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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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102 Ratings
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of Kirk
1/5  rDev -73.3%

Kirk, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark ruby color with a off white head that fades to bites of lacing.

S: Aroma of Malt, dark fruit, some carmel bit of chocolate and spices.

T: Taste of malt, caramel, trace of chocolate and spices. Mild bitterness and quite clean with a bit of lingering spice.

F: Moderate body, smooth with a unique rich flavor that is enhanced as it warms.

O: Good beer for the style. Probably would go best on a cold winter evening. Worth checking out.

soju6, May 31, 2013
Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

pin, May 28, 2013
Photo of kkmiller76
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

kkmiller76, May 25, 2013
Photo of pkenkman
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

pkenkman, May 23, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Brenden, May 19, 2013
Photo of katrinab
5/5  rDev +33.3%

katrinab, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Radome
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500 ml bottle bought in England.

A - Deepest brown color with ruby highlights when held up to the light, which also shows it's crystal clear. The head is tan and fairly thick at first, but fades to a thin blanket of fine bubbles.

S - The aroma is yummy. I get brown sugar, raisins, maybe some oak. There is something a bit spicy in there as well, which may be some rum-like alcohol coming through. Hops are there as an earthy and woody note.

T - The taste is not as smooth and velvety as the aroma led me to hope. There is an initial taste of cracked grain and somewhat harsh earthy hops. After that there are some of the raisin and dark sugar notes from the aroma, but they are muted. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - Medium body. Smooth, but low carbonation, as expected for the style. Alcohol is not detectable. Hops bitterness is low to moderate.

O - This beer has a lot of great attributes, but they just don't quite come together in the taste, which is where it really counts. According to the label it was awarded the World's Best Ale in 2009, but that's hard for me to believe, unless it's gone downhill in recent years.

Radome, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of MammothTarantula
4/5  rDev +6.7%

MammothTarantula, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of BWED
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml poured into a tulip

A- Very brown/chestnut with a frothy and airy light tan head hanging around at about a half finger. Not much lacing stays.

S- Rich caramel/toffee, just a faint sense of booze. Very aromatic, especially when it warms, and some fruit esters come out.

T- Malt sweetness with a slight acidic fruit, vinous. The flavor is not as bold as the smell suggested.

M- Full-bodied, yet lighter than I expected. Fairly clean yet warm finish.

O- Great looking and the aroma is unbelievable. The taste and feel fell a little short for me though.

BWED, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Hollanthropist
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Hollanthropist, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Haywire
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Haywire, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of e30todamax
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

e30todamax, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of MisledTitan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

MisledTitan, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, L1298 bottle code. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, apple, toast, dark bread, light nuttiness, earth, pepper, herbal, and light phenolic esters. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, chocolate, apple, raisin, light nuttiness, earth, toffee, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruit, apple, toast, biscuit, earth, toffee, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; almost no cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good old ale. Nice flavor complexity, robustness, and balance; very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of woxna
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

woxna, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of rastley
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

rastley, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong, malty aroma has a firm fruity overtone, mainly apple with a hint of banana, and touches of caramel, yeast and - varnish? Actually the latter is not really bad. Pours a dark reddish amber, almost mahogany, with a thick and fluffy pale golden tan head. Very appealing! Flavor has a strong malty core and notes of apple, banana and caramel. That darn varnish-like taste pops up, though. Smooth, firm texture has plenty of fizz and leaves a lasting tingle. Finish is malty and fruity. This ale is the cat’s meow!

Cyberkedi, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of BrewSage1985
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Gorgeous colour in the body, a dark brown with tints of red. Small, light tan head.

S: Smell of plums, raisins, wine/port and other dark fruits. Intense aroma.

T: The taste of port and smooth dark roasted malt hits you straight away, then along comes the plums and dark fruits. Taste of burnt roast malt in the aftertaste and the fire of the alcohol as the taste leaves you, perfect winter warmer. Slight grassy aftertaste. Old Tom hides the alcohol content well. A medium/full mouthfeel but perhaps a bit too much carbonation for this beer.

O: For a commercial beer thats easily available it's quite superb and has a wide range of flavours and aromas. To me, it's best to drink this one slowly and at a temperature of 10 degrees C for the fuller flavour.

BrewSage1985, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev 0%

WDJersey, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of jonb5
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into a Leffe chalice. Initially very dark, almost opaque, got lighter and clearer, salmon pink around the edges, colour more copper brown at the end. Aroma was Maris Otter malt and Phenol with a hint of Belgian yeast. Tasted Maris Otter malts, dark chocolate, rasperry and phenol with a hint of belgian yeast. Booze well hidden until the finish where it burned slightly, finish also had a note of espresso. Medium body, very smooth, not much carbonation. Overall a malt forward strong ale, complex but not in the extreme. Could be very good if given a year or two to age.

jonb5, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of fionn13
3.75/5  rDev 0%

fionn13, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of 1nf1n1te
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

1nf1n1te, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of popery
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and clear. It's a burgundy-maroon sort of color, like a brown-toned red wine. The small tan head dissipates to wisps within a minute or so.

The aroma is all fruit and caramel. Raspberries, plums, raisins, cherries - it's in that general area. The malt is sugary caramel and toffee. There's a little bit of toastiness to it.

Sweet with more fruitiness and some notes of earthy yeast and chocolate. It has a somewhat Belgian flavor that's more apparent in the taste than aroma, though it's still definitely English in character. There's some nuttiness to the malt and light spicy hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel could be a little fuller and smoother. It's not bad, just a bit thin and sticky.

This is a pretty good beer, but it could use a fuller, more robust sweetness.

popery, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

LJWalker, Jun 13, 2012
Robinson's Old Tom Strong Ale from Robinsons Family Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.