Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate) - Frederic Robinson Limited
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2.68/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
03-25-2012 07:51:40 | More by CrazyDavros
2.73/5 rDev -22.4%
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...
01-06-2013 13:55:50 | More by janubio
2.8/5 rDev -20.5%
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.
12-06-2013 03:04:04 | More by Zorro
2.83/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
03-31-2012 22:26:46 | More by EgadBananas
3/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
06-28-2014 22:29:40 | More by utfiero
3.03/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
03-30-2013 04:27:50 | More by doktorhops
United Kingdom (England)
3.08/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
11-07-2009 20:04:19 | More by PartyBear
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.1/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
10-05-2011 22:51:47 | More by Zimbo
3.18/5 rDev -9.7%
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.
11-08-2009 15:45:40 | More by TheSarge
Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate) from Frederic Robinson Limited
80 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.