Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1341   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2003
As far as dark ales go, this one from the UK is up there with the best. Thick, dark and dangerous. Top marks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Veh tasty. Nice complexity. It's richer than bitters, but has some of that English pub kick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2003
I used to drink this a bunch before I started trying out new beers all the time. I got a six the other day, just to see if my tastes have changed, and it still pleases. Much lighter than what I've come to expect from an old ale. Color is deep umber brown. Aroma is pleasantly british, a bit fruity, with a good english hoppiness. Taste is very similar to Bass, as far as balance, with a touch of caramel or roasted malts. I don't really detect any roasted malts, but I can't imagine how they got the color otherwise. Nice and sweet up front, with a bit of fruitiness, kicking over to a Goldings/Fuggles type of hoppiness at the end. Still a favorite, despite it's odd style. Somewhat like a bitter, a little like a mild, kind of in between everything.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Dark ruby, clear, medium off-white head, quickly diminishing to a fine ring. Aroma of musty old books, dried fruits, caramel late in the game. Thinnish body detracts; caramel flavor primarily at the front, heavier than usual carbonation; some grapiness evident. Finish dry and increasingly bitter. Disappointing; I expected a lot from this and it was just OK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 24, 2003
Interesting nose of malt (think malted milk balls), dates, and vanilla extract. The brew pours a dark ruby copper. The large light brown (tan) rocky head has good lacing and hangs around. The flavor is very deep with no acidity and characterised by druied fruit and malt sweetness. The finish is lovely. The medium to full body is perfect - creamy and soft, with a clean finish. I bumped the overall up one point for intangible qualities found within the brew (I do that on occasion).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Pours a very deep brown, close to black. Aroma of alcohol, hops, and very sweet, almost like a barley wine. Taste is mild, malty, roasted with light hints of caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Dark brown color, very thick & creamy - strong sweet maltiness throughout. I did get the "banana" notes as suggested as well. Lightly bitter finish. Pretty good stuff - I'd like to try it on tap if I can find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2003
very dark mahogany body with a big, dense, thick creamy head. Hints of licorice & caramel, no bitterness. Rich and malty, chocolate and some spices. Hints of spice and a dry roastey finish, so complex, I really like it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
whoopassmachine (15) - mancland, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2003
It is a near impossability to drink lots of this ale. It is a serious whoopass can opener. Taste is very good, however does seem to have that Guiness quality of "Sunday Roast" feel. Is also capable of producing shits of brick the morning after, sometimes with a black tinge to their colour. Never-the-less a damn fine ale that I wished could be seen in more pubs, instead of having to make do with bottles from your local supermarket (Eg. Netto for average Stella drinker!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Pretty hard to peg the qualities of this beer- hence the name. But, a beautiful color and head, with a unique flavor. An excellent beer, and a nice change of pace from your standard English ale.

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