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Old Growler - Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

Old GrowlerOld Growler

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BA SCORE
86
very good

185 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 185
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%


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)
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Offa

California

4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really nice porter, full of flavour and depth, yet with a light, lively, and engaging feel and body.

It's very deep, dark red-brown that is almost black, with a thick, creamy tan head that lasts forever and leaves fairly good lacing.

The aroma is very malty, earthy, rather sweet with hints of toffee and fruit.

The taste is malty, very toasty, a bit earthy, a somewhat bittersweet, with a faint crisp tartness and definite, but mild, smooth chocolaty finish. There are hints of herbs and caramel, like home-made root beer. It is a little on the thin, fizzy side, which I was not expecting for a porter.

It's smooth, complex, and exceedingly well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 16:27:43 | More by Offa
More User Reviews:
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superspak

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 22:06:19 | More by superspak
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harpus

Alabama

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-10-2014 04:03:53 | More by harpus
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-07-2013 16:21:17 | More by BillRoth
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RochefortChris

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-04-2013 05:04:39 | More by RochefortChris
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gwiedman1

New York

3/5  rDev -21.7%

11-10-2013 22:57:56 | More by gwiedman1
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Jame515

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

09-28-2013 17:14:50 | More by Jame515
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AleToTheKing

United Kingdom (England)

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

09-17-2013 22:02:15 | More by AleToTheKing
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agsourdough1

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-08-2013 17:54:21 | More by agsourdough1
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-14-2013 01:53:29 | More by ROGUE16
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speak72

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-07-2013 02:40:50 | More by speak72
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JamLand

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-28-2013 00:43:03 | More by JamLand
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Hellmeh

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-20-2013 03:01:42 | More by Hellmeh
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-18-2013 23:09:16 | More by mrfrancis
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-12-2013 03:28:34 | More by wisrarebeer
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 23:35:17 | More by DrDemento456
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DarkLordPsycho

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

03-30-2013 23:19:00 | More by DarkLordPsycho
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chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 22:10:27 | More by chinchill
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John_Henry

Japan

3/5  rDev -21.7%

03-27-2013 18:52:25 | More by John_Henry
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Irish12

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-23-2013 14:48:01 | More by Irish12
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LaurensDeJong

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-10-2013 02:21:07 | More by LaurensDeJong
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matjack85

Illinois

5/5  rDev +30.5%

01-31-2013 22:22:55 | More by matjack85
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Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

01-22-2013 18:39:37 | More by Pelicanrocks
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fx20736

New York

4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a large (500 ml??) bottle into a nonic, served at cellar temp.

Black as night with a souffle of thick, sandstone colored head. nice lacing.

aroma: powerful, wafts to my nostrils from 2 feet away. Darkly roasted malt, licorice, espresso, cocoa.

mouthfeel; light, ethereal.

taste: darkly roasted malt, black licorice, nice bitterness, coffee, cocoa and smoke.

notes: I've had many English Porters and this one ranks near the top. Aromatic, flavorful and very well balanced. Bitterness is slightly more pronounced in this one which is welcome to act as a counterpoint to all the other flavors zinging around my taste buds. This one is a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2013 01:21:10 | More by fx20736
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #61 (Feb 2012):

LOOK: Nearly pitch black

SMELL: Coffee, fudge, dried figs, brown bread, burnt sugar, nutty yeast, toasted bread

TASTE: Very smooth, medium body, bready, carob powder, dried plums, peppery, estery, mild charcoal, nutty, coffee, buttery, semidry finish

Brewed from a London recipe that dates back to 1750, this is one of those beers that novice beer drinkers should be forced to drink in order to experience the Porter beer style. Delicious. Serve at a cellar temperature to maximize your enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 17:39:20 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Old Growler from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.