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Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England

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RATINGS: 1452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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:
Theakston’s 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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3.4
bierchik (95) - lakewood, California, USA - SEP 13, 2004
pours a deep copper/reddish hue, medium size creamy head. aroma is sweet & malty, w/hints of wood, and coffee/toffee like too. this one started off sweet but ends /a bitter aftertaste... drinkable.

4
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2004
Dark copper, reddish hints. Honest off-white head, slowsly diminishing to a decent cover. Typical quality old ale aroma full on malt and smooth hops. Toffee, caramel, dark chocolate, wood... it just could use a bit more intensity. I’m hesitant about lowering the score for a small weakness in the flavor development where, in mid-mouth, there’s a slightly watery gate toward the smoky finish, but after reflexion, it just makes it that much more drinkable. Besides it, the mouth entrance is artwork, a great caramel, chocolate and woody blend on a dry and lightly tart foundation of dark malt. Vegetal and mineralic finish has a gentle touch of bitterness. Mild astringency. Soft carbonation, medium body. Tastes much bigger than it is. Excellent.

4
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 11, 2004
12 oz. brown, longneck bottle. Freshness date of 29 12 J ( 05 ) on neck label. Poured out a deep amber, almost brown color. Has a small, tan colored head that left a decent smattering of lace on top of the beer itself. Aromas are mostly of malts, along with some caramels and earthy, damp, basement. Tastes are of treacle first and foremost, along with a slight alcohol sting. Decent meld of flavors here, and they change as it warms up slightly. Slight roastiness to it as well as an esoteric quality I can’t quite put my hands on. Medium mouthfeel, slightly sweet at first, but not cloying. Finishes rich, and warming. Not my ideal Old Ale, but it will serve the purpose.

4.3
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 10, 2004
This beer is so good. Even in a bottle shipped from over the Atlantic, it is still good. It has a taste that makes you want to chew it. Nice black-amber color as it pours, very very peculiar and unrecognizable flavors and notes in the beer. I would love to sit down and have a few of these at a good burrowed pub, meeting people. Love the old recipie, love the "seal" of the Peculier on the cap, would love to have it on tap, love this beer.

4.5
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2004
Bottle. Aroma is sweet and malty. Rich, full bodied, nutty and sweet taste with some coffee as well. Class beer.

3.5
zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 6, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Dark brown with a slightly tan head. Toasted toffee and sweet malts in the nose along with a hint of either cherries or grapes that reminds me of wine. Flavor is rather light. Mainly toffee and sweet malts with a fruity hint at the end and a bitter aftertaste.

3.4
kwik-lime (2116) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2004
Very dark, strong ale. Very smooth however, with an array of flavours. Certainly peculier.

3.5
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2004
This is another one of those beers I thought I’ve rated before, but apparently I have not. Good beer, a hint of a fruit taste to it. Enjoyed at Landmark lanes tonight.

3
vanvenlo (1924) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2014 8 May 2004 - Fruity and roasted/caramel malt aroma. Clear dark brown colour. Roast toffee flavours, with long slightly sweet malt. Light body.The flavour put me off this beer, but I wonder whether this is a beer that needs to grow on you.

3.5
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 21, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2004 Dark brown beer with a light brown head. Aroma is malty and alcoholic. The ale is surpisingly smooth and slick across the the tongue. Medium bodied. The flavor is dry malt and sweet alcohol. Very nice. Goes great with anything garlic!


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