Old Tom | Frederic Robinson Limited

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3.76/5
Very Good
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cokes on 01-13-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,521
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
181
pDev:
12.23%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Very deep chestnut brown/red. Pours with 1Cm fine pillowy pale tan head. Holds very well as a sup slowly, still 'lacing++' by the bottom of the glass.
S- Rich toasty malts vying equally versus a clear strong smell of alcohol; unusual!
T- 'Follow me down the rabbit-hole', this is some journey. Zesty fruits on the front, richness, alcohol tang, into unctious rich puddingy deep fruits, cystallised cherries and figs, Wow, really, what a presence.
F- It' surprisingly well balanced. It is certainly rich but the 8.5% ABV gives it sufficient heft to counter-balance that. What a beer, it is lovely.
O- Perhaps good it comes in 330ml bottles as 'Old Tom' is a pretty fierce big-beast. It's not likely a session beer; more one to savour on a colder night, BBE: March 2020.
Bought from the big Sainsbury at the top-end of Ladroke Grove, London W10, at £2/330ml bottle. I need to go back there to buy the other beers they stock that I haven't had before. Not a shop I frquent, BUT I would walk the 40mins each way there JUST to buy this epic gem of a beer.

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Photo of desint
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EOC
3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Treefig33
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndFilm
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monkist
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Brianito
4.49/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Martine
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of captaincoffee
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep brown with firm medium head that leaves a bit of lacing and a film and ring around the top of the beer. Nose is a bit of dark fruits a strong earthy or basement smell. Taste is...earthy in a bad way...like dirt literally muddy tasting. Like an old ale gone wrong. There is some of that dark fruit you would expect, and pepper, but not enjoyable when you feel like you are licking the ground. Overall, how could this have won awards?

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of stevoj
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice aroma and flavor from this brew. Dark and strong, with aged oak barrel essence. Slightly fruity (raisins, figs, prunes). Alcohol very present in finish. A nice evening sipper to finish the day

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Photo of rangerred
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce (330 ml) bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown color with a half inch light tan head that stuck around a while. There's also a good amount of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like dried dark fruit, molasses, port wine, and a bit of brown sugar and bananas. It tastes like dried dark fruit, banana, toffee, molasses, port wine, grape skins, and some earthiness. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and smooth with a good amount of carbonation. Regardless if you call this an Old Ale or an English Strong Ale, it's a good brew. I'd buy this one again.

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Photo of Birdlegs
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rickus
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MickeyMonk
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hopley
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Heeenrik
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drmeto
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a clear ruby with a medium,foamy,beige head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-huge toffee,caramel,chocolate,nutty,molasses,plums,raisins,figs,slight coffee
T:
-syrup,molasses,chocolate,nutty,slight coffee,toasty finish
F:
-medium-high carbonation (overcarbonated for the style),medium-full body
-slight alcohol-warming
O:
Really good Old Ale

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Photo of stephenlee
4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LordofthePings
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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

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Old Tom from Frederic Robinson Limited
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 181 ratings