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Original Flag Porter 1825 - Elgood and Sons Ltd

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Original Flag Porter 1825Original Flag Porter 1825

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BA SCORE
86
very good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elgood and Sons Ltd visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Now brewery by Darwin:
 http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profi ... /935/14563 

(Beer added by: pezoids on 09-30-1998)
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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.88/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I recieved this in my monthly club selections from Half Time distributing, so I'm surprised to see it listed as retired!

This beer has made a Porter fan out of me! It's an amazing story of culturing yeast from sunken 19th.Century beer and recreating it!

This has a full long lasting head, dark brown color, well carbonated and just the right malt taste. Considering the yeast it should have tasted like old boots !
(Which does happen, I know, I once homebrewed a batch that was booty!)
Hopefully, you can get your hands on some of this realy superb brew!

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of greenjeff4141
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The smell is very mellow and subdued. The best way to describe this porter is to say it was like silk. Very smooth, very little carbonation. The taste is of chocolate and a little smokey charcoal flavor. Very creamy texture.

One of my favorite Porters.

greenjeff4141, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Chsyhkr
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful robust porter enjoyed with Ginger and Squash Bisque at a local restaurant.

Full bodied, great aroma of dark breads and chocolate.

Nice full head with good carbonation.

Wonderful bittersweet chocolates with sweet breads flavor stands on its own.

A great example, never mind the nonsense about the 1825 yeast!

Chsyhkr, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was intrigued by this beer, and the history involved. Definitely a draw.

It poured a nice red-brown color with almost no head... but that is because I poured it slowly.

The aroma was of dark, rich malt, hints of bitter chocolate, and a light roasted undertone. Very well-balanced.

The taste was of nice dark malt, very smooth and easy-drinking, with a lightly roasted finish. Very good indeed.

connecticutpoet, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of AlexJ
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A nice find at Peabodies in Boone, NC. It pours from the bottle a dark brown, cola colored brew. It puffs up a nice 2-fingers of milk-chocolate colored head. Head soon fizzles down to a ring, leaving some spotty lace as it does.

The aroma is all chocolate, coffe, and vanilla, mmm. Sweet, roasty and toasty, brimming with fresh-baked brownie appeal. This is how I want my porters to smell, right on!

Oh yeah, loads of creamy cocoa and dark, roasted malts upfront, followed by bittersweet coffee and espresso notes. There is a bit of vanilla, cinnamon, and light, yeasty spice flavors playing around as well. This is delicious!

The only thing it lacks is the body of a hearty porter, but the abundance of perfect flavors make up for it. Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy, and soft. The end result, a porter that packs a ton of flavor, while remaining light, quaffable, quenching, and absolutely satisfying.

AlexJ, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of edchicma
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An extremely nice brew..dark chocolate appearance with aa rich chocloate smell. Taste is mild, but with a very smooth malty presence that is slightly smoky. Mouthfeel is somewhat light, but carries enough body to be much above average. Extremely easy to drink, with a pleasant, malty aftertaste.

edchicma, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of coati858
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think I bought this bottle about 6 months ago and just found it.
The verdict?
Delicious. Rich, unsweetened (but not bitter) chocolatey goodness. One of the nicest porters I've tried. It's a bit different, maybe less of the sour hint at the finish that some porters have.
I hope it's not retired: I want to get some more of this. Well done, Elgood & Sons.

coati858, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of stealth
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a cool story to go with this brew. I'm not really sure if it's just marketing, but regardless, this is a great one. Sour, roasted aroma - off-putting some, very inviting to me. I was really impressed with the sour yeasty taste, and this characteristic is what really made me love this beer. I had this brew prior to finding my real love - the sour ale, and this was a good indicator of where I was headed. Grab it if you can find it.

stealth, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of beergeek279
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is a dark brown, with a ring of white head. The smell is a very rich chocolate/roasted malt. The taste is a very strong coffee/chocolate malt; fairly dry but still quite good. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have many of these.

On a recommendation (based on an argument on the best porter), I gave this a try, and I have to thank the man who recommended this beer, because it definitely stands up with the best of them, If this is how porter tasted in 1825 then, minus a life expectancy of 40, it would have been a good time to be alive!

beergeek279, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of champ103
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a dark ruby brown color. A very light tan head forms with pour retention. A light film of lace.
S: Roasted malt with caramel, chocolate, and light coffee. A sour, almost tannin like fruitiness.
T: Not very complex, but a perfect blend of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and coffee. I light sourness that follows the nose.
M/D: A medium body that is creamy and smooth. Exceptionally easy to drink. Something I could session all day.

This is a really good English Porter. It has pretty much everything I look for in the style. Highly recommended for people like me that love the style.

champ103, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my Hommel snifter, Flag Porter is a dark garnet black with only a wisp of a collar, a few large bubbles.

Smell is a bit of sweet caramel malt, chocolate malt balls, slightly charred and a touch sour, but in good ways that are most appropriate to the style.

Taste is nice chocolate malt, neither sweet or bitter but very smooth, a slight lactose character. Again, just a slight amount of char and lactose on the slightly bitter finish, a very nice English porter.

Mouthfeel is lighter, with just a bit of crisp, tight carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, a light and tasty porter for sure. I heard this beer is no longer made, which would be a real shame both as a good beer and for it's historical significance. However, it's still readily available in my area, so hopefully that's not the case!

ccrida, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle into a Belgian wine glass. As everyone else, I also question the retirement of this beer as it is the only one from the brewery that I can find.

Appearance- Beer pours a dark brown red black with a rich lustrous finger of tan Bailey's Irish cream coloured head. Lacing is glued to the sides for the duration of the beverage's enjoyment.

Smell- Rich roasty malts with a hint of sour that for some reason doesn't seem out of place. A dusty graininess also lingers and seems to be in the right place as well. I can only assume this is the yeast and I would love to get my hands on some old 1825 yeast for my porters as well. Hops are noble and subdued.

Taste- This is clearly a special porter, a creamy rich texture that comes of super smooth with a chocolatey taste on the back of the tongue. A near toffee sweetness and caramel hints linger with a mild grainy texture. Hop bitterness is amazingly balanced. Very drying with the chocolate sweetness on the finish, almost like eating baker's chocolate except good tasting.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, smooth, grainy, medium-full bodied, fairly highly carbonated, and decadant.

Drinkability- This is one of the finest porters I have ever had and I would have no qualms against finishing off the entire four pack, unfortunately I'll have to beat my girlfriend at cards a lot more to get the rest of them (and she already got one of my Founders Breakfast Stouts out of this game).

blakesell, May 11, 2008
Photo of TLove
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(From Notes)

This is among the best (if not the best) porters I've had. The beer is at once soft and supple, but layered. It also changes significantly in taste from fridge temperature to room temperature (unless you live in Canada or Siberia or something).

Thin, jet black body with a bubbly brown head that just melts away leaving a moderate lacing. Smell is of roasted dark chocolate, anise powder, and amaretto. Spot on for the style and not at all overpowering. Chocolate malts are milky and slightly burnt in the mouth, where the hop structure begins to come out.

Very English. Great finish, with a touch of light carbonation and crispness that carry the flavours (must go with the English spelling on this one) through to the end.

TLove, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of pezoids
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark chestnut brown color and looked black at first glance. The aroma is very estery – with rich roasted grains, sweet caramel and a fruity sourness. The taste is roasty and smoky. A pleasant and musty sweet maltiness coats the tongue and lingers in the throat. Hop bitterness is low to nonexistent, but the roasty bitterness makes up for it. Fermented fruits come out as the beer warms. Figs and prunes along with candy caramels and a touch of molasses. The mouthfeel is medium to light but matches well with all the intense and dark flavors. Overall, a rich and roasty porter. I enjoyed this beer.

pezoids, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of Todd
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500ml brown bottle. 19th century motif adorns the label with a gold foil sheaf.

Appearance: Dark mahogany in colour, with a brilliant tan lace of a head which retains its froth.

Smell: Sweet caramel aromas and twang, notes of nuttiness and slight alcohol. Within the dark malts, a faint aroma of smoke can be retrieved.

Taste: The tastes echoes the smell. Rich brown malt flavour (extremely rare today) with an up-front caramel chewiness. Nutty, mild tangy sourness, some spiciness, touch of smoke (from the use of brown malt), an intense toasted and thin roasted flavour. All of these meld with a consistent sweetness. The afters go a bit grainy, bready, more spiciness with a mild hop bitterness to balance the palate.

Notes: This is a Porter, a true Porter. Brewed with yeast salvaged from bottles found in a barge, that sunk in 1825 off the English Channel. Without a doubt, this is the best traditional Porter tasted to date.

Todd, Sep 30, 1998
Photo of hotstuff
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This particular Porter poured a small tan head with fine-medium bubbles. The lacing was fair. The body was brown in color. The aroma was that of chocolate and it had a smooth taste and mouthfeel. There was ever so slight of an aftertaste observed. I did not notice much of a coffee flavor with this Porter. This was one heck of a good Porter.

hotstuff, Jun 13, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

TeachChefs, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of grittybrews
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark brown into a tulip with a thin film of tan head. Powerful aroma of molasses, nutty caramel, and hints of fig and vanilla.

Low carbonation and a light mouthfeel that seems to alternate between thin and creamy. Some nutty malt sweetness up front followed by a slightly bitter finish with hints of dark chocolate and bit of coffee. Easy drinking and quite complex, although the flavors didn't quite stack up to the aroma's promise.

grittybrews, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2-ounce bottle poured into a pint glass yields a deep, clear ebony body with chestnut highlights capped briefly by a finger of pale beige head with big soapy bubbles on top. It shrinks quickly to a crescent moon-shape that retains throughout the drink, but leaves very little lacing.

Smell is malty with a pungent note of molasses and savory brown bread. A touch of coffee tickles the nose, as does aromatic pekoe tea.

A rich, full body fills the mouth and is cut very nicely by good carbonation, revealing a light juicy fruitiness, balanced with dry, biscuity malt. A sweet woody note and the roasty essence of bitter coffee emerge, politely taking command of the finish as the drink warms.

Flag Porter is surprisingly refreshing, nicely balanced, smooth, dark and juicy with excellent drinkability and balance.

cvstrickland, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of TheDM
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a small head of light brown fine to medium sized bubbles and a semi-opaque brown body. It has a very nice strong malt aroma and a very smooth mouthfeel. Its flavor is that of coffeea some roasted notes. THis is a very fine coffer flavored Porter indded. It goes down very nice and smmoth. I would definately like to have another one of these!

TheDM, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown beer that you can just barely pass light through. Red Highlights show when held up.

Very aromatic porter here. Lots of roasted malt and chocolate in the scent. Fainter odors of coffee and fruit.

Taste is fruity and acidic on the first taste with a roasted malt after taste. Mild sweetness and chocolate flavor comes net and finishes with the wine like finish of lightly roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel is good and just right.

Drinkability is this beers best quality. Tasty yet not tiring, restrained alcohol level, good aroma and solid mouth feel all combines to make superior quaffer.

Zorro, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of BDTyre
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown colour with ruby hints to ot. Thin, tan coloured head. Roasted malt and and fresh ground coffee scent. Slight chocolate profile.

Roasted, malty taste. Slight faint smokiness to it. Bitter chocolate and coffee in the flavour. Weak sourness in the aftertaste.

Not the best porter I've had...but one of the nicer ones. Smooth mouthfeel, fairly sessionable.

BDTyre, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- An inky dark brown slash mild black hue. Head was a light tan. Lots of sediment at the bottome of the pint glass. Uncommon for most porters.

Smell- Lots of deep roasted malts better described as drak roasted coffee beans. The hops presence was a little rye like in aroma.

Taste- A little creamy note added to the dark roast coffee beans. With some hints of tobacco and wood. The malt presence is very strong with only very subtle bitterness that mixes well with the malts.

Mouthfeel- Mostly silky smooth but with a little dry Irish/cream stout qualities.

scruffwhor, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of Px2GrafX
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 11.2oz. bottle with a black, gold and white label. an old sailing ship is at sea on the label and in big type is "original flag porter". "gold medal 94 points" at the world beer championships."brewed with 1825 yeast salvaged from a sunken vessel in the english channel using an original 19th century recipe". abv is displayed at 5%. no freshness date. "brewed without artificial additives".

appearance: pours a dark brown but not nearly as opaque as other porters. red brown highlights and clear. head is surprisingly light off-white. about a half an inch and eventually drops to a patchy ring. lacing is decent.

smell: mild malt aromas that are lightly sweet with a hint of oatmeal. caramelly with a faint aroma of coffee. wow, a nice cherry aroma sparkles as this brew warms. i get it every time i take in a whiff while sniffing. nice!

taste: malty sweet caramelly biscuits. light bitterness to compliment. a roasted smokiness can be detected along with a roasted peanutty flavor over coffee. aftertaste is sweet and lightly astringent. chocolate flavors become more apparent as the brew warms.

mouthfeel: very light for a porter, however, crisp, clean and smooth. carbonation is light to moderate, and the swallow is silk.

drinkability: very drinkable porter. mouthfeel, aroma and flavors attest to this. alcohol is non-existent. i could definitely make a session out of this.

overall: very nice english porter. definitely has it's place. i prefer a few different things, and probably prefer the american style more, but this is definitely a tasty, easy to drink, and accurate portrayal.

Px2GrafX, Sep 28, 2005
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent mahogany with some ruby highlights. 1-finger light beige head; moderate, layered lacing.

The smell is some sour yeast, chocolate, and slight charcoal. The taste is charred malts, sour yeast, and a little coffee. Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated, but not too acidic.

This is a drinkable beer. I could easily have a session with this, but I don't know how easy it is to find now.

theghost3, Mar 19, 2010
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Original Flag Porter 1825 from Elgood and Sons Ltd
86 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.