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

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

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BA SCORE
80
good

50 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.18%


Brewed by:
Frederic Robinson Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdagnew on 08-25-2008)
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TruePerception

California

3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 04:55:49 | More by TruePerception
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hilgart1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +15.6%

04-02-2014 01:22:50 | More by hilgart1
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raydas

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

03-18-2014 23:20:59 | More by raydas
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Beerdanza

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love ginger beer, and I love beer. Here we have ginger beer with real beer! Love it! It's a fairly sweet brew, with a dominant ginger smell and flavor. There's a bit of malt, and perhaps some hops, but this beer is about ginger. Mouthfeel is definitely a cross between beer and soda. I am really enjoying this! Of course, you better like ginger if you grab one of these. But if you do, it's a sweet gingery treat. I can't really compare it to normal beers and ales. Be careful! It goes down fast.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 00:43:19 | More by Beerdanza
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litchity

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

01-31-2014 22:45:32 | More by litchity
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Landar

Pennsylvania

4.41/5  rDev +27.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 04:02:10 | More by Landar
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artemh

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

12-14-2013 07:51:29 | More by artemh
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Zorro

California

2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 02:16:19 | More by Zorro
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EmperorBevis

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

11-01-2013 14:27:13 | More by EmperorBevis
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Marius

Romania

3/5  rDev -13.3%

07-25-2013 17:35:52 | More by Marius
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Vsarmatov

Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

06-28-2013 09:10:42 | More by RedneckBeerz
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DbbC

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

06-26-2013 01:56:53 | More by DbbC
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jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 23:31:41 | More by jazzyjeff13
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pin

Australia

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

03-27-2013 02:07:05 | More by pin
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Peyton5410

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +15.6%

03-16-2013 00:13:28 | More by Peyton5410
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 20:33:38 | More by Suds
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flagmantho

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 22:57:48 | More by flagmantho
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sneaks2210

New York

2.5/5  rDev -27.7%

11-17-2012 17:14:07 | More by sneaks2210
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 16:14:19 | More by TMoney2591
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Offa

California

3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not outstanding, but it’s very enjoyable, a bit different, and the ginger is a nice presence without being too dominant, although it comes close.
Deep red amber, big tan head slowly shrinks.
Aroma is ginger, dark fruits, caramelized dark toast.
Taste is caramelized toast, brandied raisins, ginger. Since I love ginger, I guess that is one reason why I like this, but it has a good underlying Old Tom character, too, and the ginger mostly is just a nice added element to this.
Feel s nice, firm.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 23:07:52 | More by Offa
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speith


2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 19:25:01 | More by speith
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Rojada1988

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -13.3%

08-14-2012 17:22:54 | More by Rojada1988
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Eddxii

Florida

2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
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?

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 23:11:24 | More by Eddxii
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1nf1n1te

New York

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

07-22-2012 21:25:53 | More by 1nf1n1te
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Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger) from Frederic Robinson Limited
80 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.