Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1451   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 Peculierís fermentation process.

   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: íIím not sure what all the enthusiasm is about. Itís an OK dark ale. Great even for a mass produced dark ale. Itís 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.í 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) - ArlŲv, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gazzoo99 (4) - Volant, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2002 does not count
Very nice beer. Aroma was very nice and the color was good and dark. Aftertones are quite delightful. Really enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2002
very nice. lots of flavors come together. not as thick as i expected. hard to describe, and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nigos (631) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2002
Top Beer! Nuff Said

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3820) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 26, 2002
Coke color with huge tan head. Fruity malt nose. Full bodied cloying malt taste. Great Lace

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2002
The guy at the liquor store warned me that this was like no beer Iíd had before, and he was right! This stuff smells DELICIOUS. Smells malty and toffeesque. The taste is somewhat of a letdown after the inviting aroma, but itís still very good. Solid malty taste with a bit of a creamy aspect. The íbanana notesí were there, but I donít know if Iíd have picked them out w/o being apprised of them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 25, 2002
On 25Nov2002, I finally reacquainted myself with this old favorite. Looking back, Iím glad I bought a six pack. Very nearly a perfect ale. It pours with a beautiful deep brown color and a creamy, lacy head. Gentle aromas of butterscotch and caramel malt. The flavor of this beer is pefectly balanced between sweet malt and nutty/buttery smoothness, and a persistent effervescence, with lots of alcohol and adequate bittering hops.

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