Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England


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RATINGS: 619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2003
Very mild English porter. Medium, dark brown. Slightly creamy. Only mild hints of roastedness. Very plain.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3605) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 28, 2003
This beer pours a dark color with ruby hints around the edges. I has a small head and a little bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of burned malts and chocolate - very pleasant. The flavor is very full bodied. The flavor is very strongly filled with the taste of coffee mixed with licorice. Personally I'm not a big fan of porters nor coffee, but I must admit that this was a well made and very good porter. Great representation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - JUL 1, 2003
Dark brown with quickly receeding head and no lace. Slight smoke and chocolate flavor, wonderful mouth with a nice lingering maltiness. A nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Dark color with a thin tan head. Slightly smokey, chocolate malt aroma. Perfectly carbonated beer. Sweet and moderately bitter. A nice beer with a great story behind it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hotstuff (4512) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2003
This particular Porter poured a small tan head with fine-medium bubbles. The lacing was fair. The body was brown in color. The aroma was that of chocolate and it had a smooth taste and mouthfeel. There was ever so slight of an aftertaste observed. I did not notice much of a coffee flavor with this Porter. This was one heck of a good Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thedm (5215) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 12, 2003
This brew pours a small head of light brown fine to medium sized bubbles and a semi-opaque brown body. It has a very nice strong malt aroma and a very smooth mouthfeel. Its flavor is that of coffeea some roasted notes. THis is a very fine coffer flavored Porter indded. It goes down very nice and smmoth. I would definately like to have another one of these!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2003
Coffee, brown sugar aroma, mahogany, with a small cappuccino head. Coffee, with cream and sugar flavour. Medium bodied, a touch bitter. Pretty good, but it would be hard to live up to the history.

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