Old Tom winter champion

Robinson's barley wine wins CAMRA winter festival title again

Jan 27, 2005 - Old Tom from Robinson's in Stockport was chosen the Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2005 by a panel of judges at CAMRA's national winter celebration of beer in Manchester.


It was the second time the barley wine has won. Old Tom is 8.5% abv and is described in the 2005 edition of the Good Beer Guide as a, "A full-bodied, dark beer, it has malt, fruit and chocolate in the aroma. A delightfully complex range of flavors including dark chocolate, full maltiness, port and fruits lead to a long, bitter-sweet aftertaste."

"I'm absolutely thrilled. We won the award back in 2000 and it's wonderful to achieve that once again," said Oliver Robinson, commercial director at Robinson's. "It's great to get this recognition and I hope the award will help Old Tom to reach its true potential as a classic British beer and a great brand. My thanks go to our excellent brewing team and to all the staff at the brewery."

The silver prize went to Somerset-based Bath Brewery for an ale called Festivity, and the Bronze award went to Woodforde's brewery from Norfolk for Headcracker.

A panel of CAMRA experts and beer writers at the National Winter Ales Festival judged the beers.

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