Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1445   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 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 (3777) - 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 I’d 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 it’s still very good. Solid malty taste with a bit of a creamy aspect. The ’banana notes’ were there, but I don’t know if I’d 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, I’m 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2004 This was a nice surprise to have picked up on a friends recommendation. As i sit here *sip* partaking of the goodness i am reminded of how mildly pleasant an english strong ale is. The color is a deep amber, bordering on hints of brown with a minute head which dies quickly. The aroma is very pleasant with hints of malt and roast that invite the drinker...being me! The taste is very pleasant for an english ale..mildly malty, with a hint of roast as it goes down, then the fruity aftertones. The carbonation is a bit moer than i would ask for, but i really do like the roastiness here. Definitely worth another buy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 All darkness when in the shade, but ruby secrets shine through when in the sun..aroma of raisin cinnimon buns...mellow buttery maltiness with bready notes accompanied by raisin and walnuts...seeps down your throat as if it were medicated to sooth..If one could eat england, this is how I would like it to taste

   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.

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