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Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England

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RATINGS: 1479   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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3.1
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2003
Clear mahogany with small beige head. Aroma is malty, medium sweet, caramel, lightly smoky. Taste is smoky, dry, and finishes slightly toffee. Almost no sweetness.

4.1
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2003
A tasty, malty ale. I was surprised at how dark this one poured- it looks like a porter at first, but Old Peculier is actually ruby-colored. Nice, sweet aroma and rich, malty, fruity flavor. One of my favorites outside the realm of beastly stouts.

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clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 4, 2003
This is a true beer drinker's beer. Smells like good beer and tastes the same.

4.3
brewboy (152) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2003
As far as dark ales go, this one from the UK is up there with the best. Thick, dark and dangerous. Top marks.

3.8
booyaatribe (450) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Veh tasty. Nice complexity. It's richer than bitters, but has some of that English pub kick.

4.2
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 26, 2003
I used to drink this a bunch before I started trying out new beers all the time. I got a six the other day, just to see if my tastes have changed, and it still pleases. Much lighter than what I've come to expect from an old ale. Color is deep umber brown. Aroma is pleasantly british, a bit fruity, with a good english hoppiness. Taste is very similar to Bass, as far as balance, with a touch of caramel or roasted malts. I don't really detect any roasted malts, but I can't imagine how they got the color otherwise. Nice and sweet up front, with a bit of fruitiness, kicking over to a Goldings/Fuggles type of hoppiness at the end. Still a favorite, despite it's odd style. Somewhat like a bitter, a little like a mild, kind of in between everything.

3.1
muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Dark ruby, clear, medium off-white head, quickly diminishing to a fine ring. Aroma of musty old books, dried fruits, caramel late in the game. Thinnish body detracts; caramel flavor primarily at the front, heavier than usual carbonation; some grapiness evident. Finish dry and increasingly bitter. Disappointing; I expected a lot from this and it was just OK.

4.4
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - FEB 24, 2003
Interesting nose of malt (think malted milk balls), dates, and vanilla extract. The brew pours a dark ruby copper. The large light brown (tan) rocky head has good lacing and hangs around. The flavor is very deep with no acidity and characterised by druied fruit and malt sweetness. The finish is lovely. The medium to full body is perfect - creamy and soft, with a clean finish. I bumped the overall up one point for intangible qualities found within the brew (I do that on occasion).

3.6
3fourths (9345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Pours a very deep brown, close to black. Aroma of alcohol, hops, and very sweet, almost like a barley wine. Taste is mild, malty, roasted with light hints of caramel.

3.6
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.


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