1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Old Growler - Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

Not Rated.
Old GrowlerOld Growler

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

191 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 191
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Old Growler Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 148 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

zenithberwyn, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of vonnerbeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

vonnerbeer, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of JustinSparks
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

JustinSparks, Jul 29, 2014
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

KAF, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of KevinRailton
4/5  rDev +4.4%

KevinRailton, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into pint glass, L1125 bottle code. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, cocoa, brown bread, molasses, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, cocoa, molasses, raisin, fig, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, cocoa, raisin, fig, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English porter style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of harpus
4/5  rDev +4.4%

harpus, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev +4.4%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of RochefortChris
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

RochefortChris, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of gwiedman1
3/5  rDev -21.7%

gwiedman1, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Jame515
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Jame515, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of AleToTheKing
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

AleToTheKing, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of agsourdough1
4/5  rDev +4.4%

agsourdough1, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ROGUE16, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of speak72
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

speak72, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

JamLand, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Hellmeh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Hellmeh, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +4.4%

mrfrancis, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.25/5  rDev +11%

wisrarebeer, May 12, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Not as dark as I expected but for the ABV it's spot on. It's a fairly pitch black with a slight ruby hue at the base. Head was a 1/4 inch of mocha head that settles to a choppy lace ring.
S - Smells of mild roasted malts, some toasted almonds, a touch of sourdough bread, and some figs.
T - A very mild yet full flavored beverage. Getting vanilla sweetness, mild coffee hints leading to roasted malts, some toasted almonds, and a mild bittering finish of hoppy goodness. Flavors never get too sweet but I find it quite balanced.
M - Light to medium, somewhat chewy, a very tasty beer.

Overall getting this for $5.29 I find it somewhat overpriced. I have had better porters at a more affordable price.

DrDemento456, May 05, 2013
Photo of DarkLordPsycho
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

DarkLordPsycho, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of chinchill
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle (new and better label), into a St. Bernardus snifter. It pours dark mahogany brown/black in color with a moderate size, soapy head. Ample sticky tan lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: A very appealing and lightly sweet medium roasted malt aroma with plenty of raisin and hints of hops and toffee,

Taste: also a nice mix of dark fruits and medium malts, with hints of vanilla, coffee (in finish), roasted nuts, caramel and toffee. Hits the mouth quite sweet but, just as I thought it would be clearly too sweet, the perfect level of bitterness from roasted grains and hops kicked in and shifted the balance, ultimately turning an ever-so-mildly bitter version of bittersweet. Long-lasting and exceptionally pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: very smooth but a bit too thin. Good, low carbonation level.

O: A very good English porter with exceptional taste and aroma. Improved a bit with warming despite starting at about 55F.

chinchill, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of John_Henry
3/5  rDev -21.7%

John_Henry, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of Irish12
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Irish12, Feb 23, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Old Growler from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.