Darwin Brewery
Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England


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RATINGS: 617   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.

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Mishnok (482) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2018
Managed to acquire a bottle of this via a friend who got a batch from the brewer. Interesting back story of how the yeast for this beer was recovered from a very old bottle and then cultured by Keith Thomas at Brewlab in Sunderland. Anyway, it pours dark, black, with a bit of head at first. Faint roasted malt aroma. Taste is smooth, roasted malt and milk chocolate. Nice porter, easy drinking. Slight criticism that body is a little thin. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Kleg (496) - The Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2017
Black pour with dark ruby highlights and a small beige head with decent retention. Spotty lacing. Nice roasted malt flavor with some licorice mixed in. Smooth and lightly creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Take away the licorice flavor and it would be better.

shrubber85 (11806) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2017
Bottle. Molasses, raisin, chocolate malt, and dry hay aroma. Dark brown with small head. Moderately sweet molasses, chocolate malt, light black pepper, and mildly bitter dry hay flavor. Good body. Very nice.

hershiser2 (3968) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2017
$2.99 Bottle from Market Street Wine Shop, Downtown. Pours clear dark brown with only a dusting of a beige head. Aroma of coffee, peat, toffee, light smoke, chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, wood, earth, coffee. Dry and earthy.

zacgillbanks (5765) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2016
Bottles from Coppers, Newcastle and Binns Darlington (2003). Very dark copper coloured with a rich oak, toffee and malty flavour with chocolate and smooth roasted notes on the fruity finish. Very good.

HourGlass13 (1119) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 29, 2016
Pours dark brown with very thin lacing. Aroma is rich caramel chocolate, slightly earthy. Medium sweet taste. Roasted malts dominate the taste with the same earthy raw flavor. Overall good aroma and flavor.

tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

klaing (282) - Florida, USA - SEP 16, 2015
Dark pour, thin with no head to speak off. Intense flavor for such a thin and low alcohol beer, chocolate malts mostly with mild hops. Best drunk at room temp. Great story on it as well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

weihenweizen (4374) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a glass. Dark brown with no head. Roasty dark malt, medium body, low carbonation, and no lacing. Taste is roasted malt.

cmacklin (1446) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 27, 2015
12fl.oz. bottle. (As Original Flag Porter) Pours an opaque, dark brown with a thin, beige head. Sweet aroma of roasted malt with dark chocolate and coffee. Sweet flavour of roasted malt, liquorice, dark chocolate and coffee with a mildly dry, bitter finish. Medium body with a watery texture and soft to flat carbonation.

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