I found this bottle of Ginger Tom from Robinsons Brewery in B&M and it seemed unusual enough to be worth trying. The Stockport brewery are probably best known for their Trooper beers but they've been going for heading towards 200 years so they must be doing something right. Ginger Tom comes in a chunky looking 330ml bottle featuring the face of a ginger cat and boasts a pretty hefty 6% alcohol content. The beer pours a dark brown with a fairly frothy white head which lasts a little while. It's not a bad looking beer, but it's nothing outstanding.
The aroma inevitably has a ginger hit but there's a nice level of malts in there too which keeps things interesting, while the medium body is pretty much what you'd expect from the look of the beer. I found the taste disappointing. I like ginger usually but this was just a bit too much, it feels harsh and quite unpleasant to drink. There's no real beer flavour to it anymore, there's just the taste of a bad non-alcohol ginger beer, which given the 6% alcohol content seems a little dangerous. The after taste is pretty unpleasant too. The only positive thing I can say about Ginger Tom from Robinsons is that as the palate adjusts it does become more drinkable, but it's still unpleasant. I can only really give this beer 2 out of 10. Unless you just want to get drunk on ginger beer it's probably best to give it a miss. I do like the chunky bottle though.