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Brewed by Robinsons
Style: Old Ale
Stockport, England

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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Cask; Regular.
Named after Robinsons’ brewery cat, Old Tom is almost as old as the brewery itself. The legend began in 1899 when the old brewery cat, Tom, basked in sunshine whilst the head brewer sketched him into immortality.
This superior dark ale is recognised, both nationally and internationally, as one of the most famous strong ales, winning some of the industry’s most prestigious awards including World’s Best Ale.
In recent years Robinsons’ Old Tom has been named by CAMRA as Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain no less than three times at the National Winter Ales Festival.
Old Tom is dark, rich and warming with a cherry brandy like colour and character. This strong ale has a booming balance of ripe malt, and peppery hops combined with roasted nut and chocolate flavours with a smoky richness. A distinctive deep port wine finish with bitter hops balance complemented by heady, vinous aromas of dark fruit.

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3.7
Rune (13643) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2006
Since I gave the the bottle version a relatively high score, I decided to give the cask version a try at The St Albans Beer Festival. Mahogany red-tinged in colour, but without any foam at all. Dark fruity to the nose which also has got a component of floral hop. Vinous taste of port and cherry-like notes. Notes of sweet malt, liguarice and grain shine through. Suggestions of raisin and prunes towards the end. Full bodied. Good brew fully equal to the bottle version. (Half pint, 28.09.2006).

3.9
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2006
Huge toffee, molasses, chewy, bready malts in the aroma with some notes of cinammon. Clear darkest mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Head lasts throughout. Malt forward flavour offers plenty of caramel and toffee along with earthy and floral hops. Quite sweet as bitterness is restrained. Alcohol never apparent. Thick luxuriant, velvety and rich in the mouth with full body and soft bubbled, low carbonation. Cask.

3.7
harrisoni (19408) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2006
Cask gravity at Dover BF 06. Very dark ruby, with beige head. Nice attractive boiled sweet aroma. Quite hoppy. Yep, it’s quite sweet but it’s pretty good. The hop can be quite severe. Good dark rich beer, slightlly hoppier than bottle version

4.2
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2009 1. Cask Stillage at the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt, Liverpool 24/02/2001
Fruity flavoured with a smooth finish.
2. Cask Handpump at the Crown, Crewe 25/10/2001
Dark red sweet and fruity. Strong alcohol and a slight hop finish.
3. Cask Handpump at the Castle Hotel, Manchester 16/11/2001
Strong in alcohol and fruity. Wine like finish.
4. Cask Handpump at the Pineapple Inn, Stockport 08/12/2001
Strong dark and fruity with a warming finish.
5. Cask Handpump at the Spread Eagle, Stockport 13/12/2001
Dark red strong and fruity.
6. Cask Handpump at the Swim Inn, Sheffield (JDW) 08/10/2004
Dark red strong and fruity. Slightly dry warming roast finish.
7. Cask Handpump at the Penny Black, Northwich (JDW) 12/06/2005
Dark red strong smooth and fruity. Warming crisp malt finish.
8. Cask Handpump at the Castle Hotel, Manchester 04/05/2007
Strong fruity aroma. Dark smooth very strong and fruity with a crisp and bitter slightly dry lasting malt finish.
9. Cask Handpump at the Castle Hotel, Manchester 07/12/2007
Strong fruity aroma. Small creamy head. Dark coloured with plenrt of alcohol present. Some bitterness and dryness in a crisp and warming chocolaty malt finish.
10. Cask Handpump at the Castle Hotel, Manchester 15/05/2009
Fruity aroma. Dark red coloured strong in alcohol and fruity with a little dryness and bitterness in a warming malt finish.

3.3
Nekronos (4175) - Xalapa, MEXICO - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2006 NIce, I liked the art work, and the flavor us great the foam is awesome, but it is too strong for a session. I was drunk.

3.5
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2005
Cask at The Wenlock Arms, London. Dark chestnut colour with a fluffy foam. Rich fruity aroma. Flavours of port, nuts and fruit, beautifully balanced. Nice nutty aftertaste. Body is medium to full.

3
Mads Langtved (2240) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2005
Cask condition, GBBF 2005.
Dark brown appearance. Quite malty and sweet. Alcohol is very well hidden. A quite dangerous beer.

3.6
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2005
Cask, Worcester beer festival. Dark chestnut colour. Lots of flavour, raisin, fruit and banana notes. Sweetish, which is too be expected from a beer of such a high strengh. Nice.

4
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JUN 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2005 ]draught; wetherspoons, kirky puffer] Appearance is very dark brown/ruby colour, medium , lasting head. The nose is warm, malty and sweet. Aromas of port, dried fruits, caramel, some breadish notes give a feeling of fullness and there is a little molasses in there as well. Body is good, long warming finish where the port comes through again. over all i really enjoyed this, best thing i have drank in wetherspoons.

4
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2005
This has to be the best ale wetherspoons have ever sold.
Nicely complex and rich, warming and juicey. Aroma is not to strong, malty. Taste however is deep juicey red fruits, malt, liquirice, chocklate, but near no bitterness and not too sweet either, could only take 2-3 of these r your’ll be flying but an excellent excellent british ale, from a style that i thiunk ill need to look out for more often.

Wetherspoon beer fest(may 05) - kirky puffer


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