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Darwin Brewery
Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England

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RATINGS: 616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Available in bottle
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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3.6
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Very black with a moderate white small bubble head. Has a very dominate burnt skunk/english bitter aroma to it. Tastes like watered down chocolate with a small amount of garbage feel to it. Sounds bad, yet comes out pretty nice when all is combined. I can enjoy it, very refreshing for a porter. I like.

3.4
ZepolK (102) - South Side Montebello, California, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Dark brown to black with medium head and some noticeable lacing. Flavor was bitter chocolate and coffee with some roasted malt. Nice example of the style.

4.1
Reid (2625) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2003
mmm unusual label story lets see how those 1825 yeasts hold up. The beer pours a nice dark mahogany brown with a good sized tan head,,though it goes down pretty quick all in all a good looking beer. I liked the aroma of this beer,,very roasted malts so very chocolaty..but yet fresh. again nice taste very cocoa like in the first instance then a dark coffee flavour takes over,,theres a hint of bitterness at the end( hops) Feels very comfortable on the tongue,,tasty! A quite drinkable Porter..i liked it,,very nicelly done.

3.5
Shag (3045) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2003
I didn't find this porter to be all that complex. Brownish/black appearance with a nice head. Flavor was slight bitter chocolate and a tad bit of smoke. It was a little thin and 1 dimensional for a porter. An enjoyable drink but not very complex.

3.9
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2003
Bottle: almost stout-like appearance. Creamy, creamy mouthfeel. Big chocolate flavor. I like the rater that said it tasted like a Tootsie roll! Very cool story behind this brew and a very good brew to back it up!

3.7
thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2003
Nearly black brown/red porter. No head. Cherry nut chocolate nose. Tootsie role. Earthy woody flavor. A little bit of sweetness but salty as well. Good porter.

3.7
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2003
Pours a deep brown getting close to black and has red edges with a tannish head. Roast and chocolate malts in the nose. Sharp roast flavors with some more of that chocolate. Woody taste in the finish. Nice porter.

3.4
sloth (2936) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Small brown head, short lived. Black brew with ruby red highlights when held up to the light. Phenolic, chocolatey nose. Medium body. Chocolate and some roasty flavors with some slight acidity also. Finish is dry, fruity.

3.9
TheBeerGod (6261) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2003
Pours a DEEP brownish red. Small tan foam on top. Nose is slightly bitter. Almost a salt hint to it. Some roasted malt as well. Wonderful taste! This is how I like it. Creamy chocolate and coffee mixed with molasses and salt. Pleasantly bittersweet finish. This was very good.

3.7
Yeastmaster (44) - USA - SEP 28, 2003
On some swallows, there is a coppery bitterness, on others, it tingles like touching a battery with your tongue. The aroma and flavor almost make me think they poured in port wine. Every swallow is different. Very very rich and complex flavors.


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