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Old Slug Porter - RCH Brewery

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Old Slug PorterOld Slug Porter

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85
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-14-2002

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.
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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather viscous black body with one-finger tan head that leaves lace around the glass. A mix of sweet malts like dark chocolate and some roasted/coffee malts - textbook of style. More of the same as this medium-bodied beer is smooth and creamy with a balance of both noticeable sweet malts (chocolate, caramel, toffee) and dry malts (coffee, roasted, biscuit) for a sweet, chewey beer that has a dry finish. Beer slightly warms as you sip, and it is a sipper despite how easy it goes down, and becomes even better. If you like your porters more to the sweet mellow side than this one is a keeper.

Photo of jjboesen
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I spent a cold Christmas Eve with an Old Slug; not Santa, nor my mother-in-law, but a bottle-conditioned gem from RCH, a small brewer located in West England.

The initial pour creates a monstrous explosion of foam, one that slowly settles into a spongy vanilla crown atop an impervious, and foreboding, body of black. A thick lacing begins to form a crust along the glass rim. The nose detects some subtle, yet sweet, notes of honey and toffee; the palate receives vague tastes of nut and toasted malt. Old Slug is smooth, creamy and well-balanced - yet, surprisingly light in its' overall body. All in all, this porter makes for a really nice quaff to warm the holiday, or any day when thirst comes calling.

Photo of Drew966
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is bottle conditioned, it pours an opaque dark brown to almost black with ruby highlights with a thick tan head from a brown 16.9 oz bottle. Quite vinous or ester-like in the nose. Good strong malt flavor that lasts briefly fading into vinous notes. Interesting, but not my favorite of the style, I tend to like coffee and chocolate notes in my porters, none of which are present in this brew (except possibly in the slightest amounts in the finish). Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's as part of a Great British Beers Selection 3 pack...

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / brown... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy (very tight bubbles) then faded to thin layer... very little lacing..

Aroma - Strong coffee notes, roasted malts, slight smokiness, dark chocolate, light hop bitterness, leathery, woody, slight dustiness, peppery, aniseed hints...

Taste – Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, slight aniseed notes, coffee, dark fruits (light blackcurrents, prunes), faint nuttiness, earthy, some creaminess / milkiness, biscuity hints...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy... Full body. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - An excellent example of a porter.... Very drinkable... Recommended !!

Photo of Jonny41
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of haz77
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with an inch of thick, creamy tan head.

S - Honey, chocolate, toffee, coffee.

T - First mouthful is initially fresh and surprisingly biting. The honey/toffee flavours move forward. Bitter chocolate taste creeps in and builds all the way to the finish. Nice bitter aftertaste lingers for quite a while

M - Light to medium body. Carbonation is initially sharp in the mouth, but softens quickly.

D - Easy drinker. A very nice Porter.

Photo of OldTime
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of KevinRailton
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Hachiman
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straight pour yields tons of ecru foam diminishing to a substantial, persistent head. Very fine lacing, not so pretty. Beer itself an impenetrable dark brown.

Smells primarily of burnt toast with a little bit of sweet, dark fruit.

Taste roasted notes at first, followed a long, bittersweet finish. A bit of alcohol aridity on the back end. Severe comes to mind.

Good carbonation and medium body add to the weighty impression.

Not something you'd like to drink a lot of at one sitting, but good for a contrast with sweeter or more sour beers, and it certainly stands alone.

Photo of HamJam
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

500 ml brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. bottle conditioned, ABV is 4.5%. Very dark brown colour, nearly black. Decent and lingering creamy tan head. The slug-like "trail" of the head down the side of the glass as you drink has allegedly given the beer its name - together with the fact that the brewers had to "fight" slugs coming into the brewery at the old premises. (As we know, slugs LOVE beer.) Pleasant aroma of prunes, mild coffee and chocolate. Roasty flavour, fairly dry, notes of coffee, dark bread and chocolate. Some fruity notes in the finish, "coffee" aftertaste. A decent porter with a moderate ABV.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
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.

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

A big 'ole thanks to Steve M. for sharing while watching the Oaks Filly's run.

The beer pours with a smooth, silky glide into the tulip. A delicate yet rich and froathy head form on the beer, reduces to a trace then holds firm. Very dark brown and nearly opaque, the beer certainly fits the bill for a Porter.

Moderate aromas of toasted barley, caramels, toffee, and charred fruits come to the nose with balance and moderation. No one characteristic dominates the next; nor are any aromas over bearing in their representation.

Big malt flavor sets the tone for flavor while the flavors of toast, berries, cherries, toffee, plumbs, and grapes follow closely behind with complexity and compliment the malts well. Moderate hops give an earthy-herbal and bold taste that offset the sweeter notes. Some metalic taste persists in the finish.

The beer is full and rich up front, but breaks down at mid palate for ease of drinking. Toward the end, the beer seems to water slightly and allows the hop bitterness to over shine just a bit while lingering long into the aftertaste.

The beer reminds me of a few Southern English Browns that I've had, but with Porter's depth and complexity. The beer promises larger than life flavors first but the settles into a pleasantly sessionable beer.

Photo of selecter70
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed up an Old Slug one night with a couple porters & schwarzbiers and have to say I wish I could find it on draught, as it has a couple deficiencies bottle-wise. The 16.9 oz. bottle poured ablack-ruby color with a flatness that only thereafter saw a tan everso slight head emerge. The aroma likewise was mild and I was immediately not expecting much. However, it's slight cherry-porter taste was not too sweet and had a nice slightly bitter mouth feel. A mild chocolate & chalky aftertaste followed.

Photo of bark
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is wine red - brown. The low head is pale brown.

The smell is nutty and a bit sour. Mildly roasted notes with hints of milk chocolate bars.

The taste is very smooth with lots of milk chocolate. Some mild bitter notes and a sour touch. Medium bodied. The aftertaste is relatively fresh with semi-sweet chocolate flavours. A smooth bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is very light; the liquid is extremely smooth.

Probably one of the smoothest beers I have reviewed. It felt like drinking a down pillow!

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.