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People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

483 Ratings
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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.57%


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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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 17:29:30 | More by Onenote81
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2010 20:10:57 | More by sholland119
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this 22 oz. bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was nearly opaque dark brown with reddish highlights. The tall tan head left significant lacing and a cap remained.

The smell was fresh roast malts. Coffee beans and walnuts.

The taste was a roasty, snappy bitterness. Lightly tart. There was a dark chocolate aftertaste. Clean.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium to light carbonation. Quiet drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 13:02:43 | More by Cresant
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notchucknorris

California

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 19:24:32 | More by notchucknorris
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black with some ruby around the edges. Has a nice darker tan head that falls to scum leaves some sparse lace behind.

Aroma is nice chocolate malts with some roasted character mostly coffee like under the chocolate.

Taste is roasted upfront with good doses of chocolate little light in the middle with a nice dry roasted finish. Finish has some nice roasted coffee flavors that mingle with grassy/minty like hops.

Mouthfeel is solid medium with average amounts of carbonation.

Overall a pretty solid porter good and favorable nothing over the top just as it should be.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 19:11:55 | More by mntlover
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite go-to local beers in the winter. Rich malts with strong coffee and chocolate tones. Nice mellow bitterness. Full body that clings to the roof of your mouth. Dark brown with a tan head good legs. Just a slight dirty garnet glint when held up to the light. Mild hops that balances out the rich malts.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:22:26 | More by MuddyFeet
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 12:54:02 | More by Daniellobo
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2009 11:31:32 | More by cvstrickland
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.15/5  rDev +7%
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....

Serving type: growler

12-17-2011 15:41:54 | More by Tilley4
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from nitro tap.

Appearance was typical of nitro beers with a large fluffy head. Body was very dark brown, nearly opaque.

Aroma of coffee, and roasted malt. A little bit of dark chocolate in there as well.

I picked up some black licorice in the flavor along with tons of roast. Dark coffee and dark chocolate were present along with caramel. Everything was balanced nicely with no overly harsh bitter characteristics. Mouthfeel was quite watery which is probably due to the nitro.

Overall, a really great porter and one I would like to try again either bottled or served on regular CO2.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-09-2012 01:17:08 | More by rangerred
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 21:01:32 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Rusel_G for the bottle.

Appearance: Deep rich brown with some dark reds at the edges. Head is a nice tan, creamy, and pillowy to start. Drops to a small cap with sheets and notches of lacing.

Smell: Mega chocolate. Sweet milk chocolate coupled with some darker chocolate and cocoa. Almost lactose sweetness. Some backing roasted malts. Some grassy leafy hops. Caramel and some damp earthiness. Something like dried corn. Husk and grain. Roasted barley.

Taste: Grassy roasted chocolate. Some milky sweetness coupled with a solid baker's chocolate backbone. So much cocoa. Husk and roasted malt. Chocolate malt as well. Some caramelized sweetness. A hint of citrus in the back of everything. Lingering cocoa bitterness. Roasted. A bit of coffee bean and some burnt malts as well. A hint of raisin and chocolate covered dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: Slight creaminess. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Relatively clean with some lingering cocoa.

Overall: The official beer of Marxism.

Good for porter. Smells a bit weak, but the taste and overall drinkability make it worth seeking out again. Solid all around.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 02:29:48 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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wcudwight

North Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nearly opaque, black in color with a lasting khaki colored head. Georgous, thick, sheets of lacing line the glass.
Heavy on the roasted and coffee aromas.
Delicious roasted malt flavors with some cocoa in the back ground. Hops shine in the finish and linger in the aftertaste. Perfectly balanced beer. With that said the perfect tasting porter as I can't imagine a porter tasting any better.
Silky smooth mouthfeel. Hops in the finish add just enough bite to make the mouthfeel interesting.
Way too drinkable. I was at a bar with 40+ taps and could spend the whole night drinking just this. Excellent porter, excellent beer. Go to your local tap room and order a pint. Go to the brewery and get you a growler. Or, trade for a growler.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2007 06:40:43 | More by wcudwight
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PDXHops

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-15-2010 01:09:07 | More by PDXHops
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 05:36:28 | More by angrybabboon
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coloring and a touch of ruby at the edges of the glass, this porter had a very stout like appearance. The head was a bit thin.

The scent was dry and chocolatey with some earthy tones.

The taste is robust with chocolate and toffee notes. There's some roasted malt and roasted coffee towards the end but it finished with a watery feel and taste. There is a bit of earthiness at points but its not distracting.

Stronger scents and less watery in the finish and this could be a great one.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:01:46 | More by KYGunner
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KajII

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
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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Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 17:16:20 | More by KajII
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 02:49:57 | More by zeledonia
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2010 23:28:18 | More by GJ40
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 06:24:12 | More by axeman9182
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at CW's in Columbia.

A: A deep opaque brown beer, with a 2 finger tight tan head that lasts and lasts.

S: I get sweet roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, minor hop bitterness. A basic porter smell, nothing fancy or weird.

T: Lightly blackened malt, cocoa, burnt sugar, and coffee swirl in a rich blend that's perfectly bittersweet. Classic porter flavors done well!

M. Nailed! Creamy but not thick, and mellow enough to gulp. No harshness here or undesirable sourness. Leaves behind a fine cocoa aftertaste. Eminently drinkable.

Frankly, this is another hit from Foothills, a company with which I'm rapidly becoming enamored. This is a classic pub porter. Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2007 23:17:19 | More by kkipple
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours a pitch black color with a two finger light tan head, good retention and a bit of lace

S- burnt caramel and toffee notes, cocoa and a touch of coffee, some toasted grain on the finish

T- roasted chocolate notes with a bit of bitter hops, light charred character, sweet toffee, the finish is slightly bitter and dry with a roasted chocolate linger

M- somewhat light body, low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish

O- easy drinking and well balanced, great value for the price

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 03:41:14 | More by Treyliff
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Nice blackened brown color, two finger thick khaki head, no lacing.
S - Nice roasty aroma, toasted grains and a good toffee sweetness, mild earthy undertones, some wood chips and a nice vanilla scent.
T - Good roasted and sweet balance, but the taste fades to this mildly metallic quality then just disappears, there's a good bitterness here too, but I was hoping for something a little more creamy.
M - Thin, and metallic aftertaste, meh.
O - A good generic porter, aroma is spot on but taste and mouthfeel leave a lot to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 01:16:35 | More by Omnium
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yamar68

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 03:54:42 | More by yamar68
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to standard pint glass. Sampled 4/24/12. Thanks goes to rbradley for the wonderful extra.

A: Loud pop upon uncapping. Three fingers of medium-light brown head rises after a gentle pour down the center of the glass. Foamy and creamy with a dimpled texture on top. Excellent retention. The body is a very dark chestnut brown with the tiniest bit of transparency. Just above average lacing.

S: Malt forward with a pleasant hoppy accent. Chocolate, cookie and toffee - all toasted, plus a faint roasted coffee note in the background. The hop bill puts out some dried wood (pine perhaps) as well as grass. Fairly standard porter nose, if not a bit hoppy, but pretty enjoyable all around.

T: The malt character loses some ground to the hops on the palate. Bitter chocolate with a coffee backing is accentuated by the dry finish - which is a little drier than I prefer for the style. The toffee sweetness that came through on the nose would have been a great addition to the palate.

M: Medium-light body with a texture bordering on the thin side. The semi-coarse carbonation gentle prickles the tongue all over creating an expansive sensation. Dry and modestly bitter on the finish.

O: People's Porter is a quality example of an English Porter. It went down quick and was a pleasure to drink. Thanks again Ryan.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 23:13:26 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.