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Brewed by Robinsons
Style: Old Ale
Stockport, England

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RATINGS: 692   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Bottle: Filtered and pasteurised.
Changed from nip size to 330ml embossed bottle in 2006
First record of brewing in 1899.
Ingredients: British pale malt, crystal malt, small percentage of chocolate malt, caramel for colour adjustment. Goldings whole hops and small percentage of Northdown.
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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle, from somewhere. Got it for Christmas, not too sure where it came from. A shop, presumably. Pours a deep, murky brown-red, finger of head. Aroma is raisins, dark malts, a little banana, some spice and perfume. Taste is coffee, nutty (esp walnuts), brown sugar, maltiness, dark fruits, a little tart, quite bitter. A lot more interesting than I was expecting. Medium-full bodied, medium-long finish. A lot less sweet than I’d expected, and with a lot more character and complexity. A really, really nice surprise!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4352) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
pours hazy light Brown orange with a small light beige head, some retention and lacing. earthy molasses, roasted chocolate, some toasted caramel/toffee, dried fruits - mostly raisins but also some dried cranberries, spicy and earthy goldings, tea leaves, grass, pepper. light carbonation, medium body - oily and almost syrupy yet never sweet, woodsy almost tannic-grassy-spicy-gently earthy finish. good for what it is, i guess. quite unique too.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blackisle (694) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Clear dark red brown color, one finger creamy tan head, recedes quickly; aroma roasty malts, dried fruits, licorice, chocolate, brown sugar, hint of alcohol; taste moderate sweet, moderate bitter, roasty, creamy, toffee, dark fruit; full-bodied, creamy texture, bit peppery on the tongue, soft carbonation; mild dry bitter finish, woody notes. A complex and well-balanced strong ale. Excellent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MSBrindbergs (323) - Solna, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2014
Flaska från Alko, Finland. Kompakt mörkbrun vätska, nästan lite grådaskig. Doftar väldigt kraftigt av frukt, typ päron. Påminner om en sherry eller dylikt. Väldigt skarp i smaken, söt på gränsen till sur. Smak av fruktig likör nästan. Nej inte min stil... ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Stout4stout (13) - neath, WALES - SEP 1, 2014
Strong, treacly, winey ale with hints of liquorice and plum. Not one you could drink all night due to the strength. A very nice treat on a cold winters night, (especially if sat next to a crackling log fire). A unique treasure amongst beers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (454) - CROATIA - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle; pours dark brown with a tan head; has a sweet malt aroma with some toffee and dark fruits; taste is sweet with caramel, some malt, and dark fruits; finish dry with a light bitter chocolate aftertaste; pretty good one

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrHult (239) - SWEDEN - AUG 30, 2014
Flaska från @msbrindbergs, stort tack! Mörkbrun vätska med stort ljust skum. Doftar choklad och karamell. Choklad, kaffe, karamell, malt i en härlig kombo. Alkoholhalten märks endast i värmen i bröstet. Smarrig

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Toomio (195) - Joensuu, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Aika viinakas, tumma tuote. Vahva aromi, jossa paljon, jopa kilo, sokeria. Paranee lämmetessään.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (1550) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
darker brown pour, wonderfully vinous aroma and flavor with notes of chocolate and loads of dark fruit, toffee and a teeny tiny bit of blacl licorice. Boozy in a good way. Warming finish. Glad I finally tried this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ejr (164) - Sarpsborg, NORWAY - AUG 18, 2014
Fin rødbrun farge med et beige skum. Aroma av malt, moden frukt, karamell og sjokolade. Smaken følger aroma, men får her litt brunt sukker i tillegg. Lang ettersmak

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheRatKing (116) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
Any beer that puts ’World’s Best Ale’ on the label gets my attention. Rarely is it good attention. Still, Old Tom looks promising - pours a near-black ruby colour with a frothy off-white head that looks in no hurry to go anywhere. Aroma of dark malts and chocolate, some coffee. Flavour is rich, nice bittersweet chocolate, toasty malts, biscuit, very pleasant finish. Not the -best- ale in the world, but I concede that Old Tom is a damn fine contender for the title.


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