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People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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87
very good

618 Ratings
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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 31
Gots: 64 | FT: 3
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 axeman9182
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

axeman9182, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of sludgegnome
3/5  rDev -22.3%

sludgegnome, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of boonejag75
4/5  rDev +3.6%

boonejag75, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of brystmar
4/5  rDev +3.6%

brystmar, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Hanzo, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of rodkin
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark caramel brown, almost black. Leaves a big fluffy tan head, which reduces nicely. Leaves a bubbly film and nice lacing.

Smell is some chocolate, caramel, roast malts, a bit of burnt coffee. Maybe a hint of dark fruit. Very nice, if slightly oversweet.

Oh man, the taste is a huge disappointment after the nose. Bitter coffee, a slight tanginess, and that's about it. All the complexity in the nose is lost, leaving a fairly one-dimensional and disappointing experience.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, but carbonation is nice.

Well, this is a gorgeous porter with a great smell, and unfortunately the taste just doesn't live up. Disappointing.

rodkin, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of reyna311
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

reyna311, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Exiled
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Exiled, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Cresant
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Cresant, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of CummingsK21
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

CummingsK21, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Jason_Quad
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Jason_Quad, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of juliusseizure
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

juliusseizure, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of tjstevens5
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

tjstevens5, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of Josiah2729
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Josiah2729, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Nolegirlmitch
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Nolegirlmitch, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of eskimo21r
4/5  rDev +3.6%

eskimo21r, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of commune
4/5  rDev +3.6%

commune, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

GuisseppeFranco, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of McNealc31
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours more dark brown rather than full on black with a creamy beige head. Smells of toffee, chocolate, and hard English water. Smooth and velvety texture. The flavor is loaded with charred oak, bitter chocolate, maybe even some roasted marshmallow. Hops really only show up in the aftertaste. More of an English take on the style and very tasty. The mineral/hard water flavor comes through a bit more as it warms. The finish becomes more bitter, as well.

I like this quite a bit.

McNealc31, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of rangerred
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

rangerred, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of argock
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

argock, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of reagbr8
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

reagbr8, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of ksimons
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ksimons, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev +3.6%

JohnQVD, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

zeledonia, Jun 03, 2012
People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.