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: 53 | Ratings: 251
Photo of ScottishStoutMan
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass, comes out almost looking like a Coke, with a half-finger of off white head. It's pretty carbonated too, with a hint of red colour around the edges in the light. Nose is predominantly of chocolate, with nice hints of toffee and coffee too. Only thing that keeps this beer from getting a max score on the smell is I wish the malt came through a bit more. The malt does come thru in the taste, along with the coffee flavour, with the chocolate from the nose pushed to the back end taste-wise. The carbonation, which had me a tad worried at first glance, is virtually a non-factor. This is an exceptionally smooth porter. Good on ya to the folks at Flat 12!

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Photo of bwood06
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Har pour produces a 1 finger head in height that is a dark khaki in color and a creamy foam in appearance. The head dissipates fairly slowly. The beer itself is black and opaque with moderate carbonation visible around the edges in the form of tiny bubbles rising quickly toward the surface. 3.75/5

S - Toasted wheat bread, cold pressed coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, and a very light caramel come out and form a sweet but "watery" aroma that is a bit subdued. A bit of savory roast comes out. There is a bit of raw graininess as well that adds an earthy element to the aroma. 3.75/5

T - Cold pressed coffee and cocoa powder explode on the palate right away along with just a hint of caramel. Dark roasted malted barley comes out very strongly with just a hint of vanilla in the middle of the flavor profile. Lingering espresso bitterness as well as grapefruit peel bitterness on the finish last for quite some time along with a bit of grassy hops. 4/5

M - Hefty carbonation burn throughout the entire profile makes for a lighter bodied porter, much more sessionable in nature than many porters. 4/5

O - Well balanced between sweet and bitter with quite a long drawn out bitter finish but this is not unpleasant, especially for a coffee drinker. Sessionable porter that is lighter than most porters and feels like an older style porter. Not overly complex but it doesn't really need to be to get these strong flavors across 3.75/5

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Photo of mlockman
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth, if not smoother, than any other porter I've had. This is VERY easy drinking, and readily available if you live anywhere near Indianapolis; definitely worth a try.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.08/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Nice color, and had a decent head. Smell of a chocolate/ coffee, which the taste follows. Since I don't like or drink coffee, this wasn't good to me. In fact poured it down the drain.

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Photo of HeathenMother
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring it into the glass, it has a very iced-coffee look to it. The head was minimal. The smell was mild, not strong at all. The flavor, I really enjoyed. There was a coffee tone to it, but not overbearing. Not too much hops or carbonation. The after taste was only mildly coffee flavored. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
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 -8.4%
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 TheSSG
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Buck1
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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 beertunes
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
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 barczar
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%

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 UrbanCaveman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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 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.


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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 Tsar_Riga
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +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 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 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 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 oberon
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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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