Stout | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 123
Photo of Enola
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was dark. It had a rich cofee like smell. There was a small head. The taste was of cofee and maybe hints of oatmeal. The mouthfeel was smooth with a good amount of carbonation. The drinkability is good. I was going to get this in my growler but went witht the DIPA instead. The alcohol was well hidden.

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

Dark brown in colour with a pillowy, beige head set firmly atop this brew. Nice cascading of the lace alogn the sides of the pint. Aromas clear of roasted malt goodness, coffee, and perhaps some stone fruit (cherries?). Pleasant on the palate with those same roasted malts and smooth, almost chocolatey goodness - and not that overly sweet chocolate either...I mean the good stuff. Smooth on the palate. Rather clean for a stout that is this good. Highly quaffable with a straight-away good finish. Very, very nice offering.

Leben ist gut.

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Photo of bboven
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a finger high head and good lacing.

Smell is big licorice, roast, and an almost sticky dark fruit.

The roast is overpowering in the flavor; it's almost everything you taste. The hops don't get a chance to shine as a burnt taste hits your end palate rather than a fitter feeling.

Full bodied, medium-high carbonation that could stand t be toned down a bit.

A good beer, but it seems like this one is trying to be as heavy and rich as an Imperial Stout without enough alcohol to dry things out.

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Photo of blitz134
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My first growler review...woohoo...

Poured incredibly black with a deep chocolate colored head on the top which disappeared somewhat quickly. Good appearance overall though, but a little more head would be nice.

Aroma was mainly lightly roasted malts with some mild coffee showing through. A touch of sweetness as well. Taste followed suit except hints of bittersweet chocolate in the middle. I find there to be a bit of a milk stout characteristic to the finish with a prominent sweetness finishing this beer out once it begins to warm. Good flavor overall.

Mouthfeel was relatively creamy but not really thick either. Drinkability is killer on this one due to the thinner mouthfeel.

A good brew and probably my favorite of the foothills bunch...

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours almost pitch black with tan head that leaves some lacing on the top of the glass. There are some nice cherry hues that come through on the edges.

S-Heavy on the roasted malts and a hint of hops.

T-Roasted malts dominate, with some coffee, toffee, and a hint of hops.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-Very drinkable due to its good flavor and mouthfeel.

Overall, I am not convinced this is an Imperial Stout. It lacks the mouthfeel and complexity of that style. Given its abv. it at best straddles the line between American Stout and Imperial Stout. Its a good beer, worthy of trying nonetheless.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was poured from the tap into my foothills/Blue Ridge Pint glass.

This beer pours pitch black body with a tan head that holds a nice film and laces well. The smell is all roasted and coffee like malts. The taste is full of roasted and coffee like malts with a hint of something that might be vienna. There is also a substantial amount of bitterness from the hops but also aided by the roasted grains. The mouthfeel is nice and thick with smooth carbonation. Overall a great stout that stands behind its great roasted character.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They recently began bottling this again. I don't know if it is a limited thing they are doing or if they plan to offer it more often. I think this used to be called Total Eclipse, but this bottle simply says "Stout".

Appearance: Black as night, no light, decent amount of light khaki head which lingers through the consuming of this one.

Aroma: Dark roast malts, some chocolate notes, some have said bakers chocolate. Its just plain dark chocolate to me. Pretty much what you would expect from this type of stout.

Taste: Roasty and robust, but it is chocolate dominant and not too sweet but sweet enough. Its on the thin side but then again it is not an imperial stout. Finish is somewhat clean and not at all cloying. Pleasant for what it is.

Overall: This is a good stout, its nice to have some nicer options available from Foothills, but to be honest this is not much better if any than Green Mans Forester and it comes in six packs for $10-12, whereas this is $6-8 for a bomber depending on where you bought it. Which is the downside to Foothills, they need to make these offerings available in six packs rather than bombers and ONLY put the special stuff in the 650 ml bottles!

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Photo of devilben02
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A buddy of mine has had a few kegs of this on his home tap, so I've been able to sample it quite a few times, being pleased but not wowed each time. It pours with a an expected darkness topped by a creamy, sticky brown head. The aroma is a very understated dry roastiness that again is pleasant but not remarkable. The flavor is much more amplified, with a strong, earthy combination of hops and a coffee-like bitterness from the roasted grains, and only a little sweetness to balance. The fine, prickly carbonation is neither enticing nor unpleasant. Overall, this is certainly a nice, robustly-flavored stout that I would gladly have in my glass many more times.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Barley's in Asheville on 1/8/09.

Came black with a cm thick tan head which left good lacing. The smell also suits the style well. There's an immediate rush of dark malts, like a roasted coffee, not a lot of sweetness. A Dry smell. The taste is very complex, but still smooth. There's coffee, along with bitterness. The sweetness comes along later, and is welcomed. I don't know that it should be in the same league as a big american coffee stout or something, its more of a dry stout, but I enjoy it. I love roasted barley, love it. The mouthfeel is sort of thin if its really a double stout. Kind of watery, but not terrible. Drinks well. Not like a quick drinking beer, but I could drink quite a few throughout the night.
My only question is: Was this supposed to be something like an Imperial Dry Irish Stout?

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Photo of JamesBondGA
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black in color with a nice caramel head. Notes of roasted malts and chocolate on the nose. Upon tasting, you get the same chocolate and roasted malts. Good local stout.

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Photo of rodrot
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours completely black with a small tan head that dissipates after a few minutes. Aroma was coffeeish and slightly roasty but not much else in the smell. Taste was quite roasty and chocolatey with lots of espresso, notes of licorice and burnt flavors coming through. A nice bitterness was also present in the finish. This beer was sort of thin in body however, which was disappointing. Overall, not a bad stout, just not a great one.

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Photo of drperm
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Barley's, Asheville, 17 Aug. 09

Appearance: It's black. Solidly, beautifully black. Not much of a head, though.

Aroma: Not much here. Smells like a good Murphy's, with peat.

Taste: Makes up for the nose, big-time! Campfire, peat, coffee, chocolate, pipe tobacco, toast, bagels, hops.

Palate: Strong but smooth. If it's gotta be this strong, it should be this smooth.

Overall: Drinkability is a tough one to score here. 12 oz is almost too much, especially after a couple of IPAs. It's a truly solid beer, though, an EXCELLENT local-brewed stout.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of nickss
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a completely opaque black with marginal head. The head looks like it should be larger, but the pour looked a little soft. Oh well.

Wonderful floral hops aroma... very unexpected. A burst of burnt malt tinged with coffee.

Huge roasted malt and coffee notes in the flavour. Gorgeous bitter mocha... love it.

My only real problem with this stout is that it is a touch on the watery side. I wish it was a bit thicker (but don't nitro-ify it for the love of god!)... but the level of carbonation was perfect.

Very drinkable stout... the 7% will definitely sneak up on you. All in all, a very nice offering from Jaime and the boys at Foothills.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.
Looks good. Sweet aroma possibly molasses mixed with chocolate.
The taste is alright with a bit of an alcohol after taste.
I'm glad I tried it but wouldn't seek it out again. Cheers!

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Photo of Graebner
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Could use a touch more hops, I think.

Black, no head, oil-like

Smells of coffee and caramel.

Slight caramel taste, lots of coffee, lots of hops and roasted malts.

Quite bitter aftertaste, somewhat sour.

Sour, bitter, pretty good. Not infinitely drinkable, and almost needs a chaser, as this one's burnt malt bitterness is pretty overwhelming and [strangely] not entirely pleasant to me.

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Photo of methtlcai
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and pitch black, this stout had a great appearance with a milk chocolate head that lingered and created a great lace around the glass the whole way down. This is not a thick, chocolatey stout, but an extremely 'roasty' one that you could actually consider getting more than one of due to its more medium body and good drinkability. The aroma smelt of roasted coffee and a tiny bit of hop freshness, but the burnt flavor of the beer was definitely center stage the whole way. Not complex enough for me to give it top marks, but a nice alternative to choking-ly thick stouts.

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Photo of mday
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into snifter.

A :: Pours a thick dark black with a nice tan head that disappears into a thin coating and nice lace.
S :: Smells of sweet roast malts, coffee, bittersweet chocolate. The smell is rather mellow overall.
T :: Roasted malts up front with a delicious dark chocolate bitterness and burnt coffee/espresso. This starts off a little sweet but then develops into some bitterness and finishes dry with what I believe to be some hoppy bitterness.
M :: Medium body with a good level of carbonation. A creamy texture fills your mouth allowing the flavors to develop.
D :: A very nice drinkable offering. I will definitely enjoy this growler and wish I lived closer to the brewery. Very drinkable overall; not too thick and not too thin and quite tasty.

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Photo of marinobrew
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this brew at Barley' s in Asheville.
The waitress brought it out in a pint glass.
The appearance was black as coal and the head was creamy, tan and tightly laced.
The nose was chocolate, toasty, and some bitter/sweat notes.
The mouthfeel was thick and coating like a good stout should be. Actually I suppose this would be considered a IMP stout since it has an abv of 7%, but it is still lite enough to drink a couple.
The taste was smoth chocolate, coffee and a hint of vanilla bean.
The finish was chalky, chocolatey, and creamy.

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Photo of sgraham4
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a pretty darn good stout. It pours a pitch black color, which is suiting with its name. The tan head that forms makes it a very visually appealing beer. Roasted malt and coffee are at the forefront of the smell and are followed by a bit of chocolate. Its taste is reminiscent of its smells and it delivers a sweet, rich taste that is quite chewy. The only problem is that this beer is a nice and heavy, which i means i can't drink many! this a real well done stout.

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