Brewed by Theakston
Style: Old Ale
Masham, England


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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Cask; Regular.
The beer that made Masham famous! A rich, dark, smooth-tasting beer with an unequalled flavour. Brewed using the traditional Fuggle hop, Old Peculier is our best known beer and has a large and enthusiastic following all over Britain and around the world.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ianwelby (1307) - - JUN 24, 2013
Dark red beer with a slightly bubbly head and smells of a mix of fruit and malt. The flavour is of fruit (some sort of red berry, perhaps?) and strong, toasty malt which carries through with a touch of hop for a lasting finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (12545) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 20, 2017
Cask at praf 2017. Pours deep ruby, nose is caramel, berries, oak, raisin, taste is sweet, sticky toffee, fruity, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theprof (833) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2016
Cask. Aroma fruit and caramel malt. Pours chestnut with thin lace top. Frankly in my youth this tasted completely differently. I would smile as soon as I saw it was on. Now it has dark fruit, liquorice and a slightly soapy finish whereas once it was Christmas pudding in a glass. Maybe I have aged better?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodbod (340) - Motherwell, SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2016
From a wooden cask at Glasgow Real Ale Festival. This is such an interesting beer, and very different from what is bottled. The aroma is rich and malty, but also sharp, with a very fine sour note. The taste matches this accurately. Barrel ageing has added so much to the complexity: its malty and rounded, but also has the sharp tang of secondary fermentation. I suppose the downside of using wooden barrels is their variability. I tried this beer at the Paisley Beer Festival last year and it was very disappointing, whereas this glass was most excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tommann (3625) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2016
Cask at the Black Horse, Brierley Hill. Pours dark reddy brown with a large head. Aroma is sour raisin and caramel. Taste is raisin and caramel with some sour wood.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ngejo (976) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 14, 2016
Tap. Clear, brown, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thellgren (965) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 6, 2016
pint @ The Lamb & Flag, Oxford. This has the malty flavour of the bottled version but also something extra. A taste that is hard to explain coming from the live yeast. Just a bit dryness also in a nice way. Quite excellent!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PlantCityJax (68) - Plant City, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2016
Cask. Malty brown beer. Tasted a little "thin" but that may be due to it being from a cask. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjp12 (1741) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2016
Rather sweet malt aroma, which is not really balanced out by the complexity of the flavours.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
The_Osprey (7731) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2016
Cask at The Moon Under Water, Wolverhampton. As Theakston Old Peculier. Very dark brown with a red hue, creamy off-white head endures and leaves dotted lacing. Aroma is cardboard, molasses and underlay. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is raisin, rum, bread, gluey, varnish, apple peel, spicy finish. Just not my type of thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (4964) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2016
Via handpump, Cross Keys, Handsworth, Sheffield. One of those Id have put money on having already rated. Anyway, in its dimpled mug, its dark, copper coloured, with an unclean lines haze. Film of sticky, cream coloured head. Nose is fruity and vinous. Hint of chocolate malts. Hint of vanilla. Taste has a vinous, tart streak, with some caramel sweetness on the lips. Its not in good nick, but its very drinkable. Ive had better pints of this, but this is still good, to the tune I might have another...

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