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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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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 116
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 BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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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 mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
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

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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 drabmuh
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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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 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 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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Photo of wedge
4.17/5  rDev +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.

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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 wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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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 atsprings
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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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 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 NEhophead
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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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 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 AlexJ
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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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 kkipple
4.13/5  rDev +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!

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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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Stout from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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