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People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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People's PorterPeople's Porter

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579 Ratings
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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 30
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2005)
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Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +13%

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest.

Pours a dark brownish black with a thin lacing of brown head. The nose smells of coffee and rich, roasted malts. The flavor is dominated up front by roasted malts, coffee, and some faint chocolate. It finishes with a mild hop bitterness that adds some balance. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, rich, and well carbonated.

This is a very enjoyable beer. It's balanced, smooth, drinkable, enjoyable. I will definitely have this again in the future.

04-13-2012 23:30:06 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kegatron


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a dark brown with some garnet highlights around the edges of the glass with a thin tan head that retained nicely around the rim and left some decent lacing. The aroma is of caramel sweetness, light chocolate notes, and roasted malts.

The taste is mellow caramel and cocoa sweetness, molassas, roasted malt notes and some light hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly creamy but posesses just a tad too much carbonation at some points. I'm wondering if this was just a problem that the brewpub was having that day.

All in all though, this was a very well crafted, tasty and hugely quaffable Porter from Foothills. I just missed this on our last visit back in November, so it was a pleasure to finally be able to try it.

02-06-2008 17:16:50 | More by Kegatron
Photo of Bung


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

An English? Always thought this was an American Porter. That explains why I enjoy this one so much.
At foothills, most rescently at Duckworths in Charlotte. Solid black/brown pour with brown around the edges. Finger of light tan froth.

Aroma has a balance of roast malt, peat and dark chocolate. Hint of caramels.

Taste is very balanced. Roast malt, dark chocolate, charcoal and a bit of anise balanced by the molasses, chocolate and caramel. Just a bit of spice, finishing with some dryer roast.

Fairly creamy body, lighter mid weight. Drinks great after dinner or on its own in quantity. Should try if you can.

07-27-2010 02:05:08 | More by Bung
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

The shaker pint draft is dark chocolate-brown with a sliver of dim ruby at the periphery and is capped with light tan foam. The head is pretty persistent and retains well, leaving successive rings of lacing at the sip-lines on the glass.

The smell is rich and dark with loads of heavily-toasted savory grain, light roast coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Mellow notes of dark, sugary caramels are well-balanced by grainy notes of gritty, dry dark roastiness.

The taste is rich and loaded with bittersweet chocolate and dark-roasted grain. Soft toffee flavors sprinkled with dry cocoa and powdered coffee shapeshift into mocha milkshake creaminess, soothing and satisfying the drinker along the way.

The drink is on the heavy end of the medium-bodied spectrum and is one silky-smooth quaffer. Rich, creamy, and delicious.

02-08-2009 11:31:32 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

I purchased this from the brewery.

Poured into an Olde Hickory shaped glass.

A: Poured black as night with no light passing through. The head was quite small... but what was there stained the glass with web.

S: Very candy-like, with some charred grill-laden malt. Also, the sugar content gave way to sort of a divine caramel quality.

T: I got only a slight bit of bitterness, with the understated chocolate leading the way. This is porter 101.

M: Not sugary, roasty, or too malty in any way. This was nice, and the lacing was moderate... at best.

O: How does one mess up a porter? There's really no way to do it, and I'm proud to report that Foothills doesn't do it either.

04-19-2012 03:17:48 | More by Chaney
Photo of wagenvolks


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

On-tap at Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

Pint glass was filled with a seal brown, quasi-opaque brew. Not much head, but the ring of foam that did exist was well retained. Aroma was heavy on the toffee & caramel malts, with secondary notes of cocoa and baker's chocolate. Hops made a small appearance.

Excellent flavor for an English Porter stlye. Roasted malts, toffee, rye, biscuity sweet chocolate, and coffee grounds came together with a pinch of hops to make an excellent flavor profile. Mouthfeel wasn't overly special, but still quite good: creamy, medium body, nice carbonation, and a solid, bitter finish. For 5.7%, this is one hell of a porter. I'll definately be filling up a growler of this next time I'm through Winston-Salem.

02-07-2008 05:51:15 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of goindownsouth


4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

Had this one on tap a few days ago, prior to its big release in Greenville, SC.

Fantastic in its appearance, deep and rich in colour. Thick, robust head with good retention. Aroma rich with notes of toasted grains and a bit of bittersweet chocolatey goodness. Smooth on the palate, the grain bill comes through with hints of chocolate and coffee. Good balance with the malt and hops in this one. A fantastic brew. While I am generally NOT a porter lover, this may well be my new session brew when it is officially released here locally.

Another solid offering from the folks at Foothills.


02-15-2007 18:38:45 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of argock


4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

06-08-2012 01:50:53 | More by argock
Photo of Gristle

South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev +11.4%

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...

03-04-2014 04:41:33 | More by Gristle
Photo of Arborescence


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

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!

06-01-2012 01:23:30 | More by Arborescence
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

01-17-2011 16:28:04 | More by jpro
Photo of DesertRat

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

02-18-2013 02:16:17 | More by DesertRat
Photo of anjah

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-17-2013 22:35:21 | More by anjah
Photo of avitallo

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

08-08-2014 23:45:47 | More by avitallo
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

02-21-2014 01:45:52 | More by asuburbanman
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

04-09-2013 17:06:40 | More by dmk91
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-28-2014 19:49:34 | More by tabascosigned
Photo of ghowehattrick

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-25-2013 01:22:31 | More by ghowehattrick
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

11-27-2012 16:30:13 | More by LSLarry64
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

11-23-2012 02:27:05 | More by freduardo
Photo of bobarc

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

03-24-2012 00:26:47 | More by bobarc
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

07-06-2013 20:19:43 | More by pathman
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-22-2014 22:51:17 | More by dave317
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

11-10-2012 22:59:52 | More by dbell23
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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-30-2014 19:52:25 | More by RBorsato
People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
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