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Old Slug Porter - RCH Brewery

Old Slug PorterOld Slug Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%


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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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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KarlHungus

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: cask

02-21-2012 15:05:55 | More by KarlHungus
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: cask

02-03-2012 12:05:42 | More by Thorpe429
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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.

Serving type: cask

01-22-2012 01:45:22 | More by Bierguy5
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rarbring

Sweden

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.

Serving type: cask

08-05-2011 09:37:24 | More by rarbring
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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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smakawhat

Maryland

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.

Serving type: cask

12-30-2010 18:28:43 | More by smakawhat
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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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Kendo

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got it at the Ginger Man in NYC, off the cask.

A: Brownish-black body with crimson hues under a tannish 2-finger head. Lots of lace left behind.

S: Faint nose, with just a basic scent of roasted malt.

T: Roasted malt and barley, a hint of fruit and slightly smoky char. Not as flavorful as expected or desired in a porter, IMHO.

M: Fluffy was the word that came to mind. It's lighter in heft than expected -- call it light side of medium -- but had a nice feel to it.

D: Pretty good. Not terribly interesting, but easy to put down.

Serving type: cask

12-19-2008 19:08:20 | More by Kendo
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Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the White Horse in Parsons Green. 4.50% abv, stamped pint glass.

Purplish brown body under an offwhite cap (0.5cm). Ruby accents. Very nice. Lots of lace.

Toasted malt and dark fruits in the somewhat closed nose.

Sweet palate on fresh coffee, dark fruit, hop oil, intense dark chocolate notes. Wow. Finishes on tasty cooked fruits and milk chocolate. Really great flavours here. Nuts - peanuts, diacetyl give it a bit of peanut butter flavour. Grape skins. Astringent mouthfeel with puckering finish.

This is a superb English Porter. Recommended.

Serving type: cask

08-03-2008 15:19:47 | More by Antilochus
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Cedromar

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served on Cask at the Moan and Dove:

A: Dark brown, very nearly black with a light, fluffy head.
S: Had a bit of a cold at the time, but some fruity notes were detected.
T: Wonderful taste of cocoa powder and some coffee
M: Too watery for my liking.
D: Overall, I liked it. Would make a good session beer.

Serving type: cask

12-28-2007 02:18:24 | More by Cedromar
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mynie

Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Map Room.

Pours a very dark ruby with a great head and only the slightest hint of light coming through, at the very bottom of the glass.

Smells rich, raw, and bitter. Big hops, surprisingly, against bitter roasted malt. Doesn't quite have the unfinished earthiness I'm used to in a porter, but it more than makes up for it in fruit hop complexities.

Tastes much sweeter than the nose would have you believe, with some very distinct fruit, bitter malt in the back, and ending on a node of hops and pears. There's a nice fruity hop aftertaste, to boot.

Serving type: cask

01-04-2007 03:45:25 | More by mynie
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Well I recall reviewing this one from the bottle a year or two ago, erm, November 2004 it seems, wow time flies. Well, I saw this gem on sale at Fernandes Brewery Tap during a recent trip home, and, I just had to have a Pint.

Appearance: Dark brown body, the settling light brown conditioning raced up the body of the Pint glass as it sat on the bar and formed a tight creamy tan colored that framed a pornographic looking Pint. Bitching looks that had something of an Oatmeal stout about it. Intensely strong infinitely dissolved conditioning helps to form an overall look which is nothing short of fantastic.

Nose: Coffee, dark chocolate Walnut Whips and some chocolate covered cherries mix with maize and roasted malts. Nutty tones. Lovely nose all round.

Black beer malts, roasted hints, plums, dark skinned cherries and lots of chocolate malts and flaked milk chocolate. A very nice nose indeed from this fresh sample.

Taste: The nose does the business; lavish aromas explode form the Pint. Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, deep roasted malts, espresso coffee all mingle with some dark fruits, aniseed and liquorice. Smooth entrance, fruity middle and a dry roasted Stout-like finish.

Mouthfeel: Rich in character and complex in feel. Exuberant with a rich luxurious silky touch to it. Affluent body with prime ingredients of the highest quality. Sheer Bloody Extravagance.

Drinkability: Shatteringly quaffable; rumor has it that the RCH Brewery has a Old Slug Porter River running through the Brewery ala Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, if so, I’m up for a Augustus Gloop style swim in there.

Overall: An all time favorite from the Beer Engine; a sublime chocolate laden Porter which just shines from the Cask, and dare I say, is utterly radiant when pulled through an Angram with a sparkler. The hop finish and complexity in this is self-evident when sampled just a day apart if properly cellared. The early smooth creamy chocolate transcends through a bitter roasted phase as the beer ages. Incredible stuff.

Awesome!! Good from the bottle, but never miss this when on Cask. Ever!

Serving type: cask

05-29-2006 06:04:56 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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bultrey

New York

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

Had this on cask at dba in Manhattan... a solid all-around porter. Very roasty chocolatey flavors melding with a good deal of hoppiness that was almost reminiscent of a good English bitter. Very balanced and drinkable to the Nth degree on cask. I would always order a pint of this if I saw it on cask.

Serving type: cask

01-17-2006 16:40:25 | More by bultrey
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drewbage

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on cask at BJ's Woodland Hills. (Cool, eh? This is the third UK cask they've had in a few months) One straight side american pint glass full.

Beer arrives in the glass thick black with a faint and low beigish head.

Aroma is spicy with lightly roasted coffee, anise and pepper.

Beer is a medium bodied with a dry dutched cocoa powder traces through a sweet gale leafiness in the brew.

Clean finish and wide open nose makes the beer approachable and the spices lend it an exotic swing that makes the beer interesting.

Serving type: cask

07-07-2004 05:34:24 | More by drewbage
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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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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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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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stakem

Pennsylvania

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.)

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 14:30:10 | More by stakem
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CrazyDavros

Australia

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 08:22:46 | More by CrazyDavros
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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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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 02:39:40 | More by metter98
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firkinhophead

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 23:44:39 | More by firkinhophead
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 01:00:34 | More by biglite351
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Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.