Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger) - Frederic Robinson Limited
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4.41/5 rDev +27.5%
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?).
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.
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.
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.
01-27-2014 04:02:10 | More by Landar
4.1/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
03-06-2012 04:39:29 | More by LiquidAmber
3.95/5 rDev +14.2%
Malty raisin and....ginger nose. But of course.
Have liked the Old Tom lines from the brewery, this one was no exception. It's a fun beer given the whole ginger bit. However, the ginger aspect gave the impression it was just added to the brew after the brewing process.
Either way, still fun and definitely lives up to it's name well.
06-11-2011 00:21:06 | More by IRONRakkasan
3.95/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
09-26-2012 23:07:52 | More by Offa
3.93/5 rDev +13.6%
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
07-23-2011 19:45:55 | More by rvdoorn
3.93/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
02-27-2014 00:43:19 | More by Beerdanza
3.9/5 rDev +12.7%
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.
04-14-2012 04:47:50 | More by boatyard
3.85/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
02-18-2013 20:33:38 | More by Suds
3.85/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
02-03-2012 18:17:21 | More by Dentist666
3.83/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
03-02-2012 02:25:34 | More by Finn
United Kingdom (England)
3.7/5 rDev +6.9%
Coming in a short 330ml brown bottle, BB DEC 09, served cool in Orval's chalice. According to the beer label, this is a blend of the original Old Tom and Fentiman's Ginger Beer.
A: dark russet brown in colour, topped with a beige head that slowly retreats to a rim, while the carbonation remains constant and mild. Looking good.
S: the hints of ginger ale has overpowered other elements and certainly the original aroma of Old Tom is tuned so weak that it's barely recognisable; a close sniff reveals a deep scent of ginger root, yeah, but jammy dark fruits and melted black sugar seem still subdued.
T: a soft swallow of rich dark fruits and licorice comes hand in hand with a ginger-candy and ginger-ale-ish touch that is more pleasant and much milder than the aroma; the quieter, bitter edge of hops, dark malts, black sugar and strong ale's deeply rich overripe fruitiness catch up fast to serve as a solid backbone, leaving a rounded yet also herbally bitter and dry-ish undertone (like an aged sherry) in the finish. As the ale warms up, the gingery edge melts in the rich base of Old Tom, and renders a real harmonious composition like a decent spiced Winter Warmer.
M&D: the level of carbonation comes restrained and pleasant, carrying through the flavour and rich body skilfully; the ginger ale doesn't seem to tarnish the overall performance on the palate, but certainly give an imbalanced impression on the nose. Worth a try if it's brewed again!
02-18-2009 20:18:40 | More by wl0307
3.65/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
02-28-2010 02:44:17 | More by Sammy
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
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....
08-25-2008 18:12:38 | More by mdagnew
3.63/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
03-06-2012 23:51:39 | More by patra7
3.56/5 rDev +2.9%
Bottle marked L3070 21:08 at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of ginger
Head large (7cm), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing poor – a few small islands of small bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor initially of ginger, but not too aggressive, which fades and allows the pear to come through. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Flavor ends quickly with a lingering slight sweetness. A ginger stomach burn then arises.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation.
This beer loses points for the rapidly diminishing head and poor lacing, but , as a ginger beer, picks up points because the ginger does not overpower everything else.
06-17-2014 12:49:17 | More by Ozzylizard
3.55/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
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.
04-14-2011 16:28:47 | More by CanuckRover
3.5/5 rDev +1.2%
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).
10-26-2012 16:14:19 | More by TMoney2591
Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger) from Frederic Robinson Limited
80 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.