Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1458   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:
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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antisnobJP (274) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2004
Bottle. Cola brown color with a thin beige head that fades to an ever clinging ring. Fruity malt aroma, not strong, but deliciously inviting with a kind of rum raisin quality in the background. Flavors of scorched toffee and a little smoked coffee. with some molasses and nuttiness thrown in. Some fruit in the initial taste, but it fades at the finish. Cleaner flavors than others of the type that I have tried. That can be a plus or a minus, depending on what you,re looking for. Subdued carbonation level(thankfully). Long, fairly dry finish. Overall, very good stuff. Excellent after a meal.

jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2004
Poured from the bottle very dark brown with a tan head that quickly left, but with good lacing. Big aroma, malt and grassy hops. Flavor was very nice, with a bit of cherry and oak.

Krasulak (88) - Wapadrand, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA - OCT 4, 2004
Bottled. Poured dark coca-cola colour with small off - white head that decayed quickly with no lacing. Aroma of dark malt with a touch of molasses, yeasty and hoppy. Tastes of caramel, medium roast coffee, sweet molasses, quite a bit of toffee with a hint of rum and vanilla. Goes down smoothly. Pleasant thick mouthfeel. Long finish with good hop bitterness. A very good buy. I will try it again.

Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2004
Poured a warm, dark cola color with smaller off white head. The head left quickly with no lacing. Smelled very malty with a hint of molasses. The taste is very um...well you know. I get some caramel, pine, smokiness, coffee, even a bit of citrusy fruit. It goes down smooth, almost oily and leaves a hint of bitter taste in your mouth. I like it.

brberry (16) - USA - OCT 1, 2004
Purchased in a bottle, poured with a small head, that disappeared almost instantly. Peculiar (living up to its name) sweet flavor, definitely taste the alcohol. A very dark color, almost porterish, hints of red when you hold it up to the light. All in all a surprisingly good buy, likely to try it again

BelgianXXX (6) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2004 does not count
dark brown with mocha colored head, aroma isn’t very strong smell some slight hops, nice tight/smooth head. leaves a strong hint of banana on the palate.

BeerandBlues2 (14517) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Pours dark brown with a tan head that mostly dissipates. Some lacing with what remains. Aroma is hoppy, malty, maple, and oak. Flavor is initially sweet like caramel then bitter like chocolate. Warm, refreshing, full bodied palate.

DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Pours dark amber with a foamy tan head that quickly dissipates leaving little lacing. Aroma is a bit weak but smells malty and fruity. Flavor is where this beer really shines. I took some to a party and even the non-beer drinkers fell in love. Flavor is strong and sweet with pronounced fruit character, notes of banana, cherry, and fermented grapes dominate the palate. Sweet maltiness, some noticeable hops character, and a slightly bitter finish make this a well rounded beer. A relatively high alcohol content and the name "Old Peculier" creates a mystique around this beer and after drinking a few one might find that they have been overcome by a feeling that is, quite peculiar! Overall, I think this is one damned fine ale. I can’t wait to find a place that serves it one tap.

DanielBrown (4586) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2004
Bottle from Co-op, Stirchley, Birmingham. Dark red/brown, with thick, laced, beige froth. Slimline choc aroma. Flavour: hmmm.... slight tart grape, apple, cardboard, liqueur hint. Tends towards sourness on the finish. Fizzy on the tongue, long aftertaste. Complex and engaging, but didn’t quite get me going.

Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2004
My first Old Ale style beer. So much here that seems familiar but I just can’t place it. Nice aroma, nice color, and nice taste. As my friend beaconstreet said, love to have this on tap rather from a bottle

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