Old Slug Porter | RCH Brewery

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Old Slug PorterOld Slug Porter
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%
 
 
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5
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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 harpus
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 bark
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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 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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Photo of FLima
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 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 glid02
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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 mrfrancis
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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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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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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 Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam

From a bottle into my pint glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a small thick tan head with lots of little bubbles on the top. Color is very dark brown with some ruby hints around the bottom. No carbonation evident. Head levels out to a decent film and the bubbles seem to stick around. Decent lacing and generally looks good for the style.

SMELL: A nice medium strong scent of roasted barley malt and licorice. Some smokiness in the back and a faint hint of pure chocolate. There is also a slight touch of sweet honey in the background as well.

TASTE: The barley malt is pretty roasted and smoky initially. Some nice bitter chocolate, licorice, and even some nuts and wood come out afterwards as well. A nice long lasting bitter-sweet chocolaty aftertaste slowly fades in the end. A nice touch.

PALATE: Medium-thin body, lighter in weight and has low end carbonation. Creamy smooth going down with no bite and finishes rather dry. Could be a little thicker and heavier for the style. A little below average here.

OVERALL: Enjoyed this one, but it is a little too bitter-sweet in the aftertaste to make me want to go back to it. It's definitely sessionable at 4.5%, but the strong aftertaste makes it a little less drinkable than I'd like. I would have another, but I wouldn't go looking for it.

Note: One last thing worth noting is that the beer actually tastes like it's described on the lable. Often times the descriptions aren't even close, so props to RCH there.

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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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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 whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of mdagnew
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's as part of a Great British Beers Selection 3 pack...

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / brown... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy (very tight bubbles) then faded to thin layer... very little lacing..

Aroma - Strong coffee notes, roasted malts, slight smokiness, dark chocolate, light hop bitterness, leathery, woody, slight dustiness, peppery, aniseed hints...

Taste – Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, slight aniseed notes, coffee, dark fruits (light blackcurrents, prunes), faint nuttiness, earthy, some creaminess / milkiness, biscuity hints...

Feel - Quite smooth and creamy... Full body. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - An excellent example of a porter.... Very drinkable... Recommended !!

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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 PorterLambic
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2014, so it's a bit out of date. Purchased a while back from the York Beer & Wine shop. Here's hoping it's still alright....

A: Poured into a dimpled pint mug. Bottle conditioned. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears utterly black in the glass. Yields a large head of creamy beige foam that lasts for a few minutes bofore settling as a patchy surface layer. Nice lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with hints of chocolate, coffee, burnt grain, mild molasses, subtle dried fruit, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. Tasty.

T: Tastes of roasted malt with a dry, bitter finish. Notes of dark malt, mild burnt grain, coffee, a touch of chocolate, subtle molasses, faint dried fruit, earthy yeast and stewed leaves. Well-attenuated, followed by a lingering malt-driven bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with soft carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of dark malt, mild coffee, yeast and bitter stewed leaves.

O: A solid porter that goes down a treat. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour possess a satisfying blend of roasted malt, coffee, mild molasses and earthiness. Good bitterness but not excessive. Nice body. Worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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 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 CRJMellor
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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 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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Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
3.76 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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