Barrel Aged People's Porter | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Barrel Aged People's PorterBarrel Aged People's Porter
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Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
foothillsbrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by gford217 on 01-19-2009

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Ratings:
582
Reviews:
126
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
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34
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113
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of CaptainFleeker
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkipple
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on draft way back in February at the Mellow Mushroom in Charleston. Finally found my notes!

First off, thanks to Scott and the crew at Foothills for driving all over tarnation to bring thirsty beer geeks the good stuff. We appreciate it!

So, Foothills People's Porter aged in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels. Let's get to it.

A. Same as normal People's Porter, but what'd ya expect? Nice brown porter. Dense head, doesn't last too long, leaves some lace.

S. Warming up, there's a fine whiskey nose that maybe overpowers the toothsome roast malts and coffee / chocolate mix. Still pretty basic and subdued overall.

T. Just as advertised, ma'am. Creamy, smooth malt flavors of the base porter with a shot of ultra smooth bourbon flavor that really is a bit overpowering. This beer is fresh from the barrel (in Feb.) and shows. The base porter is stellar, as usual, but I'm not sure the hefty bourbon barrel complements it.

M / D. Creamy, clean, smoooove bourbon notes linger. Warming. Rather drinkable if you like bourbon, which I do.

Ultimately the BA version of People's Porter is a bit of a one-trick horse. There is certainly delicious bourbon to be had here, but it comes at the price of blowing away a great beer. Worth a shot, but I preferred the unadulterated version more.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nut brown, lots ofcoconut chocolate and some heat. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but hot and lots of barrel to it.

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3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber at a very reasonable $5.

Looks great - pitch black with pretty heavy head and it sticks to the side of the glass. Smell is pretty subdued but you can pick up the bourbon scent right when you open it and some vanilla. The taste is chocolate and a roasted flavor, a little woody, then the bourbon comes through and there is a bitterness on the end of it. It's very thin and more carbonated than expected. It doesn't seem to hold up to the bourbon flavor as well as some of the heavier stouts.
Enjoyed this, but I feel like some of the barrel aging might be lost on a thin beer like this compared to many stouts, barleywines, or DIPAs.

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to kkipple for this one!

Bourbon Barrel-aged People’s Porter pours a dark chocolate fudge color. It’s nearly opaque. Backlighting reveals some burgundy highlights at the outer edges. Looks good. A soft, tan collection of bubbles gathers on the surface. It doesn’t rise far above that though, and it dissipates quickly. Lacing was light and spotty as it trailed down the glass.

The nose is pretty good. It’s a little weak and would benefit from a bump in strength. It starts out with a nice dose of chocolate and cocoa. Roasted malts are also noted. Coffee is in the mix and smells nice. Bourbon has a moderate presence. It’s not overwhelming by any stretch. I like that. It complements the other elements nicely. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but doesn’t seem all that strong. Given its lighter abv, that’s not a big shock.

The flavor is good. I like it. The mix of chocolate and roasted malts makes for a nice base. The chocolate flavors are bittersweet and cocoa-esque. Coffee seems a little more pronounced in flavor. I can handle that. Bourbon has a moderate presence, but adds a lot in terms of depth and character. It blends extremely well with the other flavors. Oak and vanilla are noted, but are secondary. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t come through that strong. At 6%, it’s not scary. Finishes chocolaty with a touch of coffee and bourbon. Good stuff!

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems light and soft, but it feels too thin. Needs more body to attain a smooth feel. Having said that, it is one tasty, easy drinking barrel-aged porter. Its size goes a long way in that department.

Foothills has another winner with Bourbon Barrel-aged People’s Porter. It could use a little more body, but that’s about it. Very solid all-around otherwise. I’m really impressed that Foothills pulled off such a tasty barrel-aged beer at 6% abv. Don’t run across that very often. Worth seeking out. Thanks, Dan!

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

draft, Jack of the Wood, Asheville NC

A: very nice black color with a small head but good lacing

S: smells just like bourbon

T: intriguing mix at first tastes like Bourbon then both a smokey and chocolate flavor come out very little hop or malt flavor remains

M: nice but nothing special in the mouth feel

O: I'd avoid this if I was looking for a "beer" as the bourbon, smoke, chocolate flavor removes too much to taste like a normal porter, that ought to retain some malt flavor, but very nice if you like bourbon or scotch.

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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StaveHooks
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Hopswagger for this one!
22oz bottle served in a Prairie Teku

A - Dark and cloudy, mahogany brown, 1 finger of tan bubbles sink into a thin collar.

S - Sweet whiskey malts, caramel, cocoa nibs, chocolate wafers, cherries, dates, molasses, grape candy,

T - Roasted chocolate malts, vanilla, a good dose of bitterness, charred caramel, chicory, whiskey blends in nicely and is lighter in the middle before really showing up on the finish. The finish is dry with notes of tobacco, roasted malts, and whiskey.

M - Aggressive carbonation bites the tongue, medium weight, dry finish.

Whiskey, chocolate, and caramel with aggressive carbonation and some bite from the hops make a nice robust porter. The roast character is strong especially combined with the carbonation. This would go good with cigar.

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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a black color with a half finger head and light lacing.

S: Slight aromas of vanilla, oak, and roasted malts but mainly just Bourbon.

T: The Bourbon flavor is much more subdued than the smell would lead you to believe. There's a beautiful balance of Bourbon, oak, roasted malts, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

M: Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O: This is another winner from Foothills. It's a little lighter than I would like, but it's very drinkable. I think sitting on it for a year would tone down the Bourbon a little which would be nice. I may do that with another bottle.

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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle (2013 or 14) served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours dark brown and sits near black and opaque in the glass. Large frothy head is semi-durable and leaves a fairly full coat of lacing on the glass.

Appealing aroma features BBL, dark roasted grains, and dark fruits. Approaches 3.75

Flavor: BBL and fainter dark bread and a hint of vanilla. Too much bourbon flavor in the finish and aftertaste, but then others will find this attractive no doubt. Approaches 4

Drinks big despite the modest 5.8% ABV.

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3.84/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tmm313
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Super dark brown with red tint around the edges. Tan, semi creamy, bubbly head. Pretty good lacing.
S- Dark chocolate, caramel, plums, and black cherry.
T- T is surprisingly light: over-ripened dark fruits over charred wood up front, followed by bready, cracker-like malts, cocoa and a hint of coffee. Dry, smokey, slightly sweet aftertaste. You would never guess it ever touched a bourbon barrel.
M- Medium light body. Good carbonation. Drying.
O- This was alright. I would take it if offered, but I doubt i would buy again. Bourbon was completely absent to me.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Randy and Jason at the Parrothead in Shelby, OH.

Pour is dark brown, with a decent off white head. THe actual liquid is very carbonated, that was the first thing Randy noticed.

The smell is just as bitter as the non BA version. but then theres the alcohol. Its a smooth warm bourbon flavor that doesnt overpower the base beer. Im not sure they mix perfectly yet though.

Now the flavor was something else. The first thing I notice, is that the underlying beer hasnt lost anything. Its actually gained some bitter chocolate cocoa nibs flavors. There isnt much barrel flavors, its all just bourbon. Somehow they meld together nicely, I was just hoping the barrel aging would mellow out the overpowering bitterness.

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Photo of harrymel
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

People's BBL Aged Porter,

From label: "People's Porter aged in 20 year old bourbon barrels."

Bottled: unk (presumably latest vintage/edition)

Pours black with a solid sheet of tan foam. Nose bursts out the gate sweet, vanilla, butterscotch, bourbon, more butterscotch and praline - really exquisite nose here for my impressions. Flavor carries some cocoa, graham, bits of coffee, oak and raisin. A well balanced and integrated brew. I'm happy with this for certain. Medium on thin bodied with a reserved carbonation - a little let down with the viscosity. Overall, a great brew. I'm consistently impressed with Foothill's ability to barrel age their brews. I do not believe their are too many breweries above their capacity to barrel age a beer, and I think it has to do with their choice in barrels, honestly. The barrels are always highlighted to complement the beer, not overwhelm or whisper into the beer.

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Photo of aleckpa
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not good at reviews, but I really enjoyed this beer. I thought there was a good balance of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The ABV was only 6% so it was pretty drinkable. The only problem with this beer is the mouthfeel. There is a lot of carbonation and I don't really get it. It throws me off. However, I respect Foothills a lot so I do have some bias. I'd get this beer again because I think there are some complexities. Cheers.

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Photo of devilben02
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Make no mistake, this beer comes across primarily as a bourbon delivery system. I had People's Porter on my home keg last year, so when I saw this one available at the Foothills Baltic Porter release at Sam's Quik Shop, I was certainly interested to see how the barrel aging changed the character. Needless to say, it changed it drastically.

The color is the same deep, dark chocolate brown, and the aroma only gives a hint of the added bourbon sweetness on top of the toasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and black coffee from the porter base. The flavor is a whole different game, though, with barely a sign of the roasted, chocolaty malt profile that is found in the unadulterated version. The whiskey flavor is overpowering, which is certainly enjoyable, but I am somewhat saddened that the flavors of this solid porter are lost. Much like the regular People's Porter, the texture is a bit thin, but the overall drinkability is terrific.

In the end, this aged version is an interesting and flavorful change-of-pace, and I was happy to have the opportunity to sample in in a parking lot in front of a gas station in the middle of a work day.

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Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
3.83 out of 5 based on 582 ratings.
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