Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1383   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
presario (4901) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2003
a nice dark ale, had a fair amount of bittereness with a desent falvor, this might me a everyday drinking beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2003
Not too much head. Fairly bitter, but that goes away after a few sips. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pondoshuffles (141) - Fitzroy Harbour, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 22, 2003
Quite sweet, sweeter than it used to be in Theakston's days. On cask, from the Masham Brewery it rates a little higher. From the bottle it is still very desirable and consistent. Dates, figs molasses and roast malt-extract flavours dominate. A real winter warmer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1252) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2003
Little to no head on a deep mahogany body. Reminded me of a bock, very sweet and caramel flavor. Thin bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SchlossyMcSaus (75) - San Marcos, California, USA - MAY 15, 2003
Head lingers on the dark brown/orange brew.Bready and malty aromas and some licorice notes to boot.Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste and does not hold up its malty promise from the aroma. Seems thin bodied somehow, but I still want one now and again, the price is such a shafting though, at least in the States.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 4, 2003
Mild malty vinous chocolate aroma.Dark ruby appearance.Mild sweet sour flavour which softens to reveal mellow vanilla, oak, caramel and banana flavours.Mild sour hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2004 [Cask conditioned] Nice roasty and malty aroma. The flavour contains notes of caramel and coffee. A slightly dry bitterness in the finish.

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