Theakston – Old Peculiar

Tasting: September 17, 2011
Style: Ale (Old/Yorkshire)

Eureka! — I found it. I haven’t had this ale in about ten years. Maybe I’ve just been looking in the wrong places — but it seems that this ale has had a long hiatus from US beer shelves. Regardless, I’m happy to see it and hope that it’s as good as I remember.

I had always thought that the “peculiar” reference was peculiar as in odd and the man on the label was an old odd guy. Well, according to the label, the name peculiar is named for a council appointed by an the Archbishop of York in the town of Masham — which happens to be the town in North Yorkshire where the brewery is located. The person that headed the council was the peculiar of Masham. It doesn’t say on the label — but I found out that the ABV is 5.7%.

Pours an opaque brown with a creamy and thick tan head which vanishes pretty quickly. Sweet like molasses and raisins on the nose. First sips reveal a roasted malt like overdone toast. There’s that raisin and molasses tucked in the back. Like most english ales — I get that flinty mineral quality. Surprisingly for a malt-forward ale — I do pick up the subtle hop on the finish. Mouthfeel is thin. Other than that it doesn’t disappoint. In my mind all these years it was the perfect English Ale — and it’s almost as good as I remember — 88 points.

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