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

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Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate)Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate)

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81
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106 Ratings
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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frederic Robinson Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-21-2008)
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

AlexAfonin, Nov 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

djrn2, Nov 15, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This bottle was cellared for at least 8 months before drinking. Poured from the bottle into a Bruery snifter. The beer is dark, but clear with a reddish-brown color and a huge, majestic head of foam that lasts and lasts. The nose is rich and malty, with sweet bready notes, some dark fruit, toffee, and a hint of chocolate.

Light-medium body with a rather thin feel. Up front, the flavor is spot-on. Sweet, toasted malt and toffee, but then around mid-palate the flavor moves towards an herbal tea and lemon-like character that seems somewhat out of place in this beer. Where's the chocolate? Oh yes, on the label that's glued onto the bottle. It sure isn't in the flavor.

Somewhat disappointing entry that I was hoping would be a nice, dessert-like beer. I think a chocolate version of the Old Tom would be a nice beer, but they need to beef these up with more malt, more body, and more flavor. Twenty years ago the British would have been busting our chops for selling watery beers. Looks like the shoe's on the other foot now, Winston! Get it together, will ya?

deadonhisfeet, Nov 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Alex1beer, Oct 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

BeccaH, Sep 12, 2014
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3.04/5  rDev -13.6%

Northtexan, Aug 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Pens1967, Aug 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

frontalot, Aug 21, 2014
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3.2/5  rDev -9.1%

330ml old shape bottle. Snifter glass. Slight winey & fudge chocolate aromas as cap is removed. Pours mahogany in color, cloudy appearance. Beige foam, close crown, nice retention. Roasted, herbal, brown sugar, chocolate & toffee aromas. Crispy upfront, roasted & black cocoa flavors. Medium body. Moderately high carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Slight licorice hints & herbal notes resolves in a long bitter/sweet finish. Chocolate tones on the aftertaste. Smooth drinkability.

GONZALOYANNA, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Kiro, Jul 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

LuckyJohn, Jul 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color- cloudy brown with large particles floating. Full head.

Aroma- sweet with chocolate and overripe fruit.

Taste- mild with definite chocolate notes, overall sweet, finishes with hint of hops. Not a great English ale or a great chocolate beer. Oh well....

Poured from 330 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted June 2014.

utfiero, Jun 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Gottesverachter, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

pin, May 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

ImFlyerThanYou, May 12, 2014
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3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle served in a Snifter glass.

A: Pours a magnificent dark amber color forming a small tan head. Low retention and few lacings left

S: Strong notes of caramel malts, toffee and chocolate

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts and chocolate. A bit fruity with some notes of raisins

M: Light body body good carbonation. Malty and chocolate aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Nice British Ale

eduardolinhalis, May 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

hilgart1, Mar 30, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

DLSheidy, Mar 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

rredshift, Mar 09, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a variation on the classic old tom, i like this chocolate version for two reasons. the first is its lower alcohol lends to easy drinking. i could have many of these without losing my cool, which counts for a lot with a winter beer like this one. second, its not the least bit sweet, and is in fact shockingly dry, which also lends to greater drinkability and is a marked departure from the other chocolate ales out there. as an old ale, its less than remarkable though, not as malt driven or full bodied as it could be, but with the chocolate it just works. good toast to it all, bakers chocolate meets milk chocolate without the sugar, and the carbonation is light but the beer froths up nicely on the palate. a well refined brew, steeped in tradition yet modernized in a very appropriate way. something quite unique, fairly priced, and outstanding in winter weather.

StonedTrippin, Mar 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A tawny, rusty color with an off-white finger of head that dissipates quicker than expected, leaving behind a broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing is spotty, with fair stick.

Smell - The smell is divine; chocolate, coconut, light vanilla and caramel. Faint bourbon or oak that is nigh undetectable.

Taste - Begins with a heavy dose of milk chocolate character, quickly met by a moderate amount of oak and vanilla bourbon-like qualities. Light coconut. Finishes with a bit of everything described previously, and fades quickly.

Mouthfeel - Thin. Too thin. Weak carbonation to boot. Easily the weakest aspect of this beer. It's nearly a deal breaker.

Overall - I'm not completely sold on this beer. Its quirky flavor might have worked, but the uber thin body undercuts any potential. There's a bottling code of L1312, which I assume is a date of December '13. Based on web gathered info from the net, this is a best before date, and Old Tom has an 18-month freshness window. If my assumptions are correct, this beer could be nearly 2 years old. This might account for the weak and lifeless mouthfeel. If so, my main hesitation toward buying imports is yet again reaffirmed.

TheSixthRing, Jan 24, 2014
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Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate) from Frederic Robinson Limited
81 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.