Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Bottle: Pasteurised.
Abv reduced from 5.7 to 5.6 in 2010.
Its initial sweetness is, apparently, "of roasted and vinous notes with a subtle bitter aftertaste". Strong fruitiness, often with "banana notes" standing out, is derived from Old Peculier’s fermentation process.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2003
Deep brown with small head. Faint roast malt aroma. Roast nuts up front with floral hops finish. As it warmed up, more bitter coffee flavors

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2003
Nice very dark brown color - a shade darker than the bottle; thin head; malt/hop taste with a not unpleasantly bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
kindestcut (30) - Addison, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2003
My latest review of a Yorkshire beer, the English version of West Virgina...but their beer is better. Old Peculiar pours a dark ruby-brown with an amber hue when held to the light. The head was light and dissipated slowly throughout the tasting. The aroma was quite slight. Hanging above the glass was a distinct malt with a hint of grain. A very tasty brew. I was struck that the taste was weak at the front-end but quite apparent after. I observed a bitter/hoppy taste, definite malt, and slight (almost imperceptible) sweetness. There was a slight carbonation but not at all fizzy. I enjoyed drinking this beer which would be a great one for meals, in my opinion. Overall, it could be my favorite British beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2003
I have not had this beer for over 10 years and it was fun to try it again. More or less as I remembered it--lots of caramel, pruny stewed fruit, a perfect amount of hop bitterness to cut through the fruitcake flavor. I have never been a tremendous fan of the more 'dirty' tasting of the English ales, but it was nice to revisit this peculiar flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2003
Brown volor, thick tan head. Very malty aroma with hints of earthy smokiness, burnt sugar and caramel. Soft and malty mouthfeel. Smoke, toffee, coffee and wood. Fruity notes of banana and dried dark fruit. soft malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Mmm, very nice beer. Pours a rich black, with a huge, cookie-coloured head. Aroma is primarily mildly toasted malt, and grain. Flavour is ever so slightly toasted, rich & woody, with a slight chocolate hint. Finish is sweet, and has almost no aftertaste. A great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sully (1379) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 19, 2003
Great presentation in the glass, a deep copper colour with a nice creamy head. The nose is estery with some banana and aniseed. The mouthfeel is thick and taste of buttery diacetyl. Overall true to its name right down to the quirky spelling.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a very dark brown liquid that light can penetrate with somewhat creamy off-white head that dissipates quickly, but leaves a thin covering. Aroma is of hops, grain, straw, grass. Flavor is of medium hops with grain, cereal, followed by a smooth ad creamy-textured finish. Flavor not-so-great upfront, but better in the rear. The finish is worth the generic beer blandness of hops upfront. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - AUG 16, 2003
This beer appeared a dark ruby color when held up to the light, with a minimum head and silky lacing. It had an earthy, woody aroma, vinous and cotton candy sweet. Smooth and medium bodied, complex, very ripe fruit, cherries and caramel. The finish was mild and slightly sweet. A luscious ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - AUG 11, 2003
a dark brownish ruby color with nice off-white head. nice roasted malt aroma. taste is of chocolate malt with hints of toffee and caramel, with a slightly bitter finish and a nice creamy mouthfeel.

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