Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1309   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.

DrnkMcDermott's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrnkMcDermott (2793) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
waiake (51) - 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

   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jinroh (341) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mithe (864) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mydogjet (31) - - AUG 12, 2014
Dark brown with an off white/beige head. Slight floral and spice aroma and a caramel and liquorice taste. Nice

   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tinylightsrecs (178) - - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle from Tesco Windy Nook. Pours black with small head. Flavours of chocolate, hazelnut and roasts. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sharkydodson (194) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - AUG 8, 2014
caramel and fruity aroma with shades of toffee... the taste of caramel, plum, dark fruits and toffee with notes of chocolate and passionfruit... slight hoppy bitterness... dry sweet and bitter aftertaste...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
R4N5H (59) - SINGAPORE - AUG 7, 2014
50cl bottle. Lively when poured. Nice dark brown with a small head. Nutty roasted malt, with chocolate tones. Good English bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6431) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours very dark brown with a creamy off white head. The aroma is sweet malty and dark fruity with light dark berry road. The flavor is tobacco, toasted malts, dark berries and fruit. Itís a legend as the bottle says...

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