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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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BA SCORE
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good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | 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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thegerm87

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -19.8%

08-24-2014 00:28:36 | More by thegerm87
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avalon07

South Carolina

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.

08-17-2014 19:16:00 | More by avalon07
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hogrider

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-17-2014 13:11:01 | More by hogrider
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Dwreck


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

08-17-2014 05:00:37 | More by Dwreck
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4/5  rDev +7%

08-14-2014 08:54:52 | More by Evil_Pidde
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pivnica022

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

08-13-2014 09:46:33 | More by pivnica022
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Patitifa

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +7%

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

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +7%

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

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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.

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

Croatia (Hrvatska)

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Nebraska

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.

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +7%

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

Russian Federation

4.75/5  rDev +27%

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

Brazil

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.

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7%

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

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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

Spain

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.

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

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

01-06-2014 23:53:51 | More by Patrick_E_Sweeney
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Robinson's Old Tom Strong Ale from Robinsons Family Brewers
84 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.