Old Growler | Nethergate Brewery Co. Ltd.

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3.82/5
Very Good
197 Ratings
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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,722
Reviews:
150
Ratings:
197
pDev:
10.73%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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6
Gots:
4
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

500 ml bottle into pint glass, L1125 bottle code. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, cocoa, brown bread, molasses, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, cocoa, molasses, raisin, fig, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, cocoa, raisin, fig, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English porter style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Not as dark as I expected but for the ABV it's spot on. It's a fairly pitch black with a slight ruby hue at the base. Head was a 1/4 inch of mocha head that settles to a choppy lace ring.
S - Smells of mild roasted malts, some toasted almonds, a touch of sourdough bread, and some figs.
T - A very mild yet full flavored beverage. Getting vanilla sweetness, mild coffee hints leading to roasted malts, some toasted almonds, and a mild bittering finish of hoppy goodness. Flavors never get too sweet but I find it quite balanced.
M - Light to medium, somewhat chewy, a very tasty beer.

Overall getting this for $5.29 I find it somewhat overpriced. I have had better porters at a more affordable price.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 500ml bottle (new and better label), into a St. Bernardus snifter (2013); on cask in Edinburgh (August 2016) - very similar ratings.

It pours dark mahogany brown/black in color with a moderate size, soapy head. Opaque. Ample sticky tan lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: A very appealing and lightly sweet medium roasted malt aroma with plenty of raisin and hints of hops and toffee,

Taste: also a nice mix of dark fruits and medium malts, with hints of vanilla, coffee (in finish), roasted nuts, caramel and toffee. Hits the mouth quite sweet but, just as I thought it would be clearly too sweet, the perfect level of bitterness from roasted grains and hops kicked in and shifted the balance, ultimately turning an ever-so-mildly bitter version of bittersweet. Long-lasting and exceptionally pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: very smooth but a bit too thin. Good, low carbonation level.

O: A very good English porter with exceptional taste and aroma. Improved a bit with warming despite starting at about 55F.

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of fx20736
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a large (500 ml??) bottle into a nonic, served at cellar temp.

Black as night with a souffle of thick, sandstone colored head. nice lacing.

aroma: powerful, wafts to my nostrils from 2 feet away. Darkly roasted malt, licorice, espresso, cocoa.

mouthfeel; light, ethereal.

taste: darkly roasted malt, black licorice, nice bitterness, coffee, cocoa and smoke.

notes: I've had many English Porters and this one ranks near the top. Aromatic, flavorful and very well balanced. Bitterness is slightly more pronounced in this one which is welcome to act as a counterpoint to all the other flavors zinging around my taste buds. This one is a keeper.

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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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