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Robinson's Chocolate Old Tom Strong Ale - Robinsons Family Brewers

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

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82
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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 09-10-2012)
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3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml, mirror-world stubbie bottle, apparently only available in Alberta through the good graces of the local liquor monopoly concern.

This beer pours a clear, bright bronzed amber hue, with two fingers of frothy, bubbly pale beige head, which leaves a prominent swath of imminent storm cloud lace around the glass as things slowly sink away.

It smells of rich bready, slightly Christmas cake-like malt, musty, dusty, department store milk chocolate, further spider-web strewn cellar dank, a hint of juicy red fruit, ethereal earthy and weedy hops, and a wee sprig of warming alcohol. The taste is again a pleasant meeting of grainy, bready caramelized malt, and a respectful dose of now mildly bittersweet melted chocolate, with some restrained musty, sort of stale essences muddling about, and a still gently soused leafy hoppiness.

The bubbles are unsurprisingly lacking in involvement, the body on the far side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a late-arriving, but still low-key vegetal astringency. It finishes off-dry, the malt, cocoa, and alcohol now facing that odd sense of overripe greens - huh.

Old Tom's chocolate incarnation starts off well enough, but sadly devolves into a weirdly off-putting blending of worlds - hard to say which party is culpable here, but I doubt that chocolate has the same capacity for unpleasant off-flavours as do rogue hops, or ill-bred grain. Hard to tell here, but in the end, I just won't be returning to this one.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

medium-light and smooth; brief flash of chalk; modest carbonation, more bitter than sweet
use of chocolate is subtle, bitterness prominent over bittersweetness

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From the embossed 330 ml. bottle. Sampled on March 30, 2014.

The pour is medium amber leading up to a tremendous, puffy off-white head. Plenty of lacing.

The aroma has a British malt character with a more cocoa note rather than chocolate. To me there is a difference. Caramel sweetness too.

Medium body.

The taste has a clean, pale malt character like I normally expect from a British brew but the chocolate seems to be downplayed. Mild bitterness to follow.

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3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

A: mahogany brown ale with obvious floaties - two fingers of tan foam atop

S: roasty cocoa malts; something woodsy and herbal

T: mild brown ale flavors accented with cocoa and a faint, washed out molasses sweetness; something like shellac lurks in the background

M: medium-light and smooth; brief flash of chalk; modest carbonation, more bitter than sweet

O: not sure what to make of a low abv strong ale; use of chocolate is subtle, bitterness prominent over bittersweetness - interesting and worth a try.

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

June 2011: 330ml Brown bottle , best before Sep 2012, poured into a ’Hoegaarden Grand Cu’ stemmed tulip.

Good reddy brown colour, head soon left leaving a tan coloured collar and a few pieces of lacing as the beer level fell.

Pleasant chocolate aroma is given off which carries on into the taste, true chocolate flavours throughout make this an interesting blend.

Different and well made, good carbonisation and thoroughly enjoyable. Really for a winters night, but equally as good as a summer nightcap.

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3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer pours a dirty, hazy, caramel color. Oatmeal head with little retention and hardly any lacing.

The beer smells like a European lager coated on chocolate.

The taste is the same, but there's a caramel note in there as well.

Mouthfeel is medium-light.

Overall, I was expecting more, just tastes like a chocky euro lager.

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3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/21/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light raisin/plum, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of chocolate, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate hop/yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light raisin/plum, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, herbal, grass, light raisin/plum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of chocolate, dark/bready malts, and light-moderate hop/yeast ester flavors; with a good sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice flavored old ale. All around good robustness and balance of chocolate, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I was expecting a little bit darker ale. Not diasappointed, just surprised. The aroma is unlike most anything I have had. I'm not sure I have the right words for it, but raw chocolate mixed with sweet phenols. Really intriguing. Lacing was exceptional, head not so much. Flavor Warming, light in roastiness, slightly malty, Definately is flavored like a malty amber (obviously) with a twinge of tang moving into almost minty malt sweetness.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had anything from this brewery yet and the description on the label was tempting (chocolate?).

Pours a nice reddish brown with a thin head. It bears a strong resemblance to an old ale and also its' American counterpart (strong ale).

There's a decent cocoa tint to this strong ale. It seems odd considering that it's not a darker beer. There's also a good hint of plum.

The taste is where this shines. Lots of cocoa upfront and it adds a fruity, spicy texture to what would otherwise be a bland ale. Very respectful mix of flavors.

Lingering cocoa/spice notes pepper the mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right.

Don't be confused by the description. This isn't a darker ale. However, it is quite tasty.

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Robinson's Chocolate Old Tom Strong Ale from Robinsons Family Brewers
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