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Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England

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RATINGS: 612   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.


3.4
   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.

3.3
   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

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crit (3483) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2003
Brown with large lasting tan head. Tinny roasted nose and flavor. Very little body

3.6
   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.

3.8
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Great porter! Nice roasty toasty characteristic to this brew. Dry, with a clean crisp finish. Excellent.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jazz88 (2585) - 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.


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