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People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 742
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 35
Gots: 124 | 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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Photo of OldManMetal
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

People's Porter pours to a thick, lingering creamy light-tan head atop an effervescent, turbid deep-brown body with dirty ruby highlights; lacing consists of moderate rafts and swoops. The nose is fairly assertive for the style: a nice blend of dark roasted malt flavors, predominately cocoa, dark toffee and bitter chocolate. Up front, the palate is tart, thinnish bitter milk chocolate; mid-palate, a significant toffee presence and a hint of sweetness build in, joined at the back by faint alcohol undertones. The finish is a brief flash of molasses and toffee, followed by the onset of a moderate chocolatey bitterness that lingers awhile. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the medium body, and the texture is slightly creamy and peppery from the fizzy carbonation.

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Photo of benzalman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on bottle at Bald Head Island. Completely decent run of the mill porter. A bit thin, but roasty with hints of chocolate. Would love to try the barrel aged version.

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Photo of Zach136
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black body with dark brown edges, tan head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Mild milk chocolate and roast.

Flavor: One word. Roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, touch of lingering roast.

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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 uvachief
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Draft. Pours a deep dark chocolate brown with a red hue. Full 2 fingers of tan head that quickly dissipated. Nice lacing during drink. Smells of a lot of nothing. Some chocolate, hops and toffee but real light. Taste is a traditional porter. Thinner than a stout of course in mouthfeel. Subtle chocolate, toffee, coffee with a tiny hop ibu. Nothing over the top or unique about the beer. A good solid porter. Barrel aged would be better I hope.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Beth and Alex for this one!

Pours a dark brown / clear ruby color with a sandy tan head.

Smells of light caramel, coffee, and a hint of smoke. There's a grassy melon in there as well with a touch of metal.

This starts clean with a smooth dusty smoke, but quickly turns to a harsh metallic bite. There's a bit of celery backing this one up. Pretty clean and easy, but the dry smoke/metal really gets out of control.

This one foams up a bit on drinking, which is borderline unpleasant.

Not too bad. I'd be curious to see if it was any better on tap.

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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 KM_Seahawk
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with some ruby on the bottom, little lacing. Smells of chocolate, toffee and faint coffee. Taste is initially herbal bitterness upfront then followed by dark malt, some chocolate and slight coffee notes. More carbonation than expected for a porter. Overall bottle description accurate but more bitterness than other english style porters that I had.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark almost black but ruby highlights at the bottom.. Tan head with spotty lace.. A/T typical porter.. Dark roasted malt, slight chocolate, bitter roast, kinda watery with a metallic veggie finish.. Will finish the six pack with no problem but problay won't get it again.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a quality beer and the description is just about 100% accurate. Carbonation seems a little high, head fades but comes back quickly with a little swirl. I would like to give this beer a chance to get to room temperature next time, I think the flavors would mellow together. Sweetness is different, English style toffee. Well worth a try or a 6 pack.

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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 ghirsh
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed by this beer. Appears dark with just a little light shining through around the edges. Crystal clear. Three fingers of head that is retained pretty well.
Smells roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. Tastes great. Tastes like it smells, with mostly roasted malt up front and hints of coffee, chocolate and toffee to finish. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than I would like but it's not bad. Good amount of carbonation. Overall pretty good beer.

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Photo of tkelley
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a spiegelau stout glass.

A - awesome dark brown body with dark ruby highlights. Big tan head with good lacing. Very good retention of a thin layer of foam. Really pretty.

N - chocolate mostly. Roasted dark malts. Old world.

T - slightly more complex than the aroma, but still dominated by chocolate. Does have a bitter herbal type finish. There's something slightly off putting in the aftertaste but I can't place it.

M - pretty good. Thickish.

O - a nicely done old world porter with heavy chocolate backbone. Cheers!

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Photo of Minkybut
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer. Big giant tall never ending chocolate colored head, very dark beer. Chocolate smell and taste oozes from this beer. It has a bit of a bitter finish but not too bad. It is a great product and I will buy this again.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Expecting a down rating..
On tap, from an hour's worth of memory:
Little light in body, but a decent bourbon barrel influence.

My expectations were low, impressions were above expectations, but needed some body to boost the rating.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Boulevard Ales pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $1.67 (I think)
Purchased: July 26, 2014
Consumed: July 29, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark mahogany color, almost pitch black, with three fingers of tan frothy head. Good layered foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled dark toffee, caramel, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, fudge, dark cocoa and espresso.

Tasted similar to the nose. Roasted nuts, bitter coffee notes, darker chocolate, espresso, toffee and caramel.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

A decent porter overall. Not too bad.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured an almost black body with small head and minor lace. Aroma is mostly a roasted, grainy malt aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Medium-bodied beer that has a roasted malt profile as dominant flavor, there are some coffee and chocolate notes but they are overpowered and don't offer much taste or balance. The finish is dry and grainy and I get a little of heated booziness at one point during the finish.

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of liquor, alcohol, sweet malt, roasted malt, hint of yeast, and slight hops. Fits the style of an English Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, slight hop, hint of yeast, slight liquor, and a hint of dry hops. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, body, and complexity.

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Photo of JayQue
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An ok Porter. Easy drinking. Pours a dark brown color into a pint glass. Medium size tan head with a hard pour. Average retention and a few thick spotty lacing patches.

Aroma is roasted malt and a little chocolate and coffee.

Taste is similar. the malts are up front. The chocolate and coffee are more trace flavors.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp with a little bitterness. Goes down easy.

Overall not bad at all. A pleasant sipping beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving modest lacing.

Dark chocolate dominates, with toasted, nutty and toasted malt weighing in. There's a hint of coffee.

Roast malt dominates the flavor profile, finishing a bit acrid and fairly bitter. Chocolate lingers throughout, but the bitterness overwhelms.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and a carbonic bite.

This one is too bitter and harsh for me.

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Photo of MaddestHatter
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The People's Porter, a beer for the people. This beer is exactly what its name implies, a nice, solid, hard working beer. It tastes of the black morning coffee of a salaryman, the bread of a factory worker's lunch, and even a few notes of a caramel or vanilla like the manager might sneak at the end of the day. All in all the proletariat (as well as Foothills) should be proud to call this their beer. It's one of the more drinkable porters I have found due to its pleasant balance of flavors and (relatively speaking for a porter) low gravity. It is especially good for finishing off a six pack by yourself while watching football, avoiding your extended family, and waiting for day-before-Thanksgiving dinner to be made.

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Photo of brentk56
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a coffee brown color capped by a three-fingered ecru head; squiggles of lacing line the glass

Smell: Toasted brown bread and chocolate with hints of vanilla and coffee

Taste: Toast and chocolate, up front, with the coffee and vanilla tones building in the middle; fades a bit in the finish though the chocolate tones linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This bottle has been in my cellar for a while so the hops have faded but that is just fine with me as I find Foothills dark beers tend to be a bit hoppy for my palate; I like the way this has aged just fine

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark chestnut color with a one finger tan head that settles down to a light cap over the surface.

S: Roasted malt, coffee and espresso right away. Just a bit of chocolate in there as well.

T: Lots of roasted malt with some day old coffee and some citrusy hops trying to pull through the malt. Finish gives a touch of toffee, hop resin and some charred espresso. Seems like the flavors start to fall apart a bit as it warms, but this is a pretty solid porter. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. Bottleneck says 03052014.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before slowly falling to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Dark roast brings notes of milk chocolate, vanilla and caramel.

T- Moderate roastiness plus a solid shot of hop bitterness. Semisweet with a noticeable alcohol presence. Slightly charry aftertaste.

M- Decent amount of viscosity even for a porter. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A straightforward porter that doesn't really stand out among others but is solid enough. I guess that's why it's the "People's" porter.

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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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People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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