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Robinson's Old Tom Strong Ale - Robinsons Family Brewers

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Robinsons Family Brewers visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mora2000 on 10-12-2010)
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

supermedved, Sep 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

thegerm87, Aug 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color with ruby tints and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A strong aroma of malt, dark fruit, and sweet elements.

T: Tasted of caramel, dark fruit (plums), molasses, malt, and a vinous quality. A pretty solid flavor, with a nice amount of complexity. There's a slight booziness, but it's pretty well masked. A good flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a well made beer. Not without some minor flaws, but definitely drinkable.

avalon07, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

hogrider, Aug 17, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

Dwreck, Aug 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

Evil_Pidde, Aug 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

pivnica022, Aug 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Patitifa, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

FadetoBock, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Packard, May 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

crowsnest, May 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

Northtexan, May 09, 2014
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3.49/5  rDev -6.7%

This is a dark brown beer with a red tint and relatively little head. The nose is fairly strong treacle. The taste is reflective of that, treacle, becoming sweeter after a while and then slightly more minty before a more bitter finish. Simple, but good.

charlatan, May 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

hansavijaticar, May 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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4.58/5  rDev +22.5%

Can't recall what I paid up for this brew. But would say that it was no more than the average Belgian dark/strong ale. This will come in to play later. Bear with me.

Pours quite dark with a khaki head that hangs around the edges and whisky along the top as it calms. What is really spectacular about the appearance is the very lovely burgundy/mahogany hue to it. I was surprised it was as dark as it was. It looks very nice.

The smell is quite nice. I get a lot of earthy hops and malts, a dusty, dried fruit. You can really pick out the dried cherry note that is nearly sour. It has a slight wine like quality to it. Maybe a touch of chocolate and caramel. You pick up a bit of the booze toward the end as well.

The taste launches forward pretty brilliant and bright with a citrusy taste but drops quickly into dried cherries and dark fruits. The dark chocolate comes in with a red wine like taste and then the caramel in the background. Quite dominated by the fruit qualities in the beer. There is just a smudge of brown sugar and vanilla in the sweetness with a breadiness as well that I find quite appealing and really helps bring the beer together and ease the booze.

The mouthfeel is on the lower medium side. Quite drinkable, not sticky at all. It remains bright and a bit dry and smooth. A bit of a spicy tingle. It really hits the spot. I was feeling like a drinkable dark ale tonight and the body was just what I was hoping for. The carbonation is not explosive. Very average but clinging. A good quality brew in that regards.

Overall, this is quite reminiscent of a Belgian dark ale. But a Belgian dark. It isn't quite as yeasty an stacked up with fruit esters as a Belgian dark ale, but one can easily find the similarities in the rich dark fruits, spiciness, breadiness, and booze. The ale is of a very good quality, you can easily tell and it is also quite a bit better than some belgian dark ales that I have had. I would drink this again and am actually pretty interested in having the chocolate beer they do as well.

Misanthropy_Sipping, Apr 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

robotiks, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

DMarlinJ, Apr 25, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +27%

Matvei, Apr 24, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Dark brown reddish color with a one finger beige head with medium retention and leaving some laces.
Aroma of molasses, Port Wine, licorice and mild chocolate.
Delicious flavor of nuts, roasted malts, peppery yeast, English earthy hops with a tangy citrusy, caramels, dark and red fruits, pears, chocolate, Port Wine, mild nice sourness and tobacco, licorice and home-made coffee. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with perfect carbonation. Alcohol of 8.5% abv is very well hidden.
This is a tasty, complex, bold and pleasant old ale. Surprisingly drinkable at 8.5% abv.

FLima, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

PEIhop, Mar 15, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

AnchorsAndAxes, Feb 28, 2014
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3.13/5  rDev -16.3%

500 ml. bottle. Dark colour, with a small off white head that vanishes soon, leaving a small lace. Smell of a damp cellar, chocolate, notes of caramel, red wine. Medium to light (too much light) body, soft palate. TAste of caramel, chocolate red grapes.

janubio, Feb 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

MikeCactusGordon, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

DruC4, Jan 28, 2014
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Robinson's Old Tom Strong Ale from Robinsons Family Brewers
84 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.