Darwin Brewery
Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England


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RATINGS: 622   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Available in bottle
Contract brewed by Elgood for BrewLab/Darwin.
Full bodied porter, hopped with Kents 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DCLawyer (2825) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2015
Bottle->pokal. Dark brown with thin wispy offwhite head. A: subtle chocolate malt, soy sauce, grains. T: roasted and chocolate malt, slight smoke. Thin, watery. Eh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (4136) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle - 330ml. Black body with a thin, fading, off-white foamy head. Decent malty/hoppy aroma with roasted cereals hints. Taste carries woody and coffeeish notes. Ends with a decent bitter/roasty finish. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (5324) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
bottle. deep brown with small head. really nice porter. malty with quite a bit of coffee. roasty with some chocolate. dry, moderately bitter finish. very tasty. awesome story behind this as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2015
4/4/2011. From bottle. dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, caramel. Hints of coffee. Nice flavor profile. Good balance, very clean with a malty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jow (3855) - New York, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Late night bottle at home. Pours deep brown with no head to speak of. Nose is chocolate and cola. Tastes of flat cola, molasses, chocolate, some smoke, and soy sauce. Thin palate very little carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonathonsti (29) - - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with no head to speak of. Aroma of sweet malts, some coffee / chocolate. Taste is lighter than expected - sweetish with smokey aroma finishing through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5514) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
Brun avec un anneau de mousse. Malts rtis, torrfaction, fume et chocolat sec sont les pafums qui me viennent lesprit. Crales noires dilues ou imprcises en ce qui touchent les saveurs. Corps plutt lger et texture mince sans tre aqueuse. Bulles endormies. Finale sche sur des notes de grains brls. Simple mais pas simplet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2014
Bottle from Vintage Estates. Pours a cloudy dark brown. Aroma of big coffee and cocoa powder. Taste is bitter sweet. Really freakin good Porter. Medium body light carb. I liked this more than the averages.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
harrisoni (18219) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2014
33cl bottle from a colleague. 5.0%. Dark dark brown colour lasting beige head. Malty fruity aroma. Its kinda ok, some chocolate but mostly malty. Some fried butter. Its not great, but not terrible. Starts ok but not sure about this melted buttery finish. odd.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (6141) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2014
From Notes: Poured from 12oz bottle at Logan hardware arcade. Black with almost no head. Smell is plum and oily. Not pleasant. Taste is better - has the English style porter twang to it. Malts, fruits, musty, prune and somewhat light. Not bad

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