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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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51 Reviews
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Reviews: 51
Hads: 115
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-21-2008

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark copper with a large, fading head.
Skunky aroma at first, with only traces of chocolate noticeable. Some faint nutty and roasty malt is present
Flavours have similar problems, although a bit more chocolate presence helps, along with some nutty malt. However there's an overriding grainy note throughout and very little supporting malt. Also some industrial booze notes show up in the finish.
Body feels watery. (420 characters)

Photo of janubio
2.74/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml. bottle. Pours a decent head, that doesn't linger much. Amber colour, with beatiful shades of red and orange to the light. I really can't find chocolate in the aroma, which is alcoholic, like a liquor, with aratificial vanilla and fruits. Medium body, thin palate. Taste is like a medical syrup, with chocolate, and fruits. It doesn't seem to work for me... (364 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear brown colored beer with next to no head.

Smell is English ale and a strong chocolate aroma. English style hops with prominent leather and tobacco leaf scents. Smells a little sweet but this isn't the most aromatic beer you are likely to smell this week.

Starts out Mildly sweet with a mild chocolate flavor. Slight bitterness. The flavor just doesn't develop much from here. Tastes something like a Shandy made with some sort of chocolate flavored soda.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a disappointment. Tastes mildly like chocolate and has no alcohol taste to it. Might not actually technically be beer. (607 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown opaque color with a rocky 2 finger head. Nice lace. Aroma is mostly malty caramel smell, with a mild chocolate sweetness mixed in there. While to aroma is mostly nice, the taste kinda loses it a bit. It's malty, a little nutty and a much milder chocolate note. Finishes a bit bitter and metallic. Feel is on the thinner side, but has a nice creaminess.

Over all, it's an average English ale. Wish they'd have done a better job with the chocolate. (467 characters)

Photo of utfiero
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of PartyBear
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep brunette body, with a small fluffy off-white head, and medium carbonation.

Aroma: Quite rich winey alcohol on the nose, as with the original Old Tom, however behind it there is a sweet dairy chocolate, marshmallows, and a weird aroma fruity aroma of Red Bull.

Taste: It certainly earns its name when it come to the taste, there is a heavy milk chocolate taste, with lots of bubble gum sweetness (that Red Bull again). There is a fruitiness from what tastes like grapes, and lots of rich wine. The aftertaste is more sweetness, with a lingering taste of marshmallows.

Mouthfeel: Not as heavy as normal Old Tom, with an slightly slick texture.

Drinkability: I am a massive fan of Robinson's Old Tom but for me this just doesn't work as well as the original. The flavour are a bit too sweet and sickly, and this really hinders the drinkability. A good idea but for me the original is still the best. (921 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Old Tom With Chocolate... sounds good, cat and chocolate together at last, and in a beer too. This is a new addition to Dan Murphy's and how could I resist the lure of a new review, it's intoxicating (literally).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Body is a murky mixture of amber and brown, with a half centimetre cream coloured head. Quite within the Old Ale territory then... actually most Old Ales don't even have a head, so I'll give it extra points for that.

S: A heady aroma of chocolate liquor, Brandy, dark fruits and almond (???) wafts pleasingly from this brew and straight away I can tell that I'm in for a good time.

T: Hmmm, intriguing... not as bold in the sugars as expected. The chocolate that was clearly displayed on the bottle is an afterthought and hardly as noticeable as in Young & Wells Double Chocolate Stout. There is a slight booziness to it that you would account for in most Old Ales however apart from that it is quite different, overall the flavour feels quite muted, as if they watered down an original "hard" batch of Old Tom and added some chocolate flavouring. Disappointing actually.

M: Mid to light body, mild carbonation, perfectly average.

D: As stated above the aroma led me to believe that I was in for "a good time", alas the flavour was far too muted to tell myself that I was having "a good time". This is a once off brew for me as there are several other Old Ales that exceed it in price and quality such as: Hook Norton's Twelve Days ( a staple in my fridge now), Olde Suffolk English Ale, and Theakston Old Peculier (of course!).

Food match: Old Tom, the cat, roasted and served with a chocolate sauce. (1,670 characters)

Photo of Zimbo
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was quite apprehensive about trying this to be honest.

When opened it smelled rather sour and almost vinegary but shortly thereafter the chocolate elements started to hit the surface. Smells and tastes sor of like what is called 'plain chocolate' in the UK which, if you didn't know, might as well be just called cooking chocolate given its spine curling shrill to the palate.
Still, reasonably rocky head and a fairly dark coppper brown in colour.
Interesting body, soft like candy sugar. Sour cherry and light fluffy furry to taste and though it smells ok it just tastes too confected and manufactured for its own good. And it just doesn't come together. Could really do with more bitterness and being more full bodied.

Better than I thought it would be though. But that's not saying much. (796 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%

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. (483 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chocolate Tom makes a great appearance with 2.5 finger thick head, as well as a copper colored and cleanly filtered body.

Of course chocolate is in the aroma, but metallic fragrances are detectable too.

The taste is a little cherry upfront, but has the chocolate backbone.

This feels lively with much active carbonation, as well as slight oiliness and a warm finish. (369 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

0.33l bottle.
Pours light brown/dark amber beer with good tan head, leaving some nice laces. Rather specific aroma: sour with vinegar & metallic tones. And pleasant cocoa nose. The taste is plain and, I daresay, close to dark lager - roasted malts & moderate chocolate tones. Low carbonation and slightly bitter aftertaste. All in all, it's an example of average beer. (368 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this because I lke cats.

Pours a clear mahogany with a finger of aticky white head. Good retention and extensive lacing. Aroma of milk chocolate, dark fruit and caramel. Milk chocolate leads off the flavour, but comes across as slightly fake, despite the fact that the bottle attests otherwise. Strong vanilla tones take over and beat out dark fruit, caramel and biscuit underneath. A pleasing, if not earth-shaking, combination. Body is a touch light, but with appropiate carbonation.

Harmless enough, but the chocolate didn't really work for me as well as I know it can. Still a pleasant drink though. (614 characters)

Photo of rvdoorn
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: the beer pours a dark brown amber with almost no head, but leaving a nice brown lacing.
Smell: Malts, chocolate, toffee and some sugar syrup
Taste: Malts, hops, chocolate milk, toffee with a spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, high carbonation
Overall: Not a bad beer, but for me the chocolate tastes like cheap chocolate bars were added after brewing (366 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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? (1,066 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of Tootsie Roll, chocolate syrup, caramel, and slight nut aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate syrup, chocolate milk, and slight caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid chocolate characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle. (671 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 4 - Nice dark brown mahogany beer w thick white head w nice lacing.
S - 3.5 - caramel, booze, raisins. toffee, butterscotch, milk chocolate.
T - 3.5 - chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cream, bready malts.
M - 3.5 - medium body. alc covered. Aftertaste of bready malts, roasty malts, vanilla.
O - 3.5 - Meh. its not that great. Pretty smooth, but not much else, (362 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bobsy for sharing this one.

Pours a clear dark reddish orange, almost brown, decently thick off white head forms, no real lacing, settles to a thin ring. Smell is interesting, malt balls, chocolate milk, vanilla, some caramel and raisin, slightly fake chocolate, not bad though. Taste is similar, nice vanilla character, chocolate milk, caramel, raisin, some sweetness, dark fruitiness, not bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Half decent but didn't do much for me, chocolate came across as pretty artificial, but I did like the vanilla. Thanks Rob! (588 characters)

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 330ml brown pop top with nice raised lettering and labelling. Picked up on Lindisfarne for 2.99 (British pounds). Split with my wife into two stemmed tulips. Here's to one of the last survivors of our summer 2011 trip to England. Best before September 2012.

Appearance: This is a different looking beer than the regular Old Tom, which is 8.5%. Orange-amber brew with a nice ivory cap with good retention.

Smell: Dark fruit esters, a hint of caramel, and dusty chocolate and old-fashioned chocolate cream soda. A bit odd, but pleasant.

Taste: Lots less chcoolate than fruity esters, though there is a bit of chocolate cream soda. Still, this is more of a low-gravity old ale than 'chocolate beer' in my mind. Which is not to say it's bad, it's just not what I expected.

Mouthfeel: A bit shy of what I'd expect for 6%, but I think all the Old Tom versions use some simple sugars to lighten things up a bit.

Overall: Tasty, but not quite what I was hoping. I really like the regular Old Tom,a nd if offered the choice, I'd probably take that over this one. Still, this is in no way a bad beer, and as a traditional English ale, ticks the right boxes so to speak.

82 (1,186 characters)

Photo of Ozric
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkbrown/redish colour. Heavy chocolate smell and also some sweetness. The choclate taste is profund and a lot more than usually in choclate beers. Probably due to the use of real chocolate in the brew. I also felt a slight touch of marsipan. It's probably great with sweet chocolate rich desserts. I fine pretty smooth British beer. (334 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear copper-ruby with a medium,foamy,beige head
-a lot of what i assume is chocolate chunks floating around
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-sweet chocolate,sour cherry,caramel,raisins,toffee
T:
-chocolate,caramel,toffee,strawberry,raisins,raspberries,coffee
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium body
O:
Fairly nice,sweetish ale.Quite different from the regular Old Tom (375 characters)

Photo of xk6m6m5x
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pour two 6oz. servings for a friend and I

A- pours a opaque oranges-ish brown with no head or lacing.

S- I was disappointed, I got very little from the smell , very faint chocolate but nothing else.

T- WOW, very pleasing very nice chocolate and then a load of caramel with a very faint floral note at the end

M- creamy with moderate carbonation, very smooth

O- over all really good beer would defiantly drink again (419 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that quickly died down and left a small patch of bubbles on the surface in the center of the glass as well as a ring of bubbles around the edge.
S: Light to moderately strong aromas of dark chocolate and cocoa powder are present in the nose, which become stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather chocolaty but these flavors aren’t too strong and don’t overpower the underlying beer, allowing some notes of dark malts to shine through. Hints of vanilla are also noticeable in the finish; these seem to become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It medium-bodied and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink; the addition of chocolate and relatively low alcohol content might make this style a little more palatable to novice craft beer drinkers. I wouldn’t mind having this as an after dinner drink or pairing it with a dessert. (1,078 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours two finger khaki head that fades quickly to a ring, leaving some lace. Deep clear mahogany color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is sweet and baked chocolate. $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. (266 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2 OZ BOTTLE. Pours dark amber with creamy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bread crust, chocolate and ripe fruit. Body is full and crisp. Taste is of cacao, milk chocolate, earthy hops and bready malt. Finish is long, semi-dry. Nice, balanced brew with just right amount of chocolate. (294 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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 (419 characters)

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Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate) from Frederic Robinson Limited
82 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.