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Old Slug Porter - RCH Brewery

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Old Slug PorterOld Slug Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
In the old brewery we had a problem with slugs getting into the brewery. As the beer leaves a trail down the glass as you drink it like a slug, that's how the beer was named.
A delicious traditional porter with a full bodied taste of chocolate, coffee, blackcurrant and black cherry with a good aroma. A near black colour with a good white head when served through a tight sparkler.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-14-2002)
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

KevinRailton, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

Dark black color with red highlights and a thick beige head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Nice roasted malty aroma with notes of chocolate, charred wood, cocoa powder and licorice.
Flavor of blackcurrants, bread crust, wood, roasted malt, coffee, mild tangy citrusy, figs and cocoa powder. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light creamy body with good carbonation with tiny bubbles.
Benchmark for an English Porter. Tasty with a nice roastdness and very sessionable. Let it warm and you will be rewarded.

FLima, Jun 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

mrfrancis, Jul 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Slatetank, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

zenithberwyn, Apr 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

jonathaniler, Feb 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +32.3%

TwoForty, Feb 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

mdillon86, Jan 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

bigred89, Jan 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

leinie13, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

GreyGhost4, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%

Served on cask via hand-pump in the Mad Bishop and Bear in Paddington Station, London.

Pours a great dark, dark, dark brown colour, verging on black. Quite a nice but quickly disappearing head on it.

Smells of dark, roasted and burnt malts.

Tastes pretty much perfect. Served slightly cooler than I've usually had in pubs, but not so cool as to mask any taste. The perfect temperature. In every way, as I drink I think how this is the perfect porter. So dark and malty up front, yet with a great wholesome yet drinkable texture to it. Not much distinctive hoppiness to speak of.

This is my perfect pint. I love it.

CwrwAmByth, Nov 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

This is, for me, probably the closest thing I've had to my romantic idea of an ideal English Porter.

That's not to say it's perfect, nor the most quaffable porter I've known.

Dark reddish-brown liquid (you don't even have to hold the glass up to a light to notice) with a slightly sooty-tan head. It just looks like porter.

I don't know whether the lines were overdue for a cleaning or if the keg had gone off a bit, but accompanying its rich chocolate-syrup, doughy, and ohhh-so-delicately roasty malt foundation was a distinct, unique (to me) ester profile that suggested an arguably mellow, almost gueuze-like, sourness. Perhaps centerpiece to its character. It, of course, helps that the body has a lightness to it that, dare I say, makes it totally sessionable.

I'd have to drink a few pints or more in succession to really start to adjust my palate to it, zero in on some points, but what a memorable ale! You gotta try it - you may like it.

Bouleboubier, Oct 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.6%

WynnO, Sep 08, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

16.9 fl. oz bottle into a nonic.

This beer pours deep brown with a large, off-white head. The aroma is strong on cocoa powder and coffee, with a hint of roasty malts. The taste is good, it's got a great effervescent mineral character over roasted malts and chocolate. The mouthfeel is prickly and light, and the drinkability is good. A solid example of a lower ABV porter - the likes of which don't seem to make it over to US shores all that often.

shand, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

500ml bottle conditioned: best before Oct 2012, poured into a UK pint sleeve on 1st Aug 2012.

Really dark body: deep brown with a tan coloured foaming head that was huge and lasting.

Intense aromas of burnt/roasted/toasted malts: these turn into coffee and chocolate flavours in the taste. A hop bitterness is never far away and I found this a complex and interesting Porter.

BlackHaddock, Aug 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

harpus, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

OldTime, Jul 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Zakk, Jun 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

FriedGold2112, May 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

HamJam, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

JRaburn, Apr 01, 2012
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Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.