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Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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86
very good

517 Ratings
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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 32
Gots: 99 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gford217 on 01-19-2009

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Ratings: 517 | Reviews: 119
Photo of SFNC
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The best Foothills I've had after Jade. Nice bourbon/oaky flavor. A very serious upgrade over the People's Porter.

Photo of stkinsey3
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best bourbon barrel-aged beers I've had.

Photo of finz2thestout
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hints of vanilla, sharp tones, Teeny tiny bitterness. Great porter.

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle (2013 or 14) served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours dark brown and sits near black and opaque in the glass. Large frothy head is semi-durable and leaves a fairly full coat of lacing on the glass.

Appealing aroma features BBL, dark roasted grains, and dark fruits. Approaches 3.75

Flavor: BBL and fainter dark bread and a hint of vanilla. Too much bourbon flavor in the finish and aftertaste, but then others will find this attractive no doubt. Approaches 4

Drinks big despite the modest 5.8% ABV.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle brought to share by Umberto yesterday.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like bourbon soaked chocolate bars, with a bit of oak, and nicely, no alcohol.

This one packs a good amount of flavor in for only 6% alcohol or so. As expected, there is no burn on this one, just some chocolate, a bit of roasted expresso beans and roasted malt, heavy cream, and some sweet bourbon. It doesn't slap you in the face like some bourbon barrel aged beers will do, but it doesn't need to. It's an easy drinking "session" bourbon barrel aged stout.

The beer has a body of medium thickness, it could of course be a little thicker, but it's only 6% ABV, after all. It has a creamy mouthfeel, with a lower amount of carbonation.

A really good example of how a bourbon barrel aged beer doesn't need to be an insane ABV to taste good.

Photo of Immortale25
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before settling at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Milk chocolaty nose with a nice dose of oaky astringency. Slightly boozy with vanilla undertones.

T- Flavor kicks in more of that chocolate and some light oak astringency. The chocolate gives way to vanilla which gives way to a slightly charry finish. Mild but noticeable bitterness as per the base beer's usual MO.

M- This is the only place where it's lacking which is what I was afraid of. I find the base beer to be thin even for a porter and this is just about the same. Medium carbonation (which doesn't help things) and a full body.

O- Definitely not one of the best BBA beers of its kind but, for the reasonable price, you get your bourbon barrel fix without breaking your wallet. That and it's an improvement on the regular People's Porter.

Photo of JandJMD
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber at a very reasonable $5.

Looks great - pitch black with pretty heavy head and it sticks to the side of the glass. Smell is pretty subdued but you can pick up the bourbon scent right when you open it and some vanilla. The taste is chocolate and a roasted flavor, a little woody, then the bourbon comes through and there is a bitterness on the end of it. It's very thin and more carbonated than expected. It doesn't seem to hold up to the bourbon flavor as well as some of the heavier stouts.
Enjoyed this, but I feel like some of the barrel aging might be lost on a thin beer like this compared to many stouts, barleywines, or DIPAs.

Photo of hops202
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into Stone IRS snifter.

A solid dark velvet brown look. Aroma has plenty of roasty toffee and chocolate notes, vanilla present as well. Taste has bourbon unlike the smell but certainly not overpowering. Definitely chocolate, vanilla, roast, very very slight chocolate bitterness at the end. Certainly a good BBA Porter - but it leaves me longing for a good BBA Stout!

Photo of macrosmatic
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. 2012 bottling, poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown, barely translucent, with a thin tan head and low visible carbonation.

S: Bourbon, big oaky vanilla sweetness, cacao, and some dark fruit.

T: Follows the nose – big liquor flavors without seeming overly hot, with huge oak and vanilla flavors, dry woody tannins, chocolate (which increases as the beer warms), and deep roasted malts along with some raisins and sweet dark dried fruit. Sweet malts and dry wood tannins with the bourbon in the hang.

M: Body is fairly thin for a porter, a complaint magnified by the dichotomy of the big flavors and the mouthfeel. One of the least "hot" barrel-treatment beers I've had. Fairly low carbonation sensation, but not flat.

O: A beer that has a lot of really nice things - aroma and flavor are complex but approachable. At a listed ABV of only 6%, you could enjoy a few of these in a night. But I suspect the light ABV contributes to the thin mouthfeel of this beer, which was by far my biggest complaint. Still, a very good beer overall.

Photo of tigerbeer90
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Goose Island tulip glass

A: jet black with a 3 finger off-white head. lots more carbonation than most bourbon barrel ales I'm used too, but lower ABV

S: Mostly roasty and coffee notes but definitely some vanilla/oak bourbon notes at the end

T: I get a lot of vanilla and toasted coconut with some chocolate ending in a roastiness. Nothing extraordinary, but very balanced and extremely enjoyable

M: Yes, a little thinner than most barrel aged beers, however, its a 6% porter, so I think its about right

O: I really enjoyed this beer and bought a few more bottles, especially at a $5 price! I think it is well balanced and how often do you get a reasonably priced, nearly sessionable Bourbon-aged beer?!?!

Photo of tmm313
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Super dark brown with red tint around the edges. Tan, semi creamy, bubbly head. Pretty good lacing.
S- Dark chocolate, caramel, plums, and black cherry.
T- T is surprisingly light: over-ripened dark fruits over charred wood up front, followed by bready, cracker-like malts, cocoa and a hint of coffee. Dry, smokey, slightly sweet aftertaste. You would never guess it ever touched a bourbon barrel.
M- Medium light body. Good carbonation. Drying.
O- This was alright. I would take it if offered, but I doubt i would buy again. Bourbon was completely absent to me.

Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark brown almost black hue with a big, rich two finger mocha head that fades to leave nice light side lacing and a dense creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, sweet whiskey, dark chocolate, coconut, and barrel.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, lots of sweet malts, caramel, darker chocolate, oak, coconut, whiskey. Then some other stuff come to play, charred barrel, chicory, darker fruits/leather. I really enjoyed it, and the char, just don't care for the darker fruit/chicory thing going on.

M - Mouthfeel doesnt do it for me. Awfully thin and watery which makes the booze stand out way more than it should.

O - Overall I really enjoyed how this beer looked and smelled but the spice and darker fruits really ruined this one for me. Too bad.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Hopswagger for this one!
22oz bottle served in a Prairie Teku

A - Dark and cloudy, mahogany brown, 1 finger of tan bubbles sink into a thin collar.

S - Sweet whiskey malts, caramel, cocoa nibs, chocolate wafers, cherries, dates, molasses, grape candy,

T - Roasted chocolate malts, vanilla, a good dose of bitterness, charred caramel, chicory, whiskey blends in nicely and is lighter in the middle before really showing up on the finish. The finish is dry with notes of tobacco, roasted malts, and whiskey.

M - Aggressive carbonation bites the tongue, medium weight, dry finish.

Whiskey, chocolate, and caramel with aggressive carbonation and some bite from the hops make a nice robust porter. The roast character is strong especially combined with the carbonation. This would go good with cigar.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, ruby-highlighted brown-to-black coloring with a tall, light, fluffy, bubbly, light tan head that sits a solid inch and a half on the surface and slowly settles as you drink. Aromas of rich vanilla and booze on first sniff, with an underlying rich blend of chocolate and caramel. Very layered nose. Flavors are roast forward, quickly followed by a blast of bourbon character, imparting vanilla and woody notes. The backbone is a bitter roast blend of coffee and chocolate, providing a good balance point for the beer. Wow, this is full of flavor. Smooth bodied and light, the feel of the beer keeps clear of all of the robust flavors it is carrying. Rich, deeply sweet caramel, toffee, and bitter chocolate in the aftertaste, with some hints of the boozy characteristics still lingering on. The finish is dry, slightly warming, with a bitter linger. This is a great beer. Damn tasty, and drinkable.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Boilermakers aren't just for slammin' anymore- this one is packed in a handsome twenty-two ounce bottle and made for sippin'. It's crawin' out of the dive bars and onto a craft beer shelf near you... for the people, of course!

The heavily bourbonized ale pours with the disguise of Porter with its dark coffee-stained hue.
As a creamy and lightly fluffy head rises from the beer, it dissolves a bit too soon underneath the force of bourbon that drags it back down. Nearly half way through the glass, the ale falls still and only slightly generates with a swift swirl of the glass. With no trail of lace, the barrels obviously have gotten the best of the beer's appearance.

Bold aroma start out sweetly of caramel, chocolate and vanilla. Its toastier malt backbone of coffee, charred toast and dark chocolate prop up the sweetness but hardly balance its sweeter scent. Then comes the drunken oak character of bourbon- its own wood sweetness, char, vanillan and spice play heavily on the base porter and drastically change its aromatic profile.

Similar to taste, the beer's original Porter-like character is greatly compromised as the dry maltiness of fresh ground coffee, charred toast and bittersweet chocolate are dwarfed with the sweetness of caramel, heavy cream and sweet, sweet booze. The middle palate is as much bourbon flavored as it is of ale, as the moderately intense ale is no match for the barrel. Those toasty coconut, vanilla, and woody maple flavors overtake the flavor spread and offer a spicy and oaky finish.

Medium-full in body, the beer's early carbonation lifts from the malt quite quickly and allows the residual sweetness of the beer to sit and saturate the taste buds with its thin bourbony sweetness. Finishing without much transition, the aftertaste is of the same caramel sweet texture as the beer started.

Thought the barrels have drastically changed to the beer, perhaps for the better (depending on how much influence you want bourbon to have over the beer). Its easy to see that the mere six-percent ale doesn't just show bourbon nuances but has changed into a bourbon flavored beer with porter-like tendencies.

Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic pint]

The pour was a very dark thick brown, almost black in color with a huge (3-4 finger) light brown fluffy head that lasted throughout with awesome thick pillowy sheets of lacing.

The aroma was bold and enticing of a dark roasted bread malt and a moderate dose of a leathery yeast with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak cask, a mild hint of dark fruit and a light bourbon scent.

The taste was bitter sweet and a tad malty with a touch of chocolate, molasses and a light fruitiness early on, becoming slightly bitterer and very smooth with a large dose of coffee creeping in with a mild cask presence and a slight alcohol presence towards the finish.
The flavor lasted a nice long time after the swallow with a Chocó-coffee maltiness giving way to a soothing bourbon alcohol warming sensation.

Mouthfeel was well past medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this is one fine tasting brew. It has everything working in unison together allowing for an incredible drinking experience...

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Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks StormKing47!

A: Pours an extra frothy glass of foam that slowly turned into dark chocolate brown liquid beneath a huge rocky film that left thick streaks of lace down the glass.
S: Sweet and boozy notes of bourbon, raisins, caramel, molasses, and vanilla oak barrel. Very rich and decadent smelling for only 6%.
T: Mellow flavors are not as potent as the nose let on. The flavors are sweet with notes for bourbon, vanilla, and caramel, with dark fruits, raisin and molasses in the finish. I get some barrel spice, chocolate, and bitter coffee in the finish. Roasted, toasted malts and a hint of burnt marshmallow comes through as well.
M: Medium-thin body, surprisingly normal (maybe a little high) carbonation for how frothy this beer looks, with a mouthfeel that drinks well but could maybe be a tad chewier.
O: Overall a very enjoyable beer, but given the strong bourbon barrel character, I think a higher alcohol meatier stout would have suited this beer. While I love the flavor, every sip makes me wish the body had a bit more. What’s up with the epic carbonation too? For a second I thought this was going to be infected. Definitely worth checking out though, thanks again Josh!

Photo of fmccormi
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware); no bottling date that I can see, but generally these don’t sit around for ALL that long on shelves in the Triangle so I’d imagine this isn’t any more than a couple months old. But that is purely speculation.

Appearance (4.75): Honestly, this looks amazing—it pours with nearly three fingers of fat, sticky, cappuccino-colored foam that dies down after a good length of time, leaving collars, legs, and swaths of thick lacing all around the glass and a film on the surface of the beer. The body is a very dark brown (not quick black), and translucent, showing deep reddish, root beer-looking corners when held up to the light. Phenomenal appearance.

Smell (3.25): At first whiff, it really just smells like Jim Beam but with some slightly roasty, molasses-chocolatey aromas blended in. Some earthy, herbal hops come in very, very lightly underneath it all. The fruitiness of the bourbon subsides a bit as it opens up, and the vanilla tones come out more and blend well with the molasses and mellow chocolate tones of the porter. Ultimately though it still smells like a good, medium-bodied porter with a lot of bourbon.

Taste (3.25): Oddly, this kind of tastes like a slightly watered-down version of People’s Porter. With surprisingly light bourbon tones mixed in. Coffee and unsweetened chocolate, marked by only moderately bitter roast, typify the malt body; herbal, slightly earthy hops come through underneath, but only very lightly; and finally slightly fruity, slightly boozy bourbon tones finish out the flavor as a whole. It smooths a bit and things mesh a little better as it warms up a bit, and the flavor actually comes in a bit fuller, too, although the external source of booze and the porter’s roast don’t mesh very well. To me, it comes off as maybe just a bit above average, at best.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Kind of thin, slightly tannic, dry, on the light- side of medium-weight, and with a carbonation that is somewhat light and bubbly—doesn’t match perfectly well, but it’s not off-putting.

Overall (3.25): This, to me, is maybe a slightly above-average porter, with some odd quirks that don’t sway the beer heavily in one direction or another, but with an unexpectedly fantastic appearance. I dunno. I wasn’t expecting a bourbon barrel-aged porter like this one (not a particularly thick or rich rendition of the style, even if the base beer is still a solid one) to really mesh well with the bourbon barrel aging. But in my mind, this beer’s only suffered from the treatment.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to erichxedge for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, wood, and slight bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a subtle bourbon presence and somewhat muddled flavors.

Photo of humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have held on to this one for a while and figured that it was bourbon weather so I paired it with a family member of the bourbon this was initially aged in. You can definitely smell the boozy bourbon when the bottle was first opened. The bourbon was not as dominant in taste as it was on the nose, but you could tell that there was some bourbon influence. The taste is pretty close to the regular People's Porter, maybe a little more alcohol taste. I get chocolate notes, a little bourbon and some vanilla and some leathery tannin. The beer was not cloying but sweet. It was very tasty over all but did leave a little odd drying flavor on the finish. Nevertheless, one of my all time favorite breweries and I am happy that they have expanded their bottling distribution so we can try more of the special releases. I will say that even though I do love this one and the original People's Porter, I have never been a fan of the much lauded Sexual Chocolate. I guess the difference in an Imperial Stout vs. a Porter.

Photo of stakem
2.56/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bomber into a tulip. The brew appears dark brown in color with a bog billowing head nearly 4 fingers strong. Thick patchy lace sticks all over the glass and rising carbonation maintains an impressive cap.

The aroma is mineral filled and quite carbonic. This is honestly not that enjoyable smelling with the barrel presence being raw and woody almost like incense or cedar-like spice instead of the typical rounded smoothness indicative of other barrel aged beers.

The flavor is raw and woody, lightly spicy like cedar and raw woodiness like the arona led on. It is excessively carbonic with mineral character playing a significant role in the brew. Fighting to take in more character, slight citrus and some earthy bitterness is also present.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with an excessive amount of carbonation that is prickly and effervescent. Overall a really poor example of a porter and everything I dislike about barrel aged brews. It is spicy and raw, not smooth with the typical pleasantries that barrel aging can provide. Not worth seeking out, the over-carbonation really exaggerates the bad attributes of the aging.

Photo of scvance
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with large tan head that disappears quickly. Smell immediately reminds me of bourbon, sweet, malty, and alcoholic. Slightly roasted coffee aroma. Taste is boozy, very whisky/bourbon like up front, vanilla, alcoholic, but fading to a malty sweetness, followed by a rich black coffee flavor with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, moderate carbonation, but rather thin overall. Definitely a beer worth trying, especially for one who enjoys porters.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours black from the bomber with a one finger kahki head. Smells like a bottle of Jack Daniels, along with a hint of roast. Flavor is roasty malts with a nice backbone of kentucky bourbon. In other words, the base beer doesn’t have enough umph to handle the bourbon. Lingering bittersweet chocolate. Low to medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Not too sweet or sticky. Not bad, but not impressed as this feels like a shot of whiskey in my beer without the creamy barrel complexity.

Photo of Hopswagger
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P: Pours a super dark body with ruby hues and a massive cavernous cap of cappuccino head. Thick bubbly lacing with nice retention.

S: Vivid bourbon aroma swells from the glass and encompasses a base of roasted cocoa, vanilla, toffee, faint caramel and chocolate chip muffins.

T/M: Sweet dark fruits, toffee and milk chocolate strike first then disappear to bitter vanilla biscotti coffee with a follow up of cocoa and bourbon. Taste of salty caramel, slightly smoked wood chips and cinnamon in the finish. Crisp moderate body with a semi dry finish.

O: Bourbon barreling is exhibited well in this robust porter. Complex flavors that change throughout the session. Easy drinking for the Borbon flavoring and a nice crisp feel. A great porter for sure. Cheers!

Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 fl oz. bomber from CM.

A - dark black with brown overtones. Two finger creamy head. Dissipates at a normal pace.

S - chocolate, toasted dark fruit.

T - more of the same. Some back end smoke. Slight vanilla notes in the finish as well. Start picking up bourbon notes as the beer warms.

M - good balance. Carbonation is a touch on the low side, which I prefer with porters, but there is enough to keep it solid.

O - a solid porter all around. For the people.

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Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.