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People's Porter | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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People's PorterPeople's Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2005

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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 807
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: Very dark brown, decent sized tan head on the pour.
smell: mild roasty semi-sweet chocolate.
taste: much like the nose, though i guess i would call it roasty bitter-sweet chocolate. Nice Porter.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a menacingly dark mahogany, with ruby highlights at the base and along the sides. Nice finger-width head, tan in color, which storms as it dissipates- large frothy bubbles growing and collapsing over themselves, gargling like the swamp lair of some cartoon villain. Lacing is o.k.

Semi-intense aromas of chocolate, Vienna roast, molasses, and toffee. Sweetness and volatile alcohol is a treat for the nose. There is a low hop aroma- floral, perhaps, and a bit of sharpness coming from somewhere. Toffee notes increase as beer is warming.

Primary flavor is a soothing roast quality- cocoa and coffee, very slight burnt caramel. Delicate floral hop quality has a few moments, but is generally overwhelmed by the roasted sweetness of the malt. Coffee and toffee are playing tug-of-war. Pleasant.

Medium body. There is a quick zip to the carbonation with each sip, followed by a nice and smooth fullness. Tartness comes from the roasted elements of the brew, and there is a slight astringent aftertaste.

Very solid porter. Good malt character Roasted profile makes a wholesome brew. Drink it for breakfast.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this is a most excellent porter, a really top notch example of the style, and another killer beer from foothills, who has not missed at all in my limited experience. i love me an english style porter, i like to feel and taste the yeast with the dark malts and not be too bombarded by hops in the finish, and thats exactly what this is. it is a little darker and more deep on the grain than a lot of its peers, closer to black than brown on the pour with a bright luster and a full inch of majorly thick tan foam. it smells and tastes spot on for the style, with dark chocolate bitterness like one of those high cocoa craft chocolate bars, same sort of feel to, almost crumbly for a liquid, and on the dry side. the bottom end seems almost burnt, just short of it, with really developed dark grain character and less of the balancing caramel malt in the middle than a lot of these have. yeast is classic and english and gives a creaminess to the feel and a bread crust flavor to the finish as well. smooth and weighty for its lower alcohol content, this is big enough beer for cold winter evenings for me, but has multi season versatility without a doubt. i like these being on the darker end, not even flirting with being a brown ale, and this is pinpointed there on the spectrum. this reminds me of some of the other well known classics and best examples of their style. black butte from deschutes comes to mind here. if this were regularly available here in colorado, it would be a staple for my fridge. i would love to try the coffee edition! thanks to wcu80 for the hookup on this one!

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great American Porter. Subtle nose with hints of chocolate. Really well balanced, with chocolate malt and non-offensive hops coming through. Very drinkable.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a tulip.

Pours a dark brown/black color with a beefy British tan colored head. Opaque. Fat rings of web lacing and a thick film remain as the liquid level drops.

Coffee, roasted malt, some caramel and toffee sweetness.

Dark chocolate, dark coffee, and strong roasted malts. A nod to toffee flavor in the English style brew.

Despite the heavy bodied look, it's quite smooth and drinkable. Medium feel with good carbonation. There's some hop bitterness. It lacks any unpleasant aftertaste or film that I've picked up in other porters.

A welcome gift from a beer buddy who brought this back from NC. This is my first of this beer and I'm already looking forward to the rest of the sixer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a half-inch, dark beige foam cap.

Smell: Heavy on the roast, cocoa and chewy caramel backed with a soft, subtle fruitiness.

Taste: Bitterish flavor of cocoa powder and roasted malt with a vein of dark caramel sweetness. Slightly nutty. A touch of hop bitterness. Earthy, espresso-y taste. PP finishes out fairly bitterish and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Decent, drinkable.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Very dark brown, almost black. Good and frothy light brown head.
Smell: Caramel, chocolate, and coffee
Taste: Smooth chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness are prominent, backed by slightly sweet toasty malts, caramel, and toffee. Overall fairly bitter. The finish is like dark chocolate with a little herbal hops.
Feel: Medium body, not too much carbonation. Fairly dry, somewhat astringent.
Overall a great beer. Good combination of different kinds of bitterness (chocolate, coffee, hops) which is balanced well with the malt flavors.

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Photo of willic
4.52/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, rich, creamy with a beautiful rich head
Aroma: Strong roasted notes, almost like coffee, intense richness
Flavor: Flavor mimics the smell, very rich, strong maltiness, a mouthfull of roastiness (good word!)
Mouthfeel: Creamy, rich, balanced, fun carbonation!
Overall: WONDERFUL Porter!!!!!

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Photo of josansbury6
4.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank from 12oz bottle.
Smelled very strongly of rich sweet caramel.
Taste was an immediate intense chocolate mixed with caramel and toffee. Fades off smooth and leaves a mild bitter in your mouth.
Overall vey good. Intense taste. Great dessert drink.

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Photo of cipherbreak
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Black with red hues at the borders. Nice looking porter.
S - Sweet caramel with hints of roasted toffee.
T - Toasty malt, some hops, and ends with strong herbal tones.
F - Well bodied and substantial.

O - A very interesting porter. It has all the elements of a great beer: great color, amazing mouthfeel, and a unique hops and herbs taste. It is not the average generic porter. Will certainly get it again.

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Photo of c014572
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle. not dated. This is a wonderful heavier bodied porter, drinks more like a stout. This one can go head-to-head with anything I have had lately. Try it, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Deep root beer brown, finger tan head fades slowly, little bit of lace. Nice mild roasty aroma, touch of vanilla. Taste is roasty as well, some burnt molasses, vanilla, espresso. Espresso bitterness lasts well into the dry finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Overall pretty tasty porter, would drink again.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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. (12 oz bottle, 241 days after pkg.)

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Photo of benzalman
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +5.6%
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 -5.6%
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 -11%
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 +5.6%
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 -8.7%
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 -12.3%
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 -0.8%
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 +5.4%
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%
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 -4.1%
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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People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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