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Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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Barrel Aged People's PorterBarrel Aged People's Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

455 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 28
Gots: 96 | 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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rtaps

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-19-2012 02:22:07 | More by rtaps
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-16-2012 00:45:58 | More by Hanzo
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Patrick (kingkong) for this one!

A - Pours a dark brown color, mocha head, thin collar.

S - Overpowering bourbon and oak are right up front and dominate the rest of the beer. There's also some chocolate, light roast, and caramel in there as well. That said, it's just a bourbon bomb.

T - Similar to the nose, bourbon and wood. They let this beer sit in the barrels for too long, I'm assuming. Light chocolate, roast, and burnt sugars. Really though, a lot of bourbon and oak that kill it for the rest of the beer. Finishes the same...bourbon and wood.

M - Thin light body, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - This beer was "meh" for me. The PVW barrels only made this beer one-dimensional...too much bourbon and wood, too thin body and just an average porter. Give me HF Everett or CL Smoked Porter any day of the week and twice on Sunday's over this beer. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 14:49:21 | More by Sean9689
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Thanks Ashby!

Appearance: Pours black into the tulip. Garnet highlights a plenty. Good retention in the light brown head and some foamy lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, oaky bourbon with lots of vanilla, caramel. Sweet, lightly roasted, bourbony. Great smelling beer.

Taste: Very nice chocolatey malt flavor is somewhat overpowered by the bourbon. Lots of caramel, vanilla, and some burnt toast in the end. The bourbon flavor is strong and oaky, but not hot. Its quite good, but a bit too much bourbon for a beer of this size.

Mouthfeel: I think the mouthfeel of the base beer is thinned somewhat by the bourbon here. Just not as soft as I remember the regular Peoples Porter to be.

Overall: Its quite a good beer, but not a great beer. A little more subtle barrel treatment would benefit the beer. Overall though its a tasty, full flavored beer, especially considering the low ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 01:49:59 | More by rapidsequence
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jbuddle

New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

05-09-2012 00:31:29 | More by jbuddle
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scubahood

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-04-2012 18:01:24 | More by scubahood
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zillo043068

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-02-2012 17:17:38 | More by zillo043068
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stxSS07

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-30-2012 05:20:24 | More by stxSS07
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Paul68

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

04-30-2012 01:49:20 | More by Paul68
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-30-2012 00:43:29 | More by Yabev15
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argock

Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $6.99.

A: Very dark brown with 1-finger beige head with decent retention and a few scattered lace spots.

S: Nice bourbon aroma with vanilla and oak with some coconut too. The base porter provides some musty dark malt aromas and not much else.

T: The flavor falls far short of the aroma with the bourbon character providing only a light kiss of flavor at the start with the rest of the beer tasting like a muddy dark beer. There is no roundness, only muddled flavor.

M: THe mouthfeel comes through with medium body and low carbonation.

O: A very disappointing beer. THe barrel ageing seems to muddle the flavor rather than add to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 04:10:26 | More by argock
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funkel81

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-27-2012 21:06:50 | More by funkel81
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Sean I think? Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Lightly tanned foam settles to a cap and thicker collar, leaving a few splotches of lace. Transparent dark brown body with ruby glints.

S - The initial whiff has a slight acetone note, but it dissipates fairly quickly and is replaced by oak, cola nut, sarsaparilla, whiskey and a touch of chocolate.

T - The taste has more roasted malts, with some dry roast nuts, cola, oak, and mild charry bitterness in the finish. Whiskey is still present, but I don't get the overwhelming sensation that other reviewers reported - I heard these were second use barrels too.

M - A tad fizzy, with a medium-light body. Not great, but not offensive for a 6% porter, even one that's barrel-aged. Lightly chewy, with a dry and tannin-heavy finish.

D - A decent beer, especially at the $7 price point - you can't get (m)any bombers of PVW barrel-aged porter! Easy to drink, but not overly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2012 14:43:30 | More by MasterSki
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Netdigger2. I've had a fresh growler of People's Porter before and I liked it so I was interested to see how this turned out. Obviously it was very black and had a so-so head. The smell was boozy barrels. The the taste was completely dominated by the bourbon barrel to the point of hiding the porter completely. It did not taste like alcohol but I much preferred the regular people's porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 17:23:02 | More by ArrogantB
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sbricker

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.1%

04-22-2012 14:16:42 | More by sbricker
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish black pour with a mountain of dense, thick, foamy, brownish head that has great retention.

S - bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt, wood, faint butterscotch

T - bourbon, oak, alcohol, chocolate, roasted malt, earthy hop finish

M - smooth, lightly carbonated, rather thin

Great flavor. BBL adds some good notes and doesn't take any of the original flavors away. I think had this had a little more body it would have been excellent. It's a great porter though and definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 00:58:41 | More by tdm168
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark brown with 2-finger dirty brown head. Decent retention and light, thin lace.

Nose is light. Caramel and vanilla mainly but a healthy shot of bourbon. The bourbon is more of a compliment, though.

Bourbon much stronger in the taste, mainly in the finish. Caramel and vanilla hit first, but quickly overtaken with the bourbon flavor in the end. Caramel flits in for a second run at the end too.

Feel is very nice, rich enough for the strong bourbon flavor but not too filling.

Overall, worth a shot. As another reviewer mentioned, really nice to have a BBL that can be enjoyed in more than a limited quantity.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 01:22:30 | More by beer2day
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n2185

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: roasted malts with creamy chocolate up front followed by vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

T: similar to the aroma, lots of roasted malts with chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon complimenting. Slightly bitter finish.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is slightly watery.

O: a good beer, overall. It's nice to have a relatively light and drinkable bbal beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:20:02 | More by n2185
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

04-12-2012 23:35:47 | More by SalukiAlum
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danwho

California

3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this in trade from inlimbo77, thanks Bill. Poured from the bomber into a tulip. Dark, dark brown, creamy head, nice foam, minimal lace. Looks good so far.
Smells mostly, overwhelmingly bourbon, I really get nothing else on the nose. Too bad it's not more complex.
Mouthfeel is a little too thin for me, not really watery, just thin.

Taste is just way too bitter, too much bourbon, no vanilla or coffee notes picked up at all. Not very complex, too one dimensional for me. Easy to drink, just too bitter. Limited flavor of the roasted malts.

Maybe this would age and mellow out a little, become more complex. I would like to try the regular version as a comparison.
I think the barrel ruined this one.
Overall, this one is average at best for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 16:52:17 | More by danwho
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johnnyboy76

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-11-2012 04:04:39 | More by johnnyboy76
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Shango42

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-11-2012 01:02:45 | More by Shango42
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jak

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

04-08-2012 03:02:45 | More by jak
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originsbrewery

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

04-07-2012 17:29:26 | More by originsbrewery
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

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

Shared with Randy and Jason at the Parrothead in Shelby, OH.

Pour is dark brown, with a decent off white head. THe actual liquid is very carbonated, that was the first thing Randy noticed.

The smell is just as bitter as the non BA version. but then theres the alcohol. Its a smooth warm bourbon flavor that doesnt overpower the base beer. Im not sure they mix perfectly yet though.

Now the flavor was something else. The first thing I notice, is that the underlying beer hasnt lost anything. Its actually gained some bitter chocolate cocoa nibs flavors. There isnt much barrel flavors, its all just bourbon. Somehow they meld together nicely, I was just hoping the barrel aging would mellow out the overpowering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 16:19:40 | More by VncentLIFE
Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.