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Old Growler - Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

Not Rated.
Old GrowlerOld Growler

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BA SCORE
86
very good

189 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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stonermouse

Massachusetts

2.4/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a deep brow with a nice head and lacing throughout.

When I was a kid, I went to work with my step father. He was a project manager for a defense contractor. We were there early, by 6am. We walked into the production area, where the production folks worked on hardware, which would make up the beginnings of the next fighter jet, helicopter, or some such thing. The area was sterile and stark. The aroma of this beer brought me back to that day. Strange, but true.

Shocked as I was, I continued on. And not surprisingly, this beer tasted like the smell. Rubber and industrial cleaners were prominent here, along with a touch of band-aid. Interesting, I suppose.

Mouthfeel was actually smooth and rich, and carried this strange variety of flavors well.

I have no idea what to make of this brew, so I'm marking it average. Some folks may love this flavor profile. For me, however, after it struck me where I had smelled these smells before, I couldn't go back. Interesting brew, but not for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 03:15:21 | More by stonermouse
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DRC

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass.

Nice mahogany color with two finger head.

Aroma kind of lacking in this porter.

Weak beginning flavor, with a slight smokey nuttiness middle, and a slight cherry finish.

Medium body that leaves you wanting more.

Overall a weak porter for my taste, but I will give it another try.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 06:56:38 | More by DRC
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stumac

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours totally dark brown with a slight brown tinted head. the nose is caramel, roasted malts and sweet malts. in the palate, there is metallic malts, cocoa powder, vanilla bean, sweet malts. its medium bodied, low and smoothe carbo, very "thin" tasting. Im not the biggest English Ale fan....

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 04:08:07 | More by stumac
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Brent

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark cola color, with a good deal of light penetration observed around the edges. Aroma was a bit vinious, red wine and dark fruit. Not much head even on vigorous pour. Mouthfeel was moderately thin. Up front, the beer boasts a medium dark-roasted malt flavor, and a firm, non-aromatic hops bittering lands at the back of the tongue. The beer dries at the finish. The beer bills itself as a "traditional English porter," so I wouldn't expect it to be loaded up with hops or carry an unusual malt load, but, even so, this beer lacks substance. Seemed to have more in common with a mild brown ale than a porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 18:38:35 | More by Brent
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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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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cellared for One year. Pours a cloudy dark mahogany with one finger of off-white foam. Soap bubble head drops quickly, but leaves specs of lacing and retains a cap of foam to the finish. Toasted caramel flavor, with some black patent and chocolate that give depth to the flavor, but the malt profile is still too mild. Distinctly bavarinan hop aftertaste, sligthly dry and creates a nice balance. The body and carbonation are light, lending a smooth mouthfeel, but much lighter than a typical porter. A strong bourbon aroma overpowers anything else, perhaps this was aged in whiskey barrels? This may also contribute to the solventlike finish, that is more astringent than acidic or vinous, and becomes harsh near the end.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2005 01:54:40 | More by PBRstreetgang
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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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MelissaMonosoff

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

01-06-2013 01:23:18 | More by MelissaMonosoff
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark cola colour with a short head that very quickly leaves the glass, no lace.

Smells of coffee, chocolate and malt (maybe some prunes) and comes across the same way on the palate. Bitter finish. Kind of one-dimensional compared to some others of these I've had. Medium bodied.

Nothing special, but nothing to cause me to turn it down flat, either.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2003 02:59:48 | More by TerryW
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canadianbarman

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

**Please remember that I am a rookie reviewer who is only trying to learn the art of beer appreciation**
--Upon pouring I noticed that the head did not last and ws minimul to begin with. It poured an almost 'cola like' colour, with a hint of purple when looking through into the light.
--It has a very earthy smell. The first thing that came to my mind was coffee.
--Not a bad taste. I found it to be very sweet, then almost changing into almost bitter. I guess kind of an earthy taste.
--I have been a lager fan for years and have just started to dabble into porters and stouts. I have had better tasting porters than this one. There are other porters I would drink before this one again.
**Thanks for reading

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 11:48:15 | More by canadianbarman
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Naes

New York

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This porter pours out almost black with a one finger light tan head. There is little lacing and the head does not retain all that well.
The aroma has that leathery smell that usually implies that I will not like this porter. There are however, chocolaty tones surfacing as the beer warms.
The flavor is much better than I was expecting based upon the aroma, but does not stand out as exceptional. There is a good presence of chocolate malt and coffee tones and I detect some dark chocolate near the finish followed by a slight hop presence.
Mouth feel is medium in body and is a bit under carbonated.

Overall, this is an average porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 00:21:17 | More by Naes
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GreenCard

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: mahogany, good clarity, spongey layer of tannish foam, stands of lace

Aroma: bananas, chocolate milk, hazelnuts, hint of coffee and malt

Flavor: cola, roast, banana peels, a bt nutty and some hints of dark chocolate, slight sweetness, vegetal hop flavor, finishes dry with a tangy roasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, gentle carbonation, minerally, a bit warming

Other comments: Sort of a weird one. The banana-ness seems out of place, but I suppose it makes it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 19:30:02 | More by GreenCard
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DESTRO

Nevada

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a deep ruby with a nice tightly packed head. smells pretty tasty, sweet molassess, dark fruit. taste much like the nose. lightly sweet. a bit dumbed down. raisins, finishes a bit "metallic". thin in the mouth and just seems mediocre overall. one is enough for me, bummer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 23:37:53 | More by DESTRO
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shadow-laden tea under a bleached gray cap.
Slightly scorched herbal nose.
Toasty right away. Hints at cocoa, but stays too quiet. More of a branded tree bark. Earthy towards the middle. Light hazelnut sweetness, leaning ever-so-slightly in the prune and liquorice direction. Hopping is mutely substancial and very herbal. A burn barrel full of dried Autumn leaves.
This is relatively nice, but far too introverted.
Light bodied and boring, despite its monster drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 07:10:18 | More by cokes
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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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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-04-2013 05:04:39 | More by RochefortChris
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duff247

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

06-16-2012 22:19:58 | More by duff247
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a brew to my liking but either is the style. It pours a very deep brown with a limited head and some minor glass ring. The body is medium/full and the aroma is clean. The taste is pleasent enough, starting with a sweet bakers chocolate progressing to a bitter chocolate finish. I am sure it is an aquired taste to which I have not been elavated to, at least yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2003 15:15:30 | More by Shiloh
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sharp, slightly tannic Porter that pours a deep dark ruby-brown with minimal head. You definitely need to let this one warm awhile until it settles down a little. Glad I tried it but I won't go out of my way to get it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2002 09:15:22 | More by Dogbrick
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WesWes

New York

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet malty scent that boasts of pale and roasted malts. It's light with some burnt toffee notes. The taste is average. It has a smooth malty flavor that seems a bit light, but goes down easy with some residual sweetness on the finish. It has a funny aftertaste, like molasses or wet cardboard. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average beer, but nothing I'd buy again. I don't really care for the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2006 01:53:15 | More by WesWes
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear light dark beer with a medium head with standard retention. Aroma is a mix of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste is a bit surprising with quite strong chocolate notes with nice roasted malt with subtle hops and a thin watery finish. Body was lighter then expected for a porter. Overall, this is like a light chocolate porter – not bad, just different I guess.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2004 17:28:13 | More by Phyl21ca
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omnigrits

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I tried this one on the recommendation of a fellow stout/porter drinker.

Not as dark as some porters I like to drink such as Sierra Nevada or Sam Smith's Taddy. More light coming through the beer than I would expect, revealing a deep amber colour. A good quality light brown head that lasts to the end of the pint. Plenty of caramel in the nose with some chocoalte maltiness. Both the taste and the feel are disappointingly thin. I'm not looking for fireworks here, but I like a beer that lets me know I'm drinking it, and I have to say that this one's a bit lacking in that respect, sadly. Definitely better than your average brew, but not a great beer by any stretch of the imagination.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 01:54:57 | More by omnigrits
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 z bottle, from a 1750 recipe, so they say. Frothy tan head, aromatics are mild: cocoa, nuts. Color, a dark brown. Some hoppiness, good malt, very smooth and easy-drinking. It's just missing something in the character department. There's very little of the flavor I enjoy most in a good porter, that deep, dark, but smooth blend of coffee and chocolate. This version's on the mild side.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2002 16:31:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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beerguy101

California

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, large head. A Medium bodied English style porter. Mild malts, slightly roasted. Very mild hops. Malts somewhat chocolaty. A mild tasting porter, typical of the English style. Lots of flavor. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 02:40:10 | More by beerguy101
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Old Growler from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.