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Brewed by Robinsons
Style: Old Ale
Stockport, England

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RATINGS: 333   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Bottle: Pasteurised.
Originally labelled as Chocolate Tom. Label was changed to read Old Tom With Chocolate circa 2011.
Old Tom with chocolate is an indulgent rich combination of Robinsonsí award winning Old Tom and the finest cocoa. It is a superior full bodied strong ale filled with the flavour of ripe malt and velvety smooth chocolate teased together with an inspired touch of Madagascan bourbon vanilla.
Chocolate Tom is a deliciously indulgent addition to the Old Tom range, with a recipe developed by Robinsons and the renowned chocolatier Simon Dunn.
With a distinctive ínaturalí milky sweet chocolate palate balanced by underlying hop and roasted malt characters, Chocolate Tom is a superior, rich and warming speciality beer with a dark mahogany colour.


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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerbarella (343) - - DEC 29, 2012
330 ml bottle. Pours clear mahogany with a medium brown head. Malty chocolate vanilla aroma. Roasty, sour, bitter, vanilla taste. Roasty chocolate palate. Slightly bitter.


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
edsspoon (654) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle - pours dark amber with a foamy beige head. Aroma of cocoa butter and chocolate. Taste of milk chocolate, a little roast malt and slightly chalky. Dry, heavy body and low carbonation.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Kauge (483) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 13, 2015
Bottle from SuperAlko in Tallinn (Ä 2.45). BB Jul 2015. Pours a rather ugly murky coppery brown with chunks of sediment despite it having stood still in the basement for a few weeks. Head is big-bubbled with non-specific colour. On the nose itísÖ hmmÖ more caramel than chocolate, also dark fruits (dates, prunes). In fact, if I didnít know I would have trouble guessing chocolate being an ingredient. Well, alright, as itís warmed some more I get chocolate. Itís also pretty noticeable in its flavour. But thatís very caramelly too. Yet itís still got a lot more bitterness than sweetness, which I consider a bit strange. Body is medium, carbonation rather crisp, but in the finish thereís a metallic tingle and some unpleasant graininess. I think this is the least enjoyable of the 3 Old Toms Iíve recently had (in addition to this, the original and with ginger). But itís not entirely bad.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nihtila (1016) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
28.6.2014. Dark mahogany, aroma of malts and chocolate. Smooth, malty, chocolate hints, some sweetness and hops. Medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5340) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 3, 2015
Bottle at home, aging for around a year. Pours black, sweet chocolate aroma, nice chocolate taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
exeter (438) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2015
Pours a dark copper colour with a cloudy head and spotty lacing. Tastes of milk chocolate, toffee, light citrus, vanilla, dark fruits and roasted malts. Pretty good, but I have had better.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
rami_pl (235) - Warszawa, POLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Butelka, Pod mosteczkiem. Wklejam opis Old Tom w podstawowej wersji a ponizej uwagi co do zmian:

Butelka, pod mosteczkiem, warka do marca 2016. NIewysoka, ale i niebrzydka piana, nieco brudzaca szklo i zostajaca do konca cienka warstwa. Kolor brazowo-rubinowy, bardzo ciemny, w ciemnym pomieszczeniu wygladajacy na czarny. Aromaty palone, owocowe (estrowe - ciemne owoce - wisnie, sliwki, suszone figi), winne, karmelowe, toffi, - mile i intensywne. troszke chleba. Po ogrzaniu troche tez czuc alkohol, w wersji likierowej, nieprzeszkadzajacy. Rowniez po ogrzaniu mniej palonosci a wiecej owocowosci. Smak dosc analogiczny do powyzszych, czuc i slodycz i kwaskowosc. Sa tez posmaki slodowe, orzechowe, goryczki niemal nie ma. Posmaki niebzyt dlugie moze, ale bardzo mile - winno-owocowe. Niskie wysycenie, nie za duzo ciala, gladkie i nieco lepkie. Znow w smaku nieco alkoholu, ale wkomponowane w pozostale smaki - niejako zastepuje niemal nieobecna goryczke, zarazem bedac milym w odbiorze, ala sherry. Calosc w pierwszej chwili troche skojarzenie daje jakby porter z duza dawka estrowych owocow, niemniej szybko zanika palonosc. bardzo dobre piwo. zwlaszcza na zime. rozgrzewajace. kusi nastepnym razem sprobowanie Old Tom w wersji czekoladowej.

I teraz na wszystko powyzsze nalozony bardzo intensywny, zabijajacy niemal wszystko inne aromat i smak kiepskiego kakao. Zbrodnia dokonana na bardzo dobrym old ale :(

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fdomig (485) - MŁnchen, GERMANY - FEB 27, 2015
330ml bottle. Aroma is malt, chocolate, dark fruits. Appearance is pale amber with a light, brown-ish head. Taste is sour and sweet. Thin. Medium carbonation. Good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mr_Pink_152 (1424) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle as gift, hay chestnut brown colour no head. Aroma is chocolate, and malts. generally sweet, ok beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
at_the_hop (17) - Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
The chocolate somewhat improves a beer that I donít particularly rate in its standard form. Think more dry cocoa than creamy dairy milk. Anyone else getting blackforest flavours? As with the original itís too malty to really matter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
spacecube (1121) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2015
330ml bottle, pours amber brown with an off white head. Aroma has the infused chocolate over the top of the malt, other aromas are cherry, dark fruit. Body is light, thin texture with average carbonation. This is big on chocolate but seems a bit thin, seems to overpower rather than balance the malt and hop.


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