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Pogue's Run Porter - Flat 12 Bierwerks

Pogue's Run PorterPogue's Run Porter

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very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.99%

Brewed by:
Flat 12 Bierwerks visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Flat 12 Porter.

(Beer added by: AaronHomoya on 12-30-2010)
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Photo of Cylinsier


4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours opaque black with a light tan film for a head.

Smells of roasted coffee and hazelnut with some vanilla and brown sugar. Also a hint of rich malt like you get from wort.

Coffee, cocoa, hazelnut, and light fresh hop, not really that bitter, although there is a nutty bitterness that is separate from that.

Medium body with a tingle of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A very unique porter to me, very different from most porters that I've had. For that reason alone I'm inclined to like it, and it's pretty good outside of that as well. Worth trying for sure, and a memorable experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 03:06:36 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of emerge077


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown and black in the glass, a thin layer of parchment colored foam on the surface that dwindles quickly, leaving behind a sudsy ring around the edge and sticking drippy lacing.

Mellow chocolatey aroma, light esters when swirled.

Chocolate covered banana, dark chocolate, ashy roast. Dry charred bitterness in the aftertaste. Feel is a little thin, but it has plenty of flavor. Lingering flavors of roastiness last a long time. A nice drinkable Porter.

Thanks to Howard for this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 02:37:39 | More by emerge077
Photo of louisanabeerman


4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

what a beauty! big brown head on this dark, chocolately porter. this is going to be my winter beer of choice. this pours perfectly and drinks even better. just a little bit of froth on the mustache for movember. not too filling like other porters i've had.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 17:11:07 | More by louisanabeerman
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - the first pour is all foam, five full fingers worth of mocha foam, sticky and slow to fall. The beer is almost opaque, but a dark red hue s visible against light.

Aroma - smells great, lots of roasty malt with notes of roasted coffee beans.

Taste - initial wave of toasty malt and a light flavor of milk chocolate. Intense espresso on the swallow, a background earthiness to the grain. Ends roasty and dry.

Mouthfeel - a little too fluffy from carbonation, average body and weight.

Overall - excellent bottle of porter brought to me by one of my beer buddies. Thanks Steve! Easily sessionable, made for fireside.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 04:04:47 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a standard pint glass a deep roasted chesnut brown with a huge overflowing tan colored head,the glass is three quarters head and a quarter beer,somwething went wrong here just way to over carbonated.Aromas are deeply chocolaty with good roast as well,some earth and even a hint of mint.The feel is very prickly and sharp wich takes away from a really good flavor profile.Flavors of bitter chcolate and earthy with some light brown sugar-like sweetness.Something is obviously up with my bottle because you can tell this is a quality porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 23:11:40 | More by oberon
Photo of emyers


4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours near black with ruby highlights and a thin off-white head.

Smell: Roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. Very good roasted malt presence, which I love to see in a porter.

Taste: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, roasted malt. In case you needed further clarification, this has a lot of roasted malt. Exactly how I like my porters. Finish is bittersweet chocolate with a very slight acidic twang (along with more roasted malt).

Mouthfeel: The only thing that comes off a bit weak in this beer. It's fairly watery. A little bit more body would stand up to the heavy roast character a bit better in my opinion. Medium carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall: This was the first beer from Flat 12 I ever tried, and it impressed me in a big way. One of the better porters on the market in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 04:12:19 | More by emyers
Photo of bluejacket74


4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head that went away quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is nice, it smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. The brew tastes like roasted/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, nuts and some light hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. I think this is a good overall porter, I know I'd buy it again. Definitely worth trying!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 23:28:33 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Tone


4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of chocolate, slight pine, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight sweet malt, dark chocolate, hops, slight pine, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, good aroma, body, blend, and complexity.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 13:22:15 | More by Tone
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from CWBlues, thanks bud! 12oz into a tulip.

Fairly black with a tan head, decent lacing and a film of retention. Nose of coffee, chocolate and chocolate dipped waffle cones. A bit of Coffee Crisp centres, but not espresso. Taste has bitter coffee, a light creamy character, some bitter hopping, with a long roasty finish. Medium body that fits this very well, and medium low carbonation. A very easy drinking porter, wish this was local to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2013 01:57:47 | More by liamt07
Photo of Malty_Matty


4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- pours a dark brown with a thin tan head.

S- chocolate and lightly roasted notes from the nose.

T- more of the nose. The perfect amount of bittering hops balance the sweetness of the chocolate well, no roasted astringency often found in other porters.

M- I like a heavier porter myself which is my only complaint.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 23:08:36 | More by Malty_Matty
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a dimple mug)
A- A giant CO2 blast when popping the caps lead to a glass full of foam that wasn’t letting go for some time. Eventually a deep black body starts to show up at the base with pretty strong carbonation of big bubbles fueling the head.

S- The big black coffee roasted malt really comes through. It is a nice big bold aroma but doesn’t have a lot of other aromas with it.

T- The dark black roasted malt has dark coffee flavors with some brewer’s licorice and a soft black barley roasted bitterness in the finish. The fizz cleans the dry finish of much flavor and the bitterness is very short.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz and no real alcohol heat.

O- This beer has a nice big black coffee malt flavor that becomes a bit to much coffee to really be sessionable but still has nice flavor. The big CO2 issues happened with the whole 6 pack and didn’t seem like an infection just a pressure bottling issue. Nice tasty stout beer for the winter.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 21:28:24 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of MasterSki


4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Chris' place. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Big tan foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Dark brown body.

S - A nice mix of hops and roasted malts. Good mix of citrus and pine dry hopping complements roasted malts and chocolate. Simple but effective.

T - The taste has a bit more char and earthy hop bitterness and a bit less in the way of sweetness. Roasty, with roasted nut and baker's chocolate notes. Citrus hops don't really translate from the aroma, but there's still sufficient depth.

M - Smooth and creamy texture, medium body that's sufficiently hefty for 5.5%. Pleasant soft carbonation and no alcohol, not that one would expect any.

D - I can see why Chris bought a sixtel of this one, as it's a really enjoyable session porter. The hop profile integrates really well with the malts, and the feel helps a pint go down shockingly quickly.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 22:17:44 | More by MasterSki
Photo of dlello2


4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer surprised me--I really enjoyed it. It is a touch thin for the style, but has an an extraordinarily roasty smell/taste. Some chocolate, not much coffee. There is a decent hop presence that balances the sweetness. At only 5.5% it is more than drinkable. Each sip invites you to take another.

This is one of my new favorite porters and I will seek it out whenever I am down in Indianapolis. Cheers to flat 12.

EDIT: I got an extra six pack to bring back to Chicago. All six were CO2 bombs--pretty sad, but I like the beer enough to try for another 6er next time I'm in the area!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:40:24 | More by dlello2
Photo of TotallyHosed


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a foam crown which tan in color and thick. The color of the brew is a very dark red brown. Very little light comes through the glass when held up to light.

The nose is primarily leather with undertones of toasted barley. I also detect some dark chocolate and molasses. All of these aromas mingle so politely with each other.

The flavor is full of dark chocolate and ends with just a hint of some bitter roasted coffee. There is also a bit of some mustiness to the overall taste.

The feel is medium and creamy. It lightly coats the mouth.

This is a damn fine looking porter. The head forms and recedes evenly and looks rich. The nose is more complex than most porters. This brew features rich dark chocolate flavors which I particularly love about porters. I highly recommend Flat 12 to fans of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 17:47:31 | More by TotallyHosed
Photo of rlee1390


3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Clear brown when pouring, black in the glass, two finger off white head.

S-Coffee, chocolate, molasses some roasted malt as well.

T-Chocolate, some funk, molasses, tad bit of coffee, slight roasted malt but no bitterness.

M-Light, watery and not much carbonation.

O-I also had a small sample at a tasting, maybe this bottle wasn't up to snuff but either way I'd gladly drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 23:25:46 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Bierguy5


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 5.5% abv. Deep brown color, with chestnut highlights. Mocha head holds strong for a few minutes, eventually fading to a thin layer. A nice coating of lace on the sides of the glass.

Roasty malts, with a great mocha, vanilla, caramel smell. A little coffee, and milk chocolate in the nose as well.

Mouth is similar to the nose here. Roasty and a bit dry up front. A nice hit of coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate. A bit of caramel as well. Dry finish as well. A flash of vanilla at the end. Just enough bitterness to round things out.

Medium body, maybe just a touch on the light side. Nice carbonation here, keeping things on the softer side. Alcohol is a non factor. A very easy to drink porter with nice character.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 00:54:00 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of AmitC


3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours extremely dark brown with very little tan head.

Very few bubbles which ofcourse can't be seen but are felt. Totally dark and opaque inside the glass.

Smell is something good about this porter. Smells like a mochachino. Good deal of chocolate and smoked malts. A bit of coffee and vanilla is felt as well.

Mouthfeel: Very light to medium bodied. Very easy to drink. Doesn't feel like you are drinking anything strong. Not very thick.

Taste: Not much to say here. Folows the nose kinds of but very bland. Hops are lost initially but feel a tinge later on. Not at all hoppy though.

Decent alcohol and good amount of carbonation which is felt.

A nice porter overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 00:23:29 | More by AmitC
Photo of homebrew311


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Gulden Draak tulip glass. Appearance is opaque and dark brown. Nice velvety layer of tan head. Aroma is robust and starts with rich notes of chocolate and coffee. Hints of vanilla accent the chocolate character. Roasted barley comes through in a big way. Minimal hops present. Taste is more of what the nose suggests. Chocolate, coffee, and roast. Terrific balance as the finish features just enough hop bitterness to even things out. Quite tasty. Mouthfeel is appropriate given the abv and style. Carbonation is on the high side for a porter. Overall, this one caught me by surprise. A solid robust porter, definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 06:17:57 | More by homebrew311
Photo of RunForYourBeer


3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/black with a good sized tan head.

S: Lots of dark chocolate and coffee with hints of caramel and brown sugar.

T: Follows the smell. Chocolate with coffee and some caramel and brown sugar. The finish adds a bit of citrus hops. There is a bit of smokiness throughout.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 23:15:07 | More by RunForYourBeer
Photo of RickS95


4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with some purpley tints. No haze. The head is fairly thick, 2-3 fingers and a nice light brown color. Good retention and a heavy lace.

Got a great smell to it. All kinds of malty backbone, with a subtle nose of cocoa and coffee. Charcoal.

Tastes like a smoked porter. Charred charcoal, burnt toast, bittersweet chocolate.

Very creamy at first, then the remnants of a house fire kick in. Has an ashy, smokey, chalky, scorched feel that provides some bitterness to offset any sweetness from the malts.

An easy beer to drink, particularly if you like rauchbiers. Could use a bit more alcohol, but overall, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 03:39:47 | More by RickS95
Photo of jaasen64


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to jmarsh123. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours an opaque slightly translucent brownish dark black with about a quarter finger of mocha brown head that has good retention but slowly recedes and leaves spotty lacing. About average carbonation, maybe slightly more then you average porter.

S- Espresso, dark chocolate, some very light roasted malts, about average aroma strength. Pleasant smelling but not a ton of complexity.

T- Light creamy dark chocolate, a little bit of espresso, some licorice and some very lightly roasted malts hidden in the background. Finishes with light dark chocolate and a bit of bitterness. Not much aftertaste.

M- Fairly thin for a porter, a little bit too overcarbonated, drinkable but for a porter at this abv it should be.

O- This was a decent porter that could be a lot better with some improvements. The appearance was decent and the smell was pretty good. I would have liked the chocolate and coffee flavors to come out a little bit more in the taste and a tad bit less of the licorice. The major improvement though could be made in the mouthfeel. I felt like this beer was way too thin for a porter and slightly overcarbonated. I would have liked if it was a little bit creamier with a tiny bit less carbonation. Other then that they are on the right track and I enjoyed having this porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 02:03:40 | More by jaasen64
Photo of secondtooth


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light pouring of this ruby-tinged black ale resulted in an overwhelming surplus of tan suds. Too much, in fact. This flood finally gave way to loopy but disorganized lacing upon the glass. Messy beginning.

Nose is a dark chocolate, some caramel, and an unusual woody, burnt char. Interesting and different.

Flavor is big and bold, with burnt wood again up front. As it warms, more bittersweet chocolate comes through, but, above and beyond, the woody char seems most prominent. A unique, and unexpectedly tasty porter.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 23:46:16 | More by secondtooth
Photo of jmarsh123


4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown to black with a ridiculously creamy 2 fingers of head leaving excellent lacing and retention.

Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate and a little bit of sweet maltiness.

Taste is similar. Lots of roast and this one is on the dryer roastier side for porters which I prefer. Some chocolate as well ending with a light bitterness.

Very creamy mouthfeel with a medium carbonation level.

Great local beer and a good go to that can be easily found on the shelves. Very glad they started bottling. This is probably one of the best "normal" porters I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 21:16:36 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to CWblues for this one.

A - pours a dark coffee color with a tan head. A nice ring hangs around the glass as well.

S - some very nice roasted coffee and malt scents with some hints of chocolate. A pleasing aroma.

T - crispy dark chocolate malt beverage. I can't say any more than that. Nor do I need to. Good porter characteristics.

M - slightly dry and medium carbonated.

O - a very solid porter. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 02:35:11 | More by brstls4drmrs
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had another just-bottled Flat 12 beer in my fridge, so I had to try it out. Here’s their porter:

A: What an incredibly rich, pillowy head we have here – the tan mountain of thick foam comes up to the brim of my pint glass, slowly letting itself down, sudsy lacing trailing in its wake. The dark, chestnut-brown body lets just a trace of light through. This is exactly what I imagine when I picture a porter.

S: Mild notes of hot cocoa, light coffee, and salty caramel rule the nose in a reserved yet enjoyable fashion. It’s a porter alright, but not as robust as some of the classics from breweries like Fuller’s and Deschutes. Metallic hints are noticeable, but just barely, as are vanilla and raisin notes.

T: Not incredibly roasted; this porter focuses on the thick tastes of chocolate and creamy malt. Milk chocolate, hazelnut, dates, eggnog, and malted milk hit the palate the biggest, showing a lively, milky character. It’s thick, pushing the porter (and 5.5% alcohol) boundaries. Amidst the transition to bitters is an unpleasant plastic taste, unfortunately, but it’s fleeting. A hint of smoke before coffee and heavily-roasted malt have their moment, then an aftertaste of dark dryness sets in. Doesn’t last too long, but the smokiness stays with your palate enough for you to remember what you’re drinking.

M: Barely prickly – goes down smooth, adding to its big, full-bodied nature. Well done.

O: A great example of the style from a local brewery; even though I liked their amber better, this one is more to style. It’s a totally different animal. Thus, my faith in Flat 12 is extended once more.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 00:49:33 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Pogue's Run Porter from Flat 12 Bierwerks
88 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.