Peculiar | Granite Brewery & Restaurant

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Granite Brewery & Restaurant
Ontario, Canada

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A strong English ale, not too hoppy and reddish brown in colour. It is a dark, malty brew, full in taste with a sweet dry finish.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-11-2003

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Glorithm
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eberesford
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark ruby brown with modest head and light lacing. Aroma: dark toffee leather: Flavour: treacle, raisin, cookie. Nicely reminiscent of the original if a little cold on tap at the brewpub.

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Photo of StormAles
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of patre_tim
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and slightly cloudy. Moderate carbonation, topped with 2 fingers of creamy white head.

Smells of cream, brown sugar, hide, and hard water.

Tastes of coke, malts, brown sugar, slight sweetness, a hint of banana, and hard water.

Moderate body, slightly syrupy, slightly foamy.

Got in Toronto near Summerhill Subway Station, LCBO today, October 19, 2016. Drinking in at Kitchener Motel. Really ok. I say no more.

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On cask tap at The Henry House in Halifax.
Copper body with good clarity topped by a durable, light tan head.

Sweet and roasted grains with faint hops in the aroma.
The flavor follows. A touch more bitter than sweet.
Smooth, near medium body.
Alcohol more obvious than it should be in both the taste and the feel; especially in the taste.
Some toffee up front and again in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the LCBO this past summer.

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled 7 July 2014

APPEARANCE: A hard pour yields a one finger, medium-thick looking, creamy white head with good retention. Hazy rust brown in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a nice wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp with some decent lacing down the glass as it empties. Good looking.

SMELL: Malty sweet with toffee, caramel, dried dark fruits, hints of raisins and some earthy hops on the nose. Good stuff again.

TASTE: Dried fruit, raisins, caramel and sweet fruit up front. Medium but lingering finish of earthy hops, caramel, dried fruit, biscuit and raisins. Flavorful and well balanced malty sweetness. Good stuff yet again.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly lower levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a touch dry.

OVERALL: Really good brew. A nice, malt forward yet balanced, low-carbed English ale. Would definitely drink this one again. Give it a try if you enjoy the style. This one went down far too easily. Recommended.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

385ml pour at the only cafe, toronto, sep 25 2015. dark brown, off-white head. english yeasty with some banana notes. raisins. dark caramel-y malts. medium-minus mouthfeel with moderate carbonation

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

dark cloudy plum brown, golden amber when held up to the light. no head at first but the bubbles rise up to give a thin fine layer that fades out again.

on the nose, sweet raisins and prunes, a bit bready. roasted grains.

taste follows nose on this one. some raisins and prunes, toasty malts. hop bitters at the end.

mouth feel is smooth but quite watery. hardly any carbonation.

Overall a bit lack lustre. some ok flavours are there but they feel watered down, downed out. Nice balance though of sweet, malty, hopy, but doesnt draw out enough depth in any of them. Not bad but not great.

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Photo of Electros
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $5.00 for a 22oz bomber. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours no head that doesn't even film out. Dark brown and filtered clear

S- Not a lot here. Some malt.

T- A touch sour. Wondering if I had a bad one. No other tell tale signs of an infected beer but it is sourish.

M- A touch sour. Has low carbonation.

O- Not a big fan of Granite Brewery beers and this one continues the trend. Been to the bar a few times and enjoy the fish and chips however this beer is not for me.

Food Pairing

This ok beer would go well with...... Sushi. The light yet sweet nature of this beer would pair well to a nice dynamite roll.


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4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

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3.76/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ssmack
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A dark reddish brown that varies from almost black at the top to dark toffee to amber at the bottom of pint glass. One and a half inch of beige head that lasted well. Some tiny carbonation bubbles. Great lacing and retention. Looks great.

A very malty aroma of toffee and cognac. Very nice.

The taste is not nearly as malty as the nose led me to expect. A quick taste of grainy crackers and then nutty roasted malts with a touch of prunes. It then opens the mouth with a cold steely taste that resolves into nuttiness and grassy bitter aftertaste. As it warms there is a sour off-taste.

A medium feel that seems to open the palette and then ends with dryness.

This ale seems to have a refined taste. I enjoyed it but wish there was a touch of the sweet toffee in the taste.

650 ml bottle from Queens Quay LCBO with bottled date July 30 2014

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Photo of WillAndSarah
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JasonLovesBeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Stripeymonkey
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Peculiar looks plain. And very flat. An immaculately clear mahogany tone, this beer isn't too keen to share much colour or sheen, not even when held directly into the light. With a necklace of pearl-like bubbles it looks pretty - or could were it not intent on staying so dark and concealed.

The aroma has oxidative notes similar to those found in a sherry or port, and also compares to the latter in terms of its presence of dried fruitiness; raisins factor heavily into this bouquet. There is another kind of sweetness too, a fleeting butterscotch- or toffee-like note that smells like a dried out confection or a fruit cake found in the 'day old' bin at the bakery.

The palate replays much of the same, affording the drinker a necessary extension to place these vague and mild flavours. Dried cherries, scorched toffee, candied nuts, and a trace of browned butter are added to the revised list. The taste, however, it must be said, is dull as a butter-knife.

I'm not sure what's keeping all these inherently sweet flavours (dried fruits and confection) from leading to a cloying, overly sweet mouthfeel (especially in the absence of such a feeble malt bill) but the ale is fairly dry and concludes with a faint peatiness and a coffee bean-like roast so brief as to almost seem as though it were imagined. There's no texture on the finish.

Like any Ontario beer drinker in the early 00's (or the two decades prior) I was weaned onto craft beer by Granite Brewery, back when that was one of the only games in town. At that time Peculiar was about as rich and complex as beer got in Toronto - how far we've come. Sadly, while I still maintain fond memories of this Old Ale, it hasn't translated well from cask to the bottle.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of spinrsx
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bomber Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, grains, caramel, vinegar?

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grains, and caramel/molasses. I can also taste a bit of vinegar/apples and hops.

Overall - The odd tart/lactic/vinegar flavour threw me off with this one. Just wasn't doing it for me. Wouldn't buy this one again.

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Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of polloenfuego
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: pours a clear chestnut brown with two fingers of foamy white head that breaks quickly leaving some lacing and a thin film of foam.

S: malts, some floral notes, a touch of anise and some fruity hops.

T: malts... Lots of malts. Hops come in on the end, but the malts dominate.

M: medium carbonation and a dry finish.

O: the maltiness of this beer lets you know right up front that this is a British style ale. The flavor and body are just screaming pub ale to me, and I would happily have a pint or two again if offered.

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Photo of RevCraig
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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