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:
#14,316
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
146
Liked:
96
Avg:
3.82/5
pDev:
14.14%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
39
Trade:
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 47
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 OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of katrinab
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Matvei
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't recall what I paid up for this brew. But would say that it was no more than the average Belgian dark/strong ale. This will come in to play later. Bear with me.

Pours quite dark with a khaki head that hangs around the edges and whisky along the top as it calms. What is really spectacular about the appearance is the very lovely burgundy/mahogany hue to it. I was surprised it was as dark as it was. It looks very nice.

The smell is quite nice. I get a lot of earthy hops and malts, a dusty, dried fruit. You can really pick out the dried cherry note that is nearly sour. It has a slight wine like quality to it. Maybe a touch of chocolate and caramel. You pick up a bit of the booze toward the end as well.

The taste launches forward pretty brilliant and bright with a citrusy taste but drops quickly into dried cherries and dark fruits. The dark chocolate comes in with a red wine like taste and then the caramel in the background. Quite dominated by the fruit qualities in the beer. There is just a smudge of brown sugar and vanilla in the sweetness with a breadiness as well that I find quite appealing and really helps bring the beer together and ease the booze.

The mouthfeel is on the lower medium side. Quite drinkable, not sticky at all. It remains bright and a bit dry and smooth. A bit of a spicy tingle. It really hits the spot. I was feeling like a drinkable dark ale tonight and the body was just what I was hoping for. The carbonation is not explosive. Very average but clinging. A good quality brew in that regards.

Overall, this is quite reminiscent of a Belgian dark ale. But a Belgian dark. It isn't quite as yeasty an stacked up with fruit esters as a Belgian dark ale, but one can easily find the similarities in the rich dark fruits, spiciness, breadiness, and booze. The ale is of a very good quality, you can easily tell and it is also quite a bit better than some belgian dark ales that I have had. I would drink this again and am actually pretty interested in having the chocolate beer they do as well.

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Photo of paxton1978
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer. I left it in the cellar for a year or so to let it calm down and I'd strongly recommend doing this to take the edge off it. Had all the sticky toffee puddingness and caramelised fruit notes that you'd want from this kind of beer, but without being overly-sweet. What i should've done is put two away because i wanted another one straight after and now i have to wait for a year!

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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 DarraghKS
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of Patitifa
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of warrior02a
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of pivnica022
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Packard
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Johnct
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of HQQX
4.44/5  rDev +16.2%

Photo of Daredevil
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

review is for OLD TOM ORIGINAL

nose: dark fruit cocktail, some mahagony wood in the nose as well

palate: full bodied, smooth yet very dry and quite bitter in the aftertaste, port-wine notes with some hints of dark fruits and light notes of sesame

very classy and distinctive strong ale

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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 sesparza1974
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wretchedabyss
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brenden
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Old Tom is a thick, opaque dark brown with a dark red hue in the body. It forms a light, creamy tan head that rises up to one finger tall and retains a solid half finger all the way. Creamy lacing is left in leggy patches.
With chocolate, molasses, dark fruits and rich, hearty breads, this beer is as advertised both in the nose and in the flavor. It also imparts a distinctively English minerality with a slight metallic note. Dark, thick, moist raisin bread is what comes to mind. It's rich and, surprisingly, doesn't come off as too sweet. Alcohol that's not overt in the nose sits underneath and warms gently in the finish. A gentle note of herbal hops is present, though malts bring the show in every way. A bite of spiciness pulls through at the end of the sip. I don't know what people here are looking for, but this beer is exactly what the brewer advertises it to be.
Crisp up front with a bit of smoothness, the feel may be the only aspect of this beer that's lacking. It goes just a little tinny, and the thin body can't quite support all the heft.

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

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 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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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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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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