Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 1475   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Dark brown color, very thick & creamy - strong sweet maltiness throughout. I did get the "banana" notes as suggested as well. Lightly bitter finish. Pretty good stuff - I'd like to try it on tap if I can find it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2003
very dark mahogany body with a big, dense, thick creamy head. Hints of licorice & caramel, no bitterness. Rich and malty, chocolate and some spices. Hints of spice and a dry roastey finish, so complex, I really like it!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
whoopassmachine (15) - mancland, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2003
It is a near impossability to drink lots of this ale. It is a serious whoopass can opener. Taste is very good, however does seem to have that Guiness quality of "Sunday Roast" feel. Is also capable of producing shits of brick the morning after, sometimes with a black tinge to their colour. Never-the-less a damn fine ale that I wished could be seen in more pubs, instead of having to make do with bottles from your local supermarket (Eg. Netto for average Stella drinker!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
007lund (92) - Ann Arbor, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Pretty hard to peg the qualities of this beer- hence the name. But, a beautiful color and head, with a unique flavor. An excellent beer, and a nice change of pace from your standard English ale.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mhachar (7) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2003 does not count
A very unique beer. Definately an enjoyable beer. This is a great english ale. If you have a chance I suggest you buy some.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2003
Very hard beer to find but if you do you are in for a treat! It's a dark reddish brown with a nice head. Has a smokey malt flavor and is slightly sweet. Doesn't have the most complex flavor. It's not the greatest beer in the world but it's very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 A gem among old ales. This one features a very nice color and head, good aroma, and a great flavor. Very rich and delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (20222) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 1, 2003
Beautiful ruby color, generous head. Some malt character, caramel and light liquorice in the aroma and taste. Often over extimated.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2003
Almost opaque with a full appetizing head. Aroma is of a standard macro brew with a touch of dark malt and cigarette smoke. Very strange palate which starts robust, but almost vaporizes on the tongue. Sweet fruity flavors are evident, but not overwhelming. This beer is good, but would probably be better if it had time to age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (36498) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2015 Bottled. A very dark red beer with a thin beige. It has a slight fruity aroma. The flavor is sweet with notes of fruits, berries, and malt, leading to a lightly bitter finish.

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