Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 1456   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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UNCCTF (588) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2004
Bottled, and my first old ale. This was a translucent deep brown with almost no head. Aroma was slightly smoky with some nice malt notes. The flavor was full, but one-dimensional - too much fruit and not enough hop for an ale. A little disappointing, but not bad.

bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2004
Aroma is rich and malty. The appearance of the beer is a nearly opaque medium to dark brown. The flavor is nice and malty, very full, with hints of fruit (although no banana in mine, thankfully) that become more and more pronounced as the beer warms. This is an excellent beer, and it may even be worth the rather high price for a six pack.

Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 17, 2004
Appearance: beautifully plummy brown color, showing a bright reddish around the sides, with a large, bubbly light tan head, that slowly dims down to a whitish ring. Aroma: sweet and creamy at first, caramel and nuts, with further impressions of dark fruits and chocolate. Very smooth and palatable, with those characteristics found in the nose coming forward in the flavor. Very malty and rich, not mention warm and roasty. A mere 5.7%, not particularly strong, but still gives off a bit of heat. The taste is the real attraction. Mmmm, quite nice. Nothing earth-shattering, just very pleasant, sweet and terrifically tasty

maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2013 Bottled. Good chocolate notes in the aroma with a good hint of malts. The colour is almost black and has a good off white head. Clean flavour of chocolate and alcohol with malty notes. This beer is at its best straight from the cask at a decent pub but is still more than good in the bottle Score 3.9
Subsequent ratings scored 3.3, 3.7 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.6

LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 16, 2004
Chestnut brown coluor. Good fruity nose (elderberries?). Flavour is very malty (toffee, chocolate) but again with a berry-like fruitiness. Mild but pleasant bitter finish. Very interesting and very delicious.

Skip (206) - Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2004
Yorkshire ale. Deep reddish brown, aroma is of fresh hops and hints of caramel from the malt. The taste is coffeeish, full bodied, and well hopped. Exhibits a beautiful tan head that is well retained leaving Belgian lace on the proper glass.

Terminus (3742) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2004
12 oz bottle-Pours a deep red/brown hue that is darker in the middle of the glass. Nice sweet malty aroma with apple and sour notes. Woody, malty palate that is slightly astringent on the tongue. Thanks whaleman for letting me have a bottle (and for making the beer brats with this stuff!)

DocLock (11236) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2004
Dark rubyish color. Very complex. I tasted brown sugar, caramel, soy sauce, blackberries, almonds, earthiness, port, raisins, and figs. Reminds me of a nut brown/red/scotch ale/porter combo. One of the most unique beers I've ever had.

Accaris (21) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2004
If Newcastle made a "Special Selection" for its Brown ale, then perhaps it would be similar to Old Peculier. The beer has a myriad of appealing, mild flavors; caramel, fruit (fig, perhaps,) a bit of starch, and a tad of carbon. It has a nice dark red appearance.

punkeedo (499) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - MAR 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2004 This is a step up from Samuel Smith's Taddy Porter--less soy sauce taste, better head, nice red appearance, more tolerable overall....

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