People's Porter | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States | website

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

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Reviews:
165
Ratings:
824
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
23.59%
 
 
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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A black body with edges of ruby when held to the light. A decent head on this one.

Sweet chocolate malt in the nose with hop presence as well.

Taste is balanced with a sharp bitterness of roasted malt. Maybe its hop bitterness too, though I'm not sure.

Medium bodied with good carbonation to match.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Beth and Alex for this one!

Pours a dark brown / clear ruby color with a sandy tan head.

Smells of light caramel, coffee, and a hint of smoke. There's a grassy melon in there as well with a touch of metal.

This starts clean with a smooth dusty smoke, but quickly turns to a harsh metallic bite. There's a bit of celery backing this one up. Pretty clean and easy, but the dry smoke/metal really gets out of control.

This one foams up a bit on drinking, which is borderline unpleasant.

Not too bad. I'd be curious to see if it was any better on tap.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice looking porter. Creamy forming head three fingers deep with a very light tan color, thick lacing and large retention. Body color is super dark walnut brown with an edge of chestnut red just under the head. Great looking beer.

Real nice milky chocolate and warm coffee roast character. Real nice and solid, hints of sweetness and cocoa powder dryness also.

Palate comes a little bit different than expected. Large roast finish, but there's some sour acrid grain sensations right away. Light bodied but slightly wet, and a large bitter roast character that builds on the finish very large and growing after a swallow. Faint tin medicinal sensations a bit linger as well. Some slight soda character in feel with tight carbonation also.

Overall the nose hints at real solid greatness but doesn't deliver the sensations on the palate at all that the bouquet hints at. Some faint tin and sourness also takes it down a notch in enjoyment. It's ok, but I have had a lot better porters than this.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle someone brought to share at drewone's tasting.

Pours a hazy dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a solid cocoa and roasty presence.

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Photo of qchic
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears opaque dark brown, capped with a cratered tan head that thins after a couple minutes. Smells more of fruity esters than expected, then the usual bittersweet chocolate and coffee aromas come through, almost alternating. Dark roasted coffee and dry cocoa dominate the flavor, leaving the mouth a bit chalky. Finishes plenty bitter. Medium body and carb where it should be. It's drinkable, but don't hurt yourself seeking this out.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this at the Flying Saucer in Columbia with the help of my girlfriend

A - Dark brown a shade away from black, tan almost non existent head with light lacing

S - faint hints of chocolate / coffee but it is really difficult to pick up any smell from this beer. Probably due to the lack of head

T - bitter coffee aftertaste with a slight chocolate malty taste throughout. I know the hops are there but none really stick out to me.

M - medium body with a light amount of carbonation

D - Pretty easy to drink. A solid representation of the style and a good beer but it certainly isn't the best of the style. This is a good fallback beer if I can't find anything else I really like.

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Photo of JayQue
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An ok Porter. Easy drinking. Pours a dark brown color into a pint glass. Medium size tan head with a hard pour. Average retention and a few thick spotty lacing patches.

Aroma is roasted malt and a little chocolate and coffee.

Taste is similar. the malts are up front. The chocolate and coffee are more trace flavors.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp with a little bitterness. Goes down easy.

Overall not bad at all. A pleasant sipping beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown, just shy of black, with two finger tall tan head that is rather foamy like root beer. The head diminishes over time but there is a decent amount of head retention. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Aromas of burnt malts, sweet malts, caramel, chocolate, and slight hints of smoke.

T: Flavor is primary chocolate malts and burnt malts. The finish is quite bitter, like a cup of espresso.

M: Medium to full bodied with a significant amount of carbonation. Maybe just a hint shy of the amount of body I wanted and expected to match with the flavors. Slightly dry in the finish.

O: An enjoyable English porter but not an amazing one. Considering this used to be a pretty local place for me before I moved, I probably enjoyed it more times than I would if I had to work hard to locate it. Overall just a hint of too much bitterness to be an easy drinker.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foothills
People's Porter
22oz bomber, no bottle date
Red wine glass

A: Pours a dark brown color with some reddish hues.  There is a faint tan head that dissipates quickly.  Tight bubbling on that head initially.  Good carbonation off the bottom of the glass.

S: I definitely get that roasted character.  Some mild coffee notes along with some chocolate, caramel, and toffee.  It's not really full on dark chocolate.

T: it's very thin on the flavor compared to other porters that I love (Butte and Cutthroat).  You get some of the roast coffee bitterness initially and some of the caramel.  The close does have some coffee bite like the label mentions.

M: medium bodied.  It's actually more watery than it appeared.

O: It's a B- beer for me.  Many others are above this for me. Not bad by any means, just not the best porter.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good if a bit unremarkable take at an English Porter.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label with the poppy/retro branded Foothills feel on this occasion with a retro branding illustration of a cliche revolutionary holding up a pint, trite design somewhere between a retro take and a Fairey reference, but it actually works… Side narrative offers a small description of style and taste. Notes SRM: 30.1, IBU: 43, and 6.25% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep brown pour. Nice ecru creamy head with medium retention, fair surface retention and good lacing.

S - Roasted nose, notes of coffee, hint of chocolate, bitter insinuation…

T - Flavor follows similarly, roasted coffee, emerging bitter counter punch with touches of chocolate.

M - Medium to medium-ligh body, small if tingly carbonation… There is something a bit thin in the feel at points. Not bad but not as creamy, or rounded as one would prefer.

O - Quite a nice quaff, nothing for the memory but worth the local offer.

Notes: Bomber picked up the day it was bottled, and had shortly thereafter. Fair porter, good quality bracket, but in line with the overall benchmark impression I got from most Foothills brews. Now, I´d gladly have it again when passing through the town.

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Photo of Dope
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A dark brown pour with a big and fluffy light brown head. Fades somewhat slowly, leaving great lacework behind.

S: Creamy roasted malt with sweet caramel and some toffee. Dark chocolate with a little char. Hints of coffee bean. Caramel element really stands out here, wonderful.

T: Lots of toffee up front, almost an overload. Some bitter chocolate, roast and coffee in the middle. Very metallic, especially in the aftertaste. I think it's actually some sort of herbal hop presence that makes it taste like you're sucking on nickels. A touch of smoke in the lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Strange metallic presence in the taste really drags this one down. It's too bad, I had high hopes from the aroma. It's drinkable enough to finish at least.

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Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with some ruby on the bottom, little lacing. Smells of chocolate, toffee and faint coffee. Taste is initially herbal bitterness upfront then followed by dark malt, some chocolate and slight coffee notes. More carbonation than expected for a porter. Overall bottle description accurate but more bitterness than other english style porters that I had.

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Photo of KajII
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Nonic Pint]

The pour was a muddy dark brown with a slight ruby hue and a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that quickly diminished, down to a scattered film and small collar with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was very mild with roasted dark malts, light resin hops and a sweaty yeast with notes of bitter chocolate, coffee and toffee.

The taste was lightly bitter sweet and quite malty with notes of bitter chocolate and toffee pretty much throughout, progressing into a roasty hoppy taste with a bold dark roasted coffee presence towards the end. The flavor lasted a very long time proceeding the swallow with a lightly bitter espresso taste left lingering on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a thin dry texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a rather impressive tasting Porter, with a nice mild hoppy presence which was complimented nicely by the roasty mocha coffee taste...

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Photo of maximum12
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to beerness for this bottle in a recent trade. Dark Foothills brews have been kind to me, so this one is most welcome. 22 oz. bomber split in two.

Pours very dark & headily vigorous, light penetrating only the edges. Nose is strong & pretty: chocolate, roast, sweet malts. Acknowledge the porter love.

People's Porter soars on the nose & crashes back to reality TV in the mouth. Bitter roast races right up to the boundary of ashiness, then slips across. Lovely chocolate balance in the nose is MIA. Sweet malts, ditto.

Not a bad beer, but where's the depth? If the taste doubled-down on the nose, this coulda been a contendah. One-note, but still strangely appealing & slips away easily. Decent enough.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Goblinmmunkey7 for giving me a bottle of this

Consumed 7/19/13

Appearance: Dark brown, with some lighter brown and red hues around the edges - pours with a medium sized, light tan head, leaves some spots of lacing

Smell: Roasty malts, chocolate, and dirt - moderate roast, with a touch of burnt, and some sweeter, caramel malts - something else sweet reminiscent of lactose - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - damp dirt, like potting soil

Taste: Chocolatey roasted dirt - cocoa, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate - lightly roasty - sweetish caramel malts, something akin to brown ale malts, dark fruits, and again, something like lactose sugar - grains and husk - very, very earthy, seriously like dirt - medium bitterness with some grassy hops

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, earthy finish

Overall: Not as electrifying as the People's Elbow

This is worth a taste, but it's really not exceptional. Supposedly it's an English Porter, but I think Foothills added dirt instead of rocks (I'm sure that comment will make sense to at least one person). This may or may not pair with a piece of poontang pie.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Rich.

A very dark brown colored beer with a khaki colored head. The aroma is quite roasty with a little bit of toffee and chocolate. There is a little bit of toasted malt and perhaps a hint of coffee. A little light in the flavor department; it’s sort of watery. There is a definite bitterness to it, however. Still, some roasted malt and a light toffee and chocolate sweetness to it. A bit of a let down.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler into a pint glass. Very attractive pour with an almost black appearance. Very lively with a generous 2+finger mocca head that hung around for a bit. Almost stout looking. Smell was very woody and earthy. Burnt notes, perhaps some figs and carmel. Taste is very similar, but getting a lot of the wood characteristics on the front end. A bit of coffee, earth/dirt and carmel. Complex and busy. Again, a bit like a stout. Feel is rich and creamy with a good bit of carbonation and life. Medium to thick on the tongue. Overall- An interesting porter. I enjoyed the complex taste and limited hop profile. The wood/earth taste was a bit powerful. A strong porter IMO and bordering on a RIS. I like the creativity and blend of flavors. Not a bad brew at all and I'd hit another. It's more of a sipper. Worth a try-

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Photo of MaddestHatter
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The People's Porter, a beer for the people. This beer is exactly what its name implies, a nice, solid, hard working beer. It tastes of the black morning coffee of a salaryman, the bread of a factory worker's lunch, and even a few notes of a caramel or vanilla like the manager might sneak at the end of the day. All in all the proletariat (as well as Foothills) should be proud to call this their beer. It's one of the more drinkable porters I have found due to its pleasant balance of flavors and (relatively speaking for a porter) low gravity. It is especially good for finishing off a six pack by yourself while watching football, avoiding your extended family, and waiting for day-before-Thanksgiving dinner to be made.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance-The beer pours a nice deep brown color with a small rocky brown head that was present upon pouring. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a light level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma was rather heavy of dark roasted malt and aromas of chocolate malt. There are undertones of coffee as well as a light sweetness of caramel and vanilla

Taste - The taste begins with a big roasted malt flavor with lots of chocolate tones upfront. Carmel and toffee flavors mingle with these soon after the start, sweetening the taste very lightly. These taste mingle until the end to where they are joined by a roasted coffee and a bit of earthiness. In the end, these new flavors bitter the taste more, with the mix of flavors overall leaving a roasted and bitter chocolate flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the brew was on the slightly thinner side for a porter with a carbonation level that was light. The thinner carbonation was great for all the roasted flavors and made for a smooth drinker, although the thin body took away from these slightly and may have been better accentuated by a thicker body.

Overall- A decent porter overall. It had a good level of roasted chocolate and dark malt flavors with a nice bitter bite at the end. Not bad.

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Photo of barczar
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque deep brown with a frothy tan head that slowly dissipates, leaving modest lacing.

Dark chocolate dominates, with toasted, nutty and toasted malt weighing in. There's a hint of coffee.

Roast malt dominates the flavor profile, finishing a bit acrid and fairly bitter. Chocolate lingers throughout, but the bitterness overwhelms.

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and a carbonic bite.

This one is too bitter and harsh for me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Foothills has made an identity by creating larger than life beers of the imperial categories. But when face with the obstacles of finesse and moderatacy, can their brewing practices measure up?

Their People's Porter weighs in with a dark, dark brown hue that would rival most stouts. Hazy with unfiltered hues, the strong brown hue is dense and opaque. Topped with a lightly sandy head, the beer's creamy head invites the first sip shortly after the beer is poured.

Bold roast aromas attract the nose with savory roasty scents of French pressed coffee, cocoa, heavy toast., and walnuts. Its robust scent is highly attractive for those who gravitate to charred flavors but are also backed with sorghum and buckwheat.

Flavors settle in similar fashion- heavy toast boarders on char flavors, just as coffee taste introduces strong grinds and smoky chocolate taste. Turning woody, bitter, and earthy late, the beer's early sweetness proved to be evading, giving way to toast and coffee to finish.

Like many porters, the beer starts semi-firm with starch and char. But as the beer travels across the palate, it gives up its sweet creaminess and yearns for a quick toasty dry finish. Instead, an extended middle palate reveals a terse watery-thin texture that leaves a void in its refreshment.

The beer's overall enjoyment is high, but falls inconsistent first in its recipe formulation that over extends its flirtation with stout, and then leaves the mouthfeel thin to boot. Happy as I would be to drink the beer again, I would be careful not to group the beer with the likes of Sexual Chocolate or Hoppyyum IPA.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pors out a dark brown, not quite black color with ruby highlights. The head is loose and tan colored, and it sort of fades fast, leaving a little lacing. The smell at first is of crisp carbonation, with a whiff of powdery, sweet malts, with a tiny hint of roasted barley/coffee in the background. About normal, but not as deep as I'd like. The taste is nice, a little raw, but nice. There's a dry caramelly maltiness, backed with big roast barley/coffee notes. I can also sense a bit of a hoppy flavor in here, which is interesting. There's a bit of a chocolate flavor, but its dry enough that its hard to notice. There isn't as much depth as I'd like, but I think its the dryness (a quality I've noticed as common in Foothills' dark beers). Just needs a bit more in residual sugars. There's just enough sweetness that it doesn't ruin the whole thing, but there isn't enough sweetness to really make it great. It's like a battle that neither side is winning. The carbonation is a bit prickly, but this one is about as full as I'd expect, but your mouth feels, well, I think it goes without saying. It's really easy to drink though, and not too high in ABV. The drink is enjoyable, but not stellar.

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Photo of krausenman
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was tasted on-tap at the Foothills brewpub.

A-The People's Porter arrived with lacing on the glass with little to no head. The beer was a dark garnet to brown color. It was very clear with little to no haze.

S-The porter had a roasted coffee/chocolate like smell.

T-The beer initally had a roast taste that was prominent that was followed by a subtle bitterness.

M-The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with a low level of carbonation.

O-The beer is a drinkable porter. It is flavorful enough to be a session beer with enough bitterness to balance the beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Foothills. Served in a shaker pint. Beer is brown, dark, almost ruby at the corners with a thin head of tan bubbles, small, some lacing moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweeter than expected, some mild roast character.

Beer is thin, light in body, probably a little too thin but it makes for an easy drinking dark beer. There is some lead off sweetness with a mild roasty / bitter finish. Mildly hopped, overall a good drinking but rather boring beer. It was fine.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured an almost black body with small head and minor lace. Aroma is mostly a roasted, grainy malt aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Medium-bodied beer that has a roasted malt profile as dominant flavor, there are some coffee and chocolate notes but they are overpowered and don't offer much taste or balance. The finish is dry and grainy and I get a little of heated booziness at one point during the finish.

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People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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