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Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England

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RATINGS: 1313   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 Peculierís fermentation process.


fakebeersnob's rating

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fakebeersnob (151) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2013
A beer I liked years ago that is now back on the market in my area. Hard one to describe. Little carbonation. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head (reminds me of a head of a root beer float), There is a fruity taste, but more like raisins. I get a burnt malt taste to it too,Other flavors I canít pick out. Drinking solo, it wasnít as good as I remembered, but I know I will have some more with a nice venison steak tonight. ***Rerated: Second beer drank at warmer temperature. Sweetness came out a bit more. Flavor improved.******


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jookos (2149) - FINLAND - SEP 16, 2014
Tap@blackdoor. Dark brown. Real interesting aroma. Dark bready malts, some puke, apple seeds, vinous notes.. The weirdest is the pukey notes, which makes me, in a very perverse manner, sniff it just the more. Med bodied, has bitters, intensity. Some wood, vinous things. Old ale dark maltyness, light phenols. Glad to have got just a sampler, would be hard to finish a pint of this stuff. Iím wondering wether somethingís wrong with this pull.

-- bb

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Melkart (296) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - SEP 14, 2014
Toffee aroma. Medium body. Low carbonation. Taste is Toffee and alcohol after a slightly sweet. Light biterness at aftertaste. Well balanced.

3.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissPxx (373) - - SEP 13, 2014
Very subtle aroma. Lovely dark deep amber colour. Slightly chocolatey in rare with caramel undertones. Quite punchy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (1716) - BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2014
Very classic old ale, ultra-traditional, with a sticky, beige, dense head and dark copper colour; sweet malts in the nose, brambleberry, pear, banana, chocolate; very rich malty taste, smooth with thinnish mouthfeel, subtle roasted bitterness, complex fruitiness and long herbal hop bitterness in the finish. I enjoyed this very much, this truly deserves its name and fame.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waiake (69) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 29, 2014
dark brown with a dirty brown head, malty caramel aroma, similar flavours with a slightly bitter sweetish dry aftertaste, goes down well

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Insertpunhere (29) - Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Very nice indeed. Medium brown color, nice malty caramel smell with some bread notes. Palate is similar. Quite smooth and English, a lovely beer with lunch. Cheers!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (354) - ESTONIA - AUG 18, 2014
500 ml bottle from some supermarket in Estonia. Pours sort of reddish brown, very small head, little carbonation. Aroma is mainly caramel sweet, has some berry wine notes and candy. Taste is also quite sweet although there is also fair amount of hop bitterness, coming out in the front and also in the aftertaste. I donít really enjoy that caramel candy sweetness that lies over everything as a blanket. I guess this is not a bad beer but somehow I fail to understand itís beauty. Dry and bitter aftertaste, that is good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mithe (878) - Opava & Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2014
(Bottle 0,5l)
Aroma : Caramel, sweet, sour berries, raisins/dried grapes, spicy.
Appearance : Opaque brown color. Medium, beige head.
Taste : Medium sweet, very light sour, berries, caramel.
Palate : Medium body. Sticky texture. Astringent, light dry, light warm finish.
Overall : Nice old ale.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mydogjet (34) - - AUG 12, 2014
Dark brown with an off white/beige head. Slight floral and spice aroma and a caramel and liquorice taste. Nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Padchenko (81) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 10, 2014
5.6%, 500ml bottle. Pours dark brown almost black with a thick head initially and retains a smallish but constant head. Mildly carbonated wheat/barley flavour. Some caramel is noticeable and light toastiness of roast barley. Good beer


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