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Brewed by:
RCH Brewery
United Kingdom (England) | website

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 pezoids on 01-14-2002

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104
Ratings:
134
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
10.88%
 
 
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Photo of Hachiman
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A straight pour yields tons of ecru foam diminishing to a substantial, persistent head. Very fine lacing, not so pretty. Beer itself an impenetrable dark brown.

Smells primarily of burnt toast with a little bit of sweet, dark fruit.

Taste roasted notes at first, followed a long, bittersweet finish. A bit of alcohol aridity on the back end. Severe comes to mind.

Good carbonation and medium body add to the weighty impression.

Not something you'd like to drink a lot of at one sitting, but good for a contrast with sweeter or more sour beers, and it certainly stands alone.

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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 Bouleboubier
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is, for me, probably the closest thing I've had to my romantic idea of an ideal English Porter.

That's not to say it's perfect, nor the most quaffable porter I've known.

Dark reddish-brown liquid (you don't even have to hold the glass up to a light to notice) with a slightly sooty-tan head. It just looks like porter.

I don't know whether the lines were overdue for a cleaning or if the keg had gone off a bit, but accompanying its rich chocolate-syrup, doughy, and ohhh-so-delicately roasty malt foundation was a distinct, unique (to me) ester profile that suggested an arguably mellow, almost gueuze-like, sourness. Perhaps centerpiece to its character. It, of course, helps that the body has a lightness to it that, dare I say, makes it totally sessionable.

I'd have to drink a few pints or more in succession to really start to adjust my palate to it, zero in on some points, but what a memorable ale! You gotta try it - you may like it.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle conditioned: best before Oct 2012, poured into a UK pint sleeve on 1st Aug 2012.

Really dark body: deep brown with a tan coloured foaming head that was huge and lasting.

Intense aromas of burnt/roasted/toasted malts: these turn into coffee and chocolate flavours in the taste. A hop bitterness is never far away and I found this a complex and interesting Porter.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of selecter70
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of bark
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The colour is wine red - brown. The low head is pale brown.

The smell is nutty and a bit sour. Mildly roasted notes with hints of milk chocolate bars.

The taste is very smooth with lots of milk chocolate. Some mild bitter notes and a sour touch. Medium bodied. The aftertaste is relatively fresh with semi-sweet chocolate flavours. A smooth bitterness in the finish.

The carbonation is very light; the liquid is extremely smooth.

Probably one of the smoothest beers I have reviewed. It felt like drinking a down pillow!

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Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of shand
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 fl. oz bottle into a nonic.

This beer pours deep brown with a large, off-white head. The aroma is strong on cocoa powder and coffee, with a hint of roasty malts. The taste is good, it's got a great effervescent mineral character over roasted malts and chocolate. The mouthfeel is prickly and light, and the drinkability is good. A solid example of a lower ABV porter - the likes of which don't seem to make it over to US shores all that often.

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Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark black color with red highlights and a thick beige head with good retention and leaving lots of laces.
Nice roasted malty aroma with notes of chocolate, charred wood, cocoa powder and licorice.
Flavor of blackcurrants, bread crust, wood, roasted malt, coffee, mild tangy citrusy, figs and cocoa powder. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light creamy body with good carbonation with tiny bubbles.
Benchmark for an English Porter. Tasty with a nice roastdness and very sessionable. Let it warm and you will be rewarded.

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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Revisiting the bottle-conditioned version.
BB April 09, served cool in a wine glass.
A: deeply dark brown with a faint reddish edge against light, topped with a khaki froth with decent retention. Carbonation level unknown.
S: a semi-dusty note introduces well blended aroma of treacle, black malts, sweet coffee, roasted walnuts, with a flow of sweet flowery hop aroma lurking underneath (but still noticeable)... Fruitiness is very restrained for a porter, but overall very pleasant.
T: a decent sourness of stone-fruits skirt the roasted/coffee-ish maltiness upfront, but is quickly "engulfed" by a more pronounced hop bitterness and dryish palate that prevail towards the very end of tasting. Quite chewy-bitter in the aftertaste, where the mild sourness of dark-roast coffee, the aromatic toasted-nutty aroma and a muted touch of musty sourness also linger elegantly.
M&D: soft in carbonation, medium-bodied, showing a decent level of sourness to balance the bitter malty body. Overall, tis a very decent and delicious bottle-conditioned English Porter all round, albeit not a terribly complex one.

* Tasting Date: 08/12/2005. BB JULY 2006.
4.5 A: served in a goblet it pours a pitch-black colour, with a beige-hued, thick and fluffy beer head floating on top of the black nectar, which sustains pretty well and leaves on its track uneven layers of fine lace.
4 S: refreshing nose of lightly dusty/semi-sharply woody, and roasted maltiness upfront, with a light touch of sourness of raw coffee beans; gradually giving way to a more pronounced mild coffeeish+toffeeish aroma mixed well with juicy dark fruits. After swirling, an underlying crystal maltiness with the smell of coarsely-ground malts and nuts comes through, like a soft bed to buttress the more floating and refreshing aroma upfront. The nose is generally pretty subtle, but has lots of aroma to demonstrate at a closer sniff. Pretty solid.
4 T: deeply coffeeish maltiness hit the palate and expands fast from the first second onwards~~ plenty of dark milk-chocolatey flavour to follow, decorated with lightly licorice hints, while a rounded and aromatic, roasted nuttiness sneaks into every corner of my mouth; mild but sustained aftertaste with faint fruitiness (like dried black dates without the sweet edge), roastiness and residual woody flavour, finished slightly sticky on the palate. Overall very tasty and juicy, yet refreshingly light.
4 M: the mouthfeel is quite lively and refreshing, guess the bottle-conditioning is successful in this beer's case. The overall body is quite light, though, vis-a-vis a complex flavour profile.
4 D: a decent porter it is, showing a balanced body and reasonable depth for a 4.5%abv. "small" beer. I expect the cask-conditioned version to be thicker and more 3D dimensional in terms of texture, but this bottle is already very drinkable all the same.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a deep brown with red hints. The head is very fizzy and proves to be too big for it's own good. Leaves nice lacing though.

Smell: Smells rich in chocolate coffee, with huge caramel and woody notes. A little bit weak of a smell, but not bad at all.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A smooth, creamy chocolate taste rushes in, with an almost woody fruitness. The end is decently hopped with a dry, long-lasting aftertaste. Feels kinda watery in the mouth, but still smooth as can be.

Drinkability and Overall: A well balanced porter, but nothing stands out too much. It's still a very good beer I could easily make a session brew out of. Rich flavors but low ABV make this a classic quaffer.

Thanks to GClarkage, again, for the kick-ass beers.

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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 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 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 firkinhophead
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle from Wine World in Panama City Beach.

Pours a dark, murky brown, nearly black, with a creamy cafe-au-lait-colored head that leaves some nice lacing and rings on the side of the glass.

Aroma of mild coffee, lactose, a hint of chocolate. Not much roastiness. Some minerally tang as well.

Taste has a bit more roastiness than the aroma, but still a bit weak. Nice coffee and cocoa flavors with a vague earthiness. Dry and grassy, with a balance that seems a bit too far on the dry side for a porter.

Mouthfeel is medium, but not as watery as some reviews might lead you to believe. This isn't a big malt beer, but a nice example of the English style. Very easy drinking with only a hint of bitterness in the finish. Very smooth from the bottle conditioning and the gentle hand with the roasted malts.

Drinkability is excellent. The tangy yeast and mineral quality keep the interest up, but I'd like to see a bit more malt body and flavor.

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

Pours a deep reddish brown into a pint glass. Surprisingly clear. Not much head, although temperature may have been a factor.

Aroma is mildly bready with some pepper spice and a bit of smoke. Hard to discern. Taste is milk chocolate, bitter coffee, and lots of smoked malt. Very interesting and different. Mild sulpher aftertaste, and an oily mouthfeel. Not bad!

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

Poured out jet black with a tan head, and styrofoam-like lacing. The nose has big sweet dark fruit, some coffee and chocolate, anda bit o alcohol. The taste slices your throat with dark caramel flavors, followed by some tiny amounbt of chocolate. Has a cola like mouthfeel, and finishes remarkably clean.

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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 thegodfather2701
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.77/5  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.

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Photo of drewbage
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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Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
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