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Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England

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RATINGS: 1412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrnkMcDermott (2957) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle purchased 2009. Figure this has been breathing my cellarís summer warmth and winter chill enough. Deep brown color, but somehow clean, fizzes like a soda pop. Smell of kilned malts, a but of plum, and somehow alcoholic. Nothing off, which is always the risk. First thing that hits the tongue, though, is a very thin mouthfeel. Not that itís a weak beer, but it just seems thereís not enough flavor to go around. Still has some fizz to it, so not like itís a cask pour. Mine had plenty of dregs or yeast at the bottom, which I swirled in, and it picked up the flavor a bit. But this one just left me feeling that for its reputation, it should be better. Maybe a newer bottle will be considered at a future date.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (909) - BELARUS - FEB 2, 2016
Deep brown, moderate off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma of candies, caramel, brandy. Light to medium body. Tastes of, rich malts. Caramel, some wine, hints of coffee & dark chocolate. Light pleasant bitterness along. Good

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
cervmagpt (513) - PORTUGAL - FEB 1, 2016
Review based on the BJCP2015 guidelines (style 17B). Bottle 50 cl - Batch L5103. AROMA: mild malty-sweet aroma with notes of some molasses, toffee and some caramel. slight toasted note. APPERANCE: very dark amber with reddish body. Clear. moderate, creamy, light-tanned head. TASTE: medium to low malty-sweet flavour with mild notes of toffee/caramel. low to no fruity esters. PALATE: medium-light body with moderate carbonation. OVERALL: A bottled Old Ale that doesnt do credit to the style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (1801) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2016
500ml bottle from corner shop. Mid-brown to dark brown, somewhat translucent. Light aroma of liquorice and some chocolate malt. Sweet at first, deftly turning bitter until the end. Bitter coffee notes in the aftertaste. Good enough but not a patch on the cask version.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PlutonowyMan (262) - POLAND - JAN 29, 2016
Kolor: ciemny br?z, klarowny. Piana be?owa, drobno ziarnista, g?sta i zwarta. Aromat: ciemne owoce, sma?one ?liwki, s?odkie, przejrza?e banany, karmel. Smak: na pierwszy plan wychodzi karmel, lekko kwa?ne,†sma?one ?liwki i delikatna popio?owo??. Goryczka wyra?na, sucha, kawowa. Wysycenie ?rednie, idealne.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kapusil (952) - HUNGARY - JAN 23, 2016
0.5l bottle. Dark ruby body, light brown head. Aroma of caramel, toast, dates and reisins. Taste of caramel, toast, reisins, plums and floral hops. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hauxe (165) - Butzbach, GERMANY - JAN 21, 2016
Rated from old notes. Pours frothy and creamy into the glass. Lightly carbonated. Distinctive sweet caramel taste with a hint of nuts. Well balanced. A good, hearty English ale.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LazyPyro (219) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2016
500ml bottle. First "Old Ale" for me. Clear and very dark brown colour, frothy tan head. Dark fruity, malty aroma and flavour, caramel, some sweetness too, very lightly roasted. Quite a smooth finish. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nofearhatmatt (43) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2016
Very dark amber in colour. Tastes nice and malty, but light and drinkable, had with a roast chicken but would go better with grilled meat like steak or burgers.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Spiceboy (10) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2015
I had this several years ago, but still remember it as easily a Top 5 of All-time. Just wish I could find it again as itís been MIA(Missing-in-Action) in the Mid-Atlantic region(USA). Will keep it #5 on my list until I can try it again to compare to the other (4) on my list;)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (3212) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2015
500ml bottle from my local Asda. Pours deep ruby brown with good frothy tan head. Aroma is toffee fudge. Taste is smooth toffee and cocoa, fruitiness comes on the finish with faint banana. Tangy bittersweet finish. Good classic Old Ale.


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