Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jerd16 (191) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2014
Pours maroon with 1-finger tan head. Aroma is bread, banana, some plum. Some dunkel similarities. Medium-full body makes for more of a sipper. A little light in the finish and in ’real-ale’ bitterness. Molasses, more plum and a hint of liquorice in the flavor. Some metallic, earthy notes (fuggles, no doubt) accompany the caramel malt in the finish and are a little unpleasant. Well balanced and good fundamentals. Needs to be a bit more bold in presence, however, considering its lack of depth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mr_Pink_152 (607) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2014
500ml bottle from Tesco. Dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma brown sugar and malts. Flavour of banana and dark sugars. Nice low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martin00sr (565) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2014
Clear, dark ruby. Small offwhite head. Bready aroma, sweet tobacco. Sweetish, malty flavour. Toffee and dried fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybion (60) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2014
Bottle, 500 ml. Pours dark ruby with a small amount of tan head, which doesn’t stick around very long. Some lacing. Strong bready, maybe roasted malt presence on the nose. Notes of cake and dark fruits. Somewhat spicier taste than is anticipated, with the cake and fruit notes becoming more prevalent mixed in with a bit of caramel. Could call this liquid fruitcake if we’re being fancy. Overall quite sweet with minimum bitterness, even on the back end. Medium body and medium carbonation make for an inoffensive mouth fell. Pretty good stuff and virtually always stocked at my local Tesco, which makes it a good staple beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (795) - HONG KONG - MAY 13, 2014

500 ml bottle bought at Wellcome Superstore in Sheung Shui.

Cloudy hazy dark copper brown colour with no yeast sediments; Three-quarter finger head with light beige foam which faded in 40 seconds; Small sticky lacing and notable small carbonation; Aroma of dark roasted malt, with light tartness, light sugar, faint banana, light caramel, very light toffee and light grass; Close to light sweet taste of rich dark roasted malt, with strong fresh toast, caramel, Cola, molasses notes, traces of brown sugar, thick dark bread, strong yeast, light lime and light bitter grassy hops; Mid to light body, dry and thick palate; Mouth feel is wholesome dark malt with strong roastyness. Sweetness is very low but with a characteristic and tasty brown sugar, caramel and thick molasses feel. Very dark-bready and fulfilling. This is good!... Hoppiness is light grassy nose, light limey and grassy in taste. Bitterness is matchingly light for a malty bready low bitter finish; Dry after taste, very easy and bready to mouth.

Comments: This is literally a mug of liquid dark bread - thick body, wholesome roasted malts, minimal but tasty brown sugar-like sweetness with just the right amount of light hops. It’s easy drinking with character. Fully enjoyable, a standout from Treakston!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davegram (10) - - MAY 12, 2014
Typical ale aroma with a sweet, caramel malty flavor. Hints of banana. Great example of an English ale that's been done right.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdoorr (63) - - MAY 12, 2014
Bottle 50 CL.Pours dark red with a thin tan head. Aroma is grainy and fruity with hints of plum. Sweetness and bitterness seems balanced but roasted grain early come out. Not so tasteful at first but turns out better in the aftertaste. Medium to low body with low carbonation. Bitterness in the aftertaste probably from the roasted barley

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pjames317 (69) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Pours medium bodied chestnut brown with fizzy suds. Aroma is oaky, almost brandy-like. Raisins, rich malt & mild fruit esters. Do not have much experience with Old Ales. This is tasty. Prunes, cigar wrap, charred oak, very smooth. Aftertaste is licorice and light bitterness. Not in my wheelhouse, but enjoyable nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rcasta (832) - EL SALVADOR - MAY 2, 2014
No es la mejor pero esta muy buena. Mucha Malta y un poco quemada. Se bebe bien

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wekker84 (1470) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2014
bottle a brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts spicy citrus licorice and some hops flavor malts spicy citrus laurel some licorice and some hops

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