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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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Photo of KarlHungus
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Town Hall Tap in Minneapolis. This beer arrives a very dark brown color. The head is an inch of solid white foam that stays put leaving tight rings down the sides of the glass until the beer is gone. The aroma is of chocolate, cocoa powder, and roasted malt with hints of cherry. The taste is similar to the aroma, and has nice complexity. The mouthfeel is spot on for a cask beer. Silky in texture, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. Overall, this is a nice, easy drinking porter that I will certainly drink again if the chance presents itself.

KarlHungus, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of pin
4.5/5  rDev +19%

pin, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On cask at Rustico Alexandria. Served in a nonic pint.

Pours dark brown with a good cask-level light tan head. Good lacing on the way down. The nose carries a strong component of diacetyl, which is thankfully at least partially covered up by roast and chocolate. Flavor isn't quite as bad on that front, though it's still there. Nothing too interesting. Medium body and light carbonation with a bit of roast. Okay.

Thorpe429, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of ricksrealm
3/5  rDev -20.6%

ricksrealm, Jan 22, 2012
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 whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +5.8%

whartontallboy, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of burnheartsMKE
4/5  rDev +5.8%

burnheartsMKE, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of maxk
4.5/5  rDev +19%

maxk, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +5.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 20, 2011
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.

Hachiman, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of rarbring
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

rarbring, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wisherebeer for sharing. Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a snifter. This brew appears a light brown color with super clarity that is ruby red in color laden with brown hues as it is held to the light. A tan cap quickly recedes leaving "sluggy" spots of lacework on the glass.

The smell of this brew is fruity with alcohol and hops mixed with chocolate malt and a light mineral quality. There is a light tang to the nose from the mix of fruit and alcohol. The grain is leaning towards musty but not fully.

The taste is minerals and musty grain like the aroma led on. Hops are evident giving a fruited quality when mixed with the alcohol. Chocolate malt is present with a taste of old coffee. This is a lightly tangy brew, dare i say suggesting an "old style" or traditional method used in the brewing of this offering.

It is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Somewhat watery in the feel and easy drinking. This is something I could forsee myself drinking all day long while getting some work done around the house. But to sit down and just sip and savor, this isn't the brew for the job. The description/details in this listing are more appealing than the brew itself (minus the slug reference.)

stakem, May 17, 2011
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 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.

jjboesen, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of bark
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!

bark, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -4%
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.

metter98, Feb 17, 2011
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 firkinhophead
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Wine World in Panama City Beach.

Pours a dark, murky brown, nearly black, with a creamy cafe-au-lait-colored head that leaves some nice lacing and rings on the side of the glass.

Aroma of mild coffee, lactose, a hint of chocolate. Not much roastiness. Some minerally tang as well.

Taste has a bit more roastiness than the aroma, but still a bit weak. Nice coffee and cocoa flavors with a vague earthiness. Dry and grassy, with a balance that seems a bit too far on the dry side for a porter.

Mouthfeel is medium, but not as watery as some reviews might lead you to believe. This isn't a big malt beer, but a nice example of the English style. Very easy drinking with only a hint of bitterness in the finish. Very smooth from the bottle conditioning and the gentle hand with the roasted malts.

Drinkability is excellent. The tangy yeast and mineral quality keep the interest up, but I'd like to see a bit more malt body and flavor.

firkinhophead, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of biglite351
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - red brown light through the center of the glass. Tall creamy white head.

S - malty but a bitter finish, not inviting.

T - very solid flavor. Mold roasted malts. Maybe a minor coffee in there. Much better than the scent.

M - medium coating, mild tingle on front of tongue.

D - solid good flavor and mildness of the feel make this am all nighter.

biglite351, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of bgildea
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.

bgildea, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Jiggamyte
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Jiggamyte, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of PorterLambic
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a dark reddsih-brown. Creamy looking head 1" high. Slightly cloudy.
Smell is malt, cardboard and hops.
Taste is coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, wood (maple, I think), with alcohol late and light. Way better on the tongue than in the nose
Some warming, light body, light effervesence, slightly dry finish. Watery throughout. Decent overall but only decent.

PorterLambic, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

ktrillionaire, Apr 25, 2010
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
Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.