tonka99 (4) - USA - JUL 29, 2002 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I tried this porter because I read about it in one of the brew mags. While it was dark I was slightly disappointed with the mouthf eel and felt that it fell short of something interesting. It improved as it warmed but was still very flat tasting. It had the apperance of coke becuase of the small head and never reallly improved during the tasting.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2005 Flag Porter is brewed from a traditional 19th century British recipe, fermented with original 1825 yeast salvaged from a sunken vessel in the English Channel. Several bottels of the brew were raised from some 60 feet in the Channel in their original condition with their wood stoppers and wax seals intact. When opened it ’tasted like old, wet boots’ according to Dr. Keith Thomas, brewer and microbiologist. But, when put under a microscope he found living yeast. After months of growing this yeast, he brewed a porter using an 1850 recipe. True to porters of this era Dr. Thomas uses barley and hops grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers.
.......................OK, that’s the story, so shouldn’t it be called ’1850 Porter’?
Anyway, the beer is fantastic! Very flavorful, yet drinkable. Fuller than Yuengling’s Porter, and less fizzy, to boot. Who knew such an old beer recipe could taste so good. Dogfish Midas Touch could learn a thing or two from this brew.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance is that of Coke. Nice british bitterness. I can really taste the sunken ship yeast (haha). But really, this came from the depths of the sea.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and dark. Has a sort of malty flavor to it. Dark head that’s large for a porter.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 27, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
full bodied porter is a good description. very tasty with a good burnt and sweet mix. smooth going down. nicely done
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is really good - but it is also really thick (as I understand porters to be). As with other porters - I love to try them, and have a few drinks - but I find them difficult to finish before they sit too long and become gross.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The instription on the bottle does indeed say ’Brewed with 1825 yeast salvaged from a sunken vessel in the English Channel using an original 19th century recipe’. While the latter part of that statement is not too hard to accept, come on. How much yeast could have been on that boat for them to still be bottling it? Regardless, this was a very good beer. This was an easy-to-drink Porter. Not as good as the other Porter related to a sunken ship (The Edmund Fitzgerald of course) but still robust and nutty. The palate was hard to describe, as it managed to be mellow and slightly bitter at the same time. Pours a deep dark brown with a quickly diminishing head. A warm, earthy brew. Very good. Hope they find another ship full of this one.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 11, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep chestnut. Thin tiny bubbled light tan head. Steady carbonation. Musty aroma, molasses, sherry and toasted dark bread. Airy body, slightly overcarbonated. Deep burnt molasses sweetness and bitter roasted maltiness, leaving a dry walnut skin flavor in your mouth. Turns mushy and musty and drier after a couple sips. Light bodied. Hint of sourness, mildly cheek puckering. Overall the malt flavor is thinnish and the impact on your palate is minimal. Trace vinous aspects waver in and out. Finishes even drier with a hint of wood, bitter chocolate and dark wine notes. An interesting but nondescript Porter.
krisfleet (130) - Sharon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer has perhaps the best aroma I have ever smelled. The taste is good also. It is very nutty, and has a definate chocolate coffee quality to it. There are a lot of different flavors teasing your mouth at once. Highly reccommended.
Davhgbrew (731) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong coffee and chocolate aroma in this one. Fantastic palate, perfect consistancy. Very well balanced brew, that is drinkable year round!