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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2003
Poured a deep black with a tan small frothy head. An aroma of bananas, alcohol and malts. The taste is of coffee, nuts and malts. A smooth medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
Very dark with a ruby hue. roastey and chocolatey bitter dark cocoa. Nutty notes and coffe hints. Too effervescent, rather thin and metallic on the finish. Fizzy and foamy, but tasted alright.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Dark red body, small tan head receding, roasty nose. Well-balanced coffee and chocolate flavors. Mild finish with cocoa notes. Hops don't assert themselves much. The fairly light body is the only flaw.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Excellent English porter, with a sweet, smooth, yet complex taste. Definately one to try when sampling porters!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
artvandalay (16) - USA - FEB 17, 2003
Nice complex porter. One with lots of hidden flavors that keep you working. Can be a bit challenging. This is the porter to set sites on if you really wanna know this genre. Some are bigger(sam smith), some are mellower. This one gives lots of real full flavors, that go great with a big fat steak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2003
Dark beer. More carbonation that I expected. Beige head. Tasted of roasted coffee and chocolate. The finish wasn't as good as other porters. It leaves a doughy taste in your mouth and there are traces of sulfur. Not a bad beer, but not the best porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Very deep dark color with a crimson hint. Medium size light tan head. Roasted and especialy chocolaty aroma. A little more highly caronated than expected which is giving me a little trouble discerning the more subtle flavors. The flavors present are mild at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
This beer poured a very dark amber color and formed a light tan foamy head that left some latticed lace as it subsided. Some carbonation was present. An aroma of malt and burnt coffee is present. A flavor of malt and burnt coffee. Fairly light for a porter, but not a bad beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (14124) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2003
Dark brown body with medium tan head. Aroma is rich cocoa and roasty. Taste is mildly sweet, cocoa, bit of coffee, finishes with a bit of roasty (and some hoppy) bitterness. A little thinner than I like, but it's certainly not thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Pours a nice dark color, with a dark brown head. The aroma is light, but smells of nuts, and chocolate. The flavor, is quite nutty, some caramel, and chocolate touches linger over the palate. It finishes with a slightly hoppy touch. I'd like to have a little more fullness of flavor, or something to differentiate it from other porters.

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