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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

418 Ratings
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Ratings: 418
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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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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HeyItsChili

China

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Picked up a growler of this Foothills People's Porter aged in 23 yr old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels at the Charleston Beer Exchange's rare beer Tuesday this week. Pours almost black with dark chocolate syrup highlights and a globby khaki head.

S - The aroma is a little more subdued, but still some oaky, smokey, chocolaty porter comes through.

T - The initial taste has a nice woody bourbon quality to the porter base, additional flavors of vanilla creme brulee, chocolate, smoke, and some spices come through as well. As it warms to room temp, the bourbon notes come through stronger and stronger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, slightly fizzy carbonation.

Serving type: growler

06-23-2009 22:25:22 | More by HeyItsChili
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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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Bung

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a nice whitish head, at the Sexual Chocolate pre-party. Earthy malt, coffee aroma with some vanilla, barrel hints. Flavor has no such hints, it is right there smack up front. Vanilla, oak and molasses really prominent. Earthy malt and mocha/coffee were really suppressed by the barrel. Finished pretty sweet, different from the typical porter. Just a bit too much candy like sweetness for me. I enjoyed it but it probably would not be for everyone.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2009 22:15:39 | More by Bung
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Sexual Chocolate Foothills Release, and, as a matter of fact, the first "on tap" brew I've reviewed that I've poured myself!

Appearance: Pours a deep, heavy brown, with a foamy, immaculately-bubbled one-and-a-half finger head of light tan hue. The bubble structure on this one (after an initial half finger fade) is really nice looking. The lacing is similarly nice, doing the whole "ring" thing, sheet-like and firm, bu also thin and delicate. The retention is also above average for the style.

Aroma: Bourbon is dominant, but it's wonderfully smooth, slightly spicy and earthy, very woody. Apparently, this one was aged in 23-year PVW barrels? Though I'm not enough of a bourbon aficionado to probably appreciate that for what its worth, it's nice. It melds well with a nice dose of toasted malts, cocoa being the most prominent note to emerge from the scuffle.

Taste: Fantastic. Sweet malty notes, cocoa and faint coffee, with plenty of residual sugars but also a nice amount of earthy, toasted astringencies, the latter of which meld surprisingly well with the smooth, powerful-but-not-too-intense earthy, woody bourbon notes. Hints of vanilla peek through as well. Very subtle, smooth, and well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: A relative medium-bodied brew, perhaps because it's a typical American porter, perhaps because its bourbon-thinned. It has a very gentle and even mouth, however, with only the slightest effervescence prickle, and plenty of nice, delicate fluff.

Drinkability: A pretty damn solid brew. I really, really liked the People's Porter the first time I tried it (about two months ago), and this is only better. Not much wrong with this one - if you get a chance to try it, definitely give it a shot. It's likely not that much more alcoholic, and it's much more flavorful (which is saying a lot). Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2009 04:39:49 | More by CrellMoset
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: cask

02-04-2009 19:38:44 | More by ChainGangGuy
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gford217

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided by, I believe, cardsfan1 at the HMoG at the Brick Store. He mentioned this was aged in Pappy Van Winkle 23yr barrels.

Pours almost completely black with only hints of mahogany coming through at the edges. The head was short-lived, tan and left decent lacing.

The aroma is very well-balanced for a barrel-aged beer with the bourbon present initially in the nose. Pretty quickly the chocolate sweetness and dark malts come through and hints of vanilla as well.

Sweet mercy, this stuff tastes good. It's just as balanced as the aroma with the bourbon blending perfectly with the chocolate. The malt backbone is definitely noticeable and doesn't let the bourbon dominate completely. Perfectly balanced, which I can't often say about bourbon barrel beers.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a bourbon beer and with decent carbonation - very smooth overall.

Well, this one just blew me away. Having never had the normal Peoples Porter, I don't exactly know what to compare it to. What I do know is that this is a fantastic beer and one of the top 2 beers I tried at the HMoG. Outstanding.

Serving type: growler

01-19-2009 00:36:23 | More by gford217
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Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
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