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Pogue's Run PorterPogue's Run Porter
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Brewed by:
Flat 12 Bierwerks
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by AaronHomoya on 12-30-2010

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52
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246
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
29.85%
 
 
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Reviews: 52 | Ratings: 246
Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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 dlello2
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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 TotallyHosed
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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 rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Bierguy5
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 AmitC
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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 homebrew311
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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 RunForYourBeer
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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 RickS95
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 jaasen64
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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 secondtooth
3.96/5  rDev +1%
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 jmarsh123
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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 brstls4drmrs
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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 BarryMFBurton
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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 Florida9
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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 EgadBananas
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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 JamesS
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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 theRooster90
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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 PorterForMe
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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 zrab11
4/5  rDev +2%
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 robwestcott
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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 TheodorHerzl
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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 alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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 HD3
4.76/5  rDev +21.4%
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 Lukafer
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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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