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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (2807) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (5014) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HourGlass13 (785) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (3605) - Charleston Area, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmacklin (1072) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (3445) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUN 16, 2015
Dark black body brown head nice lacing. Slight Lactose and roast malt coffe Aroma. Taste is sweet and milky with a touch of roast and a touch of sweetness. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (3174) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2015
Old rating. Bottle from old town. Shaker pint. Black with a small tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee and peat. Thin body with a smooth watery mouthfeel. Soft carbonation like a flat soda. As it warms some chocolate and dark fruit come out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cutitoutdave (67) - - MAY 9, 2015
Pours dark brown from 12 oz with minimal quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of cola and coffee. Roasted malt flavor with dry bitter finish. Flat. Decent porter fairly unremarkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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