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Old Slug Porter | RCH Brewery

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Old Slug PorterOld Slug Porter

Brewed by:
RCH Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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.

Added by stirgy on 01-14-2002

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Photo of TwoForty
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of shapudding
4.74/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The label on mine is different than that posted, mine has an orange banner on black.
Bottle conditoned.
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.

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Photo of blakesell
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature into a Harpoon pint glass. Amazing thick tan lingering head on this beer, like a rock. Wild splotches make it look like a sponge minutes later.

Thick malty aroma, slight chocolate, nuts and some roasted notes in the scent.

Great flavour. One of the better porters I've had, if all CAMRA winners taste this good, I'll have to try them all. Chocolate, coffee, some yeast flavour but not overpowering.

Creamy and silky in the mouthfeel, I could drink this all day if I had a penchant for drinking the same beer all day.

Low abv makes the alcohol almost undetectable, great liquid bread for porter lovers.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great/terrible name for a beer. Pours quite dark, nearly black, with nut brown highlights. Great, sticky head that never quite disappears. The aroma is quite powerful with loads of roasted malt and bitter used coffee grounds. There's also a slight, honeyish sweetness in the nose. The flavor is sweet first-off, and that sweet undertone remains throughout, even when the bitter roasted malts kick in. The bitterness in this beer snaps very pleasantly. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good -- this beer is well balanced and easy to put down, but also continually interesting. Highly recommended and highly regarded.

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served on cask via hand-pump in the Mad Bishop and Bear in Paddington Station, London.

Pours a great dark, dark, dark brown colour, verging on black. Quite a nice but quickly disappearing head on it.

Smells of dark, roasted and burnt malts.

Tastes pretty much perfect. Served slightly cooler than I've usually had in pubs, but not so cool as to mask any taste. The perfect temperature. In every way, as I drink I think how this is the perfect porter. So dark and malty up front, yet with a great wholesome yet drinkable texture to it. Not much distinctive hoppiness to speak of.

This is my perfect pint. I love it.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown, almost black, with not much of a head at all. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, cherries and coffee. It tastes the same way, except that there's a slight nutty flavor too, along with a bitter finish. It's medium bodied with very low carbonation. The beer goes down very smooth too, the mouthfeel is nice and a little bit on the creamy side. Overall, it's pretty good, I liked it a lot. Not much alcohol in this one (4.5 ABV) and it if wasn't for the cost of a single bottle, I would drink this as a session beer.

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Photo of Viking
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep ruby-hued, murky, brown body. Huge head (even on a careful pour - the yeast was pleasangly active in this bottle) with excellent retention and finally settles into the appearance of a float. Smell of barley and toasted toffee with hints of chocolate and a light fruit undertone. Taste of toffee, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Bitterness is fairly low. Finishes with a light chocolate taste. Smooth and creamy, but slightly thin, mouthfeel. This is an excellent bottle-conditioned porter, and a perfect session beer.

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Photo of BillyBrew
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.


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Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Map Room.

Pours a very dark ruby with a great head and only the slightest hint of light coming through, at the very bottom of the glass.

Smells rich, raw, and bitter. Big hops, surprisingly, against bitter roasted malt. Doesn't quite have the unfinished earthiness I'm used to in a porter, but it more than makes up for it in fruit hop complexities.

Tastes much sweeter than the nose would have you believe, with some very distinct fruit, bitter malt in the back, and ending on a node of hops and pears. There's a nice fruity hop aftertaste, to boot.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the cask at Paradiso in DC from the cask.

Resembles a light chestnut brown with a head of about two finger size and cream tanned bubbles. Lots of elevator music bubbles from the bottom and a very tight head with big BIG lacing! Served tepid.

However, the bouqeut is very faint and closed with not much malt and even a slight soap"ness" to it.

Taste is much improved though after drinking. Very coffee like in at first taste, and nicely balanced with malt and light sugars. Excellent body on this beer with a faint nut finish. Very enjoyable. Beer feels BIGGER than the ABV it states. Would drink this in a heartbeat.

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Photo of JRaburn
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of FriedGold2112
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Antilochus
4.21/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Doiv
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Cedromar
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served on Cask at the Moan and Dove:

A: Dark brown, very nearly black with a light, fluffy head.
S: Had a bit of a cold at the time, but some fruity notes were detected.
T: Wonderful taste of cocoa powder and some coffee
M: Too watery for my liking.
D: Overall, I liked it. Would make a good session beer.

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Photo of danny013
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Town Hall Tap in Minneapolis. This beer arrives a very dark brown color. The head is an inch of solid white foam that stays put leaving tight rings down the sides of the glass until the beer is gone. The aroma is of chocolate, cocoa powder, and roasted malt with hints of cherry. The taste is similar to the aroma, and has nice complexity. The mouthfeel is spot on for a cask beer. Silky in texture, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. Overall, this is a nice, easy drinking porter that I will certainly drink again if the chance presents itself.

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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Gusler
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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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4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
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 StJamesGate
4.06/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
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