Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1451   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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.

monkeyman's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Best By ?? ('04); 11-03 tasting notes: Wonderful muscular English Ale with a great but subtle chocolate maltly hoppy flavor. Yes there was a trace of banana estery flavor. Now I know where Yards ESA came from!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Demonisch (6) - CREWE, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2016 does not count
woody, amber, light sweetness, full body, creamy, bitter. Long drink that is smooth

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Itstasty (47) - East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2016
For bottled beer this is very good. Loose deep beige head over a dark body. In the mouth the beer is not thin but not heavy either. Fruity initially with sweetness then burnt caramel coming through, light bitter finish. Medium lasting length of flavour.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wischylini (256) - Grimstad, NORWAY - SEP 2, 2016
Appearance Pours a clear dark mahogany, with a small tan head
Aroma Roast coffee, nuts, malt, caramel, leather, dried fruits
Taste Sweet, with a distinct bitterness that keeps the ale balanced
Palate Medium body, low carbonation

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ktwse (4051) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2016
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of hazelnut, caramel, toffee. Taste is sweet and roasty with a mild bitter finish. Light to medium bodied and smooth with a soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bonev (264) - POLAND - AUG 24, 2016
Piwo klarowne w kolorze czarnym z niezbyt obfita gubopecharzykowa piana. W aromacie lekka kawa i sliwki suszone. W smaku palony karmel, rodzynki i troche nut drewnianych. Wysycenie i goryczka na dosc niskim poziomie. Spodziewalem sie wiecej doznan jak na ten styl.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomBitter (13) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2016
Pours a lovely dark shade with a hint of red. Aroma I struggled to find anything except a vague whiff of coffee, taste however was very pleasant, strong malty yet sweet flavours combining perfectly together leaving a lovely bitter aftertaste, lots of great roasted flavours involved, a good buy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NallePalle (511) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle, 50 cl, Au comptoir de la bière, Callian (83). Overall very nice ale: smooth yet convincing. Pleasant mouthfeel, mild bitter finish. To me, ABV should not be higher: well balanced in all respects.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AWS9 (637) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2016
Bottle. Pouts dark nut brown, with slight lacing. Hint of roast coffee, banana notes, licorice, peach. Interesting fruity notes for such a malty character too! Sweet, bready finish - perhaps a touch thin. Really nice ale!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skarecrow (222) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2016
500ml bottle BB 28/2/2017 Sweet spicy aroma. Pours dark brown with cream head. Mild bitterness with minor residual malty aftertaste but that’s about it. I was expecting a lot more body and but what i got was a very thin finish. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YantarCoast (941) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JUL 10, 2016
500ml bottle. Pours dark brown-black with a medium-sized beige head. Aroma is plums, nuts, raisins. Taste is malt, caramel, dark fruits, nuts.

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