Original Flag Porter 1825 | Elgood and Sons Ltd

very good
88 Reviews
Original Flag Porter 1825Original Flag Porter 1825

Brewed by:
Elgood and Sons Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Now brewery by Darwin:

Added by stirgy on 09-30-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 88 | Ratings: 98
Photo of Samp01
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark burnt brown with a small tan head with light lacing. Aroma is of dark roasted caramel malt with some espresso beans. Taste of dark roasted caramel malt lightly burnt espresso and malt give it a mild bitter flavor. Palate is a medium to full body, slightly creamy and smooth texture with mild carbonation. Finishes with a roasted slightly burnt dark caramel malt, some espresso, mild bitterness for balance. Overall a good, flavorful and solid porter

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Photo of stealth
4.42/5  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.

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Photo of jsisko01
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pretty much completely black with almost no head that faded quickly.

Smell - A toffee-like, caramel smell.

Taste - Malty, lightly bitter, with a coffee-like finish.

Mouthfeel - Kinda thick with light carbonation.

Overall - Not the greatest in my opinion.. but I think porters just aren't my thing.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.87/5  rDev +27.5%
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!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a semi thick looking black tar liquid. The head came and went pretty quickly. The smell was heavily roasted and burnt smelling with some bitterness on the nose. The taste was kind of charred in my opinion, it was very burnt tasting. There wasn't too much else happening in the taste, I was able to get much of a hop flavor or some kind of dark fruits. The mouthfeel was decent had a dry feel to it. Overall I don't think I'll be missing this beer since it's been retired.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decided to review this one because it is pretty much the beer that got me in to craft brewing. Besides that, the story of the sunken ship is actually pretty cool. The color is very dark brown, and comes with a small amount of white heading. The smell is of light cocoa, molasses and ink. The taste is very similar to the smell, with an almost milky quality that compliments the chocolate characters. The moithfeel is light, and easy on the palate, with just a small amount of carbonation. For me, this is what an English style Porter is. It may not be as impressive as it was when I first tried it, but it is still a damn tasty beer that I am glad I revisited.

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Photo of theghost3
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of TLove
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of mcsquint
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass
A - Dark mahogany, nearly black with thin head
S - Aroma of milk chocolate and milk with a bit of coffee
T - Tastes of chocolate and milk with some notes of coffee. A bit light on the malt for a porter
M - Thin mouthfeel with near zero carbonation. Finishes very quickly.
D - While it is tasty, there are better porters out there for the money. Worth a try though.

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Photo of Greggy
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Not much head on this one. Just a soapy cap. Some decent lacing is present though. The body is brown with some nice chunky sediment.

S- Some nice deep chocolate, vanilla and cream notes with a touch of coffee, and some nice sweet breads and dark fruits.

T- Starts creamy with notes of oak, chocolate, cream, and slight coffee. Finishes dry with residual oakiness.

M- Nice low carbonation and dry finish.

D- @5% this is a nice porter, but there are others out there that are better and a fraction of this price. I paid $3.99 for my single, so that gives you a scope of cheaper options out there.

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Photo of gford217
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, I had to buy this beer when the owner of the bar told me the story. Anyway, it pours a deep mahogany brown with a thin off-white head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. There wasn't a lot to the smell honestly. I got some faint coffee aromas and some sweet malts with some nutty aromas as well. The taste was better, with a well defined roasted character. Chocolate malts and coffee were also present long with a bit of nuts and dark fruit as well. The mouthfeel was a tad thin, but had good carbonation. I enjoyed this porter and it was very drinkable despite not being the most complex porter out there.

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Photo of ccrida
4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
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!

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Photo of coati858
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a dark, ebony hue with a minimal tan, reddish head...
Sweet, malt-dominated aroma with hints of dark sugars, figs, and dates...
Taste, likewise, had an obviously strong malt-backbone along with nuances of roasted malts, dehydrated fruits, including, but not limited to, dates, figs, prunes, caramelized sugars, and sweet honey...
good mouthfeel along with a pretty good level of drinkability to match...
Worth a try...

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Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Very dark brown, almost black, with some ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. A one finger light tan head slowly settles to a thick cap, with spotty lacing along the glass.

Smooth, roasty malts with a little bit of molasses. The hop aromas are lower, which goes along with the English style.

Roasty malts that aren't bitter with a slight creaminess. A little bit of coffee flavor is in there too. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The dark grains linger for a while.

This is a great porter, and a good example of the English style. There aren't too many of these to be found in the U.S., and ultra fresh ones are even rarer. I would love to try this one in a pub. Recommended.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of tpd975
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one says it's retired but it's not. My beer guy just got a nice fresh shipment in.

A: Nice chestnut brown hue with a rather average sized off white head. The retention is low and lace is spotty.

S: Aromas of nice roasted malts with hints of chocolate and brown sugar. A touch of milk can be noted, not real sweetness or hops though.

T: Taste is much better than aroma. Nice hints of chocolate and coffee. Touches of nuts as well. Has a slight lactic quality to it. Nice tasting porter.

M: Medium in body rather smooth and creamy.

D: Nice, I enjoyed it. I will buy more if avaliable.

Overall: A rather drinkable porter with a nice taste. It is clean smooth and refreshing. A nice treat.

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Photo of blakesell
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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).

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable porter. I find it hard to understand why this is listed as retired as its available and their standard porter. Pours a handsome black with lots of white soapy head. Porter coffee aroma. Medium or less mouthfeel,e asy drinkability, with licorice and coffee grounds and nuttiness in there. Significant roast.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights on the edges, not quite opaque. Not much of a head is produced, just a tracing of off white bubbles. Aromas of rich, dark chocolate taffy, given the fruitiness of English ale yeast; a bit of sourness too. Not as robust as American porters, but I imagine no roasted malt has been used, just higher kilned crystal. On the palate, a lowly carbonated brew hits quite slickly delivering a lot more chocolaty flavors. I even get a hint of a nutty aged parmesan. It is certainly very malt forward with no wink of hops evident. Overall, a historically enjoyable beer, but not one which I would seek out in the future.

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Photo of enfield249
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, with lots of particulate mater (yeast) floating about in it. Dark ruby red in color. Now head to speak of.

S - Nice malt smell, roasty. Much better then I would have expected for a beer with this low of alcohol.

T - Nice malty sweetness, chocolate, roast.

M - Slightly astringent in the middle of my tongue, and nice and creamy texture.

D - Very drinkable, I would have this beer all the time if the price wasn't so high.

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Photo of biggmike
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It says on this site that this beer is retired, but I just bought it recently. Interesting story behind this beer having to do with a sunken ship in 1825. Very dark brown with with light tan head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma of black licorice and coffee. Taste is full of roastiness. Pretty good stuff, but there are other porters I prefer.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Original Flag Porter 1825 from Elgood and Sons Ltd
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