People's Porter | 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: 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
Ratings:
850
Reviews:
168
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
188
For Trade:
4
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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is extremely dark brownish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down rather quickly, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of chocolate and toffee in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of bittersweet chocolate along with notes of roasted malts and toffee. A light to moderate amount of hop bitterness is present and hints of coffee beans are noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an easy drinking yet quite tasty porter—the flavors never lost the interest of my taste buds through the duration of drinking a 25 ounce bomber.

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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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a coffee brown color capped by a three-fingered ecru head; squiggles of lacing line the glass

Smell: Toasted brown bread and chocolate with hints of vanilla and coffee

Taste: Toast and chocolate, up front, with the coffee and vanilla tones building in the middle; fades a bit in the finish though the chocolate tones linger

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This bottle has been in my cellar for a while so the hops have faded but that is just fine with me as I find Foothills dark beers tend to be a bit hoppy for my palate; I like the way this has aged just fine

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3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours very dark brown with a nice off white to tan head with a bit of lacing and moderate retention time. Nose is roasted malt with a bit of light chocolate and coffee. The taste is a bit bland with only the roast really coming through, though that itself is well done. Somewhat dry with a good body. Drinks pretty well.

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3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

undated 650 ml bomber bottle (nice label) served in a snifter.

A: The beer is clear, but a very dark reddish-brown. It poured with a small tan head that reduced to little more than a ring but left spotty lacing down the sides of the glass.

S: Moderate level of dark malts with hints of coffee, chocolate and molasses in the nose. Very slight metallic/astringent component initially, but this disappeared after warming/airing.

T: Dominated by dark roasted malts, the rich flavor has some light spice and bitterness from the hops. Some mild coffee appears in the slightly earthy finish and long-lasting aftertaste.

M: Medium-body leaning towards full; Moderate level of carbonation; Near creamy smooth; Slight dryness in finish.

O: A flavorful, roasty porter which, after warming at least, has none of the flaws found too often in porters (e.g., too smokey; burnt notes). More complex and satisfying than most porters, this is an excellent example of an Amer./English porter.

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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to have this on tap where I work,poured into a stadard pint glass a a deep dark brown wirh some ruby highlights thruought the glass,a very tight formed beige colored one finger head atop.Aromas of charred fruit,dark roast coffee,and molasses,I love the char.Flavors are alot like the aromas,quite charred and fruity with just a hint of smoke,there is a molasses-like sweetness to it and a nice dry lingering finish.Smooth as all get out,just an awesome porter from Fotthills.Good job Jsmie.

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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kkipple for this one.

Creamy slightly darker colored 1/2 finger head fades at a med pace with nice lacing, over super dark black almost pitch black color.

Nose brings a nice toasty porter, toasted malts, light bready biscuit toast, plenty of chocolate, a bit of dark chocolate, creamy milk chocolate, lots of dark malts and just a bit roasty, quite creamy.

Taste continues, lots of chocolate right out, with a light toasty biscuit, little chewy oatmeal like, lots of creamy flavors with milk chocolate, little baked chocolate like choc cereal, fluffy, little bitter roast and some dark malts, little caramel, a little coffee, and just a bit of a burnt acrid flavor. Some earthy hops grace their presence and bring a bit more bitterness with the roasty quality. Finish is drier than expected, lingering roasty malts with some light burnt acrid flavors, little creamy oatmeal and chocolate milk, and a bit of a light metallic flavor with that acrid.

Mouth is med bodied, creamy and rich, good carb.

Overall pretty good, nice malts, decent light hop balance, quite creamy and smooth, nice chocolate and light roast, but it does get a bit too acrid as it goes.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
3.9 out of 5 based on 850 ratings.
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