People's Porter | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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3.86/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-05-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,179
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
876
pDev:
10.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
36
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197
Trade:
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Photo of VomHans
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Foyle
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A thin tan head drops rapidly with mild lacing remaining. Color is dark reddish-brown. Aroma of rich roasted malt, caramel, coffee, herbal hops. Medium bodied, slightly powdery mouthfeel with a clean finish. Flavors of molasses, caramel, coffee, cocoa, and earthy, herbal hops. A delicious traditional porter -- excellent!

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Photo of Wbrown
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of poppopintheattic11
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rclangk
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4/2018 Trader Joe’s- Mount Pleasant SC

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Photo of Curt3
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Uconnbrewskies
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mandpasbury
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Now, i am more of an IPA guy (the hoppier, the better) so please keep this in mind as you read this review. Upon first pour, this beer has a great thick aroma, maybe a little reminiscent of caramel. It is a beautiful dark color with its first poor as well. The taste is not too heavy, which some porters can have, but not too light....sort of in that porter sweet spot. It has a nice finish that stays on the tongue for a bit, sitting very nicely. Overall, lovely beer that I will drink again when an IPA is not calling me.

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Photo of Tomgar
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RockyM72
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Aglassplease
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Received from @Dragginballs76 in NBS BIF #6 – Thanks Michael!
Bottle dated with black ink on the neck 080217. Stored in 42 degree reefer and served at 45 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Aroma – Weak toasted malt, weakens further to no aroma at all.
Head – Large (Maximum five cm, aggressive pour), tan, dense, excellent retention, slooowly diminishing to an irregular three to thirteen mm scalloped ring and a heaped partial layer.
Lacing – Excellent. Complete wide bands of tiny bubbles.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque.
Flavor – Begins with a hint of toffee and a little bitterness. Ends bitter with, as the label states, “just a hint of expresso”. Hint of burnt malt. No distinct hop flavors or yeast fruitiness. No alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate – Almost medium, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression: Seems to be more of a brown porter than a robust porter. Decent but unremarkable.
Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75.

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Photo of jwclt
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Riff
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost black color with about a finger of off-white head. Smell is chocolate, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Taste follows the nose, with flavors of dark fruits, notably plum, chocolate, toffee, and a little bit of hop bitterness. Medium body, finishes fairly cleanly. About average for a porter, not noteworthy but certainly tasty.

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Photo of robebo44
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark rust brown color,medium carbonation but just slightly thin feel. Aroma is roasted malt,coffee,bitter cocoa and a bit of dried fruit. Taste was similar,not sweet and a bit of a bitter dry cocoa finish. May not be too tier but a solid porter that I would gladly try again

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4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DrMullet
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark reddish brown with moderate head resolving to thin lacing.
Smell is sweet roasted malts with a hint of dark fruit.
Taste is mild sweet chocolate with a hint of coffee at the end.
Some smokey notes.

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Photo of PaleAndBitter
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glf60
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ntanner83
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
2.49/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Brief impression from a bottle (courtesy of Schlimenhaumer - cheers, bruv!).

Khaki somewhat creamy head over an opaque solid black body. Head retention is good at ~8 minutes in my conical pint glass.

Aroma yields Whoppers/malted milk balls, chocolate malts, dark malt sweetness, Hershey's syrup, and maybe a hint of hazelnut. Pretty standard for a porter without any specific note seeming terribly vivid or expressive. Aromatic intensity is moderately high for the style.

Tastes matches the aroma, and it tends a bit towards the thin & weak side mouthfeel-wise. A little coarse, a little dry. Whoppers/malted milk balls dominate the flavour, which isn't great. Too sweet; imbalanced.

Overall, it's a forgettable porter - especially coming from the brewery that puts out Sexual Chocolate. While drinkable, it won't impress discerning drinkers and it fails to best widely distributed porters like Deschutes' Black Butte. Tastes like a beer Matt Brewing Company would put out.

C- (2.57) / BELOW AVERAGE

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Further impressions from another bottle sent to me by Craft Beer Club:

Off-puttingly emphatic of oddly artificial chocolatey, caramel-y, and malted milk ball notes.

Tastes like liquefied caramel or chocolate flavoured off-brand ersatz candies one would acquire as a kid at Halloween and promptly throw out after tasting.

Not my cup of tea.

D+ / NOT RECOMMENDED

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3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 876 ratings