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Pogue's Run Porter - Flat 12 Bierwerks

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Pogue's Run PorterPogue's Run Porter

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BA SCORE
87
very good

213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.88%
Wants: 7
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flat 12 Bierwerks visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AaronHomoya on 12-30-2010

Formerly known as Flat 12 Porter.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 213 | Reviews: 50
Reviews by rlee1390:
Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of RickS95
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of theRooster90
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visited Flat 12 today and was thoroughly impressed!

A:Very dark with a nice tan head that lingered nicely with great lacing.

S:Malty, very chocolaty, a little bit of coffee.

T:First thing I tasted was chocolate awesomeness! Probably the best chocolate taste I have had in a porter.

M:Not too heavy and great carb, awesome!

O:Definitely try this one if you like porters at all or if you want to expand your tastes!

Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 64oz growler. Thanks to Lukafer for getting a growler of this.

A- Pours a deep dark brown color. Two finger tan head shows good retention. Nice sheet style lacing with some webbing later on as I drank it down.

S- Roasted malts come out first in the nose. Light hints of chocolate covered darker fruits. The roasted flavors come out more in the background toward the ending in coffee notes.

T- Roasted coffee flavor on the front end of the beer. I liked how this slowly changed to a light chocolate flavor toward the middle. There is light darker fruit in the middle as well but hte chocoalte covers this up. Ending flavor on this is more darker chocolate with a hint of light alcohol. No hops in the ending which for some reason I expected.

M- Light medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Light roasted and chocolate malts left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly chocolate with fading light alcohol. Flavors were well blended to the style. No off flavors were present in the beer. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- I found this beer to be very drinkable. Lower ABV means this one can be enjoyed by sipping or drinking. Flavors were very well put together . Nice first beer from this company. Will be looking forward to having more from them!

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a growler, this fine porter pours a thick brownish red with a nice thick tan head of tight
bubbles and great lacing. Nose of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, earth roasted goodness,
and a dash of molasses. Flavors are bitter coffee to the front, dark chocolate sweetness to the
sides, and a nice lingering bitterness of roasted grains to the back with a hint of black strap
molasses rounding it out with a slight bit of bittering hops in the background. The carbonation
keeps it lively. A stout drinkers session brew.

Having had this in a bottle I can attest to the odd displacement of carbonation in the bottle
form. The growler is much better with a more even amount of character throughout.

Cheers

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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!

Photo of PorterForMe
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Nice deep dark brown with minimal light penetration around egdes of the glass. Produces a one-finger, tan head that fades very quickly. This is where I would say the appearance could be improved. The lacing is quite good, however.

S: Fairly sweet chocolate, caramel, and coffee

T: Classic porter. Slightly sweet coffee followed by slight alcohol and bittersweet chocolate and a little smokiness. No unexpected surprises.

M: My favorite aspect of the beer. GREAT medium body and appropriate carbonation. Just great.

O: Awesome classic porter. Hits most of the desired porter characteristics. This is a great beer, but nothing unique to really set it apart. Balance is its strength.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JM03 for sharing!

Pretty solid pour. Mostly black body, with a light tan, spongy head. Left lots of nice lacing.

Wow, this is a coffee-laden beast! Huge coffee roast notes, with some sweet rich chocolate. Quite nice!

Taste has some more nice big roasted coffee notes. Some bits of chocolate, with a quite pronounced bitter hop finish. Don't get any hops elsewhere, so maybe it's a coffee bitter combo. Either way, breaks up the sweet/roast notes nicely.

It has a solid creamy mouthfeel, with an upper-medium body. Carbonation is appropriate and all around nice feel.

Quite the enjoyable porter. I love the coffee notes and it's great drinkability!

Thanks for the hookup, John!

Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Malty_Matty
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint. Bottle.

5.0 A: Medium brown color. Two and a half fingers of pillowy tan head. Retention is very, very good and glass covering lacing is left. Been a while since I've seen an appearance this good.

3.75 S: Cocoa powder is the most plentiful of smells. Dry toastiness with moderate roast. Caramel in layers with hints of molasses.

3.5 T: Taste is good too, but not as good as the nose. Toasty with cocoa powder, caramel. Basically like the nose, but less pronounced.

3.0 M: Lighter body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess but otherwise fine.

3.5 D: Decent beer. Worth a try.

Photo of Blumstein
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and got plenty of head. I agree with a previous reviewer that it has some stout-y aromas. I would definitely get this again.

Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of louisanabeerman
4.77/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of Seeker_11
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

I do not really care for flat 12 beers, but this is an exception. I had this a couple times a enjoyed it. Even turned it into a beer float!

Photo of jmbranum
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

AR 4.5 AP 4.75 F 4.25 MF 4 OA 4.25

Bought in a 12 oz. bottle at a grocery in Elkhart, IN. Poured into a glass.

Mahogany brown liquid with a giant fluffy light tan head (pour this one slowly!)

Aroma is rich and toasty.

I like this beer but I think it is more in the stout territory than a porter. Lots of toasted char, coffee, some red wine, raisins and molasses. Some hops in the background. Lingering taste that plays between being sweet and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Maybe a tinge too much carbonation.

I knocked this beer down a 1/4 point because it very much a stout and not a porter. But otherwise I liked it. It reminds me a lot of Bridgeport Blackstrap Stout.

Photo of Tsigos
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pour was very dark with a good sized tax head the dissapated relatively quickly leaving light lacing on the glass.

S - Was not very aromatic although I could faintly detect some coffee maltiness.

T - While I am not a frequent drinker of porters, I found this one to be good. Initially taste was very smooth with coffee flavors coming on stronger after the initial taste together with hints of chocalate/licorice giving it an almost cola-like profile. Aftertaste was slight and was reminiscent of expresso. Not bitter but the bitterness present was that of a good dark or marble rye bread. Very tasty.

M - Body was light-medium. Carbonation seemed a little low but probably due to being poured from a two-day old growler.

D - The overall effect of the smooth taste and the unexpected light-medium body made this porter very drinkable.

Conclusion - Don't pass up a chance to try this porter. I think porter fans will appreciate its coffee/chocolate characteristics and more casual porter drinkers will find it very approachable. Very good on its own and would probably pair well with a hearty stew, a roast or possibly a chowder.

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the only beer from Flat 12 that I've had more than one growler of.

A: Deep and dark brown color with light pecan highlights around the edges
S: Roasted grain with hints of chocolate and cocoa
T: Rich flavors combine with the likes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted grain on the finish
M: light mouthfeel and not heavy in any way
D: This is their finest beer they make. I could drink this any time of the year in any type of situation.

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Pogue's Run Porter from Flat 12 Bierwerks
87 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.