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%
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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theboyollie (5) - St Mellons, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2004 does not count
Awesome beer. Try this on a cold winters night to warm your cockels! Too many though and you’ll not be atnding up for long!

jellyburd7 (2) - New York, USA - APR 6, 2009 does not count
Enjoyed from cask in a fantastic pub in Manchester. On a C.A.M.R.A. pubs tour with my brother, this beer is in my top-ten list. A deep red brown hue holds your gaze as you sip this well balanced concoction down. An excellent end to a night, this potent brew packs more of a punch than its 8.5% ABV boasts.

CidreMonstre (19) - Cambridge, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2004
A beautiful dark british barley wine. In taste it can be variable but it always pleases.

worldbeertaste (1806) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
This one is special. Dark chestnut brown with a red tin and a frothy thick, lasting head. Looks like a brandy. Smells of strong malt, caramel, berries and plum with no noticeable alcohol. Throat warmth, sticky medium body. Tastes of right roast, chocolate, nut and cherry with a strong bitter hop finish. Defiantly a fruit cake.Very rich and complex that would be gladly tasted again.

Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Cask at the White Horse, Parson’s Green, 28th Jan 2007. Very dark ruby appearance. Aroma is like sniffing a freshly baked rich fruit cake! The flavour is superb - rich and full, hints of grapes, blackcurrant, raspberries and more. The feel is slick and smooth, like a good barley wine. Superb stuff and better than the bottled version for sure.

alelover3000 (5) - Bedford, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2017 does not count
Dark beer with a fruity aroma. Flavour has malt and hop in it but the fruit comes through. Strong and dark.

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.

back (2204) - Holstebro, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2013
Sort skum hvid lidt Slik vanilje kaffe brændt malt lidt røg Bitter moderat sød moderat Vanded flad @gbbf ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2005
Cask @ Camra National Winter Ale Festival, Manchester, UK 27 Jan 2005
Full bodied and pretty complex. Well matured sample, me thinks. Raisins, dark chocolate, marsipan and figs were some of the stuff I could recognise. 6/5/7/5/14 (3.7).
Cask @ The Tiviot, Stockport, UK 29 Jan 2005
Gravity dispensed. Full, full bodied. Very complex. Dark fruits, slightly salty and a hint of salmiak. I wish I bought some bottles to bring home for maturing. (This rated)

SilkTork (5801) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2005
Oct, 2004: Cask, JDW, Rochester. Dark, sweet and fruity with a light and refreshing palate - an excellent Old Ale. Juicy raisins, hints of chocolate, autumnal leaves and a damp tree bark finish. Stunning. [4.1]

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