Robinson's Old Tom With Ginger - Robinsons Family Brewers
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Reviews by thecheapies:
4.11/5 rDev +9.6%
Dark ruby-amber with a lovely bone head. Lacing in spare wet tufts.
A roasty aroma with ripe ginger spiciness and sweetness. Notes of licorice, fleeting chocolate, raisin, toffee, and prune. Ginger is so dominant, however. I love the aroma of it, but I'm losing the other notes from the base old ale.
Major ginger, licorice, raisin, roasted barley, old leather, maple sap, faint clove, sugary chocolate, and toffee. Great spice profile and kilned malts with a vibe reminiscent of Anchor Christmas. A kiss of sweet pear. I love everything that's going on, I just wish for less ginger.
Mouthfeel is rich for a 6-percenter. Ginger spice is enough for Robinsons to stave off the carbonation. It works excellently.
Totally worth the stab.
05-24-2014 04:42:37 | More by thecheapies
More User Reviews:
3.71/5 rDev -1.1%
330ml squat bottle. Not sure what the deal is with the two entries on this site for this brewery, but I'm just adding this to the same listing as the others, including the Iron Maiden beer, that have recently arrived in my neck of the woods.
This beer pours a clear, quite dark brassy amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy pale beige head, which leaves a bit of streaky cloud lace around the glass as it gently recedes.
It smells sharply of semi-sweet, and rather spicy ginger root, and very little else, beyond the dull echo of grainy caramel malt and plain black fruit. The taste is more sassy, soda-friendly minced ginger, bready caramel malt, bruised apple and pear, a slight herbal mustiness, and leafy, earthy hops.
The carbonation is adequate, providing a wee fizziness here and there, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, in a flattened sort of manner. It finishes a tad on the sweet side, caramel malt and ginger ale mixed in equal measure.
If you like ginger, the real stuff, then you'll like this, I suppose. There is indeed a decent strong English ale underneath it all, but that's not the story here (well maybe in the sense of supporting roles and all that). The Fentiman's Ginger beer makes itself known right from first crack, even as it fades somewhat as things get along.
11-06-2013 00:59:20 | More by biboergosum
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Color- medium dark brown. Full head.
Aroma- spicy ginger.
Taste- Very gingery like an English Ale mixed with ginger beer. Starts ginger forward with silky malts, spicy in the middle with a cream soda pear and ginger finish.
A truly unique and good beer.
Poured from 330 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted June 2014.
06-27-2014 21:46:42 | More by utfiero
3.69/5 rDev -1.6%
This one from the label side up had everything i expected.
Poured into a tulip glass and the unexpected arose from within.
Dark chocolate appearance with a hint of red flashes into the light. Nice surprise. One finger creamy lacing that lasts.
Smells of ginger, some citrus and something else that i can't put my finger on.
In the taste, the ginger gets intense, acidic, completed by some touches of hops and some alcohol after feel.
A bit watery, but i guess that's how ginger brewed beers are.
03-07-2014 21:13:30 | More by leitmotif
3.64/5 rDev -2.9%
I purchased this at Brass Rail for about 5 dollars, enjoyed chilled from a teku out of an 11.2 oz bottle.
The color is deep ruby with translucent clarity and thick tan head which has very good retention with fine bead and stringy lace clings. The smell is very good, floral and fruity with lots of tropical spice from the ginger in the nose, light pear, but only mild sweet aroma, fresh spice with mild woody element in the ginger almost like fresh peeled. The smell leads to a bit of a let down from the feel, spritzy but lacks any impact of ginger, more sweetness than necessary but I have not tried the base beer...pear-like softness but a little sweet as it finishes.
the taste is pretty decent...I get a clear taste of the ingredients listed, the pear is a little more discernible than the ginger but the ginger comes through after the malt which combines with the english yeast and pear with mild caramel from the malt with more of a woody and tropical candied ginger flavor in the finish. This is not a bad experiment...not a beer I would reach for often because it is sweet but the spice balances that for the most part which is what makes it better than average- this exceeded my expectations.
01-15-2014 00:17:01 | More by Slatetank
3.11/5 rDev -17.1%
color: mahogany with a glimpse of gold
nose: ginger, honey, dark roasted malts
palate: ginger, honeydew, licorice, marshmallows
a very sweet brew with ginger being predominant .... interesting try but certainly not suited to become my everyday drink ....
04-10-2014 22:19:13 | More by Daredevil
3.19/5 rDev -14.9%
nothing bad about this, but a strange brew, more like a classic english ginger beer than a regular beer, or anything like the parent beer, old tom. whats an old ale about this? not much. its ginger heavy, with notes of canned pears all white and mushy and sweet. the beer is super well carbonated which i like, but the ginger burns a little, hot on the tongue, and a little caustic. the pear flavor is way behind the ginger, which totally dominates the smell and taste to the point where this is scarcely recognizable as a beer even. refreshing enough, and i do like the taste, but as a beer, and especially as a variant of the great and famous old tom, its somewhat of an abomination. lots to be desired, i dont think old tom needs much changing, so this strikes me as an odd one, but i can see the appeal on a hot summers day. still the alcohol is a little for crazy sessioning, and i frankly dont really get it on the whole.
03-10-2014 02:35:46 | More by StonedTrippin
Robinson's Old Tom With Ginger from Robinsons Family Brewers
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