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Old Growler - Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

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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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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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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%

07-24-2012 19:09:33 | More by kobeer
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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
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Drinking_Milkshakes


5/5  rDev +30.5%

06-13-2012 02:54:44 | More by Drinking_Milkshakes
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yeti123

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-30-2012 16:21:54 | More by yeti123
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laxer8811

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-30-2012 01:09:46 | More by laxer8811
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-25-2012 15:11:51 | More by Hopmodium
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DoubleJ

California

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

...we should probably get this underway. It's a "platinum winner", and it feautres a small CAMRA logo and a bulldog in the middle. From the 500 ml format, on to the beer:

Nearly black with ruby red hues. The head on top forms an inch thick, is semi-creamy, holds up well on top and leaves reasonable lace. The English accent of aroma is unmistakable from the American counterparts. It features some interesting black licorice notes, and also smoked peat, banana, and charcoal.

There are some things to like from this porter. The flavors are mild overall. Roasted malt and traces of brown sugar start it off. Kisses of licorice and molasses, and later unsweetened chocolate finishes it out. It's medium bodied, on the smooth side, and is easy to drink.

Old Growler hits the mark with this dark offering. It's a reasonably choice if you're looking for a porter that's not so robust.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 05:15:52 | More by DoubleJ
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ActonBrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-26-2012 15:22:38 | More by ActonBrewer
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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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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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videofrog

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-05-2012 16:34:46 | More by videofrog
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Tumble

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-28-2012 20:32:57 | More by Tumble
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-20-2012 04:31:09 | More by LJWalker
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diamondc

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a ruby tint. Short lived head, but lots of lacing. Half a fingers worth of foam lingers.

S: Strong toffee note, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, maybe a bit of raisin in there. Awesome.

T: Dark fruits really come out, slight roasted coffee note, anise, herbal-y earthy hop flavors at the end.

M: A bit on the lighter side, quaffable. Very balanced malt and hop profile.

O: Great beer, not over top, but worthy of multiple purchases.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 06:02:27 | More by diamondc
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depechemode1983

Texas

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark mahogany with red hues. Tan head thats somewhat like seafoam. Disipates quickly. No lacing at all.

S - Light burnt coffee, faint chocolate and an aroan of milk duds. Pleasant and light.

T - Roasted malts take stage. lots of chocolate nibs and roasted coffee in the taste. nothing complex just really great flavors straight forward.

M - Smooth an clean feeling on the palate. Carbonation is just right.

0 - Not a bad porter. Howerver at 5 dollars there are better picks out there. Worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 18:43:35 | More by depechemode1983
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kew

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-20-2012 01:59:26 | More by kew
Old Growler from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.