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

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Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate)Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate)
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3.55/5
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124 Ratings
Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate)Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sigmund on 12-21-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,627
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
124
pDev:
14.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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2
Gots:
9
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Photo of dandy14
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Old Ale is one of those British styles that American crafters have tried to make their own, but somehow the U.S. market has not responded. There are many reasons for this; hops are at a minimum, merely to provide balance; old ales require patience and lots of minor changes to mix the style's subtleties; and... blending malts is not the #1 priority of American brewing.

Those generalities said, much can be learned from Chocolate Tom (whose base I presume is Old Tom's recipe... plus lots of chocolate.) Looks are not everything, but Smells are much more... lots of dried fruits and a fabulous mix of sweet malts...and, of course, chocolate. Smell correlates to Taste very closely. Me being hop-sensitive, I noticed their use only to achieve balance. The mouth is full and luxurious, really. I'd like to have a bottle with less sediment... and less chocolate. Maybe I'll get lucky and find Old Tom in England some day.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
2/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vinicole
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber. Thick beige head with excellent retention and lacing.
Sweet milk chocolate aroma.
The taste continues the bouquet but is now balanced with a mellow bitterness.
Smooth but rather thin for the style.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hellpop65
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours Clear medium brown with little head. Aroma is chocolate with hints of raisins. Taste of Dark toffee,sweet and bitter with chocolate notes, developing some crisp bitterness in finish. Very nice.

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Photo of Rickus
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drmeto
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a clear copper-ruby with a medium,foamy,beige head
-a lot of what i assume is chocolate chunks floating around
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-sweet chocolate,sour cherry,caramel,raisins,toffee
T:
-chocolate,caramel,toffee,strawberry,raisins,raspberries,coffee
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium body
O:
Fairly nice,sweetish ale.Quite different from the regular Old Tom

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Photo of LordMashall
4.76/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

I just tried this Ale this evening with my wife and family. It was very choclatly which in my case is a very good thing "CHOCOHOLIC". Its like liquid chocolate beer with fresh malty goodness! Very good brew.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Small chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of Tootsie Roll, chocolate syrup, caramel, and slight nut aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate syrup, chocolate milk, and slight caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid chocolate characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Exeter
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nine_Tails
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.06/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong, malty aroma has a firm overtone of cocoa - almost smells more like hot cocoa than like beer. Hey, I love chocolate! Pours a clear sepia with a nice fluffy and fine-bubbled wheat head. Malty flavor has a strong cocoa overtone, which I found rather enjoyable. I detected hints of apple and caramel as well. Texture has firm body and good fizz, leaving a malty and chocolaty finish. This is a good beer for the fall, when the leaves are turning and it’s time to break out the down comforter.

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Photo of graybayou
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Incredible. I loved this beer.

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Photo of TominGermany
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of teamwiggum
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of AlexAfonin
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This bottle was cellared for at least 8 months before drinking. Poured from the bottle into a Bruery snifter. The beer is dark, but clear with a reddish-brown color and a huge, majestic head of foam that lasts and lasts. The nose is rich and malty, with sweet bready notes, some dark fruit, toffee, and a hint of chocolate.

Light-medium body with a rather thin feel. Up front, the flavor is spot-on. Sweet, toasted malt and toffee, but then around mid-palate the flavor moves towards an herbal tea and lemon-like character that seems somewhat out of place in this beer. Where's the chocolate? Oh yes, on the label that's glued onto the bottle. It sure isn't in the flavor.

Somewhat disappointing entry that I was hoping would be a nice, dessert-like beer. I think a chocolate version of the Old Tom would be a nice beer, but they need to beef these up with more malt, more body, and more flavor. Twenty years ago the British would have been busting our chops for selling watery beers. Looks like the shoe's on the other foot now, Winston! Get it together, will ya?

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Photo of Alex1beer
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of BeccaH
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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Chocolate Tom (Old Tom With Chocolate) from Frederic Robinson Limited
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 124 ratings
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