Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 189   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Cask; Regular.
The beer that made Masham famous! A rich, dark, smooth-tasting beer with an unequalled flavour. Brewed using the traditional Fuggle hop, Old Peculier is our best known beer and has a large and enthusiastic following all over Britain and around the world.

tombyars' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tombyars (1615) - Saltcoats, - MAR 13, 2012
I just love this beer, it embodies everything I like about Real Ale. Been drinking OP since 1980 and my dear old father-inlaw managed to get my local Wetherspoons in Saltcoats to stock it as a regular, well done Jimmy! How many pubs in Scotland can say they do OP as a regular? The best examples of dispensed Old Peculier do come from the Masham brewery and other hostelries in North Yorkshire. One of my best ever pints came from the Black Swan, Bedale in June 1987. Cask, handpump dispense. Tasting notes on this pint. Black ruby in colour with ruby highlights and a tight barley white creamy head. Thick rich mouthfeel with a delicious creamy texture. Full bodied with dark malts and roast barley evident. Complex malt combinations giving multi layered flavours. Slight hint of black coffee, roast barley grain, syrupy dates, raisin fruit, treacle toffee but black molasses do dominate overall. Slight prickle of earthy hop resins give a short bitter aftertaste, short in intensity. Malt returns in the sweet finish with big vinous notes of syrupy prunes, muscovado sugar, vinous oak cask and treacle flavours. One of the few ales to remain more or less consistant with the passage of time - long may this continue. This is an all time classic Old Ale and I recommend that you find yourself in one of those North Yorkshire country pubs and drink a bit of nostalgic history.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodbod (207) - SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
From a wooden cask at Glasgow Real Ale Festival. This is such an interesting beer, and very different from what is bottled. The aroma is rich and malty, but also sharp, with a very fine sour note. The taste matches this accurately. Barrel ageing has added so much to the complexity: it’s malty and rounded, but also has the sharp tang of secondary fermentation. I suppose the downside of using wooden barrels is their variability. I tried this beer at the Paisley Beer Festival last year and it was very disappointing, whereas this glass was most excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (3390) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2016
Cask at the Black Horse, Brierley Hill. Pours dark reddy brown with a large head. Aroma is sour raisin and caramel. Taste is raisin and caramel with some sour wood.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ngejo (890) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 14, 2016
Tap. Clear, brown, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thellgren (830) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 6, 2016
pint @ The Lamb & Flag, Oxford. This has the malty flavour of the bottled version but also something extra. A taste that is hard to explain coming from the live yeast. Just a bit dryness also in a nice way. Quite excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PlantCityJax (56) - Plant City, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Cask. Malty brown beer. Tasted a little "thin" but that may be due to it being from a cask. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjp12 (1424) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2016
Rather sweet malt aroma, which is not really balanced out by the complexity of the flavours.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Osprey (6633) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2016
Cask at The Moon Under Water, Wolverhampton. As ’Theakston Old Peculier’. Very dark brown with a red hue, creamy off-white head endures and leaves dotted lacing. Aroma is cardboard, molasses and underlay. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is raisin, rum, bread, gluey, varnish, apple peel, spicy finish. Just not my type of thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (4364) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Via handpump, Cross Keys, Handsworth, Sheffield. One of those I’d have put money on having already rated. Anyway, in its dimpled mug, it’s dark, copper coloured, with an unclean lines haze. Film of sticky, cream coloured head. Nose is fruity and vinous. Hint of chocolate malts. Hint of vanilla. Taste has a vinous, tart streak, with some caramel sweetness on the lips. It’s not in good nick, but it’s very drinkable. I’ve had better pints of this, but this is still good, to the tune I might have another...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2015
Cask, half. Railway Tavern. Chelmsford, 23rd December 2015. Opaque. Black. Some white/beige lacing. Blackcurrants, figs and leather on aroma. A bit like Ken’s leather jacket! Vintage! Taste is blackcurrants, licorice, leather. vinous almost port-like notes, some cigar ash and cold espresso. A really good old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
redders1974 (1009) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2015
Much like the bottle plum figs great stuff on rap at the railway greenfield

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