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Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England

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RATINGS: 596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (693) - Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours dark brown with a small tan head with little lacing. Aroma of coffee beans and light chocolate. Taste is brewed coffee with a little chocolate and roastiness and some mild grainy bitterness. Finishes dry and clean. Mouthfeel is soft with a medium body and low/moderate carbonation. Solid porter with an interesting story.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sarpa (863) - FINLAND - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle 33cl from K-market Duo @ home. 4.5% abv. Pours dark amber, pretty light color for a porter.Small white head. Sweet malts,bread, some roasted malts. Light body, sweet malts in the flavour.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TET (1616) - FINLAND - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle (alc. 4,5%). A reddish, dark brown beer with a weak and beige head. The nose is strongly ryebready slightly malty sweetness. Taste of dark malts, sweet, hint of roastiness, some tense herbs in the end. Light+ bodied, mild carbonation. Unfortunately, only moderate beer, too little of roastiness and too much of sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (5629) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2014
33 cl bottle (4,5%) @ home, BBE 08/2014
Aroma has some roastiness and cocoa. Perhaps also hints of coffee. Flavour has cocoa, some nuts, roastiness and coffee. Feels a bit like a dunkel but is too smooth to be one. Too light and straightforward, but decent anyway.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ClubGonzo (3993) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2014
Bottle (4,5 %) from Matkroken Natland, Bergen. Pours a deep coppery clear body with a small white head. Porter, say you? Nose is bready malts, sweet caramel, grains and hints of vanilla and wet grass. Taste is mild grainy tones, nuts, hints of wood and hay. Light body, soft carbonation. Extremely mild, and not something I would associate with a "porter" - then again, since this is an "historical recreation" it could very well be truer to the original style than what I am used to. Fair enough, but ultimately quite boring.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
djoeye (1380) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2013
330ml brown btl 4.5% b@eurospar. Beige to offwhite head, some lacework, red-brown body clear. Scents; malts, some herbs and grass. Taste: roasted sweet malts, some raisins or prunes, some butter-toffee. Fruity-watery but not too thin to palate. Herby aftertaste, grainy, still roasted sweet malts, some chocolate or toffee hints.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikkopen (827) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 27, 2013
330 ml bottle (4.5 % ABV). Dark reddish brown colour, thin off-white head. Sweetish aroma of raisins, roasted malt and chocolate. The flavour is sweetish malty, with toasted notes and dark fruits. OK.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnar (5225) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2013
Bottle from Lerøy Mat, Bergen. ABV 4,5 %. Pours clear dark ruby with a small beige head. Nice inviting aroma of chocolate and light roasted malts. Smooth mouthfeel, weak roasted caramel, coffee and burnt chocolate, light bitter finish, short aftertaste. Weak body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (1925) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 30, 2013
@Sergio’s in Louisville. Appearance detracts - clear dark ruby brown, bubbly rim head, no lace. Taste is roasted caramel malt that grows as it moves through the palate, adding mild dark fruit before turning to light bittering. Solid example of the style.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ERB92 (261) - Bergen, NORWAY - NOV 27, 2013
Chocolate, coffee and some nuts in the aroma. Dark brown with a red tint to it. small tan head. Medium sweet with light bitterness. Light to medium body with a soft carbonation. Overall a OK porter, easy drinkable.


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