Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1345   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JFGrind (1860) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2003
The first time I had this beer it was a hot summer afternoon and I thought the beer was truly amazing. This time I was not as impressed by old Peculier. The beer has the same characteristics as a winter or scotch ale. Maybe if I rated this beer in the summer (when I'm drinking more light lagers) I would have gave it a higher rating. It is worth sampling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - JAN 17, 2003
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 I thought this was simular to a scotch ale... kinda reminded me of McEwan's Scotch Ale but with more flavor and maybe just a little burn but not in a bad way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Good strong ale. Malt and caramel balanced with a hint of wine, hops are there but don’t stand out. No hop aroma. The stronger flavors of the local strong ales of the Northwest USA could make this one seem ordinary in comparison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2003
Caramel and fruit aroma, garnet in colour, with small toffee head, some lace as well. Roasted malt, caramel, treacle, nice bitterness. Well balanaced, fine mouthfeel, a well done English Strong.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2003
Wow! Why is this so average. There is nothing really special about this beer at all. It has nost of the characteristics of a strong ale, however, those (like sweetness and maltiness) are not excentuated really at all. The hops are not hitting me at all. I will have to try this one again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 A tremendous beer. Tastes almost like a porter was blended with wine. Even people who dont like beer like this one

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Orlan (25) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2003
Old reliable, tasty, drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2003 Originally had it on tap at the old Museum Tavern in London. It was certainly a defining moment in my beer drinking "career". Very smooth and tasty. The drink appears black but is actually a brilliant wine red / cherry cola color when held up to a strong light. I named my black 1970 Chevelle "Old Peculier" in honor of this fanstastic brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
Dark auburn, poured with very little head and I tried hard. Fresh fruity nose, hints of apple and dark malt. Body is thick and smooth. Notes of light chocolate, faint fruit and light roast. A very malty beer coming through as licorice and finishing brown sugary sweet. Complex and very drinkable, great old ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Dark deep reddish color, nice lacing. Excellent English bitter taste right through to the finish. Bittersweet and fruity nose.

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