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Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England

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common

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RATINGS: 606   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzuriel (1359) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.4
   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.

4.1
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Excellent English porter, with a sweet, smooth, yet complex taste. Definately one to try when sampling porters!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
artvandalay (16) - USA - FEB 17, 2003
Nice complex porter. One with lots of hidden flavors that keep you working. Can be a bit challenging. This is the porter to set sites on if you really wanna know this genre. Some are bigger(sam smith), some are mellower. This one gives lots of real full flavors, that go great with a big fat steak.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2003
Dark beer. More carbonation that I expected. Beige head. Tasted of roasted coffee and chocolate. The finish wasn't as good as other porters. It leaves a doughy taste in your mouth and there are traces of sulfur. Not a bad beer, but not the best porter.


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