People's Porter
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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From:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
 
North Carolina, United States
Style:
English Porter
Ranked #55
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #18,297
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 10.62%
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
729
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 01, 2022
Added:
Nov 05, 2005
Wants:
  39
Gots:
  206
SCORE
87
Very Good
Notes: People's Porter is a robust English-style brew with a dark, ruby hue. Complex chocolate, caramel and toffee notes give way to an herbal bitterness, finishing with a pleasant hint of espresso.

42 IBU
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Rated: 3.5 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Greg_Eans from Kentucky

Jul 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.17 by Mgrush

May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by dd53grif from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A microbrewery beer club offering. Pours a dark brown color with a small tan head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of black coffee and roasted malts. Taste is dark chocolate and black coffee with a slightly bitter finish.
Apr 26, 2022
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce bottle into pint glass served at bonefish grill. Unknown bottle date but it tasted fresh. Pours clear nearly opaque ruby red/brown/black color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing on the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas and flavors of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, nuts, caramel, toast, biscuit, pine, citrus peel/rind, wood, herbal, char, light vanilla/smoke/molasses. Moderate pine, rind, wood, charred bitterness on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium plus body. Balanced creamy/bready malts, sticky hops, and some resins/char in the mouthfeel. Moderate increasing resin drying after the finish. No acrid/astringent. Very smooth, minimal warming 5.8%. Spot on American style, even though listed as an English style it feels more American from the hop character level. Awesome rich malt complexity and balancing citrus/earthy hops. Loved it.
Jan 20, 2022
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours dark ruby with a 1" tan head, which fades to a wisp. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is strong and roasty, coffee, burned notes.

Taste is coffee grounds, toffee, chocolate, roast malt, black malt.

Full body, light carbonation. Dry, astringent finish.

A nice take on a classic English Porter.
Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by nick_perry from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Malty aroma and taste. Robust and full-bodied. Leather and espresso aromas. Slightly sweet, with a hint of coffee on the finish. Sometimes I get a slight licorice note, seems to vary for some reason.
May 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia

Feb 01, 2021
 
Rated: 4.06 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Dec 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.21 by Chilmer from Iowa

Dec 21, 2020
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Reviewed by akaizer from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
From a bottle.

L - Pour has a slightly below 1" off-tan foam head with a dark brown, at times reddish/ruby body that one can barely see through at times.

S - Very porter, with chocolate/toffee being dominant and a coffee-like scent around the edges. Notes of something slightly hoppy are also present (herbal/earthy variety) but really comes and goes between sniffs.

T - Taste has a nice charred flavor (and feel) to it, with bitter earth notes really helping to dull some of the sweet scents smelled earlier. Nice earthy hops also help to provide some nice complexity and play well with the charred flavor.

F - Feel is a touch below medium bodied, with a slight bite from the charred bitterness.

O - This is an enjoyable porter that is a nice change of pace from some of the sweeter winter stouts/porters one may have at this time of the season.
Dec 14, 2020
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Rated by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Delicious! Poured jet-black, nice chocolate-coffee-carmel notes in nose and taste.
Dec 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.71 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Dec 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by adosen01 from Minnesota

Nov 27, 2020
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Reviewed by chitoryu12 from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Look: Extremely dark brown. One finger of off-white head with good retention.

Smell: Spicy and fruity, with a light sweetness.

Taste: Toasty malt with a mild hop bitterness, ending with a very dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Average body with extremely high, tingly carbonation.

Overall: A fine porter suitable for bar crushing.
Nov 08, 2020
 
Rated: 3.54 by Simiy9 from North Carolina

Jun 30, 2020
 
Rated: 4.04 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia

Jun 29, 2020
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Ruby brown with no carbonation and 3 fingers of beige head.

Smells of chocolate, caramel and toasted malt.

Tastes of chocolate, caramel and cocoa powder. Slightly sweet.

Medium light body with lots of powdery carbonation.

Enjoying this beer on the mountain near Canton, NC, June 24th, 2020.
Jun 24, 2020
 
Rated: 3 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Apr 20, 2020
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Reviewed by hman43 from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look: It pours dark brown with a tan head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has a chocolate aroma. There are very low dark fruit elements with roast.

Taste: It has chocolate and roast flavors. There are some dark fruit flavors which are low in the background that most resemble plums.

Feel: It has a medium body.

Overall, the chocolate and the roasted flavors combine well with the dark fruits which gives it a touch of complexity.
Dec 28, 2019
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Rated by oldedog from South Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Not bad pretty basic lighter porter, good price
Oct 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
4's across the board, it might be boring but this one just hits outstanding. Pours a combination of black, brown and amber depending on the light. Not much head or lacing, just a light brown film that stays. Smells of chocolate which transfers to the taste along with coffee. Mouthfeel is a full bodied choc/coffee. Chocolate first going down followed by the coffee sting. Overall, an excellent brew.
Jun 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Budlum from Maryland

Jun 05, 2019
 
Rated: 3.59 by DOCRW from Washington

Jun 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.8 by alexsergio from New York

Apr 14, 2019
 
Rated: 3.93 by runwild99 from Minnesota

Mar 11, 2019
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Reviewed by IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
12 oz. bottle of unknown date from beer club. Poured into pint glass (River Horse!)

L: Dark very deep reddish brown. Big light tan head on pour, with good retention, lots of foamy lacing, and a cap and ring.

S: Unsweetened chocolate, malts, almost floral hops.

T: Unsweetened chocolate and some strong coffee notes. Malty with a little hop bitterness on the end.

F: Light to medium bodied, light carbonation. Not particularly well-balanced or as pleasant to drink as it might be, there is flavor clashing and a finish that seems more bitter and grating than it ought to be.

O: Solid porter, challenges you a bit more than it should on finish.
Mar 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by smithj4 from New York

Mar 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.08 by brentblackwell from Georgia

Mar 02, 2019
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Reviewed by SmokySignals from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12 oz. bottle poured into pedestal ale glass, HUGE 3 finger head, very dark body, with amber orange edge at light. Head is long lasting , sweet grainy molasses coffee toffee aroma arises...it's a very inviting richness.

A little cooler than intended, the fresh light medium feel brings a crisp but rich mix of toast, bitterness and body that tempts for another large taste, but I know this will bloom and grow more complex as it warms...you can smell that much...crisper when cool, but good stuff happens when a dark brew sits... the aromas expanding as the head fades off. Lots of nice lacing everywhere. Some greenish grassy hops are faintly in the aroma now, like a freshly trimmed hedge. Very nice.

Taste - rounds slightly as it warms up, but there's still a nice bitter offset to balance things out for an enjoyable experience. Feels great on the palate, not syrupy or thin, nicely carbonated. Everything about this brew seems to have a nice touch.

Overall, Foothills People's Porter is a high quality porter that drinks like it has had the details worked out , with the finesse of the balance! Three Cheers and 5 stars!!!
Feb 20, 2019
 
Rated: 3.92 by JamesGrove from Pennsylvania

Feb 18, 2019
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 23, 2019
 
Rated: 3.5 by MakeBeerGreatAgain from North Carolina

Dec 02, 2018
 
Rated: 3.99 by paulish from New York

Nov 24, 2018
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Rated by ncdevildog97 from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Nothing special
Nov 14, 2018
 
Rated: 3.81 by Nunya from Ohio

Nov 10, 2018
 
Rated: 3.63 by BAsbill from California

Oct 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a glass mug.
The appearance was a mostly dark brown close to black color with a nice rim of white foamy head taking its time to dissolve. In turn, lace was semi-thick and in a couple of rings.
The aroma had a sweet to bitter blend of dark chocolate, light notes of sweet coffee beans, caramel and toffee malts and a little bit of earthy hops.
The flavory yelded to the sweetness initially and then tried to bring in some roast and dark chocolate to overall flavor. Not much aftertaste but what was there.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt fine. Fairly smooth malty finish.
Over, pretty nice English porter I'd have again.
Oct 09, 2018
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Rated by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Black bear burrito
Sep 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Speartron from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Dark brown with an amber tinge. Murky.

Smells of burnt espresso, caramel and something herbal. Slight fruity scent, maybe of raisins or plums.

Chocolate, dark malt and caramel taste. Espresso hits the back of the tongue and lingers. Some sort of fruit tinge, almost like raisins or grapes.

Milky, medium thickness. Very smooth and goes down super easy.

Super drinkable. Not very complex, but a very solid Porter.
Sep 27, 2018
People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 918 ratings