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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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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

11-16-2013 16:38:26 | More by jaydoc
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United Kingdom (England)

3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

11-01-2013 14:26:01 | More by EmperorBevis
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New Jersey

3.64/5  rDev +3.4%

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

10-21-2013 16:48:56 | More by xk6m6m5x
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

10-18-2013 22:11:47 | More by Kuongming
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3.69/5  rDev +4.8%

A classic chocolate ale that is one you want to come back for

aroma: milk chocolate predominated

taste: milk chocolate, spices and slight lemon with some earthy/mineral flavours to compliment it all

A well balanced, tasty ale that is perfect with, or as, a dessert and great to have anytime of the day

09-01-2013 06:03:50 | More by admiral
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

07-28-2013 06:57:07 | More by ReeseMax3
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3.78/5  rDev +7.4%

Pours a vibrant and deep amber color. Darker than expected. A big tan head that disappears almost immediately. No visible bubbles

Aroma of malt and caramel. Some leather, old sunflower seeds and candied sugar. A bit of chocolate sweetness but its minimal

Taste is similar to the aroma. Starts watery then transitions to a sweet caramel malt flavor. Muted toffee and mild brown sugar. An unsweeted cocoa flavor is very mild and mellow. A medium hop bitterness towards the end that melds with the cocoa flavor to balance the sweetness.

Very smooth, lower medium bodied brew. Hides the 6% admirably.

A pretty good brew, easy drinking and tasty. Nice change to American hoppy beers.

07-22-2013 01:46:51 | More by Thads324
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

07-19-2013 02:05:48 | More by Smurf2055
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

07-15-2013 02:55:18 | More by enelson
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

07-13-2013 18:35:39 | More by Marius
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Russian Federation

3/5  rDev -14.8%

07-07-2013 16:26:23 | More by Vsarmatov
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

05-15-2013 00:23:58 | More by tbryan5
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1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

05-08-2013 03:29:07 | More by tommyguz
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5/5  rDev +42%

04-23-2013 19:52:47 | More by blackdavid
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3.7/5  rDev +5.1%

11.2 oz bottle pours a medium brown color with a small off-white head. A few splotches of lace, but nothing special. I do like the bottle though, bonus points!

Nose is more vanilla than chocolate...maybe vanilla yogurt. Light cocoa dusting comes into play as it warms. Nutty yeast without alot of minerality so many British beers exhibit.

There's the minerals, coming on strong in the flavor along with the same cocoa-dusted vanilla yogurt I was getting in the nose...cola even. Interesting, but it is not really chocolaty or much of an Old Ale. It is, however, a tasty beverage. Mouthfeel is less than medium, especially for the style and lacks any sort of sweetness, which is kinda expected for a Chocolate Ale or Old Ale. I like it well enough, but I am not feeling compelled to go out an buy another.

04-05-2013 00:44:37 | More by twiggamortis420
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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
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United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

03-16-2013 16:24:40 | More by Hollanthropist
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +13.6%

02-23-2013 15:35:54 | More by Beerstorian
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

02-16-2013 03:28:58 | More by DerekMorgan
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

01-09-2013 02:45:24 | More by mikeg67
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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
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

12-21-2012 01:56:37 | More by kew
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

12-19-2012 14:36:36 | More by cdwil
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

12-16-2012 21:12:10 | More by stoppertb18
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4.05/5  rDev +15.1%

Although I don't like this as much as the regular Old Tom, it is excellent nevertheless, characterful and very drinkable with a nice chocolate element adding nicely to the otherwise old-ale character.

Red, it has a medium-big tan head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring.

Aroma is chocolate/plain cocoa, hints of iron, fruity maltiness (plum wine), and bread crust, hints of earthy wood.

Taste is lightly winy fruitiness up front, then some chocolate, light woody-tea-like bitterness at finish. It is lively, engaging, fruity-and slightly woody ale with a hint of chocolate.

12-14-2012 00:00:26 | More by Offa
Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate) from Frederic Robinson Limited
80 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.