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Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

486 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 30
Gots: 102 | FT: 9
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 fmccormi
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware); no bottling date that I can see, but generally these don’t sit around for ALL that long on shelves in the Triangle so I’d imagine this isn’t any more than a couple months old. But that is purely speculation.

Appearance (4.75): Honestly, this looks amazing—it pours with nearly three fingers of fat, sticky, cappuccino-colored foam that dies down after a good length of time, leaving collars, legs, and swaths of thick lacing all around the glass and a film on the surface of the beer. The body is a very dark brown (not quick black), and translucent, showing deep reddish, root beer-looking corners when held up to the light. Phenomenal appearance.

Smell (3.25): At first whiff, it really just smells like Jim Beam but with some slightly roasty, molasses-chocolatey aromas blended in. Some earthy, herbal hops come in very, very lightly underneath it all. The fruitiness of the bourbon subsides a bit as it opens up, and the vanilla tones come out more and blend well with the molasses and mellow chocolate tones of the porter. Ultimately though it still smells like a good, medium-bodied porter with a lot of bourbon.

Taste (3.25): Oddly, this kind of tastes like a slightly watered-down version of People’s Porter. With surprisingly light bourbon tones mixed in. Coffee and unsweetened chocolate, marked by only moderately bitter roast, typify the malt body; herbal, slightly earthy hops come through underneath, but only very lightly; and finally slightly fruity, slightly boozy bourbon tones finish out the flavor as a whole. It smooths a bit and things mesh a little better as it warms up a bit, and the flavor actually comes in a bit fuller, too, although the external source of booze and the porter’s roast don’t mesh very well. To me, it comes off as maybe just a bit above average, at best.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Kind of thin, slightly tannic, dry, on the light- side of medium-weight, and with a carbonation that is somewhat light and bubbly—doesn’t match perfectly well, but it’s not off-putting.

Overall (3.25): This, to me, is maybe a slightly above-average porter, with some odd quirks that don’t sway the beer heavily in one direction or another, but with an unexpectedly fantastic appearance. I dunno. I wasn’t expecting a bourbon barrel-aged porter like this one (not a particularly thick or rich rendition of the style, even if the base beer is still a solid one) to really mesh well with the bourbon barrel aging. But in my mind, this beer’s only suffered from the treatment.

fmccormi, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of ThreeFishes
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ThreeFishes, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of emottram
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

emottram, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of BeastLU
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

BeastLU, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

AndyAvalanche, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of tewaris
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sent kindly by josefiak, thank Chris!

Pours a dark brown color with good clarity and a medium brown head. Wouldn't call it black or anything though, nor does it claim to be. While the text on the bottles talks about lots of things, all I smell is some tartness (not the infection kind, mind you! Just the dark beer kind). Then in the back end, some mixed notes. I might be wrong but I thought this beer was aged in some high end bourbon's barrels. Drinks more like plain oak, or maybe the barrels have been maxed out? Acidic, roasty and dark chocolaty with somewhat tannic finish that could be from roast but is most likely from wood. Overall drinks smooth and easy but I wouldn't call it remarkable. Medium body, medium-high carbonation for my tastes.

4, 3, 3, 4, 3

PS: Kickass artwork.

tewaris, Oct 31, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

nathanjohnson, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

denimdemon, Dec 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

RayUF07, Aug 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

jbuddle, May 09, 2012
Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to easyreader for another stellar southern brew. Live review.

Cordovan brown, four fingers of brownish beige head, a thickish look, but a swirl shows it not as thick as opacity hinted.

Sweet brown bread and caramel, some darker scents of bitter chocolate and light roasty bitter. A medium strength aroma, but really enticing. Not much barrel in it until room temp.

Tastes as smells, with addition of a bit of dark fruity to it, with the roasty bitter lingering very cleanly. Not a heavy yeast taste to it, which I associate with the EP's I love, but a bit of a tart in there to give it some counterpoint and complexity. All in all though quite a delicious and complex taste. As it warms some tasty coffee notes come in and some bitter hop also join light bourbon to make it even tastier. This would get a 4.5 if not for the competition in this style.

Light/med. bodied, well carb'ed, clean flavors, decent complexity and finish.

Quite a tasty brew, though not as good as I'd been hoping from word of mouth. Don't go crazy to get this, but def don't pass it by.

cavedave, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of silver0rlead
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

silver0rlead, Jun 25, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

mwbrady12, Jul 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +31.2%

EasyReader, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

phingdong, Mar 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

KCBeerNerd, Jun 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5%

dtivp, Jul 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

hellhammermario, Sep 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Robyn, Mar 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

twowheelssoar, Nov 15, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

ScottP, Nov 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

tourdot, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Hopsiam14, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Rau71, Jun 26, 2013
Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.