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Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

504 Ratings
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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 29
Gots: 94 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gford217 on 01-19-2009)
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3.94/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of n2185
3.95/5  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 st9647v3
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Pours a deep rich brown color with a small off-white head. Decent retention, but nothing special

S: Right off the bat you get the barrel aromas: vanilla, oak, pappy van winkle. Seems booze-forward but it actually restrains itself well.

T: Light in flavor, which is something I didn't expect. Barrel notes, vanilla, mild chocolate, and an underlying charred/roasted flavor

MF/D: lighter in body than I wanted or expected-almost watery. But this is a very drinkable beer and pretty flavorful

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by bmanning. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Pours with a half-finger of a tan head atop a black body. There is some spotty lacing all over the glass, though one side of my tulip looks like it was hit with a tidal wave of lacing. There is a persistent low head throughout. The nose brings some light bourbon plus some slight chocolate notes. A bit of oak as well. Overall, quite nice nose but it's a bit subdued.

The taste has a bit more pop to it with a great bourbon character as well as oak and some dry roast. The feel is a bit thin with low carbonation but a great bourbon feel. Very light creaminess and no booze. This is quite drinkable and another solid barrel-aged brew from Foothills.

Photo of 603to843
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Apellonious
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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

Poured into a tulip. The head rises over 3 fingers high, foamy, rocky, and dark tan in color. Holy lace abundant. Will the head ever die? Deep dark murky brown color.

Aromas of light roasted malts, caramel, bitter chocolate, a mineral note, earth, and toffee. Not much barrel presence at or around cellar temp. Let's see if it comes out with warming. And lighter notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla, and coconut do come out with some warming. Nice but would've like to see more of a bourbon presence for a bbl aged porter.

The taste is on the lighter side, much like the nose. Light roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hints of caramel and toffee, mineral/earthy taste, with oaky, vanilla, and faint coconut hints coming in near the end. A nice drinking porter, that's for sure.

The mouthfeel is actually good for there being a fair amount of carbonation. Spritzy, almost effervescent carbonation but that actually doesn't detract at all from this beer. Silky smooth consistency, aided by the high carb. Body is light-medium, while the finish is pretty clean.

Overall this is a good and very easy drinking barrel aged porter. I love me a good porter, especially a barrel aged one and especially on a warm day (call me crazy, but sometimes it's more refreshing than lighter beers). This beer does a nice job of being drinkable and incorporating some barrel aging at the same time. With that said, I would have liked to see more of a barrel presence for a "bbl aged porter, ...aged in 20 year old bourbon barrels." That kind of talk makes me think of something like Black Butte XXI. Though this is nowhere near that, it's still a pretty good beer. Bottom line, good porter that's worth trying if you like the style or bourbon barrel aging or both.

Must give a shout out to Keith/McNuts for sending this along with other goodies. Keith you are an awesome BA and friend. Thanks so much for being so generous and sending me such awesome stuff! Cheers!

Photo of beer2day
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark brown with 2-finger dirty brown head. Decent retention and light, thin lace.

Nose is light. Caramel and vanilla mainly but a healthy shot of bourbon. The bourbon is more of a compliment, though.

Bourbon much stronger in the taste, mainly in the finish. Caramel and vanilla hit first, but quickly overtaken with the bourbon flavor in the end. Caramel flits in for a second run at the end too.

Feel is very nice, rich enough for the strong bourbon flavor but not too filling.

Overall, worth a shot. As another reviewer mentioned, really nice to have a BBL that can be enjoyed in more than a limited quantity.

Photo of Wayne17
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Got this today with lunch at Foothills Brewery. This was my 1st time drinking this one, and I found it very enjoyable.

A - Dark brown/black with very little head.
S - Bourbon and burnt wood really come through on this one.
T - Great taste. Smooth with bourbon and vanilla standing out.
M - Not as thick as I expected but good none the less.
D - I could only drink one, but I will get it again the next time I go.

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

This beer really lets out a crazy hiss when I cracked off the pry top cap!

poured into snifter glass.

Huge thanks to ChefBergo for trading this beer to me! Thanks Shawn!

Appearance: light black bodied beer with a massive head of tan colored head. Leaves spotty lacing everywhere. The head is able to stick around for quite a long time. One word of advice, pour this beer slowely into your glass.

Smell: light roasty malts that smells very fresh. Getting some caramel, vanilla, and milk chocolates. The beer smells really woody and chalky. The beer smells more sweet than roasty. This beer smells similair to root beer.

Taste: Nice sweet and mellow whiskey start off the beer. Midpalate the malts start to show themselves; you get chocolate and nuttiness. The whiskey turns into a sweeter vanilla note with barrel notes that are fairely oaky. A lingering semi-bitter aftertaste of smoke, coffee, char, and earth. Just a touch of bourbon shows through in the finish as well. When this beer warms to room temperature it starts to taste like liquid smoke; whiskey dominates the beer and the porter seems to get lost in the whiskey.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its a thin BA Porter; plain and simple. Its really drinkable though, I guess thats the trade off.

Overall: You can easily take down a bomber yourself with regretting it in the morning. Smells nice, the beer actually smells better than it tastes. Its still a solid offering that I enjoyed. Its got a great price point for a BA Porter in bomber format. Thicken this porter up and make the porter stand up to the 20 yr. PVW barrels and you would have a beer that would make beer nerd go crazy! Its a beer on the verge of greatness with a few minor improvements.

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

22oz bottle poured into taster - thanks to carolinakevin

Pours a solid dark chestnut, almost black color with a crop of graham cracker colored head resting on top. Splotchy lacing webs across the glass with a collar of retention.

Smack of boozy barrel character with syrupy bourbon, vanilla and oak. Toasted bread crust, caramel and molasses. Decent amount of alcohol despite the 6% abv.

Solid mix of bourbon and roasted nuttiness up front with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Oaky and warm with a decent malt backbone. Warm and full with alcohol warmth in the finish.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Solid, drinkable porter - I enjoyed the larger bourbon presence with the lower ABV (for a barrel aged beer).

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

Got to try this one on Nitro the other day at The Wooden Nickel. Served in a slim glass a deep opaque black with a nice frothy light tan head that slowly diminished to a thin layer and left slight lacing on the glass. The aroma was a nice amount of dark malts with subtle vanilla and oak. The taste was a decent amount of oak, vanilla, and Bourbon alongside dark malts and cocoa. The beer was quite light, crisp and very smooth from the nitro carbonation. This was certainly an interesting presentation of an enjoyable beer.

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4/5  rDev +5%

Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.