Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2003
Very roasty, light alcohol nose, and malty aroma - also something like oatmeal to sweeten up the flavor. Dry, dank finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2003
This has that musty, cellared, yeasty aroma I've notcied in most other Old Ales, with a slight hint of alcohol - the flavor is mildly sweet and fruity, with tiny vinous notes - medium-bodied - moderately malty, with touches of roastiness - I'm not a huge fan of Old Ales, but this beer is pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2003
A great Old Ale, I have been meaning to buy this beer for quite some time but just kept putting it off. Old Peculier has a smooth palate, with hints of vanilla and toffee, similar aroma. It gives off a controlled effervescence when it hits your mouth, very nice. It is a shame I did not buy this beer years ago, I will now be drinking more of it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2003
Very light malt with a coors like aroma. A clear dark amber color with large head, little lacing. Taste is nutty and metallic, tasted with an unbalanced malt body. Very sour dry and unappealing, I didn't like this one at all. Either I had a bad one or I don't have a taste for this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2003
When this brew was poured it had a medium head with fine-small bubbles that quickly dissipated. The body was reddish-brown. The lacing was extremely sparse. It had a fruity aroma to it. The taste was smooth and it had a sweet flavor in my opinion. There was a slight bitter aftertaste with this brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5028) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 12, 2003
This brew pours a medium head of small fine bubbles and semi-transparent brown body. It has a mild malt aroma and a smooth palate with a bit of a tingle to the mouthfeel. It has some nice flavors of roasted caramel, malt and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 10, 2003
(bottle)Mahogany color, creamy head. Yeasty aroma, fresh bread, a bit of hops. Roasted malt,and caramel mix with the yeast and then come back to resinous hops. Probably better served from a cask.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
presario (4817) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2003 Rich sweet aroma of chocolate and oak. Dark brown with red tint. Light caramel head and lacing. DELICIOUS. Slightly smoky flavour, fruity notes. Could drink this right out of the pitcher or bring a chair and drink at the liquor store cooler.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 5, 2003
Restrained fruity aroma, I could be wrong but there seems to be chocolately notes. Pours a very opaque brown, thin head, low carbonation.Has a nice palate. Flavour is pleasantly sweet, hops are not really evident. Smooth delivery and great finish. My new favourite British beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUN 5, 2003
I have to preface this review by saying that I'm not a big fan of English bottled beer. That in mind, a nice looking dark ale with exceptional head. Aroma is sweet and malty if not a little earthy. Smooth on the palate and goes down super smoothly. Flavor is earthy, malty and bitter. A slight dryness on the finish. Over all a good English brew.

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