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Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England

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RATINGS: 601   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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hermod (3340) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
liinis (1580) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2014
Can’t see why this beer should be on the list of beers to try before you die. It has nothing special.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esox (1086) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2014
Bottled. Dark reddish brown color, weak head. Grainy maltis and liquorice-like roastedness with salty/seaweedy notes. Dryish grainy, slightly sour bready flavor. Light bitterness and slightly salty finish. Quite round but slightly flat texture. Cask version could be more interesting.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (8202) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 26, 2014
330ml bottle, 4.5 % abv, bought at Kjeller 5 in Tromsø. Noisy pour gradually revealing a crystal clear brown coloured body topped by a fair, beige head. Fragile lacing. Mid-roasted and mid sweet malty smell, mild liquorice to it. Malty taste of dark caramel, earth and nuts followed by bittersweet dark fruits towards the ending. Medium to thin bodied. Just alright on a Saturday afternoon relaxing at home, 25.01.2014.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
SperkeleForce (569) - FINLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle 33 cl. Pours black brown with an massive overflowing head, overflowed after opening bottle too. Notes of licorice, sweet malts, salt. Nice smooth licorice taste. Slightly watery body. Ok porter.
Earlier Rating: 1/25/2014 Total Score: 3.2
Bottle 33 CL. Pours black brown with an massive overflowing head, overflowed after opening bottle too. Notes of licorice, sweet malts, salt. Nice smooth licorice taste. Slight watery body. Ok porter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (742) - 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 (916) - 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 (1689) - 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 (5777) - 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 (4119) - 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.


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