Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1414   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2002
Rich, fruity, vinous and slightly buttery malt aroma. Deep red color, with a hint of amber and some nice lacing. Very fine bubbles, decent head as well. Flavor combines these elements even further, with a distinct fruity sweetness and a hint of licorice. Body is light-to-medium, mouthfeel quite smooth, almost creamy. Very slightly bitter noble hop finish. I consider this to be a prime example of an Old Ale, as interpreted by the brewer, anyway. Somewhat well distributed in this part of the world, making it easy to find. Iíve had this beer numerous times, and will many more. Satisfying, and a great ípub ale.í

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - AUG 26, 2002
Decent beer. I was pleased with this one as its complexity and balance is good. Low carbonation with significant molasses notes. I did not taste the bannanas but for me this was a plus as well. I tend to go for the heavier higher alcohol content beers. This one suprised me however as it had a bold taste with lower ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slinkymello (137) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2002
I really liked this beer. Quite fruity with a sweet finish as described by the ones who know these things... couldnít put my finger on a few of the flavors, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great finish that was sweeter than expected... not as dry as they say... thick and wonderful going down, reminded me of bananas and raspberries. great beer and i suggest it to anyone who is anxious to try something new... fairly drunk at this point, and will try this beer again... but all I have are rave reviews at this point. Try it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2003 One the beers that got me into good beer. It has a good flavor that is slightly sweet finishing with a dry hoppyness. The aroma is also sweet and malty with a very slight touch of hoppiness. The color is a dark amber brown and a medium thick head sits atop it. Medium bodied and relatively smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2002
Had this at the Travelerís Rest and Tuba Museum near East Lansing. Loved the place and its quirky menu, wasnít all that impressed with the beer. Limpid, sweetish, some strong musty aftertastes.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
benzim (36) - USA - AUG 13, 2002
When I first tried this back in the mid-eighties it seemed very exotic. Now it tastes fairly average. Not bad at all, very drinkable, just not as interesting as I remembered. Low carbonation is a big plus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andrew196 (1204) - Katy, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2002
Very good beer....complex throughout. Nuts, dried fruits, and coffee come together perfectly to make this one. Easy to drink for the complexity, nice nutty finish without much bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2002
Excellent. Great dark color, the aroma was a little weak but still quite nice. Has a wonderfully creamy mouth feel and lots of delicious chocolaty malt, absolutely loved the banana hints. It was very cold when I first poored it, as it warmed the flavors realy came out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Philosopher99 (24) - arnold, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2002
Great coloring. A sudden burst of flavor thatís hard to describe, but very sweet for a beer, yet not syrupy. Very drinkable, as I keep sipping to see if I can find out just what Iím tasting. Also with a sweet aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2002
Quite good, strong molasses notes and well balanced.

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