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Darwin
Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England

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RATINGS: 615   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - SEP 28, 2003
On some swallows, there is a coppery bitterness, on others, it tingles like touching a battery with your tongue. The aroma and flavor almost make me think they poured in port wine. Every swallow is different. Very very rich and complex flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2003
This stuff is like pure sludge, a definitely unique porter. Very sweet and dark, with lots of carob, molasses and espresso. Tastes like it has been aged in whiskey barrels. Just has a very full mouthfeel and a very strong alchohol presence. This porter lets you know that you are drinking it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Bottled. Coffee, molasses and chocolate came through from the nose, to the taste, to the finish. I didn't get any of the smokiness that others mentioned. I wish I had; it would have made this good porter even better.

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a dark brown, near black that can be seen through when held up to light with a small amount of off-white head that dissipates quickly to near nothing. Aroma is of caramelized rubbing alcohol with whisky notes. Flavor is of extremely watered down whiskey with a rubbing alcohol tone. Not undrinkable, and not too unpleasant - just not any good taste or smell to speak of. If I want a shot of whiskey or rubbing alcohol, I'll have one - but not by drinking this beer. Sampled at 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
Aroma of molasses and some hops and alcohol. Pours dark brown, thin head. Flavour is bland. Lacks any molasses/coffee tastes. Sourness at the end. Thin and disappointing porter.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
presario (4894) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
Molasses and chocolate nose. Very dark copper. Dry chocolate finish with a thin late smokiness. Thin body.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Definitely one of the great British porters. Stylistically similar to Fullers London Porter, the Flag has a wonderfully vinous aroma with hints of currant, licorice, blackberries and cocoa. It is a muddy brown colour with a thin beige head. The palate is medium to thin. The beer has a subtle roast complexity throughout any overwhelmingly astringent bitter flavours. Definitely some hints of chocolate as well. Very nice porter.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Very mild English porter. Medium, dark brown. Slightly creamy. Only mild hints of roastedness. Very plain.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Not as dark as some other porters that I have tried before. Nice smokey aroma, with a semi-chocolate and banana taste? Very smooth, to almost watery flatness, not the best porter I have ever had but still very good.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3464) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2003
A surprisingly delightful turn-back-the-clock ale. Molasses body with an evanescent head and absolutely gorgeous sweet roast malt aroma with twinges of smoke and licorice. Sweet malt and syrup taste, though a rather flat body--as this brew had minimal carbonation. Swiss chocolate and sweet smokey characters round out the flavoring. No no noticeable bitterness. On the down side, the aftertaste is a cardboard cut out of the initial flavor.


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