Old Slug Porter
RCH Brewery

Old Slug PorterOld Slug Porter
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Style:
English Porter
Ranked #144
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #27,858
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 10.88%
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
137
From:
RCH Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  3
SCORE
85
Very Good
Old Slug PorterOld Slug Porter
Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 137
Reviews by Mechphisto:
Photo of Mechphisto
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting bottle art. Cute. =)
It pours with a nice, thick, nutty cream colored head. Very thick if you're not careful, but reasonably thick with a careful pour. Almost edible.
It's a deep, cola color with a slight red hue to the extremely dark brown/black.

The scent is nearly undetectable. A very slight citrusy smell and a slight nuttiness.

The taste is bitter, with a bitter aftertaste that hangs around in the back of the throat for a while. However, oddly, only when it's cold. As it warms up that aftertaste doesn't exist.
(And no, it's not because I drank too much of it. After noticing this as I nursed the first glass, I waited quite some time before I poured the second glass from this large bottle, and there was virtually no extended bitter aftertaste.)

It has a slight cloa, coffee taste with a hint of burnt nut. Very rich, nice mouthfeel.

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Photo of rastaman
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of StevieW
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt brown bottle. Slug label is cool. Deep shiny black color. Huge rocky tightly fizzy beig head. Laced all the way down the glass, and stayed. Subtle smells of coffee, chocolate and roasted earthen woody smells. Taste was subtle yet balanced combination of slightly roasted coffee, sweet roasted malt. Chocolate malt finishes nicely, but overall a bit of a thin watery finish, especially for the rich dark look and smell. Very good and close to a great porter. I think it's just a touch watery, but worth a try.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml brown bottle, courtesy of Cardinal pub, Stavanger. bottle conditioned, ABV is 4.5%. Very dark brown colour, nearly black. Decent and lingering creamy tan head. The slug-like "trail" of the head down the side of the glass as you drink has allegedly given the beer its name - together with the fact that the brewers had to "fight" slugs coming into the brewery at the old premises. (As we know, slugs LOVE beer.) Pleasant aroma of prunes, mild coffee and chocolate. Roasty flavour, fairly dry, notes of coffee, dark bread and chocolate. Some fruity notes in the finish, "coffee" aftertaste. A decent porter with a moderate ABV.

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Photo of aracauna
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The glass I used may not have been rinsed thoroughly because I got a slight soapy taste in the beer. I've heard some beers referred to as being a little soapy, but the guy I split the bottle with didn't get it. The head was out of control (again an unthoroughly rinsed glass could explain this) but it wasn't much smaller on the glass I poured my friend. Nice roasty maltiness and some coffee notes like you'd expect from a porter but everything was a little subdued. Nice smouth mouthfeel with some body to it. Beer is dark with blood/ruby highlights. Not bad, but I probably won't be a regular drinker.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers!

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous black opaque with off-white head. Very appealing from the pour.

Nose is very, very Guinness draught like to me - roasty, nougaty sweetness with marbled icing flavors (choco/vanilla).

Palate isn't so exciting. Very ordinary porter taste, some roastiness with balancing hops, but nothing to get exciting about.

Medium to light bodied and a very drinkable beer. This could wash down just about any happy hour pub fare without slowing you down.

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Photo of Realale
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

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Photo of Gusler
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours forth from the 500ml bottle a deep brown to almost black with some ruby highlights, the head is a thick and creamy tan that piles high on the body of the beer, after its demise, the lace forms a thin veil to obscure the glass. Nose has a rich toasted grain aroma, sweet with slight hints of coffee, quite pleasant. Start has a decent roasted grain flavor, sweet with a touch of bitterness; the top falls in the medium category, just barely. Finish has a mild acidity with the hops apropos to the style, and the aftertaste has a lingering sweetness with just a touch of the roasted grain bitterness sticking to the palate.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Slug? Now this sounds tasty, doesn't it?
Deep auburn ale with red highlights. Pours thick with no head but leaves a nice coating in the glass.
Smells of cocoa, heavy coffee, and hints of burnt almonds.
More coffee at first, a malty sweetness to follow and finishes bitter. Drinks great, goes down smooth and leaves a nice experience.

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Photo of DrewBeechum
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Boto
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of CRJMellor
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.89/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coffee in aroma. Big white head on reddish tinged black. Bold taste spurred on by the fruit, whatever the red cherry is. Medium mouthfeeel. Refreshing, above average carbonation, a good effort to get this flavour with an under 5 abv. Above average porter.

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Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 137 ratings