Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 192   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Cask; Regular.
The beer that made Masham famous! A rich, dark, smooth-tasting beer with an unequalled flavour. Brewed using the traditional Fuggle hop, Old Peculier is our best known beer and has a large and enthusiastic following all over Britain and around the world.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tombyars (1790) - Saltcoats, - MAR 13, 2012
I just love this beer, it embodies everything I like about Real Ale. Been drinking OP since 1980 and my dear old father-inlaw managed to get my local Wetherspoons in Saltcoats to stock it as a regular, well done Jimmy! How many pubs in Scotland can say they do OP as a regular? The best examples of dispensed Old Peculier do come from the Masham brewery and other hostelries in North Yorkshire. One of my best ever pints came from the Black Swan, Bedale in June 1987. Cask, handpump dispense. Tasting notes on this pint. Black ruby in colour with ruby highlights and a tight barley white creamy head. Thick rich mouthfeel with a delicious creamy texture. Full bodied with dark malts and roast barley evident. Complex malt combinations giving multi layered flavours. Slight hint of black coffee, roast barley grain, syrupy dates, raisin fruit, treacle toffee but black molasses do dominate overall. Slight prickle of earthy hop resins give a short bitter aftertaste, short in intensity. Malt returns in the sweet finish with big vinous notes of syrupy prunes, muscovado sugar, vinous oak cask and treacle flavours. One of the few ales to remain more or less consistant with the passage of time - long may this continue. This is an all time classic Old Ale and I recommend that you find yourself in one of those North Yorkshire country pubs and drink a bit of nostalgic history.

DraftMuse91 () - Hull, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2017
My first experience of old peculiar but certaintly wont be the last. From the fisrt to the last mouthfull the taste is an explosion of different flavours. Even the wife tried this one and enjoyed it

Grumbo (4260) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2017
Cask at the Golf, Foxhall Road, Ipswich. Backlog rating from historic scoring. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

GuideDogSaint (1809) - Xiamen, CHINA - AUG 27, 2017
Cask pint at the Assembly Rooms, Epsom. Pours ruby with a white head. Aroma of malt and toffee. Sweet taste and finish.

PeatyPete (1113) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2017 It seem that this tap version is better than the botteld one. Nice. Meaby better becaus of the place it's served.

gavfranc (2) - - JUL 30, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2017 A pint of memories and pleasure in a glass. Rewards the curious drinker with a complex fruity and full bodied character. Enjoy at its best by visiting the White Bear, Masham.

Smithld1 (350) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2017
Grand old drop when you’ve had a hard day pacing around the dales. Malty, sticky and a little punchy.

thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2017
Many, many pints in pubs over the years. This is an excellent pint of beer -- it’s got a lot of malt complexity, all of which comes out particularly well on cask, as well as some earthy and spicy hop flavor from the English fuggles. Definitely worth ordering if you see it on cask.

Stuu666 (15248) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2017
Cask at praf 2017. Pours deep ruby, nose is caramel, berries, oak, raisin, taste is sweet, sticky toffee, fruity, dry finish.

theprof (1364) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2016
Cask. Aroma fruit and caramel malt. Pours chestnut with thin lace top. Frankly in my youth this tasted completely differently. I would smile as soon as I saw it was on. Now it has dark fruit, liquorice and a slightly soapy finish whereas once it was Christmas pudding in a glass. Maybe I have aged better?

rodbod (468) - Motherwell, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
From a wooden cask at Glasgow Real Ale Festival. This is such an interesting beer, and very different from what is bottled. The aroma is rich and malty, but also sharp, with a very fine sour note. The taste matches this accurately. Barrel ageing has added so much to the complexity: it’s malty and rounded, but also has the sharp tang of secondary fermentation. I suppose the downside of using wooden barrels is their variability. I tried this beer at the Paisley Beer Festival last year and it was very disappointing, whereas this glass was most excellent.

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