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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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48 Reviews
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Reviews: 48
Hads: 230
Avg: 3.97
pDev: 28.97%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | 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.
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Photo of beertunes
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Another courtesy of Kurmaraja. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a very dark brown, just shy of black, with 1/4 inch of light brown head that had decent retention and low lacing.

The aroma was very good, nice, rich, full, grainy malts, with some roasty background notes. On the tongue however, those roast tones (BTW, wouldn't The Roast Tones be a great name for a throw back R&B band?) totally took over. The malt held up a bit across the front and middle, but, at the back end, were so strong as to be coffee-ish, and I hate coffee.

The body was on the full side of medium, definitely a tongue-coater, but not heavy or sticky, although the roast aspects did linger. Drinkability was pretty good, although that will vary with ones tolerance of the roast/coffee aspects. Overall, a very nice brew, one i think most beer drinkers would enjoy more than I did, especially if they're java junkies.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.37/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lafayette, IN. Bought six pack from Meijer. Glad to try a local (Indianapolis) brew. Packaging was cool. Found this brew had too much metallic taste. Will need to try again and see if my taste buds were off.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of Buck1
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

One of my favorite porters. I prefer stouts and this has the roasted smell of a stout with the feel of a porter.
Looks very dark with a of dark red in the light of the edges. Smells like a stout , roasted malts, a bit of cocoa, tastes like someone poured half porter and half stout into a glass , not a bad thing to me.
I really like this porter and I would have rated it higher but it is really carbonated a lot.
Head huge without an agressive pour. Best Flat 12 beer I have tried and I buy on a regular basis. My go to winter porter.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, dense, frothy, tan head that has great persistence. Nice, toasted malt aroma. Black. Starts acidic with big notes of coffee and toasted malt. Moves into a surprising medium bitterness. Lingering citrus hops come through the toasted malt.

This isn't too bad. Very roasty with a nice hop bitterness. SUPER carbonated.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass (a North Coast Old Rasputin glass with a slight bell), at approximately 50 degrees F.

A: Pours very dark brown one can see hints of light through, colored similar to a medium roast coffee. Thick light tan head of tight, tiny bubbles, leaves a good amount of tiny-bubble lacing on the glass.

S: Yeast, thick yeast, and bread. There are some faint hints of dark chocolate, and something that reminds me of walnut - not the actual nut, but the wet green-black husk that surrounds one as it falls from the tree.

T: As promised by the nose, bread, hardtack biscuit, and yeast at the fore, with a bitterness reminiscent of a plain black dark roast coffee. Some nuttiness lingers on after the finish, with some faint echoes of toffee and cocoa.

M: Full and smooth, like silk folded thick gliding through the mouth. The feel stays strong to the end, rather than going a bit watery as many porters do.

O: A nice, sessionable porter, rich and heavy on malt flavors. Would repeat, unless an Ed Fitz or better was available.

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Photo of AmitC
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of JamesS
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice deep black with very nice head and good lacing throughout. Hugely roasty aroma! Decent coffee tastes, but a bit overly roasty, which covered most of the hop attributes. Went down fine; nothing great, but nothing bad. Had on tap at Tomlinson Tap Room.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cold from the tap at tavern on south a deep dark brown with a full finger, small bubbled, off white head

big chocolate and coffee aroma.

big chocolate and coffee, malts and a hint of smoke.

light bodied and medium carbonation.

dinkable - yep.

overall - real nice.

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3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%

Aroma is dark chocolate and espresso dominant, with notes of toasted, nutty malt. Flavor is deeply roasty, opening with coffee, which carries throughout. Notes of chocolate and toasted nuts arrange throughout. There's a touch of an underlying acrid character, but it cleans up by the time the lightly bitter, roasty finish surfaces. More roast malt and coffee than chocolate, but not by much.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.89/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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.


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Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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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!

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3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/ black with a fingers worth of tan head with nice lacing.  I smell some coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, a lot of aroma here, smells really good.  Taste is good, with coffee, some dark chocolate and cocoa.  I really like the fact that this is not overly sweet, it's extremely well balanced.  Mouthfeel is great, perfect carbonation, and drinkability is high.  Overall I think this is a really solid porter, highly enjoyable and one I will drink quite regularly.

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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in color. Almost black. Forms a rather thin bit of light tan head that fades away to just a slim ring around the edge. Very minimal lacing. Smell is of roasted malts, dark coffee, a bit of chocolate and the slightest hint of vanilla. Taste is similar to the aroma, but much more pronounced. Strong flavor of roasted malts and chocolate. Even a bit of char. Mildly sweet. Finishes with the long drawn out flavor of cola. On the heaver side of medium - just about where a porter should be. Overall, an enjoyable beer.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice deep dark brown color with 1 finger tan head.

S- Has some hints of chocolate and fuits in it. Also picking up on some roasted malts and coffee

T- Has a nice Roasted coffee taste up front then in the middle you get the chocolate and fuits then it finish's with a nice alcohol choclate taste

M-Medium Bodied with good carbonation

D-Overall this is exacly what a porter should be. I love this beer by flat 12. It is a local porter i will recommend to anyone in Indiana. its not going to blow your mind but its a good porter!

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

A - Dark black, brown highlights, with a small tan head that reduces to a thin line that laces significantly.

S - Roasted malt, with a rich coffee and chocolate nib waft. Smells delicious.

T - The char of blackened toast, coffee grounds, and a hint of hop bitterness. Chocolate and coffee are lingering behind the more aggressive roasted malt elements, and they trail long after the swallow.

M - Sharp zip of bitterness, moderate carbonation, some silkiness, but still pretty light on the tongue.

O - This is a good porter. I'd dial the char back a bit, but I think the overall effect is attractive and tasty.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Pogue's Run Porter from Flat 12 Bierwerks
88 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.