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Robinson's Old Tom Strong Ale - Robinsons Family Brewers

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Robinson's Old Tom Strong AleRobinson's Old Tom Strong Ale

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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | 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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DMarlinJ

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-25-2014 00:50:41 | More by DMarlinJ
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Patitifa

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

07-14-2014 08:44:35 | More by Patitifa
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7.2%

07-13-2014 20:04:35 | More by FadetoBock
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Packard

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-17-2014 06:03:19 | More by Packard
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

05-13-2014 03:10:07 | More by crowsnest
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Northtexan

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

05-09-2014 00:27:46 | More by Northtexan
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2014 22:00:50 | More by charlatan
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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

05-07-2014 19:10:44 | More by hansavijaticar
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atrocity

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-29-2014 19:49:32 | More by atrocity
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2014 03:14:46 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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robotiks

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

04-27-2014 01:06:37 | More by robotiks
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Matvei

Russian Federation

4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

04-24-2014 03:52:13 | More by Matvei
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FLima

Brazil

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 16:49:47 | More by FLima
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.2%

03-15-2014 03:09:38 | More by PEIhop
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AnchorsAndAxes

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

02-28-2014 05:44:30 | More by AnchorsAndAxes
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janubio

Spain

3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 21:49:19 | More by janubio
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

02-02-2014 14:23:01 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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DruC4

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-28-2014 04:50:54 | More by DruC4
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Patrick_E_Sweeney

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a beer tulip, chilled. One finger of off-white head, dark brown/amber color. Aroma is very busy; strong malt with caramel, alcohol, and hints of prunes, dried cherries and pears. Also an herbal component that seems a bit metallic. The taste initially hits with a combination of malt and fruit, particularly cherry and pear. Sweetness dominates for the first half second, then a very slight hoppy bitterness follows.

This beer screams mustiness and age, without seeming stale or unpleasant. It is a very interesting combination of flavors that feels a bit disjointed. Still a good beer, and worth trying once. Seems like a hit-or-miss depending on your particular tastes.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:53:51 | More by Patrick_E_Sweeney
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Mr_Pink_152

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-06-2014 20:06:51 | More by Mr_Pink_152
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

01-05-2014 23:48:59 | More by Knapp85
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a thin, brief, ivory-hued head.

Smell: A mingled of a surprising fruitiness of red berries, dates, cherry with sweetish malty accents of treacle, toffee, toasted biscuit tops. Also, some herbal, anise hints and a sniff of the alcohol.

Taste: A quick flush of sweet toffee and caramelized sugar with a lingering sweet-tart cherry fruitiness (with an additional handful of berries, dates). Faintly nutty, chocolatey. Herbal, leafy hops with a bitterness that melds to the alcohol warmth. A little licorice. A hint of soured treacle on the backhalf. Drying right at the last second of the finish.

Mouthfeel: Just a bit above medium-bodied.. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Quite decent. Would've preferred a bit more refinement and a slight, slight boost to the body for some desired chewiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 03:01:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml squat bottle, another Liquor Stores Intl/Depot/Barn/Emporium exclusive here in Wild Rose Country. Um, yay?

This beer pours a gently hazy, very dark ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, fizzy, and broadly bubbly pale beige head, which leaves some weirdly spooky Swiss cheese lace around the glass as things move southwards.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel malt, minor musty toffee notes, my seven-month old's pureed apple and pear mush, a decidedly un-infant-like plum wine booziness, a hint of gritty, stale chocolate, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more of the same, complexly rendered, as it were - bready caramel malt, besotted prune, plum, and dried cherry fruit, a bit of cigar ash, ethereal dark chocolate, musty basement, and more earthy, leafy, and perfume-heavy floral hops.

The bubbles are present, but generally out for no more than a pleasant stroll, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and tacitly smooth, as a certain metallic essence rears up as it warms. It finishes on the dry side, the fruit bleeding out, the malt packing for vacation, or something, and the noble hops holding down the fort, a fort replete with mellow sipping alcohol.

Definitely old-tasting, but not in the 'something might be dead and buried here' sense of Thomas Hardy's or the like. That is to say, more fruity, than musty and/or dusty, and lighter in bearing. At any rate, and agreeable enough strong English ale - ageism need not come into play here.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 02:11:51 | More by biboergosum
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robthepenguin

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-27-2013 04:49:23 | More by robthepenguin
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

10-25-2013 15:17:34 | More by ygtbsm94
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Robinson's Old Tom Strong Ale from Robinsons Family Brewers
84 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.