Stout - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 111
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 5.68%
Wants: 16
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2005

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Photo of atsprings
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

10oz pour at Raleigh Times. Served a nice opaque black with a tan head that was slow to diminish and left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma was abundant roasted malt with hints of cocoa and coffee. The taste is also a nice blend of these flavors, all shining through even better in this cask version. The beer is very smooth and medium bodied with the alcohol very well hidden. This beer is very enjoyable anyway, and it's even better on cask. (443 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They recently began bottling this again. I don't know if it is a limited thing they are doing or if they plan to offer it more often. I think this used to be called Total Eclipse, but this bottle simply says "Stout".

Appearance: Black as night, no light, decent amount of light khaki head which lingers through the consuming of this one.

Aroma: Dark roast malts, some chocolate notes, some have said bakers chocolate. Its just plain dark chocolate to me. Pretty much what you would expect from this type of stout.

Taste: Roasty and robust, but it is chocolate dominant and not too sweet but sweet enough. Its on the thin side but then again it is not an imperial stout. Finish is somewhat clean and not at all cloying. Pleasant for what it is.

Overall: This is a good stout, its nice to have some nicer options available from Foothills, but to be honest this is not much better if any than Green Mans Forester and it comes in six packs for $10-12, whereas this is $6-8 for a bomber depending on where you bought it. Which is the downside to Foothills, they need to make these offerings available in six packs rather than bombers and ONLY put the special stuff in the 650 ml bottles! (1,187 characters)

Photo of drperm
4.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barley's, Asheville, 17 Aug. 09

Appearance: It's black. Solidly, beautifully black. Not much of a head, though.

Aroma: Not much here. Smells like a good Murphy's, with peat.

Taste: Makes up for the nose, big-time! Campfire, peat, coffee, chocolate, pipe tobacco, toast, bagels, hops.

Palate: Strong but smooth. If it's gotta be this strong, it should be this smooth.

Overall: Drinkability is a tough one to score here. 12 oz is almost too much, especially after a couple of IPAs. It's a truly solid beer, though, an EXCELLENT local-brewed stout.

Highly recommended. (581 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Updated and re-reviewed 2/6/08)

Served on tap at Snapshot in Greenville into a Pint Glass

A - Poured a deep dark oil like black, much thicker then I had remembered it being with a very nice two finger high tan head of foam coming across the top. Very nice retention let this hang around for a good few minutes before finally settling down and leaving behind just a thin pillow of chocolate colored foam that was about an inch high. Lots of side glass lacing thoroughly coated the inside of the glass and gave some very nice presentation overall.

S - The aroma was very rich; lots of notes of chocolate and caramel were noticed immediately upon the pour. Nice and sweet, this was definitely a nice sweet smelling stout. There were some nice hints of coffee and vanilla that were floating around in there as well, letting it really build its profile and offer some really nice depth. A slight earthy hoppiness playing around in there as well toward the end of it.

T - The flavor was fantastic. This was really a rich sweet stout that had a lot going for it right off the bat. From the very first sip, I noticed a very present, yet subtle taste of dark chocolate, which permeated through it. There was a nice little backing of roasted coffee and caramel in there as well, keeping with the dark overall tones, but starting to sweeten it up fairly nice. Some lactose sugar marching through now and then followed in lock step, but a nice dry, hoppy, grass like finish that just really sealed the deal on this one. Overall, a very rich and dark stout that really did a nice job of keeping with the style but putting its own little mark on it.

M - Nice full bodied and rich creamy stout here. Really very nice. There was a good overall carbonation level to it, keeping everything very much alive and smooth feeling throughout the session. There was also a very nice finish. No trace of any thinness or lack of flavor here, this was definitely a good tasting stout.

D - Outstanding. I am not sure what the ABV here is, I would guess around seven percent or so, but it drinks much lower then that, there is just a wonderful flavor and rich profile that really make this one a very nice sessionable stout for sure. I would not hesitate to have a few of these in a sitting.

Overall, the difference between this one and the one at Blue Ridge is like night and day. Blue Ridge version comes off somewhat thin and watery, while this was robust, full bodied, and loaded down with flavor. If you are in the Greenville area seek out this one, it is a damn fine example of the style and a regular on my list. (2,597 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Barley's in A'ville late july.

Poured back as night, with 2 fingers of mocha head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Roasted malt & some coffee

T: Big-time chocolate sweetness mingles with dryness & coffee up front. Finishes dry with more choclate & some nice subtle hops snap

MF: Chewy & rich with near perfect carbonation

Drank really easy for the ABV, nice American Stout (390 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a tumbler at the Flying Saucer.

Pours a syrupy oil in color beneath a creamy, tanned head. Condensed lacing remains intact throughout the glass. Rich milk chocolate and caramel with a generous whaft of toffee. Notes of vinous fruity esters with a subtle dryness. Rich, roasted malts: milk chocolate and toffee with just a hint of creamy sweetness. Balanced nicely with a mild floral hop bite among a slightly nutty dryness. Full in body; chewy and rich. A very flavorful stout from a brewery that seems to know how to craft and balance a bigger style ale. (566 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Brixx (Chapel Hill)

Pours black with a small, creamy off-white head on top. Lots of caramel and dark, toasty malt in the nose along with a bit of vinous fruit and some sweetness. Flavors of sweet, dark, roasty bitterness. Dark chocolate, espresso, and some fruity tartness. Smooth mouthfeel, a little better than medium bodied. This is a very good straight-up stout. Loads of roasted malty darkness, but not overwhelmingly heavy. I had a few and never felt the need to move onto something else. (497 characters)

Photo of AlexJ
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a very fresh growler, this stout is a beauty. Absolute pitch black with a dense mocha colored head that laces exceptionally well. Thick, viscous appearance, more akin to a RIS or American Double Stout. Very thick, it stains my glass brown with each swirl.

Aroma of craft roasted black and chocolate malts, bittersweet cocoa, roasty coffee, dark dried fruit, and subtle anise with hints of florals and earthy pine.

Flavor is quite chocolatey, dense malt notes, and plenty of roasty coffee and black bread. Nicely balanced by fresh tasting floral and herbaly hops. Very fresh tasting overall. It almost has Double stout characteristics with the drinkability of a session brew.

Body is definately big and chewy, with a smooth, creamy texture and sticky, coating mouthfeel. Well done. (802 characters)

Photo of MSchae1017
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from the tap into my foothills/Blue Ridge Pint glass.

This beer pours pitch black body with a tan head that holds a nice film and laces well. The smell is all roasted and coffee like malts. The taste is full of roasted and coffee like malts with a hint of something that might be vienna. There is also a substantial amount of bitterness from the hops but also aided by the roasted grains. The mouthfeel is nice and thick with smooth carbonation. Overall a great stout that stands behind its great roasted character. (537 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at my favorite unnamed pub in Columbia during a Foothills session evening.

Total Eclipse certainly lives up to its name -- it's devastatingly inky and seems to laugh at attempts to see though it. A tiny, oily, reddish-brown head clings to life around the edge of my pint, but is tenacious and lasts a long while. Rock on, tiny reddish-brown head!

Not much unexpected in the way of smell here, even after it warms. I get a nose full of very mellow cocoa / coffee / roasted malt and not much else. Seems rich though.

A sip produces wonderful things in my mouth. Total Eclipse has a huge upfront roasted malt profile, with the aforementioned coffee and cocoa notes in spades. The flavors are wonderfully balanced and the end result is a stout that is just shy of being too rich. A slight tannic flavor and hop bitterness round off a delicious, bittersweet beer.

The mouthfeel is also excellent; creamy and full and smooth. Leaves a great roasted aftertaste behind that could be harsh, but isn't.

I dug the Bojangles out of Total Eclipse stout. I'll be back for more for sure! (1,094 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty robust stout that posts big coffee flavors and light on the hops. Begins with a froathy dark brown pour, very good head formation / retention. Aromas of coffee and roasted malts gain attention first, with malt sweetness, nuttiness, and hints of cocoa later. Hop aroma is slight and swirls around the sharp espresso scent. Flavors again heavily favor the roasted qualities, rich maltiness, low-lying sweetness. The hops and cocoa flavors are quite subdue and offer mild complexities. The texture is rich and malty without heavy sweetness or unnecessary thickness. Alcohol warmth balances with hop dryness and bitterness late to make the beer quite drinkable. Finishes with a coffee-hop bitterness and espress aftertaste. A very good Stout that is lighter on the hops than the great ones like Sierra Nevada's or Avery's Out of Bounds. (841 characters)

Photo of nickss
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a completely opaque black with marginal head. The head looks like it should be larger, but the pour looked a little soft. Oh well.

Wonderful floral hops aroma... very unexpected. A burst of burnt malt tinged with coffee.

Huge roasted malt and coffee notes in the flavour. Gorgeous bitter mocha... love it.

My only real problem with this stout is that it is a touch on the watery side. I wish it was a bit thicker (but don't nitro-ify it for the love of god!)... but the level of carbonation was perfect.

Very drinkable stout... the 7% will definitely sneak up on you. All in all, a very nice offering from Jaime and the boys at Foothills. (656 characters)

Photo of mday
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into snifter.

A :: Pours a thick dark black with a nice tan head that disappears into a thin coating and nice lace.
S :: Smells of sweet roast malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate. The smell is rather mellow overall.
T :: Roasted malts up front with a delicious dark chocolate bitterness and burnt coffee/espresso. This starts off a little sweet but then develops into some bitterness and finishes dry with what I believe to be some hoppy bitterness.
M :: Medium body with a good level of carbonation. A creamy texture fills your mouth allowing the flavors to develop.
D :: A very nice drinkable offering. I will definitely enjoy this growler and wish I lived closer to the brewery. Very drinkable overall; not too thick and not too thin and quite tasty. (775 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just reviewed this beer under the "new" A, A-, B+ system and it was deleted. Hopefully it'll come back up soon, but for now, this is my 5.0 scale review sans extensive notes:

Pitch black, dark tan head, good retention. Sexual chocolate minus the alcohol and big time chocolate notes in both flavor and aroma. Creamy mouthfeel, limited drinkability due to thick body. (369 characters)

Photo of Enola
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was dark. It had a rich cofee like smell. There was a small head. The taste was of cofee and maybe hints of oatmeal. The mouthfeel was smooth with a good amount of carbonation. The drinkability is good. I was going to get this in my growler but went witht the DIPA instead. The alcohol was well hidden. (312 characters)

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Barley's Tap Room in Asheville.

Pours black that lightens up around the edges of the glass with a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a wispy layer of bubbles on top of an oily top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is light but sticky.

Smells largely of roasted malt, with a light dark chocolate smell. The chocolate aroma becomes more pungent as the beer warms, but the roasted malt smell remains stronger.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of roasted malt flavors up front followed by a hint of chocolate and ending with a good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Good thickness and good carbonation make this one go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I ordered this before I decided to order pizza, but I still had no problem putting this one down pretty quickly.

Overall this was my first foray into Foothills Brewing, and I was impressed. A very solid stout that's worth a try. (977 characters)

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft after the Sexual Chocolate pre-party. Dark brown/black pour with a white head. Just barely sticks to the side of the glass. Roasted mocha coffee and malt aroma, not terribly strong but ok. Tastes similarly, some more coffee dryness than typical. Not quite creamy, medium body. Pretty drinkable, enjoyable. More of a "foreign" stout, like Lion Stout or something. Try it if you get a chance. (403 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is black, darker than the porter, tan head of small bubbles, lacing on the glass and mild carbonation.

Aroma is roasty, mildly sweet, a little like coffee.

Beer is medium in body and sweet at lead off and finishes with a nice roasty bitterness, no detectable hops. The midpalate has a mild chocolate flavor and overall it is a nice drinking beer. I'm not super impressed with it, it is a standard base stout. (415 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in colour with a pillowy, beige head set firmly atop this brew. Nice cascading of the lace alogn the sides of the pint. Aromas clear of roasted malt goodness, coffee, and perhaps some stone fruit (cherries?). Pleasant on the palate with those same roasted malts and smooth, almost chocolatey goodness - and not that overly sweet chocolate either...I mean the good stuff. Smooth on the palate. Rather clean for a stout that is this good. Highly quaffable with a straight-away good finish. Very, very nice offering.

Leben ist gut. (542 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, not quite black shade of brown. Big frothy tan head with nice retention. Initial smell is coffee. Roasted dark malts stand out with a little hoppyness resulting in a nice bready scent. Bitter coffee and a little dark chocolate flavors strike first. As it warms, you get a really intense bittersweet chocolate effect, some black licorice and the coffee takes a back seat. Finish is slightly sweet, slightly bitter and long. Really intense roasted chocolate malt. The mouthfeel is a little thin and fizzy and probably the weak point for this beer.

Good stout - especially in the flavor category where it counts. (624 characters)

Photo of blitz134
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first growler review...woohoo...

Poured incredibly black with a deep chocolate colored head on the top which disappeared somewhat quickly. Good appearance overall though, but a little more head would be nice.

Aroma was mainly lightly roasted malts with some mild coffee showing through. A touch of sweetness as well. Taste followed suit except hints of bittersweet chocolate in the middle. I find there to be a bit of a milk stout characteristic to the finish with a prominent sweetness finishing this beer out once it begins to warm. Good flavor overall.

Mouthfeel was relatively creamy but not really thick either. Drinkability is killer on this one due to the thinner mouthfeel.

A good brew and probably my favorite of the foothills bunch... (759 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured an opaque, black body.
Feel: full, creamy smpoth body; light carbonation.

FLAVOR: Average intensity for style. Ample dark roasted malts with minimal smokiness and moderate. Some light burnt toast in the aftertaste. Lightly bitter. Good balance. (270 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours almost pitch black with tan head that leaves some lacing on the top of the glass. There are some nice cherry hues that come through on the edges.

S-Heavy on the roasted malts and a hint of hops.

T-Roasted malts dominate, with some coffee, toffee, and a hint of hops.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-Very drinkable due to its good flavor and mouthfeel.

Overall, I am not convinced this is an Imperial Stout. It lacks the mouthfeel and complexity of that style. Given its abv. it at best straddles the line between American Stout and Imperial Stout. Its a good beer, worthy of trying nonetheless. (598 characters)

Photo of sgraham4
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a pretty darn good stout. It pours a pitch black color, which is suiting with its name. The tan head that forms makes it a very visually appealing beer. Roasted malt and coffee are at the forefront of the smell and are followed by a bit of chocolate. Its taste is reminiscent of its smells and it delivers a sweet, rich taste that is quite chewy. The only problem is that this beer is a nice and heavy, which i means i can't drink many! this a real well done stout. (473 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at the brewery, the beer is a dark, brown to black coloring with a foamy, low profile, light tan head. Aromas of subtle roast, bittersweet chocolate, hints of molasses, bittersweet chocolate, and char. Flavors are roasted forward, with a bittersweet blend of roasted coffee, nutty sweetness, baker's chocolate, and hints of smoke. Dry, smooth bodied, with a roasted coffee and smoky aftertaste. Dry, smooth finish. Nice beer. (439 characters)

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Stout from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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