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Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England

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RATINGS: 1443   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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3.7
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Dark brown with a thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is mostly malt. Flavor of sweet roasted malt on first sip with a light hop bitterness on the finish. Bottled.

3.9
caesar (7274) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 19, 2004
Clear dark brown color, medium creamy lasting brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, coffee, paint and some spice or vegetable. nice complex taste of several types of malts. Lingering malty palate.

3.4
jerohen (2351) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2004
Very dark coloured, thick lasting head. Very creamy complex malty flavour, some coffee-milk. Lasting bitter finish. Peculiar indeed, extra points for originality.

4
shadey (2152) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 16, 2004
The pour is a reddish brown with a tight bubbled creamy head that lasts. A very pretty beer. The aroma is of enticing malt character. Just smells great. The flavor is malty goodness with no bad aftertaste. I love having the foamy head stuck in my mustache too. Quite enjoyable.

3
Aggie80 (827) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2004
Banana notes in the background? An overall bitterness with some peculiar flavors to it that I couldn’t quite peg. Reasonable head and some lacing. Stood up well to a heavy dinner.

3
kathouse (1940) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Ruddy brown color with a thin creamy foam. Smell of light hop, roasted malt, and some fruitiness. Medium mouthfeel. Not quite the roasted flavor I expected. Really sweet, even for my liking. Finish was extremely long with a mild bitterness. Didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

3.7
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Dark brownish black with thick tan head...sweet malty aroma with a touch of alcohol...a little fruity taste balanced very well by the hops...finish is very dry and a little bitter...

3.9
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 6, 2004
Bottled. Big, off-white head with nice lacing on top of a clear, garnet body. Aroma is like cabernet in it’s fruitiness and the alcohol, but add yeast like dough and sweet malts, some roasty character. Full bodied and rich, lots of soft carbonation with a wonderfully dry finish. Malty, but not sweet, fruity like grapes and a dry, hop (cascades) finish carrying with it fruit and this is so dry and crisp, yet full bodied. Some wood flavor, touch of toffee. Very interesting beer and it’s so dry throughout...

3.8
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2004 500ml Bottle. Deep, dark brown/black in colour, with a small white head. Roasty aroma, with a roasty flavour. Also hints of banana, and some other fruits. Strange, unusual taste. A good beer.

3.7
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2004
Very drinkable ale. I could easily make this the focus of a night out. I normally like stronger ales but this has a unique flavor (I’m guessing hence the name, right?) Not too hoppy either which is good as I’m not a huge hops fan.


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