Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England


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RATINGS: 610   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Toomio (301) - Joensuu, FINLAND - MAR 3, 2014
Hieno väri, mutta lantrattu meno. Suomessa ei saa olla näin vahvaa. Voisi olla kova aitona.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kavu (2613) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 1, 2014
0,33l bottle with 4,5% ABV from Citymarket Ruoholahti. Pours very dark amber with no head. Aroma is roasted malts and liquorice. Flavor is roasted malts, lots of liquorice and some hops. Thin but not watery. Decent.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cantabrian (905) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2014
I knew it was a bit of a classic, but I was certainly unprepared for such a delicious porter. Yes, I did like the story, but that cheap “grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers” statement put me off. Feels like those cards on hotel bathrooms saying “your towels plant trees”. Anyway, completely off guard to try one of the most exciting porter experiences ever. The tremendously seductive aroma had a bit of freshly ground roasted coffee, plenty of pure cocoa powder, very nutty, perhaps with hazelnuts, good quality back bacon and a bit of dried forest mushrooms. So good that by the first sip I was already on my knees. Flavours of roasted malts, chocolate, very nutty, and all the melange listed above on the aroma. Sweet, but far from any offensiveness, and just a touch of bitterness. Buttery and velvety, this is a medium bodied masterpiece. That is good regardless of the story.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RexTalionis (2862) - FINLAND - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle 33 cl, BBE 08/2014. Pours clear light brown in color with a small tan head. Roasted malts, old rubber and sweet dark syrup in aroma. A bit of tart notes, light burnt wood and notes of roasted malts in taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4082) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2014
11.2 oz bottle. Black in color (75% opaque) with an average beige head. Aroma is of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, with hints of coffee and smoke. Taste is of bitter chocolate cake (it has a dryness to it that hints of a dry cake, light pumpernickel, and roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4284) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle. The look is somewhat clear, brownish in color, and a thin beige colored head. The smell is malts, roast, dusty, cocoa, black licorice. The taste is roasty, dark fruits, dust, and burnt malts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Finn (4531) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2014
Flaske 0,33l. Fortært i Skibotn 20 Des 13. Ultramørk amber. Veldig lavt skum. Anonym aroma. Med litt velvilje aner et litt røstet malt i ettersmaken men totalt en skuffelse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerheart65 (1090) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 18, 2014
Dark clear brown with bit ruby, head goes so fast that it practically is just ring of lacing on top at most. Dry malty aroma is earthy with bread and grain. Semidry and light in body and feel, low carbonation, medium long malty finish, bit berries here also. Seemed bit uninteresting to me, sorry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
eRock_2013 (301) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Well this is indeed a fascinating Porter, from the impressive backstory about the shipwreck recovered yeast to the nice sweet chocolate coffee finish. Aroma is very impressive, flavorful with caramel, coffee, and roasting malt notes, appetizing. Appearance is a nice translucent off-black. Flavor is distinctive, unusually sweet, with touches of coffee and roasted malt. Maybe some subtle hoppiness. Quite enjoyable, with the exception of the thin palate throughout. Give it a try if you ever come across this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hermod (3767) - Vantaa, FINLAND - FEB 5, 2014
33cl bottle. Dark brown color, soapy, off white head. Orange peel, malt and some veggy-like notes in aroma. Wtf! Flavor is smilar with orange peel, malt, mild roastedness, caramel notes. Not good by any means. Weird brew.

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