Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate) - Frederic Robinson Limited
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3.6/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
02-29-2012 04:31:33 | More by metter98
3.78/5 rDev +7.4%
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.
02-08-2012 04:10:34 | More by LiquidAmber
3.25/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
02-03-2012 18:03:57 | More by Dentist666
3.85/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
12-23-2011 17:54:27 | More by thierrynantes
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
3.83/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
09-08-2011 14:15:11 | More by ADZA
3.4/5 rDev -3.4%
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
08-05-2011 10:55:15 | More by rvdoorn
United Kingdom (England)
3.95/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
06-11-2011 20:48:42 | More by BlackHaddock
3.8/5 rDev +8%
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
04-17-2011 12:02:30 | More by redsonja
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +16.5%
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%.
02-17-2010 21:32:17 | More by BDTyre
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
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
3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
09-19-2009 14:38:55 | More by Ozric
3.53/5 rDev +0.3%
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!
09-15-2009 19:22:00 | More by Viggo
3.35/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
09-14-2009 02:51:37 | More by bobsy
United Kingdom (England)
3.75/5 rDev +6.5%
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
07-12-2009 20:08:26 | More by thepeter
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.83/5 rDev +8.8%
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...
05-21-2009 12:56:34 | More by mdagnew
3.73/5 rDev +6%
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.
05-12-2009 19:40:15 | More by Suds
3.83/5 rDev +8.8%
330 ml bottle, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.0%. Mahogany coloured beer with a thick off-white to beige head. Strong and dominant sweetish aroma of chocolate and vanilla, not unpleasant, but pretty close ... The flavour has loads of cocoa and vanilla, on a malty base with some vinous notes, but the beer is not nearly as sweet as the aroma made me fear. There are some moderate hops in the finish. This is a nice change-of-pace beer, but I would normally prefer the "ordinary" Old Tom.
12-21-2008 20:22:28 | More by Sigmund
Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate) from Frederic Robinson Limited
80 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.