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Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

494 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 30
Gots: 96 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gford217 on 01-19-2009)
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Photo of dmhurdle
1/5  rDev -73.8%

dmhurdle, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of dharmabum1102
1.5/5  rDev -60.6%

dharmabum1102, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of yourefragile
1.73/5  rDev -54.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

On tap the night before BASC release. Unfortunately BASC kicked before we arrived so I ordered this instead; shame on me.

Tastes, smells, looks and feels thin. Plenty of watery bourbon throughout and some, eff, who cares. Not much of a porter presence, this is the written essence of three quarters of a pint being drain poured.

yourefragile, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of CBlack85
1.8/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ont tap at Foothills the day of the BASC release.

I like the regular Peoples Porter so I figured I would give it a shot. WOW... and not in a good way.

The beer is a deep chocolate color with lots of ruby highlights. The thin tan head recedes almost immediately leaving behind no lacing whatsoever. The beer looks thin.

The smell is bourbon all the way. The bourbon smell is so strong there is almost no trace of the base beer in the aroma.

The taste is much the same as the smell, all bourbon all the way. Just an overwhelming bourbon presence. My wife and I both ordered one and she could only get through one or two sips before she could not take it anymore. The beer is thin and under carbonated. Hard to drink

Overall, I was completely turned off by the HUGE bourbon presence (and I like a good bourbon). Just poorly done. I am actually surprised because there are so many good reviews for this beer, and how well BASC is done. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and figure that this was a bad batch, maybe if I am feeling adventurous I will try this again someday and re-review.

They really missed the mark on this one...

CBlack85, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of MADPolo
2/5  rDev -47.5%

MADPolo, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of ShanePB
2/5  rDev -47.5%

ShanePB, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of swanson45
2/5  rDev -47.5%

swanson45, May 21, 2013
Photo of baybum
2/5  rDev -47.5%

baybum, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of starrdogg
2/5  rDev -47.5%

starrdogg, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of GreysonDaniels
2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

GreysonDaniels, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

ehammond1, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of nickd717
2.45/5  rDev -35.7%
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.

nickd717, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

acurtis, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

chippo33, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of stakem
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

stakem, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of caber2615
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- dark brown one finger white head

S- sweet, vanillia, bourbon

T- boozy, astringent, sweet

M- thin

O- first barrel aged porter I have had. It was ok. Good bourbon favors, but it took took much of the bite you get from a high alcohol bourbon. Being a 6% abv porter I did not expect the booziness.

caber2615, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of pschul4
2.71/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A- Explosion of head (not in a good way) The bit of beer that is in my 22oz snifter is very dark brown/black. 4" of tan head sitting atop it though

S- Surprisingly faint on the nose. Hint of bourbon and roast but not much else there at all.

T- Hint of bourbon, hint of roast, lots of foam. Maybe some oxidation as well? Not a huge fan

M- Way too carbonated. Not digging this

O- Dissapointment

pschul4, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

jmarsh123, Feb 07, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

kbuzz, Mar 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

CaptainNomihodai, May 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

AlexFields, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

zeledonia, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of mobrockman
3/5  rDev -21.3%

mobrockman, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of ThatsThatDude
3/5  rDev -21.3%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of frankthetank86
3/5  rDev -21.3%

frankthetank86, Jul 24, 2013
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Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.