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Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

493 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 493
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 30
Gots: 97 | FT: 8
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 henryhampton
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

henryhampton, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of BlueFeetAndBeer
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

BlueFeetAndBeer, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of Schlais
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Schlais, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Lukafer
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Lukafer, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of ezterry
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

draft, Jack of the Wood, Asheville NC

A: very nice black color with a small head but good lacing

S: smells just like bourbon

T: intriguing mix at first tastes like Bourbon then both a smokey and chocolate flavor come out very little hop or malt flavor remains

M: nice but nothing special in the mouth feel

O: I'd avoid this if I was looking for a "beer" as the bourbon, smoke, chocolate flavor removes too much to taste like a normal porter, that ought to retain some malt flavor, but very nice if you like bourbon or scotch.

ezterry, Sep 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

wolfeman007, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of brewdude1982
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

brewdude1982, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
4/5  rDev +5%

BigTrubble, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

bsuedekum, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of NCbeerpirate
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

NCbeerpirate, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of cantfindme
4/5  rDev +5%

cantfindme, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of CManuel
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up several bottles 9/11/2012 from Tasty Beverage Co. in downtown Raleigh NC. Have had this before earlier in the year in bottle, but did not review.

Pours jet black with a minimal head that lingers. Aroma is straightforward bourbon (smells stronger in ABV than it really is) with porter undertones. Taste is fantastic... starts off with the nice flavor and booziness of bourbon and then finishes like a really fantastic light porter. This stuff is dangerously drinkable.

Overall I think this is a fantastic beer, and I find it amazing that they are $5.99/bottle. Definitely picking up a case.

CManuel, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up from Foothills back in March.

Served in a Troegs Mad Elf snifter.

A: I started to pour this, but I got scared. The foam went up WAY above the actual liquid. The mocha head was quite a bit more than substantial.

S: Buttery bourbon, with quite the chocolate profile. Butter and then some!

T: Lots of chocolate notes. As a matter of fact, I got lots of cocoa notes. The bourbon was buttery and then some.

M: Creamy and with a lot of lacing here.

O: I liked it, but I liked the base beer better.

Chaney, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

acurtis, Aug 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

djrn2, Aug 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

nathanjohnson, Aug 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

BaconBandit, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Etan
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Etan, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of KevSal
4/5  rDev +5%

KevSal, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Holland, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of matttttYCE
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

matttttYCE, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

RuckusDu, Jul 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

mklinger, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
2.3/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Beerness!

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.

ehammond1, Jul 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

carrollmel7, Jun 25, 2012
Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 493 ratings.