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Pogue's Run Porter | Flat 12 Bierwerks

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Pogue's Run PorterPogue's Run Porter

Brewed by:
Flat 12 Bierwerks
Indiana, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 248
Photo of louisanabeerman
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of HD3
4.76/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Porter.

A: Great dark appearance with nice lacing.

S: I agree with others that coffee is a noticed but not overpowering. Not the most pungent porter but it is nice on the nose.

T: By far one of the best porters I have tasted in Indiana.

M: balanced. not heavy but not light. just the way a porter should feel.

D: Low carb. which leads to a smooth drink.

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Photo of theRooster90
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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!

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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.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of dlello2
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 jmbranum
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the launch beers at the new Flat 12 brewery in Indianapolis.

I am a fan of porters, and I would have to say that of the four Flat 12 beers I've had so far, I think this one is their best. It's a good, classic porter. The appearance is a very dark brown; smell is malty and roasty without too much coffee notes; the taste is smooth with hints of roasted malt, chocolate and malt sweetness. The whole time it is very balanced and drinkable with a nice finish. Very good.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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 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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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 alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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 bluejacket74
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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 liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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 RickS95
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Bierguy5
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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 emyers
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of PorterForMe
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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 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.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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 zrab11
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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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Pogue's Run Porter from Flat 12 Bierwerks
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