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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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84
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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | 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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OzmanBey

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +34.4%

01-08-2012 13:56:29 | More by OzmanBey
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katrinab

Michigan

5/5  rDev +34.4%

04-19-2013 22:08:11 | More by katrinab
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Matvei

Russian Federation

4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

04-24-2014 03:52:13 | More by Matvei
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paxton1978

United Kingdom (England)

4.63/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer. I left it in the cellar for a year or so to let it calm down and I'd strongly recommend doing this to take the edge off it. Had all the sticky toffee puddingness and caramelised fruit notes that you'd want from this kind of beer, but without being overly-sweet. What i should've done is put two away because i wanted another one straight after and now i have to wait for a year!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 08:44:06 | More by paxton1978
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
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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warrior02a

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21%

02-11-2012 09:34:25 | More by warrior02a
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Packard

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +21%

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

Switzerland

4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

review is for OLD TOM ORIGINAL

nose: dark fruit cocktail, some mahagony wood in the nose as well

palate: full bodied, smooth yet very dry and quite bitter in the aftertaste, port-wine notes with some hints of dark fruits and light notes of sesame

very classy and distinctive strong ale

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 16:18:40 | More by Daredevil
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Brenden

Ohio

4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Old Tom is a thick, opaque dark brown with a dark red hue in the body. It forms a light, creamy tan head that rises up to one finger tall and retains a solid half finger all the way. Creamy lacing is left in leggy patches.
With chocolate, molasses, dark fruits and rich, hearty breads, this beer is as advertised both in the nose and in the flavor. It also imparts a distinctively English minerality with a slight metallic note. Dark, thick, moist raisin bread is what comes to mind. It's rich and, surprisingly, doesn't come off as too sweet. Alcohol that's not overt in the nose sits underneath and warms gently in the finish. A gentle note of herbal hops is present, though malts bring the show in every way. A bite of spiciness pulls through at the end of the sip. I don't know what people here are looking for, but this beer is exactly what the brewer advertises it to be.
Crisp up front with a bit of smoothness, the feel may be the only aspect of this beer that's lacking. It goes just a little tinny, and the thin body can't quite support all the heft.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 22:11:12 | More by Brenden
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Hollanthropist

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

03-16-2013 16:23:52 | More by Hollanthropist
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Haywire

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

01-26-2013 03:11:36 | More by Haywire
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hansavijaticar

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

06-11-2012 21:05:34 | More by greengorilla
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pkenkman

Estonia

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

05-23-2013 08:41:35 | More by pkenkman
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robthepenguin

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +7.5%

07-17-2013 04:27:03 | More by Koester
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Northtexan

Texas

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +7.5%

11-23-2012 03:28:03 | More by MisledTitan
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AgentMunky

California

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a wine glass. Best before 11 November.

A: Pours very dark, too dark to see through unless directly in the light, when it glows red. Nice frothy head sticks around at the edges of the surface.

S: Sour and strange, almost lambic-like. Traces of seaweed or salt. Some sweeter smells from alcohol or malts underneath. Soured apples and burnt brown sugar? A sweaty orchard? Very difficult to describe. The only other aroma as interestingly bizarre I can recall is that of Orval. [Edit: After I drank a little bit and poured the last third of the bottle, the funkiness became muted. Now I only smell fruity malt and a distant background sourness. Pity; I quite liked the earlier, quirkier scents.]

T: Taste follows smell. Mostly malty-sweet, light caramelised notes, a hint of raisin, and an unfamiliar flavour I attribute to the port finish. Ever-lurking in the background is the lambic-esque sourness. The aftertaste is very wine-like; dry, puckery, and very nice.

M: Smooth, with a bit of tartness. Pleasant.

D: Definitely an interesting -- and enjoyable -- experience, which I hope to repeat sooner rather than later. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 23:18:44 | More by AgentMunky
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thierrynantes

France

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : reddish amber color, with tan foamy head.
Smell : dark fruit aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : alcohol presence, with sherry notes and a dry finish.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the English style Old Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 17:43:25 | More by thierrynantes
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +7.5%

04-01-2013 03:06:25 | More by MammothTarantula
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Burkbom23

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +7.5%

09-20-2013 02:24:24 | More by Burkbom23
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +7.5%

01-14-2012 20:12:28 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Robinson's Old Tom Strong Ale from Robinsons Family Brewers
84 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.