Robinson's Old Tom With Ginger | Robinsons Family Brewers

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Robinson's Old Tom With GingerRobinson's Old Tom With Ginger

Brewed by:
Robinsons Family Brewers
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by biboergosum on 11-06-2013

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Reviews by thecheapies:
Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark ruby-amber with a lovely bone head. Lacing in spare wet tufts.

A roasty aroma with ripe ginger spiciness and sweetness. Notes of licorice, fleeting chocolate, raisin, toffee, and prune. Ginger is so dominant, however. I love the aroma of it, but I'm losing the other notes from the base old ale.

Major ginger, licorice, raisin, roasted barley, old leather, maple sap, faint clove, sugary chocolate, and toffee. Great spice profile and kilned malts with a vibe reminiscent of Anchor Christmas. A kiss of sweet pear. I love everything that's going on, I just wish for less ginger.

Mouthfeel is rich for a 6-percenter. Ginger spice is enough for Robinsons to stave off the carbonation. It works excellently.

Totally worth the stab.

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -52.4%

Photo of DJ-Hophead
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

333 ml bottle, B and M stores, Bristol - Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Smell - ginger predominates. Taste - starts ginger moving into a malty finish. Okay if you like ginger.

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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle of "ale with ginger root and pear juice". 6% ABV.

It has enough ginger to dominate the aroma and flavor and to add a peppery bite to the feel, but enough dark malts and pear juice so that it's not simply ginger flavored.

O: flavorful and interesting, but avoid this if you do not like ginger.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml squat bottle. Not sure what the deal is with the two entries on this site for this brewery, but I'm just adding this to the same listing as the others, including the Iron Maiden beer, that have recently arrived in my neck of the woods.

This beer pours a clear, quite dark brassy amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy pale beige head, which leaves a bit of streaky cloud lace around the glass as it gently recedes.

It smells sharply of semi-sweet, and rather spicy ginger root, and very little else, beyond the dull echo of grainy caramel malt and plain black fruit. The taste is more sassy, soda-friendly minced ginger, bready caramel malt, bruised apple and pear, a slight herbal mustiness, and leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is adequate, providing a wee fizziness here and there, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, in a flattened sort of manner. It finishes a tad on the sweet side, caramel malt and ginger ale mixed in equal measure.

If you like ginger, the real stuff, then you'll like this, I suppose. There is indeed a decent strong English ale underneath it all, but that's not the story here (well maybe in the sense of supporting roles and all that). The Fentiman's Ginger beer makes itself known right from first crack, even as it fades somewhat as things get along.

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Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Lion088
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of indie81
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of tommy5
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of utfiero
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color- medium dark brown. Full head.

Aroma- spicy ginger.

Taste- Very gingery like an English Ale mixed with ginger beer. Starts ginger forward with silky malts, spicy in the middle with a cream soda pear and ginger finish.

A truly unique and good beer.

Poured from 330 ml bottle into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted June 2014.

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Photo of 123321123321
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwswigs
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zombill
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of leitmotif
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one from the label side up had everything i expected.

Poured into a tulip glass and the unexpected arose from within.
Dark chocolate appearance with a hint of red flashes into the light. Nice surprise. One finger creamy lacing that lasts.

Smells of ginger, some citrus and something else that i can't put my finger on.

In the taste, the ginger gets intense, acidic, completed by some touches of hops and some alcohol after feel.

A bit watery, but i guess that's how ginger brewed beers are.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, L1306 bottle code. Pours fairly crystal clear deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big ginger, pear, raisin, plum, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of ginger/pear juice, dark/bready malt, and fruity yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big ginger, pear, raisin, plum, caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Slight herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of ginger, pear, raisin, plum, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of ginger/pear juice, dark/bready malt, and fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Spiced English ale. Al around great robustness and balance of ginger/pear juice, dark/bready malt, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this at Brass Rail for about 5 dollars, enjoyed chilled from a teku out of an 11.2 oz bottle.

The color is deep ruby with translucent clarity and thick tan head which has very good retention with fine bead and stringy lace clings. The smell is very good, floral and fruity with lots of tropical spice from the ginger in the nose, light pear, but only mild sweet aroma, fresh spice with mild woody element in the ginger almost like fresh peeled. The smell leads to a bit of a let down from the feel, spritzy but lacks any impact of ginger, more sweetness than necessary but I have not tried the base beer...pear-like softness but a little sweet as it finishes.

the taste is pretty decent...I get a clear taste of the ingredients listed, the pear is a little more discernible than the ginger but the ginger comes through after the malt which combines with the english yeast and pear with mild caramel from the malt with more of a woody and tropical candied ginger flavor in the finish. This is not a bad experiment...not a beer I would reach for often because it is sweet but the spice balances that for the most part which is what makes it better than average- this exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of Resuin
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rodzm14
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matvei
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of Daredevil
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

color: mahogany with a glimpse of gold

nose: ginger, honey, dark roasted malts

palate: ginger, honeydew, licorice, marshmallows

a very sweet brew with ginger being predominant .... interesting try but certainly not suited to become my everyday drink ....

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Photo of drpimento
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Could be worse, I guess. Anyway, nice large foamy head. Aroma is ginger over toffee an minerals. Flavor's similar to nose, with tang, sweet standing out. Lingering sweet in finish along with a bit of ginger. Good body.

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Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cavemanlawyer1999
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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