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Darwin
Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England

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common

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RATINGS: 597   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9152) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2002

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2002
Itís good, but there isnít anything all that spectactular about it. Cool logo.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2002
maybe iím sucked in by the story, but this stuff tastes like exactly the sorta stuff i could imagine old timers drinking back in the 1850s. strong, savoury malt whiff, with a bit of wood - not unlike some czech tmaves. sadly i didnít get any of the sheets of lace (sounds kinky!) that Gusler got - maybe cause I washed the glass not long before - just something that looks like semi-flat coke. slightly salty malt flavours initially, followed by coffee that youíve dipped your toast into a few too many times. very dry as previously noted. watery mouthfeel. reminds me of James Squire Porter, strangely enough.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2002
Malt nose with a watery finish. There was some doughy and yeast flavors that was in its favor. The story behind the beer gives it extra-added cool points.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2002
Light roasted malt nose. Watery and a bit tasteless even as it warmed up. Roasted flavor is very late in the finish when I expeceted some hops. I find even some oddball baltic porters to be superior to this one. Seems more of a gimmick beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5538) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2002
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2003 Rerate 6/5/03 - Still a damn good Porter but my palate has matured since then, a bit more acidic in the aftertaste than I had remembered and slightly watery; aroma is not quite as pungent and coffee/chocolate/licoricelike still great though - Original 10/12/02 4.8 - Wow! excellent porter, strong, licorice aroma, dark as night appearance. Full bodied to the bottom of the glass. Complex flavors going on here, coffee, chocolate, licorice - all blend together beautifully to form a masterful porter of distinction. highly recommended!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2002
As with all other dark beers, you need to let this one warm up to truly have all of the flavors come out. Somewhat chocolate flavor with a wonderful roasty, coffee-like finish. Not as good as Fullers or Anchor porter, but certainly damn close to them.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2002
Not much of an aroma, and the flavor is somewhat lacking. The finish is a gentle chocolate and the color is dark reddish brown. Not much head retention. Yet there is something about this beer that grows on me with every sip.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5282) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Brewed with yeast from 1825 that was salvaged from a sunken vessel in the English channel. Brewed using an original 19th century recipe. Dark black/brown color, medium head. A full bodied porter. Deeply roasted malts. Carmel and chocolate. Not very hoppy. Full complex flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Interesting beer. Ancient yeast provides no noticeable difference in taste. Still a very nice beer.


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