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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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100 Ratings
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

kew, Dec 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

cdwil, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of stoppertb18
2/5  rDev -43.2%

stoppertb18, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Offa
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Offa, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Kahlerbock, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev +13.6%

YamagamiTravis, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of EPortJake
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark reddish brown with a half finger frothy head. Looks like a slightly darker brown ale
S - heavy malty smells , alcohol a hint of banana and some chocolate (was expecting more chocolate)
T - well it tastes like a strong ale - fruity esters, very malty, biscuit, caramel molasses and some roasted mlalt. There is a chocolate taste on the farewell, but it is not too strong. Hopping is earthy and moderate, and probably the minimum you could get away with at this strength of ale.
M - medium bodied , smooth. Despite the frothy head, the carbonation is actually fairly low
O - a full on ale that is quite moorish - beware quaffing it though as it will have you on your back. A good ale here.

EPortJake, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Going from Old to Chocolate, 'cause why the hell not? This stuff pours a deep garnet-brown topped by over a finger of dusky tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, molasses, light clove, light cinnamon, light roasted malts, light oak, and a touch of black tea. Things are a bit more ephemeral than the Old Tom, though thankfully still quite pleasant. The taste brings in more of the same, with the emphasis decidedly on the cocoa, which now takes on a powdery character. There's also a slightly deeper roast, a pinch of black pepper, and a hint of dark fruits way in the background. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a very nice beer, one that shows you can go crazy with chocolate without overdoing it or completely overshadowing every other flavor.

TMoney2591, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of FLima
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured very little foam. Very dark woody colour and with a clear chocolate aroma. Flavour was even richer, it tasted chocolate, slight black currants and port wine. Not overly sweet, elegant taste.
The 6% alcohol content was completely hidden. Very interesting beer, and amazingly drinkable once flavours matched perfectly.

FLima, Oct 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

kjkinsey, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of Heminoolo
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Heminoolo, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Picked up a long while back from a supermarket. The rear label describes it as a blend of Old Tom ale and quality cocoa, with a hint of Madagascan vanilla.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep reddish-brown hue with good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy off-white foam that remains for a few minutes before collapsing to a surface layer. Aroma of sweet chocolate notes, underpinned by fruity ale and hints of vanilla. Yeast esters and a whiff of booze lurk in the background. Unusual but nice.

Tastes of fruity strong ale with chocolate overtones. Slightly sweet. Notes of milk chocolate, dried fruit, caramel, vanilla, yeast esters and faint stewed leaves. A warming hint of booze in the background. Dry and mildly solventy, with little bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with great body. Lightly tingly, but seems a bit flat. Mildly astringent, with an aftertaste of fruity yeast notes and a hint of chocolate.

Interesting and quite drinkable. The chocolate character is quite distinct; it smells almost like a bar of milk chocolate. It's an odd brew - the chocolate and strong ale flavours don't entirely blend or complement each other, yet it seems to work nonetheless. It's different from every other chocolate beer I've tried; the usual pairing is dark roasted malt and chocolate, which results in a deep bitterness that is absent here. It's not as good as the original Old Tom, but goes down nicely. To summarise: unusual but tasty. Worth trying if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Sep 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

JNaddeo, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
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

BedetheVenerable, Aug 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

chel29, Aug 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

1nf1n1te, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

BeerForMuscle, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

DoubleJ, May 20, 2012
Photo of flanhalen
3/5  rDev -14.8%

flanhalen, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

jdhilt, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of bobbo_
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

bobbo_, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
2.83/5  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.

EgadBananas, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

claspada, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

CrazyDavros, Mar 25, 2012
Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate) from Frederic Robinson Limited
80 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.