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People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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596 Ratings
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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 31
Gots: 57 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

On tap at Vintage 301 in Greensboro

This beer is outstanding! I was introduced to it at a friends birthday party

Pours well, has a chocolate head

smells outstanding chocolaty and hints of caramel

noticeable hop taste, and smooth finish

the mouthfeel is good not overly heavy.

this porter is extremely drinkable! an outstanding beer from foothills!

ncbeermonger, Dec 31, 2008
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4.46/5  rDev +15.8%

I think Porters are underrated. This is an example of what a great porter should be. I have had this one in several variations, but this review is referring to the recently released six pack 12 oz. bottles. I don't like to compare different styles but from my recent review of Sexual Chocolate I just wanted to state I love Foothills' beers in general and this is my go to porter.
Color is dark and almost completely black. Taste is thick but not overly thick just right really for the style. The smell is toffee, some dried fruit, coffee, but not much and cocoa. That is what I find to be the strongest element of this one it is a well balanced porter with a lot of chocolate notes to it. It is sweet but once again not cloying in my opinion. Overall this is one of the better porters I have ever had and I do enjoy this style a great deal.

humuloner22, Feb 10, 2013
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4.45/5  rDev +15.6%

Foothills: People's Porter (Tasted 06/07/10)
Tap @ Barley's Taproom [Asheville, NC] poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black as sin with brown edges, one short stumble from opaque. Solid tan head with decent retention.
Odor: Full figured roasted malt nose, whiffs of coffee and earth with an underlying toffee richness.
Consistency: Medium body with a very full malt palate. Low, but assertive carbonation keeps the feel even and smooth.
Taste: Perfectly layered roasted malt flavors, Sumatran coffee and bittersweet chocolate with tobacco, earth and smoke in the background. Second layer reveals a subtle burnt caramel richness and assertive mineral character. Finish is malty and clean with some lingering roasted malt, like dark chocolate fudge brownies.

One of the highlights of my trip to NC. Exceptional porter, exceptional beer overall. This beer incorporates elements of an American robust porter, without pushing things too far off style or hurting drinkability.

Walken, Jun 08, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Enjoyed on tap at 12 Bones in Asheville, NC on 11/27/09.

A - Dark brown in color with attractive deep ruby and burgundy hues and a dense finger's width of creamy tan head that settled into a patchy film and a modest amount of stringy lacing.

S - Huge roasty, malty nose with lots of chocolate and coffee character. In addition, there is a fair amount of earthy and woody hop notes, giving the nose of this porter a nice underlying bitterness.

T - Like the aroma, the roasted malt character dominates the flavor with plenty of bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes. A nutty character emerges in the middle, which then segues into a toasted malt quality. Finishes with lots of earthy and bitter coffee notes.

M - Medium bodied with a robust mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Finishes with moderate bitterness and a hint of astringency on the palate.

D - This is fast becoming one of my favorite porters, if not my very favorite! This stuff is good competition for Great Lakes' Edmund Fitzgerald, another fine porter. The People's Porter is easily one of the finest examples of the style out there.

ffejherb, Dec 03, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

On-tap at the brewpub.

Pours one shade from black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with loads of lightly sweetened chocolate. Also present are hints of charred malts and vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth and robust roasted malt flavors up front are augmented by dark chocolate flavors almost immediately. The chocolate flavors turn mildly bitter midway through the sip and carry through to any equally mildly bitter ending. Hints of vanilla and molasses flavors wander in and out throughout.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with smooth and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is also very good. I finished my glass quickly and could have a few more.

Overall I was excited about trying this beer and it didn't let me down. A very well-done porter with excellent subtleties. Well worth a shot.

glid02, Dec 16, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

Had this on tap at a few places in NC, including Foothills Brewery. I have to say this is by far my favorite porter that I've ever had.

What I like most about it is that it has a sweetness and sharpness similar to a stout, but with the lighter body. However, I think the body is a more robust than the other porters I have had. To me it's an almost stout when it comes to body, but it packs a lot of the flavor you would get from a stout. Really enjoyed this beer.

I also was able to pick up a growler of the barrel aged version of this beer, and I will review that after I get a chance to try it.

moz9, Aug 28, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

Had this on tap a few times at Nick's here in Clemson, figured it was about time I took down a few notes and reviewed it.

On the pour it's pretty black, not your Ten Fidy black, but pretty damn dark. I guess I'm just not very descriptive tonight. Either way, it put up about a finger of tan head that dissipated after a minute or so, leaving some decent lacing around the glass.

The smell was pretty damn solid too, starting out with a heavy-sweet molasses base and adding some coffee, brown sugar, and maybe a little bitter chocolate in there, too. Some earthiness later on down the road, too.

The flavor is where the beer really starts to stand out. Thick, semi-sweet molasses and brown sugar started out, followed by some bittering coffee and dark chocolate and then leading into a smooth, clean earthy-grassy hop flavor (if clean earthiness exists). The mouthfeel works so well with the flavor that I'm putting it all in one paragraph. Thick, full, and sticky, like I like my porters to be. Creamy at the same time, though; it doesn't really feel like you're chewing this thing, it's just thick and creamy going down. Like drinking a really tasty pillow. Picture that in your head for a minute.

Overall, this is an excellent porter, up there with some of my favorites of all time (Smuttynose's Robust Porter comes to mind). If you see this on tap around the Southeast, do yourself a favor and IMBIBE.

feelmefoam, Sep 07, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

dark brown with a thin ring of foam and some spotty lacing.

deep malt aroma, with some roasted notes of coffee, chocolate, and malted milk balls.

taste is rich and roasty, with a flash of bittersweet chocolate and a lingering coffee bitterness. hint of sour malt, smoked meat and some herbal hops.

smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel. nearly full, almost chewy body, low to medium carbonation is just right for letting the malts shine.

huge complexity for a standard porter and a perfect example of why porters are my favorite style when done right.

firkinhophead, Apr 21, 2010
People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
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