Brewed by Robinsons
Style: Old Ale
Stockport, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 892   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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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.

commonshawn (1210) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2017
12oz bottle. Brown with small white head. Syrupy nose with alcohol. Lots of raisin. Sweet. Thick and sticky. Tastes almost like a Belgium quad. Not what i expected. Good.

klukas (268) - Rijeka, CROATIA - JUN 10, 2017
Enjoyed: Poured from a bottle into English pint glass. Appearance: Brown colour, very small rising bubbles, medium head. Aroma: Chocolate liqueur, alcohol, caramel. Palate: Medium body; light carbonation. Taste: Chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt; bitter and alcoholic aftertaste. Overall impression: Good and tasty, but too much alcohol notes.

PilsnerDoctor32 (245) - madrid, SPAIN - JUN 9, 2017
Botella 0,33L Color rojo muy oscuro,marron. Espuma fina,de color cafe,no muy alta, media resistente.Aroma- malta, caramelo,frutas secas,pan. Sabor fino dulzor combinado con amargor firme, chocolate, malta, frutas secas. Postsabor amargor prolongado y chocolate.Con cuerpo!

LoZioSpino (33) - Roma, ITALY - JUN 5, 2017
Dal colore rosso cupo, sviluppa un aroma di frutta matura e dolce, con particolare riferimento a datteri e fichi secchi. I profumi sono di carruba e liquirizia. al gusto prevalgono i forti sapori tostati di caffè e caramello. il finale ricorda il Porto.

kalkone (23) - BELGIUM - JUN 4, 2017
Une bière forte. Avec des arômes prononcé de cuits, de céréale, de caramel et de terre.

gabrieldraco (6) - Panama, PANAMA - MAY 8, 2017 does not count
Una cerveza oscura, fuerte, seca, se siente amarga, y tostado, lo amargo es como a chocolate ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

MasDen (366) - Mogilev, BELARUS - MAY 4, 2017
Aroma: dark caramel, fruits, light bourbon notes. Appearance: dark red with small white head. Taste: Alcohol, fruit, malt, burnt malt and small bitterness in finish. Palate: Medium body, light carbonation.

Davros IX (329) - Hertford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2017
A lovely opaque colour in the glass and a small head. The taste was quite overwhelmingly molasses and treacle, but there was still an underlying bitterness of burnt malt and some hops. The mouthfeel was thick and oily and I am still trying to determine if I liked it, or found it slightly unpleasant. It was a good beer, but it won’t go on the repeat shopping list.

efeesse (541) - Praha, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 29, 2017
Beer with dark color, dark chocolate style, medium body, medium bitterness, some volume of foam, average carbonized, (bought a 33cl bottle in Tesco supermarket @ OC Eden, Praha, CZ).

Ascelja (1434) - Neratovice, CZECH REPUBLIC - APR 8, 2017
Bottle. Dark red to brown, small off-white head. Aroma of caramel, berries. Taste is sourish- bitter. Alcohol, berries, dates, lot of caramel. Medium body and carbonation, alcohol is disturbing.
Not very good...

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