Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Reviewed 2/23/13. Thanks to Butch for the bottle! 12 oz bottle into a plastic cup. A: Pours a dark brown color. The head is a one finger light mocha shade. S: The first thing I notice is a nice caramel malt backbone. Afterwards, it morphs into a slightly sweeter expression of dark fruit, molasses, and chocolate. Decent depth in the aroma. T: The opening, midtaste, and finish at first sip is mostly earthy sourness. A bit of caramel tries to pop up before the semi-sour (not tart) finish, in a (failed) attempt to give it some depth. M: Feels light, but not overly so. There’s a good bit of carbonation which help gives the bittersweet finish a nice backbone to it. Refreshing?! Yes. Apart from the nose, it’s probably my favorite feature. O: Enjoyable aromatics, but it’s just okay otherwise. Though to be fair, this isn’t my style by any stretch of the imagination.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kingi (541) - - SEP 28, 2015
Aroma is similar to lager hops. Mahogany colour with nice head. Taste is light bitterness and light sweetness.medium body soft carbonation. Finish is medium sweetness and medium dryness. A nice beer and easy to drink, but could use a bit more depth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elbernays (953) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 19, 2015
Bottle in bjcp course. Pours brown with ruby red. Lasting thin tan head. Tea, earthy, cherry, raisin, spice, toast. Flavour is medium sweet caramel. Raisins cherry flavour. Subtle and nice. Good body with medium Carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingBenji (1) - - AUG 24, 2015 does not count
lovely after taste, very drinkable! chocolate, caramel, coffee, roasty, alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sccp1910 (79) - BRAZIL - AUG 21, 2015
Aroma agradável, porém sem sobressair muito. Sabor amargo, porém deixando um ótimo paladar!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hikeg (97) - - AUG 21, 2015
Pours clear dark brown with medium frothy head. Aroma is malty, wine, ripe fruit. Flavor is medium malty, light to medium bitter. Short finish, easy to drink.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SangreSani (244) - Głowienka, POLAND - AUG 20, 2015
Pours brown, red reflexes in glass. Short beige head. Malty aroma, not very rich. Some chocolate but not much. Light bitterness, quite sweet. Some fruits in flavor but in the very far back. Light to medium body. Very average beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thellgren (496) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 14, 2015
0.5 l bottle from Alko. Dark brown colour minimal head, well, this an English ale. This is not like a dry dark ale or a sweet dark ale, this is something between them. Some old motor oil taste, in a good way. Close to those Belgian dark ales, but not so sweet or spicy. Just easy, and some bitter palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjonesy07 (30) - Huntly, SCOTLAND - AUG 11, 2015
The bottle poured dark with a small head which didn’t last long. Taste of caramel followed by bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hippoman (250) - Durham, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
500ml Bottle from Sainsbury’s, New Mills, Derbyshire. Pours very dark with no head of note but is surprisingly light and subtle tasting with plenty of (non-roasty) malts and indeed banana notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DylansDad (472) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 8, 2015
Woody, dark roast, slight touch of coffee, medium bitter, alcohol a little more evident than its ABV would suggest. Pretty good.

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