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Stout - Foothills Brewing Company

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87
very good

82 Ratings
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2005)
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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +29.2%

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North Carolina

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North Carolina

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North Carolina

5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

12-20-2012 15:46:09 | More by madEthelFlint
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-22-2009 16:49:59 | More by atsprings
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Tiger33

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-17-2012 21:26:12 | More by Tiger33
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

12-14-2011 17:22:36 | More by nmann08
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runawaycyborg

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-12-2013 22:03:26 | More by runawaycyborg
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drperm

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 23:41:11 | More by drperm
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2007 02:05:44 | More by mikesgroove
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2007 10:44:34 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Totlykarl

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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GTB

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2008 11:43:13 | More by NEhophead
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wedge

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 20:47:07 | More by wedge
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2007 01:39:59 | More by kkipple
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MSchae1017

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2007 20:55:44 | More by MSchae1017
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-03-2006 18:35:38 | More by AlexJ
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nickss

Texas

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2006 16:40:23 | More by nickss
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mday

Delaware

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-17-2009 05:49:45 | More by mday
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2008 18:19:13 | More by BEERchitect
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Enola

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2006 06:52:23 | More by Enola
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