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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 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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Bottle. Dark brown with a foamy light-brown head. Bready and malty aroma. A little thin with a malty flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2002
Ruddy brown complexion. Dense light tan head. Earthy aromas, light coffee. Light molasses sweetness first. Kinda light-footed on the palate. Buttery burnt toast, espresso, light sourness, and a lngering bitter finish. Decent porter, perhaps a little lacking.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 gem-like rubiness with lathering tan beauty..
aroma was cola-like, with roasty notes too..
morphing flavors as it travels through your mouth..very roasty turning slightly nutty..with an earthy soil ending..sourness lingers in between flavors..Nothing special IMO

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Typical porter brown, crackling tan head that gently fades. An exemplary nose of dark malt, bakerís chocolate, rum, slightly chalky. Thereís a definite charcoal component to this Iíve never identified before, and it rides right along with the malt backbone. Very little sweetness, and a long, dry finish imparted by the very English-tasting hops. I didnít know the story behind this beer until after reading it here, but while drinking I noted that it was very "authentic" tasting, like itís from the old world. Not a bad guess, and a pretty good porter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 16, 2002
Pour seems rather thin and light, head foamy and unstable. Nose very nice though, bittersweet chocolate and hazelnuts. Flavor is wonderful as well, rich and choco-nutty, smooth and low on carbonation, but zesty enough to keep from sappiness. Might be just a tiny bit íflatí or tame overall, but Iím nitpicking. Overall, excellent excellent porter, somewhere in the middle of the sweet/robust line.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2002
I know this is a novelty beer considering itís history,but itís mighty tasty too.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2004 Deep and dark with a sweet and chewy nose. Semi-watery mouthfeel. A lot of sharp and roasted-burnt flavors in the finish. I enjoyed its zingy-tangy hoppiness too. RERATE: Sweet raisin and plum notes enhance the flavor and aroma substantially. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, but decent. Nice balance of sweet malts and zingy hops; though, not a lot of bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2002
Looked black, but actually very dark red. Body was thinner than expected. Raspberry Chocolate malts - started off o.k., but got cloying. Mine needed more hop to help the finish. average porter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Very nice chocolate-coffee-roasty nose. Lacks something in the taste, too thin. Still decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9487) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2002
This beer rocks. Malty (maple syrup), smoke and milk chocolate in the nose. Clear, crimson/ruby in color. Quickly diminishing head... so fast I couldnít even check for color or texture, etc. Still, a beautiful beer. Pungent and malty up front. Pungent and slightly bitter with light smoke on the backside. Milk chocolate, coffee notes. Full-bodied and fizzy. Oily mouthfeel. Long, pungent, dry finish. Thanks go out to herbjones for this one.


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