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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:
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 bgildea:
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bgildea

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark brown/black color. Thick tanish head that leaves some good lacing.

S: Nice sweet smell of caramel and chocolate. Very appetizing.

T: Pretty bitter for a porter, almost tastes like a IPA with the hoppy bitterness. Not enough of the sweet flavors come through. Some hints of semisweet chocolate and roasted malts.

M: Thinner than I expected. Not a whole lot of chew and has some large carbonation bubbles.

D: It's a drinkable beer. Definitely not my favorite porter, but its worth a taste.

Overall: Overall I was very excited to try this beer. It looked great, smelled delicious, but then never really delivered for me. A little too bitter and hoppy, and I didnt get enough of the chocolate and caramel sweetness that I was expecting. Decent beer, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 23:02:52 | More by bgildea
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KevinRailton

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-01-2014 18:10:24 | More by KevinRailton
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FLima

Brazil

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2014 02:12:46 | More by FLima
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-29-2013 07:00:49 | More by jaydoc
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-07-2013 19:52:26 | More by BillRoth
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-09-2013 19:27:42 | More by mrfrancis
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

05-24-2013 13:49:40 | More by Slatetank
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zenithberwyn

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-06-2013 07:35:08 | More by zenithberwyn
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jonathaniler

Florida

3/5  rDev -20.6%

02-07-2013 02:30:47 | More by jonathaniler
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TwoForty

Florida

5/5  rDev +32.3%

02-07-2013 01:06:23 | More by TwoForty
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-19-2013 18:30:34 | More by mdillon86
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bigred89

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-13-2013 03:49:03 | More by bigred89
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leinie13

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-12-2013 00:48:59 | More by leinie13
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GreyGhost4

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-11-2013 23:25:07 | More by GreyGhost4
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CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: cask

11-17-2012 23:03:25 | More by CwrwAmByth
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sneaks2210

New York

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-17-2012 17:09:53 | More by sneaks2210
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2012 03:42:26 | More by Bouleboubier
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WynnO

Florida

3/5  rDev -20.6%

09-08-2012 06:06:16 | More by WynnO
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shand

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 02:49:12 | More by shand
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 21:43:03 | More by BlackHaddock
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

07-24-2012 13:09:09 | More by harpus
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OldTime

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-05-2012 00:35:42 | More by OldTime
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Zakk

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-02-2012 23:50:51 | More by Zakk
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FriedGold2112


4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

05-02-2012 03:06:51 | More by FriedGold2112
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HamJam

Spain

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-28-2012 18:39:48 | More by HamJam
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Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.