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Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

484 Ratings
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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 102 | 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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3.56/5  rDev -6.6%

Bottle pour at the DTLA bottle share held at Beer Belly in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to erichxedge for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, bourbon, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, wood, and slight bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a subtle bourbon presence and somewhat muddled flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

djrn2, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

Thorpe429, Nov 16, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

acurtis, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

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

brentk56, Nov 12, 2010
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3.71/5  rDev -2.6%

Boilermakers aren't just for slammin' anymore- this one is packed in a handsome twenty-two ounce bottle and made for sippin'. It's crawin' out of the dive bars and onto a craft beer shelf near you... for the people, of course!

The heavily bourbonized ale pours with the disguise of Porter with its dark coffee-stained hue.
As a creamy and lightly fluffy head rises from the beer, it dissolves a bit too soon underneath the force of bourbon that drags it back down. Nearly half way through the glass, the ale falls still and only slightly generates with a swift swirl of the glass. With no trail of lace, the barrels obviously have gotten the best of the beer's appearance.

Bold aroma start out sweetly of caramel, chocolate and vanilla. Its toastier malt backbone of coffee, charred toast and dark chocolate prop up the sweetness but hardly balance its sweeter scent. Then comes the drunken oak character of bourbon- its own wood sweetness, char, vanillan and spice play heavily on the base porter and drastically change its aromatic profile.

Similar to taste, the beer's original Porter-like character is greatly compromised as the dry maltiness of fresh ground coffee, charred toast and bittersweet chocolate are dwarfed with the sweetness of caramel, heavy cream and sweet, sweet booze. The middle palate is as much bourbon flavored as it is of ale, as the moderately intense ale is no match for the barrel. Those toasty coconut, vanilla, and woody maple flavors overtake the flavor spread and offer a spicy and oaky finish.

Medium-full in body, the beer's early carbonation lifts from the malt quite quickly and allows the residual sweetness of the beer to sit and saturate the taste buds with its thin bourbony sweetness. Finishing without much transition, the aftertaste is of the same caramel sweet texture as the beer started.

Thought the barrels have drastically changed to the beer, perhaps for the better (depending on how much influence you want bourbon to have over the beer). Its easy to see that the mere six-percent ale doesn't just show bourbon nuances but has changed into a bourbon flavored beer with porter-like tendencies.

BEERchitect, Jan 29, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

mikesgroove, Aug 14, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Texasfan549, Nov 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

kjkinsey, Nov 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

kylehay2004, Sep 06, 2013
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4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Duck-Rabbit's Milk Stout was recently given a nice, long rest in a barrel of Pappy Van Winkle's 23-Year Old Family Reserve.

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a few tired-looking, beige bubbles resting on top.

Smell: Porter-minded notes of chocolate and roasty coffee with the strong scent of quality bourbon whiskey leading the charge.

Taste: Dark maltiness displayed as a taste of bittersweet chocolate with a minor toffee-like sweetness and a swig of morningtime coffee. The bourbon definitely dominates the flavor, but, thankfully, doesn't really detract from it as it delivers an abundance of charred oak barrel flavor with a light bitterness trailing close behind. Lesser tastes of coconut and brown sugar. Richly bourbony finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Kudos to the folks at Foothills for producing a fine, tasty bourbon barrel-aged porter.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 04, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

oberon, Jul 16, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

SocalKicks, May 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Kegatron, Mar 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

russpowell, Dec 02, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Bottle shared by Sean I think? Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Lightly tanned foam settles to a cap and thicker collar, leaving a few splotches of lace. Transparent dark brown body with ruby glints.

S - The initial whiff has a slight acetone note, but it dissipates fairly quickly and is replaced by oak, cola nut, sarsaparilla, whiskey and a touch of chocolate.

T - The taste has more roasted malts, with some dry roast nuts, cola, oak, and mild charry bitterness in the finish. Whiskey is still present, but I don't get the overwhelming sensation that other reviewers reported - I heard these were second use barrels too.

M - A tad fizzy, with a medium-light body. Not great, but not offensive for a 6% porter, even one that's barrel-aged. Lightly chewy, with a dry and tannin-heavy finish.

D - A decent beer, especially at the $7 price point - you can't get (m)any bombers of PVW barrel-aged porter! Easy to drink, but not overly memorable.

MasterSki, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Rifugium, Oct 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

oline73, Feb 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

mendvicdog, Mar 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

beernads, Dec 12, 2013
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Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.