Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 540
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.1%
Wants: 33
Gots: 101 | FT: 7
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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub 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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Reviews: 119 | Hads: 540
Photo of wedge
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up awhile ago. No date on the bottle.

Pretty black with a slender, creamy ring of a head for most of the glass. Very woody nose...bourbon, light cherry and fruity esters, bitter chocolate, coconut. As nice as that sounds, it is fairly sharp which doesn't allow me to really stick my nose in and enjoy it. Smooth chocolaty malt flavor with some tartness leading to oaky, more vanilla bean qualities and finishing sweet and nutty. Much deeper and better integrated than the aroma. Creamy and slick with some dryness after the swallow. I imagine I'll grab another bottle of this some day. (598 characters)

Photo of DesertRat
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great take on this favorite brew from Foothills. You can really taste the bourbon. I wish this was in night volume. Such a good mouthfeel, goes down, with a porter taste but a bourbon aftertaste.

Would love to see them make their stout a regular brew too. There best beets seem to be one offs.

Make this a regular brew Foothills! (331 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
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 (995 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
2.95/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from spring 2012. A bourbon-barrel aged beer at 6% ABV has me a little worried, but we'll see. Tasted 1 May 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours black in the glass, deep brown at the edges. One finger of medium-light tan head, okay retention, decent lacing. Looks good.

Smell is pleasant, but it's all bourbon. This is feeding my concern about whether the base is robust enough to stand up to the barrel-aging. It's a powerful, slightly airy, sweet bourbon smell. I get no sense of the porter beneath that.

Taste is sharp, dominated by a bite that's my least favorite side of bourbon. In the smell, it felt like liquor I'd want to try. Here it's something I'd steer clear of. Again, I can barely find the porter underneath, which is sad, since it so wants to have some more solid support.

Feel is okay. Medium-bodied, relatively low carbonation. A little slick and oily. Fine.

A bourbon-heavy beer, which works in the smell but not in the taste. If it had a more solid porter base, it might work OK. But as is, it's good bourbon in the smell, bad bourbon in the taste. One glass was too much for me. And finishing a bomber - not a chance. Liking it less as I drink it. (1,176 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bottle picked up when i was in town a few months ago. enjoyed from a highland snifter.

brew opened with a big pop...no geyser, but the beer poured with an equal amount of head as it did beer. head way grey cream colored and creamy in texture. smell is fairly bourbon heavy with a creamy char. taste is burnt vanilla. booze soaked chocolate. very bourbon dominated. some toffee and caramel. boozy for just 6%. a bit over carbed for me. overall, as advertised...a barrel aged version of people's porter, which i found to be too burnt. the burnt seems to really amplify the barrel. good...not great. (597 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark brown with a ridiculously huge and fluffy light brown head. Head fades at a decent rate with a big island of foam behind. Thin, super fluffy chunks of lacing hang around.

S: Nice bourbon with burnt sugar, sticky caramel, brown sugar, toffee and charred oak. A little bit of roasted malt but not much, mainly some nice sweet bourbon.

T: More bourbon. Quite sweet. Burnt sugars and caramel are most prominent. A little toffee. Mild, mellow roasted malt melds in with a little bit of chocolate and char. Sweetness runs out of the finish, resulting in some toffee and acrid charred barrels. Drying oaky finish with hints of vanilla and char.

M: Carbonation is a little high, leaving this one feeling just a little too airy. Surprisingly not bad body for only 6% and high carb though.

O: This was surprisingly nice. I figured with only a 6% ABV base beer that the bourbon would completely overpower. It is still quite strong but melds nicely. Mellow flavors, not overly sharp and no real alcohol despite the hefty bourbon. (1,042 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark chocolate brown with a small milk chocolate head that settled to foam

S - Dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and lots of butterscotch from the pappy barrel

T - Roasted chocolate and bitter coffee with light butterscotch. Slight alcoholic booze and oak near the finish. The base beer doesn't seem to stand up to the barrel well which gives it an astringent and boozy bite

M - Medium body with a roasted presence. Slight oak tingle near the finish to it

O - Solid porter but the beer just can't fully stand up to the barrel. It smells great but there is just too much booze and bite in the flavor (606 characters)

Photo of aleckpa
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not good at reviews, but I really enjoyed this beer. I thought there was a good balance of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The ABV was only 6% so it was pretty drinkable. The only problem with this beer is the mouthfeel. There is a lot of carbonation and I don't really get it. It throws me off. However, I respect Foothills a lot so I do have some bias. I'd get this beer again because I think there are some complexities. Cheers. (444 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
2.76/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown/black with a lot (almost too much) of mocha colored head. Good retention and decent lacing.

Not picking up a ton on the nose. Some roast malt, sweet chocolate and a hint of bourbon.

Again not much in the flavor department either. A little roasted malt with just a touch of bourbon. There's a weird sweetness as well that overpowers everything, but it still finishes a little astringent. Almost tastes oxidized as well. Strange for a fresh bottle.

Mouthfeel is probably the downfall of this. Just too much carbonation that doesn't let the flavors shine.

Disappointed in this one. Beer itself is fine, but kind of bland. Being that it is a bourbon aged beer, I would expect much more so the scores are all a bit lower due to the expectation from the style. (775 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a big, tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A strong aroma of malt, bourbon, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of bourbon (strong, but not overly so), malt, a slight hoppy quality, and some chocolate in the finish. A milder flavor than I expected, but complex and pretty tasty.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: If you enjoy barrel-aged beers this would be a beer to try. Drinkable. (555 characters)

Photo of pschul4
2.69/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A- Explosion of head (not in a good way) The bit of beer that is in my 22oz snifter is very dark brown/black. 4" of tan head sitting atop it though

S- Surprisingly faint on the nose. Hint of bourbon and roast but not much else there at all.

T- Hint of bourbon, hint of roast, lots of foam. Maybe some oxidation as well? Not a huge fan

M- Way too carbonated. Not digging this

O- Dissapointment (397 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown, almost opaque, but can see slight bright cherry hue when held to the light. A milk chocolate 1 finger high head.

S: Oak and boubon, butterscotch, tons of alcohol and slight hint of dark earthy malts.

T: Pleasantly surprised. I get the oak and bourbon and scotch flavours, then a definite porter with its dark earthy black licorice, burnt and black toast qualities which are quite subdued compared to the oak. Balanced and refreshing compared to what I was expecting, and I’m not getting the alcohol in the flavour as on the nose. Some bitter linger.

M: Not oily or syrupy as I was suspecting, rather medium, only slight heavy body that rolls off the tongue and gives a light refreshing feel for such a dark beer.

O: Love it, surpassed my expectations. Had too many heavy bodied stouts lately and this impresses me with flavour and relative lightness for a porter that displays balance. It especially is balanced for one that’s barrel aged. Great by itself or with light cheeses. Would gow well with game as well. (1,037 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (1,865 characters)

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dang tasty. Rich, full and smooth. I may have to hunt this one down on tap. Most disappointing this was the nose but it was still excellent. Could smell the wooden barrel. Flavor was port and bourbon. Rich with some full dark fruits. Hints of chocolate and burnt wood. Body was full but not cloying in the least (311 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a thinner mudied chocolate color but onces settled in glass appears near black, very opaque. Nice darker tan colored head with fantastic lacing and very good retention.

S - Oaky vanilla bourbon aromas, sweet caramel and chocolaty malts. Fig/cherry/rasin dark fruits as well.

T - Just like it smells, mostly oaky vanilla with a hint of bourbon boozyness followed by some dark fruits. The bourbon comes back in the aftertaste, a slight bitterness lingers.

A - Incredibly smooth, lighterish bodied, little carbonation, amazingly drinkable.

O - Not a big overpowering bourbon beer but a fantastic smooth drinking beer with noticeable and delicious oaky bourbon vanilla flavors (686 characters)

Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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!) (1,414 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2011 vintage. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours near black with a 2" tan head. Huge trails and spider webs of lacing remain on the glass.

S- some bourbon, light vanilla, chocolate, and almost a faint cherry smell.

T- toffee, chocolate, some bourbon, and faint vanilla.

M- medium body and carbonation. Lighter in body and slightly acidic and effervescent.

O- not a bad beer. Wish it had more body. (429 characters)

Photo of caber2615
2.77/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- dark brown one finger white head

S- sweet, vanillia, bourbon

T- boozy, astringent, sweet

M- thin

O- first barrel aged porter I have had. It was ok. Good bourbon favors, but it took took much of the bite you get from a high alcohol bourbon. Being a 6% abv porter I did not expect the booziness. (300 characters)

Photo of nUgZ
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a black color with a half finger head and light lacing.

S: Slight aromas of vanilla, oak, and roasted malts but mainly just Bourbon.

T: The Bourbon flavor is much more subdued than the smell would lead you to believe. There's a beautiful balance of Bourbon, oak, roasted malts, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O: This is another winner from Foothills. It's a little lighter than I would like, but it's very drinkable. I think sitting on it for a year would tone down the Bourbon a little which would be nice. I may do that with another bottle. (635 characters)

Photo of jpro
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Tasty Beverage Co. in Raleigh. Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet...

A: Black with a 1-finger, light coffee head; no retention or lace; just a glass o' blackness.

S: Well, obviously oaky bourbon barrel; sweet; not much else - the barrel aged aroma masks the typical chocolate / roasty aroma.

T: Oak barrel; root beer(?); vanilla; chocolate and roasted malt on the end... there's the porter; great taste - the barrel flavor doesn't overdo it and does a good job complementing the chocolate and sweet malts.

M: Medium-bodied; moderate carbonation; a good balance of sweet and dry; nice.

O: A really nice barrel aged porter - nice blend of flavors - barrel doesn't mask the other tastes... I wish more barrel aged beers were like this.

*from notes: 12-10-12 (777 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark brown in color with some dark amber highlights and minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall tan head that slowly reduces to a wide thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted chocolatey malts with moderate to strong aromas of Pappy bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted and chocolate malts that is then overtaken by the stronger flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The fact that this beer is aged in Pappy barrels really improved the offering - I found this to be a very enjoyable beer and I'm very thankful my wife's family picked this one up and saved it to share with me. Love the bourbon and barrel flavors which make this beer very smooth. (941 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to kkipple for this one!

Bourbon Barrel-aged People’s Porter pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It’s nearly opaque. Backlighting reveals some burgundy highlights at the outer edges. Looks good. A soft, tan collection of bubbles gathers on the surface. It doesn’t rise far above that though, and it dissipates quickly. Lacing was light and spotty as it trailed down the glass.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a little weak and would benefit from a bump in strength. It starts out with a nice dose of chocolate and cocoa. Roasted malts are also noted. Coffee is in the mix and smells nice. Bourbon has a moderate presence. It’s not overwhelming by any stretch. I like that. It complements the other elements nicely. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t seem all that strong. Given its lighter abv, that’s not a big shock.

The flavor is good. I like it. The mix of chocolate and roasted malts makes for a nice base. The chocolate flavors are bittersweet and cocoa-esque. Coffee seems a little more pronounced in flavor. I can handle that. Bourbon has a moderate presence, but adds a lot in terms of depth and character. It blends extremely well with the other flavors. Oak and vanilla are noted, but are secondary. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through that strong. At 6%, it’s not scary. Finishes chocolaty with a touch of coffee and bourbon. Good stuff!

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems light and soft, but it feels too thin. Needs more body to attain a smooth feel. Having said that, it is one tasty, easy drinking barrel-aged porter. Its size goes a long way in that department.

Foothills has another winner with Bourbon Barrel-aged People’s Porter. It could use a little more body, but that’s about it. Very solid all-around otherwise. I’m really impressed that Foothills pulled off such a tasty barrel-aged beer at 6% abv. Don’t run across that very often. Worth seeking out. Thanks, Dan! (1,979 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into taster - thanks to carolinakevin

Pours a solid dark chestnut, almost black color with a crop of graham cracker colored head resting on top. Splotchy lacing webs across the glass with a collar of retention.

Smack of boozy barrel character with syrupy bourbon, vanilla and oak. Toasted bread crust, caramel and molasses. Decent amount of alcohol despite the 6% abv.

Solid mix of bourbon and roasted nuttiness up front with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Oaky and warm with a decent malt backbone. Warm and full with alcohol warmth in the finish.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Solid, drinkable porter - I enjoyed the larger bourbon presence with the lower ABV (for a barrel aged beer). (755 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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! (634 characters)

Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.