Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tombyars (1356) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
edsspoon (406) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Cask - deep ruby red with a creamy light brown head. Good retention, some lacing. Aroma of plum and chocolate. Taste of chocolate, plum, light roasted malt, sweet cocoa and finished off with some caramel and light bitterness. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MichaelAwesome (4070) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 9, 2014
On tap at the Cowes Week. This one tells me it has 7 or 8 per cent in abv and seems to be inspired by syrup. Thick and heavy piwo with loads of plums, similar ripe fruits, bit of sugar, some malt and bananas. Easily drinkable but also really thick and full bodied. Respect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
McTapps (4070) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - AUG 9, 2014
On cask at the Cowes Week at the Cowes Marina. Pours out in a deep dark brown colour with low smooth head and medium to smooth body. Aroma of barley, malt and plums - nice! Taste of malt, barley, cake, prunes, raisins, plums, light chocolate and light torf. Wonderful smooth finish. Enjoyed it a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2825) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 9, 2014
Cask at Oluthuone Leskinen, Oulu. Originally rated 06012012. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, sweetness, caramel and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SarkyNorthener (1947) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2014
Cask@the roebuck, burton. Dark brown beer with tight creamy medium head and good lacing. Aroma of raisins and treacle. Taste is dark fruit, licorice, sweetish malts and raisins. Medium bodied slightly sticky. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1384) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1774) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2014
Cask at JDW, Balham 05/06. Pours a dark ruby brown with an off white head. Sweet, with treacle and dark fruit in the aroma. Medium body, light carbonation. Sticky, with lots of prune juice, caramel, light rum, hint of apple. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hidden_Pooch (304) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
Cask. Had this at the Great British Beer Festival. Probably my first and only old ale. Aroma was of black liquorice, fruits. It tasted very earthy with caramel, molasses, raisins and fruits. A very nice roasted malt flavour in there as well. Smooth and rich for everything going on with this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sjohnh (163) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2014
On tap in the Shakespeare, Coventry. Brown, going on purple, not much head. Enjoyable, complex ale with something herby complimenting the fruits, like a mulled wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5242) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2014
Cask (Black Bull, Masham) - Dark brown with red tinges. Raisins, roasted malt and nuts in the aroma. Fruity, sweet and malty taste with raisins, dates and caramel.

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