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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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Reviews: 121
Hads: 551
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 29.66%
Wants: 33
Gots: 106 | FT: 8
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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: 121 | Hads: 551
Photo of cnjohn19
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had a 10oz. draft at tyler's in carrboro, nc...hands down one of the best bourbon aged beers i have tasted...

thick black with an excellent top...smells of unsweetened, straight black coffee with an amazing bourbon burn...and damn this brew is tasty...the aging in wet barrels really makes the bourbon shine through in this porter...it has just enough burn to make you wanting more and more...

basically, i have little words for this beer except to say its fantastic...i can't wait for foothills to start bottling so i can get my hands on more of these...

in all, this beer is fantastic for a KY like me...grab it anywhere you see it...

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Photo of Netdigger2
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with a loose tan head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Nose is chocolate, toffee, sweet wood, caramel and bourbon.

Flavors mirror the taste, with a little more bourbon soaked wood and lighter chocolate. Lots of toffee and rich crema.

The Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, but it remains refreshing

Great porter and one to definitely seek out!

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Photo of patre_tim
4.63/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, almost opaque, but can see slight bright cherry hue when held to the light. A milk chocolate 1 finger high head.

S: Oak and boubon, butterscotch, tons of alcohol and slight hint of dark earthy malts.

T: Pleasantly surprised. I get the oak and bourbon and scotch flavours, then a definite porter with its dark earthy black licorice, burnt and black toast qualities which are quite subdued compared to the oak. Balanced and refreshing compared to what I was expecting, and I’m not getting the alcohol in the flavour as on the nose. Some bitter linger.

M: Not oily or syrupy as I was suspecting, rather medium, only slight heavy body that rolls off the tongue and gives a light refreshing feel for such a dark beer.

O: Love it, surpassed my expectations. Had too many heavy bodied stouts lately and this impresses me with flavour and relative lightness for a porter that displays balance. It especially is balanced for one that’s barrel aged. Great by itself or with light cheeses. Would gow well with game as well.

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Photo of gford217
4.62/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided by, I believe, cardsfan1 at the HMoG at the Brick Store. He mentioned this was aged in Pappy Van Winkle 23yr barrels.

Pours almost completely black with only hints of mahogany coming through at the edges. The head was short-lived, tan and left decent lacing.

The aroma is very well-balanced for a barrel-aged beer with the bourbon present initially in the nose. Pretty quickly the chocolate sweetness and dark malts come through and hints of vanilla as well.

Sweet mercy, this stuff tastes good. It's just as balanced as the aroma with the bourbon blending perfectly with the chocolate. The malt backbone is definitely noticeable and doesn't let the bourbon dominate completely. Perfectly balanced, which I can't often say about bourbon barrel beers.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a bourbon beer and with decent carbonation - very smooth overall.

Well, this one just blew me away. Having never had the normal Peoples Porter, I don't exactly know what to compare it to. What I do know is that this is a fantastic beer and one of the top 2 beers I tried at the HMoG. Outstanding.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The rep said this went in to barrel at 5.7% and came out @ 7%!

Poured from growler into a new belgium tulip, Pitch black zero light through from a 100 watt bulb, a creamy capicino khaki head with some lacing.

Bourbon coffee chocolate vanilla goodness.

Sweet bourbon and chocolate seem to dominate,a solid vanilla note comes on strong to carry the coffee and malty grainy goodness.

Seems a bit thin is all I can come up with to detract from this wonderful brew.

If'n you can find this you should drink it!

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Photo of DesertRat
4.51/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great take on this favorite brew from Foothills. You can really taste the bourbon. I wish this was in night volume. Such a good mouthfeel, goes down, with a porter taste but a bourbon aftertaste.

Would love to see them make their stout a regular brew too. There best beets seem to be one offs.

Make this a regular brew Foothills!

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Photo of nc41
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Charlotte, served in a small (8.5oz) glass. Very nice appearance, dark brown and opaque with a creamy looking tan poof of foam that looked like it came from a nitro tap. Delicious looking foam.

Continuing with the aroma I'm still impressed, this has a solid barrel character. Cocoa and roasted malt mix it up with light (none-too-boozy) bourbon and maybe just a little vanilla. It tastes nearly as good as it smells too, with flavors of rum rather than bourbon giving accompaniment to the chocolately base beer. Extremely drinkable, this has a lot of barrel flavor with very little burn. Actually, this is my favorite BA treatment from Foothills, much better than Olde Rabbit's Foot or BA Sexual Chocolate.

If you see this I recommend it, very tasty and satisfying.

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Photo of jsanford
4.42/5  rDev +16%
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!

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dang tasty. Rich, full and smooth. I may have to hunt this one down on tap. Most disappointing this was the nose but it was still excellent. Could smell the wooden barrel. Flavor was port and bourbon. Rich with some full dark fruits. Hints of chocolate and burnt wood. Body was full but not cloying in the least

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Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a pint glass
Newest batch, end of 2012/beginning of 2013, Im not sure which

Peoples Porter Aged in 20 year Pappy Van Winkle barrels.

A: Appears thin and cola colored during the pour, but once in the glass its an opaque black with 1 plus fingers width of light mocha colored head. Head dissipates down slowly and leaves a good amount of streaky lacing.

S: This has a really nice nose. Milk chocolate, lots of dark fruits like cherry and fig. And great barrel notes with tons of bourbon, vanilla, and oak. Im really surprised by this, in a good way. Great aroma!

T: Upfront is the typical porter roastiness and heavy cream characters. The barrel is again noticed with bourbon, oak and vanilla. The bourbon is quite prominent, in a good way. This is an awesome tasting beer.

M/D: Carbonation a touch high for my liking, and Id say its a bit thin as Im used to imperial stouts and baltic porters, but I guess for a regular porter its appropriate. Its moderately smooth, and for a beer with such a big bourbon presence the drinkability is great.

O: Overall, wow was I impressed. Nice base beer flavors with just great barrel notes. Im not huge into regular porters as I generally find them underwhelming, but thats certainly not the case here. Definitely one of the best American Porters Ive had. I'd drink this again in a heartbeat. Highly recommend. (great price point too, $6.99 a bomber!)

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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?!?!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle. This is Feb. 2012 on the release I believe. Poured this one into a DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a deep brown color. It's not fully black. There are some reddish hues on the corners of glass. About a finger of light tan, tight bubbled head. Fades down pretty quickly. Swirls concur up a nice two finger head and some lacing bits.

S: Really nice soft vanilla notes on the nose. There is some oak there. Soft chocolate and caramel hints also. No coffee notes on the nose.

T: Wow! That is a great sip. Getting nice bourbon hints, but not overpowering at all. Lots of dark, bittersweet chocolate up front. Vanilla. Toffee. No alcohol burn at all. Round flavors. Lots of chocolate on the back end. Dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth. Easy drinking.

O: A-. Really liked it.

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Photo of jslim
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just tried this on tap at Mellow Mushroom in downtown Charleston. Excellent bourbon aged Porter. It had a very syrupy consistency to the eye, but not to the tongue. Incredible hint of bourbon from the Pappy Van Winkle barrels. I highly recommend to anybody that gets their hands on this.

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Photo of miromanyth
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of ROBORB
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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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.

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Photo of mzingie
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The most impressive and lasting head I have ever seen on a beer. Attractive dark brown almost black. Smell is great and full of bourbon but not very strong. Tastes of caramel, butterscotch, dark chocolate. Excellent of you like bourbon aged bears but think the bourbon aged imperial stouts are a little too strong and overpowering for your taste buds at the moment.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sexual Chocolate Foothills Release, and, as a matter of fact, the first "on tap" brew I've reviewed that I've poured myself!

Appearance: Pours a deep, heavy brown, with a foamy, immaculately-bubbled one-and-a-half finger head of light tan hue. The bubble structure on this one (after an initial half finger fade) is really nice looking. The lacing is similarly nice, doing the whole "ring" thing, sheet-like and firm, bu also thin and delicate. The retention is also above average for the style.

Aroma: Bourbon is dominant, but it's wonderfully smooth, slightly spicy and earthy, very woody. Apparently, this one was aged in 23-year PVW barrels? Though I'm not enough of a bourbon aficionado to probably appreciate that for what its worth, it's nice. It melds well with a nice dose of toasted malts, cocoa being the most prominent note to emerge from the scuffle.

Taste: Fantastic. Sweet malty notes, cocoa and faint coffee, with plenty of residual sugars but also a nice amount of earthy, toasted astringencies, the latter of which meld surprisingly well with the smooth, powerful-but-not-too-intense earthy, woody bourbon notes. Hints of vanilla peek through as well. Very subtle, smooth, and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: A relative medium-bodied brew, perhaps because it's a typical American porter, perhaps because its bourbon-thinned. It has a very gentle and even mouth, however, with only the slightest effervescence prickle, and plenty of nice, delicate fluff.

Drinkability: A pretty damn solid brew. I really, really liked the People's Porter the first time I tried it (about two months ago), and this is only better. Not much wrong with this one - if you get a chance to try it, definitely give it a shot. It's likely not that much more alcoholic, and it's much more flavorful (which is saying a lot). Highly recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New barrels, new lines, new glass. Was very pleased to see the new version on tap for the release today and a glass with lunch while I waited was certainly in order. Consumed on 08/13/2010.

The pour was inky black with no light coming through this one at all, nothing. Small cap of tan edges up the sides of the glass and leaves a small amount of side lacing.

Aroma is very much transformed. Much different then the regular version, or even the previous. Rich notes of vanilla and wood combine with nice roasted malts, leather, and hints of dark fruits that give it a certain twang. This follows perfectly on the flavor as each sip reveals yet another layer to this superb brew. Rich dark cocoa and licroice, vanilla, boubon, and an almost wine barrel like finish combine to give a wonderfully well balanced and smooth beer.

Overall really an outstanding beer, had I not followed it with the baltic it would havebeen the highlight of the day for me.

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Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with a solid head of foam atop the chocolate brown liquid; some lacing is left behind

Smell: Woody, barrel-influenced chocolate notes; hint of vanilla

Taste: Opens with a burst of chocolate that is joined by oaky complexity in the mid-palate; finishes with a bourbon and vanilla flourish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another fine addition to the Foothills stable of barrel-aged beers

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Picked up a growler of this Foothills People's Porter aged in 23 yr old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels at the Charleston Beer Exchange's rare beer Tuesday this week. Pours almost black with dark chocolate syrup highlights and a globby khaki head.

S - The aroma is a little more subdued, but still some oaky, smokey, chocolaty porter comes through.

T - The initial taste has a nice woody bourbon quality to the porter base, additional flavors of vanilla creme brulee, chocolate, smoke, and some spices come through as well. As it warms to room temp, the bourbon notes come through stronger and stronger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, slightly fizzy carbonation.

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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!

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Photo of chaz410
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I frequently get this beer at the flying saucer in charlotte nc.
Pours a deep dark body with a finger length khaki head.
Smells of vanilla, bourbon, oak, chocolate, raisen, mocha and burnt wood.
Tasted of chocolate, cocoa and some nice moacha mixed with vanilla and sweet herbal hops. It is not nearly as boozy as some beers like dragons milk, it's very smooth and extremely drinkable.
I love this beer and I think it's the best porter I've ever had

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