Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1432   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Best By ?? ('04); 11-03 tasting notes: Wonderful muscular English Ale with a great but subtle chocolate maltly hoppy flavor. Yes there was a trace of banana estery flavor. Now I know where Yards ESA came from!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2004
A nice dark color, with an aroma of roasted malt and a mild sweet smell. Little to no head, with a chocolate, caramel, and roasted walnut(?) taste. A good example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2004
Nice dark brown color. Aroma and flavor are complex and inviting. Very enjoyable and quite delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Very litte head. Sweet aroma, easy drink. There is definatly toffee there.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Very subtle aroma of sweet malt, definitely not overpowering. Beautiful dark garnet color that really can only be appreciated when backlit. Flavor is malty, subtle, and complex; it definitely has the flavor of an ale whose recipe has been refined. Palate is thin with a bit of CO2 tingle on the tongue. Overall, a beer whose qualities are present but must be searched for. I am a bit underwhelmed but have enjoyed my pint nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2003
Dark brown in colour, cream coloured head. The aroma of cookies, toffee, candy sweetness, and malty. Flavour was creamy, smooth body, slight sweetness, nutty and malty. Finish very smooth with a mild bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (5434) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2003
Rich amber colour with predominantly ruby highlights and a thin off-white head. Aroma of musty malt, very light hops and a slightly old basement nuance. Medium-bodied; Sweet pit fruit tastes up front, which fade into a musty malt presence a few seconds later. Slightly fruity in the palate, not much but noticeable. Overall, a decent beer...fairly average for the style, but not the best I've had! I bought this twelve ounce bottle from Total Wine in Manassas, Virginia and sampled it on 20-December-2003.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5844) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2003
Deep ruby red, with a thin sandy head. Grapejeely on toast aroma, like if the grape jelly was right beside a cup of strong coffe. The body is cola-ish. Full bready and mild fruit flavors up front, then a earthy, resiney dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Hazy brown with off-white head. I can smell the alcohol in this one, even though it's only 5.6%. Moderate carbonation. Classic English malt flavor. Not much of a hop presence in this one...just caramely english malts. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2003
Nothing peculiar about this brew. Rich, dark appearance under a tan head. Aroma of some English toffee and some chocolate. Taste is very satisfying. Smooth, hints of raisins or maybe Raisinettes thanks to the touch of chocolate. Well done brew.

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