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Robinsons Old Tom (Cask)

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Brewed by Robinsons
Style: Old Ale
Stockport, England

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
Named after Robinsons’ brewery cat, Old Tom is almost as old as the brewery itself. The legend began in 1899 when the old brewery cat, Tom, basked in sunshine whilst the head brewer sketched him into immortality.
This superior dark ale is recognised, both nationally and internationally, as one of the most famous strong ales, winning some of the industry’s most prestigious awards including World’s Best Ale.
In recent years Robinsons’ Old Tom has been named by CAMRA as Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain no less than three times at the National Winter Ales Festival.
Old Tom is dark, rich and warming with a cherry brandy like colour and character. This strong ale has a booming balance of ripe malt, and peppery hops combined with roasted nut and chocolate flavours with a smoky richness. A distinctive deep port wine finish with bitter hops balance complemented by heady, vinous aromas of dark fruit.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (479) - SCOTLAND - JUN 26, 2014
Dark beer with a thin head and a fruity aroma. Flavour has malt and hop in it but the fruit comes through.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (3336) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Cask at The Black Horse, Preston. Pours clear mahogany with a thick just-off-white head. Aromas of burnt sugar and fruit cake. taste has more of the same, initally a sugary-boozy hit, but the light bitterness builds to a balance, and a clean finish. Lovely stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Finn (4167) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
NWAF 24 Jan 13. Dyp mørkebrun. Nesten ikke skum. God sviske/plommearoma. Sherrypreg. Varmende. Blir veldig søt - men farlig god.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gegwilson (1156) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2013
Cask at the Sycamore Inn, Parwich. Pours a deep mahogany with a frothy cream head. Very rich and fruity. Vinous with notes of raisin and toffee. Nice with warming alcohol quite evident.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (6812) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2013
Cask gravity at Wandsworth Halloween Feat 2013. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is roasty, toast, berry, jam, earth and red grape. The taste is toasty, earth, berry, smooth roast, mild acidity, jam, cocoa and light alcohol with a dry, fruity finish. Full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Tasty, well balanced and rather drinkable. Robinson’s at their best.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (5872) - Albertslund, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2013
Cask. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, spice, alcohol, fruit, chocolate and roasted malt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jjsint (762) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2013
Cask @ St Albans Beer Festival, 2013. Morning coffee brown. Aroma of strong alcohol, raisins. Taste is too sweet. Pseudo-bitterness hangs on. Massive chocolate hits when drunk with abandon. Smooth mouthfeel. I feel like this used to be better.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beese (1783) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2013
Cask at the Great British Beer Festival 2013. Poured a dark brown colour with no head. Aromas of chestnut, caramel and fruit cake. Malty flavour, cherries and molasses. Palate leaves with cooked apples, spice and alcohol. Tastes stronger than it actually is.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (8630) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2013
Cask at GBBF ’13, 15/08/13. Dark mahogony brown with a thin light tan head. Nose is toffee, dark fruit, bready malts, sugars. Taste comprises prunes, marzipan, dates, toffee, fruit cake, light booze. Medium bodied with bite, fine cabonation, lightly warming alcohol in the finale. Good stuff, much better than my memories of the bottled version.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pizd (432) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
(Cask, GBBF 2013): Deep brown with a medium off white head. Aroma of heavily roasted malt, nuts, dark chocolate and a touch of alcohol. Really strong flavour, wasn’t expecting it to be so powerful. Notes of roasted malt, nuts, dark chocolate, caramel, molasses, dark fruit and a touch of alcohol that lets you know youre drinking a big beer. Very nice indeed.


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