Old Peculier | T & R Theakston Ltd.

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Old PeculierOld Peculier

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-31-2001

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Photo of mdagnew
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle bought in Sainsburys.

Pours quite a reddish brown / mahogany colour. Head is quite thin and dark cream in colour.

Very nice aroma of fruit (plums??), toffee and some chocolate. Nice amount of maltiness too.

Taste – fruity, toasted caramel with a very nice malty sweetness.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a medium body…

Excellent English ale – extremely drinkable. One of my all time favourite beers… could drink this all night !!

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

Undated 12oz poured into a pint.

Brown to reddish brown around the edges. One finger head of tan foam that has retention and sticks.

Smells like toffee, floral hops and some suagary fruits. Suggestions of grape bubblegum.

Smooth malt and a slight hop twinge make up the taste. Finishes very clean with an almost creamy mouthfeel. A nice dark session beer.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imagine sitting by the fire on Christmas Eve and you grab an Old Peculier from the snow. You pour it and find a nice, red/brown color with a thick, brown head on top. You catch a whiff of cinnamon and some sort of berry, maybe more than one type so you can't quite distinguish what it is.

The first taste gives you a malty, chocolatey tast with some subtle black licorice hints. Very smooth, you savor the taste and feel in your mouth. The berry smell isn't in the taste so it doesn't get to you as being too sweet. This is good.

This one might be put in with the winter brews packages but it is one that I'd hoist year round. Here's to the holidays!

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Photo of danielharper
3.86/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

An aggressive pour gives a nice thick foamy brown head on top of a dark, almost-black amber colored beer. Upon first glance, I could almost think this was a stout, until noticing the deep reddish tinge on the bottom of the glass. Very nice presentation, including a nice, classic-lined bottle.

The nose has a strong fruit character to it, nicely balanced between apples and generic "fruitiness", and some malty bitterness mixed in for good measure. Inviting to be sure, but not a lot of complexity to get lost in.

Taste is better, more complex, with the aforementioned apples reaching the tongue first, then fading away and giving in to a dry maltiness. Bitterness is left upon the tongue to sit for a few minutes, until after a few moments it leaves just a pleasant memory on the palate. Enjoyable, would probably go well with breaded chicken or fish dishes.

Mouthfeel is a bit more watery than I'd like, although that's really more of a nit to pick than anything else. Overall foamy goodness here in the mouthfeel, and a swish around the mouth is pleasant, but the carbonation seems a bit overdone and it's not quite as nice as I'd like.

Overall drinkability is pretty positive, as I'm sure I could put away a few of these if it came right down to it. Quite a decent beer, although nothing that makes me yearn for more, and I'm looking forward to trying it as a dinner beer sometime in the future -- it'll probably work well with grilled steaks or chicken tenders.

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Photo of mynie
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice color no head. Very deep, dark red that I mistook for black.

Very rich aroma of fruit and malt. Some espresso in there, as well.

Candy sweet fruit upfront moving into a more bitter malt middle and an ending of coffee and chocolate. It's like mixing your Fruity Pebbles with your Coco Pebbles and somehow having it work.

The firm body and great drinkability make this one prime session ale. If I ever see this little baby on tap I'm ordering a pitcher.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish black with ruby highlights when held to the light, and a thick tan head that retains nicely. Smell is all malt, with vitrually no hops presence whatsoever (but this is an old ale so its not inappropriate for the style) with a big butterscotch and toffee flavors and a plum or raisin fruit smell, but the diacetyl is too evident in my opinion. Taste beings with a big toffee flavor and continues with a plum/raisin/dark fruit flavor as well as the buttery diacetyl flavor. The mouthfeel is extremely smooth and creamy, really feels fantastic in the mouth and the carbonation is low which increases the smoothness. The drinkability is descent but i couldn't see drinking more than a few at a sitting.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old ales are beauties. This beer pours a deep ruby purple brown with a nice beige head. The head fell soon thereafter with slight lacing. Nose of sweet malt, hint of alcohol, some fruit. Smooth taste with oily maltiness coating the tongue. There is a touch of hops, but nothing serious. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is superb. If the malty complex finish was tasted earlier, this would have scored much higher. Easy quaffer, low ABV for an old ale, makes it a possibility for a session.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick, lightly tan head, that slowly falls to a ring of foam. Minimal lacing. A bit of a coffee cake-like aroma -- yes, coffee cake. Very smooth mouthfeel. Big caramel malt flavor, laced with sugar, and just a bit of a tawny, wine-like character. A bit tart towards the finish, which is pleasantly balanced by just the right amount of bitter hops, followed by a powdery sweetness. A complex ale, but a very nuanced one, and rather drinkable. I haven't had this in awhile and I think I need to have it more often. A great beer for cooler spring weather.

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Photo of RootedFool
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle purchased at the North Coast Co-op in Arcata, California, into a sturdy beer mug. The head is sudsy, bubbly, a little over an inch in height and is dark tan. The body is deep brown bordered by dark crimson streaks. The beer looks like royalty. Smell: flecks of dark chocolate, freshly baked sourdough bread; some faint espresso notes with a finish of candied plums. Taste: milk chocolate sweetness upfront, rapidly takes on some complexity -- slight hop bitterness tangled up in musty dark fruitiness. The middle is chocolate covered coffee beans and the finish is a slightly sour pop of hops with a receding base of dark fruit sweetness. Pleasant, yet complex. Mouthfeel: full, has a whipped-creaminess to it. Middling carbonation. I can imagine washing down a meal of slow-roasted beef with gravy and root vegetables with this brew, and being very satisfied.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't believe that after 11 years I finally got around to having another one. This is a complex-tasting, malty brew that is to be savored. I suspect that the sample I have is old, but that does not detract from the quality too much. Pours to a quickly retreating "head" of huge bubbles that fade to almost nothing. Deep ruby and brown color. Aroma is chiefly malt, caramel, and sherry with hints of vanilla and licorice. Flavor can be described as malty and complex (licorice, banana, port, sherry, etc...) with a perfect balance achieved by judicious hopping. Some nice toasty/roasty notes in there too. Don't drink it ice-cold, you'll miss all the flavors. The finish starts sweet but dries out in the aftertaste. That "sweetness-turned-dry" seems to be the alcohol component of the flavor. There's a lot going on in this old ale.

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Photo of acrawf6
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a very dark color, almost black, but has the dark ruby red of other dark english ales

aromas are almost floral, but has smells of coffee and some toffee.

sweet taste, good mouthfeel. was good and creamy, some tastes of bitter chocolate. ends up with more carbonation than i thought.

overall a real good beer, hits the spot when you want a good ale.

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Photo of Wonka
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 FL OZ

Appearance – clear garnet body; inch-thick white head; nice lace

Smell – a touch of the skunk awaited me; metallic; grainy; I’d like to have another to make sure this is proper

Taste – great sweetness in the middle; thankfully the tiny skunk moved elsewhere; slight bitterness enters midway and slackens late; a nice late caramel with even a touch of roast; the faintest dark fruit is present; close remains mostly sweet with a slight bitterness

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – clean and smooth with an almost medium body but not quite; lightly carbonated

This would be a great session beer if the smell of this particular sample cleared up

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Photo of droomyster
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Smells of milk chocolate and fresh plums and grapes, pours dark brown with a tan foamy head that quickly recedes. Color is more of a deep ruby red when held to a light. Tastes first of cocoa and dark fruits, then maple syrup, a bit leathery, doughy yeasts. Lightly bitter. Creamy textured medium body, a bit thin for my taste. Goes down easy with a finishing taste of mild coffee, not very bitter.

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Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with a thin beige head. A touch of lace coats the glass.

Malty aroma featuring carmelized sugar and maple syrup. Similar to a toffee candy bar.

Very sweet taste with a touch of burnt sugar. This is a rich beer with a low carbonation. The hop bitterness appears after the swallow. The aftertaste is shortlived.

Seems to be a cross between a brown ale and a Scottish ale. Not particularly noteable, but pleasant anyway.

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown liquid that lets only a little bit of light through. Very little head develops on this beer. Just a small amount of swirling bubbles dot the middle of the beer.

Smell: Cherry, sweet malts, oatmeal, yeast, and overall the smell of rising bread.

Taste: Roasty, sweet with a bit of diacetyl to it. Nice maltiness that does not back down. Some caramel and biscuit malt flavors that are nice and thick.

Mouthfeel: The texture on this beer is just fantastic. It coats the palate very well and tha malt profile is something you can damn near bite into. It's a pleasure in the mouth.

Drinkablity: This was an excellent brew to enjoy after a long day. Very crisp and thick and satisfying.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say this is a rather attractive looking bottle/label, 12 oz dark brown bottle with classy old fashioned label, good presentation.
And it is also a very attractive beer out of the bottle ,in the mug. Dark brown/mahogany coloured with a large frothy off white head.
The aroma is rather subdued in the English way, mostly malts, though i detect a presence of hop.
mmm nice beer to taste, malty,buttery smooth at first, then hints of chocolate and raisins and a short tart sour bitterness to finish, lingering bitter aftertaste. Good.
Quite good on the palate,reasonably smooth.
Nice beer, a good session beer here.

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Photo of Sammy
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An ale to appreciate for flavour. Amber brown, with a nice head. A dark bear's richer taste and sour kick, scotch, malty, and bitter. Thanks Radek for sharing and OKBeer for sending. Fuller mouthfeel. A splash was accidently added to a Dogfish 2004 and improved it's flavour.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured like a liquid black cherry into my 22oz glass. Head was an inch tall that fizzled loudly down to a generous cap. A sniff revealed a muted fruit smell with a touch of alcohol and grain. I really love this Pale Ale, the taste is so damn pleasing. Light caramel overtaken by a mild fruit and eclipsed by some English hops. Absolutely declious and nearly my favorite Pale Ale. The mouthfeel is medium but very balanced as far as carbonation goes. I feel like I could drink this forever.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark caramel brown, almost the color of Coca-cola, with a full tan head that dissipated quickly. The smell was somewhat sweet, with toasted malt coming through. And now for the taste... very full flavor of malt, both sweet and toasted, with a coffee/caramel flavor very present. A slight bitter finish in the end, a mild but present hops flavor but not overly bitter. In all, very drinkable and flavorful, warms the insides on a cold winter's eve.

On a pairing note, I've found (accidentally) that this goes quite well with chocolate ice cream (probably chocolate in general as well). Definitely not similar flavors, but a nice contrast, and the chocolate and cream mask the bitter finish of the beer. Give it a try!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12/19/04- Part of a 10 winter beer pack purchased at Cost Plus in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with a code of 3105M L135 5, poured into my Hangtown Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Two fingered creamy head with average lacing. A daker amber- reddish pour.

Smell- Actually kind of a sweet and sour smell to it. Very odd scent. Maybe a bit of dark roast in the background.

Taste- More sweet than sour if anything. Definite malt background with some sweet chocolate mixed in. Like a more flavorfull and sweet Guiness.

Mouthfeel- Thicker than expected and rather creamy. Very low carbonation to be had here. Easy to drink. Very easy.

Drinkability- Wish this had been the first beer of the night. Quite a yummy brew. Would love to try this on tap sometime.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle. Clear garnet hue, tan head leaves a nice lace. Awesome black currant, vinous smell. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Earthy, black currant, dark tree fruit malt taste. Finishes with a fermented fruit, alcohol flavor on the breath. One of my all time favorite brews from the Big Island.

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Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with a dry, high abv. aroma. The taste is decent. It has a thin malty flavor with a dry, yet slightly sweet finish. It is a bit toastey and bitter. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking Old Ale. It has excellent aroma and good flavor.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark, reddish brown with a creamy looking tan head. Slow to settle, it stops at 1/2", leaving nice lacing behind.
Smell is roasted malts, peat, light hops and smoke, some dark fruit and oak. Nicely complex and great balance.
Taste is smoke, peat, faint coffee, toasted malts and light hops with a bit of whiskey. So well balanced. Nice grain/malt aftertaste.
Medium bodied, with a light effervescence on the tip of the tongue. Fairly smooth and quite easy to drink. I used to think this was THE beer, but in recent years I have found many more that I like better. That said, I still drink it and would never turn one down. A good all around beer that really needs to be a little thicker for my tastes.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the NI CAMRA festival

Pours with a very dark, brown body, little light penetraion, light foamy head forms, slightly cloudy, slight head but little retention

Smell, malty and thick, warming alcohol aroma

Taste, thick and smooth, malty and slight sweetness, light carbonation

A great cask ale....this is a fantastic beer

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Photo of dgallina
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark clear mahogany with a good cream head which slowly subsides to a layer of foam and clingy lace. The nose is roasted malt with floral and alcohol spice notes. Flavor is carmel malts underlying oily diacetyl with a drying and appropriately bitter hop finish. Medium-light, creamy, and well-carbonated body. Surprisingly refreshing for an old ale.

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Old Peculier from T & R Theakston Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 1,027 ratings