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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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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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2/5  rDev -42%

Ryan1423, Mar 28, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

pin, Mar 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

litchity, Jan 31, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
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2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

speith, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of Zorro
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

Zorro, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of PartyBear
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
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

PartyBear, Feb 22, 2010
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2.88/5  rDev -16.5%

Lion088, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

CrazyDavros, Mar 01, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

rfgetz, May 10, 2012
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2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
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?

Eddxii, Aug 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

Marius, Jul 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13%

WVbeergeek, May 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -13%

brinch, Mar 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

Rojada1988, Aug 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

kaelingirl, Mar 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13%

rredshift, May 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of TruePerception
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

TruePerception, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Baileyuk
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Semi cloudy golden brown. Head was near non existent and faded extremely quickly. Lacing was low but definately present.

S - Smelled all of ginger, definately the ginger beer type of smell. Not unpleasant but definately overpowering.

T - Also the taste of ginger beer dominates over the base of ale behind it.

M - Medium bodied, creates a heavier taste of ginger at the back of the mouth a few seconds after sipping the beer. Again not unpleasant but noticeable.

D - If you like ginger beer then I feel that you may love this. But as I am not the biggest fan (although I do not dislike it) so it was just okay for me.

Baileyuk, Nov 02, 2008
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3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

jazzyjeff13, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of TheSarge
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

TheSarge, Nov 08, 2009
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3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

GreenCard, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

metter98, Mar 06, 2012
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3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

thierrynantes, Aug 16, 2011
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Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger) from Frederic Robinson Limited
78 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.