Theakston Old Peculier | T & R Theakston Ltd.

very good
1,021 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 geexploitation
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with some ruby highlights on the edges. Delicate tan head that leaves some thin lacing and a collar. Aromas are nicely sweet, with molasses and butterscotch/diacetyl notes that mingle together nicely and are never overdone. On the palate, the diacetyl is less dialed-down and a bit more out of wack at higher temperatures, but at lower temperatures the palate is nicely malty and sweet, showing highlights of chocolates and molasses. Very smooth mouthfeel, with slick malts and only minimal carbonation making for a drink that feels surprisingly light for an old ale. Overall, this is a good old ale, and an especially good option given its availability in the US compared to other beers of the style.

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Photo of mpyle
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice appearance - a creamy pale tan head with good retention, and a dark amber color with nice clarity

Clean aroma - some malty sweetness but not much else.

Some subtle alcohol spice and a strong sherry note. Hops hidden but enough bittering to keep the beer from being overly sweet.

Medium body and carbonation, and very creamy. A bit of slickness on the tongue, but not much alcohol warming.

The beer does taste old, but the oxidized character works well and gives it a distinctive taste and mouthfeel. A very big 5.7% ABV beer.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber, clear. Mild head. Beautiful color and presentation.

Dark ripe fruits. Cool and crisp. Applish.

Light grape/apple. Mild alcohol tinge. Good but not strong. Not too sweet.

Nice carbonation and mild foamation.

Not bad, not my favorite. I’d try again.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Old Ale to review.

Very dark garnet colored head. 1/2 inch thick dissipates, leaves layer of foam.

Caramel, Toffee, butter aromans with some fruit mixed in. Plums, perhaps? Also, a slight sour smell.

Crisp flavor, slightly sour. Much lighter flavor than I was expecting, given the aromas and appearance.

Deceptively light mouthfeel. Slightly fizzy.

Overall, a good beer and recommended.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark with a nice, small, but dense tan head. Ruby highlights and brilliant clarity. Excellent lacing as the foam dies away.

S - Rather sweet maltiness with little hops. As it warms the nose becomes more pronounced and complex, with different malt aromas and a touch of molasses.

T/M - A perfect level of carbonation and an excellent medium body lay the foundation for the sweet caramel and hints of molasses that this beer delivers.

D - A bit more body and a kick up in the alcohol would make this beer stand out even more and allow some extra room for more complexity, but I really don't have any complaints. This is a very good beer, and a good example of the style.

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

This was one hell of a beer. Incredibly smooth. Not very bitter. A good chocolate malty flavor with a good alcohol balance. A beer that warmed me up and that I will seek out in cold wheater. The smell added so much to this beer. Oh man. CHOCOLATE MALT LOVERS MUST TRY THIS!!!

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

Dark blackish-brown brew with short tan head

When I first poured this beer, it was too cold and frankly unimpressive but as it warmed (also it poured a nicer head when warmer) an incredible amount of complexity came out. The aroma was pretty malty with some sweetness.

The flavor was very well-balanced. Smooth yet with a crisp bite of hops and matched well with perfect amount of pleasant carbonation. I can taste coffee, chocolate, and maybe a tiny bit of red wine. The sweet and bitter notes match up perfectly.

An excellent beer. I think this is the first of its style I've had, but I look forward to trying more if this beer is representative.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep garnet with one finger of light brown head that dissipates in five minutes leaving a thin ring of lacing behind.

S - Figs, dates, red grapes and cauliflower,

T - A bit of dark malts with a touch of dark fruits. Alcohol. As this abv, it should most certainly be undetectable. Umm, a bit of cauiflower in the flavor as well. The aftertaste has only the faintest bitterness to it.

M - Slick, thin, smooth and very refreshing.

D - Not too shabby, I'd drink it again. It isn't amazing, but it is drinkable and pleasant. More of a dessert beer, but you could have it with some choice foods.

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Photo of Doomcifer
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, dark, cow brown with a great frothy/creamy head that retains excellently. Great lacing as well. Pretty beer!

Aroma is very malty, nutty, and biscuity.

Flavor is again, biscuity, very malty, bready, nutty, very mild hops in the finish, a very faint spiciness occuring from the light hops. Very tasty!

Mouthfeel is liquid velvet and oily. Well carbonated.

Extremely drinkable as this beer is not only ridiculously tasty, but at 5.7% abv, it's not so much a knock out beer. Tremendous session capabilities. I'm gonna have to buy more of these!! Total blindbuy and am blindsided!

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Photo of kmacphail
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Classic English ale that is available in just about every lisceneced shop in the UK. It has a cult following in places so I thought I would give it a try.

A very dark pint poured into the glass but the head died off in less than 5 seconds, not a good start in my opinion. The nose was more appealing with a good smell of roasted hops and barley with a hint of dark roasted malts thrown in for good measure.

A nice hoppy and roasted barley taste flowed round the mouth. However it felt like I was drinking coloured water, very light palate which was very odd given the style of beer. This was then followed by a lingering after taste of roasted malts, nice, but a bit too dominant. This prevented me from taking another one. This beer for me was a bit like eating a strong German or Italian sausage: tasted good at the time, but I was still tasting it for a good while later.

Overall not a bad beer, but I was expecting more.

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Photo of HerrBob
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance clear & dark brown/red

Smell - pleasant nutty/coffee smell

Taste - milder than expected. Malty with little or no hoppy taste.I probably rate lower than some as I love hops.

Mouth feel - slightly watery. Carbonation is on the low side.

Drinkability - overall a good beer for those who prefer a mild malty brew.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is one of those beers I have looked for, but could never find it.

Appearance was dark brown/ deep red, with a small head.

Smell of malt, burned malts and molasses, maybe a bit too cold.

Taste of dark malts, coffee, a strong maltbitter and some malty notes. Mouthfeel was a little watery.
Nothing really fruity or hopbitter, just strongly leaning on the roasted malts and somewhat one-dimensional. Do I miss something here?

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.13/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Damn! I was super excited to see the Old Pec in a 500ml bottle, and I hadn't had it in years, so I grabbed one, and shared it with the JW (gangrel7).
Poured into straight pint glasses a deep mahogany brown with a creamy tan head.
Smells great, almost like I remembered, toasty, roasty, hints of chocolate, caramel, and almost no hops, I'd say the earthy Fuggles or Goldings would be masked by the other aromas.
Dang, what happenned? Where'd that huge BANG of flavour go? I remember this brew being a big whack of dark malt and chocolate malts, finishing dry and fruity, big and strong, with a huge body. I think I must have got a re-badged bottle. This brew has hints of what it used to be like, but unless my palate has changed that much, they've tweaked the Old Pec. The mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery, very peculiar. The bottle says "based on an old family recipe". Maybe they lost the original and this is the best they could come up with?

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Photo of dhilltop2000
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an intriguing dark stained leather color with ruby accents. Head is light, some-what sudsy, but capped with a tight layer. Smells of sweet cooked caramel, grain and light dose of hops. Thinner than I would like from this style of beer and lacking a great finish. Moderately balanced but drinkable.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a dark brown with a nice head. The smell is sweet and malty. The taste is very sweet and malty. The mouthfeel is full and slightly chewy. This isn’t the beer I remembered from years ago when I first tasted it. It is very drinkable and pleasant!

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark cream head, with an even darker, ruby body of liquid, the head stayed around for a while, then cleared off somewhere else.

Malts and fruits above all in the aroma.

The taste also has malts in abundance, but it is more complicated than that, aftertastes of fruits and hops burst through. This gives it a mouthfeel different to the first taste, strange, but strangley drinkable!

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer from Paul Bussierre from Union Beer Distributors. We're blessed.

Tasted rather peculiar...on tap at the Peculier Pub? Ok, enough bullshit.

Not too impressed with this one. Feel a bit iconoclastic and defiant, being overly critical of the world's classics. But this is not my game, and 1st amendment is proud in my country.

The aroma had a faint raisin subtlety. This was the one saving grace of the beer. It showed up in the aftertaste as well, but was short-lived.

A drinkable brew, but you know what? It's because (in my opinion) at the expense of flavor.

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

A fine example of the style, extremely drinkable. I recommend enjoying this ale with fish and chips in the right surroundings: your local english pub. It is malty and strong while not overpowering. It has a pleasant finish and the color is dark and inviting. This ale is delightful in every way

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Photo of Fuller
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep, dark ruby color with tan head that quickly dissipates to a thin lace. Leaves a smal amount of lacing

S - strong malt smell along with sweet plum and roasted coffee.

T - Initially sweet malty taste with some fruit and coffee followed by some earthy hops and spiciness.

M - Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall a good ale that I will definitely have again.

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Photo of fwine36
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, almost black, with reddish highlights. Initial head (about two fingers) quickly reduced to thin lacy foam with lace on glass. Coffee, roasty aroma. Wonderful taste of coffee, nut, chocolate with just a bit of sweetness. Limited hoppiness. A little thin for the taste and appearance. Not a session beer but excellent with a variety of food from mussels in red gravy to beef.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black but slightly translucent body with very thin offwhite head. Smells malty, kind of earthy maybe? Similar to a Scottish ale in aroma. The first thing I noticed about this beer when tasting it was the mouthfeel. It is a fairly thick feeling beer. Very impressive in that department. Tastes sweet and malty. Almost no hop to speak of. Also has hints of a black licorice or rootbeer flavor to it (the aroma had this too). Kind of roasty too, but not enough to make it more similar to a porter. Reminds me in many ways of a Scottish or Scotch/wee heavy ale. Very tasty. Complex flavors, but well-balanced. Does not hit you over the head with any particular flavor or the entire flavor in general. Not something I'd drink everyday, but I'm pretty impressed.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark browm semi transparent with a off white head.
Not a lot to the smell but some burnt mat sweetness
The flavour has banana cloves and sultanas .There is a hint of alcohol tartness but is tempered in the after taste by the fruity malts.
Is surprisingly thin in the mouth which is a bonus for me
A nice beer that is well worth a try but I couldnt drink it in quantity

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

Poured a deep burgundy into my pint pot. A one finger off white head formed, which quickly receded to a negligible level. Maybe my glass is dirty, but little lacing, which I find odd for a beer like this.

The aroma I find very pleasant indeed. Chocolaty/toffee smell, with dried dark fruits (prunes, raisins) in the background. A delicious malt aroma in the background throughout. Intense, dark chocolate flavour on sipping, with roasted nuts and a hint of coffee. Blackcurrants and a suggestion of spice (nutmeg maybe?) in the finish. The ale feels nice and full bodied in the mouth, and drinking this stuff is no difficult task. There's little fizziness to it, which I like. This was one of the first ales I tried, and it has quickly become a staple, either as a beer when feeling unadventurous, or when I just want a reminder of the taste of an old favourite. It’s definitely seductive.

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

Clear chestnut with a faint reddish purple hue. A short head of beige foam fell rapidly to a solid ring with a wisp of tiny bubbles on the surface. Malty aroma full of caramel and toffee, but there's a strong fruitiness that's reminiscent of prunes and there's a bit of cocoa in there as well. Same in the flavour, along with moderate bitterness and a hint of hops. Medium bodied, kind of on the light side for an old ale, with medium/low carbonation. Still, it's palate coating. Not bad at all - pretty tasty and easy to drink. I think I've gotten spoiled on slightly bigger old ales, so this one seems a little more "refreshing" than I expected. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Mandrake
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep blood red, quite clear, with a medium tan head that builds to nearly two fingers before dissipating slightly, though retention is good. Leaves some lacing. Small is quite sweet, but a bit subdued, with fruity notes of cherry and plum, caramel, and a minor nutty note. Taste is more assertive, touching many of the same bases. The vinous note is puzzling, and I'm not quite sure what I'm tasting beyond the fact that it's intriguing and pleasant. Mouthfeel seems a shade thin, but still warming, and drinkability is rather better than I'd expected. An impressive and unique offering.

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Theakston Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
3.94 out of 5 based on 1,021 ratings.
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