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Old Growler - Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

188 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | 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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agsourdough1

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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%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Illinois

5/5  rDev +30.5%

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Pelicanrocks

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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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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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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MelissaMonosoff

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

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

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 550ml bottle into a pint glass, coded bottle date. This pours a dark brown almost black color with a large mocha colored head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are a little light, a slight hint of dark roasted malts, more toffee and perhaps a little nuts. The feel is medium. The taste is decent you get a got amount of toffee, some nutty flavors and then a little dark roasted malts.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 05:06:30 | More by DavidST
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-26-2012 19:46:47 | More by PEIhop
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Leschber

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

10-18-2012 19:51:03 | More by Leschber
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kobeer

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Zakk

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-17-2012 00:17:19 | More by Zakk
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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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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown/black colour with a small head.

Smells nice, like toffee or treacle almost.

Tastes ok, solid mouthfeel but a bit too burnt for my liking.

Overall a decent beer, not great for my tastes though

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 15:39:38 | More by CwrwAmByth
Old Growler from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.