Robinson's Chocolate Old Tom Strong Ale | Robinsons Family Brewers

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Robinson's Chocolate Old Tom Strong AleRobinson's Chocolate Old Tom Strong Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Brad007 on 09-10-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
50
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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1
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Photo of emincems
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kitschiguy
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle given to me by a supplier into 350ml beer glass. Big fluffy off-white head which lasted a while and left a lot of lacing.

Nose is lovely with lots of chocolate some caramel and a little dark fruit.

Palate is coffee, toffee, caramel and some stone fruit with a little vanilla. Great stuff.

Mouth is good but a little thin.

Overall a wonderful beer. Rich, complex and lots and lots of flavour.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Davey-C
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Style note: Robinson's Old Tom is listed as a commercial example of an English Barleywine (17D) in the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines. I can see how it is listed here as an Old Ale (17B) as it has 6% ABV.

Sampled on 2/16/16 from a plastic sample cup poured from a bottle at my BJCP tasting class. Aroma: initial aroma of rich dark malts. Aroma developed to reveal esters and malt aromas of dried dark fruit, prunes, and cherries at moderate levels. No hop aroma. Hint of malt balls (ovaltine) as beer warms. Appearance: light brown color. Moderately-heavy cloudiness with larger (just less that 1mm chunks) that do not precipitate out. Light head retention with half moon of light tan rocky bubbles on surface. Heavy fine lacing. Flavor: balance is malt forward with malt flavors of rich bread crust. Very little hop flavor perceived and very low hop bitterness present in late palate. Yeast esters of English strain. Malt and esters produce substantial dark fruit notes. Malt ball (ovaltine) notes at aftertaste at light levels. Mouthfeel: medium-heavy body. Moderate carbonation. Low to moderate alcohol warmth. Low creaminess. Low astringency in late palate through aftertaste. Overall: standard English Barleywine that I would gladly finish at a bar. Enjoyed dark fruit aromas and flavors very much. Malt ball flavor detracts from flavor and finish. Suggestion for improvement may be to remove or lower chocolate or arrive at desired chocolate flavors in another manner that does not detract from nuanced dark fruit notes by tasting like malt balls. 35-50.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kiro
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 123321123321
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
4.89/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

From hipercor, last unit. In duvel glass. after dinner. Amazing aroma, with soft smell and taste to chocolate of the finest kind. Alcohol isnt noticeable. Even with the chocolate is sweetnrss and bitterness are very well balanced, making it very comfortable to drink. A pity that the chocolatier simon dun had to close its business as Ive read in google. Probably wont be able to tase another of this exquisite beverage again

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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 ml bottle with an undecipherable code stamped on the neck. Served in a snifter after some warming. Clear red-brown body with a somewhat weak head but nice lacing.
Unusual and dynamic flavor profile. Sweet toffee dominates up front but cocoa comes out on top in the finish and lingers on in the mildly bitter aftertaste.

Feel: full body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Paul_Hutchinson
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not my cup of tea but a very nice ale. Delicately flavoured with chocolate

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Photo of rbloomberg3
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic ale. Recieved it as part of a monthly beer club. Really can taste the chocolate.

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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RickyS
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hosehead83
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber/light brown in color, with a moderate cap of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint milk chocolate, cocoa note
Taste-Toasted malt, a light touch of chocolate and toffee. Subtle and easy-drinking.

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Photo of Andrewziggy
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

medium-light and smooth; brief flash of chalk; modest carbonation, more bitter than sweet
use of chocolate is subtle, bitterness prominent over bittersweetness

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Photo of Fernando_Bastos
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Greywulfken
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

A: mahogany brown ale with obvious floaties - two fingers of tan foam atop

S: roasty cocoa malts; something woodsy and herbal

T: mild brown ale flavors accented with cocoa and a faint, washed out molasses sweetness; something like shellac lurks in the background

M: medium-light and smooth; brief flash of chalk; modest carbonation, more bitter than sweet

O: not sure what to make of a low abv strong ale; use of chocolate is subtle, bitterness prominent over bittersweetness - interesting and worth a try.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/21/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light raisin/plum, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of chocolate, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate hop/yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light raisin/plum, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, herbal, grass, light raisin/plum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of chocolate, dark/bready malts, and light-moderate hop/yeast ester flavors; with a good sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice flavored old ale. All around good robustness and balance of chocolate, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mousebeer
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of seedyone
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

02/19/14 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Great chocolate taste. Because it's a brown ale & not a stout/porter that I'm used to as a vehicle for chocolate, it's a bit loose viscosity-wise, but the flavor is there.

6% should be flagged as an adult beverage, for sure.

Thumbs up on this one.

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Photo of Lion088
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Arriskuwonder
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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