People's Porter
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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English Porter
Ranked #49
Ranked #15,743
3.88 | pDev: 10.57%
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
Very Good
People's PorterPeople's Porter
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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Photo of hman43
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of SmokySignals
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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'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 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!!!

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Speartron
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Foyle
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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 Mandpasbury
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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 Ozzylizard
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Riff
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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 HoppingMadMonk
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of DrMullet
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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 kojevergas
2.49/5  rDev -35.8%
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.


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.


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Photo of dbl_delta
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4-10-17 into pint glass. Pours a deep reddish-brown with a tan head of fine bubbles. Initial impression is roasted nuts, chocolate, coffee, and biscuits. Very little hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Finish is smooth and slightly dry. Very easy to drink. My first offering from Foothills, and it's a good one. Nicely done.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This nice little roasty beast pours a deep blackish brown with a nice head of dark tan
foam that settles to a thick ring, thin sudsy pool, and features some very nice sudsy lacing.
Nose of chocolate malts, caramel, light coffee, and toffee with touches of char. Flavors lightly
exceed the nose with medium bitter cocoa tossed into dark coffee notes and toffee flavors
that are deeply roasted with a touch of cream. Solid mouth feel; medium full body,
medium carbonation that is lively, and a roasted finish that is touched by light herbal hop notes.

Overall this is a solid porter that is beefy and roasted. Nice. If I lived within their distribution
area I would purchase this often.


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Photo of Guppy314
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From a bottle in Charleston, SC, pours as an opaque black with a thick lasting tan head. Taste is quite sweet; lots of malts. Some slight creaminess, but overall a bit thin body for a Porter. Just OK.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark beer with a rich, light tan head. The nose is roasted malts, a hint of coffee, dark chocolate and some bitter char. The taste is heavy on the char and bitter dark chocolate but it is followed by a nice roasty sweetness. Really nice porter.

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

look: Very dark brown, decent sized tan head on the pour.
smell: mild roasty semi-sweet chocolate.
taste: much like the nose, though i guess i would call it roasty bitter-sweet chocolate. Nice Porter.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a menacingly dark mahogany, with ruby highlights at the base and along the sides. Nice finger-width head, tan in color, which storms as it dissipates- large frothy bubbles growing and collapsing over themselves, gargling like the swamp lair of some cartoon villain. Lacing is o.k.

Semi-intense aromas of chocolate, Vienna roast, molasses, and toffee. Sweetness and volatile alcohol is a treat for the nose. There is a low hop aroma- floral, perhaps, and a bit of sharpness coming from somewhere. Toffee notes increase as beer is warming.

Primary flavor is a soothing roast quality- cocoa and coffee, very slight burnt caramel. Delicate floral hop quality has a few moments, but is generally overwhelmed by the roasted sweetness of the malt. Coffee and toffee are playing tug-of-war. Pleasant.

Medium body. There is a quick zip to the carbonation with each sip, followed by a nice and smooth fullness. Tartness comes from the roasted elements of the brew, and there is a slight astringent aftertaste.

Very solid porter. Good malt character Roasted profile makes a wholesome brew. Drink it for breakfast.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

this is a most excellent porter, a really top notch example of the style, and another killer beer from foothills, who has not missed at all in my limited experience. i love me an english style porter, i like to feel and taste the yeast with the dark malts and not be too bombarded by hops in the finish, and thats exactly what this is. it is a little darker and more deep on the grain than a lot of its peers, closer to black than brown on the pour with a bright luster and a full inch of majorly thick tan foam. it smells and tastes spot on for the style, with dark chocolate bitterness like one of those high cocoa craft chocolate bars, same sort of feel to, almost crumbly for a liquid, and on the dry side. the bottom end seems almost burnt, just short of it, with really developed dark grain character and less of the balancing caramel malt in the middle than a lot of these have. yeast is classic and english and gives a creaminess to the feel and a bread crust flavor to the finish as well. smooth and weighty for its lower alcohol content, this is big enough beer for cold winter evenings for me, but has multi season versatility without a doubt. i like these being on the darker end, not even flirting with being a brown ale, and this is pinpointed there on the spectrum. this reminds me of some of the other well known classics and best examples of their style. black butte from deschutes comes to mind here. if this were regularly available here in colorado, it would be a staple for my fridge. i would love to try the coffee edition! thanks to wcu80 for the hookup on this one!

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great American Porter. Subtle nose with hints of chocolate. Really well balanced, with chocolate malt and non-offensive hops coming through. Very drinkable.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in a tulip.

Pours a dark brown/black color with a beefy British tan colored head. Opaque. Fat rings of web lacing and a thick film remain as the liquid level drops.

Coffee, roasted malt, some caramel and toffee sweetness.

Dark chocolate, dark coffee, and strong roasted malts. A nod to toffee flavor in the English style brew.

Despite the heavy bodied look, it's quite smooth and drinkable. Medium feel with good carbonation. There's some hop bitterness. It lacks any unpleasant aftertaste or film that I've picked up in other porters.

A welcome gift from a beer buddy who brought this back from NC. This is my first of this beer and I'm already looking forward to the rest of the sixer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a half-inch, dark beige foam cap.

Smell: Heavy on the roast, cocoa and chewy caramel backed with a soft, subtle fruitiness.

Taste: Bitterish flavor of cocoa powder and roasted malt with a vein of dark caramel sweetness. Slightly nutty. A touch of hop bitterness. Earthy, espresso-y taste. PP finishes out fairly bitterish and roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Decent, drinkable.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Very dark brown, almost black. Good and frothy light brown head.
Smell: Caramel, chocolate, and coffee
Taste: Smooth chocolate and roasted coffee bitterness are prominent, backed by slightly sweet toasty malts, caramel, and toffee. Overall fairly bitter. The finish is like dark chocolate with a little herbal hops.
Feel: Medium body, not too much carbonation. Fairly dry, somewhat astringent.
Overall a great beer. Good combination of different kinds of bitterness (chocolate, coffee, hops) which is balanced well with the malt flavors.

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Photo of willic
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, rich, creamy with a beautiful rich head
Aroma: Strong roasted notes, almost like coffee, intense richness
Flavor: Flavor mimics the smell, very rich, strong maltiness, a mouthfull of roastiness (good word!)
Mouthfeel: Creamy, rich, balanced, fun carbonation!
Overall: WONDERFUL Porter!!!!!

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People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 900 ratings