Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England


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RATINGS: 597   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 Kentís 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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Very deep dark color with a crimson hint. Medium size light tan head. Roasted and especialy chocolaty aroma. A little more highly caronated than expected which is giving me a little trouble discerning the more subtle flavors. The flavors present are mild at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed a light tan foamy head that left some latticed lace as it subsided. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of malt and burnt coffee is present. A flavor of malt and burnt coffee. Fairly light for a porter, but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11533) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Dark brown body with medium tan head. Aroma is rich cocoa and roasty. Taste is mildly sweet, cocoa, bit of coffee, finishes with a bit of roasty (and some hoppy) bitterness. A little thinner than I like, but it's certainly not thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Pours a nice dark color, with a dark brown head. The aroma is light, but smells of nuts, and chocolate. The flavor, is quite nutty, some caramel, and chocolate touches linger over the palate. It finishes with a slightly hoppy touch. I'd like to have a little more fullness of flavor, or something to differentiate it from other porters.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Dark brown. Hazlenut and light chocolate in the nose. Body is lightly choclatey, semisweet with hints of coffee and light hops. There are better old school porters out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 12, 2003
black, no head. wierd light sprityzness, possibly attributed to the wierd yeast. light roast nose, moderate hops, light bodied

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
Brown with large lasting tan head. Tinny roasted nose and flavor. Very little body

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jefyou (39) - Menlo Park, California, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Good porter. dark brown color, coffee and chocolate flavors. No head and smooth finish. A little too dry and too much carbonation for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2003
Very nice, I need to give props for the whole 1825 yeast strain idea, Iím not sure how much it really adds but itís cool anyhow. The Flag Porter was surprisingly tasty - I was afraid the sunken ship thing was only a gimmick to make up for the bad beer, but itís apparently not - with a very nice roastiness and the "mouth painting" kind of malt that just refuses to let go of the beer til itís finished. Very smooth, nicely sweet, and very good for drinking.

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