. Medium to heavier body; quite drinkable.

Have had this as a go-to for years, which I consider a good thing.

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

Quite dark brown, almost opaque but with some ruby red highlights. Head is a very light brown with good volume and thickness. Good retention and lacing.

Aromas include caramel, sweet toffee, and a minor astringency on the malt side, with full bodied floral hops and a touch of peppery alcohol bite on the hop side. I get some burned milk-sugar as well.

Sweet, thick malt, throws a lot of sweetness along with a bit of smoked wood. Earthy and smooth, with raw hop leaf bitterness that brings more than a little herbal character, with lingering toast.

Creamy mouthfeel with good body, finish is lightly bitter and full of herbal goodness, retaining a mild smokiness or lactic acidic flavor. Interesting dark english brew.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Hennepin glass. The beer and head fills it nicely to about a 1/2 inch from the brim. The head settles a bit from about an inch high to a very firm 1/4 inch of creamy foam. The smell is quite peculier (LOLOLOL!!!) with a malty roasted base and a smell that resembles either carrot or corn husk. Slight grassy hops toward the end. The taste is also interesting. It reminds me a lot of a german schwarzbier but with a little less sweetness and a little more hop presence. Bitter metallic hops follow the drink leaving a mouthfeel similar to an APA or very mild IPA. There s also a bit of an earthy porter-like effect after a few more sips. Much lighter in body than a porter, but very similar hop profile. This beer covers all the bases of several beers I've had including chocolate stout, cream porter, APA, schwarzbier, and english brown ale. It's a good thing they call it an old ale, because I have yet to have two old ales that are strikingly similar.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark sludgy brown color, not much head to begin with, forming a light tan crown quickly. Some carbonation can be seen through the murk. No real lace buildup.

Aroma hints at pumpernickel, plum, alcohol, toffee...all meshing into an elusive, hard-to-define and attractive aroma, as this style will often do.

Flavor is dark raisin, toffee, caramel, milk chocolate. Fairly bready overall with a slight sour snap in the finish. The darker, richer flavors stayed with me long after the sip. The mouthfeel is good, but I couldn't help wanting something thicker and less carbonated, considering the flavors.

This is good, but a little underwhelming. More like a mix of a porter and German dark lager than an old ale...or just not what I prefer an old ale to be (Bell's Third Coast Old Ale is still tops). I was hoping for more "oldness" from an old brewery. But still, it's solid and I'd never kick it outta my snifter.

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

This is an English old ale style of brewing and I can't help wondering which part of it is "old".
Nothing actually taste aged in this ale; I was expecting some form of aged taste of some sort
(not that I have tasted really aged beers though) Freshness date was September this year; 2 odd
months more, in other words. Don't get me wrong, this old ale is a good beer for sure and worth
trying even for the skeptics of English ales, like myself. My Theakston Old Peculier was
purchased off the shelf at one of the Cold Storage supermarkets and I served it slightly chilled
in my Brewerkz pint glass as this one's a 50cl bottle. The Old Peculier pours our a very dark
red brown (actually pretty blackish already) with an average head with rather mild retention
which quickly reduces into a coffee like lacing. The smell is caramel and toffee like. The taste
was also caramel and generously malty; quite a party for the mouth. This taste is completely
reminiscent of Doppelbocks, surprisingly; it was at the same time mellow but the pity is that
the taste is not sufficiently rich. The body for this ale is sufficiently thick and it was silky
smooth in the mouth and when it slithers down the throat; lacks a little carbonation but still
pretty good mouthfeel on the whole. The after taste was minimal; though predominantly tasty malts.
A good ale that makes me want to try another old ale or two. Looking forward to the Thomas Hardy
Vintage Ale series. However if that is just another doppelbock taster, I guess it would be rather
disappointing; we'll see. :)

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

Pours a deep dark ruby brown with plenty of creamy tan head that clings to the glass and takes forever to fade. Smells very malty and a little chocolatey, with a hint of pepper. The taste is also very malty and sweet. There's also a little raisin there as well. A tasty brew. The mouthfeel is very creamy and heavy, excellent. Overall, it's an awesome porter, and very drinkable, especially if you're a fan of dark beers.

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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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