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Old Tom - Frederic Robinson Limited

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Old TomOld Tom

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Ratings: 149
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Frederic Robinson Limited visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Strong Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cokes on 01-13-2003)
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Photo of beergoot
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany colored body with thick, rich, dense head. Caramel and dark fruits; plums; black strap molasses. Dark, roasted grain flavors with bright, fruity esters; decent bitterness; a mild touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, leaning towards the heavy side; mildly aggressive carbonation on the tongue; semi-dry finish.

An interesting and overall very enjoyable strong ale. There is a slight hint of tannins and phenolics in the flavor although it doesn't detract from things. Very much a dark malt and alcohol focused beer without any heavy-handed residual sugars or excessive booziness. The body is a little bit on the weak side but shouldn't matter to most folks as the appeal to the other senses is solid.

beergoot, Oct 24, 2014
Photo of SVD
3/5  rDev -19.6%

SVD, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of windypete
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

windypete, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Jerseyislandbeer, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I cellared this bottle for at least 8 months before cracking it open a pouring it into a Bruery snifter. The pour is very dark reddish-brown with only a slip of light escaping through. It sports a massive tan head that lasts and lasts. Overall a really impressive-looking pour. I'm loving the nose on this beer too. Lots of toffee, sweet malt, dark fruit, leather, and a hint of tobacco.

Nice medium body with a firm feel and a malt-forward flavor. Not as much malt complexity as I had hoped and there is a little too much booziness on the back end, but still enjoyable. There is a malty, fudgy, slightly smoky blend of flavors up front that persist across mid-palate where they are met by booze and dark fruit. The booze overwhelms the remaining flavors and lingers on the finish.

Not a bad beer, but not quite as good as I hoped it would be. I could try aging the booziness out of this beer, but don't see the point. I'm confident there are superior offerings out there.

deadonhisfeet, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of matt_duthie
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

matt_duthie, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of safaricook
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Very dark, good foam for such a brew
Smells of toffee, molasses, roast then some fruity esters and booze
Toffe, fruity, roast, a bit astringent, metallic but not in a bad way, ends on a bitter note
Quite zingy but otherwise apropriate body, warming alcohol
Enjoyable strong ale that does not hide its alcohol

safaricook, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of mak83
4/5  rDev +7.2%

mak83, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark red brown with a decent head.
Toffee and medium malts on the nose.
Rich and pleasant but not very complex malty flavor.
Way better than Chocolate Old Tom.

chinchill, Sep 19, 2014
Photo of admh1972
4/5  rDev +7.2%

admh1972, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -19.6%

XmnwildX12, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 4.29/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH
Bottle marked L3346 21:51 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of earth and pepper, some maltiness
Head large (5 cm), light brown, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing very good – thick ring extending from the top of the glass to the beers surface, mostly small bubbles
Body very attractive red-amber, clear
Flavor follows the nose – very woody and earthy with some peppery spice – no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, soft carbonation

Excellent ale – I could drink this all day if it had a better price point. Oh well; champagne tastes and a beer budget!

Ozzylizard, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +7.2%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of zenithberwyn
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

zenithberwyn, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Haybeerman, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

shelby415, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of rulisekmartin
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

rulisekmartin, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of endless1408
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Latarnik, May 29, 2014
Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought from the Aeon at American Village, Okinawa.

A - Pours thick and dark like espresso with a fine two fingers of dark cream on top.
S - Coffey, toffee, caramel, mocha, mollasses, anything and everything delicious
T - The first thing that hits is the Belgique yeast explosion on my tongue, followed shortly by roasted malts and a smattering of the above scents becoming flavor in addition to sweet pit fruits, namely red cherries.
M - Medium to heavy on the tongue with staying power and warmth from the booze. Extremely pleasant carbonation fits the bill nicely.

Overall: This beer came right out of nowhere and made my night. It is always a relief to find good beers in Okinawa, this being a classic no less.

JoeAmerican77, May 20, 2014
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

bacher468, May 18, 2014
Photo of Packard
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Packard, May 17, 2014
Photo of BeerDocT
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Label proclaims it the "World's Best Ale." Hmph. We'll see.

Appearance 3.75: Pours out a murky, opaque dark brown. Very little head and no lacing. Still, this is quite a difference from your typical yellow ale.

Smell 4.50: Ho, wow! As I poured this brew in the bottle, a big wave of malt and caramel seeped up and hit me in the olfactory senses! Amazing bouquet on this beer. Malt, caramel, grassy hops, butterscotch, I could go on but won't.

Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet and tart with a lovely hint of malted barley. Middle is slightly caramely with more of the barley and a very nice hint of grassy hops. Finish is so smooth with just a delightful blend of caramely, buttery malt and light hops. Balanced and no over the top sweetness. Aftertaste is long and you get more of that lovely malt along with a pleasant earthy taste reminiscent of porta bella mushrooms.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Beautiful and balanced and outstanding.

Overall 4.25: Excellent beer. Big, balanced and no hint at all of its 8%+ ABV. Smooth, delicious and just an excellent ale, this baby may very well be the best of its kind in the world. It really reminds me of a Scottish ale, what with its deep malt obsession, but it does have the English interest in hops about it as well. This beer was a revelation to me, certainly one I had not heard of before, but certainly one I will buy again, this time in bulk. Highly recommended.

BeerDocT, May 05, 2014
Photo of becsug
2.5/5  rDev -33%

becsug, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of falcon1
4/5  rDev +7.2%

falcon1, Apr 17, 2014
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Old Tom from Frederic Robinson Limited
84 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.