People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 740
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 35
Gots: 123 | FT: 2
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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 RonaldTheriot
2.84/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

People's Porter has a medium, beige, soapy head, a dark-brown, opaque appearance, with brown highlights. The aroma is of slightly sweet, somewhat astringent, with a vegetable (celery) smell. Taste is of the same strange thistle-like flavor, some powdery chocolate, and roasted barley malt. Bitterness is low, and the alcohol doesn't show itself. Mouthfeel is light and fairly slick, and People's Porter finishes semi-dry and decently drinkable. Maybe, another batch would be better.


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Photo of HoposaurusRex
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: bottle, poured into mug

A: Pours a hazy deep brown with ruby hues and a thick dark tan head with high retention and significant lacing.

S: Carmel aroma with faint notes of coffee.

T/M: Slight burnt bitter taste with sweet caramel notes as well. Some hints of bittersweet chocolate. Overall, more bitter than sweet. The carbonation is more pronounced than I had anticipated producing a mouthfeel that is less smooth and creamy than other porters I have had. However, its crisp sharp character is not unpleasant and contributes to a dry finish that invites another sip.

O: A very drinkable porter with a pleasant bitter taste. Would pair equally well with fish and chips or a juicy burger.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with only a hint of brown when held up to the light. Head is massive on this one.

S: Subtle chocolate smell. A little roastyness. Smells a bit like rubber but that may be an artifact from work....

T: Super malty with chocolate notes. Leaves with a bit of stale bitterness. After a few sips the taste nearly disappears.

M: Goes down a little watery. Sits with a light creamy body.

Overall an ok beer. It tastes like a pretty average porter with the usual tastes. With no freshness date on the bottle I wonder if I didn't get an old bottle as the finish tasted quite stale. Oh well, this showing was pretty average.

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Photo of ranger60
3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had a 6 oz taster at Dandelion market in Charlotte, an under-rated place not even listed yet on Beer Advocate...

Very dark, with a long lasting head. Nothing descriptive in the aroma. Flavor and mouthfeel are good...I love porters and stouts, but this is coming across a bit bitter for me...not sure why. Perhaps it is because I just finished a Birdsong Lazy Bird Brown Ale which I loved. Anyway, this is drinkable but not memorable.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had: on tap at Foothills

Dark chestnut brown pour with a solid cap of beige head that sank to a thick ringlet and laced the glass nicely. Aroma of roasty dark malts, light hints of toffee and herbal hops; pretty thin. The taste was similar, dark malts, roasty, notes of coffee and cocoa, burnt caramel, nutshells, light herbal hops with a metallic twinge in the finish. Mouthfeel was pretty thin, body light-medium, bordering on medium, carbonation was moderate. Meh.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at CArolina Ale House in Cary.

Pours a lucid brown. One inch white head tops it off.

Smell is very roasted, over roasted. I get hickory and smoked malt.

Taste is a little too bitter for me. It feels like Olde Hickory Hickory Stick Stout. The wood feels bitter and astringent, and almost out of place. Smoothness is absent, and I miss it tons.

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Photo of rodkin
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark caramel brown, almost black. Leaves a big fluffy tan head, which reduces nicely. Leaves a bubbly film and nice lacing.

Smell is some chocolate, caramel, roast malts, a bit of burnt coffee. Maybe a hint of dark fruit. Very nice, if slightly oversweet.

Oh man, the taste is a huge disappointment after the nose. Bitter coffee, a slight tanginess, and that's about it. All the complexity in the nose is lost, leaving a fairly one-dimensional and disappointing experience.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, but carbonation is nice.

Well, this is a gorgeous porter with a great smell, and unfortunately the taste just doesn't live up. Disappointing.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a fluffy, creamy two-finger mocha shade. It has a soft texture, nice retention, and leaves behind plenty of splotchy lacing on the glass.

S: There's a good deal going on in the nose. Milk chocolate seems to be the dominant note, while both cream and coffee do a good job of underlying it. I also seem to pick up something suggesting citrusy as well. Citrusy hops don't always work in a porter, but they do here. Everything seems to be well integrated.

T: I don't pick up much of the chocolate or cream I did on the nose. Rather, the most prevalent flavor is coffee - and lots of it. When done right in a porter/stout, piny hop bitterness can make the beer generally resemble espresso, and it does here. Post-swallow, there's less of a coffee flavor and more of a general hoppy note. Very vague suggestions of fruit esters seem to hang around here and there. Hoppy porters are never my favorite style, but this one seems to work quite well considering.

M: There isn't much heft on the palate; since this is more sweet than bitter, this lightness is welcome. It's also bone dry and strongly carbonated; naturally, this is very easy to drink.

O: A decent - if not amazing - robust porter, the hops here work better than some others in the style. Still, I wish some more of the malt character came through.

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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 zeledonia
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to n2185 for the hookup. My first beer from this NC brewery.

Pours a deep, dark, woody brown, with two fingers of dense medium-tan head. Good retention, and very nice lacing.

Smell is a good mix of sugary sweetness and dark roasty-smoky char. After the head's gone, I'm having a hard time pulling much out from the smell. What happened?

Taste is quite heavy on the char - tastes a bit like chewing on charred wood, with a touch of smoke. Mildly bitter, very roasty, and not as much sweetness as I want from it. Not bad, but not great. Taste is kinda thin, and I want more from it than I'm getting.

Mouthfeel is quite good - medium-bodied, and very mouth-filling, actually.

Not a bad beer, but the taste is very one-dimensional. Heavy on the char and the smoke, and I just want more different flavors, more depth, more something. Not my favorite porter.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A black body with edges of ruby when held to the light. A decent head on this one.

Sweet chocolate malt in the nose with hop presence as well.

Taste is balanced with a sharp bitterness of roasted malt. Maybe its hop bitterness too, though I'm not sure.

Medium bodied with good carbonation to match.

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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 smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice looking porter. Creamy forming head three fingers deep with a very light tan color, thick lacing and large retention. Body color is super dark walnut brown with an edge of chestnut red just under the head. Great looking beer.

Real nice milky chocolate and warm coffee roast character. Real nice and solid, hints of sweetness and cocoa powder dryness also.

Palate comes a little bit different than expected. Large roast finish, but there's some sour acrid grain sensations right away. Light bodied but slightly wet, and a large bitter roast character that builds on the finish very large and growing after a swallow. Faint tin medicinal sensations a bit linger as well. Some slight soda character in feel with tight carbonation also.

Overall the nose hints at real solid greatness but doesn't deliver the sensations on the palate at all that the bouquet hints at. Some faint tin and sourness also takes it down a notch in enjoyment. It's ok, but I have had a lot better porters than this.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle someone brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid cocoa and roasty presence.

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Photo of qchic
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears opaque dark brown, capped with a cratered tan head that thins after a couple minutes. Smells more of fruity esters than expected, then the usual bittersweet chocolate and coffee aromas come through, almost alternating. Dark roasted coffee and dry cocoa dominate the flavor, leaving the mouth a bit chalky. Finishes plenty bitter. Medium body and carb where it should be. It's drinkable, but don't hurt yourself seeking this out.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this at the Flying Saucer in Columbia with the help of my girlfriend

A - Dark brown a shade away from black, tan almost non existent head with light lacing

S - faint hints of chocolate / coffee but it is really difficult to pick up any smell from this beer. Probably due to the lack of head

T - bitter coffee aftertaste with a slight chocolate malty taste throughout. I know the hops are there but none really stick out to me.

M - medium body with a light amount of carbonation

D - Pretty easy to drink. A solid representation of the style and a good beer but it certainly isn't the best of the style. This is a good fallback beer if I can't find anything else I really like.

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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 dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, just shy of black, with two finger tall tan head that is rather foamy like root beer. The head diminishes over time but there is a decent amount of head retention. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of burnt malts, sweet malts, caramel, chocolate, and slight hints of smoke.

T: Flavor is primary chocolate malts and burnt malts. The finish is quite bitter, like a cup of espresso.

M: Medium to full bodied with a significant amount of carbonation. Maybe just a hint shy of the amount of body I wanted and expected to match with the flavors. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: An enjoyable English porter but not an amazing one. Considering this used to be a pretty local place for me before I moved, I probably enjoyed it more times than I would if I had to work hard to locate it. Overall just a hint of too much bitterness to be an easy drinker.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

People's Porter
22oz bomber, no bottle date
Red wine glass

A: Pours a dark brown color with some reddish hues.  There is a faint tan head that dissipates quickly.  Tight bubbling on that head initially.  Good carbonation off the bottom of the glass.

S: I definitely get that roasted character.  Some mild coffee notes along with some chocolate, caramel, and toffee.  It's not really full on dark chocolate.

T: it's very thin on the flavor compared to other porters that I love (Butte and Cutthroat).  You get some of the roast coffee bitterness initially and some of the caramel.  The close does have some coffee bite like the label mentions.

M: medium bodied.  It's actually more watery than it appeared.

O: It's a B- beer for me.  Many others are above this for me. Not bad by any means, just not the best porter.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good if a bit unremarkable take at an English Porter.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label with the poppy/retro branded Foothills feel on this occasion with a retro branding illustration of a cliche revolutionary holding up a pint, trite design somewhere between a retro take and a Fairey reference, but it actually works… Side narrative offers a small description of style and taste. Notes SRM: 30.1, IBU: 43, and 6.25% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep brown pour. Nice ecru creamy head with medium retention, fair surface retention and good lacing.

S - Roasted nose, notes of coffee, hint of chocolate, bitter insinuation…

T - Flavor follows similarly, roasted coffee, emerging bitter counter punch with touches of chocolate.

M - Medium to medium-ligh body, small if tingly carbonation… There is something a bit thin in the feel at points. Not bad but not as creamy, or rounded as one would prefer.

O - Quite a nice quaff, nothing for the memory but worth the local offer.

Notes: Bomber picked up the day it was bottled, and had shortly thereafter. Fair porter, good quality bracket, but in line with the overall benchmark impression I got from most Foothills brews. Now, I´d gladly have it again when passing through the town.

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Photo of Dope
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A dark brown pour with a big and fluffy light brown head. Fades somewhat slowly, leaving great lacework behind.

S: Creamy roasted malt with sweet caramel and some toffee. Dark chocolate with a little char. Hints of coffee bean. Caramel element really stands out here, wonderful.

T: Lots of toffee up front, almost an overload. Some bitter chocolate, roast and coffee in the middle. Very metallic, especially in the aftertaste. I think it's actually some sort of herbal hop presence that makes it taste like you're sucking on nickels. A touch of smoke in the lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Strange metallic presence in the taste really drags this one down. It's too bad, I had high hopes from the aroma. It's drinkable enough to finish at least.

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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 KajII
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a muddy dark brown with a slight ruby hue and a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that quickly diminished, down to a scattered film and small collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was very mild with roasted dark malts, light resin hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of bitter chocolate, coffee and toffee.

The taste was lightly bitter sweet and quite malty with notes of bitter chocolate and toffee pretty much throughout, progressing into a roasty hoppy taste with a bold dark roasted coffee presence towards the end. The flavor lasted a very long time proceeding the swallow with a lightly bitter espresso taste left lingering on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a thin dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a rather impressive tasting Porter, with a nice mild hoppy presence which was complimented nicely by the roasty mocha coffee taste...

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Photo of maximum12
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerness for this bottle in a recent trade. Dark Foothills brews have been kind to me, so this one is most welcome. 22 oz. bomber split in two.

Pours very dark & headily vigorous, light penetrating only the edges. Nose is strong & pretty: chocolate, roast, sweet malts. Acknowledge the porter love.

People's Porter soars on the nose & crashes back to reality TV in the mouth. Bitter roast races right up to the boundary of ashiness, then slips across. Lovely chocolate balance in the nose is MIA. Sweet malts, ditto.

Not a bad beer, but where's the depth? If the taste doubled-down on the nose, this coulda been a contendah. One-note, but still strangely appealing & slips away easily. Decent enough.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 7/19/13

Appearance: Dark brown, with some lighter brown and red hues around the edges - pours with a medium sized, light tan head, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Roasty malts, chocolate, and dirt - moderate roast, with a touch of burnt, and some sweeter, caramel malts - something else sweet reminiscent of lactose - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - damp dirt, like potting soil

Taste: Chocolatey roasted dirt - cocoa, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - lightly roasty - sweetish caramel malts, something akin to brown ale malts, dark fruits, and again, something like lactose sugar - grains and husk - very, very earthy, seriously like dirt - medium bitterness with some grassy hops

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, earthy finish

Overall: Not as electrifying as the People's Elbow

This is worth a taste, but it's really not exceptional. Supposedly it's an English Porter, but I think Foothills added dirt instead of rocks (I'm sure that comment will make sense to at least one person). This may or may not pair with a piece of poontang pie.

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People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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