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Old Slug Porter - RCH Brewery

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Old Slug PorterOld Slug Porter

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85
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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 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.

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.

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.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of gfreed
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As porters go, this one is a bit light. I couldn't generate any kind of a head from this one, even when pouring from very high: nothing more than a very loose, coke-type head that disappeared almost instantly. Decent aroma of charred grain and molasses, not very strong but pleasant enough. There was a hint of citrus as well. Rather thin in the body, appropriately lacking in fizz; a tad watery overall. The taste was unusual for this style: there was enough toastiness and caramel to qualify it as a porter, but the ill-mannered fruitiness from the hops took over too quickly. With prominent flavors of orange and lemon, even a little honey, this tastes more like a bitter than a porter. Call it a dark bitter, perhaps? Worth a try, but only once.

Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours ruby brown with a big puffy tan head that leaves sheets of lace. Sweet soda bread nose. More brown bread in the malts, along with cafe au lait, a bit of molasses, and some red currant. Toasty tang but no real hops hit. Soft creamy mouthfeel.

Exactly what you want from an English Porter.

Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this beer out of a 500ml bottle into a pint glass it pours a jet black coca cola colour with little carbonation and leaves absolutely no head or lacing whatsoever just a little swirl pattern in the middle,it has nice sweet honey,toffee aromas with a little chocolate in the background quite inviting actually,it has a really nice nutty,woody almost caramel flavour to it with an average mouthfeel and definately finishes with a nice solid chocolate backnote but not too overpowering by any means just a really easily drinkable beer no matter what the temperature is outside.

Photo of BeerSox
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather viscous black body with one-finger tan head that leaves lace around the glass. A mix of sweet malts like dark chocolate and some roasted/coffee malts - textbook of style. More of the same as this medium-bodied beer is smooth and creamy with a balance of both noticeable sweet malts (chocolate, caramel, toffee) and dry malts (coffee, roasted, biscuit) for a sweet, chewey beer that has a dry finish. Beer slightly warms as you sip, and it is a sipper despite how easy it goes down, and becomes even better. If you like your porters more to the sweet mellow side than this one is a keeper.

Photo of hike20
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark brown with a one-finger head that eventually left just a slight skim on top. No lacing.

Scents of deep roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a pungent licorice/molasses element.

Nice flavors here. Again, the coffee, dark chocolate element, coupled with some dark fruit sweetness and hints of licorice or molasses. There's a bitterness abound, but it cannot overtake the other flavors here.

Lightly carbonated and feels a bit watery. Almost too thin.

A very drinkable brew, and a very decent porter. Was a tad expensive for me to do again, but glad I tried it. I could do a couple of these at a sitting, but then I'd be ready to move on.

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of Richardberg
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Nearly black with a billowy off white head. It leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S-This beer has a complex nose. As soon as I poured it I immediately noted some licorice. Then I smelled chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee.

T-Different from the American Poters I've fell in love with. Tastes like iced coffee and chocolate. It tastes watered down. Somewhat dissapointing after the complexity of the nose.

M-Thin and carbonated. It has a carbonated water aspect to it.

D-Pretty drinkable porter due to its low alcohol content and toned down flavor.

Overall, this is a middle of the road porter in my opinion. I was hoping for more flavor, especially after the nose was so strong.

Photo of ghebel
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Extreme dark brown, almost black. Pours with a nice creamy tan head that leaves plenty of laces on the way down.

S - A bit lacking in aroma. What I can smell is pleasant - chocolate and roasted grains.

T - Chocolate sweetness that is followed by moderate bitterness and a slight puckering effect on the back of the mouth. Taste makes up a bit for the lack of aroma.

M - Moderate body with a mild bitterness. A bit thin.

D - Drinkable, but average.

Photo of danny013
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a mug. Thick, cake-like head forms a top a deep brown body with hints of mahogany around the edges. Head settles down and leaves little lace, but a thick head all the way down.

Aroma is of faintly sweet chocolates, malt. Very pleasing.

Taste is delicious. Big dark chocolate flavors mix well with plenty of malty sweetness, leaving a rich chocolate flavor coating the mouth. Some light astringency offsets the sweetness a bit and a smooth roasted flavor rolls in as the beer is swallowed. Good chocolate flavors and some faint, earthy hoppiness sit on the tongue with a good dry finish and leave a pleasant aftertaste. Nothing stands out and drowns out the rest, but blends together nicely for a very well put together ale.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied and lightly carbonated, this is certainly an easy drinker. Drinkability is excellent. The body of the beer pairs so well with the smooth, rounded out chocolate and roasted flavors, its easy to sit back and enjoy this one. Check it out, not too expensive and worth a try if you like the style. As always, serve nice and warm, the beer will shine.

Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam

From a bottle into my pint glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a small thick tan head with lots of little bubbles on the top. Color is very dark brown with some ruby hints around the bottom. No carbonation evident. Head levels out to a decent film and the bubbles seem to stick around. Decent lacing and generally looks good for the style.

SMELL: A nice medium strong scent of roasted barley malt and licorice. Some smokiness in the back and a faint hint of pure chocolate. There is also a slight touch of sweet honey in the background as well.

TASTE: The barley malt is pretty roasted and smoky initially. Some nice bitter chocolate, licorice, and even some nuts and wood come out afterwards as well. A nice long lasting bitter-sweet chocolaty aftertaste slowly fades in the end. A nice touch.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, lighter in weight and has low end carbonation. Creamy smooth going down with no bite and finishes rather dry. Could be a little thicker and heavier for the style. A little below average here.

OVERALL: Enjoyed this one, but it is a little too bitter-sweet in the aftertaste to make me want to go back to it. It's definitely sessionable at 4.5%, but the strong aftertaste makes it a little less drinkable than I'd like. I would have another, but I wouldn't go looking for it.

Note: One last thing worth noting is that the beer actually tastes like it's described on the lable. Often times the descriptions aren't even close, so props to RCH there.

Photo of BarleyMine
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of Kendo
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.

Photo of selecter70
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.

Photo of mcsquint
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a dimpled mug
A - Dark brown, nearly black in color with red tinges. 1 finger cremy tan head. Nice lacing on the inside of the glass.
S - Aromas of dark malt,chocolate, black cherries, and coffee.
T - Delicious! Dark malt with black cherries and notes of chocolate and coffee. Finishes with tart cherries and a slight chocolate flavor.
M - Full mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated. Finishes clean and somewhat quickly for a porter.
D - This is one of the tastiest porters I've tried. With it's low ABV(4.5%),and flavorful clean taste, this is one of the most drinkable porters around. Would like to find it on tap somewhere!

Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of tempest
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.

Photo of Antilochus
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.

Photo of naterock
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pursa a medium brown not opaque in any way. no head to speak of.
smells nutty and chocolatey, alcohol is coming forth the most alcohol I've ever tasted in a porter.
smokey taste leads to a not so impressive watery finish. really nothing more to say about this.
light almost no carbonation.
weird and almost pathetic, this porter is not a shining example of what an english porter should be. nor should it be judged as such.

Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.