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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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jjboesen

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 21:04:45 | More by jjboesen
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dashing invertebrate, this Old Slug is, all monocled and moustachioed, (see label, if you can), but how does he taste, that's all I care about...
Deeply, darkly black, as ebon as the night sky, with a full, lush, cocoa-tan head.
Aroma: richly roasted, full of espresso-ish notes, dark fruits, prunes, raisins, anise, maple..dang, me, I likes it!
Taste: kind of mild...nice, full mouthfeel, but the finish isn't too longevitous, leaves too soon, very smooth, very nice. A good porter, of that there can be no doubt, with notes of chocolate and coffee riding through the palate and on out in the finish. Every recurrent meeting of lip and cup conjoins in some sort of happiness. Good porter, nice and delicious. This took time to unfold, and it was well worth it...but is it worth it to spend $6 for a 16.9 oz bottle of British porter (that's what I paid), when you can find a 6-pack of excellent versions of the same from an American craft-brewer, for nearly the same money?
No, hook up with Anchor, Sierra Nevada, or Rogue...worth it for an excursion, but nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 11:15:15 | More by feloniousmonk
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Drew966

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 02:51:37 | More by Drew966
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Zakk

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-02-2012 23:50:51 | More by Zakk
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Kansas

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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 !!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 09:16:06 | More by mdagnew
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haz77

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 09:57:27 | More by haz77
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OldTime

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-04-2012 17:43:07 | More by whartontallboy
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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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-20-2011 05:17:24 | More by JAHMUR
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Hachiman

Japan

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 22:43:55 | More by Hachiman
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HamJam

Spain

4/5  rDev +5.8%

04-28-2012 18:39:48 | More by HamJam
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-27-2011 15:54:35 | More by Rochefort10nh
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burnheartsMKE

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-22-2011 16:33:42 | More by burnheartsMKE
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Sigmund

Norway

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2006 19:42:52 | More by Sigmund
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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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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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selecter70

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 19:34:07 | More by selecter70
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 13:03:26 | More by BEERchitect
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 02:09:09 | More by tempest
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bark

Sweden

3.93/5  rDev +4%
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!

Serving type: cask

03-01-2011 15:05:38 | More by bark
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glid02

Georgia

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.

Serving type: cask

02-14-2010 01:06:11 | More by glid02
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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
Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.