Yeastmaster (44) - USA - SEP 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Molasses and chocolate nose. Very dark copper. Dry chocolate finish with a thin late smokiness. Thin body.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very mild English porter. Medium, dark brown. Slightly creamy. Only mild hints of roastedness. Very plain.
Trappist (286) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BillKismet (3502) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.