Old Growler | Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

Old GrowlerOld Growler
BA SCORE
3.82/5
197 Ratings
Old GrowlerOld Growler
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
England, United Kingdom
nethergate.co.uk

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,096
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
197
pDev:
10.73%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
4
Trade:
0
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Photo of DRC
2.66/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip glass.

Nice mahogany color with two finger head.

Aroma kind of lacking in this porter.

Weak beginning flavor, with a slight smokey nuttiness middle, and a slight cherry finish.

Medium body that leaves you wanting more.

Overall a weak porter for my taste, but I will give it another try.

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Photo of stonermouse
2.42/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

Pours a deep brow with a nice head and lacing throughout.

When I was a kid, I went to work with my step father. He was a project manager for a defense contractor. We were there early, by 6am. We walked into the production area, where the production folks worked on hardware, which would make up the beginnings of the next fighter jet, helicopter, or some such thing. The area was sterile and stark. The aroma of this beer brought me back to that day. Strange, but true.

Shocked as I was, I continued on. And not surprisingly, this beer tasted like the smell. Rubber and industrial cleaners were prominent here, along with a touch of band-aid. Interesting, I suppose.

Mouthfeel was actually smooth and rich, and carried this strange variety of flavors well.

I have no idea what to make of this brew, so I'm marking it average. Some folks may love this flavor profile. For me, however, after it struck me where I had smelled these smells before, I couldn't go back. Interesting brew, but not for me.

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Photo of videofrog
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of diamondc
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with a ruby tint. Short lived head, but lots of lacing. Half a fingers worth of foam lingers.

S: Strong toffee note, hazelnuts, milk chocolate, maybe a bit of raisin in there. Awesome.

T: Dark fruits really come out, slight roasted coffee note, anise, herbal-y earthy hop flavors at the end.

M: A bit on the lighter side, quaffable. Very balanced malt and hop profile.

O: Great beer, not over top, but worthy of multiple purchases.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark mahogany with red hues. Tan head thats somewhat like seafoam. Disipates quickly. No lacing at all.

S - Light burnt coffee, faint chocolate and an aroan of milk duds. Pleasant and light.

T - Roasted malts take stage. lots of chocolate nibs and roasted coffee in the taste. nothing complex just really great flavors straight forward.

M - Smooth an clean feeling on the palate. Carbonation is just right.

0 - Not a bad porter. Howerver at 5 dollars there are better picks out there. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch of creamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, chocolate, and some coffee.

T: Tasted of malt, first and foremost, with notes of chocolate, coffee and toffee. A somewhat mild flavor, typical of English porters. Solid enough.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: There's nothing overly special about this beer, but it is a nicely made, drinkable brew.

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Photo of Telestic
5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip Guinness glass to form a reddish black pint with a thick slightly off white head that curtained the glass luverly.

The smell rather than aroma was slightly off putting marsh like peat and diesel.

The taste is a sweet treat though bonfire toffee as beer, cinder and treacle it is slightly cloying with the sugary taste and I doubt anyone could down this in one.

Heavy on the sweetness but nice if you hold your nose.
Would buy again and split a bottle with the missus.

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Photo of abcentfishing
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth pour in tall mug, not to much head nice color with a malty, coffee smell a bit on the sweet side. The taste was smooth from the start and not as bitter as many porters on the first taste. Smooth and delicious, not overly strong in any way. Would be great with a meal, nice pot roast or maybe a french dip but unfortunately this is done as an after dinner brew. Something to plan for next time. Will for sure buy this one again.

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Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Very dirty brown pour, thin layer of off white tops it off.

Aroma, roast, chocolate, an earthy yeastiness.

Taste, It is nice and malty. Caramel, pecan, chocolates. There is fainter red and grape like fruits. Finishes a nutty cocoa, with a yeasty spice note.

Good lighter side of mid bodied and fairly lively. Still coats almost creamy. Drinks very easily. Spot on English style, brown ale porter.

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

First had: on tap at the Farmer's Cabinet, Philly, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, a dark cola brown with a nice puff of off-white head that retained well and left just a bit of lacing behind. Interesting aroma kind of reminiscent of some of the sour porters I've been seeing around lately: dark roasty malts, yeast, dark dried fruits. Wasn't sure at first if it was off-flavored or supposed to taste that way, but reading other reviews, I suppose the taste is on. It wasn't that it was bad, just a bit unexpected. Resembled a typical porter with the dark roasted malts, and cocoa/coffee notes, hints of tobacco; but there was a definite yeasty quality, and an infusion of raisin and citrus flavors that almost made it seem like a tripel had been blended in there. Interesting. Medium-bodied, and fairly drinkable, but only if I was really in the mood to try it again.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a limited tan head. No retention, no lacing.

Nice dark roasted malt aroma, with hints of coffee, cocoa, milk, and grain.

Good up front roasted malt bitterness, leading to light sweetness (grain), some nuttiness as the palate clears, and a long malty finish. Coffee, cocoa, nuts, and light bitterness all intermingle.

Medium bodied, but very very smooth. All flavors flow together wonderfully. Carbonation is just right.

Good porter all around. Texture, taste, and aroma are a delight.

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not gonna lie, pretty much got this because the awesome Bulldog on the label, lets see how this goes.

A- Pitch black body poured into my snifter. Light tan head builds up to a nice size and retains decently. It eventually falls to a cloud in the middle and a small ring around the sides. Small, plentiful spots of lace around the glass.

S- Not sure how old the bottle is, it should be pretty fresh. There is some kind of funky hint up front. The weirdness goes away with some warmth and opens up better things. Roast, burnt malt, caramel and licorice really come to mind. Yeast hints and grains as well.

T- An interesting flavor has notes of dark roast malt, cocoa powder, coffee and even tart dark fruit (cherries). I still get a good amount of anise/licorice, toasted nuts, grain and yeast bread.

MF- Moderately thick body with silky lower end carbonation. Creams up a bit on the palate and leaves behind a roast bitter tart feel.

A good porter for sure, not sure if it is the "Supreme Champion" like it says on the label but worth trying and really brings a nice English feel to the Porter.

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Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: chocolate, roast, malts,

taste: chocolate, malts, sweet

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice porter. easy to drink very chocolaty. glad I got to try it and Thank you mom for picking this bottle up since it had a bulldog on the bottle.

Cheers,l
The CPJ

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Photo of rcfunk
4.77/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This was exactly what I was hoping for. I wanted a good porter or stout and almost put this one back in favor of the tried and true Taddy Porter, but godalmighty, I am glad I decided to try this one out. It does not disappoint.

THIS IS A ENGLISH BROWN PORTER IN ALL ITS GLORY

I smell the chocolate malt up front but I can't ignore the delectable English Ale yeast esters bursting out of the glass. Those delicate esters alone make this beer worth it.

The taste is just plain balanced. Makes me want to chug it. Damn. I feel like a freshman all of a sudden. Anyway.

Yeah, so drink this beer and love it.

Cheers

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Photo of jlindros
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big creamy head fades at a med pace with lacing, molasses rosy brown color.

Nose has a dry farmhouse like toasty malts, hint of roast and chocolate, bitter earthy roasty malts, hint of a dry like funk and chewy hops.

Taste is dry toasty stout, bit of chocolate malt, hint of bitter roast, light yeast and dry malts with creamy chocolate at the same time, chewy oats and malts, some bitter earthy hops, a dry irish stout flavor.

Mouth is med bodied, bit creamy, decent carb.

Overall decent, nice dry creamy Irish stout, light dry saison like farmhouse rustic almost funk.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Four finger tan head. Lasts a long time. The liquid is dark ruby brown where only really bright light passes. Some chunky lace remains on the glass.

Deep caramel aroma with some definitive sweetness.

My house guests found this beer to be a bit thin for the style, but I found it to be appropriate. There's a good dose of hop, but this story is about the toasted malt. An overall smooth beer. Relatively dry.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It is becoming a porter afternoon, it looks like. I am waffling between bottles and CANs of late, but simply as an effort to reduce some of my stock. Once the bottles are depleted, The CANQuest (TM) will re-assume its rightful focus.

From the bottle: "This SPECIAL PORTER from an original London recipe which dates back to the year 1750, is only brewed by the Nethergate Brewery in rural Suffolk."

The carbonation seemed a bit low, producing only a moment's worth of light-tan head before falling to wisps. This seems to have held up quite well in the BeerFrigerator, in evidence a deep brown color with cola highlights. Nose had a smoky anise quality, very nice. Mouthfeel was medium with tastes of dried dark fruit, smoke, charcoal, anise and dark chocolate in the mouth. I was liking this even more than the earlier Taddy Porter! Finish was semi-dry with an intense smokiness that not only stole the show, but lingered well after the swallow. The other flavors remained in evidence, but it was the charcoal/smoke flavor that dominated. Was it the (inadvertent) aging that created this? I do not know because I have not reviewed it fresh, but this was a winner!

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Photo of Brad007
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Label has been updated with an english bulldog on the cover. Makes sense.

Pours a dark brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. There's no mistaking it for anything else.

Sweet malt greets the nose followed by only a fleeting hint of cocoa and anything palatable.

Sweet and crisp with all the ambience of an English porter. Very little roastiness.

Body is too thin to fully enjoy. Just a hint of sweet malt lingers.

It's so very dull. Goes down easy with a whimper.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nethergate Old Growler is a nice, if sour, porter.

A: Black colour and hug 2 cm head that lasts. 4.5

S: Milky yeast with a hint of sourness. Maybe I'm going crazy, but I smelled cheries. 4

T: Has a slightly sour with some flavours I might associate with dried fruit. 4

M: Reasonably foamy and carbonated. 3.5

O: Very drinkable and tasty. 4

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Old Growler from Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 197 ratings
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