Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1461   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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pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2004
12 oz bottle. Popped the cap and was overwhelmed with malt and molasses. Poured a clear dark ale with big lasting frothy head. Still getting lots of malt in the aroma, now with some "bready" undertones. Great full flavor that could easily carry another couple of alc %s.

robertsreality (2461) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Brown Coloring. Kind of a bitter Taste. Not the best Brown Ale I’ve ever Tried, but not the worst either.

wvernon1981 (21) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Deep red body, very light, slightly bitter flavor. A hint of sweetness. Crisp to the palate. Overall a light and refreshing beer.

HopsformyHips (113) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Big light brown head with a clear dark auburn pour. Aroma is refreshingly light and fruity. The flavor is not intense, but the slight presence of hops help prolong the light flavor. The malt is a caramel seetness closely followed by the light grapefruity bitterness of hops. Although this is a light brew, I enjoyed the balanced flavors.

iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2004
Besides that I like saying the name (anything preceeded by Old, ’Ol or Olde should be enticing) this is very good tasting, malty caramel, nutty, sweet, slightly roasted and well balanced. What exactly is an old ale?

brownaler (762) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Bottled. This is my first Old Ale and the taste seems a lot like Fullers 1845, though it is more nutty and caramel-like. Still a good British ale that is not over the top like our beers in the US.

ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Lovely, caramel-raspberry aroma; thin in the mouth; flavor is lighty malty woody, fruity, toasty, and smokey; slight sour-ish tinge; finishes a little dry; real nice!

IslandHaole (1303) - Misawa, JAPAN - MAY 14, 2004
Finally, after a night of 4 swill lagers, a real beer! A nice clear brown color with a small beige head. A complex malt aroma, some roasty scents, with caramel and/or specialized malts as well. A sweet malt treat, but not cloying, nicely balanced with a hop profile that blends well with the strong malt grain bill.

mrkimchee (1415) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2004
clear deep brown, roacky beige head. aroma of dates, raisins, molasses and burnt sugar with dark bready malt. flavour is sweet and roasty with more dried fruit, caramel and coffee. mild roasty bitter finish. nice

Choos (755) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2004
Nice malty with darkly caramelised sugar aroma. Dark red with no head I could see. Lightly roasted malt flavours with a big out of place mocha hit and some fruitiness.

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