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Stout | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
foothillsbrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-21-2005

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#14,603
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
126
pDev:
13.84%
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Photo of GJ40
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Foothills Brewing Co in Winston-Salem, NC.

A - Deep black with no light coming through. A small beige head that yields some lacing.

S - Roasted malt.

T - Mostly roasted flavor from the malt with some bitterness from it as well. Quite dry. I thought it started well but went a bit flat (and a little sour) in the end. It just seemed to be missing something in the balance. The 7% alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M - A bit higher in carbonation than I expected. And maybe a bit thin as it seems to evaporate in your mouth.

D - Decent but not compelling.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft after the Sexual Chocolate pre-party. Dark brown/black pour with a white head. Just barely sticks to the side of the glass. Roasted mocha coffee and malt aroma, not terribly strong but ok. Tastes similarly, some more coffee dryness than typical. Not quite creamy, medium body. Pretty drinkable, enjoyable. More of a "foreign" stout, like Lion Stout or something. Try it if you get a chance.

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Photo of atsprings
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

10oz pour at Raleigh Times. Served a nice opaque black with a tan head that was slow to diminish and left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma was abundant roasted malt with hints of cocoa and coffee. The taste is also a nice blend of these flavors, all shining through even better in this cask version. The beer is very smooth and medium bodied with the alcohol very well hidden. This beer is very enjoyable anyway, and it's even better on cask.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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 glid02
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Barley's Tap Room in Asheville.

Pours black that lightens up around the edges of the glass with a one-finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a wispy layer of bubbles on top of an oily top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is light but sticky.

Smells largely of roasted malt, with a light dark chocolate smell. The chocolate aroma becomes more pungent as the beer warms, but the roasted malt smell remains stronger.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lots of roasted malt flavors up front followed by a hint of chocolate and ending with a good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Good thickness and good carbonation make this one go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I ordered this before I decided to order pizza, but I still had no problem putting this one down pretty quickly.

Overall this was my first foray into Foothills Brewing, and I was impressed. A very solid stout that's worth a try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty robust stout that posts big coffee flavors and light on the hops. Begins with a froathy dark brown pour, very good head formation / retention. Aromas of coffee and roasted malts gain attention first, with malt sweetness, nuttiness, and hints of cocoa later. Hop aroma is slight and swirls around the sharp espresso scent. Flavors again heavily favor the roasted qualities, rich maltiness, low-lying sweetness. The hops and cocoa flavors are quite subdue and offer mild complexities. The texture is rich and malty without heavy sweetness or unnecessary thickness. Alcohol warmth balances with hop dryness and bitterness late to make the beer quite drinkable. Finishes with a coffee-hop bitterness and espress aftertaste. A very good Stout that is lighter on the hops than the great ones like Sierra Nevada's or Avery's Out of Bounds.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a tumbler at the Flying Saucer.

Pours a syrupy oil in color beneath a creamy, tanned head. Condensed lacing remains intact throughout the glass. Rich milk chocolate and caramel with a generous whaft of toffee. Notes of vinous fruity esters with a subtle dryness. Rich, roasted malts: milk chocolate and toffee with just a hint of creamy sweetness. Balanced nicely with a mild floral hop bite among a slightly nutty dryness. Full in body; chewy and rich. A very flavorful stout from a brewery that seems to know how to craft and balance a bigger style ale.

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Photo of bboven
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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 MTNboy
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very opaque dark brown almost black. Typical ton of lace for a stout with a lot of tan head.

Smell- It smells of coffee and a sweet roasted malt blend.

Taste- This stout has a very rich but sweet roasted flavor that bends well and is not overwhelming at all. The flavors are nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel- Very thick and creamy.

Drinkability- This beer is very filling but it great beer if you are only having a few.

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Photo of sgraham4
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of wagenvolks
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just reviewed this beer under the "new" A, A-, B+ system and it was deleted. Hopefully it'll come back up soon, but for now, this is my 5.0 scale review sans extensive notes:

Pitch black, dark tan head, good retention. Sexual chocolate minus the alcohol and big time chocolate notes in both flavor and aroma. Creamy mouthfeel, limited drinkability due to thick body.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Barley's in A'ville late july.

Poured back as night, with 2 fingers of mocha head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Roasted malt & some coffee

T: Big-time chocolate sweetness mingles with dryness & coffee up front. Finishes dry with more choclate & some nice subtle hops snap

MF: Chewy & rich with near perfect carbonation

Drank really easy for the ABV, nice American Stout

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

(Updated and re-reviewed 2/6/08)

Served on tap at Snapshot in Greenville into a Pint Glass

A - Poured a deep dark oil like black, much thicker then I had remembered it being with a very nice two finger high tan head of foam coming across the top. Very nice retention let this hang around for a good few minutes before finally settling down and leaving behind just a thin pillow of chocolate colored foam that was about an inch high. Lots of side glass lacing thoroughly coated the inside of the glass and gave some very nice presentation overall.

S - The aroma was very rich; lots of notes of chocolate and caramel were noticed immediately upon the pour. Nice and sweet, this was definitely a nice sweet smelling stout. There were some nice hints of coffee and vanilla that were floating around in there as well, letting it really build its profile and offer some really nice depth. A slight earthy hoppiness playing around in there as well toward the end of it.

T - The flavor was fantastic. This was really a rich sweet stout that had a lot going for it right off the bat. From the very first sip, I noticed a very present, yet subtle taste of dark chocolate, which permeated through it. There was a nice little backing of roasted coffee and caramel in there as well, keeping with the dark overall tones, but starting to sweeten it up fairly nice. Some lactose sugar marching through now and then followed in lock step, but a nice dry, hoppy, grass like finish that just really sealed the deal on this one. Overall, a very rich and dark stout that really did a nice job of keeping with the style but putting its own little mark on it.

M - Nice full bodied and rich creamy stout here. Really very nice. There was a good overall carbonation level to it, keeping everything very much alive and smooth feeling throughout the session. There was also a very nice finish. No trace of any thinness or lack of flavor here, this was definitely a good tasting stout.

D - Outstanding. I am not sure what the ABV here is, I would guess around seven percent or so, but it drinks much lower then that, there is just a wonderful flavor and rich profile that really make this one a very nice sessionable stout for sure. I would not hesitate to have a few of these in a sitting.

Overall, the difference between this one and the one at Blue Ridge is like night and day. Blue Ridge version comes off somewhat thin and watery, while this was robust, full bodied, and loaded down with flavor. If you are in the Greenville area seek out this one, it is a damn fine example of the style and a regular on my list.

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Photo of rodrot
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
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 MuddyFeet
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Went with this selection earlier today because we are due for a total lunar eclipse tonight. Pours a midnight black. Slight, tan head. Nose is dark, roasted malts and just a hitn of coffee.

Flavor is heavily roasted grains. Burnt coffee tones. Also, a bit of a sulphuric tang going on as well. Picked out little bits of dark chocolate and toffee in the background as well. Medium body. Flavors rounded off a bit as the beer warmed. Nice and drinkable.

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Photo of kkipple
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at my favorite unnamed pub in Columbia during a Foothills session evening.

Total Eclipse certainly lives up to its name -- it's devastatingly inky and seems to laugh at attempts to see though it. A tiny, oily, reddish-brown head clings to life around the edge of my pint, but is tenacious and lasts a long while. Rock on, tiny reddish-brown head!

Not much unexpected in the way of smell here, even after it warms. I get a nose full of very mellow cocoa / coffee / roasted malt and not much else. Seems rich though.

A sip produces wonderful things in my mouth. Total Eclipse has a huge upfront roasted malt profile, with the aforementioned coffee and cocoa notes in spades. The flavors are wonderfully balanced and the end result is a stout that is just shy of being too rich. A slight tannic flavor and hop bitterness round off a delicious, bittersweet beer.

The mouthfeel is also excellent; creamy and full and smooth. Leaves a great roasted aftertaste behind that could be harsh, but isn't.

I dug the Bojangles out of Total Eclipse stout. I'll be back for more for sure!

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Photo of goindownsouth
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Graebner
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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 Enola
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 marinobrew
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
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 AlexJ
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a very fresh growler, this stout is a beauty. Absolute pitch black with a dense mocha colored head that laces exceptionally well. Thick, viscous appearance, more akin to a RIS or American Double Stout. Very thick, it stains my glass brown with each swirl.

Aroma of craft roasted black and chocolate malts, bittersweet cocoa, roasty coffee, dark dried fruit, and subtle anise with hints of florals and earthy pine.

Flavor is quite chocolatey, dense malt notes, and plenty of roasty coffee and black bread. Nicely balanced by fresh tasting floral and herbaly hops. Very fresh tasting overall. It almost has Double stout characteristics with the drinkability of a session brew.

Body is definately big and chewy, with a smooth, creamy texture and sticky, coating mouthfeel. Well done.

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Photo of nickss
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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 blitz134
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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 methtlcai
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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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Stout from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 126 ratings
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