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People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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87
very good

581 Ratings
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Ratings: 581
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 30
Gots: 52 | FT: 2
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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Exiled

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-09-2012 00:19:16 | More by Exiled
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cosmicevan

New York

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

picked up this bottle a few weeks ago when i was in NC. enjoyed out of my duck rabbit snifter.

a - poured a watery brown that settled as almost black with a thin mocha grey colored frothy milkshake like head. lacing was streaky, but what was there, clung.

s - roasted malts and barley with some cocoa powder. some char sting. very classic to style.

t - strong chocolate malts. lots of burnt roasted char. finishes dry and bitter. drying bitter coffee flavors.

m - mouth is charred and bubbly. medium bodied. burnt.

o - overall a nice porter, not my favorite. a bit too much burnt chocolate for me, but enjoyable. robust indeed.

01-14-2012 01:21:07 | More by cosmicevan
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argock

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants for $3.99.

A: Very dark brown with a short, 1/2-finger light beige head that disappears quickly but does leave a few spots of lace.

S: This brew has a really nice blend of coffee, caramel, and chocolate aromas to accent the dark maltiness with a fair dose of roast. Not much on the hops front.

T: Wow -- I am really impressed with this porter. It straddles the English Brown Porter/Robust Porter style and mixes the best of both with a deft touch of caramel sweetness to counter the strong roast note. The coffee and chocolate flavors provide further complexity. This is one of the best porters I have had in a long time -- a great balance of sweet, roast, chocolate, and coffee with plenty of dark maltiness.

M: Solid mouthfeel with medium body and even carbonation to make it very smooth.

O: I definitely will pick up more of this brew -- a superb example of a medium ABV porter.

06-08-2012 01:50:53 | More by argock
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-17-2013 01:31:03 | More by thegerm87
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

12-12-2010 19:20:33 | More by Metalmonk
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Bung

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

An English? Always thought this was an American Porter. That explains why I enjoy this one so much.
At foothills, most rescently at Duckworths in Charlotte. Solid black/brown pour with brown around the edges. Finger of light tan froth.

Aroma has a balance of roast malt, peat and dark chocolate. Hint of caramels.

Taste is very balanced. Roast malt, dark chocolate, charcoal and a bit of anise balanced by the molasses, chocolate and caramel. Just a bit of spice, finishing with some dryer roast.

Fairly creamy body, lighter mid weight. Drinks great after dinner or on its own in quantity. Should try if you can.

07-27-2010 02:05:08 | More by Bung
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

05-26-2012 02:58:45 | More by Dope
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-12-2012 18:33:56 | More by Hanzo
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

I purchased this from the brewery.

Poured into an Olde Hickory shaped glass.

A: Poured black as night with no light passing through. The head was quite small... but what was there stained the glass with web.

S: Very candy-like, with some charred grill-laden malt. Also, the sugar content gave way to sort of a divine caramel quality.

T: I got only a slight bit of bitterness, with the understated chocolate leading the way. This is porter 101.

M: Not sugary, roasty, or too malty in any way. This was nice, and the lacing was moderate... at best.

O: How does one mess up a porter? There's really no way to do it, and I'm proud to report that Foothills doesn't do it either.

04-19-2012 03:17:48 | More by Chaney
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ADTaber

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-05-2013 03:06:25 | More by ADTaber
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

02-22-2014 12:04:28 | More by jbaker67
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-13-2012 14:46:21 | More by ncaudle
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WDJersey

Colorado

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-07-2013 03:17:27 | More by WDJersey
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buckyp

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

05-02-2013 23:44:40 | More by buckyp
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

12-14-2013 22:24:41 | More by Gatordaddy
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

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

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

On-tap at Flying Saucer in Raleigh, NC.

Pint glass was filled with a seal brown, quasi-opaque brew. Not much head, but the ring of foam that did exist was well retained. Aroma was heavy on the toffee & caramel malts, with secondary notes of cocoa and baker's chocolate. Hops made a small appearance.

Excellent flavor for an English Porter stlye. Roasted malts, toffee, rye, biscuity sweet chocolate, and coffee grounds came together with a pinch of hops to make an excellent flavor profile. Mouthfeel wasn't overly special, but still quite good: creamy, medium body, nice carbonation, and a solid, bitter finish. For 5.7%, this is one hell of a porter. I'll definately be filling up a growler of this next time I'm through Winston-Salem.

02-07-2008 05:51:15 | More by wagenvolks
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-12-2014 23:57:35 | More by millerbuffoon
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nickd717

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

09-25-2009 01:31:19 | More by nickd717
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

03-24-2013 03:51:50 | More by brez8791
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Finally made my first trip over to Foothills for the rerelease of Jade and the release of People's Porter in bombers. I had one of these (and a Jade) on draft and also picked up several growlers of both, and dropped a couple (of the growlers) off at Big Dan's Brew Shed.

The review is from my growler tasteing, although it is identical to the draft I had at Foothills.

The brew pours (into a pint) a dark brown that no light enters or exits, with a gorgeous 2 finger frothy mocha colored head that hangs around for a good while. Lacing is heavy on the glass which is a plus for me.

The aroma is heavy roasted malts and coffee.

The flavor folows the nose with some roasted malt bitterness shining through. Debated the bitterness with several folks @ Big Dan's and the opinion was that this was roasted malt bitterness as opposed to bitterness from the hops.

The mouth feel is medium with a lower medium carbination.

This is a good local Porter, to me Green Man gets the nod here by just the slightest bit. I will have to give it a try in the bomber once they hit the shelfs. I rate this a B-, due in part to the bitterness and the lack of real complexity.

12-18-2011 11:22:49 | More by RedneckBeerz
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wedge

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

Dark, opaque, nearly black color with a solid head of tan foam that soon shrinks to a creamy cap. Somewhat sweet dark chocolate and slightly charred black malt aroma. Increased black malt in the flavor along with an added dark fruitiness. Roasted chocolate and coffee with some earthy bitterness. Medium, roasty, and drying. A little better on tap, but a worthy addition to the Foothills bottling line.

12-25-2011 23:30:28 | More by wedge
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

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.

01-25-2007 17:56:52 | More by atsprings
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -1%

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.

04-04-2014 02:49:31 | More by Immortale25
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tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-04-2011 00:01:18 | More by tclapper
People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
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