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Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged People's PorterBarrel Aged People's Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 30
Gots: 92 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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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3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Randy and Jason at the Parrothead in Shelby, OH.

Pour is dark brown, with a decent off white head. THe actual liquid is very carbonated, that was the first thing Randy noticed.

The smell is just as bitter as the non BA version. but then theres the alcohol. Its a smooth warm bourbon flavor that doesnt overpower the base beer. Im not sure they mix perfectly yet though.

Now the flavor was something else. The first thing I notice, is that the underlying beer hasnt lost anything. Its actually gained some bitter chocolate cocoa nibs flavors. There isnt much barrel flavors, its all just bourbon. Somehow they meld together nicely, I was just hoping the barrel aging would mellow out the overpowering bitterness.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of RuckusDu
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Lots of pop in the cap to go along with massive head. About a hand worth of darker mocha colored head which doesn't really fall all that quickly considering there is so much of it. Luckily my Duvel glass is made to drink through so much foam. You can't see through any amount of the body but looks to be a mostly brown color. Tons of lacing.

S - I'm not getting a strong aroma from this. Definitely creamy, milky chocolate. A little bit of coconut.

T - Nice and light/creamy. Good vanilla and some caramel. A lot of roasted coffee. Only slight bitter chocolate.

M - Dominated by carbonation and a solid body which actually goes quite well together. Makes it feel lighter and easier to drink.

O - A delicious beer. It is smooth and light enough to make me think I could chug it if necessary. Can't imagine the place where someone says they want to have a barrel aged porter chugging contests, but if I find it, I'm bringing this.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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5/5  rDev +31.2%

Photo of rapidsequence
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Thanks Ashby!

Appearance: Pours black into the tulip. Garnet highlights a plenty. Good retention in the light brown head and some foamy lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, oaky bourbon with lots of vanilla, caramel. Sweet, lightly roasted, bourbony. Great smelling beer.

Taste: Very nice chocolatey malt flavor is somewhat overpowered by the bourbon. Lots of caramel, vanilla, and some burnt toast in the end. The bourbon flavor is strong and oaky, but not hot. Its quite good, but a bit too much bourbon for a beer of this size.

Mouthfeel: I think the mouthfeel of the base beer is thinned somewhat by the bourbon here. Just not as soft as I remember the regular Peoples Porter to be.

Overall: Its quite a good beer, but not a great beer. A little more subtle barrel treatment would benefit the beer. Overall though its a tasty, full flavored beer, especially considering the low ABV.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a lager version of the Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid comes out a dark brown with mahogany highlights when held up to the light. HUGE coffee with a little bit of cream brown colored head with various size bubbles. It absolutely erupts up to the top and you have to take some time pouring this bad Larry out. Actually some lacing too, not too crazy, but it's there.

Smell is good, really good. Good roasty factor, coffee/chocolate mix with a slight bit of toffee and hints of dark fruit. To top it off it's barrel aged, so hints of bourbon and vanilla. Good blend, nothing overly aggressive and pretty well blended in the nose.

Taste is good, but a slight step down from the smell though. Still the classic American porter flavors of the malt characteristics, slight bitterness from the hops though that I couldn't quite pick up through the nose. The strongest characteristic is the vanilla from the bourbon barrel. Nothing too strong though, it's all like a nice shelf beer that was barrel aged. Well blended flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, actually very good. My issue with some of these barrel aged beers is once you smell and taste them, one naturally expects a "big" beer, and this one isn't. Not that it's a bad thing, this could very easily be an up and coming style, I've seen several breweries botch this where Foothills has done a great job, I hope they set the standard. So the mouthfeel is thinner and lighter than expected. Still has a good carbonation level. Starts off nice and sweet and has a sharp but not too sharp finish from the barrel age, but not hot at all. Well balanced overall and SUPER drinkable. This is one you can split with friends, but you better have extra bottles on hand if you do, cause it'll go quick. Any craft beer drinker could polish a bomber off easily. Thanks Paschal for the killer extra.

Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.