Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England


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RATINGS: 616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Available in bottle
Contract brewed by Elgood for BrewLab/Darwin.
Full bodied porter, hopped with Kent’s hops.

Flag Porter is brewed from a traditional 19th century British recipe using yeast salvaged from a vessel which sank in the English Channel in 1825. In 1988, several bottles of the brew were raised from their resting place 60 feet deep in the Channel. They were in their original containers, with their wood stoppers and wax seals intact. When opened, however, they "tasted like old, wet boots" according to Dr. Keith Thomas, renowned brewer and microbiologist. When he examined the beer under a microscope, he found a small percentage of the yeast to be still living! After months of growing this yeast, he brewed a porter using an 1850 recipe. Adhering to the practises of porter brewers of the era, Dr. Thomas uses barley and hops grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Almost black with some ruby hints off to the side if you turn the glass. Tiny head with tiny bubbles and dots of lacing. Very nice char-roast aroma. Hints of fruit also come out after it sits in the glass for a bit. Chocolate follows if you wait even more. Very good and varied whiffs! Flavor is also char-roast. Bread malts hit in the finish. Smooth; not bitter. Easy-drinking, but flavorful, porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tlind2 (1332) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle. Copper color, tan head. Milk chocolate aroma. Fairly light flavor with creamy chocolate. Light body, medium carbonation. Surprisingly easy-going for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhammaren (1383) - FINLAND - JUN 6, 2014
.33l bottle from CM Seppälä Pours clear dark amber with low beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, brown sugar notes, raisin notes,coffee notes. Chocolate. Flavor is mostly same. Well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3260) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2014
12 ounce bottle
This widely accessible English porter is fairly prototypical of the style when fresh. Unlike some others the price point is also not that bad either. If not for a tremendous backlog and a desire to support the local breweries this is one I might grab from time to time.

Aroma / Appearance - A carbonated black base and tan mocha head provide a decent presence. Flat cola, coffee, and malt are dry and smooth with a backbone of rich truffles.

Flavor / Palate - Cola, flat Dr Pepper, raspberry, and ash hang around in the tongue. Eventually a dry smoky finish with a spicy kick wraps up a solid robust profile. Whether you just want the county tick or you like good porters this one is a reasonable value for $2.50 a single (or about $10 for a four pack).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Pours dark brown with small head. Slight papery note on the nose (probably a pretty old bottle) along with a very slight hint of chocolate and a crisp, roastiness -- chicken skin, not coffee roast. Taste has a bit of chocolate and more of the roast but fairly one-dimensional. Great, full body and good medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerme31 (566) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown very thin lacing. Rich caramel chocolate, earthy aroma.Medium sweet taste. Thin body, average carbonation, a little watery finish with mild hops. Overall good aroma and flavor but finish was underwhelming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Dark ruby brown color, minimal head. Smells like burnt malt. Light body, watery. Hops are perceptible in the taste. Medium bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FatPhil (10992) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 2, 2014
330ml bottle (K Kamppi, Helsinki) label says brewed by Geltsdale, at 4.5%
Really caramelly aroma. Pours orangy red with a brief head. Slightly watery palate, heightened by the carbonation. Simple sweet caramelly body, hops very low. Slightly disappointing. Left with very little finish. Feels watered down. Was this brewed to 5% and then diuted? (For the Finnish market?)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - APR 14, 2014
0.33 l bottle, thanks hanniku! Dark amber color. Very bready aroma with toffee and nuts. Taste of dark bread, molasses and some woody notes. Low bitterness. Light bodied. Hint plastic or rubber in the aroma and flavor. Tastes somewhat dull, watery and stale. Not what I remember tasting this first time 20 years ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (7903) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 11, 2014
50 cl bottle @ Konttori.
Pours dark red color, small head. Malty and biscuit aroma, some fruits too. Fruity and malty flavor, some cocoa and faint wooden notes. Smooth and easy to drink.

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