Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1457   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2004
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 Bottle: Pours near opaque. Malty aroma, mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for such a robust looking beer. Peculiar esters dominate sasafrass<sp?> /bananna. Quenching yet complex this beer defies convention for sure. Reminds me of Anchor's our Special 2002 ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2004 Smells like dark raisin bread and port--very interesting (first old ale I've ever had) Maybe some. . .nutmeg? Spice in there somewhere. Nice eggshell white firmish head. Dark brown body with a hint of red. Oh hell, just look at the picture, my adjective bank is running low. Tastes likes raisins, toffee, sweet donuts, and port. Very intriguing. Finishes very smooth, hops seem to barely exist. Quite bizarre, overall; couldn't get over how winey it tasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 16, 2004
Wow this stuff is quite good. Nice darker brown or ruby colour with a medium head with good lacing on the glass. The nose is malty and fruity with some definate roasted strong malts in the taste. Thicker than medium body and overal very drinkable!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Pours with a thick light brown head that sits atop a deep, dark amber, clear beer. The aroma is sweet and has notes o f molasses, caramel and dark fruit. The taste is fairly clean compared to the rich brew that I remember that this once was. This beer is lightly sweet with almost no balancing bitterness. There seems to be a threshold level of buttery diacetyl, which, adds a bit to the complexity of this beer. There seems to be some subtle dark malt flavors that are evocative of chocolate. It is quite drinkable, but need to be served quite warm to get any of the flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Nice beer that has the expected Newcastle aroma yet there is wonderful teases of toffee/nut/banana.Great deep ruby appearance.Decent head/ok lace.Tingly chalky dry palate.Nice ale.The beers imported by scottish & newcastle all share the same basic characteristics and huge pricetag too boot...

   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.

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