Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger) - Frederic Robinson Limited

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Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger)Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger)

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: mdagnew on 08-25-2008

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Reviews by Dentist666:
Photo of Dentist666
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours copper-brown beer with good tan head, leaving nice laces. Clear ginger aroma. Full-bodied taste of very spicy ginger and some dark fruits. High carbonation and very warm ginger aftertaste. Definitely, beer for ginger fans. However, I dislike ginger, but loved this beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2013. Picked up a while back from Morrisons. The label describes it as a blend of Old Tom ale with Fentiman's Ginger Beer.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A deep reddish-brown hue with good clarity and medium carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of sweet ginger with hints of fruity malt, prunes, dried fruit, mild brown sugar and faint caramel. A whiff of stewed leaves/herbs in the background, accompanied by a touch of booze.

Tastes of ginger, with a mildly fruity character and a spicy finish. Notes of hot ginger, sugar, mild herbs, a hint of fruity malt and faint dried fruit. The ginger dominates the flavour. A slightly harsh cardboard flavour lurks in the background, followed by a herbal dryness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is tingly and spicy, though smooth and pleasantly carbonated. Body is a tad thin for the strength; could be chewier. Aftertaste of hot, spicy ginger and faint fruity malt.

Hmmmm - OK but not amazing. It looks pretty good and the smell has a degree of depth to it, but the flavour is mostly spice. The body is also rather lacklustre for a stronger beer. The problem is that the ginger overwhelms the characteristics of the original beer. I enjoy Old Tom and reckon it's a nicely balanced sipper; unfortunately a shedload of ginger spoils the effect. It's got more to it than most ginger beers I've tried, but still lacks that essential ingredient: restraint. Perhaps I just don't like ginger beers all that much. Anyway - worth trying but only ginger lovers will appreciate it.

Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you like ginger beer, this is a beer for you. Yes a strong ale, but mostly a spiked ginger beer. Pours light coloured body with significant white foam. Ginger aroma, and its the real thing. Taste is a tad below median. Taste is fine for a fruit/vegatable style. As a fan, I found it had good drinkability.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cask at The Ship Tavern by Holborn in London.

Dark brown in bad lighting. Thin ivory head on top. Slippery lacings all the way down.

Ginger nose.

Root ginger right up front, dominates throughout really. Get some darker fruits darting in and out, sultanas, but ginger is the headliner here.

It is what it is. If you like ginger go for it, but it's a tad one dimensional.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark ruby brown with a lasting off-white head.
Nose shows overriding ginger with sweet biscuity notes underneath along with a little golden syrup. Pretty much like ginger snaps.
Flavours are pretty unpleasant in comparison, with astringent and sharp herbal notes dominating. Lots of ginger. Doesn't seem to have the malt and body to carry the massive strength of the ginger.

Photo of TruePerception
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Robinsons Ginger Old Tom ale, brewed with ginger root and pear juice. 6% ABV.

Appearance: Hmm. I was expecting a lighter colored ale. Starts out with under a finger's head. Very slight lacing. Nice red-amber color

Smell: Moderate ginger smell (light when compared to ginger beer). Faint Asian pear note in the background.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dry, with a thicker, molasses-y malt flavor. Touch of ginger, and some caramelized pear.

Decent.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Petrus chalice.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard Ale pint glass. Pours a medium to dark ruby amber. One finger off-white head dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma is pleasantly dominated by ginger with hints of sweet malt detectable. Rich flavor of fresh ginger, caramel malt and dark fruit. Finishes sweet and gingery, with a bit of a lingering earthy flavor from the ginger. Thick, almost syrupy bodied. I think this could have been too cloying, but the heavy malt body supports the strong flavors well. Definitely only for ginger lovers, but I'm one, so I really enjoyed this and will revisit.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is extremely dark red but clear in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving a film covering the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of ginger in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of ginger. It becomes less one dimensional as the beer warms up and begins to have hints of dark fruits, spices and sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. No warming from the alcohol is detectable in the finish, but the ginger tingles your tongue.
O: This beer is not a bad choice if you really like ginger because it is packed with flavors and doesn’t have anything quite like the level of sweetness you get in ginger ale soda.

Photo of Zorro
2.7/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear brown colored beer with a tiny tan head that doesn't last long.

Smells of ginger. The scent is pretty much Ginger Ale with a little British hop scent but not much.

Starts out mildly sweet and sour with a ginger flavor. Small amount of bitterness. Essentially this is a Ginger Ale Shandy.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall really boring and possibly not really beer.

Photo of boatyard
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this one. The nose was of ginger and pear, with a slight aroma of alcohol. the taste, was ginger throughout, with a note of pear, and citrus. there is also some underlying sweetness with a spicy ginger finish. not something I'd drink alot of, but i would drink it if it were to become available to me.

Photo of rfgetz
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice dark copper color, thin cap of cream colored head, solid ring of retained head. Scent brings strong ginger and peppery spice, notes of tart underrippened pear, notes of brown sugar and light caramel. Taste is full on ginger ranging from pickled ginger to ginger ale, strong and burning... Unrippened pear and apple, brown sugar and caramel, ginger snap cookies. Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, lingering sweetness and ginger. Most ginger brews I've sampled are light and refreshing, this is strong flavored and near offensive.

Photo of TheSarge
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm drinking this beer right meow as of 19:23 on 11/8/2009. I just had to do it.

Appearance wise, this makes a decent presentation of a finger thick head, ruby red colored body, with lively carbonation.

Anyhow, Ginger Tom pretty much smells like ginger ale... Nuff said 'bout that.

Okay, the taste is pretty much gingerbread cookie... Nuff said, too.

MF wise it's chewy and full in body, with a warm finish, not just from the alcohol but the spices also used.

This really is the quintessential Christmas brew, screw all the others of hearty richness, this is a gingerbread man in a bottle.

Photo of mdagnew
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from Sainsburys... According to the bottle this is a blend of Old Tom ale and Fentiman's famous ginger beer...

Poured a deep dark auburn colour. Slightly off white head poured thick and foamy with meringue like top then faded quite quickly to wispy covering... no carbonation bubbles at all... some patchy lacing...

Aroma - Nice sharp and spicy ginger ale up front followed by toasted bready (fruit loaf ?) maltiness, juicy ripe fruits (black currents, red grapes, raisins), toffee apples, some chocolate, strong treacle / muscovado sugar, some marzipan traces, toasted nuts..

Taste - The ginger isn't quite as pronounced as the aroma but it is still pretty strong... toasted chocolate / toffee malts then some good warming spicy ginger notes coming through pretty quickly, spicy dried fruits (raisins, sultanas, dates), quite medicinal, toasted malt loaf, nutmeg, a little metallic...

Feel - Sharp and pretty dry... light / medium bodied... fairly drinkable but the spicy ginger might become a little sickly towards the end...

Overall - A decent enough combination - not something i'd want to drink a lot of but well worth a try....

Photo of patra7
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark red with thin but fairly persistent beige head. Extremely thin bubbles; lots of them.
Smell: Ginger it is, before anything else. It truly lives up to its name and promise. Then some alcohol and caramel.
Taste: Ginger, Caramel / molasses, alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Full body, very little, mild carbonation.
Drinkability: Very interesting for a change, but certainly not a session beer.

Photo of GreenCard
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: reddish/orange-brown, good clarity, thick layer of tan foam, good head retention

Aroma: ginger, candied orange peel, bubble gum, malt, caramel

Flavor: medium malt sweetness intertwined with tart ginger beer notes; hints of licorice, prunes, and dandelion root; finishes semi-dry with a roasty bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, prickly carbonation, ginger warmth

Other comments: An interesting concoction. When I bought it, I thought it was Old Tom brewed with ginger, but it's actually Old Tom blended with a ginger beer. That would account for the lower abv, I guess!

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Finishing up the Tom Trilogy with the Ginger version. It pours a clear amber-tawny topped by a half-finger of light khaki foam. The nose comprises sweet ginger (as though 'twere straight-up Canada Dry or something), light white pepper, a pinch of brown sugar, and a bit of honey-dripped green apple. The taste brings in more of the same, with the honey-apple coming through a bit more powerfully. Still, the star of the show is the spicy ginger character, though that is partially undermined by the fruit. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mildly slick feel. Overall, a nice little ginger beer, but I feel it's depressed by the pear juice (which, itself, never really comes through as pear, per se, to me).

Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is an average looking, chestnut colored beer, clear, low carbonation, and a modest lightly tan head. It has a distinctive ginger aroma...like a vest strong ginger ale. There is a subtle roasts malt smell too, but it is distant behind the ginger. The taste, however, is great. Pear and malt come through immediately, followed quickly by the. Strong, spicy ginger flavor. Sweet, sharp, spicy. The flavors work we'll to complement each other and the spice of the ginger hangs around ling enough to give a very pleasant lingering finish. Medium body. I really enjoyed this beer. Different.

Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: deep, rich brown hue with a little bit of ruby in the mix. Body is free of haze, and the head is a narrow finger of frothy tan foam without good retention. Not too bad.

Smell: the label says this is brewed with ginger and pear juice, and I totally believe it. The ginger stands out the most, even to the point of obfuscating the underlying beer. I like the ginger here, but it takes up a bit too much of the canvas.

Taste: a murky and heady mix of ginger and sweet malt. I like both the quality of the ginger and the malt here, but I'm really not a big fan of how they mix. There's too much earthiness here competing for my attention; it just doesn't quite work.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Decently creamy, but not outstanding.

Overall: this is a weird beer, for which I award it points, but one which doesn't precisely work well. Glad I had it, absolutely; however, I don't think I'll be reaching for another one anytime soon. If you are really into ginger, however, it may be worth a try.

Photo of Finn
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ginger Tom pours a deep ruby brown with minimal head. The aroma is...lots of ginger, and a touch of caramel. This is a very rich flavored, sweet, and gingery beer. Full body with sweet gingerbread maltiness. The ginger really lingers on the back of the throat. drinkability is moderate on this one. Overall, quite unique and fun to try, but make sure you like ginger before you think about trying it.

Photo of Eddxii
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ginger Old Tom pours a beautifully unique orangey amber, clear and unencumbered by foam. The lacing along the sides features larger bubbles, more like a soda than a traditional beer. The aroma is immediately yeasty with a subtle soft citrus sweetness and a deep background of old oak.

The initial taste is strong with pear; the nectary and syrupy flavors linger atop the standard maltiness of old English ales. The ginger emerges potently over the course of the finish, leaving a nice spicy burn on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel on the Ginger Old Tim is quite thick and heavy; this is not a beer to drink quickly, lest the sweetness usher your perception toward old tonics and cough syrup.

Ginger Old Tom is an interesting brew, though not something of which I would drink significant quantities. As I scan their website I noticed that they have several hints toward (and videos of) cooking recipes featuring their ales. This, I think, would be an excellent use of such a beer and would likely produce more lauding words than I’m offering here of the beer itself. That being said, I am very interested in tasting the original Old Tom without pear and ginger, which I feel would be a very tasty treat. Indeed, the bottle claims that the Ginger Old Tom is “Made with the World’s Best Ale.” How could I refuse a claim so bold?

Photo of Landar
4.44/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma 11/12
Spicy ginger and sweet malts. Caramel starts to come through after. Sweet pear flavor comes through after it warms a little. A touch of British hops (goldings?).

Appearance 3/3
Clear deep ruby red. Frothy tan head with a tint of red. Good retention. There is a thick layer of foam that continues to cover the entire surface. Slight foamy stick that washes away easily.

Flavor 17/20
Spicy strong ginger with caramel. Herbs that I cannot identify. The malt sweetness that comes through with molasses. A touch of British hops. Finish is ginger and strong molasses with a hint of pear.
The strong spicy ginger lingers along with a light hops bitterness and alcohol warmth that fills it out. The molasses continues to linger in the background so the spicy ginger and bitterness does not overpower.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium carbonation. Medium body. Smooth and chewy viscosity. Alcohol warmth.

Overall Impression 8/10
This seems to have a scottish ale base and the ginger complements it well. The dry herbs can lend it a bit of a medicinal quality at times and could be toned down for a more pleasant experience. The pear ingredient barely comes through and is only noticeable at times. If this was solely a ginger beer with a scotch ale foundation it would be an excellent example, but as the pear is a specified specialty ingredient it would have been very enjoyable to have it come through more and add to the balance to make for a less spicy and more pleasant sweeter flavor profile. The combination of the alcohol warmth and the spicy ginger complement each
other so well and linger in a pleasing relaxed fashion for some time even after you have stopped drinking it.
I am a big fan of ginger beers (non- and alcoholic) and this is one of the few that are exceptional as a stand alone ginger beer rather than also serving well as a mixer - this is a compliment to the balance and not a criticism. Again, if the pear were not advertised as a specialty ingredient this already high score would have been world class.

44/50

Photo of rvdoorn
3.91/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a nice dark copper-brown color with a fluffy light brown head.
Smell: Ginger overpowers everything (really like freshly cut ginger root), the ginger is somewhat balanced with dark sugar in the nose.
Taste: Freshly cut ginger again, malts, dark sugar and dark fruits. Strong spicy herbal accents in the aftertaste bitter-sweet aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium carbonation. The ginger burns pleasantly on the tongue.
Overall: Unique brew. If you love ginger, you love this beer. A point for improvement could be to add a little less ginger though

Photo of speith
2.62/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I purchased this beer at Fire Road Canals in EHT, NJ. It was about $4.50 for a 12 oz bottle.

A: Poured the beer vigorously into a standard pint glass, with little head resulting. The head that did appear quickly disappeared. I was expecting a bit of a lighter hue for a ginger and fruit juice beer. This hue resembles a nut brown ale, and is definitely lighter than the original Old Tom.

S: Gingery and sweet. Very sweet. I actually lose the pear under the ginger but get citrus notes. A bit yeasty as well. Ginger definitely above all else.

T: The taste is right in line with the smell. First impressions were I just cleansed my palate with a piece of ginger while out for a sushi dinner. The pear comes out in the aftertaste. Very sweet with ginger reigning supreme.

MF: Similar to soda...not much carbonation. Definitely a sipper.

O: Interesting, but I do not think I will get this beer again. The ginger was overpowering.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl.), tasted in 2011.

Appearance : deep dark colour, with tan foamy head.
Smell : spicy ginger aroma.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malty, chocolate with strong notes of ginger.
Drinkability : a bit too much ginger for my taste. I prefer the old Tom.

Photo of PartyBear
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours as a deep chestnut brown, which is quite clear and had a light carbonation. The head is a fast fading small creamy off-white. There is as expected aromas of ginger, much more like ginger nut biscuits rather than pure ginger. There is a slight acidic lemon hint, which sits beside a very clear pepperiness and warm herbal aroma. The taste is sweet upfront with a weird pepper flavour following. The aftertaste is dominated by the ginger with a warming feel on the tongue. Not my sort of beer, the flavours seem a bit confused and the feel is a bit astringent. Much prefer the original Old Tom

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Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger) from Frederic Robinson Limited
78 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.