Stout - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 42
Hads: 116
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 22.8%
Wants: 16
Gots: 14 | 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 GRG1313
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a nice dark tan head that's stays around for a while.

Nose is light molasses, black coffee, hints of black licorice and light roasted grain.

Mouthfeel is medium/light bodied for a stout. Pleasant, well balanced and dry.

Flavor profile is what I would call "typical American decent stout." Black coffee, light molasses, light licorice all very well integrated. Basic flavor profile of nice roasted grains.

Finish is a nice light bitter black coffee and is somewhat dry for a stout. A decent drink without being a "must have/must taste" stout.

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Photo of marinobrew
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this brew at Barley' s in Asheville.
The waitress brought it out in a pint glass.
The appearance was black as coal and the head was creamy, tan and tightly laced.
The nose was chocolate, toasty, and some bitter/sweat notes.
The mouthfeel was thick and coating like a good stout should be. Actually I suppose this would be considered a IMP stout since it has an abv of 7%, but it is still lite enough to drink a couple.
The taste was smoth chocolate, coffee and a hint of vanilla bean.
The finish was chalky, chocolatey, and creamy.

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Photo of rodrot
3.28/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours completely black with a small tan head that dissipates after a few minutes. Aroma was coffeeish and slightly roasty but not much else in the smell. Taste was quite roasty and chocolatey with lots of espresso, notes of licorice and burnt flavors coming through. A nice bitterness was also present in the finish. This beer was sort of thin in body however, which was disappointing. Overall, not a bad stout, just not a great one.

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Photo of bboven
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a finger high head and good lacing.

Smell is big licorice, roast, and an almost sticky dark fruit.

The roast is overpowering in the flavor; it's almost everything you taste. The hops don't get a chance to shine as a burnt taste hits your end palate rather than a fitter feeling.

Full bodied, medium-high carbonation that could stand t be toned down a bit.

A good beer, but it seems like this one is trying to be as heavy and rich as an Imperial Stout without enough alcohol to dry things out.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a keg at Milltown (highly recommended) in Carrboro, NC, into a Foothills pint glass.

A: Jet black pour with a sticky-thick khaki lacing.

S: Dry roasted nose with subtle espresso and chocolate notes. Typical for this style but a tad underwhelming.

T: Follows the nose - bitter, dark chocolate, lots of roasted grains somewhat balanced by a tad of sweetness.

M: Typical although thin, nicely dry and bitter.

O: Classic American stout, a little thin for my taste. This is a good beer that sadly fell short of my expectations.

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Photo of devilben02
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A buddy of mine has had a few kegs of this on his home tap, so I've been able to sample it quite a few times, being pleased but not wowed each time. It pours with a an expected darkness topped by a creamy, sticky brown head. The aroma is a very understated dry roastiness that again is pleasant but not remarkable. The flavor is much more amplified, with a strong, earthy combination of hops and a coffee-like bitterness from the roasted grains, and only a little sweetness to balance. The fine, prickly carbonation is neither enticing nor unpleasant. Overall, this is certainly a nice, robustly-flavored stout that I would gladly have in my glass many more times.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Went with this selection earlier today because we are due for a total lunar eclipse tonight. Pours a midnight black. Slight, tan head. Nose is dark, roasted malts and just a hitn of coffee.

Flavor is heavily roasted grains. Burnt coffee tones. Also, a bit of a sulphuric tang going on as well. Picked out little bits of dark chocolate and toffee in the background as well. Medium body. Flavors rounded off a bit as the beer warmed. Nice and drinkable.

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Photo of GJ40
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Foothills Brewing Co in Winston-Salem, NC.

A - Deep black with no light coming through. A small beige head that yields some lacing.

S - Roasted malt.

T - Mostly roasted flavor from the malt with some bitterness from it as well. Quite dry. I thought it started well but went a bit flat (and a little sour) in the end. It just seemed to be missing something in the balance. The 7% alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M - A bit higher in carbonation than I expected. And maybe a bit thin as it seems to evaporate in your mouth.

D - Decent but not compelling.

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Photo of methtlcai
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and pitch black, this stout had a great appearance with a milk chocolate head that lingered and created a great lace around the glass the whole way down. This is not a thick, chocolatey stout, but an extremely 'roasty' one that you could actually consider getting more than one of due to its more medium body and good drinkability. The aroma smelt of roasted coffee and a tiny bit of hop freshness, but the burnt flavor of the beer was definitely center stage the whole way. Not complex enough for me to give it top marks, but a nice alternative to choking-ly thick stouts.

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Photo of tdm168
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at World of Beer in Raleigh on 8/30/12.

A - pitch black with a thick, brown head that had great retention

S - oddly there's no nose, I couldn't smell a thing

T - roasted malts, faint chocolate, some underlying citrus, bitter piny finish, some alcohol

M - medium to full bodied, well carbonated, warming alcohol

The flavor is good though a bit more bitter than I had expected. The appearance was almost perfect. The nose threw me for a loop. I've never had a beer this bold and flavorful that didn't offer a similar aroma. Overall, a decent experience.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Barley's in Asheville on 1/8/09.

Came black with a cm thick tan head which left good lacing. The smell also suits the style well. There's an immediate rush of dark malts, like a roasted coffee, not a lot of sweetness. A Dry smell. The taste is very complex, but still smooth. There's coffee, along with bitterness. The sweetness comes along later, and is welcomed. I don't know that it should be in the same league as a big american coffee stout or something, its more of a dry stout, but I enjoy it. I love roasted barley, love it. The mouthfeel is sort of thin if its really a double stout. Kind of watery, but not terrible. Drinks well. Not like a quick drinking beer, but I could drink quite a few throughout the night.
My only question is: Was this supposed to be something like an Imperial Dry Irish Stout?

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Photo of MTNboy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very opaque dark brown almost black. Typical ton of lace for a stout with a lot of tan head.

Smell- It smells of coffee and a sweet roasted malt blend.

Taste- This stout has a very rich but sweet roasted flavor that bends well and is not overwhelming at all. The flavors are nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel- Very thick and creamy.

Drinkability- This beer is very filling but it great beer if you are only having a few.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. Nice and dark with a dense cap of tan head. Good retention with generously scattered lacing.

Nice roasty nose, a touch burnt, a touch chocolatey. The flavors lean more dry and burnt than the nose. Acrid burnt malt, dark roast and a fairly sharp bitterness. Very little sweetness. Somewhere in between a 'regular' American stout and an imperial. Nice dry finish. The lack of sweetness limits drinkability a bit, but it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate black/brown, with minimal head.

Bittersweet baking chocolate in the nose, not much else to report, although this aspect is assertive and a pleasure to sniff.

Flavor is burnt chocolate and bittersweet dark chocolate, mostly, although some dark bread comes through as well. Totally malty, surprise, surprise...

Feels incredibly smooth, a little too smooth for my liking, like an English-style oatmeal stout or something. A little carbonation would've propped this up nicely, and I'm hardly a carbonation freak.

I'd like to try this again, maybe right at the brewery, and see if maybe it lost a little something in transport up to the beerfest I tasted this at...or just had a tapping problem or some other such issue. But still, it's hardly poor.

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Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black like and oil slick with a nice mocha colored head that is gone pretty quickly,heavy roasted malt aromas like french roast coffee with a light bitter chocolate note underneath.Like the aroma the deep roasted malt is the main component of flavor in this brewthere is some unsweetened/bitter chocolate and a light earthiness but the roasted coffee bean flavor hits and hits pretty hard.Flavorful to say the least the roasted malt is a touch strong though in my opinion limiting its drinkabiltiy a notch.

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Photo of Graebner
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could use a touch more hops, I think.

Black, no head, oil-like

Smells of coffee and caramel.

Slight caramel taste, lots of coffee, lots of hops and roasted malts.

Quite bitter aftertaste, somewhat sour.

Sour, bitter, pretty good. Not infinitely drinkable, and almost needs a chaser, as this one's burnt malt bitterness is pretty overwhelming and [strangely] not entirely pleasant to me.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came out a deep dark black with very thin tan sheet on top. Some spots and globs stuck to the glass edge. Smelled of roasted malts, chocolate, grape, raisin, and slight alcohol. Mouthfeel was crisp and slightly chewy. Flavor was of roasted cocoa beans, espresso, and dark breads. Finished almost like a wine. This was a decent brew. I would get this again. A very easy drinker even at the ABV level.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of sgraham4
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of blitz134
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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...

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Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of GeezLynn
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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