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Brewed by Robinsons
Style: Old Ale
Stockport, England

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RATINGS: 878   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2003
Old Tom's label says "Barley Wine" but underneath it a tiny black sticker says "Style Ale" (importers?) This rather complex beer comes out of the bottle looking like black coffee...until you see the light hitting it and sending out flickers of lovely garnet red. Quite striking. The beer has medium carbonation and a small lacy tan head. Aromatics are not as malt saturated as you might expect and there's noticeable toffee, maybe chocolate and bark (licorice, or sassafras) or root-like characteristics. Nice, but subtle herbal hops and dried fruit, too. The mouthfeel is rich and silky, not syrupy, well flavored and very drinkable. The finish is pleasantly bitter and almost dry. Nice, but somehow not a home run.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tmzl (292) - SLOVENIA - FEB 6, 2017
Well developed caramel specter with hint of chocolate, esters, light alco warmth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Orange_times (239) - UKRAINE - JAN 16, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2017 0.33l bottle. Pours very dark ruby colour with light brown head. Aroma of dark bread, caramel, raisins. Highly bitter, medium sweet, no sourness. Full body, thick feel, medium intensity marzipan bitter aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puredelusion (341) - Lviv, UKRAINE - JAN 16, 2017
0.3 bottle. Pours dark ruby color with medium off-white head. Aroma of malts, toffee. Flavor is medium sweet, light to medium roasted bitter. Finish is medium long and roasted. Medium body, lively carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SvanteL (414) - SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2017
Vackert mrkt rubinrd, medelstort skum. Doft av russin, plommon i madeira, mandelmassa, aningen eldighet. St, fyllig smak med russin, mandelmassa, fruktstman balanseras av en bra beska som blommar ut i eftersmaken och sitter kvar lnge och s lite madeira- och portvinstoner.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ritzn (985) - Bavaria, GERMANY - JAN 2, 2017
Brown ruby with little beige head. Aroma is marzipan, roast, toffee, dried figs, a hint of smoke. Deep and complex. Taste is well balanced everything: Chocolatey sweetness, some bitter roast. Spicy finish with raisins. Full body, very smooth. I love it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeorgePratt (63) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2017 Bottle from Robinsons Visitors Center. Aroma of licorice, coffee and malts. Pours a dark red with a very minimal sandy head. Coffee, burnt malts, chocolate and treacle in taste. Bitter, warming, metallic finish. Ive recently re-tried this and its excellent.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Scrumpy369 (611) - Budapest, HUNGARY - NOV 29, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2016 Bottle at hopaholic. Deep brown, almost black colour, small white head. Small bubbles. Nose is molasses, light matallic notes. Taste is malty, roasted, medium bitterrness. Nice dried fruity taste, shame its a little bit overshadowed by its metallic taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
midovark (703) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - NOV 22, 2016
0.33 l bottle. Pours deep brown with beige head. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, fruity and alcoholic notes in aroma. Coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and even some hops in taste with long, coffeeish finish and warm mouthfeel. Medium bodied, softly carbonated. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ipabr (200) - Somerset, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2016
Ear wax, liquorice and malty doormat. I like cats but think old tom has been adding his own flavour to his territory/brewery. Not my thing

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dutchbeerpages (2372) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2016
has all the usual flavors you expect from a beer like this, but they all work. Great palate, some great sweetness too. Wonderful.


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