Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1439   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2002
I like the raisiny sweetness of this one. Some molasses/unrefined sugar there too, a good one. Rerate 11/17/02 The most notable thing I notice is how nice the chalky water tastes here and how it (rather than hops or a yeasty dryness) dries the mouth to demand another sip.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jutuahol (189) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2002
Chestnut in color, quite thick light brown head, almost no lace. Dry soft & full malt in the nose. Dry, slightly sweet, smooth, malty, medium-body and medium hopped. Aftertaste is pleasant, smooth and more malty, also fairly long.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
goz (358) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Nice dark pour, small head, decent lace. Initally sweet, toffee and roasted coffee in the flavor, with a slight bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 13, 2002
Light Carbonation with decent head. Nice mouthfeel. Very Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
amx1970390 (480) - Southampton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Smells great, looks great, but lacks in overall taste. Iam sure that this is much better on tap than from a bottle. Has a nice toffee aroma and dark colors but the taste is somewhat bland.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2002
Deep dark ruby/garnet color. Decent head and lace. Nice aroma of dark malt, toffee, nuts, raisons, bit of wet cardboard and others. Thinnish body, palate of raisons, plums, nuts and undertstated malts. Fairly clean, somewhat soft/creamy, lots of flavor with a light bitterness at end and a damn tasty brew. Recommended if you like the way the english do things.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2009 Bottle... Very dark, crystal clear beer with a ruby hue. Small, fizzy, khaki colored head. Quickly diminishing with decent lacing. The incredibly malty aroma delivers huge notes of caramel, milk chocolate, cream sherry and just a hint of butterscotch. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel. Fizzy carbonation. The flavor is very well balanced. Moderately malty up front and lightly pungent, lightly acidic and lightly bitter on the backside. Short, acidic, lightly pungent, dry finish. Very drinkable with food or nuts. Very good English ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2002
I had this too long ago to give a very good description as I didn’t write anything down. (i had issues with spelling) But I remember it had a really beautiful color to it. Decent head. Initially strong, but pleasant aroma which was a bit sweet if I remember correctly. The flavors varied quite a bit as it warmed but it was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. Best I have had in awhile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5354) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 30, 2002
Deep garnet color, small head, slightly malty aroma. Malty and subtle. Fruity, slightly nutty, some yeastiness. Mild and flavorful. Taste is very smooth. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2002
I really enjoyed this beer’s finish - warm toffee. Not exactly my favorite style, but not bad for what it is.

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