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People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 738
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 35
Gots: 122 | 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: 151 | Hads: 738
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Small head, not much lacing, decent color.

S - Nice roasted coffee and sweet chocolate aromas. Almost like a milk stout.

T - Lots of bitterness and roasted nuts. Not a lot of chocolate taste compared to smell.

M - A bit thin and some oiliness.

O - A decent porter. If it tasted like it smelled, it wouold be top notch. Still pretty good and very drinkable.

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Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. A finger's worth of crmy tan head atop the deep brown body, good retention and quite a bit of lacing.

Pleasant nose with a good balance of milk chocolate and burnt and roasted malts with what seems to be a hint of pine underneath. And indeed, a nice piney bite ensures that sweetness is kept in check. Exceedingly enjoyable flavor profile, not too dry, not too sweet. About as robust as a 'sessionable' beer can get. Plenty of lingering burnt malts and tangy chocolate chips in the finish.

Overall impression: Good stuff, worth seeking out.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short tan colored head.

Smell: roasted malts with a big earthy tone is what is detectable by the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, bits of dark chocolate, hint of coffee, dark ripe fruit sweetness, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Long-lasting roasted aftertase.

Overall: a solid porter with a full flavor. Easy to consume this one. Definitely worth trying this one.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Barley's, 9/17/10.

A-Dark brown with some ruby highlights, a thin mocha head and no lacing.

S-Sweet, a bit lactic and some lightly roasted malt.

T-Very flavorful. Medium roast, slightly earthy hops.

M-Medium bodied, rather lightly carbonated.

D-Nicely sessionable, a classic English porter.


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Photo of axeman9182
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, allowed to warm before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

People's Porter pours black, with just the faintest bit of ruby red highlights. Three fingers of khaki colored foam rise up atop the beer and stick around for a minute or two. There's a bit of lacing left along the glass, but not necessarily a ton. The nose has lots of caramel and a smooth chocolate aroma. The flavor's got a good bit of roast going on, though it's trending more towards coffee than chocolate here. A healthy dollop of caramel rounds out the malt profile. There's a light bitterness, and distinct earthy/herbal hop finish that's almost too intense at times for a relatively malt driven the style. The body is nice and firm, giving solid support to the malts, and the carbonation is just enough to cut through the sweetness and let the hops have their say. People's Porter is my first beer from Foothills, and I'm really enjoying it. I almost want to say it's too hoppy for its own good, but that's not quite the case.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 06/21/2009. I had this on draft. This beer pours brown with a small head. The aroma is of coffee and roasted malt. The flavor is of bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Robust palate and quite delicious. This was a surprisingly top-notch porter.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, with ruby highlights, lightly toasted tan head of foam above. Leaves some lace, looking great.

Aroma: Roasted, earthy dark malts, notes of cocoa, and a small hit of espresso.

Taste: Full-bodied, meaty mouthfeel, plenty of roast and toast. Moderate bitterness makes for excellent balance. Everything is exactly in order and in the right spot. Plenty of play on the palate, make for easy drinking, and rich rewards. Alternates between spots of mild sweetness and judicious bitter hoppy feel. End dryly on the palate, urging an elongation of this particular porter session. Good thing this one's in a bomber. I can go for this in the long haul, before becoming tired of it. In fact, I'm way down for it, this is tasty, tasty stuff.

What's the gobbledygook on this? "People's Porter is a robust, English-style brew, with a dark, ruby hue. Complex chocolate, coffee, and toffee notes give way to an herbal bitterness, finishing with a pleasant hint of espresso."

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super dark brown color shows beautiful shades of jeweled ruby red when held to light. The head is also a beaut, two fat fingers of light tan foam that holds and clings like Styrofoam. Gobs of lace once it starts minimizing.

Exceptionally roasty nose, hints of cocoa nib and a less subtle helping of green hop bitterness. It's really the roast that shines through the most though.

Great balance here...some porters tend to be overly roasty, getting into total char territory, but this one exhibits plenty of balance. Roasty toasty flavor is pleasing and somehow kind of warming, while the fresh hop grassiness comes in just enough to add depth and never gets too astringent. Lightly mineral-ish, with subtle flashes of the sweetness-vs.-bitterness found in dark chocolate and a nice milky latte.

Although the carbonation is very healthy, this goes down smooth as silk. Very soft, aided by the creaminess that the ever-present head provides.

Foothills have proven their worth with big beers and sessionable beers alike. People's Porter is just another impressive brew on their can't-lose roster.

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Photo of Agold
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer from a recent trade with Lantern. Thanks a lot.

This beer is beautiful. Pours close to black with an off white head. There is great retention and beautiful lacing. Aroma is outstanding as well. Lots of roasty bitter coffee. A bit minerally which I am not the hugest fan of, but very nice nonetheless. The beer is crisp and roasty with some coffee, a mild earthy hop character, a little bit of smoke, and a bit of nuttiness. The roast is verging on being overdone, but I think it is not quite there yet. Mouthfeel is thin yet somehow has a fine, creamy carbonation. It does make it very drinkable, but I would like a bit more body.

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Photo of tigerbeer90
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap as well, but this review is from the ol' bottle

A: beautiful dark brown/black color. opaque, except around the edges. A finger or so of khaki head that faded fairly quickly

S: Didn't get much off of the smell. Some roastiness and chocolate, but nothing special

T: Like I remember on tap...lots of dark chocolate and roasty notes in this one. Some bitterness on the end to give it some balance.

M: Good carbonation. A little thin, but I've been drinking mostly stouts so this is probably correct for a porter. Fairly dry

O: I really enjoyed this beer! It didn't blow my mind in any way, but a well done porter.

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Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewery.

A - Nice darkest brown appearance with a small tan head that settles to a ring with good lacing.

S - Aroma is roast, coffee, and bitter chocolate. Smells great.

T - Roasted malt, chocolate, and some smoke. Some subtle piney hop flavor as well. Good stuff, second only to their Seeing Double DIPA on this trip to Foothills.

M - Medium body with a nice dry finish and some lingering bitterness (from the roasted malt).

D - This beer is tasty and keeps you coming back for more.

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Photo of GJ40
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Peak City Grill in Apex, NC.

A - Deep brown with a moderate beige head.

S - Cocoa and a touch of coffee.

T - Cocoa and a mild but lingering sweetness. There's also a touch of roasted malt. The flavor is pretty complex but well balanced.

M - A mild chewiness with a nice low carbonation.

D - I really enjoyed this beer. It's another solid NC offering.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a dark chestnut-black coloring with a foamy, light, low profile, tan head. Nose of coffee, cream, and chocolate. Smells great. Subtle aromas, but very inviting. Flavors are more chocolate forward, bitter and roasted, with some cream highlights. The body is smooth and slightly dry. The aftertaste is cream and coffee, almost mocha. Slick, slightly dry finish, with a subtle bitter linger. Very drinkable. Good brew.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler of this at the Charleston Beer Exchange's Foothills Kickoff.

A - Poured from a growler into a Foothills pint glass. Pours Coca Cola brown with a thin khaki head.

S - Slightly faint odor of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt.

T - Initially sort of a fizzy coffee flavor, with a lot of malt backing it up and smoothing out to a chocolaty finish.

M - Thin bodied, decent carbonation.

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Photo of atsprings
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on draft at the Brewpub in Winston Salem. On some levels, it is not much different from most average porters. I am, however, much more accustomed to American style porters. The flavor was definitely on the robust side, with subtle coffee and cocoa coming through in the aftertaste. Very warming on a cold rainy winter night for a beer of normal alcohol strength. I hope to see this at the Raleigh Flying Saucer so I can have it again this winter.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brewery itself with my dinner. This was in the "kettle" last month when I toured the brewery, so I thought I'd give it a try.

Came out a dark jet-black with some ruby to the edges. Capped off by a pretty weak tan head that didn't last long. Some decent lacing, but nothing spectacular. Smell was a little tamed down from my other Porter experiences. Some roasted cocoa, pecans, espresso; all there, just not strong.

Great crisp mouthfeel that felt nice and slightly tingly in the mouth. Wonderful flavors of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, coffee, and some dark fruits wash over the palate. My wife doesn't really like darker beers, but loved this one. Great warming brew to enjoy a colder evening with. Delicious. Recommend.

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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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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 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 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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People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
87 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.