Original Flag Porter | Darwin Brewery Ltd.

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Original Flag PorterOriginal Flag Porter

Brewed by:
Darwin Brewery Ltd.
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by woemad on 12-04-2003

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Ratings: 274 |  Reviews: 184
Reviews by Toddv29424:
Photo of Toddv29424
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a midnight black color, with a slight amber hue around the edges when held up to the light. There is zero head when pouring, only slight foam that sits on top of the beer from the bottle. The smell is big and delicious, with many roasty flavors reminiscent of other porters. The taste is pretty unimpressive for the first half of the mouth, but as it sits on the tongue it develops with a thick chocolaty consistency with a sweet malt kick. Successive sips are still impressed by the size of this beer, and it seems there are new flavors each time. Well worth seeking out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This one was a muddy dark brown with just a ring of off-white bubbles. The nose straight-up smells like yoo-hoo. The taste is a swirl of nut, toffee, slight coffee and hints of choclate, with a backbone of muted, earthy, bittering hops. I suppose this is a more traditional/ authentic approach to porter but I'm not so into it. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. This a decent, drinkable, way overpriced beer.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of blitz134
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Minimal, and I mean minimal, head formation on the pour. Basically white by judging the little that did form and quickly disappear. Nearly opaque with some light transmission around the edges showings its dark brown color.

Smell is mostly of chocolate, much like a Tootsie Roll. I can’t help but to keep smelling it as it is so inviting. The taste continues much like the smell with little differences. The chocolate continues as the forefront of the flavor and finishes with a hint of coffee. There was really no hint of the burnt or heavily toasted flavors found in many porters, a nice change.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, I’d prefer a bit thicker feel on the tongue. There is something in the taste, maybe a lack of hops which bring the sweetness in balance which hurts drinkability a bit, but good overall. Worth a try for sure and I’ll probably pick up a couple more.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of merlin48
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, no freshness date, purchased today from the Leaf and Ale in Knoxville, Tn. Pours a clear dark chestnut, with ruby notes when held to the light. Nose is robust with dark roasted malts and lots of dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, initially, but significantly thins out over the course. Taste is dominated by notes of roasted coffee and dark chocolate, with a few modest hints of spices and currants. Drinkability is pretty good, as there's nothing heavy or overbearing here. I'm wondering if my bottle was a bit old given the very minimal carbonation and lack of lacing and head. Still a porter worthy of trying.

Brewery website has an interesting story about the recovery, analysis, and development of this Porter's recipe, and the 1825 shipwrecked barge from which they got the yeast strain.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served into nonic from 12oz brown bottle crimp-on cap.

Deep ruby red,brown hue.Creamy light tan head,lacing and retentive.
A complex moderate aroma mostly carmelly and roasty,hints of licorice,a bit smokey,fruity,slightly winey,chocolatly with hints of vanallia.
The taste was very malty,carmelly,roasty,chocolatly,nutty,also fruity with hints of vanallia.Complex tastes finishing with a semi-sweet chocolatly bitterness that was very pleasing.
The mouthfeel was as creamy as the head looked.Medium body,with a light feel that's smooth and a bit velevety.
A very drinkable porter,enjoyable,with a very pleasing quality to it
Recommended drinking for porter drinkers.

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Photo of pat61
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: aromas of mild chocolate, faint coffee, grain, and dark dried fruit. No burnt aromas.

L: deep dark brown with slowly rising bubbles under a thin, light tan cap. Some chunks floating around in the beer roused from the sediment in the bottom of the bottle. The chunks do not impact the taste.

T: Starts with a mild sweetness, light chocolate, mild coffee and rich malts. Finishes with some spice and a trace of grainy astringency. Chocolate flavors increase as the beer warms. Hop bitterness is medium low. There are no harsh roast or burnt flavors.

F: creamy, medium high body. medium to medium low carbonation.

O: a very drinkable beer with big flavor for the level of alcohol.

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Photo of madeofsteel
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice thick brown syrupy color. Decent looking fluffy head, dissipates after about half a minute, leaving a ringlet. Not much lacing.

S - Rich roasty malt aroma, sort of bitter licorice, mellow molasses.

T - Sweet and roasty malts. Almost watery at times. Very mild bittersweet licorice sort of balances it out.

M - Very mellow, creamy carbonation.

O - This is a very tasty beer, but it's hard to justify at 4/$12.99 Being that this is the first and only time I've seen this beer, it's hard to tell if it's the store or brewery. Not too shabby though.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep brown with a slight red tint to it, light tan head

S- Malty with chocolate and coffee undertones

T/M- a chocolate coffee taste very light carbonation goes down very easy.

D- A nice porter the more porters I try the more and more I like the style. Would be nice on a cool night

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is a dark brown with a ruby tint. There was minimal head to speak of which led to the minimal lacing present in the glass.

Smell: Mostly brown sugar, raisins, caramel, and molasses but with a little roasted malt. Subtle hints of chocolate, coffee, and anise.

Taste: The taste starts of with a nice caramel flavor with a small
chocolate hints. A minor hint of chocolate bitterness sneaks in at the end but it is minimal. The taste quickly subsides.

Mouthfeel: Caramel taste coats the tongue but it doesn't linger very much and there is no carbonation to speak of.

Drinkability: The beer is very drinkable and at 5% I'm sure I could drink a few of these. The taste just isn't anything spectacular and I was hoping for more.

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Photo of Beer21
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer has a dense black body with a garnet glow at the base and a creamy light tan head that sticks to the side of the glass in sheets with each sip.

S- The aroma has a flinty quality with a soft tart note that takes on more of a cherry ester hint as it opens up. There is a roasted malt favor that is clean with a raw grain quality that grows also.

T- The taste has a very faint tartness that is quickly overtaken by a roasted malt flavor with some chocolate notes to it. There are some light estery notes that lead to a dry clean finish. Only a soft roasted hint hangs in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a soft fizz that is just strong enough to scrub the finish.

D- This beer has some subtle but unique qualities underneath a mellow roasted malt flavor and a nice light cherry tartness that compliments the flinty hint in the nose.

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Photo of AleYes
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice evenly balanced porter. Very dark borwn in color, almost completely opaque. Minimal head, nice dark cocoa, coffee, complex smell... Taste even better, cocoa, coffee, char, toast, toffee, can't describe all the complexity. Low carbonation.. a good thing. Very nice all-around porter... not too dry, but with enough hop to let you know it's there. Kitchy description on bottle, but well-worth the try. One of the better porters I've had.

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Photo of Brenden
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a dark brown beer, a bit thicker in look than I might expect, with some dark ruby hues in the light. A small cap of light brown head dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving some spotty lacing moderately on the glass.
The aroma is good and complex but takes some sniffing to uncover. It's a touch smoky under a strong malt backbone with a roasted character bringing out just a bit of cocoa and coffee with a smooth hint of lactic character. Barley elements pull through in the character of the grains underneath.
The taste is well-rounded, bringing out the roasted malts and the impression of barley, cocoa, coffee and smoke with a touch of something lactic and creamy as well as a hint of an herbal twang, I assume from hops. A bit of woodiness sits in here also, adding to an earthy side.
The body is medium, good for a porter though just a hair on the lighter side of it. Carbonation is low, which is good, and the feel goes pretty smooth.
This is a very nice porter and perhaps a standard-setter to build from.

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Photo of eweneek83
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Chocolate to deep red, holds a head for moderate amount of time.

Smell: Roasted nuttiness, mellow sweetness, like a roasty stout.

Taste: Flavorful roasted malt, without being overpowering. Slightly hoppy finish, but no nasty aftertaste. pretty good

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than some other porters, but full-bodied enough to hold interest in your mouth.

Drinkability: Really the defining quality of this beer. almost perfect. - so easy to finish a bottle and then miss the taste 10 minutes later.

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Photo of asabreed
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A very dark amber or very dark brown depending on the light, with a head that starts nicely and leaves not real thick lacing but one with bigger bubbles clinging to the outside of the glass.

Smell: Rich, yet somehow light and airy, and creamy milk chocolate is huge in the nose. Vanilla cream, slight banana, sweet raisins, coffee without the bitterness, slight mocha, and roasted malt. Tons of aromatic sweetness like I've never picked up before in the style.

Taste: Seemingly a bit watery at first, with all the flavors lingering after: milder coffee, milk chocolate, honey, vanilla, raisins, and bit of roasted malt and husk flavors. Lingering roasted malt, slight chocolate, and a bit of berries. I could see this becoming a monolith as a Baltic, but highly flavorful as it stands.

Mouthfeel: A medium-body with light to medium carbonation, which seems to be right on for the flavors that end up lingering in the finish.

Drinkability: I paid $3 for the bottle, but I'm not sure if I'd do it again because it goes down so damn easily. I'd be getting 6-packs if it were cheaper. An interesting and extremely drinkable rendition of the style for sure.

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Photo of darkmaven
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nutty and smoky notes fill the nose, with a little coca-cola on the side. As it warms, maple syrup and oat aromas arise, so that you are somewhere between chesnuts roasting on an open fire and a big bowl of oatmeal with syrup.
Either way, you are comfortable, and that is the biggest impression I took from this beer. It has easy, good solid aromas and a smooth palate, with no rough edges. Easily a crowd pleaser.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kingsdirt
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

AP: Pours brown (no shit), with a lite head that disapates quickly.

S: Chocolate and roasted coffee malt on the nose

T; Roasty malts, chocolate relativly predominant. A little malty sweetness on the finish

m; very lite in comparison to my expectations. A bit of a let down in this catagory

d; session porter.

Served @ 45 degress (a bit cold) as the temp rose some of the more enjoyable characteristics came on stronger. The nose was the best part of the beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of prototypic
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It's dark and chocolaty brown in color. Head is tan and about a finger and a half deep. Retention was good though lacing was fairly average.

Smell: Somewhat light on the nose. Stick with it and it's a mix of chocolate and caramel-toffee malts. Definitely smells sweet. Very light coffee aroma. Perhaps a bit of roasted malts emerges. Not picking up any hops.

Taste: Chocolate and roasted malt flavors are the strongest flavors. There are a bit of toasted nut and coffee flavors in the mix. Pretty straight forward and more bland than I had hoped.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied profile. Carbonation is okay, but not great. It's decently smooth, but its bland taste limits drinkability. Overall, it's okay but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of hoptualBrew
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown/black in color. Khaki tan head recedes to a film, descent sticky lacing. Ruby red hues around edges when held to light, looks clear.

Sweet chocolate, leather, touch smoke, English toffee, mineral profile, fresh bread, light fruit ester.

Palate is really mild, but refined. Sweetness is not as the aroma suggests, more restrained. Chocolate, touch of coffee, lots of toffee and mineral water character. Bready, nuttiness comes through and finishes with building mixed nuts and stone fruit.

Soft mouthfeel, borderline low carbonation but really works here. Finish is slightly dry, but balances well with the delicate sweetness on the palate.

Overall, a shining example of an English Porter, such a great beer and is really a true example of the style. Great representation and a beer that I will revisit many times over.

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Photo of russpowell
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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Original Flag Porter from Darwin Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 274 ratings