Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1294   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 Peculierís fermentation process.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Deep dark ruby/garnet color. Decent head and lace. Nice aroma of dark malt, toffee, nuts, raisons, bit of wet cardboard and others. Thinnish body, palate of raisons, plums, nuts and undertstated malts. Fairly clean, somewhat soft/creamy, lots of flavor with a light bitterness at end and a damn tasty brew. Recommended if you like the way the english do things.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (8781) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Bottle... Very dark, crystal clear beer with a ruby hue. Small, fizzy, khaki colored head. Quickly diminishing with decent lacing. The incredibly malty aroma delivers huge notes of caramel, milk chocolate, cream sherry and just a hint of butterscotch. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. The flavor is very well balanced. Moderately malty up front and lightly pungent, lightly acidic and lightly bitter on the backside. Short, acidic, lightly pungent, dry finish. Very drinkable with food or nuts. Very good English ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2002
I had this too long ago to give a very good description as I didnít write anything down. (i had issues with spelling) But I remember it had a really beautiful color to it. Decent head. Initially strong, but pleasant aroma which was a bit sweet if I remember correctly. The flavors varied quite a bit as it warmed but it was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Best I have had in awhile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 30, 2002
Deep garnet color, small head, slightly malty aroma. Malty and subtle. Fruity, slightly nutty, some yeastiness. Mild and flavorful. Taste is very smooth. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2002
I really enjoyed this beerís finish - warm toffee. Not exactly my favorite style, but not bad for what it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
LoveABeer (141) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2003 The flavors were very enjoyable, wich made this Ale go down smoothly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2002
A "peculier" is a tax collector in olden times. This beer certainly taxes your tastebuds, but in a good way. The body is more like a schwarzbier, as itís a dark, nutty ale with a thin, wateriness. Quite good if you like a thinner dark beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - OCT 18, 2002
This was always a favorite of mine. Brown with a garnet heart.Nose deep with malt. Thin body but a nice malty front, some sweetness. Until I read the commercial description I never noticed the banana but I can see it slightly. Might not be the best example of English Strong but its a fine beer none the less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 16, 2002
Dark ruby brown hue. Beige head, slight lacing. Sweet malt aroma, raisons, and bananas? Initially sweet, well rounded, medium to light bodied, strong carbonation. Quick mild bitter finish. Very drinkable, a classic old ale. Banana notes are noticeable, hehe.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (5340) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Different sensation each sip. Starts out sweet and finishes bitter. Aroma is that of fine pipe tobacco. Nice dark appearance - miniscule head. Would be an excellent after dinner ale - especially on a cold winterís night.

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