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Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Barrel Aged People's PorterBarrel Aged People's Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

119 Reviews
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Reviews: 119
Hads: 540
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 6.53%
Wants: 33
Gots: 103 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub 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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Reviews: 119 | Hads: 540
Reviews by zeledonia:
Photo of zeledonia
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from spring 2012. A bourbon-barrel aged beer at 6% ABV has me a little worried, but we'll see. Tasted 1 May 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours black in the glass, deep brown at the edges. One finger of medium-light tan head, okay retention, decent lacing. Looks good.

Smell is pleasant, but it's all bourbon. This is feeding my concern about whether the base is robust enough to stand up to the barrel-aging. It's a powerful, slightly airy, sweet bourbon smell. I get no sense of the porter beneath that.

Taste is sharp, dominated by a bite that's my least favorite side of bourbon. In the smell, it felt like liquor I'd want to try. Here it's something I'd steer clear of. Again, I can barely find the porter underneath, which is sad, since it so wants to have some more solid support.

Feel is okay. Medium-bodied, relatively low carbonation. A little slick and oily. Fine.

A bourbon-heavy beer, which works in the smell but not in the taste. If it had a more solid porter base, it might work OK. But as is, it's good bourbon in the smell, bad bourbon in the taste. One glass was too much for me. And finishing a bomber - not a chance. Liking it less as I drink it. (1,176 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of Schlais
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of ROBORB
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of ehammond1
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
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. (935 characters)

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of HopsForBrains
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Extremely subtle nose, the head has a richer color than the body, taste is very smooth akin to the porter style, not overwhelming at all but inviting; overall, pretty good but I fear the slight malty nature may be hindered by the bourbon barrel aging process. (259 characters)

Photo of miromanyth
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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! (607 characters)

Photo of williamjbauer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of jgrachen
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of HopAttack3
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of jeonseh
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
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 (606 characters)

Photo of mtpHokie
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (930 characters)

Photo of Garrettshu
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Bassbone8vb
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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