Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger) | Frederic Robinson Limited

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63 Ratings
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Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger)Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Frederic Robinson Limited
England, United Kingdom
robinsonsbrewery.com

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mdagnew on 08-25-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
63
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
16.57%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, candied ginger, and ginger beer aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, earth, ginger beer, and ginger root flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness and heat on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice mix of different ginger qualities with the base beer.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Brittian
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I think I got a rather old case it tasted almost like very bad molasses

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a strong overtone of ginger. I like ginger. Pours a dark, slightly hazy mahogany with a thick, fluffy wheat head. Ginger overpowers all the other flavors - malt and a hint of woody hops. I like ginger, but this tastes more like ginger ale than the real stuff. Smooth texture has good body and is quite fizzy. Tasty, but maybe next time lighten up on the ginger, s’il vous plait.

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -50%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Lion088
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Kiro
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked L3070 21:08 at 45 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma of ginger
Head large (7cm), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing poor – a few small islands of small bubbles
Body dark amber, clear
Flavor initially of ginger, but not too aggressive, which fades and allows the pear to come through. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Flavor ends quickly with a lingering slight sweetness. A ginger stomach burn then arises.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation.

This beer loses points for the rapidly diminishing head and poor lacing, but , as a ginger beer, picks up points because the ginger does not overpower everything else.

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Photo of Gottesverachter
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of rredshift
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of hilgart1
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of raydas
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Beerdanza
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love ginger beer, and I love beer. Here we have ginger beer with real beer! Love it! It's a fairly sweet brew, with a dominant ginger smell and flavor. There's a bit of malt, and perhaps some hops, but this beer is about ginger. Mouthfeel is definitely a cross between beer and soda. I am really enjoying this! Of course, you better like ginger if you grab one of these. But if you do, it's a sweet gingery treat. I can't really compare it to normal beers and ales. Be careful! It goes down fast.

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Photo of litchity
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of Landar
4.44/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma 11/12
Spicy ginger and sweet malts. Caramel starts to come through after. Sweet pear flavor comes through after it warms a little. A touch of British hops (goldings?).

Appearance 3/3
Clear deep ruby red. Frothy tan head with a tint of red. Good retention. There is a thick layer of foam that continues to cover the entire surface. Slight foamy stick that washes away easily.

Flavor 17/20
Spicy strong ginger with caramel. Herbs that I cannot identify. The malt sweetness that comes through with molasses. A touch of British hops. Finish is ginger and strong molasses with a hint of pear.
The strong spicy ginger lingers along with a light hops bitterness and alcohol warmth that fills it out. The molasses continues to linger in the background so the spicy ginger and bitterness does not overpower.

Mouthfeel 5/5
Medium carbonation. Medium body. Smooth and chewy viscosity. Alcohol warmth.

Overall Impression 8/10
This seems to have a scottish ale base and the ginger complements it well. The dry herbs can lend it a bit of a medicinal quality at times and could be toned down for a more pleasant experience. The pear ingredient barely comes through and is only noticeable at times. If this was solely a ginger beer with a scotch ale foundation it would be an excellent example, but as the pear is a specified specialty ingredient it would have been very enjoyable to have it come through more and add to the balance to make for a less spicy and more pleasant sweeter flavor profile. The combination of the alcohol warmth and the spicy ginger complement each
other so well and linger in a pleasing relaxed fashion for some time even after you have stopped drinking it.
I am a big fan of ginger beers (non- and alcoholic) and this is one of the few that are exceptional as a stand alone ginger beer rather than also serving well as a mixer - this is a compliment to the balance and not a criticism. Again, if the pear were not advertised as a specialty ingredient this already high score would have been world class.

44/50

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Zorro
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear brown colored beer with a tiny tan head that doesn't last long.

Smells of ginger. The scent is pretty much Ginger Ale with a little British hop scent but not much.

Starts out mildly sweet and sour with a ginger flavor. Small amount of bitterness. Essentially this is a Ginger Ale Shandy.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall really boring and possibly not really beer.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Robinsons Ginger Old Tom ale, brewed with ginger root and pear juice. 6% ABV.

Appearance: Hmm. I was expecting a lighter colored ale. Starts out with under a finger's head. Very slight lacing. Nice red-amber color

Smell: Moderate ginger smell (light when compared to ginger beer). Faint Asian pear note in the background.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dry, with a thicker, molasses-y malt flavor. Touch of ginger, and some caramelized pear.

Decent.

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Petrus chalice.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Vsarmatov
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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Ginger Tom (Old Tom With Ginger) from Frederic Robinson Limited
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