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Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

Barrel Aged People's PorterBarrel Aged People's Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

420 Ratings
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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.47%


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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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 15:29:36 | More by Treyliff
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dvmin98

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 23:21:34 | More by dvmin98
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ezterry

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

draft, Jack of the Wood, Asheville NC

A: very nice black color with a small head but good lacing

S: smells just like bourbon

T: intriguing mix at first tastes like Bourbon then both a smokey and chocolate flavor come out very little hop or malt flavor remains

M: nice but nothing special in the mouth feel

O: I'd avoid this if I was looking for a "beer" as the bourbon, smoke, chocolate flavor removes too much to taste like a normal porter, that ought to retain some malt flavor, but very nice if you like bourbon or scotch.

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2012 02:32:11 | More by ezterry
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours nearly black with a tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

S-Bourbon, coffee, alcohol, coconut, and more bourbon.

T-Very similar to the nose with bourbon completely dominating the flavor profile. There was some chocolate, coffee, coconut, and wood in the mix, but the bourbon overwhelmed everything. It was no where near as tasty as the regular People's Porter in my opinion.

M-super thin for the style.

D-The overwhelming bourbon flavor and thin mouthfeel made this a one and done for me.

Overall, this is average at best in my opinion. I absolutely love People's Porter and was excited about drinking this, but it had way too much bourbon and was way too thin.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 02:52:31 | More by thegodfather2701
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.47/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2012 01:09:06 | More by TurdFurgison
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a standard pint glass.

I was pretty pumped to find a BBA beer while on our brief visit to this brewery. The bartender served this with very little head. The body is dark brown and crystal clear (or as best as I can tell in that lighting).

The nose has tons and tons of bourbon. Wow...smells like my wife will have to drive to the hotel. Roasted malts and coffee play background roles.

As the nose indicates, this is a bourbon bomb. There is something off about it though...almost like bourbon was added to this rather than the beer aging in barrels.

The mouthfeel is by far the weakest link in this offering. Watery with light carbonation. I think the MF really takes away from the other characters of this beer.

Man...this one has potential, but the body, and to a lesser extent, taste, needs some work. Worth the tick I guess, but I would not recommend...

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 14:04:23 | More by mgbickel
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CBlack85

South Carolina

1.8/5  rDev -52.6%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 19:39:06 | More by CBlack85
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

1.73/5  rDev -54.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2011 11:44:59 | More by yourefragile
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 02:45:21 | More by PhillyStyle
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives with hardly any foam atop the chocolate brown liquid; no lace, but a skinny ringlet

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

Taste: Opens with a burst of chocolate that adds oaky complexity by 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

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 17:47:32 | More by brentk56
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Freethyhops

Alabama

3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at the BA Sexual Chocolate release part

a- pours a dark brown that has big transluscent brown tones when held to light. small cream colored head of the pour.

s- rich, sweet dark malts. a bit of caramel, wood, and a bit of tartness mixing with some fruity yeast esters. very light bourbon.

t- sweet malts up front; chocolate, caramel, light roasted. light bitterness balances the sweet malts. the tartness from the nose is even stronger here. I'm assuming it's tannins from the wood causing this. it's a nice complexity but it really doesn't hit my palate right. the bourbon is really light in this one.

m- medium-light bodied. moderate carbonation aides the fullness of this one. no alchohol warming.

d- good drinkability in the technical sense but the barrel really didn't do anything to improve this one. I stuck to the other options after one pour of this one. nice to see what happens when a lower ABV ale is thrown in some barrels.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2010 16:18:57 | More by Freethyhops
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blackie

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: standard pint glass, deep brown in color - turning black towards the center, creamy mocha carbonation layer with great retention and lace

s: nose full of bourbon and malt-soaked oak powering over the roasty porter base, some darker chocolates, vanilla, almost a sour edge possibly picked up from a lengthy stint in a barrel

m: medium-full body, smooth carbonation

t: big punch of woody bourbon - the booze here is quite powerful and makes the porter base seem relatively timid, and would easily overwhelm someone without a taste for the stuff, gotta be a fresh barrel, oaky with a subtle tart/sour flavor - might even say there's a touch of bacteria creeping in, dark chocolate and roasted body underneath, the base porter is rich to start - but the bourbon barrel adds a lot and really has its way here

d: really enjoy the bourbon but it's not exactly complimentary, completely taking over, but making for an interesting experience - this one did me in for the night

full pint at Barley's, Asheville

bottle 12.18.12 - purchased a couple months back at Appalachian Vintner, gonna leave the scores the same though appearance on the bottle is 4.0, bears the quality of a nice porter with an addition of nice bourbon barrel, fairly strong but not as overwhelming as my first review indicates, perhaps due to having a little age on it, particularly clear on the nose but manifesting well in the second half of the sip, nice one here

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2010 22:16:11 | More by blackie
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jsanford

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 04:12:13 | More by jsanford
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewpub waiting for the BA Sexual Chocolate release. Came out in a full pint. Nice. Thin tan lace on top. Big scents of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and light spices like cinnamon/nutmeg. Great smell. The body was perfectly smooth and palate-coating. Decent depth and carbonation level. Smooth bourbon notes mixed with some melted chocolate and roasted malts. This Porter on it's own is quite hoppy, but this has been mellowed out to become quite a smooth semi-sweet beer. I dig this. Have wanted to try this version for awhile now. Keep it up Foothills!

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2010 13:48:46 | More by Onenote81
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cnjohn19

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 17:33:41 | More by cnjohn19
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2010 17:30:00 | More by thagr81us
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 03:46:41 | More by mikesgroove
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devilben02

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Make no mistake, this beer comes across primarily as a bourbon delivery system. I had People's Porter on my home keg last year, so when I saw this one available at the Foothills Baltic Porter release at Sam's Quik Shop, I was certainly interested to see how the barrel aging changed the character. Needless to say, it changed it drastically.

The color is the same deep, dark chocolate brown, and the aroma only gives a hint of the added bourbon sweetness on top of the toasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and black coffee from the porter base. The flavor is a whole different game, though, with barely a sign of the roasted, chocolaty malt profile that is found in the unadulterated version. The whiskey flavor is overpowering, which is certainly enjoyable, but I am somewhat saddened that the flavors of this solid porter are lost. Much like the regular People's Porter, the texture is a bit thin, but the overall drinkability is terrific.

In the end, this aged version is an interesting and flavorful change-of-pace, and I was happy to have the opportunity to sample in in a parking lot in front of a gas station in the middle of a work day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2010 16:50:11 | More by devilben02
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LeviLovesBeer

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 21:08:20 | More by LeviLovesBeer
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chaz410

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2010 03:22:15 | More by chaz410
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oberon

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 12:47:01 | More by oberon
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2010 04:09:30 | More by silver0rlead
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft way back in February at the Mellow Mushroom in Charleston. Finally found my notes!

First off, thanks to Scott and the crew at Foothills for driving all over tarnation to bring thirsty beer geeks the good stuff. We appreciate it!

So, Foothills People's Porter aged in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. Let's get to it.

A. Same as normal People's Porter, but what'd ya expect? Nice brown porter. Dense head, doesn't last too long, leaves some lace.

S. Warming up, there's a fine whiskey nose that maybe overpowers the toothsome roast malts and coffee / chocolate mix. Still pretty basic and subdued overall.

T. Just as advertised, ma'am. Creamy, smooth malt flavors of the base porter with a shot of ultra smooth bourbon flavor that really is a bit overpowering. This beer is fresh from the barrel (in Feb.) and shows. The base porter is stellar, as usual, but I'm not sure the hefty bourbon barrel complements it.

M / D. Creamy, clean, smoooove bourbon notes linger. Warming. Rather drinkable if you like bourbon, which I do.

Ultimately the BA version of People's Porter is a bit of a one-trick horse. There is certainly delicious bourbon to be had here, but it comes at the price of blowing away a great beer. Worth a shot, but I preferred the unadulterated version more.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2009 05:19:36 | More by kkipple
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ROBORB

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2009 23:54:38 | More by ROBORB
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jslim

Illinois

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2009 16:28:34 | More by jslim
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Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
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