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 silver0rlead
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma is mightily impressive, with a big bourbon character upfront, along with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and brown sugar, as well as some burnt bread and espresso. The taste is similar to the aroma with bourbon initially, along with some chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruits and a little vanilla. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and drinkability is excellent. Very tasty beer, and the bourbon doesn't overwhelm the base beer...worth seeking out. (532 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap at the brewpub into a Foothills shaker. This was the first glass poured off a freshly tapped keg with freshly cleaned lines. Pours dark dark brown almost black with a two finger tan head that subsides to one finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of malt, spices, and chocolate. The flavor was of cream, spices, malt, and a subtle red wine spice. It had a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was much nicer on tap than out of the growler I had consumed the night prior to having this one. As said in my review from the growler below, it is a must try if you get the chance. (659 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 scvance
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black with large tan head that disappears quickly. Smell immediately reminds me of bourbon, sweet, malty, and alcoholic. Slightly roasted coffee aroma. Taste is boozy, very whisky/bourbon like up front, vanilla, alcoholic, but fading to a malty sweetness, followed by a rich black coffee flavor with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy, moderate carbonation, but rather thin overall. Definitely a beer worth trying, especially for one who enjoys porters. (524 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 mst934
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such low reviews of this beer. Just ran a pint night at the bar I buy for and this was one I decided to pick up. Man oh man, I'm glad I did. The BA comes through just perfect on the nose, and the flavors of the porter mix perfectly with it. I actually prefer this over the BA Stout. The People's Porter by itself is a solid beer, but they have blended the Bourbon Barrel into this just perfectly. It's not the best BA Porter out there, but to me, it's a 4 for sure. (465 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 RuckusDu
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (939 characters)

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

Duck-Rabbit's Milk Stout was recently given a nice, long rest in a barrel of Pappy Van Winkle's 23-Year Old Family Reserve.

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a few tired-looking, beige bubbles resting on top.

Smell: Porter-minded notes of chocolate and roasty coffee with the strong scent of quality bourbon whiskey leading the charge.

Taste: Dark maltiness displayed as a taste of bittersweet chocolate with a minor toffee-like sweetness and a swig of morningtime coffee. The bourbon definitely dominates the flavor, but, thankfully, doesn't really detract from it as it delivers an abundance of charred oak barrel flavor with a light bitterness trailing close behind. Lesser tastes of coconut and brown sugar. Richly bourbony finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: Kudos to the folks at Foothills for producing a fine, tasty bourbon barrel-aged porter. (903 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before settling at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Milk chocolaty nose with a nice dose of oaky astringency. Slightly boozy with vanilla undertones.

T- Flavor kicks in more of that chocolate and some light oak astringency. The chocolate gives way to vanilla which gives way to a slightly charry finish. Mild but noticeable bitterness as per the base beer's usual MO.

M- This is the only place where it's lacking which is what I was afraid of. I find the base beer to be thin even for a porter and this is just about the same. Medium carbonation (which doesn't help things) and a full body.

O- Definitely not one of the best BBA beers of its kind but, for the reasonable price, you get your bourbon barrel fix without breaking your wallet. That and it's an improvement on the regular People's Porter. (1,044 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 CManuel
4.12/5  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. (603 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 macrosmatic
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to dogdoc for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. 2012 bottling, poured from bomber into an Upland pint glass.

A: Pours a deep brown, barely translucent, with a thin tan head and low visible carbonation.

S: Bourbon, big oaky vanilla sweetness, cacao, and some dark fruit.

T: Follows the nose – big liquor flavors without seeming overly hot, with huge oak and vanilla flavors, dry woody tannins, chocolate (which increases as the beer warms), and deep roasted malts along with some raisins and sweet dark dried fruit. Sweet malts and dry wood tannins with the bourbon in the hang.

M: Body is fairly thin for a porter, a complaint magnified by the dichotomy of the big flavors and the mouthfeel. One of the least "hot" barrel-treatment beers I've had. Fairly low carbonation sensation, but not flat.

O: A beer that has a lot of really nice things - aroma and flavor are complex but approachable. At a listed ABV of only 6%, you could enjoy a few of these in a night. But I suspect the light ABV contributes to the thin mouthfeel of this beer, which was by far my biggest complaint. Still, a very good beer overall. (1,129 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by kp - thanks!

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with equal amounts of dark chocolate and vanilla aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Robust roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip solid amounts of vanilla and lighter amounts of dry oak flavors make an appearance, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is OK The thickness is slightly on the thin side with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn't terribly impressed with this beer as it was slightly on the thin side and the flavors weren't terribly complex. Still, it's a tasty beer that's above average and worth a shot. (930 characters)

Photo of rapidsequence
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, Greenville, SC. May 2011:

The beer poured a deep black with a dark tan head that was decently retained and some lacing to note. The beer's aroma was as expected given that I also had tried the Bourbon Barrel Aged India Brown Ale and Total Eclipse Stout, was heavy on the alcohol and vanilla with a hint of earthiness to it. The taste is pretty consistent with the nose but perhaps a hint of malt sweetness. The beer had a lighter feel to it, but given that the non-Bourbon Barrel Aged People's Porter is an English Stout, this is more in line with my expectation. The beer had a slightly lower carbonation level, but the beer was still creamy and easy to drink, but given the ABV probably not going to be able to drink too many at a time. Overall, a solid brew, but perhaps too much like the other Bourbon Barrel Aged beers. (864 characters)

Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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! (791 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 Onenote81
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the brewpub waiting for the BA Sexual Chocolate release. Came out in a full pint. Nice. Thin tan lace on top. Big scents of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and light spices like cinnamon/nutmeg. Great smell. The body was perfectly smooth and palate-coating. Decent depth and carbonation level. Smooth bourbon notes mixed with some melted chocolate and roasted malts. This Porter on it's own is quite hoppy, but this has been mellowed out to become quite a smooth semi-sweet beer. I dig this. Have wanted to try this version for awhile now. Keep it up Foothills! (571 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle brought to share by Umberto yesterday.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like bourbon soaked chocolate bars, with a bit of oak, and nicely, no alcohol.

This one packs a good amount of flavor in for only 6% alcohol or so. As expected, there is no burn on this one, just some chocolate, a bit of roasted expresso beans and roasted malt, heavy cream, and some sweet bourbon. It doesn't slap you in the face like some bourbon barrel aged beers will do, but it doesn't need to. It's an easy drinking "session" bourbon barrel aged stout.

The beer has a body of medium thickness, it could of course be a little thicker, but it's only 6% ABV, after all. It has a creamy mouthfeel, with a lower amount of carbonation.

A really good example of how a bourbon barrel aged beer doesn't need to be an insane ABV to taste good. (876 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, ruby-highlighted brown-to-black coloring with a tall, light, fluffy, bubbly, light tan head that sits a solid inch and a half on the surface and slowly settles as you drink. Aromas of rich vanilla and booze on first sniff, with an underlying rich blend of chocolate and caramel. Very layered nose. Flavors are roast forward, quickly followed by a blast of bourbon character, imparting vanilla and woody notes. The backbone is a bitter roast blend of coffee and chocolate, providing a good balance point for the beer. Wow, this is full of flavor. Smooth bodied and light, the feel of the beer keeps clear of all of the robust flavors it is carrying. Rich, deeply sweet caramel, toffee, and bitter chocolate in the aftertaste, with some hints of the boozy characteristics still lingering on. The finish is dry, slightly warming, with a bitter linger. This is a great beer. Damn tasty, and drinkable. (963 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: standard pint glass, deep brown in color - turning black towards the center, creamy mocha carbonation layer with great retention and lace

s: nose full of bourbon and malt-soaked oak powering over the roasty porter base, some darker chocolates, vanilla, almost a sour edge possibly picked up from a lengthy stint in a barrel

m: medium-full body, smooth carbonation

t: big punch of woody bourbon - the booze here is quite powerful and makes the porter base seem relatively timid, and would easily overwhelm someone without a taste for the stuff, gotta be a fresh barrel, oaky with a subtle tart/sour flavor - might even say there's a touch of bacteria creeping in, dark chocolate and roasted body underneath, the base porter is rich to start - but the bourbon barrel adds a lot and really has its way here

d: really enjoy the bourbon but it's not exactly complimentary, completely taking over, but making for an interesting experience - this one did me in for the night

full pint at Barley's, Asheville

bottle 12.18.12 - purchased a couple months back at Appalachian Vintner, gonna leave the scores the same though appearance on the bottle is 4.0, bears the quality of a nice porter with an addition of nice bourbon barrel, fairly strong but not as overwhelming as my first review indicates, perhaps due to having a little age on it, particularly clear on the nose but manifesting well in the second half of the sip, nice one here (1,438 characters)

Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,076 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.