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Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England

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RATINGS: 1326   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


Brewmaster's rating

3.7
   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hanoi (419) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Stunned to find this was not rated. Nose is malt, slight licorice slight cola. Taste is malt, sweet lactose notes, caramel malt. Nice mouth feel. Itís a good supermarket beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (2512) - FINLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown, small tan head. Dark sweet fruits, some faint hints of medicinal herbs in aroma. Ripe garden fruits too with additional notes of ripe and mashed banana. Mild in taste, some burnt toffee sweetness, light bitterness, bit of old hay and hints of ripe fruits in taste. Mild in finish as well, but okay in someway, relaxing and soothing without too much fuzz here. Nice. Minerals and slightly burnt toffee in aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"i hate to say it, but some olde ales taste just that...old. musty. this one does not. a very good, rich, flavorful beer that doesnít betray that itís only 5.6%."

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (865) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
500ml bottle served in a Pint glass. A: Pours a black color forming a medium very creamy and bubbled beige head with excellent retention. A lots of creamy chunks of foam are formed and left in the glass S: Mainly sweet and roasted with notes of flowery hops. Sweet and fruity Ale yeasts backbone T: Sweet and roasted upfront. Roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate, dark fruits and coffee. British hops bitterness (bit citrus) M: Medium body and carbonation. Roasted bitterness aftertaste O: Easydrinking Ale. Very British. Recommended [ BA Review @ 10/13/2012 ]

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (1039) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - OCT 12, 2014
500ml from Tesco. Dark brown with a small tan head. Medium body with low carbonation. Sweet with some bitter tones. Roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, dark fruits and spices. Quite a tasty dark brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
This beer has an amazing ífruityí flavor thatís indescribable. Its color appears black, but if you hold it up to the light, itís a beautiful DEEP red. The beerís flavor seems to spiral down your throat, spiking nerves as it goes. Curious (er, peculiar) indeed. Breath in deep as youíre taking a sip. Itís an amazing experience. Finally, Iíve found a beer that gives credit where credit is due, England.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hoppybeerlover (163) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
This beer has an amazing ífruityí flavor thatís indescribable. Its color appears black, but if you hold it up to the light, itís a beautiful DEEP red. The beerís flavor seems to spiral down your throat, spiking nerves as it goes. Curious (er, peculiar) indeed. Breath in deep as youíre taking a sip. Itís an amazing experience. Finally, Iíve found a beer that gives credit where credit is due, England.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dacrza (525) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2014
DATE TASTED: September 19, 2014... GLASSWARE: Wychwood Hobgoblin stange...OCCASION: a long week ends... APPEARANCE: dark burgundy body; thick, creamy brown head that sits resiliently atop its pint; lacing is patterned... AROMA: robust raisin and black currants wake up the nostrils; malts are smoky and substantial, semisweet and aggressive... PALATE: surprisingly smooth, buttery and lactic--carbonated and warming, with a run-like draw.....TASTE: immediate butterscotch licks the tastebuds; vanilla, dough and peat constitute a promising profile...OVERALL as expected, a unique, classic profile that impresses with its sweet complexity...a beer to savor....

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
markoijelena (433) - SERBIA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle 0.5l from Samo Pivo Belgrade Serbia.Thank you luttonm for sharing.Pour it dark colour with medium white head.Taste and aroma of sweet caramel, toffee, plum.Perfect balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
christhoel (112) - chesterfield, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2014
chocolate, roasty, red, clear, tan foam, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness, full body, creamy, soft carbonation, Its color appears black, but if you hold it up to the light, itís a beautiful DEEP red. The beerís flavor seems to spiral down your throat, spiking nerves as it goes. Curious (er, peculiar) indeed. Breath in deep as youíre taking a sip.


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