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Brewed by Robinsons
Style: Old Ale
Stockport, England

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RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   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 Robinsons’ 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 ’natural’ 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (864) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Snifter glass. A: Pours a magnificent dark amber color forming a small tan head. Low retention and few lacings left S: Strong notes of caramel malts, toffee and chocolate T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of caramel malts and chocolate. A bit fruity with some notes of raisins M: Light body body good carbonation. Malty and chocolate aftertaste O: Good drinkability. Nice British Ale [ BA Review @ 5/7/2014 ]

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2681) - Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2014
330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/21/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light raisin/plum, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of chocolate, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate hop/yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, light raisin/plum, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, brown bread, herbal, grass, light raisin/plum, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity and robustness of chocolate, dark/bready malts, and light-moderate hop/yeast ester flavors; with a good sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice flavored old ale. All around good robustness and balance of chocolate, dark/bready malt, and light-moderate hop/yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nevalainen (95) - FINLAND - OCT 11, 2014
A bottle 6,0%. Aroma is chocolate and has some other sweet maybe caramel notes. Color is clear brownreddish with a low head. Taste has some sweetness and bitterness. I liked it!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (789) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 27, 2014
0,33L bottle. Pours dark ruby with light tan head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is cocoa, malt. Flavor is sweet, malt, fruits, cocoa. Finish is dark chocolate, some hoppy bitterness and malt. Overall: nice brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VamboladeTolly (122) - Tartu, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2014
Bottle@ De Tolly Joogipood. pours clear amber/brown with small head. Aroma of dark chocolate,coffee, sweet malts. Taste of malts, coffee and melt milk chocolate, some bitterness.Not bad. But not for me.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (6855) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle, shared with my wife (who liked it more than I did). The aroma is dominated by chocolate-caramel extract character. That same character interferes with the base beer character and imparts an undesirable cola-like sweetness as well. Not an improvement on the original.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhammaren (1098) - FINLAND - SEP 19, 2014
.33l bottle from Alcotraz Pours clear copper with low, thick tan head. Leaves some lacing. Aroma is dark bread, dark malts, chocolate porridge, vanilla and syrup. Maybe a hinta of ash. Flavor is mostly same with some hopsy finish and hinta of alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Habanero (2662) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2014
Bottled. Pours amber with an average, lacing and off-white head. Aroma of caramel, chocklate and brown sugar. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry. Light to medium bodied, watery to oilytexture and soft carbonation. A nice ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (1508) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 1, 2014
On tap at Le Šenk, Bratislava. Pours dark brown color, beige head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, caramel. Taste is sweet, only very lightly hoppy, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel, roasted malt. Sweet chocolate finish.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
otornber (27) - FINLAND - AUG 26, 2014
A dark redbrown beer pours to my glass with a nice beige head that settles down to a nice foam cloud over the drink. The aroma is heavy with strong, sweet malts, sour cherry and a hint of chocolate. The taste is also heavily malty, bitter, a bit sour and does have a hint of chocolate with sweetness. The texture is a bit thin but with nice carbonation. All in all, I’d have preferred to have had the original, which is a genuinely great beer. It was a bit of a disappointed to me to see only this Old Tom in the beer shelf of the Lithuanian market I bought this from.


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