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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Reviews: 38
Hads: 122
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 26.06%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mora2000 on 10-12-2010

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from Half Time Beverage.

It's a gorgeous looking brew; deep golden brown with a 1 finger head of white foam and very impressive lacing.

I also love the smell; loads of dark pitted fruit, a bit of bread, some sweet malt, absolutely nothing bitter in the aroma at all. Well, the style doesn't call for bitterness..

Plums and raisins hit me on my first sip and then, a lot of alcohol. Some caramel sweet working its way in, more fruit and more bread and yes, more alcohol.

This is going to sound weird but sometimes there seems to be a blank area where I can't really taste anything. They are very brief but I'm sure they are there after sensing them more than a few times. Here, I find the aromas of the beer were not lived up to compared to the taste..

The body of this Old Ale is pretty darned light; a major disappointment I have with Old Tom. I'm sure? the cask version, if there is one, would take care of that.

All in all, there are positives than negatives to my way of thinking so I'm glad I bought 4, drank 1, and am saving the other 3 bottles for another time.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fluffy head of about 1 finger fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing and finishes with nice groups of bubbles floating on the top, very dark murky molasses cola brown color with hints of maroon light.

Nose is nice, soft aged brown malts, various toasty brown malts, molasses, toasted nuts, light biscuit, light fruity aroma, almost hazelnut like earthy root. Then some herbal hops, not a lot but enough to give a light bitterness and let you know its there. Some caramel, touch of booze, light esters, and a hint of cocoa.

Taste is similar, toasty brown malts, plenty of biscuit and caramel, toffee, toasted nuts with a hint of hazelnut. Herbal earthy root like tastes with that herbal hop bitterness as well, earthy and slight salty. Slightly syrupy with a bit of a booze kick. Soft aged brown malts are there but drowned out by the other flavors. Finish is a bit drier but slightly sticky, but of herbal hops and earthy root and nut like flavors linger with a hint of syrupy flavors.

Mouth is a bit bigger bodied, semi soft, decent carb, some warning and tingly booze.

Overall nice, good malts, a bit syrupy but not too much, bit too much booze, nice flavors, not what I expected from a UK beer with how big it is, but the hops remind me it is.

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce stubby brown bottle, no freshness/bottling date info to be had.

Pours dark mahogony, darker tan head, leaves a thicker film, collar and some minor bits of lace.

Sweat nose of caramel, molasses, and some light chocolate.

Malty, bready and tasty offering. More caramel, bananas, vanilla, with smooth malty sweetness carrying the weight throughout this one. Decent sipper, higher complexity would lead me give higher ratings for this beer.

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Photo of bark
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The liquid is clear; the colour deep wine red with a tint of brown (30 EBC). The low head quickly sinks down to a pale brown lid.

The smell is rich, nutty and a little roasted. Raisins, marzipan, and plums. Some smooth alcohol. Ripe raspberries.

The taste is quite dry and bitter. It is, to be honest, quite thin. Marzipan, nuts and some raisins. Somewhat metallic dry astringent flavours. They are overall raw and not very mature. The short aftertaste got notes of chocolate, marzipan, raspberry candy and beef stock. The finish is dry. No noticeable alcohol at all.

The carbonation is light, the bubbles small. The liquid is light and dry.

I remember this one as considerable richer and full-bodied. Goes well with dark chocolate, though.

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Photo of grapetonix
2.57/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Super dark, clear amber with many bubbles. This is good.

S: Weak. Some tones of coffee and walnut but that's it.

T: Surprisingly weak and watery considering the ABV strength. Not bad, Tastes walnut and some bitter hops but once again, too weak!

MF: Quite harsh, but this is not said in an entirely bad tone. Some harshness is unavoidable with alco strengths like this. Unlike cheap strong lagers the aftertaste is not metallic nor unpleasant.

O: Nah, didn't work out for me. Not a horrible beer but this price and alcoholic strength makes me crave for more.

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Photo of Daredevil
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
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

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, dark ruby red with a quickly clearing head.

S - Nose is heavy caramel and fruit, dark sugar and heavy alcohol.

T - Big dark, caramelized sugars and muted apple. A little dried fruit, quite sweet and middling bitterness. Definitely on the boozy side.

M - Some heft in the body and a lively, short-lived carbonation.

D - Not really my cup of tea. A little heavy on the dark sugars for me, but if you like that sort of thing...

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Photo of salvo
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours murky chestnut brown under a khaki head. Red highlights in a dark brown beer. Very strongly and richly malts with a significant peppery alcohol burn. Very little hop character.

I dunno. I guess it's just not my thing. I'm hoping that the claim to have ben voted "World's Best Ale" happened long before I was drinking ale.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of paxton1978
4.58/5  rDev +21.8%
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!

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Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of MM3
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle had a best before date of February 2011.

The beer has a red/brown color with a small head and low carbonation.

The smell is complex. It is sweet combined with notes of alcohol and mocha/chocolate.

The taste of the beer is similar to the smell. It is sweet, but it is nicely compensated by hints of roasted malt and hop bitterness.

This is a beer to enjoy for a longer period of time. The taste changes as the drink goes warmer. Hints of dark fruit get noticeable.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit with some sweet toffee notes. The flavor is a mix of toffee, earthy hops, a touch of caramel and chocolate malts and a little bit of hop bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Robinson's Old Tom Strong Ale from Robinsons Family Brewers
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