Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1478   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
Bottle. Dark ruby colour with a thick, frothy, mostly diminishing off-white head. Caramel, dark bread, and yeasty aroma. Bready, slightly fruity flavour, a touch of toffee, and a nutty bitter finish. Medium to full body with a bit of a juiciness to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2004
Burned toast and malt aroma, dark with lots of lacing. Sweet and dark with some bitter start and the bitter continues. Nice enough. I may have another.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1693) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2004
Black body, bronish frothy head, mostly diminishing and fairly lacing. Malty and spicy aroma, very pleasing. Lightly bitter, lightly sweet initial flavour. Lightly bitter (long) finish. Soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2004
Pours a deep ruby/brown color, tan head. Lots of malt, plenty of caramel and toffee. Body was a little lighter but was very smooth and seemed to work well with it. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 9, 2004
this beer is alright, but i believe its quite overrated. nice smell and pour, but the flavor is similar to john courage, new castle, and all those other mainstream beers made in that part of the world. there was certainly nothing peculier, nor for that matter that good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brodie (540) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Faint malty aroma - toast, caramel, sherry. Flavor has a syrupy sugary taste - don't know if this makes sense, but it tastes like it has sugar added as an adjunct. No hop character whatsoever. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2004
Pours dark ruby with a large tan head. Blackberry and toffee aroma. A dry fruity berry flavor. Very nice mild bitterness and dry aftertaste. A liitle thin in mouthfeel but very nice flavor.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlimJimDrinker (115) - Nrrebronx, DENMARK - FEB 29, 2004
blackberry to the aroma... bitter grapefruity taste... Nice head... but not to impressive to me

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5351) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2004 Very dark and has a small beige head. Lots of malt, molasses and some nuts in the aroma. Slightly sweet flavor. Enough spiciness to make this better than average ales. Also some notes of bread crust. A slightly roasted note. Still, very nice. Very impressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Padron4KM (809) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Pours dark mahogany with a decent sized tan head, that leaves a good amount of lacing in it's wake. Aroma is sweet, malty, fruity, with a touch of caramel/burnt sugar. mouthfeel was kind of thin and watery. flavor is slightly sweet, smokey, roasted malts, with a light spicyness in the backround. finish was slightly bitter(grapefruit) slightly spicy. (cinnamon and clove) This beer kind of snuck up on me. The first one didn't Impress me that much, but by middle of the second, I started to warm up to it. I'd definately buy it again

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