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Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England

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RATINGS: 1315   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 Peculier’s fermentation process.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mattcolo99 (27) - USA - JAN 11, 2002
This is one of the best beers on tap I’ve ever had. Good luck finding it on tap though. Bottled is amazing too.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2002
Roasted, not burnt, aroma & flavour. Dark sweetness without being too thick. appropriate abv. Can’t fault it.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Flerg (1) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUN 7, 2011 does not count
Shockingly, amazingly, fantastic beer. Best one I have ever had. Wish that I could get it where I live. Full, rich flavor -- almost like a perfect filet mignon in liquid form. Smooth, not bitter, pleasant aftertaste. Oh, to have a steady supply of Old Peculier!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craigbeerlover (11) - ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2005
Bottled from Tesco, and probably my favourite ale at the moment. Had a very deep flavour of Citrus, oats and fruits some of which I can’t pin point. Has a very nice bitter kick to the end of the bottle.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Wulfstan (509) - California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 This is a wonderful, rich beer. It is very dark red-brown, almost black, with a thin but lasting lt.tan head and some slightly weak lacing. The aroma is rich, earthy, like a freshly cut, wet tree. The taste is full, complex, exceedingly smooth, sweet with just enough bitterness to balance it and round out the taste, and it has a long,fruity and woody finish. The palate is full but lively.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2002
Looks great, tastes even better. An ale with a spectacular coffee flavor, and I don’t even like coffee very much. The taste lingers in the mouth, but in a good way, the way a beer should. Not sure about the so-called ’banana notes,’ but the roasted flavor stands out. I daresay that having this with food can only cause the food to get in the way of the beer’s taste. It’s perfect to drink all by itself. Like ice skating judges, I have to leave room for a potential perfect score, but so far, beer hasn’t been better than this.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beast99 (10) - ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2002
This is the perfect pint. Its dark ruby red belies the fullness and beauty of flavour. Very distinctive. The best place to get it is in Masham its home, or in the local area where it is still transported in oak casks and drawn by hand.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crdic (105) - California, USA - JUL 13, 2002
This is a fantastic beer; I can’t think of anything negative to say about it. It’s a lovely dark brown English ale with a nice (but not excessive) tan head that lasts. Its aroma and flavor are roasty, nutty, mildly bitter, and strong, with hints of black coffee and perhaps even dark chocolate. (The commercial description’s reference to ’strong fruitiness’ is somewhat puzzling, however, as ’fruity’ is not a word that comes to mind to describe this ale.) This is one of my favorite beers, right up there with <a href=’http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?BeerID= London Porter and <a href=’http://www.ratebeer.com/ShowBeer.asp?BeerID= Smith’s Nut Brown Ale.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
First tasted on tap in north of England, this blew my socks off. In the bottle, some of the light peat aroma is lost. The swallow is when the combination of texture, consistency, subtle sweet and hops should make you swoon. Pricey in the states, but worth treating yourself to occasionally.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
stevet99 (2) - reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2001 does not count
Great taste. No bitter taste and doesn’t leave anything unpleasant on your palate. Slightly sweet. Filling.


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