Peculiar | Granite Brewery & Restaurant

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Granite Brewery & Restaurant
Ontario, Canada
granitebrewery.ca

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
47
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
9.07%
 
 
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0
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3
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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of Mandrake
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from a hand pump not two feet from my seat, this beer pours out a beautiful deep red with brownish hints and a light tan head that settles out from a foamy body and lasts very well, leaving solid lacing. Some light citrusy hops come on top of a deep and resiny malt base. Almost an old ale, but well classified, I think, as an English strong. The complexity showing with the very moderate ABV is impressive. Coffee and piles of thick caramel, sticky and sweet. Taste only improves upon the promise held in the scent. Vinous notes pour forth, the hoppiness showing well in a balancing role, but not distracting from the real show, the strong malts and barleywine character. Nuttiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, typical for cask, plenty of body though, and quite warming. Drinkability is excellent. My favourite Granite brew, just great.

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Photo of SchoonerNS
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of jbonapar
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Favorite Beer froma great Pub Brewery in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A Close Second to Propeller for Nova Scotian Beer.

A nice amber/dark pour with a sweet but subtle head. Nice lacing around the glass, looks great in a pub!

Smell is wonderfull, hops, dry malt with some nice mineral eart.

Love the taste of this beer. Dry but sweet, dense but light. A nice caramel undertone which i feel balances the fuggle hops that are used in the mix. Just fantastic. A great beer to have with some banger's and mash.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a clear deep dark mahogany hue, with a single finger of creamy off-white head, which leaves a thin ring of lace as it recedes. It smells of dry roasted malt, some orchard fruitiness, and light earthy hops. The taste is roasted caramel malt, a light coffee/chocolate essence, and more terra-hops. The carbonation is average, the body full and kind of mealy, in the pitted fruit way, and it finishes slightly sweet, some of that fruit rounding things out.

A pretty sturdy full-flavoured beer, I could see the appeal of having this as an old standby.

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Photo of Antikythera
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a beautiful clear red-brown like strong tea. Very little head even when poured at home.

Smell: hoppy, nutty, and sweet.

Taste: as above, rich and a bit caramelly/toasty. The hops are distinguishable but not bitter until the end when the last few mouthfuls have warmed up in your hand.

Mouthfeel: creamy, silky. Not too thin at all.

Drinkability: surprisingly easy for a beer this dark. One of my all-time favourites.

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4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown body, with a thin white cap. Aroma is floral, toffee, grain, a tad minty and citrusy. Taste was excellent. Great balance. Strong on the malts, fruity, toffee, some chocolate. Balanced by a nice hop bitterness, dry after taste. Smooth, creamy and easy drinking. Great cask ale.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Molson2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Granite Brewery in Toronto. Deep ruby red liquid underneath a huge rocky head. Beautiful to look at. Aroma and flavour both have strong caramel and chocolate notes. This beer is also pleasantly smooth and fresh tasting. A very sessionable drink.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint on cask at Volo. Arrives a nice rich loamy brown with almost no head even after an aggressive cask pour. Nose is caramel and toast, a hint of weird sweet note that borders on solventy.

A really nice pint that is made for cask. Light grassy bitterness with a pleasant hop bite in the finish but this not about the hops. Cocoa, earth, a hint of rust, caramel, toast. Light flavored but nuanced and pleasant. The almost complete lack of carbonation suits it as the mouthfeel is creamy and pleasing, drawing out the flavor. An easy pint to finish and I would gladly have another.

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Photo of liamt07
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, served in a nonic pint.

Poured a dark ruby, bordering on burgundy with a tan head and good retention/solid lacing. Nose has some soft toffee, sweet tobacco, bit of smoke and roastiness. Taste has more caramel/toffee, with a gentle bitterness underlying. Dark bread, with some toast and roastiness to the malts. Great mouthfeel, full. Good drink, something to check out.

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Photo of Viggo
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Granite Brewery. Peculiar is a nutty reddish brown colour, with thick whitish head when poured. Smells interesting, maltiness and a little bit of citrusy scents. I love the taste of this brew, dark malty sweet with some fruitiness and a bitter finish. The mouthfeel is excellent, very full and creamy. I love this beer very much and I think it has very high drinkability. I suggest anyone in Toronto who hasn't been to Granite yet does so.

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Photo of grub
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

sampled on cask as part of the volo cask days 2006. thanks to ralph and all involved for putting together an awesome fest.

this was the bourbon barrel aged version prepared for this year's volo cask days.

pours a nice ruby colour with a thin head.

aroma is great. nice and malty with a great oaky vanilla punch. slightly sweet.

taste is great. slightly sweet malty base. nice oaky vanilla character from the barrel that is balanced and meshes really well with the base peculiar. slight bitterness and lingering sweetness in the finish. no trace of alcohol.

mouthfeel is ok. decent body and low carbonation.

drinkability is good. well balanced and low alcohol presence make it very drinkable.

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Photo of TerryW
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made the trek down to the brewery to try this (and a few others) out first hand.

Handsome red brown with a tight, even head. Good lacing throughout. Appetizing nose with malt and hops both distinctly present. Nice grapefruit citrus aroma from the hops.

Similarly nice balance of malt and hop to drink this one. love the grapefruit hp character, nicely pronounced malt up front. Some roastiness adds another dimension.

Enjoyable overall, I preferred this to the bottle version. Nice compliment to an enjoyable meal on site.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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 DrJay
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the whiskey barrel aged offering at Volo Cask Days. There was a faint smoke aroma in addition to the regular malty profile. The barrel added a bit of whiskey sweetness to the flavour, as well as a sharp smokiness that was a bit out of balance. It was great to see the brewer trying something new with a long established product. Hopefully we'll see this one again.

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Photo of peensteen
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear-reddish brown colour, one finger of white head, some lace. Smell i s a nice mix of toasted grainy malts, fruity with a bit of nutty chocolate, light roast, biscuity with a little floral-fruity hops. Taste is malty with toasty grains, light hop bitterness. Lightly carbonated, light-medium body. This is pretty good but not terribly interesting though, would not pass up if offered but not somethign worth seeking out.

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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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Peculiar from Granite Brewery & Restaurant
3.75 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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