Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England


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RATINGS: 609   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Suttree (5317) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2003
Burgundy to black, white head that goes away quickly. neat on the tongue, and then big chocolate flavor. Milk like texture, sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2003
Above average roasted nutty aroma. Dark, black with a small head. Sweet roasted chocolate, not much hop in the finish. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2003
Pours a dark brown color with a thin, light tan head. The overall aroma is rather light, but that aroma is strongly comprised of chocolate with a hint of roasted malt and a decent hop character. A nice mouthfeel that is not too thick or too thin. A nice flavor profile that combines the chocolate and coffee with a nice hoppy finish. A very pleasant porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1378) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2003
Nice smooth liquid. Dark ruddy brown color good head. Nice full roasty aroma. Hints of sweetness. Very good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2003
Ruby brown color with a thin layer of foam. Aroma is somewhat malty with a light English hop presence. Flavor is thin and roasty. This could be thicker, but is a good example of the English style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2003
Chocolate maltiness and very smooth. Typical for English porter. Hops not overly-asserted and this brew is relaxing to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeaverBrown (245) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 30, 2003
This beer was a brown almost black color with a tan head. Smells like banana. Not much to flavor but had a nice nutty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Poured a deep black with a tan small frothy head. An aroma of bananas, alcohol and malts. The taste is of coffee, nuts and malts. A smooth medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Very dark with a ruby hue. roastey and chocolatey bitter dark cocoa. Nutty notes and coffe hints. Too effervescent, rather thin and metallic on the finish. Fizzy and foamy, but tasted alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Dark red body, small tan head receding, roasty nose. Well-balanced coffee and chocolate flavors. Mild finish with cocoa notes. Hops don't assert themselves much. The fairly light body is the only flaw.

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