Darwin Brewery
Brewed at Elgoods

Style: Porter
Sunderland, England


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RATINGS: 618   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 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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Oakes (19911) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2001
light brown colour, a dusty, sooty malt aroma and palate, which is quite dry throughout. This beer, along with a couple of other traditional examples, uses the original 'brown malt', which defined the original porter style, but disappeared until very recently.

THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2001
Beautiful in color, taste is just right. I really like this Porter.........

The Friar99 (223) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2001
Dark ruby color, excellent malty taste and aroma. This is what I call beer.

fraternie (1034) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2001
Has potential, but doesn't balance out the bite nearly well enough, a problem I have with many beers of this style.

jstu9 (403) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2001
The story susposedly is this is brewed from yeast that was found in bottles from a sunken ship in the English Channel. A nice flavorlful Porter. Not the best Porter I've had. Not all that thick, but had some hops flavor in it as well.

Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - DEC 8, 2000
Real good, extra choclatey. The yeast found on that shipwreck really made this good.

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