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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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Reviews: 48 | Hads: 230
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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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 MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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.

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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 Tone
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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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 bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +4%
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!

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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 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 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 EgadBananas
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

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Photo of Florida9
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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +5%
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.

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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 Bierguy5
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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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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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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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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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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Photo of jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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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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Photo of RickS95
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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