Robinson's Old Tom Strong Ale | Robinsons Family Brewers

Robinson's Old Tom Strong AleRobinson's Old Tom Strong Ale
BA SCORE
65.8%
Liked This Beer
3.82 w/ 146 ratings
Robinson's Old Tom Strong AleRobinson's Old Tom Strong Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Robinsons Family Brewers
England, United Kingdom
robinsonsbrewery.com

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Mora2000 on 10-12-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,356
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
146
Liked:
96
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
14.14%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
39
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of SABERG
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated not so sure, L4174 11:48
A - Dark Mahogany, backdrop. gently carbonated, quick to dissipate cap and thin rings of evidence.
S - Dark fruit, Figs, raisin, wet leather, warm tobacco barn, a bit of booze, and warm toffee.
T -Burnt dark sugar, warm caramel, a bit of cigar wrap, (yes I have picked broad leaf) , dark brown sugar, toasted malt, and wonderful spiciness.
M - Smooth feel, lightly coated palate, jumps to the sweet introduction, then the bitter snap waltzes in to balance things out. The linger is of a fine cigar, or Canadian maple pie. Wonderful either way
O - This offering is rich in the best ways, malts on display, a touch of hop bitterness, the fullness of the palate, offers cover to the 8.5% broadcast on the label. A wonderfully crafted ale worth exploring

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Photo of monkist
5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is really one of the best strong ales! Very well made, this was the first one that started me off on the pursuit for stronger and complex ales. Although tasting it again after a few years it might not overwhelm me as much as it did the first time, it is still a noteworthy, very good strong ale.
It has a quite remarkable aroma, stronger than of a normal strong ale/imperial porter/double stout or whatever you might call it. Its body is also full of flavors, coffee and sweet caramel malts, although the sweetness is not overpresent in this case. Rather the 8+ % ABV that really adds distinctiveness to its taste.
I am totally satisfied with this Old Tom, nothing more to add. A refined, precious bottle of heavy malt liquor, that's what it is.

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Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vader444
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: prune and molasses on the nose with traces of treacle, dried fruit, spice, sweet malt, and faint alcohol.

L: pours bright dark brown under a thin light cream foam cap that reduces to a thick film.

T: very creamy on the tongue with fruit, nuts, molasses, complex malt, dark dried fruit, and a little red wine to sherry. It finishes moderately bitter joined by a mild touch of sweet molasses and very faint chocolate.

F: very creamy with a medium full body and medium low carbonation.

O: big, full flavored beer

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Photo of Djspectral
2.24/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very traditional and old school design of the bottle looks very nice and stylish in hand but the beer itself has a cocacola-like look, it feels good and creamy in mouth, has a very interesting smell but the beer has a veeeery bitter and aromatic heavy taste which I did not enjoy at all :(

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Photo of SirDirtJoe
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Macamah
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bmaggot
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samEBC
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Epiktetos
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of woomThomas
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is unclear and very dark brown almost black. The foam is dirty white and will properly. The foam has medium to large bubbles that hang around for a while. The foam leave direct track in the glass. Here you are met by quite malty aromas and a little toasted. With hints of dried fruits such as dates, raisins, a little chocolate. Some herbs and brown sugar, nuts and a little molasses. Something small wet wood tar echo. The flavors reminiscent of the scents of roasted malt in the beginning. Here are some more sweetness and more chocolate and a little caramel. Some dried fruits of dates and raisins. Certain orange towards the end. Medium to full body. Moderate Carbonic. A little sweetness and soft bitterness. A little alcohol on the end.

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Photo of AGoodStout
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Savaseri
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brianito
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smell: sherry, rum, roast, phenols, dark fruits, molasses
Taste: roast, cherries, rum, stone fruit, slight astrigent
Feel: smooth, a little chalky, finishes a little dry

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Photo of hdtrice
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dinglehacker
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 11.2 oz bottle into snifter. Dark and deep, with reddish rim. Thin off-white head, leaves speckled lace.

Smells of dark fruit and roasty malt, molasses, wet wood.

Taste: Roast malt. Chocolate. Cola. Faint black olive. Tobacco. Alcohol aftertaste.

Feel: Not heavy, but full despite a wateriness. Scratchy finish.

Old Tom is surprisingly multivalent in its flavors. A definite recommend for fans of darker ales, strong, old or whatever. A rich English beer done right.

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Photo of joelholmquist
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Tom has a thin, cream-colored head, some scattered lacing left on the glass, and an opaque, red-brown appearance, with noticeable tight bubble streams and tan chunks suspended throughout. The aroma is of dates, sweet fruit cake, strong, bready malt, and a touch of chocolate. Taste is the same, and the mouthfeel is high medium. Old Tom finishes on the wet side. Smooth, though.

RJT

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Photo of TwiggyCZ
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.24/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampling right now on 10/3/15. Picked this up today at the Hy-Vee on 132nd & Dodge (West Omaha) for $4.99. Comes in a nice 11.2 ounce (330ml) bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere" pint glass.

Brew pours a very deep brownish-black in color that is very close to a pitch black actually. Just a very thin beige cap is seen as well as some creamy lacing that slides back down the sides of the glass when sipped. Aroma is of roasted malts with some sweet molasses. Bit more going on with the taste as there is a light hint of some red wine (?) which is probably just some dark fruits and like a barley wine. Actually pretty smooth despite the high alcohol content. Doesn't taste 'boozy' either. Pretty much a sipping brew. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall a tasty brew and lucky I didn't have another one of these or I would of been toasted. :D

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Robinson's Old Tom Strong Ale from Robinsons Family Brewers
Beer rating: 65.8% out of 100 with 146 ratings
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