Old Slug Porter - RCH Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
03-21-2006 02:51:37 | More by Drew966
4.3/5 rDev +13.8%
An oddity found deep in Mount Desert Island. 500 ml, bottle conditioned
Deep brown that is a few degrees south of black with a handsome, fine-cream head that leaves a thin cap that lasts while painting the sides on my pint glass.
Strong roasted-malt nose, very caramelly. Strong and fine, a solid combo.
Strong roasted malt, again, very carameled. Refined malt taste, not sweet. No real hop profile, but balanced flavour. Perfectly unoffensive, forward malt-profile, nice and English.
Light-medium body. Dissapointingly not a fuller body, but still a great brew. Clean finish.
Great flavour that lends to a solid session brew (if I had a few more). The lightness of the body, I guess, actually helps this out. I wish I had this on tap somewhere. Alas, I will have to wait for another MDI adventure.
02-01-2006 21:14:41 | More by BillyBrew
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
01-17-2006 16:40:25 | More by bultrey
3.4/5 rDev -10.1%
This porter is almost black with a huge tan frothy head that leaves some lacing.
Its aroma is not a strong one, but is chocolaty.
The flavor is roasty and has a nice chocolate finish, though it is not overly sweet.
Mouthfeel is light in body for a porter and lightly carbonated.
This is a good beer, though it is not an outstanding one.
For the money that it costs to get a single bottle ($5.00) in America, I believe that I would have been better off with something else.
11-26-2005 08:18:03 | More by Naes
3.63/5 rDev -4%
Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Hope this tastes better than it sounds Moose Drool aint got nothin on THIS name
APPEARANCE: Deep, dark, rich root beer brown, clear as youd want. Tight tan head has some staying power. Light lacing.
AROMA: This is a chocolate lovers dream; its 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 Id 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.
08-24-2005 05:31:29 | More by fretlessman71
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
Dark brown appearance with cherry-colored highlights. Big frothed milk head of over 1/2 an inch in height and plenty of lasting power. Laces in thick attractive sheets. Sweet aromas, butterscotch and brown sugar. Lower carbonation and medium mouthfeel, easy-going. Starts out with a bittersweet chocolate and a nice integration with the aroma to give a milky sense. Bittering is mild, with a flowery tone to it. The texture falls a little in the later profile, diminished somwhat by the finish. Goes out softly, which makes it drinkable and appropriate at 4.5% ABV, but doesn't really stand as a memorable single bottle.
04-25-2005 14:04:13 | More by ADR
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very slight black and chocolate malt aroma. It boasts of roasted malts and English ale yeast. The taste is good. It has a smooth and creamy black and chocolate malt flavor that is slightly sweet and dry on the finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a fine porter. I love the chocolate character, but the carbonation needs to be less. Anyway, this is a fine sessions ale; a good drinker.
03-21-2005 22:01:55 | More by WesWes
2.9/5 rDev -23.3%
Verging on opaque tobacco brown with amber-brown accents. The large head is malted milk ball beige in color and displays a fantastic honeycomb pattern on the surface and on the glass. It's falling more quickly than I'd like, but it sure looks great while it lasts. Thanks to an abundance of carbonation, the cap is reinvigorated amply with each subsequent pour.
There isn't much to the nose. It's pathetically roasted malty and is as one-dimensional as any porter in recent memory. There's absolutely no coffee, chocolate, hops... or anything else of note. I would have called it an average dark lager if blinded.
While things improve somewhat on the palate, Old Slug is impressively light. Again, there isn't a whole lot of malt. Weak coffee appears in the second half of the mouthful, along with a dusting of slightly bitter cocoa powder. The RCH Brewery website claims that the beer tastes like 'blackcurrant and black cherry', but that's sheer imagination on someone's part.
The mouthfeel is about as light and as airy as it could possibly be and still belong to a porter. In addition, the finish is frankly watery and just sort of gives up and wanders off into nothingness. There isn't much in the way of carbonation either, leading to an especially lackluster feel on the swallow.
Old Slug Porter (great name, great label) is one of the lightest porters that I've ever had. It's so light, in fact, that it seems unfinished; as if the brewers sketched the outlines of a good beer, but neglected to fill in the center, to give it substance. This one is skippable.
03-07-2005 15:02:24 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.45/5 rDev -35.2%
Purchased the dark brown pint sized bottle from Wells yesterday. Has a different label on the front and export labels elsewhere. No born on or freshness dating, but this one is bottle conditioned.
The biggest plus of the slug is the appearance. It literally erupts from the bottle into the glass. One should pour it sluggishly slow to save the brew. Pours an opaque, dark black. Viewable through the beer are the thousands of rivulets of carbonation bouncing around. A thick, dark brown head lasted forever, finally leaving a creamy ring and glass lining lacing.
Tastes like a root beer soda. Where this wasnt bad, I just expect more from a porter, especially when it is making the trip overseas. Very faint sugary sweetness and malts were available along with a light chocolate coffee. Very light mouthfeel that is not style centric and usual for a porter. This slug is not lethargic, but very quickly and cleanly exists the taste buds. Could actually see myself chugging this summer time.
Overall: High carbonation that added to the appearance really detracted from the brew itself. I wont give up entirely, but will try to check out some notably fresher or cask versions next month in the UK. It may have lost something on the shelves at Wells. With all the other porters out there, both national and international, the slug only stays ahead by a clever label and some other nice appearances.
02-28-2005 17:51:32 | More by Dithyramb
4.75/5 rDev +25.7%
The label on mine is different than that posted, mine has an orange banner on black.
Gave a nice, slow pour, but still got a ton of Guinness-like head that filled the glass. Dark brown/black with a bit of ruby showing through only at the edges. Bit of sediment that settled at the bottom of the glass. Wonderful aroma, warm and rich dark coffe and chocolate, whiskey and vanilla... wow..
Decent amount of carbination, would enjoy it more with a bit less, but still has a nice feel. Great, dark tastes of espresso and hops. Walnutty, bit of oaky whiskey, aftertaste of chocolate and vanilla beans. Caramelly honey sweetness, but nothing that is too heavy or cloying. Very easy drinker for us stout and porter lovers.
12-18-2004 06:23:04 | More by shapudding
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
Appearence: Pours a deep brown with red hints. The head is very fizzy and proves to be too big for it's own good. Leaves nice lacing though.
Smell: Smells rich in chocolate coffee, with huge caramel and woody notes. A little bit weak of a smell, but not bad at all.
Taste and Mouthfeel: A smooth, creamy chocolate taste rushes in, with an almost woody fruitness. The end is decently hopped with a dry, long-lasting aftertaste. Feels kinda watery in the mouth, but still smooth as can be.
Drinkability and Overall: A well balanced porter, but nothing stands out too much. It's still a very good beer I could easily make a session brew out of. Rich flavors but low ABV make this a classic quaffer.
Thanks to GClarkage, again, for the kick-ass beers.
12-14-2004 03:44:17 | More by santoslhalper
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
While I generally stay away from slugs, I agreed to sample this brew thanks to my hubby's prodding.
The beer poured a dark porter with a massive head that looked like dirty, brown snow piled high on the side of a dirt road. It was over 3 fingers deep but quickly subsided leaving big, beautiful lace.
The smell had a tart, yet smoked fruitiness that enticed me further. The taste was much like the smell, with what I first noticed as green bananas! The malt, chocolate and coffee flavors soon followed. I wonder if I'll be the only one to taste green bananas in this brew?
Though a bit thick and sticky in the mouthfeel, I found it rather easy to drink. Odd little beer, but I'd drink again.
12-05-2004 22:58:31 | More by Guinness4me
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
07-07-2004 05:34:24 | More by drewbage
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
07-06-2004 21:05:57 | More by Boto
United Kingdom (England)
4.18/5 rDev +10.6%
Pours a deepest ruby to copper with a big tan head, that settles to a modeartely sized film throughout most of the pint. Leaves a nice amount of lacing.
Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, hops, vegemite and toffee were very apparent. Very strong aromas certainly.
Taste was of coffee, caramel, vegemite, strawberries and blackberries, honey, celery, and roasted hops. Burned hoppy and chocolatey aftertaste.
Heavy mouthfeel, slightly sticky, but otherwise incredibly smooth.
Drinks amazingly well.
I get the feeling this beer does not travel particularly well. I bought mine in SW England, and it was great.
06-14-2004 19:58:36 | More by Doiv
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
Chocolate with some controlled bitter roast. Overall thin, but very much to style with an archetypal fruity British yeast presence. A touch too dry and perhaps a little too much black patent or way too much chocolate malt, but a classic porter maybe with a touch too much carbonation.
05-31-2004 19:08:54 | More by ngandhi
3.85/5 rDev +1.9%
Pours black with red highlights. Enormou cream colored head develops, recedes slowly leaving waves of lace on the glass.
Aroma of roasted barley, prunes and almost a red grape or port-like note, very interesting.
Flavor is also unique. I swear I almost got a chocolate mint flavor, like an After-eight mint. Along with the semi-sweet chocolate, got notes of coffee, roasted barley followed by a residual hop bittereness.
Mouthfeel flt a little thin for the style, as all English porters seem to do. (as an aside, I don't believe these beers are made to imported in bottles)
Drinkability was good but not sure I'd want more than one. Unique flavors but didn't make me crave another like a great beer should.
01-26-2004 19:30:30 | More by CRJMellor
3.75/5 rDev -0.8%
Picked this one up on a whim. I thought the slug on the front was interesting and decided to give the old bloke a shot, needless to say, I was not disappointed.
While the head did not last nearly as long as I had wanted it to, I was still impressed with the residual lace that lingered at the top of the glass until it was empty.
I love porters and this is a fine example of what a porter should taste like: sweet, smooth, and very easy to drink.
I admit, I like this beer, but the price is a bit steep, I had to pay $4.00 for a bottle, but like i said, I was not disappointed, just not an everyday beer.
12-17-2003 05:40:16 | More by LuckySevens82
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
12-06-2003 11:15:15 | More by feloniousmonk
3.43/5 rDev -9.3%
Pours a one-fingered light tan head leaving a good lace, very dark ruby color. Light to medium carbonation. Roasted coffee/malty nose. Starts as a roasty coffee with a hint of malts and finishes with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Full bodied. A good porter.
11-14-2003 00:41:42 | More by jdhilt
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
Dark brown, almost black yet when held up to the light it is brilliantly clear. Little head, low carbonation levels. Roasted chocolate aroma, actually, extremely roasty aroma. Flavor is dry and very slight sour chocolate roast. Then the finish is bone dry roasted. The mouthfeel is spot on, but the dry finish and the roasted nature don't score high drinkability.
11-01-2003 00:14:44 | More by GCBrewingCo
United Kingdom (England)
3.7/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
09-25-2003 00:50:08 | More by rastaman
3.38/5 rDev -10.6%
Very dark brown, bordering on black. Huge fine rocky mocha head settles very slowly to a thick complete cap leaving nice lacing down the glass.
Nose is beautifully balanced and quite complex. A bisquity maltiness leads the way, followed by chocolate, brown and a touch of roast coffee. Bit of smoke?
Nice notes of brown and chocolate add some complexity to the good base malt, but its ultimately a bit too simple and speaks too softly. Its mid-weight, but could use a bit more complexity and malt to really balance it. There is quite a streak of acidity that some might not enjoy.
Great bottle-conditioned mouthfeel, which helps provide some interest to the palate, and lengthen the finish. Its certainly easy to drink, but offers little reward for doing so.
09-03-2003 18:23:58 | More by Realale
3.33/5 rDev -11.9%
This beer poured a large head that was tan, creamy and had fine sized bubbles. The hue of this beer is dark brown and the lacing was fair. The nose was that of chocolate and roasted coffee and the flavor was roasted coffee. The mouthfeel was smooth and light.
07-10-2003 06:04:05 | More by hotstuff
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
03-03-2003 15:37:42 | More by AudioGilz
Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.