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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

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
RCH Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews by Guinness4me:
Photo of Guinness4me
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While I generally stay away from slugs, I agreed to sample this brew thanks to my hubby's prodding.

The beer poured a dark porter with a massive head that looked like dirty, brown snow piled high on the side of a dirt road. It was over 3 fingers deep but quickly subsided leaving big, beautiful lace.

The smell had a tart, yet smoked fruitiness that enticed me further. The taste was much like the smell, with what I first noticed as green bananas! The malt, chocolate and coffee flavors soon followed. I wonder if I'll be the only one to taste green bananas in this brew?

Though a bit thick and sticky in the mouthfeel, I found it rather easy to drink. Odd little beer, but I'd drink again.

Guinness4me, Dec 05, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of ricksrealm
3/5  rDev -20.6%

ricksrealm, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of JasonA
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with thick 2 full fingers of beautiful mocha head. When held up, plenty of light shows through creating a maroon hue across the glass. Head and lacing looks great for a bottle.

Roasted malt. Sweet. Not as much as a boquet as expected. No alcohol present, though with the small ABV is expected.

Stout dryness, paleness. Biscuit. Little bit of creamyness. Some dry roasted flavor.

Nice carbonation level. Sits well. Carbonation smoothes out in the end.

Somewhat boring for an English Porter. I would wager this would be considered a Macro Porter in England. Nice for the states, but not something I would actively look to return to. Not special enough for me to want to try again.

JasonA, Jan 01, 2007
Photo of shapudding
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The label on mine is different than that posted, mine has an orange banner on black.
Bottle conditoned.
Gave a nice, slow pour, but still got a ton of Guinness-like head that filled the glass. Dark brown/black with a bit of ruby showing through only at the edges. Bit of sediment that settled at the bottom of the glass. Wonderful aroma, warm and rich dark coffe and chocolate, whiskey and vanilla... wow..
Decent amount of carbination, would enjoy it more with a bit less, but still has a nice feel. Great, dark tastes of espresso and hops. Walnutty, bit of oaky whiskey, aftertaste of chocolate and vanilla beans. Caramelly honey sweetness, but nothing that is too heavy or cloying. Very easy drinker for us stout and porter lovers.

shapudding, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of JRaburn
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

JRaburn, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Purchased a while back from the York Beer & Wine shop. Here's hoping it's still alright....

A: Poured into a dimpled pint mug. Bottle conditioned. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears utterly black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes bofore settling as a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, burnt grain, mild molasses, subtle dried fruit, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. Tasty.

T: Tastes of roasted malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of dark malt, mild burnt grain, coffee, a touch of chocolate, subtle molasses, faint dried fruit, earthy yeast and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, followed by a lingering malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with soft carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of dark malt, mild coffee, yeast and bitter stewed leaves.

O: A solid porter that goes down a treat. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour possess a satisfying blend of roasted malt, coffee, mild molasses and earthiness. Good bitterness but not excessive. Nice body. Worth sampling if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown appearance with cherry-colored highlights. Big frothed milk head of over 1/2 an inch in height and plenty of lasting power. Laces in thick attractive sheets. Sweet aromas, butterscotch and brown sugar. Lower carbonation and medium mouthfeel, easy-going. Starts out with a bittersweet chocolate and a nice integration with the aroma to give a milky sense. Bittering is mild, with a flowery tone to it. The texture falls a little in the later profile, diminished somwhat by the finish. Goes out softly, which makes it drinkable and appropriate at 4.5% ABV, but doesn't really stand as a memorable single bottle.

ADR, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours black with dark brown highlights and a two-finger cream-colored head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of mild amounts of roasted malts with hints of unsweetened cocoa powder.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt flavors up front are joined midway through the sip by mild unsweetened cocoa flavors. Right before a mildly bitter ending coffee flavors sneak in then quickly fade.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall I found this to be a quintessential English Porter - low ABV, muted flavors, and easy-drinking. Worth a shot, especially if that's what you're looking for.

glid02, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of rastaman
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Roast, smoky aroma, lovely soft palate. chocolate, roasted malt, smokyness in the flavour some earthyness in their aswell, light texture, nice and soft, long roasted finish, very pleasant, highly drinkable porter. Not big or thick or anything, soft and round, and easy to get into.

rastaman, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coffee in aroma. Big white head on reddish tinged black. Bold taste spurred on by the fruit, whatever the red cherry is. Medium mouthfeeel. Refreshing, above average carbonation, a good effort to get this flavour with an under 5 abv. Above average porter.

Sammy, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black color wtih a large creamy light tan head that sticks around forever and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is dark roasted malts with notes of cocoa and cherries. The taste is dark and roasty with some unsweetened chocolate flavors and a mild roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, Old Slug is a solid English Porter that is definitely worth a shot! Recommended!

cjgator3, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a 500 ml bottle, served in a pint glass.

Near black with a light tan head. This beer was very tasty for the light weight, but not the most complex. It focused on black malt flavors in the realm of black coffee and dry, dark chocolate. If the bottles weren't prohibitively expensive ($8.50 here), I'd probably have it again. Worth a try.

tempest, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

leinie13, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of hotstuff
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a large head that was tan, creamy and had fine sized bubbles. The hue of this beer is dark brown and the lacing was fair. The nose was that of chocolate and roasted coffee and the flavor was roasted coffee. The mouthfeel was smooth and light.

hotstuff, Jul 10, 2003
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small, creamy light tan head leaving lots of lacing.
Nose shows cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt and caramel.
Flavours include more roasted malt with coffee characters and faint chocolate. Some initial sweetness quickly fades into a dry finish.
Body feels watery.

CrazyDavros, May 04, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown, almost black, with not much of a head at all. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, cherries and coffee. It tastes the same way, except that there's a slight nutty flavor too, along with a bitter finish. It's medium bodied with very low carbonation. The beer goes down very smooth too, the mouthfeel is nice and a little bit on the creamy side. Overall, it's pretty good, I liked it a lot. Not much alcohol in this one (4.5 ABV) and it if wasn't for the cost of a single bottle, I would drink this as a session beer.

bluejacket74, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +5.8%

mdillon86, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of CRJMellor
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with red highlights. Enormou cream colored head develops, recedes slowly leaving waves of lace on the glass.
Aroma of roasted barley, prunes and almost a red grape or port-like note, very interesting.
Flavor is also unique. I swear I almost got a chocolate mint flavor, like an After-eight mint. Along with the semi-sweet chocolate, got notes of coffee, roasted barley followed by a residual hop bittereness.
Mouthfeel flt a little thin for the style, as all English porters seem to do. (as an aside, I don't believe these beers are made to imported in bottles)
Drinkability was good but not sure I'd want more than one. Unique flavors but didn't make me crave another like a great beer should.

CRJMellor, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of BeerSox
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into nonic.

Almost pitch black with some thin ruby highlights. A one finger tan head slowly settles to a thin even cap, leaving behind a solid wall of lacing in its place. A few brown speckles of sedeiment sit on top of the head and ride as it settles. Solid lacing.

A rich aroma of roasted malt, molasses, and a little bit of brown sugar. Lots of sweet chocolate sits in the background.

Smooth and very sublte. The roasted malts are greeted by a bit of creaminess. A little molasses is in there, but it's very tame. Full bodied.

A little bit of a bland porter, at least in the flavor. The aroma is very pleasant. I'm sure fresh from the brewery the flavor is a little better. I would love to try this one on cask. Recommended.

BeerSox, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of danny013
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a mug. Thick, cake-like head forms a top a deep brown body with hints of mahogany around the edges. Head settles down and leaves little lace, but a thick head all the way down.

Aroma is of faintly sweet chocolates, malt. Very pleasing.

Taste is delicious. Big dark chocolate flavors mix well with plenty of malty sweetness, leaving a rich chocolate flavor coating the mouth. Some light astringency offsets the sweetness a bit and a smooth roasted flavor rolls in as the beer is swallowed. Good chocolate flavors and some faint, earthy hoppiness sit on the tongue with a good dry finish and leave a pleasant aftertaste. Nothing stands out and drowns out the rest, but blends together nicely for a very well put together ale.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and lightly carbonated, this is certainly an easy drinker. Drinkability is excellent. The body of the beer pairs so well with the smooth, rounded out chocolate and roasted flavors, its easy to sit back and enjoy this one. Check it out, not too expensive and worth a try if you like the style. As always, serve nice and warm, the beer will shine.

danny013, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cask at Paradiso in DC from the cask.

Resembles a light chestnut brown with a head of about two finger size and cream tanned bubbles. Lots of elevator music bubbles from the bottom and a very tight head with big BIG lacing! Served tepid.

However, the bouqeut is very faint and closed with not much malt and even a slight soap"ness" to it.

Taste is much improved though after drinking. Very coffee like in at first taste, and nicely balanced with malt and light sugars. Excellent body on this beer with a faint nut finish. Very enjoyable. Beer feels BIGGER than the ABV it states. Would drink this in a heartbeat.

smakawhat, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, practically black. Some chestnut edges. Airy, tan head holds pretty well and leaves some good patches of lace.

Faint, sharp roasty aroma. A bit of milk chocolate and dark fruit. Simplicity

Sharp feel, slightly roasty with some milk and dark chocolate. Fairly dry, without being ashy or acrid. A small amount of dark fruit.

Medium body, with a good creamy feel. Alcohol is a non-factor. Easy to drink. Nothing mind blowing, but a solid quaffer.

Bierguy5, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of scooter231
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty beer. Deep dark brown, with a huge, tan head that stays for a while and leaves lovely lacing around the glass. Just gorgeous. Smell is almost all chocolate. Sweet and rich. A hint of coffee in the background. Taste is less chocolatey, more bitter and earthy. Loses some of the depth and richness of the nose. Mouthfeel is full and decidedly chewy. Pretty drinkable, a bit on the heavy side though. Porters aren't my favorite, but I could get in the mood for this now and then.

scooter231, Apr 28, 2006
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Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.