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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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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Robinsons Family Brewers visit their website
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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New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

03-30-2014 19:32:03 | More by puboflyons
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Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

10-28-2013 21:19:18 | More by biboergosum
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

01-28-2014 14:36:55 | More by Griffith
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-09-2014 13:42:48 | More by Ciocanelu
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

09-26-2012 00:48:07 | More by Rwang
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

09-06-2013 08:23:49 | More by BlackHaddock
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-01-2013 14:25:23 | More by EmperorBevis
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

12-23-2012 21:22:06 | More by JuicesFlowing
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

04-06-2013 19:03:20 | More by YeastEnthusiast
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-18-2014 19:02:12 | More by leitmotif
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

10-30-2012 19:29:12 | More by jklecko2
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3.95/5  rDev +11%

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.

10-09-2013 16:49:02 | More by Fuzzycranium
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

08-18-2014 14:11:41 | More by kjkinsey
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

03-03-2014 20:44:47 | More by bmaggot
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

01-26-2013 03:11:04 | More by Haywire
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

09-10-2012 02:02:48 | More by Brad007
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12-10-2013 07:44:44 | More by artemh
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

06-22-2014 17:50:26 | More by sephyrott
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-12-2014 22:16:59 | More by poskok
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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

08-17-2014 09:27:11 | More by Texasfan549
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2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

06-25-2013 04:23:28 | More by dmorgan310
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

03-09-2014 15:49:01 | More by dcmchew
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

08-12-2014 22:43:42 | More by AdmiralOzone
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3.34/5  rDev -6.2%

330 ml bottle poured into a Pint glass
Appearance... muddy brown beer with head colour beige of almost 1,5 fingers
Aroma... grass, floral, cocoa. Fresh and not too strong smell with a touch of malty aroma
Taste... malt and chocolate, sweetness appears soon lasting all the time,
Mouthfeel... medium body and medium/soft carbonation
Overall... nothing special or spectacular but nothing wrong with this peculiar ale.

03-09-2013 15:01:28 | More by Jetulio
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

04-20-2014 20:34:22 | More by KrisBeerndt
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Robinson's Chocolate Old Tom Strong Ale from Robinsons Family Brewers
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