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Robinson's Old Tom Strong Ale | Robinsons Family Brewers

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Robinson's Old Tom Strong AleRobinson's Old Tom Strong Ale
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3.82/5
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148 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:
#15,120
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
148
pDev:
14.14%
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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 47
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 Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of biboergosum
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml squat bottle, another Liquor Stores Intl/Depot/Barn/Emporium exclusive here in Wild Rose Country. Um, yay?

This beer pours a gently hazy, very dark ruddy amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, fizzy, and broadly bubbly pale beige head, which leaves some weirdly spooky Swiss cheese lace around the glass as things move southwards.

It smells of semi-sweet caramel malt, minor musty toffee notes, my seven-month old's pureed apple and pear mush, a decidedly un-infant-like plum wine booziness, a hint of gritty, stale chocolate, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more of the same, complexly rendered, as it were - bready caramel malt, besotted prune, plum, and dried cherry fruit, a bit of cigar ash, ethereal dark chocolate, musty basement, and more earthy, leafy, and perfume-heavy floral hops.

The bubbles are present, but generally out for no more than a pleasant stroll, the body just on the lee side of medium weight, and tacitly smooth, as a certain metallic essence rears up as it warms. It finishes on the dry side, the fruit bleeding out, the malt packing for vacation, or something, and the noble hops holding down the fort, a fort replete with mellow sipping alcohol.

Definitely old-tasting, but not in the 'something might be dead and buried here' sense of Thomas Hardy's or the like. That is to say, more fruity, than musty and/or dusty, and lighter in bearing. At any rate, and agreeable enough strong English ale - ageism need not come into play here.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, L1298 bottle code. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, apple, toast, dark bread, light nuttiness, earth, pepper, herbal, and light phenolic esters. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, dark bread, chocolate, apple, raisin, light nuttiness, earth, toffee, and light herbal spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, dark fruit, apple, toast, biscuit, earth, toffee, nuttiness, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; almost no cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good old ale. Nice flavor complexity, robustness, and balance; very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | 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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fluffy head of about 1 finger fades at a med pace with a bit of lacing and finishes with nice groups of bubbles floating on the top, very dark murky molasses cola brown color with hints of maroon light.

Nose is nice, soft aged brown malts, various toasty brown malts, molasses, toasted nuts, light biscuit, light fruity aroma, almost hazelnut like earthy root. Then some herbal hops, not a lot but enough to give a light bitterness and let you know its there. Some caramel, touch of booze, light esters, and a hint of cocoa.

Taste is similar, toasty brown malts, plenty of biscuit and caramel, toffee, toasted nuts with a hint of hazelnut. Herbal earthy root like tastes with that herbal hop bitterness as well, earthy and slight salty. Slightly syrupy with a bit of a booze kick. Soft aged brown malts are there but drowned out by the other flavors. Finish is a bit drier but slightly sticky, but of herbal hops and earthy root and nut like flavors linger with a hint of syrupy flavors.

Mouth is a bit bigger bodied, semi soft, decent carb, some warning and tingly booze.

Overall nice, good malts, a bit syrupy but not too much, bit too much booze, nice flavors, not what I expected from a UK beer with how big it is, but the hops remind me it is.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of dcmchew
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a thin, brief, ivory-hued head.

Smell: A mingled of a surprising fruitiness of red berries, dates, cherry with sweetish malty accents of treacle, toffee, toasted biscuit tops. Also, some herbal, anise hints and a sniff of the alcohol.

Taste: A quick flush of sweet toffee and caramelized sugar with a lingering sweet-tart cherry fruitiness (with an additional handful of berries, dates). Faintly nutty, chocolatey. Herbal, leafy hops with a bitterness that melds to the alcohol warmth. A little licorice. A hint of soured treacle on the backhalf. Drying right at the last second of the finish.

Mouthfeel: Just a bit above medium-bodied.. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Quite decent. Would've preferred a bit more refinement and a slight, slight boost to the body for some desired chewiness.

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

11.2 ounce stubby brown bottle, no freshness/bottling date info to be had.

Pours dark mahogony, darker tan head, leaves a thicker film, collar and some minor bits of lace.

Sweat nose of caramel, molasses, and some light chocolate.

Malty, bready and tasty offering. More caramel, bananas, vanilla, with smooth malty sweetness carrying the weight throughout this one. Decent sipper, higher complexity would lead me give higher ratings for this beer.

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Photo of tommy5
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of dark fruit with some sweet toffee notes. The flavor is a mix of toffee, earthy hops, a touch of caramel and chocolate malts and a little bit of hop bitterness. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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 Bitterbill
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased from Half Time Beverage.

It's a gorgeous looking brew; deep golden brown with a 1 finger head of white foam and very impressive lacing.

I also love the smell; loads of dark pitted fruit, a bit of bread, some sweet malt, absolutely nothing bitter in the aroma at all. Well, the style doesn't call for bitterness..

Plums and raisins hit me on my first sip and then, a lot of alcohol. Some caramel sweet working its way in, more fruit and more bread and yes, more alcohol.

This is going to sound weird but sometimes there seems to be a blank area where I can't really taste anything. They are very brief but I'm sure they are there after sensing them more than a few times. Here, I find the aromas of the beer were not lived up to compared to the taste..

The body of this Old Ale is pretty darned light; a major disappointment I have with Old Tom. I'm sure? the cask version, if there is one, would take care of that.

All in all, there are positives than negatives to my way of thinking so I'm glad I bought 4, drank 1, and am saving the other 3 bottles for another time.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 330ml bottle, best before Sept 2008, drank July 2007.

Poured into one of my Gordon Thistle glasses. Very dark brown/red with a well formed off-white head. The head stayed throughout the drink.

Aroma was sweet malts and plum bread. Tangy, malty, old Sharaz wine flavour, very different from other Barley wines I have had over the years.

Complexed and interesting. A very good beer. By far the best beer I have had from the Robinson brewery.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color with ruby tints and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A strong aroma of malt, dark fruit, and sweet elements.

T: Tasted of caramel, dark fruit (plums), molasses, malt, and a vinous quality. A pretty solid flavor, with a nice amount of complexity. There's a slight booziness, but it's pretty well masked. A good flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a well made beer. Not without some minor flaws, but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of bark
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The liquid is clear; the colour deep wine red with a tint of brown (30 EBC). The low head quickly sinks down to a pale brown lid.

The smell is rich, nutty and a little roasted. Raisins, marzipan, and plums. Some smooth alcohol. Ripe raspberries.

The taste is quite dry and bitter. It is, to be honest, quite thin. Marzipan, nuts and some raisins. Somewhat metallic dry astringent flavours. They are overall raw and not very mature. The short aftertaste got notes of chocolate, marzipan, raspberry candy and beef stock. The finish is dry. No noticeable alcohol at all.

The carbonation is light, the bubbles small. The liquid is light and dry.

I remember this one as considerable richer and full-bodied. Goes well with dark chocolate, though.

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

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Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 148 ratings
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