Craft Beer Reviews #4 | Old Peculier

Craft Beer Reviews #4 | Old Peculier
March 1, 2017 daveitferris
Theakston – ‘Old Peculier‘.
It’s a 5.6% Ale.

About: ‘Old Peculier is possibly one of the country’s most well-known and loved ales. This unique, beautiful brew is often imitated but never matched and is sold literally all over the world. With countless awards to its credit, it is something of which every Briton can be very proud and is the epitome of the greatest of British brewing tradition.’

This is the first time i’ve ever tried a beer from Theakston. This is their ‘most famous ale’ so i’m obviously starting in the right place. If this goes down well, then i certainly will get my paws on more of their range.
Let’s start with the design of the bottle, like i always do. Mostly clear lettering, but again, like some of the Morland Brewery range, there’s absolutely unnecessary gold lettering that adds nothing to proceedings. Unreadable in bright, normal or dim light without moving the bottle to angle the light in a particular way. The bottle has perfectly legible white lettering that works, so i’m unsure why they tried to go all fancy on gold lettering. I hope this isn’t going to be a trend in the craft beer industry and if it is, i hope they’ll read these reviews and wise up a bit. It’s just my particular taste, but i love the gothic looking bottle itself. I’m always drawn to those darkened bottles that hide their contents from public view – there’s something intriguing about them. I’m not just talking about bottles of stout that are clearly filled with dark black liquid, i’m talking about beers and ales that are masked behind darkened glass – they’ve always appealed to me for some reason.
There’s a very brisk hum as i popped the metal from the bottle, but enough for me to get excited about what’s about to happen.
There’s nothing remarkable about the smell at all and i’ve had about 20 sniffs now – it actually nearly smells like an empty glass bottle to me – which doesn’t smell that appealing. But, i’ve learned to never really judge a bottle by its smell, so let’s move on.
Taste-wise, it tastes really nice. There’s a beautiful smokiness that instantly comes across and it’s a taste i love. Its an ensemble of different tastes and all of them i really enjoy. In fact, each time i’ve had a sip, it’s tasted very slightly different. I’m unsure as to why, but it’s interesting nonetheless. I’ve always loved beers that have layers as opposed to merely tasting identical each sip – this beer is right up my street. I could go for a handful of these and be a very happy boy.
Overall, i’d definitely be interested in trying some of the other offerings from Theakston, because i enjoyed this one quite a bit. If you’ve followed my previous beer reviews, you’ll know i see no purpose in breweries introducing another product unless it does something different than other offerings in the range, so i’m hoping that Theakston have a nice diverse liquid portfolio for me to sample. Watch this Space.