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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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Reviews: 51
Hads: 116
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 21.79%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frederic Robinson Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Sigmund on 12-21-2008

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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 116
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.


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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fat 11.2 oz bottle.

A - Crystal clear mahogany body with a soft, foamy head. Small bubbled carbonation.

S - Flavorful bitter brown ale scents, with toasted grain, molasses and bitter/nutty notes. Some hints of cocoa but none too strong.

T - A silky, rich and robust brew. Complex and perfectly balanced. The flavors of bitter grains, nutty oils, toasted malt and semi sweet chocolate meld harmoniously. A certain lactose sweetness to it.

M - Rich, smooth and creamy. A silky ride with a soft body and clean aftertaste, lingering a bit. Light and soft carbonation gives a smooth feel.

O - Interesting beer, hitting all the right notes. Not one to knock your socks off, but hard to find any flaws. If you are looking for a chocolate bomb, this one isn't for you, but a great beer nonetheless.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had a late dinner, and it's calling for a dessert. Sure, I could go for a Toblerone, or even some pie, but dammit, chocolate beer sounds like a good choice for the time being. Let's pull the bottle from the fridge, warm it up a little, and pop the lid of this stubby 330 ml bottle. On to the beer:

At points, the color of the beer is chocolate brown, but good lightning shows a beer that is closer to amber brown with orangish hues. The head formed on top is small, and its retention is middle of the road. However, it does leave acorss some creamy lacing around the glass. That nose doesn't get much chocolate across. The old ale elements of diacetyl, dried toffee, and a whisper of fruitiness come across stronger.

Now we come acorss the chocolate. Mixed with this old ale, this is one combination that I like. The flavor of semi-sweet chocolate comes out powdery. Caramel and buttersctoch notes compliment the chocolate well. Very subtle alcohol notes of able to senses, however they barely interfere with the overall beer. It's a medium bodied beer, and is a gentle ride in the mouth thanks to reasonable balance and controlled carbonation. The aftertaste of semi-sweet chocolate and hard water linger pleasantly.

A chocolate beer can be a hit or miss, but I think that the folks working on Chocolate Tom have done a commmendable job with this beer. It's got chocolate, not too much and not too little. All you chocoholics should get your hands on a bottle.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark amber/copper colors with a big fluffy khaki head that slowly dissipates leaving some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with toasted bready and caramel maltiness. Then as I go back in again I get milk chocolate bar surprisingly which I didn't originally detect. In the background there is some English fruity yeastiness. Chocolate is more and more apparent as it warms but never in your face, subtle aromas overall.

The tastes follow the nose with a small burst of chocolate but it isn't too strong and doesn’t overpower the underlying beer; toasty, bready, caramel maltiness once again are definitely still able shine through. Hints of vanilla are also noticeable in the finish; these seem to become stronger as the beer warms up.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is a little thin and lackluster which is the only downside of this beer but I can't be too picky considering it's only 6% ABV.

Overall this was a nice subtle, simple yet tasty offering from a brewery across the pond that I am not too familiar with. Chocolate flavors are nice and subtle and balance the base beer quite well. I wish for my money that this beer had a bit more of a punch in flavor and mouthfeel. More of a strong Mild ale or an English brown by American standards than an Old Ale but definitely something I enjoyed. Because of the elevated $ tag though, I probably wont revisit anytime soon because Fullers makes tastier examples with their 1785 and Vintage ale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.7/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Black Raven imperial pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber. Half finger fine off-white head that dissipates to a ring with slight lacing. Interesting aroma of chocolate and faint light fruit. Pleasant. Light to medium bodied. Flavor is dominated by chocolate with a light base of toasted and sweet malt and faint nondescript sweet fruit. Finish is dry bittersweet chocolate a bit abrupt, but leaves a lingering cocoa memory. The flavor combination is well done. I'd like a bit more malt in an old ale, but this was satisfying and interesting. I will definitely revisit this.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bière & Chopes, tasted in 2011.

Appearance : dark amber color with a tan foam head.
Smell : malty aroma with notes of chocolate.
Taste and mouthfeel : roasted malt flavors, leading to a bitter chocolaty finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Old Ale.

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Photo of Zimbo
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of ADZA
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber hue which leaves a two finger creamy head and sporadic lacing,the smell is cocoa,dark chocolate eclairs,caramel and nutcake,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and could be thicker with tastes of sweet honey roasted peanuts,caramel,chocolate eclairs,fruit and nut cake and finished with a toffee barley sweetness and overall i enjoyed this and am annoyed i only bought the one of but i will be going back to my favcourite bottlo and buying more thats for sure a nice balance between chocolate and beer for me cheers.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Brown bottle , best before Sep 2012, poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cu' stemmed tulip.

Good reddy brown colour, head soon left leaving a tan coloured collar and a few pieces of lacing as the beer level fell.

Pleasant chocolate aroma is given off which carries on into the taste, true chocolate flavours throughout make this an interesting blend.

Different and well made, good carbonisation and throughly enjoyable. Really for a winters night, but equally as good as a summer nightcap.

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Photo of redsonja
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A; amber brown no head

S; toffee chocolate

t: toffe chocolate some bitter

M; bitter in the aftertaste a hind of toffe chocolate stays in your mouth.

O; for me a real english beer ale with a hint of chocolate not that dominant but nice in the background nice beer for springtime not to heavy for the summer and not to heavy for the winter.
i like it chilled in the sun

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Photo of BDTyre
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is the inspiration/base for M&S's Chocolate Porter.

Coppery-chocolate colour, very little head. Rich, sweet chocolate smell and a smooth, slightly bitter and creamy chocolate and cocoa taste. A little drier in the taste, and a very light suggestion of hops lurking at the finish. Slightly sour and light bitterness in the aftertaste.

Smooth and rich, and still drinkable at 6%.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.08/5  rDev -14%
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.

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Photo of Ozric
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

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Photo of bobsy
3.4/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of thepeter
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up one of these at Utobeer after having already enjoyed an Old Tom and Ginger Tom.

A - Chestnut Brown fluffy white head that calmed down to a film that stuck around for half the beer.

S - candied fruits, a hint of spice, Fruit Cake, tootsie roll chocolate.

T - Sticky chewy tootsie roll fruit cake, dates and a bit of nutty aftertaste

M+D - A bit thin, I was expecting a smoother heavier mouthfeel. I could drink another though and that is unusual with me for these types of Brews.

Overall a nice beer but I still enjoyed the Ginger Tom quite a bit more. Cheers

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Photo of mdagnew
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a deep clear coppery amber colour. Creamy head poured big, thick and foamy with a meringue like topping then faded slowly to thick covering that creeps up the glass...

Aroma - Strong notes of dark fruits (raisins, currents, dates) mixed with lots of cocoa powder and chocolate, toffee and treacle notes, ripe (and maybe a little sickly) fruits (banana and apple), hints of Mars bar, strong vanilla, hint of bourbon, some woody and earthy traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above... chocolate not as noticeable as i was expecting, good balance between toffee, dark fruits and the chocolate... light liquorice traces, cocoa, some coppery / metallic notes, slight hints of smokiness, vanilla, some spiciness, light grassy hops..

Feel - Pretty rich and smooth with just a little sharpness underneath... medium / full bodied.. drinkable enough but probably not something i'd want more than one of in a sitting...

Overall - A decent enough brew and much better than i expected.. worth a try...

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Photo of Suds
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saw this one on the shelf at a local beer store in northern Italy. The beer pours a clear but very dark brown color. The head is wispy and fairly thin. What's really remarkable about the beer is it's aroma...it's an intense mix of both vanilla and chocolate. At times one or the other seem to dominate, but they are the cornerstone scents of this beer. The chocolate is reminiscent of sweet, fine, chocolate powder (think an up-market version of nestle quick). Following the primary scents, there is a little toasted malt character, and very little (almost no) hop smells. The flavor is interesting...the same qualities that are present in the smell, but significantly muted. The beer is not nearly as sweet the aroma telegraphed. Lots of malt flavor, which pair nicely with the chocolate. The beer dries out by the finish, which does have a firm bitterness for balance. It's not the kind of beer that I'd have more than one at a sitting, but it is worth a try.

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