Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company
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3.3/5 rDev -13.4%
22oz bottle, courtesy of Fortsambo, into a snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown with a gigantic light tan head (almost too much).
S: Really nice bourbon and oak, maple, vanilla, faint cocoa and caramel.
T: Big wash of oak and mild liquor, faded roasted grain and chocolate behind. More oak and bitter tannins from the barrel in the finish. A bit smoky, even.
M: Relatively high carbonation, medium-to-thick body.
O: I'm getting tired of all these BA porters that end up dominated by the barrel, washed out and unpleasant. This isn't the worst offender I've tried, and I give it points for the aroma, but it certainly wasn't very good.
08-02-2012 14:56:30 | More by Etan
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured into a tulip. The head rises over 3 fingers high, foamy, rocky, and dark tan in color. Holy lace abundant. Will the head ever die? Deep dark murky brown color.
Aromas of light roasted malts, caramel, bitter chocolate, a mineral note, earth, and toffee. Not much barrel presence at or around cellar temp. Let's see if it comes out with warming. And lighter notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla, and coconut do come out with some warming. Nice but would've like to see more of a bourbon presence for a bbl aged porter.
The taste is on the lighter side, much like the nose. Light roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hints of caramel and toffee, mineral/earthy taste, with oaky, vanilla, and faint coconut hints coming in near the end. A nice drinking porter, that's for sure.
The mouthfeel is actually good for there being a fair amount of carbonation. Spritzy, almost effervescent carbonation but that actually doesn't detract at all from this beer. Silky smooth consistency, aided by the high carb. Body is light-medium, while the finish is pretty clean.
Overall this is a good and very easy drinking barrel aged porter. I love me a good porter, especially a barrel aged one and especially on a warm day (call me crazy, but sometimes it's more refreshing than lighter beers). This beer does a nice job of being drinkable and incorporating some barrel aging at the same time. With that said, I would have liked to see more of a barrel presence for a "bbl aged porter, ...aged in 20 year old bourbon barrels." That kind of talk makes me think of something like Black Butte XXI. Though this is nowhere near that, it's still a pretty good beer. Bottom line, good porter that's worth trying if you like the style or bourbon barrel aging or both.
Must give a shout out to Keith/McNuts for sending this along with other goodies. Keith you are an awesome BA and friend. Thanks so much for being so generous and sending me such awesome stuff! Cheers!
07-22-2012 01:39:51 | More by matttttYCE
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
07-21-2012 01:00:50 | More by RuckusDu
2.3/5 rDev -39.6%
Acquired via trade
Very, very dark brown, nearly black, with a large, quickly forming, and very persistent brown head. This leaves thick chunks and ribbons of lace down the glass.
The aroma is probably the most redeeming aspect of this beer, as there isn't much here to write home about. There's mild roast and a little bit of chocolate, There's also quite a bit of mineral, even metallic character.
The flavor is below average. There is very little barrel character. If given this blind, I'd never guess this was a barrel-aged porter. There's very mild chocolate and roast, though there's also quite a bit of metal and minerals. Moderate bitterness, and not particularly drinkable.
Medium bodied with very high carbonation, which isn't appropriate for a beer of this style. Prickly, and about as bad of a mouthfeel as I can imagine for a barrel-aged porter. Infected?
Not a lot of redeeming qualities.
07-06-2012 03:06:17 | More by ehammond1
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
This beer really lets out a crazy hiss when I cracked off the pry top cap!
poured into snifter glass.
Huge thanks to ChefBergo for trading this beer to me! Thanks Shawn!
Appearance: light black bodied beer with a massive head of tan colored head. Leaves spotty lacing everywhere. The head is able to stick around for quite a long time. One word of advice, pour this beer slowely into your glass.
Smell: light roasty malts that smells very fresh. Getting some caramel, vanilla, and milk chocolates. The beer smells really woody and chalky. The beer smells more sweet than roasty. This beer smells similair to root beer.
Taste: Nice sweet and mellow whiskey start off the beer. Midpalate the malts start to show themselves; you get chocolate and nuttiness. The whiskey turns into a sweeter vanilla note with barrel notes that are fairely oaky. A lingering semi-bitter aftertaste of smoke, coffee, char, and earth. Just a touch of bourbon shows through in the finish as well. When this beer warms to room temperature it starts to taste like liquid smoke; whiskey dominates the beer and the porter seems to get lost in the whiskey.
Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its a thin BA Porter; plain and simple. Its really drinkable though, I guess thats the trade off.
Overall: You can easily take down a bomber yourself with regretting it in the morning. Smells nice, the beer actually smells better than it tastes. Its still a solid offering that I enjoyed. Its got a great price point for a BA Porter in bomber format. Thicken this porter up and make the porter stand up to the 20 yr. PVW barrels and you would have a beer that would make beer nerd go crazy! Its a beer on the verge of greatness with a few minor improvements.
06-25-2012 02:48:05 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
06-24-2012 20:32:41 | More by cavedave
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
Morimoto again! Thanks man. Poured at cellar temp into a Hill Farmstead tulip. 2011 bottle?
A - Pour is brownish-black with a thick, tan head. By thick, I mean 2". Head eventually goes down and keeps some very nice lacing.
S - TONS of woody bourbon, little chocolate in the end. There is almost an acetone present. It smells like I had a porter, and then I poured a couple ounces of bourbon into it. The porter aroma is nearly gone. Good thing I like bourbon.
T - Woody bourbon with a splash of chocolate, then some vanilla, then more oak on the finish. Some roasted malts are to be found in the background. Once the palate is coated, a lot more of the caramel notes come out in the finish. I don't get the acetone in the aroma, which is a great thing.
M - Fairly light with some carbonation. It is, however, a BA porter.
O - This is the first BA Porter I've had and I enjoyed it. They could have probably toned down the barrel just a touch to show the base a little more. The roast and chocolate notes are hard to find, but the barrel does present a lot of nice oak and vanilla/caramel notes.
06-21-2012 01:07:52 | More by claaark13
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
Thanks to Peabody's in Boone, NC for this beer.
A - a nice dark brown with a thick foam that pockets with exposure to the air which is nice of a rich porter. The brew even has some lacing during the taste.
S - A smell of chocolate, coffee, and a richness makes one want to taste this beer.
T - A rich full taste of malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel,and some bourbon permeates the palet. A must try!
M - Super mouthfeel, with a lasting flavor of coffee, chocolate, & malts. The mouth enjoys a thick , rich taste of the flavors in the ingredients, and the bourbon barrel aging is what tops it off.
O - I will buy this beer again. I enjoy all types of beers and the Barrel Aged People's Porter is a robust, rich, flavorful beer that will be in my beer frig. Kudos to the Foothills Brewery!
06-19-2012 23:14:02 | More by beerenjoyer1
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
People's BBL Aged Porter,
From label: "People's Porter aged in 20 year old bourbon barrels."
Bottled: unk (presumably latest vintage/edition)
Pours black with a solid sheet of tan foam. Nose bursts out the gate sweet, vanilla, butterscotch, bourbon, more butterscotch and praline - really exquisite nose here for my impressions. Flavor carries some cocoa, graham, bits of coffee, oak and raisin. A well balanced and integrated brew. I'm happy with this for certain. Medium on thin bodied with a reserved carbonation - a little let down with the viscosity. Overall, a great brew. I'm consistently impressed with Foothill's ability to barrel age their brews. I do not believe their are too many breweries above their capacity to barrel age a beer, and I think it has to do with their choice in barrels, honestly. The barrels are always highlighted to complement the beer, not overwhelm or whisper into the beer.
06-01-2012 16:38:53 | More by harrymel
Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
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