Dismiss Notice
Get FREE shipping on all US orders of $25 or more from the BeerAdvocate Store.

No promo code required. Offer valid through 4/30.

Ready to gear up? Start shopping →

Old Slug Porter | RCH Brewery

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
85
very good
104 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
BEER STATS
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
134
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
Old Slug PorterOld Slug Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
RCH Brewery
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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.

Added by pezoids on 01-14-2002

View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 134
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Foamy, beige head is enormous. Pouring additional beer leaves a dent. As it subsides it is forming a plateau in the center of the glass. Good lacing. Body is black and ruby. Aroma is coffee with milk chocolate highlights. Taste has mild coffee and chocolate, adds some hops, but is overall very subdued. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected from the look of the beer. Not a bad beer, but somewhat disappointing.

 417 characters

Photo of Nipitato
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville, MA.

A: Light tan head with good head stand and sticky lacing. Dark brown color with reasonable clarity despite suspended yeast from bottle conditioning.

S: Malt characteristics are grainy and bready just very slightly roasty. Some unspecific hop character and some fruity currant/chery esters.

T: Malt flavor is sweet and just subtlety roasty. Some dark fruity esters in the mix. Both nutty and musty flavors as well.

MF: Thin and insipid mouthfeel. Too watery. Not carbonated enough for my liking. Smooth but not velvety smooth with a very clean and dry finish.

D: Mild easy drinking porter. Lacks strong flavors normally attributed to porter. Quite sessionable nonetheless.

 756 characters

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle-conditioned, 500 ml bottle, best before Jan. '09:

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights that shine through. A thin, white, ever-lasting head tops it off. The creamy head stays, leacing some trailing lace sticking to the glass.

The smell is of - a "pedestrian dark mild" comes to mind, but subsequent deep inhaling reveales some smoky, toffeeish, chocolatey (almost coffeeish) notes. Aroma develops as it progresses, though remains mild.

The (charcoalish) smokiness and bitterish coffee come out more in the taste than in the aroma. Still, it's nothing heavy, and everything remains thin. Rather than "pedestrian dark mild", "pedestrian English porter" first comes to mind. However, like with the aroma, certain subtlies come out, but never to full potential. Honey sweetness intermingles with a roasted bitterness. A bit woody, my guess is that this would be even better on cask. Carbonation is mild. The flavors never blossom, though I sipped this long enough to well-reach room temperature (started off chilled). There are subtle notes that make it reach slightly above-average, IMO, but nothing better. It has something towards a chocolatey coffeeish, woodyish, dryish character in the rather abrupt finish.

The body is thin - almost watery, with mild carbonation - helping drinkability, I suppose, without adding much to texture, or feel overall.

If I were in a pub just grabbing pints to down with my friends I might appreciate this more, for its drinkability (with just enough to it to keep it going). I wish I could concur with the description on the label, but the said characteristics are too subtle for me to truly appreciate, I suppose. With a modest abv, and no "off" tastes, this is an easy drinker to have at a pub chatting with friends. That's all.

 1,775 characters

Photo of BarleyMine
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one at home about 45 minutes after I sampled it at work so it didn't pour much of a head at all. The color was very dark brown. The aroma was toasted, musty and woody (This is what I'd imaging the air to smell like in London). The flavor had a bitter hoppiness with toasted flavors up front finishing with a slight resiny tone. Light in body with layed back carbonation.

 382 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a small amount of tan head. You really have to hold it close to light to see a ruby showing on the liquid. Mild coffee tones. You really have to pull at it to get something. Flavor is good. There are some richer characters here, but overall it seems a little bit thin and watery. What is there gives a nice malty flavor, but I feel like it could be (and should be for the price) thicker. Feel has a good carbonation to it, but just like the flavor, the liquid feel is too thin I say. Could stand to have more body. Overall a decent porter, but not really worth the price at all. Have had much better examples out there.

 646 characters

Photo of Boto
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle: This one pours a fairly opaque brown color. There was a bit of a tight, tan head to it. Some lacing down the glass. Some roastiness to the aroma. Maybe some subtle fruits in there also. The taste is mainly roastiness, with hints of chocolate. A decent porter.

 273 characters

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

 285 characters

Photo of Richardberg
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown with a big creamy head of foam.

S: complex blend of woody aromas, toffee, slightly sweet malts with some bitterness too

T: quite bitter for a dark beer, but well within the style. More of a golden malt flavor than the dark/complex smell.

M: smooth, but in a watery way. Good fizz. Right on for an English porter, just not special...and not really what I like.

D: easy to drink, enjoyable, just not my thing.

 428 characters

Photo of AudioGilz
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's very dark, with ruby highlights. An enormous tan head forms quickly and stays chunky throughout consumption. There's nothing strong in the aroma, just hints of chocolate and roastiness. The mouthfeel is kind of watery, but the taste is smooth and mellow chocolate and roasty flavors. It's mellow for a porter, but very enjoyable. I much prefer the more rich and flavorful porters.

 385 characters

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a creamy beige head that slowly faded away and left lacing around the edges of the glass. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Light aromas of chocolate and coffee are present in the smell.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee beans, although there are some notes of cherries in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze and its low alcohol content makes it very sessionable.

 611 characters

Photo of damndirtyape
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle (no date on bottle I could find) poured into a nonic glass. Bottle conditioned beer and I tried to keep the sediment in the bottle but a little bit ended up in the glass.

Appearance: Dark beer that lets just a tiny bit of light through at the bottom of the glass - and that color at the bottom is a dark brown (almost cola like). 1/4" tan foam upon pouring that settles down to a thin foam across the top. Lots of lacing as I drink it down.

Smell: Definitely let this one warm up. I get a syrupy molasses (on the sweet side) with a metallic hint to it. It's on the faint side.

Taste: Not a beer for sipping - you need a reasonable swallow to get a good taste of this one. Malt up front, with a hint of molasses again, then a metallic taste and finally a bitter finish. Some lingering bitterness with a hint of malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation, but a little bit thick and chewy.

Drinkability: I think I've been spoiled by American porters which are richer in flavors. I've had this one before and I'm just not as impressed the 2nd time around. Not bad and maybe if I was in a pub in England I'd ask for another glass, but otherwise not something memorable or grabbing enough for me to pick up another one.

 1,246 characters

Photo of matylight
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown nearing black with reddish hints as the light hits. an off white 1/2" crown settles back quickly in the aftermath.
S: bitterness up front on the nose then the smell of english hops stumbles in. roasty, hints of java (though i know there isn't any)
T: roasted malts shine through on this one. fairly dry but the english floral accents balance out the roast well. bits of chocolate and coffee jump in and out of the equation.
M: medium full body with light carbonation and the alcohol is so subtle that i almost forget that it's there
D: i like this one. it's easy to kick back with and you could probably do so with a few of them and still be able to remember where you were the night before. cheers!

 713 characters

Photo of fretlessman71
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Hope this tastes better than it sounds – Moose Drool ain’t got nothin’ on THIS name…

APPEARANCE: Deep, dark, rich root beer brown, clear as you’d want. Tight tan head has some staying power. Light lacing.

AROMA: This is a chocolate lover’s dream; it’s almost all I can smell. Sweet, dark chocolate with a slight hint of coffee. MMmmm.

FLAVOR: Now the coffee takes center stage, and of a slightly burned variety, with the chocolate taking a back seat. Black patent malt is coming through very nicely here. No hops to speak of, but this is an English porter after all. Balance leans toward the roasty side.

MOUTHFEEL: Decent weight; a little heavy on the carbonation, but not bad.

DRINKABILITY: One of these would be as much as I’d want, but at 4.5% ABV is certainly a quaffer if the really roasty porters appeal to you.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Wish it were a little sweeter, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

 958 characters

Photo of rastaman
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

 281 characters

Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

 535 characters

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

 461 characters

Photo of Ahhdball
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Slug? Now this sounds tasty, doesn't it?
Deep auburn ale with red highlights. Pours thick with no head but leaves a nice coating in the glass.
Smells of cocoa, heavy coffee, and hints of burnt almonds.
More coffee at first, a malty sweetness to follow and finishes bitter. Drinks great, goes down smooth and leaves a nice experience.

 340 characters

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Kind of a drab brown/black with a scant ring of lifeless foam, no lace.

S - Vague roasted malt, slight burnt toast and coffee grinds, perhaps. Underachieving.

T - The taste is fairly slight; I think of it as analogous to Guinness Draught except with no creaminess or body whatsoever. Robust in any regard, it is not. Indeed, it is actually watery enough to be quite refreshing.

M - Thin, semi-refreshing, smooth and quite mild.

D - Quite unspectacular, and certainly not challenging; therein lies its strength.

 518 characters

Photo of froghop
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a black with a red tint when held up to the light, small foamy tan head, very good lacing.

smell is of bakers chocolate, coffee grounds, touch of vanilla, some roasted malts in the back.

taste is bakers chocolate, old coffee, malt in the back, slightly bitter in the end.

 279 characters

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.69/5  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.

 1,262 characters

Photo of BeerSox
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

 744 characters

Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Brown-black with a light-tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Plenty of chocolate, bread & a light fruityness.

T: Roasted grain, bread, brown sugar & nut. Great flavour for its weight.

M: Light to moderate body; very dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

 254 characters

Photo of rarbring
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black with ruby red tones, has a tan head, leaves good lacing.

The smell is rather weak, roasted malt, toast, some dried fruits.

The taste starts with burned bread crust and dark toffee and brown sugar, then dried dates and figs, some modest bitter zest finish.

The carbonation is medium light, a fresh feeling, almost ended in a coarse dry spell.

A good and well balanced porter.

 396 characters

Photo of Jiggamyte
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Black in color with an off white, light head. This beer creates a very light lacing as the beer level drops.

S: Smokey, roasted caramel malts, and bready.

T: Bitter chocolates, toasted malts, caramel, dark fruits.

M: This beer was surprisingly lighter than expected. Maybe a medium body. Slightly oily on the palate.

D: Low in carbonation and very smooth. Very drinkable in high quantities.

Overall, this beer was a good beer. I was taken back by the mouthfeel, I was expecting something a little heavier. If you let this beer warm up you really let the complexities of the aromas and tastes open up.

 645 characters

Photo of hike20
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Very little head, dark pour. Chocolate aroma but not much else. Medium-thin mouth feel with average carbonation. Coffee flavor with a touch of chocolate. Not super flavorful, but pleasant. Over, a nice, though not inspiring beer. Good session porter.

 258 characters

Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.