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Barrel Aged People's Porter - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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121 Reviews
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Reviews: 121
Hads: 552
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 29.66%
Wants: 33
Gots: 107 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
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: 121 | Hads: 552
Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

64oz growler.

pours clear dark brown with a bit of red highlighting showing through at the edges. a small fine dark tan head forms, dropping quickly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is good. bourbon and raw oak. dark and milk chocolate. light alcohol. whole wheat bread and biscuit. coffee.

taste is good. bourbon and raw oak again. dark and milk chocolate. more coffee in the aroma, but still not overpowering. light alcohol. medium-low bitterness level. whole wheat bread and biscuit. earthy.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium body. slightly under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. good balance. the barrel has slightly overpowered the base beer, or perhaps the base has mellowed somewhat with time. either way, i'd have liked the porter in this to stand up a little more.

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Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a bottle of this up at Lighthouse Beer & Wine due to some recommendations as I was passing through the area. Thanks to the guys in the South-Atlantic forum for recommending this really delicious porter.

A - Dark brown, ruby red in color. Pours with about 1 finger of light brown head, leaves some lacing. Really good looking porter.

S - I picked up mostly roasted malts and some bourbon. It definitely comes through in this, and I really like it. Alcohol smell, but I believe it's from the bourbon, not from the beer that is only 6% ABV.

T - Nice change of pace from big imperial stouts like KBS that I've been drinking. More subtle flavors, but definitely good roasted character and definitely taste the bourbon barrel. Really imparts a nice bourbon flavor without being overboard. Again, a hint of alcohol as in the smell, but I believe that's mixed in with the bourbon character. I'd describe the overall flavor as a good roasty porter with a nice hit of bourbon. I don't think I'd recommend this to someone who doesn't like the flavor of bourbon.

M - Not a thick body. Fairly light, with plenty of carbonation. No alcohol burn, and leaves a nice aftertaste of roasted notes and bourbon.

O - I think this is a great beer for people who love bourbon and porters. It's nice and light. In other words, it doesn't give you the feeling that you ate a meal like an imperial stout. That's nice sometimes, and obviously what they aimed for with this beer. I could drink this beer anytime. I don't have any problems with this beer, but I feel like there could be room for improvement. As you can see by my rating, however, it's a solid example of a BBA Porter. Would buy again.

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Photo of hops202
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into Stone IRS snifter.

A solid dark velvet brown look. Aroma has plenty of roasty toffee and chocolate notes, vanilla present as well. Taste has bourbon unlike the smell but certainly not overpowering. Definitely chocolate, vanilla, roast, very very slight chocolate bitterness at the end. Certainly a good BBA Porter - but it leaves me longing for a good BBA Stout!

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Photo of LeviLovesBeer
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this today with lunch at Foothills Brewery. This was my 1st time drinking this one, and I found it very enjoyable.

A - Dark brown/black with very little head.
S - Bourbon and burnt wood really come through on this one.
T - Great taste. Smooth with bourbon and vanilla standing out.
M - Not as thick as I expected but good none the less.
D - I could only drink one, but I will get it again the next time I go.

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Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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

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.

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

Got to try this one on Nitro the other day at The Wooden Nickel. Served in a slim glass a deep opaque black with a nice frothy light tan head that slowly diminished to a thin layer and left slight lacing on the glass. The aroma was a nice amount of dark malts with subtle vanilla and oak. The taste was a decent amount of oak, vanilla, and Bourbon alongside dark malts and cocoa. The beer was quite light, crisp and very smooth from the nitro carbonation. This was certainly an interesting presentation of an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of scottyshades
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep rich brown color with a small off-white head. Decent retention, but nothing special

S: Right off the bat you get the barrel aromas: vanilla, oak, pappy van winkle. Seems booze-forward but it actually restrains itself well.

T: Light in flavor, which is something I didn't expect. Barrel notes, vanilla, mild chocolate, and an underlying charred/roasted flavor

MF/D: lighter in body than I wanted or expected-almost watery. But this is a very drinkable beer and pretty flavorful

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Photo of xnicknj
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into taster - thanks to carolinakevin

Pours a solid dark chestnut, almost black color with a crop of graham cracker colored head resting on top. Splotchy lacing webs across the glass with a collar of retention.

Smack of boozy barrel character with syrupy bourbon, vanilla and oak. Toasted bread crust, caramel and molasses. Decent amount of alcohol despite the 6% abv.

Solid mix of bourbon and roasted nuttiness up front with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Oaky and warm with a decent malt backbone. Warm and full with alcohol warmth in the finish.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Solid, drinkable porter - I enjoyed the larger bourbon presence with the lower ABV (for a barrel aged beer).

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Photo of n2185
3.96/5  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.

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Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a nice whitish head, at the Sexual Chocolate pre-party. Earthy malt, coffee aroma with some vanilla, barrel hints. Flavor has no such hints, it is right there smack up front. Vanilla, oak and molasses really prominent. Earthy malt and mocha/coffee were really suppressed by the barrel. Finished pretty sweet, different from the typical porter. Just a bit too much candy like sweetness for me. I enjoyed it but it probably would not be for everyone.

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Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice dark brown almost black hue with a big, rich two finger mocha head that fades to leave nice light side lacing and a dense creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of sweet malts, caramel, sweet whiskey, dark chocolate, coconut, and barrel.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, lots of sweet malts, caramel, darker chocolate, oak, coconut, whiskey. Then some other stuff come to play, charred barrel, chicory, darker fruits/leather. I really enjoyed it, and the char, just don't care for the darker fruit/chicory thing going on.

M - Mouthfeel doesnt do it for me. Awfully thin and watery which makes the booze stand out way more than it should.

O - Overall I really enjoyed how this beer looked and smelled but the spice and darker fruits really ruined this one for me. Too bad.

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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!

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 fl oz. bomber from CM.

A - dark black with brown overtones. Two finger creamy head. Dissipates at a normal pace.

S - chocolate, toasted dark fruit.

T - more of the same. Some back end smoke. Slight vanilla notes in the finish as well. Start picking up bourbon notes as the beer warms.

M - good balance. Carbonation is a touch on the low side, which I prefer with porters, but there is enough to keep it solid.

O - a solid porter all around. For the people.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler shared by bmanning. Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Pours with a half-finger of a tan head atop a black body. There is some spotty lacing all over the glass, though one side of my tulip looks like it was hit with a tidal wave of lacing. There is a persistent low head throughout. The nose brings some light bourbon plus some slight chocolate notes. A bit of oak as well. Overall, quite nice nose but it's a bit subdued.

The taste has a bit more pop to it with a great bourbon character as well as oak and some dry roast. The feel is a bit thin with low carbonation but a great bourbon feel. Very light creaminess and no booze. This is quite drinkable and another solid barrel-aged brew from Foothills.

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Photo of beer2day
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Extremely subtle nose, the head has a richer color than the body, taste is very smooth akin to the porter style, not overwhelming at all but inviting; overall, pretty good but I fear the slight malty nature may be hindered by the bourbon barrel aging process.

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Photo of aleckpa
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of devilben02
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Make no mistake, this beer comes across primarily as a bourbon delivery system. I had People's Porter on my home keg last year, so when I saw this one available at the Foothills Baltic Porter release at Sam's Quik Shop, I was certainly interested to see how the barrel aging changed the character. Needless to say, it changed it drastically.

The color is the same deep, dark chocolate brown, and the aroma only gives a hint of the added bourbon sweetness on top of the toasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and black coffee from the porter base. The flavor is a whole different game, though, with barely a sign of the roasted, chocolaty malt profile that is found in the unadulterated version. The whiskey flavor is overpowering, which is certainly enjoyable, but I am somewhat saddened that the flavors of this solid porter are lost. Much like the regular People's Porter, the texture is a bit thin, but the overall drinkability is terrific.

In the end, this aged version is an interesting and flavorful change-of-pace, and I was happy to have the opportunity to sample in in a parking lot in front of a gas station in the middle of a work day.

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Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic pint]

The pour was a very dark thick brown, almost black in color with a huge (3-4 finger) light brown fluffy head that lasted throughout with awesome thick pillowy sheets of lacing.

The aroma was bold and enticing of a dark roasted bread malt and a moderate dose of a leathery yeast with notes of molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak cask, a mild hint of dark fruit and a light bourbon scent.

The taste was bitter sweet and a tad malty with a touch of chocolate, molasses and a light fruitiness early on, becoming slightly bitterer and very smooth with a large dose of coffee creeping in with a mild cask presence and a slight alcohol presence towards the finish.
The flavor lasted a nice long time after the swallow with a Chocó-coffee maltiness giving way to a soothing bourbon alcohol warming sensation.

Mouthfeel was well past medium in body with a dry, creamy texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this is one fine tasting brew. It has everything working in unison together allowing for an incredible drinking experience...


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Photo of harrymel
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of tmm313
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Super dark brown with red tint around the edges. Tan, semi creamy, bubbly head. Pretty good lacing.
S- Dark chocolate, caramel, plums, and black cherry.
T- T is surprisingly light: over-ripened dark fruits over charred wood up front, followed by bready, cracker-like malts, cocoa and a hint of coffee. Dry, smokey, slightly sweet aftertaste. You would never guess it ever touched a bourbon barrel.
M- Medium light body. Good carbonation. Drying.
O- This was alright. I would take it if offered, but I doubt i would buy again. Bourbon was completely absent to me.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle (2013 or 14) served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours dark brown and sits near black and opaque in the glass. Large frothy head is semi-durable and leaves a fairly full coat of lacing on the glass.

Appealing aroma features BBL, dark roasted grains, and dark fruits. Approaches 3.75

Flavor: BBL and fainter dark bread and a hint of vanilla. Too much bourbon flavor in the finish and aftertaste, but then others will find this attractive no doubt. Approaches 4

Drinks big despite the modest 5.8% ABV.

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Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.