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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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96 Ratings
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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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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3.2/5  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.

08-17-2014 22:34:10 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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Russian Federation

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-28-2014 11:13:53 | More by Kiro
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-06-2014 13:24:05 | More by LuckyJohn
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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
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-31-2014 18:32:18 | More by endless1408
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Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

05-26-2014 13:56:12 | More by Gottesverachter
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-15-2014 05:42:32 | More by pin
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

05-12-2014 01:21:20 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

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

05-07-2014 17:51:46 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-30-2014 04:37:46 | More by hilgart1
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

03-22-2014 14:08:07 | More by DLSheidy
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

03-09-2014 17:51:42 | More by rredshift
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3.8/5  rDev +8%

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.

03-08-2014 21:50:04 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

02-03-2014 18:22:56 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

01-24-2014 07:41:38 | More by TheSixthRing
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

01-11-2014 23:11:30 | More by RaijinQ
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Croatia (Hrvatska)

3/5  rDev -14.8%

01-04-2014 19:44:18 | More by pipinmalikonj
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

12-31-2013 12:20:09 | More by dansmcd
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

12-22-2013 01:47:00 | More by BrazilianAussie
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

12-21-2013 19:19:28 | More by Peter1977
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

12-16-2013 02:40:09 | More by EdelweissDad
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

12-14-2013 07:53:40 | More by artemh
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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
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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%

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,

12-01-2013 05:00:06 | More by ISmith87
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4.21/5  rDev +19.6%

Beer and chocolate - awesome.
Dark brown color is topped with a small off-white head. Initially the aroma is nothing but a strong alcohol smell - disappointed. But after letting it breath for some moments, you get an amazing dominant chocolate aroma (similar to chocoltae liqueur). Taste is sweet, chocolatey and pleasanty roasted. Finish is slightly hoppy, but otherwise neutral. After some time the bitter aftertaste kicks in, and rounds this beer.

11-19-2013 18:36:47 | More by MarkoNm
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Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate) from Frederic Robinson Limited
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