Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - DEC 1, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. heavy sweet aroma of chocolate. But though a fine body beer, the chocolate disappoint a bit because its too sweet. The beer could do with dark chocolate.
saxo (13357) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are chocolate syrop, malt, fruits and caramel. Chocolate is a little too artificial.
MoritzF (8247) - Bochum, GERMANY - NOV 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) Clear, dark amber colour with a beige medium-sized foamy head. Sweet aroma with distinctive notes of chocolate, accompanied by a fruity touch and vinous, slightly toasted malty accents. Slightly sweet and bitter flavour, medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Mildly toasted and sweet malty base, combined with notes of chocolate and a moderate to light fruit-character, drying out towards the slightly harsh bitter-tart and fruity finish with notes of alcohol. Not a particularly rounded brew which might work for people because of its special chocolate character. 29.XI.09
leaparsons (7671) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown and red with a large off-white foam. Aromas are chocolate and toffee malts with spices. Some caramel and evident alcohol. Flavours are sweet, smooth chocolate with grain. Quite yeasty. The original Old Tom loses something along the way.
OleR (4581) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle@Cardinal, Stavanger. A dense, light brown head upon a brilliant, reddish-brown body. Milk-chocolate and vanilla on the nose. Taste is fairly dry; chocolate, mild coffee and vanilla. Some fruit tones and a certain sourness underneath. A minimum of hops included.
Soft and creamy in the mouth. Mouthfilling. Dry, cocoa-ish malt finish. Good stuff.
RichardW (1341) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bittersweet russet coloured ale. Chocolate is fairly prominent, particularly in the aroma and is a bit reminiscent of Young’s Chocolate Stout. An almost sour, yet not unpleasant tanginess lurks around, with some dryness in the finish, but it has a reasonable kick without being overpowering and it’s not quite as in yer face as the, far better in my opinion, Ginger Tom.
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - NOV 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oh questo sì che è un bel ’twist’ della Old Tom, altro che zenzero, andiamo sul ’classico’ c i o c c o l a t o. Hmm bambini siete pronti? si parte. Versa di un colore decisamente più chiaro del previsto, l’aroma è cacaoso e piuttosto fragrante, il sapore è ben assestato sul dolce rifuggendo la stucchevolezza con un bel kick caloroso e stuprando la pastosità con una frizzantezza fin troppo pronunciata; dai tutto sommato mi è piaciuta, una birra da dessert senza pretese, che so..una briochina o una crostatina al cioccolato.
HenrikSoegaard (10014) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 330ml. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Orange amber colour. Moderate nice chocolate/toffee aroma. Light bitter toffee flavor. Light chocolate notes. Average light bitter finish. OIly palate.
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep amber colour, slightly off-white head. Chocolate and cocoa aroma with some rich dried fruits and an alcohol undercurrent. Big chocolate flavours and a nice vanilla both lead to a sweet finish with a touch of dryness. Thankfully the palate isn’t too cloying. Not a bad effort.
angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 16, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2009 Has a pleasing brown-amber colour with decent white head. Aroma was sweet and of chocolate, which was to my liking. Taste began decent enough, it was a bit sweet with a slightly bitter finish and drinkable enough. Still I was disappointed without the chocolate flavor, which the smell had promised. A few sips later though and I was delighted for the chocolate had kicked in and I was enjoying my beer. The chocolate was not too strong though and still allowed the ale to have a nice bitter finish.