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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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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!

4.7
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.

4.6
CidreMonstre (19) - Cambridge, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2004
A beautiful dark british barley wine. In taste it can be variable but it always pleases.

4.4
worldbeertaste (1818) - 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.

4.3
Ethereal (2471) - 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.


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