Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 13.87%
Wants: 33
Gots: 98 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: gford217 on 01-19-2009

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great to see this on tap at the Greensboro Mellow Mushroom.Poured into a room temp pint glass a deep dark brown,nearly black except for just a light tinge of ruby,a thinner soapy-like mocha colored head atop.Mild oaky bourbon in the nose along with some burnt toast and dark fruit.Full mellow feel in the mouth,almost cask-like,very nice.Flavors are not over done by the barrel,oak and vanilla flavors at the onset with some dried dark fruit,a light char holds thru until the finish.A great barrel aged beer,not overdone and it fits nicely into the flavor profile,great job here.

Photo of ROBORB
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Saucer and poured into a snifter. Poured a nice black color with a short lived brown head. Moderate lacing throughout the tasting. The bourbon in this comes first in the smell followed by vanilla and chocolate. The taste is a very nice blend of bourbon and vanilla. At first I thought it was a bit sweet but as it warmed it balanced itself. A fantastic beer from Foothills that I will try to get whenever they have it on draft.

Photo of ehammond1
2.33/5  rDev -39%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Beerness!

Very, very dark brown, nearly black, with a large, quickly forming, and very persistent brown head. This leaves thick chunks and ribbons of lace down the glass.

The aroma is probably the most redeeming aspect of this beer, as there isn't much here to write home about. There's mild roast and a little bit of chocolate, There's also quite a bit of mineral, even metallic character.

The flavor is below average. There is very little barrel character. If given this blind, I'd never guess this was a barrel-aged porter. There's very mild chocolate and roast, though there's also quite a bit of metal and minerals. Moderate bitterness, and not particularly drinkable.

Medium bodied with very high carbonation, which isn't appropriate for a beer of this style. Prickly, and about as bad of a mouthfeel as I can imagine for a barrel-aged porter. Infected?

Not a lot of redeeming qualities.

Photo of miromanyth
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pat for the bomber.

This is a superb beer. And it's local...

A: Nice cola-look with a chocolate-milky head. Pretty stuff.

S: Mmmm, sweet bourbon. Some toffee, chocolate, and tons and tons of vanilla and bourbon. A bit woodsy - maybe some earthiness.

T: This is why I like barrel-aged beer! The base beer is a favorite of mine and with the oaky-vanilla its perfect! Toffee, chocolate, tons of vanilla bourbon for a sweet finish.

M: creamy. delicate even. a touch watery but I'm nit-picking.

O: A truly delightful beer. Foothills is my local darling and they continue to impress with this one!

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
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 jeonseh
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark chocolate brown with a small milk chocolate head that settled to foam

S - Dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and lots of butterscotch from the pappy barrel

T - Roasted chocolate and bitter coffee with light butterscotch. Slight alcoholic booze and oak near the finish. The base beer doesn't seem to stand up to the barrel well which gives it an astringent and boozy bite

M - Medium body with a roasted presence. Slight oak tingle near the finish to it

O - Solid porter but the beer just can't fully stand up to the barrel. It smells great but there is just too much booze and bite in the flavor

Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by kp - thanks!

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

Smells of smooth roasted malts with equal amounts of dark chocolate and vanilla aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip solid amounts of vanilla and lighter amounts of dry oak flavors make an appearance, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK The thickness is slightly on the thin side with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer as it was slightly on the thin side and the flavors weren't terribly complex. Still, it's a tasty beer that's above average and worth a shot.

Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish black pour with a mountain of dense, thick, foamy, brownish head that has great retention.

S - bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt, wood, faint butterscotch

T - bourbon, oak, alcohol, chocolate, roasted malt, earthy hop finish

M - smooth, lightly carbonated, rather thin

Great flavor. BBL adds some good notes and doesn't take any of the original flavors away. I think had this had a little more body it would have been excellent. It's a great porter though and definitely worth checking out.

Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to kkipple for this one!

Bourbon Barrel-aged People’s Porter pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It’s nearly opaque. Backlighting reveals some burgundy highlights at the outer edges. Looks good. A soft, tan collection of bubbles gathers on the surface. It doesn’t rise far above that though, and it dissipates quickly. Lacing was light and spotty as it trailed down the glass.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a little weak and would benefit from a bump in strength. It starts out with a nice dose of chocolate and cocoa. Roasted malts are also noted. Coffee is in the mix and smells nice. Bourbon has a moderate presence. It’s not overwhelming by any stretch. I like that. It complements the other elements nicely. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t seem all that strong. Given its lighter abv, that’s not a big shock.

The flavor is good. I like it. The mix of chocolate and roasted malts makes for a nice base. The chocolate flavors are bittersweet and cocoa-esque. Coffee seems a little more pronounced in flavor. I can handle that. Bourbon has a moderate presence, but adds a lot in terms of depth and character. It blends extremely well with the other flavors. Oak and vanilla are noted, but are secondary. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through that strong. At 6%, it’s not scary. Finishes chocolaty with a touch of coffee and bourbon. Good stuff!

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems light and soft, but it feels too thin. Needs more body to attain a smooth feel. Having said that, it is one tasty, easy drinking barrel-aged porter. Its size goes a long way in that department.

Foothills has another winner with Bourbon Barrel-aged People’s Porter. It could use a little more body, but that’s about it. Very solid all-around otherwise. I’m really impressed that Foothills pulled off such a tasty barrel-aged beer at 6% abv. Don’t run across that very often. Worth seeking out. Thanks, Dan!

Photo of aleckpa
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not good at reviews, but I really enjoyed this beer. I thought there was a good balance of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The ABV was only 6% so it was pretty drinkable. The only problem with this beer is the mouthfeel. There is a lot of carbonation and I don't really get it. It throws me off. However, I respect Foothills a lot so I do have some bias. I'd get this beer again because I think there are some complexities. Cheers.

Photo of nickd717
2.51/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bourbon barrel aged People’s Porter? More like Bourbon...um...uh...yeah, just bourbon. This tastes like bourbon. If I wanted bourbon, I’d just drink bourbon. Well I do like some bourbon, but not all bourbon if you want to call yourself a beer.

Anyway, the "beer" in question here is dark brown with caramel bourbon-like tones and a very minimal tan head.

The aroma is bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, oakiness, and roast. Not too bad actually.

The flavor is BOURBON, bourbon, bourbon, bourbon, roast, chocolate, oak, and more bourbon.

Medium-bodied and boozy with lower carbonation.

This has potential, but hey guys, ease off on that bourbon next time.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma is mightily impressive, with a big bourbon character upfront, along with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and brown sugar, as well as some burnt bread and espresso. The taste is similar to the aroma with bourbon initially, along with some chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruits and a little vanilla. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and drinkability is excellent. Very tasty beer, and the bourbon doesn't overwhelm the base beer...worth seeking out.

Photo of thagr81us
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap at the brewpub into a Foothills shaker. This was the first glass poured off a freshly tapped keg with freshly cleaned lines. Pours dark dark brown almost black with a two finger tan head that subsides to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, spices, and chocolate. The flavor was of cream, spices, malt, and a subtle red wine spice. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was much nicer on tap than out of the growler I had consumed the night prior to having this one. As said in my review from the growler below, it is a must try if you get the chance.

Photo of SFNC
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A- pours dark brown with a small tan creamy head, decent retention and minimal lacing

S- grainy malt with a touch of chocolate, barrel juice with some woodsy vanilla notes, a bit subdued other then the barrel aromas

T- The base porter is pretty mild so the bourbon notes take center stage, this works for me because I love bourbon-forward beers, however this could be offsetting to some. Oaky flavors with vanilla notes and barrel juice arrive mid-palate. Notes of prune and chocolate on the finish, slightly dry with more barrel flavor

M- light-medium body with medium carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish. Mouthfeel is a bit light for a barrel aged beer, but about on oar for a porter

O- this one was more bourbon forward that I expected, which I liked. However it was sip,y because the base beer didn't have enough backbone to balance out the bourbon. If you like bourbon forward beers, this is a nice selection and nearly sessionable which is unheard of for barrel aged beers

Photo of claaark13
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Morimoto again! Thanks man. Poured at cellar temp into a Hill Farmstead tulip. 2011 bottle?

A - Pour is brownish-black with a thick, tan head. By thick, I mean 2". Head eventually goes down and keeps some very nice lacing.

S - TONS of woody bourbon, little chocolate in the end. There is almost an acetone present. It smells like I had a porter, and then I poured a couple ounces of bourbon into it. The porter aroma is nearly gone. Good thing I like bourbon.

T - Woody bourbon with a splash of chocolate, then some vanilla, then more oak on the finish. Some roasted malts are to be found in the background. Once the palate is coated, a lot more of the caramel notes come out in the finish. I don't get the acetone in the aroma, which is a great thing.

M - Fairly light with some carbonation. It is, however, a BA porter.

O - This is the first BA Porter I've had and I enjoyed it. They could have probably toned down the barrel just a touch to show the base a little more. The roast and chocolate notes are hard to find, but the barrel does present a lot of nice oak and vanilla/caramel notes.

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, Greenville, SC. May 2011:

The beer poured a deep black with a dark tan head that was decently retained and some lacing to note. The beer's aroma was as expected given that I also had tried the Bourbon Barrel Aged India Brown Ale and Total Eclipse Stout, was heavy on the alcohol and vanilla with a hint of earthiness to it. The taste is pretty consistent with the nose but perhaps a hint of malt sweetness. The beer had a lighter feel to it, but given that the non-Bourbon Barrel Aged People's Porter is an English Stout, this is more in line with my expectation. The beer had a slightly lower carbonation level, but the beer was still creamy and easy to drink, but given the ABV probably not going to be able to drink too many at a time. Overall, a solid brew, but perhaps too much like the other Bourbon Barrel Aged beers.

Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a nice whitish head, at the Sexual Chocolate pre-party. Earthy malt, coffee aroma with some vanilla, barrel hints. Flavor has no such hints, it is right there smack up front. Vanilla, oak and molasses really prominent. Earthy malt and mocha/coffee were really suppressed by the barrel. Finished pretty sweet, different from the typical porter. Just a bit too much candy like sweetness for me. I enjoyed it but it probably would not be for everyone.

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im on my second 1/6 of this at home.

It has a nice deep color that I expect from a porter. There is a 1 cm head on it cuz I keep my CO2 on the medium side.

Nice smell with a decent bourbon nose. Not over-powering, but definitely not muted

Taste is very smooth with a good bit of bourbon taste on the back end that lingers for a bit. Not too much, but definitely enough to enjoy it after it goes down.

Carbonation isn't high at my house, but just enough. Sits well on the tongue and back of the mouth.

Overall, I really enjoy this brew and look forward to keeping it around as one of my kegs. Now I just have to get a tap handle!

Photo of n2185
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: roasted malts with creamy chocolate up front followed by vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

T: similar to the aroma, lots of roasted malts with chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon complimenting. Slightly bitter finish.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is slightly watery.

O: a good beer, overall. It's nice to have a relatively light and drinkable bbal beer.

Photo of nc41
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IMO one amazing brew. I love the heavy oak and Bourbon, nice head and love the carbonation. I like this one better than some of the more popular Stouts. If you like Bourbon you'll love this one. I enjoy the Porter style, not too sweet, not too viscous, nice head. Bourbon heavy which I happen to like, a little chocolate there too, finishes dry I'm guessing from the oak influence. I wouldn't want it more balanced IMO.

Photo of jsanford
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Foothills on BA Sexual Chocolate Release Day.

A - Dark cola brown with reddish tints. Whispy head quickly dissipated to a thin ring.

S - Bourbon, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla and dark fruits.

T - Tastes of dark burnt caramel/toffee with high-quality bourbon notes of vanilla and oak. There's a bit of date or rum-soaked raisin in there too. Nicely balanced and smooth with no sign of the alcohol heat.

M - Medium bodied with fizzy medium carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable, if BA Sexual Choc and Baltic Porter weren't on the menu I woulda had a few of these. High carbonation really ups the drinkability on this, very tasty!

Photo of jmarsh123
2.76/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown/black with a lot (almost too much) of mocha colored head. Good retention and decent lacing.

Not picking up a ton on the nose. Some roast malt, sweet chocolate and a hint of bourbon.

Again not much in the flavor department either. A little roasted malt with just a touch of bourbon. There's a weird sweetness as well that overpowers everything, but it still finishes a little astringent. Almost tastes oxidized as well. Strange for a fresh bottle.

Mouthfeel is probably the downfall of this. Just too much carbonation that doesn't let the flavors shine.

Disappointed in this one. Beer itself is fine, but kind of bland. Being that it is a bourbon aged beer, I would expect much more so the scores are all a bit lower due to the expectation from the style.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
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 wedge
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up awhile ago. No date on the bottle.

Pretty black with a slender, creamy ring of a head for most of the glass. Very woody nose...bourbon, light cherry and fruity esters, bitter chocolate, coconut. As nice as that sounds, it is fairly sharp which doesn't allow me to really stick my nose in and enjoy it. Smooth chocolaty malt flavor with some tartness leading to oaky, more vanilla bean qualities and finishing sweet and nutty. Much deeper and better integrated than the aroma. Creamy and slick with some dryness after the swallow. I imagine I'll grab another bottle of this some day.

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Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.