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People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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People's PorterPeople's Porter

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very good

152 Reviews
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Reviews: 152
Hads: 750
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 34
Gots: 129 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2005

People's Porter is a robust English-style brew with a dark, ruby hue. Complex chocolate, caramel and toffee notes give way to an herbal bitterness, finishing with a pleasant hint of espresso.

42 IBU
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Reviews: 152 | Hads: 750
Photo of Gristle
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/2/14 Bottled

Look - Dark Brown almost black on the pour. Thought to myself it was to good to be true. The head; 2 finger breadths thick, light khaki in color.

Smell - I'm picking up the smell of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and caramel aromas; a touch of roasted coffee coming through in the middle. I'm very excited to try this beer

Taste - Let's see how to describe this beer...Dark and intense chocolate malt, toffee, and vanilla slap you in the face but in a sexy way. The subtleness of the hops is less sweet but complement the beer in a fantastic way.

Mouth feel - Rich, creamy, and full bodied. It's pleasantly carbonated. I wish more porters could pull this feel off

I will definitely be drinking this one again, I love a good porter...

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Photo of DesertRat
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this beer. Chocolate malts present as its poured into a tumbler, very good head and lacing. Aftertaste is very nice, chocolate malts finish. Abv is low enough to have a few and still be on point. Most porters are too light for my tastes, but this porter has a pretty full body.

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Photo of argock
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants for $3.99.

A: Very dark brown with a short, 1/2-finger light beige head that disappears quickly but does leave a few spots of lace.

S: This brew has a really nice blend of coffee, caramel, and chocolate aromas to accent the dark maltiness with a fair dose of roast. Not much on the hops front.

T: Wow -- I am really impressed with this porter. It straddles the English Brown Porter/Robust Porter style and mixes the best of both with a deft touch of caramel sweetness to counter the strong roast note. The coffee and chocolate flavors provide further complexity. This is one of the best porters I have had in a long time -- a great balance of sweet, roast, chocolate, and coffee with plenty of dark maltiness.

M: Solid mouthfeel with medium body and even carbonation to make it very smooth.

O: I definitely will pick up more of this brew -- a superb example of a medium ABV porter.

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Photo of Arborescence
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black as night. Pours a massive, creamy head!

Aroma: Sweet, malty delight, some roasty aromas with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Very rich chocolate flavour with robust and balanced body. Lingering aftertaste reminiscent of espresso.

Mouthfeel: Rounded and soft, creamy too. Full bodied.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this brew, as I expected it to be a pretty standard porter (perhaps fooled by the name!). In fact, it's a very rich and tasty beer, with some complexity as well. Perhaps it's not as complex as some of its counterparts, but it's certainly no standard porter. Recommended!

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Photo of jpro
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at DD Peckers, West Ashley... served in a standard shaker pint...

A: Near black with a creamy, one-finger light mocha head that manages some nice retention and leaves some patchy lace.

S: Chocolate malt and roasty goodness.

T: Very impressed... nice and chocolately, yet not too sweet; good roasted malt profile, yet not acrid; hops provide good balance.

M: Medium-full bodied; a palate coater, yet not sticky; creamy and smooth... mmm.

D: Quite drinkable, although for me, a porter isn't something I'm really into throwing back a lot of... that being said, this is really good stuff and I was impressed.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boone Saloon, Boone, NC.

Appearance: A dark brown-bodied brew with hints of shiny, glittering garnet around the edges. The one-finger, slightly off white head fades rather quickly and leaves little blobs of erratic lace and a film.

Aroma: Wonderfully pungent and pleasant. Coffee and freshly toasted toast, very earthy in the roast, with a gradual bittersweet chocolate note emerging as it warms.

Taste: A really nice tasting, solid porter. Heavy chocolate notes, crisp, toasted malts, with plenty of sweet, lactic milkyness. The balance between roast and residual sweetness if just about right. Just a really nice balance of flavors, very tasty.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation makes for a crisp and big-bubbled, but even mouthfeel. The beer itself is relatively thin-bodied, but nice. Tone down the effervescence on this one just a little, and it'd be a 5.0.

Drinkability: What an unexpected and pleasant surprise in the most unlikely of places. This is one of the best porters I've had in quite some time and manages to hit just about all the right notes. The alcohol's low and nowhere to be found, to boot. Just a really good, all-around enjoyable porter - recommended if you see it on tap.

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Photo of Deuane
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ffejherb for sharing a growler of this. I have had it on tap at the brewpub numerous times but have never reviewed it.

A-Deep, dark reddish tinted brown with a medium tan head that reduced to a thin cap and left some nice lacing.

S-Milk chocolate up front with a nice initial sweetness. Sharp notes of dark roasted malt and spicy hops come through.

T-Dark roasted malts and milk chocolate up front. A bit of nutty, chalky, earthiness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied with nice lingering bitter sweet chocolate, dark malts, coffee in the finish. Fairly smooth.

D-A solid, go to, good to have in the regular line up porter. All the highlights I like with hints of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Nice and smooth with plenty of flavour without going over the top.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received a growler of this from Loki in the Growling at the Moon growler exchange. Thank you! Poured into my nonic pint glass and appears a rather dark, but still translucent rich chestnut color with about a finger of creamy ecru foam. A thin, sporadic lace is left by the head as my glass slowly empties. Nose consists of medium roasted grains, sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, and earthy hops. Very nice! Flavor brings chocolate egg cream sodas to mind as well as toasted and caramelized malts and grains, mild chocolate and coffee notes. A few notches better than medium bodied with ample carbonation for the style. A highly drinkable porter. Glad I had the chance to try it. Most definitely a porter for the people.

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Photo of delta490
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep ruby-tinted brown with a pillowy tan head. The head has incredible retention and leaves substantial lacing. The aroma is a malt-lovers dream with big roasted notes of coffee and hints of chocolate. The aroma is similar but includes some mild earthy hops on the finish. The beer feels a little light on the palate, but not so much that I would call it "watery". A great big flavor English Porter.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just stopped in for a growler fill from the source on the way down to Myrtle Beach, not overly impressed. Quality across the board was lacking, one beer like Sexual Chocolate shouldn't really make you a BA destination. The beers were acceptable just not stellar, I would like to try the SC imperial stout if the chance comes my way. This one appears pitch black with large tan head with a mocha brown tint forms a nice cloud rising above the rim of my Foothilss pint glass. Aromatics offer roasted malts with dark coffee accents and a hint of dark chocolate. Alot of black patent malt more dark cocoa and roastiness than sweet and creamy. Flavor does have a mild lactic twang to it but more robust roasts come to play with herbal hop background peeking through, a touch of dark chocolate and mild coffee. Finishs dry with those herbal hops and dark roasts in the finish. Mouthfeel was medium to fuller bodied and carbonation was on overall I can't say anything bad about this brew, I thought it was the best of their lineups smaller beers and my wife loved it I had a glass and a half the rest my wife took care of on vacation.

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Photo of kkipple
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CW's in Columbia.

A: A deep opaque brown beer, with a 2 finger tight tan head that lasts and lasts.

S: I get sweet roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, minor hop bitterness. A basic porter smell, nothing fancy or weird.

T: Lightly blackened malt, cocoa, burnt sugar, and coffee swirl in a rich blend that's perfectly bittersweet. Classic porter flavors done well!

M. Nailed! Creamy but not thick, and mellow enough to gulp. No harshness here or undesirable sourness. Leaves behind a fine cocoa aftertaste. Eminently drinkable.

Frankly, this is another hit from Foothills, a company with which I'm rapidly becoming enamored. This is a classic pub porter. Well done.

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Photo of nUgZ
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with a one finger head and nice lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts.

T: More of the roasted malts and coffee up front followed by a light chocolate flavor in the end. Very nice.

M: Medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O: This is a very drinkable and enjoyable Porter. If it was a little heavier, it could be considered a stout. I'll gladly drink it anytime.

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Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: On-tap at Oak Barrel Taproom, poured into a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick, impenetrable consistency. There was an inch of tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A big, warm aroma of malt, chocolate and coffee.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, a bit of coffee and chocolate (but not too much chocolate. A well-balanced, flavorful porter. One of the best American versions of an English porter you'll find.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a surprisingly dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An extremely drinkable porter.

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Photo of Naugros
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a BIF trade from OSUBeerStudent. He also sent one of these bourbon barrel-aged. Can't wait!

Develops a really thick head with a lot of tightly-packed bubbles. As it falls it gets rocky and the structure thickens, allowing the mocha head to ascend beyond the lip of the glass. The head has amazing retention and leaves bhind bands of lace. Body is dark with a ruddy glow to it. Very nice-looking porter.

Nice smell too. The roast comes out strong with some coffee tones, a touch of cream and some nice vanilla. The hops are also mildly present here, which come off as floral.

Very interesting flavor. Not at all like it smells. The roasted grains are really forward. Hard to emphasize this enough...the initial flavor is of roasted grains...not roasted grains within a beer. almost as if you had taken some of them from the oven and popped them in your mouth. That prevalent. Around those grains is a bitterness that works around and concentrates on the tip of your tongue. There's a slight sense of metal in that portion of it. Not too distracting, but there nonetheless.

Thin side of medium in the body, but spot-on for the style. Very little presence of alcohol, if any. Easy-drinking and 22 ounces of 6.25% will get me there nicely.

If not for the slight tang in the taste, this would be the perfect porter. I CANNOT WAIT for the barrel-aged version, but I promised someone I would share.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours more dark brown rather than full on black with a creamy beige head. Smells of toffee, chocolate, and hard English water. Smooth and velvety texture. The flavor is loaded with charred oak, bitter chocolate, maybe even some roasted marshmallow. Hops really only show up in the aftertaste. More of an English take on the style and very tasty. The mineral/hard water flavor comes through a bit more as it warms. The finish becomes more bitter, as well.

I like this quite a bit.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Rich aroma has burnt wood, unsweet chocolate and quality coffee notes with undertones of molasses and licorice. Got my mouth watering! It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick, fluffy and rather persistent light tan head. Delicious flavor lives up to the aroma, having roast coffee, chocolate, molasses and licorice tones plus a hint of caramel and a bitter hoppy undertone that actually helps round out the flavor rather than detract from it. Texture is the beer's weakest point - body is on the thin side, it seems, for a porter, and there is just a little fizz.

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Photo of Aliiyoob
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head, which sort of bummed me out initially. But it smells amazing, and tastes great. Quite bitter, very much the exact thing I think of when I imagine a typical porter. Good beer, definitely will get it again.

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Photo of sirlongfellow
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a chalice glass.

LOOK: Pours a very dark brown/ black that has ruby edges when held to a bulb. About a finger of tan head that dissipates, no bubbles visible streaming upward. Good looking beer. Nice lacing.
SMELL: Roasted bready malts with darker chocolate and some coffee. Toffee notes become more apparent when beer is warmed
TASTE: Begins with toasty malt and dark chocolate and persists until coffee flavors and mild hop flavors come through in the finish. Very well balanced.
FEEL: Somewhat creamy and very clean. Does not linger very much at all. Pleasure to drink.
OVERALL: Overall I say this is a very tasty well balanced porter that is solid on all fronts, nothing fancy but does a very good job. Will surely seek this out again.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler fill at Midtown in Nash-vegas...

Very dark roasted malt aromas with the expected chocolate characteristics... Quite pleasant aromas... Rather rich and deep and very inviting... Slightest hint of hops...

Very tasty porter here... Dark, rich, smooth... Lots of bittersweet chocolate as well as some nicely roasted malts... Surprised at how quickly this growler is disappearing... Perhaps hints of vanilla here and there as I go from sipping to gulping this beer... Really digging it...

Only complaint is that I'd like a little more feel to it... Otherwise, this is awesome...

Good effort from Foothills here... Nice session porter here....

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with nearly no head. Smells of chocolate and toffee. Tastes of initial hop bitters followed by malt and coffee notes - all per the rather accurate commercial description!

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Photo of Mojo
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass

A - obsidian black with a one finger khaki head, decent retention and lacing. Very beautiful pour.

S - roasted coffee and chocolate

T - sweet cola, chocolate, coffee, toffee, roasted nuts, caramel

M - strong coffee aftertaste

O - nice offering from this NC brewery.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head and lacing.

SMELL: Roasted, deeply malty aroma.

TASTE: Strong dark malt notes of coffee and charcoal. Good finish withe robust malts. Light earthy hop character but this one is all about the malts, though the flavor ends up being more toasty and slightly bitter.

FEEL: Medium to full bodied, smooth and very tasty. Notes of espresso coffee linger on the palate.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Riverside beverage company in Chattanooga. Dark black, puffy tan head. Smells good, roasty malts and very inviting. Flavor was rich, hint of dark chocolate but none of the coffee that other reviewers have noted. Overall this was very tasty and I was not sad I chose this over the hoppyum this time. I think I may need some sexual chocolate at this point...

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to have this on tap where I work,poured into a stadard pint glass a a deep dark brown wirh some ruby highlights thruought the glass,a very tight formed beige colored one finger head atop.Aromas of charred fruit,dark roast coffee,and molasses,I love the char.Flavors are alot like the aromas,quite charred and fruity with just a hint of smoke,there is a molasses-like sweetness to it and a nice dry lingering finish.Smooth as all get out,just an awesome porter from Fotthills.Good job Jsmie.

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Photo of yamar68
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a swelling, dense, dimpled brown head that laces perfectly.

The nose is nice and roasty - hazelnut, cocoa, coffee, slightly sweet and entirely balanced. A touch of bitterness keeps things interesting.

Super creamy. Soft chocolate, nuts, stale coffee, chocolate milk, an abstract bitterness dries out the finish. Very good.

I wish this saw MN distro because it is so approachable but complex enough to satisfy any porter lover.

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People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.