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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
Reviews:
165
Ratings:
834
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
23.85%
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
174
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 165 | Ratings: 834
Photo of kels
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this growler after an awesome lunch trip to Foothills with BA Metalmonk and friends. This review is from a pour into my pint glass.

Beer is super dark chocolate brown and more or less opaque. The initial 2 finger creamy mocha-colored head fades and retains at a solid 1/2 finger bubbly skim. Bits of lace string along the sides of the glass.

Not tons to report about the smell. With some effort, the deeply roasted malts become more and more evident.

This porter is very flavorful. The malts are deeply roasted, almost to the point of being burnt. There's a dryness to the taste that's really nice and balanced by a sweet stickiness in the aftertaste. Sweet notes of caramel and some chocolate malt add a nice creamy dimension. Feel is pretty well carbonated, keeping things light despite the richness of the flavors.

Drinkability is immense. This is a tasty, easy-drinking porter. A very nice dark beer for the summer.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Randalled through vanilla and something else (smelling a lot like coffee)....

A - Deep brown body with deep red light throughout. Medium tan head with good retention.

S - really strong coffee. earthy, some hoppiness. some vanilla. pretty good.

T - Strong coffee, earthy. Dry, some wood and nutty sorts of flavors. A big taste.

M - a bit thin, dry. Not bad.

O (D) - This is nice. Good coffee flavors.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Thanks to my buddy trask for this brew

A- A huge frothy 5+ finger head that has to stop me from pouring. a dark cola color that is opaque.

S- i get the chocolate, toffee and caramel nose. very complementary.

F- Strong chocolate and coffee flavor. It feels like i am drinking a mrning coffee topped with some beer. not strong in the alcohol/grain dept but it is very nice.

M- smooth and creamy. nice roasted mouthfeel as well.

O- i am not a porter fan by any means but this brew is very good. it makes me think i might like porter. Very sweet yet bitter.

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Photo of chinchill
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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Photo of fmccormi
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my tall Ommegang flute; no freshness dating, but this was purchased at Sam’s Quick Shop in Durham just about a week ago, and in my experience craft beer spots have a pretty good turnover so it’s very safe to assume that this is reasonably fresh.

Appearance (4.5): Two full fingers of latte-colored foam rises off of pour, capping a moderately clear, very dark, deep ruby-brown. I say “moderately” because you can only tell when it’s held up to the light closely. The head crackles a bit and is mostly very fine-grained but some medium-sized and fat bubbles blister away here and there leaving a rocky surface and chunky lace on the sides of the glass—this is actually a really great-looking porter.

Smell (4.0): Dominated by mocha, dark cocoa, some molasses and toffee, and dark fruits underneath, especially prunes. Fully roasted in the nose without any acrid charring, and no sticky-sweet malt underneath, just moderately rich and dry with good mocha character.

Taste (3.75): More roast is evident on the palate, leaving a small amount of char—the astringency of which melds with slightly medicinal, herbal hops bitterness in the finish. Very small amounts of caramel and prune richness. This is really just a moderately bitter, more than moderately roasty, American-ish porter. Good coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavors. That dark cocoa powder really adds to a dry finish, which maintains an herbal bitterness without sacrificing the darkness of the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Quite light, considering the appearance: medium-weight or slightly under, with a good, rich, foaming carbonation action that tingles very slightly and expands easily and softly. The finish is dry with a slightly gaseous feeling—if this beer weren’t over 6% ABV, it’d make a great session beer, at least from the feel of it.

Overall (4.0): This is a very solid porter, and I bet it’d be pretty gnarly on nitro. Smooth enough without losing any of its roast or bitterness, and maintaining a dry finish with levity, this is a really easy to drink porter, for those who enjoy the style. For those who aren’t into dark beers, this may not be a good intro, but for those who are, this is definitely a tasty, accessible, and very affordable option.

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

Finally made my first trip over to Foothills for the rerelease of Jade and the release of People's Porter in bombers. I had one of these (and a Jade) on draft and also picked up several growlers of both, and dropped a couple (of the growlers) off at Big Dan's Brew Shed.

The review is from my growler tasteing, although it is identical to the draft I had at Foothills.

The brew pours (into a pint) a dark brown that no light enters or exits, with a gorgeous 2 finger frothy mocha colored head that hangs around for a good while. Lacing is heavy on the glass which is a plus for me.

The aroma is heavy roasted malts and coffee.

The flavor folows the nose with some roasted malt bitterness shining through. Debated the bitterness with several folks @ Big Dan's and the opinion was that this was roasted malt bitterness as opposed to bitterness from the hops.

The mouth feel is medium with a lower medium carbination.

This is a good local Porter, to me Green Man gets the nod here by just the slightest bit. I will have to give it a try in the bomber once they hit the shelfs. I rate this a B-, due in part to the bitterness and the lack of real complexity.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque cola with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like dry roasted coffee and cocoa powder.
T: It tasted like dry roasted coffee and cocoa powder, with a little copper hops. It had a clean bitter and dry aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a solid porter with a basic but very enjoyable scent and taste. The body was fitting for the style, and the finish was pretty smooth, so it was easy to drink. Solid brew.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark coloring and a touch of ruby at the edges of the glass, this porter had a very stout like appearance. The head was a bit thin.

The scent was dry and chocolatey with some earthy tones.

The taste is robust with chocolate and toffee notes. There's some roasted malt and roasted coffee towards the end but it finished with a watery feel and taste. There is a bit of earthiness at points but its not distracting.

Stronger scents and less watery in the finish and this could be a great one.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good beer. Big giant tall never ending chocolate colored head, very dark beer. Chocolate smell and taste oozes from this beer. It has a bit of a bitter finish but not too bad. It is a great product and I will buy this again.

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Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of Treyliff
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- pours a pitch black color with a two finger light tan head, good retention and a bit of lace

S- burnt caramel and toffee notes, cocoa and a touch of coffee, some toasted grain on the finish

T- roasted chocolate notes with a bit of bitter hops, light charred character, sweet toffee, the finish is slightly bitter and dry with a roasted chocolate linger

M- somewhat light body, low carbonation, foamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish

O- easy drinking and well balanced, great value for the price

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Photo of JasonTaverner
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like this beer, but it is not great. It is a regular in my rotation due to it's availabity in my area. It is an easy drinking porter with decent taste, only the mouthfeel is a little watery and it has a slight burnt aftertaste. It gets better as it warms up. Still it a decent attempt at an english style porter.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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 FriedSlug
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Zach136
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black body with dark brown edges, tan head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Mild milk chocolate and roast.

Flavor: One word. Roast.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, touch of lingering roast.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

People's Porter pours to a thick, lingering creamy light-tan head atop an effervescent, turbid deep-brown body with dirty ruby highlights; lacing consists of moderate rafts and swoops. The nose is fairly assertive for the style: a nice blend of dark roasted malt flavors, predominately cocoa, dark toffee and bitter chocolate. Up front, the palate is tart, thinnish bitter milk chocolate; mid-palate, a significant toffee presence and a hint of sweetness build in, joined at the back by faint alcohol undertones. The finish is a brief flash of molasses and toffee, followed by the onset of a moderate chocolatey bitterness that lingers awhile. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the medium body, and the texture is slightly creamy and peppery from the fizzy carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 241 days after pkg.)

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Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

People’s Porter pours a very dark, chocolate fudge color. It’s nearly opaque. A few, faint burgundy highlights are noted with backlighting. Mostly at the outer edges. A tan head covers the top and rises to about a finger in height. It’s rather quick to recede and leaves a spotty coat of lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is just a tad weak. More muscle is needed. Still smells pretty good though. It does feature a nice mix of roasted and chocolate malts. It doesn’t smell very sweet. There may be a hint of light caramel, but not much. Roasted coffee is noted early and it adds quite a bit to the mix. I’m a coffee fan, so that works for me. Smells good. Alcohol is masked very well and isn’t noticeable. A little more strength would easily bump this one a notch.

The flavor is quite good. The malt base is full of chocolate and roasted malt notes. The chocolate variety is bittersweet and perhaps even a little cocoa-ish. Light, sweet caramel is noted, but is secondary. Roasted coffee adds quite a bit to the overall flavor. It complements the malts extremely well and even adds a slightly charred twist to the flavor. There really isn’t much of an alcohol factor in this one. It’s blended very well. Finishes malty with a java blast.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light and soft. It’s smooth, but a bit more body would improve it even more. Nevertheless, it’s tasty and goes down easy. I like the bomber serving size. Great call.

People’s Porter is another nice release from Foothills Brewing Company. They brew some really good beer. This one could be improved with a slightly stronger nose and a bit more body. Damn tasty as it is though. Easy recommendation.

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Photo of grayburn
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid porter from a very solid brewery. I missed the Sexual Chocolate offer in myrtle beach a couple weeks back, but got this at the griffon in chucktown at least...
A dark brown beauty with some nice reddish highlights. The head is small, but I think that might just be the bartender trying to give me an extra ounce or two. Lacing and retention are both good.
The smell and taste are both roasted deliciousness, malty depths are rounded with ample hopping for the style. Very nice beer, perhaps a touch hoppy in the grand scheme of things.
The mouthfeel is thick but finishes nicely, not cloying in the least. I could drink quite a few of these. Not too bad at all.

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Photo of doopydoogle
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - espresso black with a good foamy tan head that lingers and leaves nice creamy lace down the side of the glass.

S - toffee, coffee, chocolate, raisins, subtle spice, dark fruits

T - big coffee and chocolate with a subtle cassis and some lingering caramel and earthiness. There's a slight tartness but the brew is pretty smooth. Hints of smoke and ash back it up and there's a pleasant roasted bitterness that rounds out the finish.

M - Good creamy carbonation and a solid mouth coating.

O - A very nice porter. Holds it own and is pleasant enough to be quite sessionable.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Saucer and served in a English Pint glass. Poured a nice dark brown color with a 2 finger head. There was minimal lacing. Roasted malts and chocolate dominate the aroma. The taste has bitter chocolate, coffee and toffee. It is a little then but not so much that it is distracting. A nice sessionable porter.

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Photo of hotpauko
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a quality beer and the description is just about 100% accurate. Carbonation seems a little high, head fades but comes back quickly with a little swirl. I would like to give this beer a chance to get to room temperature next time, I think the flavors would mellow together. Sweetness is different, English style toffee. Well worth a try or a 6 pack.

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Photo of Omnium
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Nice blackened brown color, two finger thick khaki head, no lacing.
S - Nice roasty aroma, toasted grains and a good toffee sweetness, mild earthy undertones, some wood chips and a nice vanilla scent.
T - Good roasted and sweet balance, but the taste fades to this mildly metallic quality then just disappears, there's a good bitterness here too, but I was hoping for something a little more creamy.
M - Thin, and metallic aftertaste, meh.
O - A good generic porter, aroma is spot on but taste and mouthfeel leave a lot to be desired.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite go-to local beers in the winter. Rich malts with strong coffee and chocolate tones. Nice mellow bitterness. Full body that clings to the roof of your mouth. Dark brown with a tan head good legs. Just a slight dirty garnet glint when held up to the light. Mild hops that balances out the rich malts.

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People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
3.9 out of 5 based on 834 ratings.
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