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Old Growler - Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

Not Rated.
Old GrowlerOld Growler

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BA SCORE
86
very good

193 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

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4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Strong aroma is malty and smoky with a firm undertone of apple and hints of molasses (should I say treacle?) and licorice. Pours a warm opaque sable that lets in a bit of light at the bottom and has a fairly thick wheat head. Mouth-filling flavor has notes of roast malt, coffee, treacle and licorice. Smooth texture has good, firm body and a fair amount of fizz, not as heavy as a stout but certainly pleasing. Let this one growl for you!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Old Growler from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.