Old Slug Porter | RCH Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
RCH Brewery
England, United Kingdom
rchbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
135
Reviews:
105
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
10.9%
 
 
Wants:
5
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1
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Ratings: 135 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of aracauna
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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 Kendo
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got it at the Ginger Man in NYC, off the cask.

A: Brownish-black body with crimson hues under a tannish 2-finger head. Lots of lace left behind.

S: Faint nose, with just a basic scent of roasted malt.

T: Roasted malt and barley, a hint of fruit and slightly smoky char. Not as flavorful as expected or desired in a porter, IMHO.

M: Fluffy was the word that came to mind. It's lighter in heft than expected -- call it light side of medium -- but had a nice feel to it.

D: Pretty good. Not terribly interesting, but easy to put down.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Presentation on this bottle caught my eye when I went to Boston for BBF and made a stop at Downtown on Sunday. My non-beer drinking friend loves his share, so let's see what this one has to offer.

Dark cocoa/black bottom with a only a tiny hint of ruby red light penetrating the darkness at certain angles. Weak, unimpressive foam that gets a little rise from the carbonation and then falls timidly. Average looking porter, nice lacing.

Rich, fragrant aroma. Cocoa powder. Woody. Sweet malts, like honey. A touch of fruity, dark berries. Pleasant.

Big, watery flavor that has some light cocoa/dark chocolate notes hitting the tongue. A bit of dark fruit, cassis-like. Very nutty. Dark, roasted malts in the background with some honey lingering on the tongue. Sticky, with a dry, cocoa finish. Watery mouthfeel.

Totally non-offensive beer that is easy to drink and refreshing, minus the dry finish. I like porters, I could definitely drink this one again, but it's not particularly noteworthy.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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 bgildea
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice dark brown/black color. Thick tanish head that leaves some good lacing.

S: Nice sweet smell of caramel and chocolate. Very appetizing.

T: Pretty bitter for a porter, almost tastes like a IPA with the hoppy bitterness. Not enough of the sweet flavors come through. Some hints of semisweet chocolate and roasted malts.

M: Thinner than I expected. Not a whole lot of chew and has some large carbonation bubbles.

D: It's a drinkable beer. Definitely not my favorite porter, but its worth a taste.

Overall: Overall I was very excited to try this beer. It looked great, smelled delicious, but then never really delivered for me. A little too bitter and hoppy, and I didnt get enough of the chocolate and caramel sweetness that I was expecting. Decent beer, but not great.

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Photo of leinie13
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bigred89
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of GreyGhost4
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ADZA
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this beer out of a 500ml bottle into a pint glass it pours a jet black coca cola colour with little carbonation and leaves absolutely no head or lacing whatsoever just a little swirl pattern in the middle,it has nice sweet honey,toffee aromas with a little chocolate in the background quite inviting actually,it has a really nice nutty,woody almost caramel flavour to it with an average mouthfeel and definately finishes with a nice solid chocolate backnote but not too overpowering by any means just a really easily drinkable beer no matter what the temperature is outside.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Foamy, beige head is enormous. Pouring additional beer leaves a dent. As it subsides it is forming a plateau in the center of the glass. Good lacing. Body is black and ruby. Aroma is coffee with milk chocolate highlights. Taste has mild coffee and chocolate, adds some hops, but is overall very subdued. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than expected from the look of the beer. Not a bad beer, but somewhat disappointing.

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Photo of Ppin
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nipitato
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Downtown Wine and Spirits in Somerville, MA.

A: Light tan head with good head stand and sticky lacing. Dark brown color with reasonable clarity despite suspended yeast from bottle conditioning.

S: Malt characteristics are grainy and bready just very slightly roasty. Some unspecific hop character and some fruity currant/chery esters.

T: Malt flavor is sweet and just subtlety roasty. Some dark fruity esters in the mix. Both nutty and musty flavors as well.

MF: Thin and insipid mouthfeel. Too watery. Not carbonated enough for my liking. Smooth but not velvety smooth with a very clean and dry finish.

D: Mild easy drinking porter. Lacks strong flavors normally attributed to porter. Quite sessionable nonetheless.

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Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle-conditioned, 500 ml bottle, best before Jan. '09:

Pours dark brown with ruby highlights that shine through. A thin, white, ever-lasting head tops it off. The creamy head stays, leacing some trailing lace sticking to the glass.

The smell is of - a "pedestrian dark mild" comes to mind, but subsequent deep inhaling reveales some smoky, toffeeish, chocolatey (almost coffeeish) notes. Aroma develops as it progresses, though remains mild.

The (charcoalish) smokiness and bitterish coffee come out more in the taste than in the aroma. Still, it's nothing heavy, and everything remains thin. Rather than "pedestrian dark mild", "pedestrian English porter" first comes to mind. However, like with the aroma, certain subtlies come out, but never to full potential. Honey sweetness intermingles with a roasted bitterness. A bit woody, my guess is that this would be even better on cask. Carbonation is mild. The flavors never blossom, though I sipped this long enough to well-reach room temperature (started off chilled). There are subtle notes that make it reach slightly above-average, IMO, but nothing better. It has something towards a chocolatey coffeeish, woodyish, dryish character in the rather abrupt finish.

The body is thin - almost watery, with mild carbonation - helping drinkability, I suppose, without adding much to texture, or feel overall.

If I were in a pub just grabbing pints to down with my friends I might appreciate this more, for its drinkability (with just enough to it to keep it going). I wish I could concur with the description on the label, but the said characteristics are too subtle for me to truly appreciate, I suppose. With a modest abv, and no "off" tastes, this is an easy drinker to have at a pub chatting with friends. That's all.

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Photo of BarleyMine
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one at home about 45 minutes after I sampled it at work so it didn't pour much of a head at all. The color was very dark brown. The aroma was toasted, musty and woody (This is what I'd imaging the air to smell like in London). The flavor had a bitter hoppiness with toasted flavors up front finishing with a slight resiny tone. Light in body with layed back carbonation.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown with a small amount of tan head. You really have to hold it close to light to see a ruby showing on the liquid. Mild coffee tones. You really have to pull at it to get something. Flavor is good. There are some richer characters here, but overall it seems a little bit thin and watery. What is there gives a nice malty flavor, but I feel like it could be (and should be for the price) thicker. Feel has a good carbonation to it, but just like the flavor, the liquid feel is too thin I say. Could stand to have more body. Overall a decent porter, but not really worth the price at all. Have had much better examples out there.

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Photo of Boto
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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 CrazyDavros
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small, creamy light tan head leaving lots of lacing.
Nose shows cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt and caramel.
Flavours include more roasted malt with coffee characters and faint chocolate. Some initial sweetness quickly fades into a dry finish.
Body feels watery.

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Photo of Richardberg
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dark brown with a big creamy head of foam.

S: complex blend of woody aromas, toffee, slightly sweet malts with some bitterness too

T: quite bitter for a dark beer, but well within the style. More of a golden malt flavor than the dark/complex smell.

M: smooth, but in a watery way. Good fizz. Right on for an English porter, just not special...and not really what I like.

D: easy to drink, enjoyable, just not my thing.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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 metter98
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very dark amber (near black) in color and poured with a creamy beige head that slowly faded away and left lacing around the edges of the glass. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: Light aromas of chocolate and coffee are present in the smell.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee beans, although there are some notes of cherries in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer is a breeze and its low alcohol content makes it very sessionable.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single bottle (no date on bottle I could find) poured into a nonic glass. Bottle conditioned beer and I tried to keep the sediment in the bottle but a little bit ended up in the glass.

Appearance: Dark beer that lets just a tiny bit of light through at the bottom of the glass - and that color at the bottom is a dark brown (almost cola like). 1/4" tan foam upon pouring that settles down to a thin foam across the top. Lots of lacing as I drink it down.

Smell: Definitely let this one warm up. I get a syrupy molasses (on the sweet side) with a metallic hint to it. It's on the faint side.

Taste: Not a beer for sipping - you need a reasonable swallow to get a good taste of this one. Malt up front, with a hint of molasses again, then a metallic taste and finally a bitter finish. Some lingering bitterness with a hint of malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation, but a little bit thick and chewy.

Drinkability: I think I've been spoiled by American porters which are richer in flavors. I've had this one before and I'm just not as impressed the 2nd time around. Not bad and maybe if I was in a pub in England I'd ask for another glass, but otherwise not something memorable or grabbing enough for me to pick up another one.

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

A: dark brown nearing black with reddish hints as the light hits. an off white 1/2" crown settles back quickly in the aftermath.
S: bitterness up front on the nose then the smell of english hops stumbles in. roasty, hints of java (though i know there isn't any)
T: roasted malts shine through on this one. fairly dry but the english floral accents balance out the roast well. bits of chocolate and coffee jump in and out of the equation.
M: medium full body with light carbonation and the alcohol is so subtle that i almost forget that it's there
D: i like this one. it's easy to kick back with and you could probably do so with a few of them and still be able to remember where you were the night before. cheers!

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Photo of fretlessman71
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Hope this tastes better than it sounds – Moose Drool ain’t got nothin’ on THIS name…

APPEARANCE: Deep, dark, rich root beer brown, clear as you’d want. Tight tan head has some staying power. Light lacing.

AROMA: This is a chocolate lover’s dream; it’s almost all I can smell. Sweet, dark chocolate with a slight hint of coffee. MMmmm.

FLAVOR: Now the coffee takes center stage, and of a slightly burned variety, with the chocolate taking a back seat. Black patent malt is coming through very nicely here. No hops to speak of, but this is an English porter after all. Balance leans toward the roasty side.

MOUTHFEEL: Decent weight; a little heavy on the carbonation, but not bad.

DRINKABILITY: One of these would be as much as I’d want, but at 4.5% ABV is certainly a quaffer if the really roasty porters appeal to you.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Wish it were a little sweeter, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of rastaman
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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 cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black color wtih a large creamy light tan head that sticks around forever and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The aroma is dark roasted malts with notes of cocoa and cherries. The taste is dark and roasty with some unsweetened chocolate flavors and a mild roasted bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. Overall, Old Slug is a solid English Porter that is definitely worth a shot! Recommended!

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Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
3.76 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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