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People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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582 Ratings
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Ratings: 582
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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Photo of 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
Photo of wagenvolks


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
Photo of millerbuffoon


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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


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
Photo of brez8791


3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of ncstateplaya

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

05-15-2012 20:24:34 | More by ncstateplaya
Photo of tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-04-2011 00:01:18 | More by tclapper
Photo of Falcone

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

09-10-2012 01:08:27 | More by Falcone
Photo of ClockworkOrange


4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

I received a growler of this from Loki in the Growling at the Moon growler exchange. Thank you! Poured into my nonic pint glass and appears a rather dark, but still translucent rich chestnut color with about a finger of creamy ecru foam. A thin, sporadic lace is left by the head as my glass slowly empties. Nose consists of medium roasted grains, sweet milk chocolate, cocoa, and earthy hops. Very nice! Flavor brings chocolate egg cream sodas to mind as well as toasted and caramelized malts and grains, mild chocolate and coffee notes. A few notches better than medium bodied with ample carbonation for the style. A highly drinkable porter. Glad I had the chance to try it. Most definitely a porter for the people.

05-12-2009 03:45:59 | More by ClockworkOrange
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-22-2012 04:16:39 | More by lupercmda
Photo of notchucknorris


3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

04-16-2014 19:24:32 | More by notchucknorris
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

01-22-2013 19:26:36 | More by Brew33
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

04-11-2013 17:20:31 | More by DaPan
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

03-03-2014 21:19:32 | More by VeganUndead
Photo of JayQue


3.51/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

06-01-2014 02:36:35 | More by JayQue
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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

01-26-2012 14:52:50 | More by hoppymcgee
Photo of barczar


3.58/5  rDev -7%

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving modest lacing.

Dark chocolate dominates, with toasted, nutty and toasted malt weighing in. There's a hint of coffee.

Roast malt dominates the flavor profile, finishing a bit acrid and fairly bitter. Chocolate lingers throughout, but the bitterness overwhelms.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and a carbonic bite.

This one is too bitter and harsh for me.

05-16-2014 18:45:25 | More by barczar
Photo of RonaldTheriot


2.84/5  rDev -26.2%

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.


03-01-2014 14:34:21 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of sholland119


4/5  rDev +3.9%

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.


10-04-2010 20:10:57 | More by sholland119
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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-13-2013 15:22:39 | More by 2beerdogs
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-20-2014 03:02:06 | More by Howlader
People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
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