Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1479   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Bottle: Filtered.
Abv reduced from 5.7 to 5.6 in 2010.

"The Legend". Brewed using a generous blend of finest pale, crystal and roasted barley malts, along with the majestic Fuggle hop, to create a wonderful, full-bodied flavour with subtle banana, cherry and rich fruit overtones.

A peculier tale:
Theakstons most famous ale takes its name from the seal of the Peculier Court of Masham, which was granted back in the 12th century. It was the custom at the time for the church to administer the law, but this proved too arduous a task for the then Archbishop, who was based in York. So, with due archiepiscopal aplomb, he set up the independent Peculier Court, headed up by the Peculier of Masham.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
coil (21) - - MAY 25, 2017
500ml bottle. Sweet and hoppy start with bitter finish. Raisins, dried fruits, berries, malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mviljamaa (138) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - MAY 20, 2017
Pours with little to no head. Color is Coca-Cola. It really looks like coke. Gentle aroma has the Coca-Cola aroma, a very faint roasted malt and burnt notes, aroma of an old cellar. Even palate is Coca-Cola like with lesser carbonation. Taste has burnt notes and some dark malty taste, faint Coca-Cola taste, cold cellar like notes, bitterness from hops leaves the mouth a bit dry. Very refreshing, excellent that it combines the sensation of drinking Coca-Cola and beer. Not too rich, but not watery either. An excellent and interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thepatrickman (1286) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 18, 2017
This was my first legal pint I had when I turned 18, but I only came back to it this year. Its held up really well, even after years of hurting my taste buds with IPAs and imperial stouts. Theres a great malt flavor, with a darker color and a richer, sweeter flavor than a standard bitter. The hop profile is earthy, giving it some spicy notes that work with the malt sweetness. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros IX (303) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2017
I had forgotten how good this beer is. A lovely flavour and texture of malt and just a hint of hops in the background. They could up the hops and this would be a good black IPA. Overall very good and reminds me of those Sundays, in my younger single days, watching the Grand Prix at home when I would only drink this stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marko (5553) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 19, 2017
Thanks Mali Perica! :D Clear daaark ruby body, small off white head. Fine malty aroma, primarily raisins, dried apricots, perfumy. Just classy. Taste... Mild maltiness, honey, dark cherry perhaps, vague cardboard, vague... Erm, coriander, bitterish, perfumey, yet interesting. Strange, great mouthfeel, yet some not so great flavors waft in. Bitterish finish. I can see how this stands out among regular English ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
billyband86 (1) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2017 does not count
500ml bottle bought from local supermarket. Deep brown colour with off white head. Sweet taste initially but bitter finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mmmeinike (128) - Odense, DENMARK - APR 5, 2017
Lkker ale med en indledende sdme og en subtil bitterhede til sidst. Frugtige noter i nsen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhammaren (1785) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - MAR 12, 2017
.5l bottle @Bomb. Pours deep dark ruby red with medium head. Aroma is raisins, dark malts, syrup notes, plums, dried fruits, some caramel and bread. Flavor is mostly same. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RobeerBumA (5) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2017 does not count
This Autmnal/Winter Beer is packed full of flavour,at first it seems kind of average but then the mighty flavours kick in,full of darkish malt lollies.Is it peculier?Actually it does seem to posess a strangeness that is hard to describe in mere words.Suffice to say the malt profile unfolds in a gradual and subtle manner,hops are barely there and there is good strength ,carbonation low,in other words a seminal version of what an old Ale should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (1757) - Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 26, 2017
Dark brown colored, medium- beige head. Aroma is of caramel, dried fruit, some toffee, bit apple, light chocolate. Taste follows the nose with nice caramel and toffee malty notes, apple and dried fruit and light chocolate for the finish, light+ earthy and grassy bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, bit oily.

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