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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Reviews: 32
Hads: 62
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frederic Robinson Limited visit their website
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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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev +4%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of PartyBear
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
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 (600 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of wl0307
3.66/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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! (1,458 characters)

Photo of Baileyuk
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
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! (585 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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.... (1,168 characters)

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Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger) from Frederic Robinson Limited
81 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.