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 | 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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
165
Ratings:
825
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
23.59%
 
 
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34
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169
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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 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 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 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 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 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 devilben02
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had my home kegerator for about a year and a half and half of the kegs I've had have been from Foothills because they put out quality products in all styles. This time I went with the People's Porter, which I hadn't have much of before, and I'm going to be very happy to have gallons of this one to go.

A heavy-handed pour results in a big, thick head that takes a while to dissipate, leaving a ton of lacing all over the inside of the glass. The color is a deep, dark chocolate brown that is barely translucent around the edges. I'm a little stuffed up, but I can still identify the toasted malt aroma with hints of bittersweet chocolate and black coffee. The bitter coffee and chocolate continue through the flavor, with the overall taste being somewhat similar to Guinness (in a good way) but with a more roasted character and greater depth of flavor. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the overall drinkability is terrific.

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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 MadScientist
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with moderate clarity. The rocky brown head has decent retention and leaves omse lacing on the glass.

S: Moderate malt and roast aromas with a slight chocolate character and some caramel. a low earthy hops.

T: Roast and hops are the primary flavors here with a medium roast flavor, moderate hops bitterness and moderate herbal hops taste. There is a low English yeast type of a fruitiness. Some caramel and toffee malt character. The balance is somewhat bitter. The finish is medium-dry with some roast in the aftertaste.

M: A medium-full bodied beer with moderate carbonation with a medium creaminess. There is slight dryness that seems to come from the roast grains.

O: Not smooth porter having just a slightly bitter edge with good roast. Roast and hops bitterness dominate while being enjoyable.

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Photo of mntlover
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black with some ruby around the edges. Has a nice darker tan head that falls to scum leaves some sparse lace behind.

Aroma is nice chocolate malts with some roasted character mostly coffee like under the chocolate.

Taste is roasted upfront with good doses of chocolate little light in the middle with a nice dry roasted finish. Finish has some nice roasted coffee flavors that mingle with grassy/minty like hops.

Mouthfeel is solid medium with average amounts of carbonation.

Overall a pretty solid porter good and favorable nothing over the top just as it should be.

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Photo of cipherbreak
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Black with red hues at the borders. Nice looking porter.
S - Sweet caramel with hints of roasted toffee.
T - Toasty malt, some hops, and ends with strong herbal tones.
F - Well bodied and substantial.

O - A very interesting porter. It has all the elements of a great beer: great color, amazing mouthfeel, and a unique hops and herbs taste. It is not the average generic porter. Will certainly get it again.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks! Poured into a tulip glass.

Body is deep brown to the point of appearing black (and entirely opaque) in the glass. An inch of foamy khaki head develops, but subsides relatively quickly. Scattered legs of sticky tan lacing are left on the glass.

Aroma is of lightly toasted malt, toasted marshmallow, caramel, milk chocolate, cacao, roasted grains, barley, a hint of rye, and maybe some vanilla bean towards the end. It smells rather sweet, and traces of coconut seem to come through on top of some cane sugar notes.

Flavors of cane sugar, marshmallow, cacao, and roasted grain come forth almost immediately. Some coconut, caramel, milk chocolate, earthen grains, and vanilla follow suit. Finishes with a sweet and almost tangy note reminiscent of a chocolate covered orange; strange, but not at all bad.

Mouthfeel begins crisply while the carbonation releases on the tongue, but the finish is much more velvety and very nice. Relatively clean finish and not overly dry. Very well done here.

Overall, this was quite good for a porter. I highly enjoyed it and would welcome more of it anytime.

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Photo of mklinger
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with a thin mocha head that dissipated quickly. Fairly ordinary looking for a porter.

Aroma is better than appearance, though. Cocoa powder & fesh ground espresso beans dominate. A slight sweetness, too. Ver appetizing & inviting.

Flavor is similar to aroma but with a little bit less dominate chocolate & coffee in the flavor. A nice bit of malt and a really pleasant bitter finish add balance and complexity.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin & highly carbonated & fizzy (but not so creamy).

A drinkable, enjoyable beer that I'd be glad to enjoy again in the future.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Beer-A-Lot
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Small head, not much lacing, decent color.

S - Nice roasted coffee and sweet chocolate aromas. Almost like a milk stout.

T - Lots of bitterness and roasted nuts. Not a lot of chocolate taste compared to smell.

M - A bit thin and some oiliness.

O - A decent porter. If it tasted like it smelled, it wouold be top notch. Still pretty good and very drinkable.

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Photo of PDXHops
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a Duvel tulip. A finger's worth of crmy tan head atop the deep brown body, good retention and quite a bit of lacing.

Pleasant nose with a good balance of milk chocolate and burnt and roasted malts with what seems to be a hint of pine underneath. And indeed, a nice piney bite ensures that sweetness is kept in check. Exceedingly enjoyable flavor profile, not too dry, not too sweet. About as robust as a 'sessionable' beer can get. Plenty of lingering burnt malts and tangy chocolate chips in the finish.

Overall impression: Good stuff, worth seeking out.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a short tan colored head.

Smell: roasted malts with a big earthy tone is what is detectable by the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, bits of dark chocolate, hint of coffee, dark ripe fruit sweetness, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp at the start, smoother and a bit dry at the finish. Long-lasting roasted aftertase.

Overall: a solid porter with a full flavor. Easy to consume this one. Definitely worth trying this one.

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People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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