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 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2002
A pretty simple ale, dark and roasty. I was expecting more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (6863) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2003 Re-rate Spicy hop aroma, some strawberries as well. Pours a chestnut color with a frothy white head. Spices, nuts and strawberry, minty citrus aftertaste. medium to light bodied. Happy I tried it again, the first sample I had was definetly bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Pours a dark brown color with a medium, off white head that does not linger. Leaves good lacing on the glass. Good, strong fruit like malty aroma. Very malty and fruity up front, with hints of caramel, the malts carry through to the end but there is a slight bitterness in the finish. Good ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2002
An interesting mix of flavors. I would characterize this as a brew you would want if you are only having one or two. has fruitiness with a strong head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2002
smells real fruity, tastes strongly of fruity chocolate goodness. Very thick, and dark, and is very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2002
Without a doubt the most temperature-dependent beer I have ever tasted. After letting a glass sit out for 15 minutes, my sensations were of banana, sweet dark malt, and caramel. I rated the beer a 3.5. However, 15 minutes earlier my impressions were very different: ’I’m not sure what all the enthusiasm is about. It’s an OK dark ale. Great even for a mass produced dark ale. It’s from Scottish Courage; can you imagine something this good coming from Budweiser or Coors? But after that amazement wears off, it is indeed just another good dark ale. Mouth feel / palate is a bit too thin for me. The head fades to nothing but lace too fast for me. The flavor is too simple ... a little chocolate, a little hop, a little malt. You want a great dark ale have a Hair of the Dog Adam. This is a good beer, but you can do much better, given the amount of effort it takes to find this in the US. It is fine with dinner, but I would probably save the calories, skip the alcohol, and have a diet Coke.’ And I had rated the beer a 3.0. So I would certainly be very careful not to drink this beer too cold. This one is meant to be drunk just about at cellar temp.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ronny (100) - Arlöv, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2002
A fruity and sweet aroma, with touch of milkchoklat & orange.Very pleasant to look at. The fruitiness and choklat comes back in the taste + a hint of licorice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2002
This is a great beer. Nice lace on the glass, with a medium head. Has a roasted flavor to it, with a smooth finish. Great beer.

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