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Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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very good

480 Ratings
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 102 | FT: 7
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 aleckpa

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

02-09-2013 03:44:37 | More by aleckpa
Photo of dtx00


4/5  rDev +5%

02-07-2013 20:43:46 | More by dtx00
Photo of jmarsh123


2.74/5  rDev -28.1%

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.

02-07-2013 19:04:24 | More by jmarsh123
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

02-07-2013 00:56:11 | More by avalon07
Photo of Lugenbeast

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-06-2013 16:25:48 | More by Lugenbeast
Photo of pschul4


2.71/5  rDev -28.9%

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

02-06-2013 03:58:20 | More by pschul4
Photo of Tiger33

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

02-05-2013 20:12:48 | More by Tiger33
Photo of mdillon86


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

02-05-2013 00:47:21 | More by mdillon86
Photo of jrohrbacher

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

02-03-2013 22:47:40 | More by jrohrbacher
Photo of patre_tim


4.64/5  rDev +21.8%

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.

02-03-2013 03:39:41 | More by patre_tim
Photo of AndyAvalanche


4.14/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

01-28-2013 03:18:13 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of lupercmda

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-27-2013 03:21:37 | More by lupercmda
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +17.6%

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

01-25-2013 03:07:57 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of claytong


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

01-25-2013 01:02:00 | More by claytong
Photo of CraftEyeDoc

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

01-24-2013 20:25:01 | More by CraftEyeDoc
Photo of ckk527

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

01-21-2013 02:33:09 | More by ckk527
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +8.7%

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

01-20-2013 23:29:13 | More by MacQ32
Photo of fastrodney

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-20-2013 16:56:13 | More by fastrodney
Photo of Craigory

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

01-20-2013 02:26:26 | More by Craigory
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

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!)

01-20-2013 00:50:12 | More by zac16125
Photo of FTowne


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

01-19-2013 04:02:53 | More by FTowne
Photo of kawilliams81


3.66/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

01-19-2013 03:39:06 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of Bin33chef

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

01-14-2013 21:53:08 | More by Bin33chef
Photo of FLBeerGuy


4/5  rDev +5%

01-12-2013 21:27:12 | More by FLBeerGuy
Photo of ygtbsm94


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-10-2013 06:18:32 | More by ygtbsm94
Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
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