Brewed by Robinsons
Style: Old Ale
Stockport, England


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.27/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Cask: Occasional. Originally badged as Chocolate Tom.
This variation on the multi-award winning dark, rich and warming barley wine makes it debut in cask form at the JDW festival. A good balance of ripe fruit, malt and hops combines with the addition of the finest English chocolate liquor to deliver a delightful finish.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Hanoi (922) - Greater Manchester, - JAN 30, 2013
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 Nose is of cheap chocolate Easter eggs, it is chocolate but is unpleasant to me, bringing to mind cheap gifts from unloved aunts. Rich dark appearance without head. The taste of the malt and the chocolate does not blend well; sitting alongside rather than complementing. Taste is of cheap chocolate and dry malt. Too sweet. Far too thin for a beer of this style. A real disappointment; it recreated the taste of bad chocolate and dumped it on a bland beer

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1490) - Valby, DENMARK - SEP 24, 2015
The foam is creamy and chunky and also has a nice creamy consistency. Fantastic delicious aroma of light milk chocolate with notes of nougat. If you love the smell of Youngs Double Chocolate Stout (which is light chocolate unlike Svaneke Chokostout), and I find almost the same here, just a little more chunky and delicious. If it tastes just half as good as it smells, so we have reached the very top. Mouth feeling is creamy and elegant. There stroked all taste buds with light melting milk chocolate, where soft caramel notes is a film in the entire mouth and some nuts emphasizes the fullness and makes room for a gentle hoppy bitterness towards the end. Its like trying to take Toms Gold Toffees and Toffifee, with the only difference that this fluid is not stuck in the teeth. As beer is certainly very different, and for this purpose I can only point to a use as dessert beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fonefan (47600) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2012

Cask @ NWAF 2012, National Winter Ales Festival, The Venue, Sheridan Suite, Manchester, England.

Clear medium to dark amber color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, sweet chocolate, artificial chocolate, cacao. Flavor is light heavy sweet with a average to long duration, artificial chcolate, sweet chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft to flat. [20120119]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamesie1857 (2016) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2012

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tombyars (1664) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2012
Tasted this at the Esquire House, Glasgow (JDW) in December 2008. Cask, handpump dispense. Dark russet in colour with no head. Strong aroma of Cadbury milk chocolate buttons and askit powder. Non existant lacing and thin mouthfeel for a 6%. Dark malt complex gives a dry vinous fruit with overipe berries, port and cocoa powder. Very slight prickle of dusty hops in the short aftertaste. Cloyingly sweet vinous finish with dark malt, chocolate liqueur and smooth praline notes. An old fashioned Chocolate Ale and well recommended if you have a sweet tooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2011
Cask Handpump at The Venue, Miles Platting 19/01/2011 Chocolate aroma. Amber bronze coloured a little rich and fruity on the palate with a chocolate flavour. A hint of dryness and bitterness in a malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2010
Cask at the Manchester Winter Ales Festival. Amber with a thick off white head. Lot of chocolate in the aroma. Flavour had chocolate but mild enough to give some bitterness and malty flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (24173) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
6th November 2008. A decent pint in the Crosse Keys! Lovely measured unsweet chocolate balanced by sweet plums/cherry. Not dry or bitter. Very nice - much nicererer than the bottle!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (25572) - Malm, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2009
Cask @ Pommellers Rest, JDW. Bermondsey SE1. Pours a slightly hazy brown amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty chocolate aroma with some hints of caramel. Sweetish malty fruity chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty slightly sweetish chocolate finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiulijn (20218) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
<i>Cask Conditioned at J.D. Wetherspoon - The Pommelers Rest, London</i>
Dark amber color. Light aroma: caramel, chocolate and apples, it reminds me of some chocolates with red berries filling. It has a round body, with sweetish caramel flavor and cocoa powder. A bit strange but not bad.

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