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%
 
 
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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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 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 naterock
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pursa a medium brown not opaque in any way. no head to speak of.
smells nutty and chocolatey, alcohol is coming forth the most alcohol I've ever tasted in a porter.
smokey taste leads to a not so impressive watery finish. really nothing more to say about this.
light almost no carbonation.
weird and almost pathetic, this porter is not a shining example of what an english porter should be. nor should it be judged as such.

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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 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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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 Derek
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Brown-black with a light-tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Plenty of chocolate, bread & a light fruityness.

T: Roasted grain, bread, brown sugar & nut. Great flavour for its weight.

M: Light to moderate body; very dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 haz77
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with an inch of thick, creamy tan head.

S - Honey, chocolate, toffee, coffee.

T - First mouthful is initially fresh and surprisingly biting. The honey/toffee flavours move forward. Bitter chocolate taste creeps in and builds all the way to the finish. Nice bitter aftertaste lingers for quite a while

M - Light to medium body. Carbonation is initially sharp in the mouth, but softens quickly.

D - Easy drinker. A very nice Porter.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 crwills
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 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 mattcrill
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Moderate fruity esters initially that remind me of dark fruits (raisins and plums). Light chocolate notes woft out of the glass. No alcohol or hop aroma detected.

Appearance: Clear deep brown pour with garnet highlights. A creamy off-white head develops. No carbonation noted in the body.

Flavor: Chocolate and coffee notes that assert themselves initially. No hop flavor detected. No fruity esters tasted that were in the aroma. Seems quite light and slightly acidic as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter and astringent. Just a bit of creaminess that finishes in the back of the palate.

Overall impression: A little on the light side. Overall, a well crafted beer. No real flaws but may benefit from a more complex grain bill.

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Photo of dherling
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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 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 JasonA
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark black with thick 2 full fingers of beautiful mocha head. When held up, plenty of light shows through creating a maroon hue across the glass. Head and lacing looks great for a bottle.

Roasted malt. Sweet. Not as much as a boquet as expected. No alcohol present, though with the small ABV is expected.

Stout dryness, paleness. Biscuit. Little bit of creamyness. Some dry roasted flavor.

Nice carbonation level. Sits well. Carbonation smoothes out in the end.

Somewhat boring for an English Porter. I would wager this would be considered a Macro Porter in England. Nice for the states, but not something I would actively look to return to. Not special enough for me to want to try again.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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 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 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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Old Slug Porter from RCH Brewery
3.76 out of 5 based on 135 ratings.
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