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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
87
very good

253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprised how light of a dark brown it is. Very-clean - can see right through it, even it poor lighting. The head is a light coffee color, has some stick to it.

Quite a fresh-baked biscuity, molasses-soaked aroma. Really wonderful. Maybe a little caramel too. Almost has a roundabout chocolate milk bouquet.

Nothing particularly unique about the taste, which matches the smell quite closely. Perhaps some hop flavor in front, but only a slight hop bitterness. Mild-to-medium bitter-roasty malt flavor throughout - especially in the finish. Caramel rises up late on the back of the tongue.

Overall, it comes off light-medium-bodied and nicely dry. Sessionable, however, the 'brightness' (bitterness and esters) of the finish is a little numbing

I may have to go back and reassess my perceptions of this beer and the style. My 3 favorite examples (Fullers, Sam Smiths, Old Engine Oil) are all noticeably darker - in color and flavor. This beer reminds me most of an American-style, brewpub brown ale.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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2/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Crystal clear, deep dark amber, head fades fast to a faint layer.

S - Roasted coffee, cocoa powder, semi sweet chocolate. Dry roasted grain. Equal parts sweet and bitter.

T - Dry roasted, grainy, dark bread. Mild black coffee, semi sweet chocolate nibs. Bitter and roasty with a nice finish.

M - Light bodied, drinks more like a nut brown. This beer is mild and drinkable. Lightly carbonated.

O - A beer I'd go for based on how drinkable it is. Good session beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is chestnut brown with crimson highlights. Atop the beer rests a half inch of soapy, beige head that leaves some nice lacing on the walls of the pint glass.

The aroma offers English malts, bread, biscuits, light roast, toffee, chocolate.

The flavor offers brown bread, chocolate, light roast. Lots of English malt character throughout. Just a hint of hop bitterness in the finish.

Light on the palate. Carbonation is moderately low. The body is a tad thin.

Overall, this is very drinkable. Good stuff. I would have this again.

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3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark, copper to brown, with a frothy beige head that quickly drops to a quarter of an inch, leaving no lacing. Lots of fine carbonation can be seen within the Harp nonic.

The aroma is light and grainy with some astringency. There is a dusty background of powdered chocolate.

The light flavors are difficult to distinguish. There is some carob and light sweetness. The finish is faint and modest.

A light body with lively carbonation, watery texture and no alcohol.

This is a tasty and easy flowing Porter. It is a great bar beer or for a long afternoon with friends, perhaps even during a ball game.

Much thanks to friends for introducing this on to me.

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4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark cola black with a small light brown head. Nice viney lacing.

S: Dark raisins, dates, figs, dark malts. Really pleasant, nice.

T: Understated earthy malts, hardly bitter, doesn't linger. Really nice light malty porter here. Tiny hint of dark chocolate, but not at all overpowering. All is well balanced and subtle.

M: A medium-to-full bodied beer with a nice tingle. Hardly any burn at all, really light for such a dark profile.

O: A fantastic porter. I often find myself not really caring for dark stouts and porters because they're so overrun with bitter chocolate overtones, but this really strikes a nice balance and becomes actually very drinkable, even long into the night. Awesome!

Original Flag Porter from Darwin Brewery Ltd.
87 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.