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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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BA SCORE
79
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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 15.94%
Wants: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

Sammy, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%

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
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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).

TMoney2591, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -13%

WVbeergeek, May 10, 2014
Photo of wl0307
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%

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!

wl0307, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of Zorro
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%

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 flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

flagmantho, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

LiquidAmber, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%

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 09, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%

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
Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

Suds, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

RedneckBeerz, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of thierrynantes
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%

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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4/5  rDev +15.9%

hilgart1, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of kaelingirl
3/5  rDev -13%

kaelingirl, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Offa
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%

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.

Offa, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%

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 28, 2013
Photo of mdagnew
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%

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....

mdagnew, Aug 25, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

EmperorBevis, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of TheSarge
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

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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2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

pin, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of GreenCard
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%

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 rvdoorn
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%

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

rvdoorn, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Ozzylizard
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

Ozzylizard, Jun 17, 2014
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Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger) from Frederic Robinson Limited
79 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.