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Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England

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RATINGS: 1274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 Peculierís fermentation process.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Umoyk (34) - , - DEC 24, 2013
Strong caramel, treacle and chocolate aroma. Very nice and balanced. Drank a few months ago. Donít remember much more.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1054) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Bottle. Weird, I could have sworn I'd rated this. Pleased I checked. Pours a very dark amber/brown colour with an off white head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit, dark toffee. Medium body, medium carbonation. Lots of figgy dark fruits, dark toffee, a little apple, hint if citrus. Mild bitterness. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle purchased 2009. Figure this has been breathing my cellarís summer warmth and winter chill enough. Deep brown color, but somehow clean, fizzes like a soda pop. Smell of kilned malts, a but of plum, and somehow alcoholic. Nothing off, which is always the risk. First thing that hits the tongue, though, is a very thin mouthfeel. Not that itís a weak beer, but it just seems thereís not enough flavor to go around. Still has some fizz to it, so not like itís a cask pour. Mine had plenty of dregs or yeast at the bottom, which I swirled in, and it picked up the flavor a bit. But this one just left me feeling that for its reputation, it should be better. Maybe a newer bottle will be considered at a future date.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
indrekson (19) - ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2013
Really smooth and nice dark ale for that stenght. Aftertaste had some coffe flavor

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klaing (116) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2013
An old favorite. Rich dark chocolate with banana and pear. Well balanced hoppiness, but a low enough ABV to enjoy more than one. Been drinking since the late 70's. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Dark and malty but light on the tongue. Fruity sweetness with a touch of hop bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
longcasepaul (7) - - DEC 7, 2013 does not count
liquid chocolate toffee,flat,dark,with tan foam head.a very bitter after taste,good availability in supermarkets.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (621) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle from Tesco. Pours a dark mahogany colour with a quickly dissipating tan head. No particularly strong aromas, but lots of flavour. Toffee, fruit cake, sherry notes, buterscotch and vanilla all combine for one very flavoursome ale. This has always been a favourite. and still tastes great.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Konpaku (8) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 3, 2013 does not count
Very chocolatety aroma. Pours thick and dark with a short lasting off-white head. Tastes sweet and bitter, like dark chocolate. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (527) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Pours a hazy amber color with a khaki head. Caramel, toffee, biscuit, malt and earthy hop aroma. Malt, caramel, biscuit, toffee, earthy hop, fruit and slight chocolate flavors. Medium body with low carbonation and a slightly sweet mouthfeel. Dry malty finish.


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