17th October 2016 – Review by Rob
Old Tom is a legend amongst beers. First created by the Robinson family in 1899, it is a wonderfully warming dark strong ale, with aromas of dark fruit and a palate booming with ripe malt and hops, slowly followed by a deep port wine finish.
Not surprisingly Old Tom has won almost every brewing accolade including being voted The World’s Best Ale. Drink with caution! (8.5%) Bust most of all ENJOY!
Worlds best ale? Like a red rag to a bull I had to try this beer. Being the worlds best beer drinker this could be a match made in heaven, first off, its a piddly 330ml bottle (think can of coke size) this is reserved for strong beers, definitely not a session beer here then, but I still like my beers in 500ml bottles.
Dark red, port like in colour, porter style smell, defiantly a hint of dark fruits, chocolate and hops, and true with the distinctive taste of port, all ticks so far, full bodied and rich in taste, a complex drink here, one not mass produced, and a fantastic moulded bottle, this a special beer, this is a proper beer and – oops I’ve finished it all ready because of its small bottle size.
Worlds best beer? Not so sure, as IMO beers are like movies & music, depending on your mood, determines your favourite. Certainly a great beer as it has the colour, strength, depth of flavour that all great beers should have, worth finding to sample, however I’m now onto the next as it’s far too small…