Robinson’s Old Tom (8.5%)

It’s been an age since I last had a bottle of this.
They’ve changed the packaging recently by the looks of things.
I’ve always enjoyed this beer in the past and nothing has changed with time.
Everyone should know what this is like, but for the four or five people in the known world who’ve not tried it yet, Old Tom pours heavily into your glass and lies down deep and dark with a thin mocha head (that’s the end of my go at writing a “proper” beer review).
This beer is overwhelmingly and gloriously full of liquorice.
Deep, dark, heavy sweet shop liquorice.
So much so that if you don’t like liquorice you’ll not like this beer.
There’s a hint of Dr. Pepper to the sweetness, but it’s not cloying.
In fact it’s rather pleasent.
Digestive biscuits form the base of Old Tom, and from here the hops slowly build.
Cutting across your palate are strong all-spice flavours and a beautifully long dry finish that scrapes your tongue clean ready for the next swig.
I’m struggling to come up with a reason why I don’t buy this beer more often.

About Simon Williams

Founder of CAMRGB. Member of The British Guild Of Beer Writers. Leftist bigmouth. Old and grumpy.
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4 Responses to Robinson’s Old Tom (8.5%)

  1. Pete Favelle says:

    I love Old Tom – the only reason I don’t drink it more often is that I rarely see it in the shops near us…

  2. John Clarke says:

    It’s even better on cask.

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