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Original Flag Porter - Darwin Brewery Ltd.

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Original Flag PorterOriginal Flag Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

246 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Darwin Brewery Ltd. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: woemad on 12-04-2003)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours dark, with fast disapearing white head. Malty and a moderate roasty aroma. A bit above average mouthfeel. Very smooth, good drinkability. The taste is mostly rich malts, the roastiness in the secondary. Biased on the sweet side. Good understated carbonation.

04-01-2011 04:07:08 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3/5  rDev -22.1%

Pours an opaque black with a 1/4 inch foamy tan head that quickly fades to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark malt, caramel/toffee, dark fruit, and some port wine aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some dark fruit and port wine flavors. There is a mild tartness in the flavor as well. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very average beer all around and honestly a bit disappointing in my opinion.

07-21-2012 04:27:51 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

11-22-2012 21:26:18 | More by djrn2
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev 0%

A: The beer is clear yet very dark amber (near black) in color and has a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that faded away very slowly and left a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of semisweet chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has chocolaty flavors but isn't nearly as sweet. There are some notes of coffee and hints of roasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and it is quite sessionable with the low alcohol content.

02-17-2011 03:08:17 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Darkest mahogany with a faint glimmer of garnet, only noted when backlit with bright sunlight. A tight-bubbled, two finger, beige crown is created on the pour and leaves less lace than expected. A slurred collar is the extent of the glass coverage.

The aroma is impressively aromatic and is redolent of strong Arabian coffee and chocolate fudge. I don't usually like this much coffee in my porter noses, but this one has enough else going for it (dark fruit and subtle hops) that I love its depth as well as its power.

The flavor is pretty special as well. Original Flag is a good old-fashioned, classic porter. I love the fact that the yeast strain was rescued from an 1825 shipwreck in the English Channel; it gives the beer authenticity. It's a tad lighter of body than I prefer and the taste isn't exactly bold (as is the fashion currently, at least in this country), but it's a complex and delicious ride.

Nothing dominates on the palate. Coffee blurs into chocolate blurs into sweet raisins blurs into overripe apples blurs into light treacle blurs into roasted barley (not sequentially of course) and it's all tied up into an incredibly drinkable package. Again, I wish that the body was bigger in order to provide a little more flavor linger.

Although I normally prefer (often big) American porters to (often not so big) English ones, I wouldn't change a single thing about Old Flag. It's a classic version and is great beer no matter what flag you drink under.

01-06-2005 15:49:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Appearance: Pours a brutally dark brown body with a flimsy little head and no lacing

Smell: Nice, but faint nose of coffee and mocha

Taste: Initial chocolate milk flavors which fade into a bitter coffee; finishes dry

Mouthfeel: A bit lighter than I would like; low carbonation

Drinkability: All in all, despite its flaws, a very drinkable porter

09-21-2005 00:01:39 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

First time drinking this beer. I'm thoroughly impressed. Good aromas of chocolate, coffee, barley malts, and roasted malts. A hint of fermentation sourness adds to the complexity. Looks nearly black with a slight tan foamstand that stayed til the end. Tastes full and round with the chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, and a hint of cream. Never aggressive not dominant in any flavor. Melded together nicely. Quite rich and smooth on the toung. Easy drinking. Quite silky and bold. I highly recommend.

02-02-2006 13:52:18 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured a deep dark brown, nice opagueness, but still some light through on the sides and bottom. Nice short lived off white head with decent lace and audible carbonation. Smell was a decent english average porter. Caramel sugar and roasted malts were really the most notable aromas. The taste was smooth, crisp, a tad watery with the caramel being mellowed somewhat by a nice albeit small hoppy back. Overall this was a nice light sessionable porter. Could really throw down a few of these and the light caliber went well with dinner. Not really a late night sipper, but not a bad ballgame beer.

04-26-2007 21:43:33 | More by mikesgroove
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights thru out almost no head to speak of here,great aroma of cocoa,smoke,and dark roasted coffee very rich and appetizing.Taste does not live up to the aroma though somewhat watery but there some smokey flavors and some bitter chocolate.Like I said the beer seemed a little to watery thinbut there are some good characteristics for a quality brew going on.

07-23-2004 01:23:17 | More by oberon
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

Brewed with 1825 yeast salvaged from a sunken vessel in the English Channel using an original 19th century recipe.

Pours very dark brown that you can barely see through, even though it is clear. Minimal tan head in my snifter. Nose is very nice. Thick chocolate. Not cocoa powder or beans, but more like a chocolate bar. Flavor is as you would expect from the nose. Nice thick malty tones. Pronounced bitter tone stays firm. For staying power, this one keeps a good score. Feel is thin though on the liquid side. A lot less than you would think, but the carbonation is good. This is a very good English Porter. Definitely worth trying, though I would absolutely love to try an extremely fresh sample of this.

01-01-2008 07:03:39 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and sweet with flavors of dark fruit, black coffee and dark chocolate. There's a touch of smokiness and a mild but complementary hops presence that comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent sessionable porter that is worth drinking for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

09-15-2009 03:56:26 | More by TheManiacalOne
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-17-2012 07:03:21 | More by nickfl
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%

Pours a deep red/chestnut with a 1 finger deep tan head. No lacing or head retention

S: Choclate & that's it

T: Choclate & iron up front. Finishes fruitty witm more iron

MF: A bit thin, but good carbonation

Drinks okay, but nothing special as porters go

08-17-2006 05:31:48 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

The original porter, poured into a Delirium tulip because that's what I had in my hand. Beer is brown and mildly hazy with a decent head without much staying power that leaves some lacing on the glass, low carbonation.

Aroma is mild and a little sweet.

Beer is thinner than expected and mostly sweet with minimal roast in the back of the mouth. It is simple and easy to drink but I fail to see what is special about it. The original yeah I get it but what else? I find myself wanting more of anything here, more body, more carbonation, more sweetness or more roast. I'd have it again but I doubt I'd buy it again, unless on cask, I'd be interested then.

01-18-2011 17:44:18 | More by drabmuh
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%

I had this bottle at the Brickskeller in D.C., served cool in a pint.

A - Deep brown w/ medium brown hues and a quickly dissipating head of light tan.

S - Malty w/ a creamy sweet note and lactic yeastiness w/ a tinge of roasted grain and subtle spice.

M - Rich nutty feel w/ cocoa sweetness, low carbonation and creamy qaulities.

T - A toasted sweet English malted berry note w/ a fine nutty coffee-like flavor w/ spice hops and a creaminess w/ caramel and buttery toffee flavors.A subtle peppery note w/ a woody aspect w/ dry notes of subtle hop under the dark malt flavor. A smooth cocoa taste along w/ English yeast flavor providing the most complex toasty and full maltiness in a rather impressive porter.

D - A masterpiece for my taste, a top notch porter, world class, sessionable and supremely drinkable.

01-25-2008 16:04:08 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +3.9%

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and creamy black and chocolate malt scent. It is sweet with a bit of a dry finish. The taste is good as well. It has a black and earthy flavor with a sweet, creamy chocolate malt finish. It's thin, but a very flavorful beer that drinks well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine porter. I love the chocolate characteristics. It has a great aroma and taste; a good drinker.

03-29-2005 02:21:31 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Interesting cap on this one - "Contains barley and may contain wheat, oats, rye and spelt". MAY?? Doesn't the brewer know the exact ingredients? Anyway, on to the beer...

Pours very dark brown - almost black with a thin head that becomes a patch leaving little lacing.

The smell is of molasses/toffee, dark wood and a hint of charcoal.

The taste follows the nose very well with a bit more intensity and some underlying earthiness and hints of dark fruit. The charcoal lends a touch of smoke and the balanced sweetness gives way to a dry, woody finish.

It's rather full for a medium-body/

This has the characteristics of a classic English Porter, meeting the requirements of the style very well. Nice example of the style!

09-16-2007 20:08:14 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-27-2011 15:53:30 | More by Rochefort10nh
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-08-2014 02:17:26 | More by XmnwildX12
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Halcyondays

California

4.22/5  rDev +9.6%

11.2 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark brown to black as I can see, with less than a finger of tan head. Some lace.

S: Very appealing, with a striking myriad of different chocolates, with some blackberry and cherry. Some sweet licorice.

T: Light chocolate and dark malt with a light fruitiness. The ale yeast really comes across giving it a complexity you're more apt to find in Belgian beers. A good flavour, but not full-flavoured.

M: Very soft carbonation, light-bodied, easy on the palate, little bit of a tang at the finish, very drinkable.

D: Tasty, low alcohol it would make for a nice session porter. English Porters have really been impressing me as of late, and this is another good one.

08-29-2010 05:55:34 | More by Halcyondays
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-06-2012 16:46:27 | More by DrunkinYogi
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GClarkage

California

4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

4/17/05- Purchased at a wine and spirits store in Sonoma, CA

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no date. Poured into my Corsendonk tulip.

Appearance- Deep and dark, small white tight head and light lacing.

Smell- Pretty heavy on the semi-sweet chocolate and the roasted malts.

Taste- Mmmmm, the chocolate really comes through in this one, even when it's colder. Malts are in good harmony with the dark chocolate taste.

Mouthfeel- Light carbonation, nice semi-thick mouthfeel.

Drinkability- I'f I can find it again, I'll probably snag a few more. I think it was about $2.75 per, but worth it.

04-18-2005 02:53:33 | More by GClarkage
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

11-13-2012 20:17:34 | More by imperialking
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

Smells of sweet, Belgian chocolate at first. Unfortunately, cardboard creeps out as it warms and knocks this down a notch. Otherwise, it's highly drinkable. It appears brown with an off-tan head. The flavor has a touch of herbal hops with the Belgian chocolate and chocolate grains. A tasty beer, I wish I could get it fresh.

03-12-2008 03:17:54 | More by tempest
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-11-2014 20:11:48 | More by Georgiabeer
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Original Flag Porter from Darwin Brewery Ltd.
86 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.