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

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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

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Added by gford217 on 01-19-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
580
Reviews:
126
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
114
For Trade:
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Photo of fmccormi
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Straight pour from a 22oz pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware); no bottling date that I can see, but generally these don’t sit around for ALL that long on shelves in the Triangle so I’d imagine this isn’t any more than a couple months old. But that is purely speculation.

Appearance (4.75): Honestly, this looks amazing—it pours with nearly three fingers of fat, sticky, cappuccino-colored foam that dies down after a good length of time, leaving collars, legs, and swaths of thick lacing all around the glass and a film on the surface of the beer. The body is a very dark brown (not quick black), and translucent, showing deep reddish, root beer-looking corners when held up to the light. Phenomenal appearance.

Smell (3.25): At first whiff, it really just smells like Jim Beam but with some slightly roasty, molasses-chocolatey aromas blended in. Some earthy, herbal hops come in very, very lightly underneath it all. The fruitiness of the bourbon subsides a bit as it opens up, and the vanilla tones come out more and blend well with the molasses and mellow chocolate tones of the porter. Ultimately though it still smells like a good, medium-bodied porter with a lot of bourbon.

Taste (3.25): Oddly, this kind of tastes like a slightly watered-down version of People’s Porter. With surprisingly light bourbon tones mixed in. Coffee and unsweetened chocolate, marked by only moderately bitter roast, typify the malt body; herbal, slightly earthy hops come through underneath, but only very lightly; and finally slightly fruity, slightly boozy bourbon tones finish out the flavor as a whole. It smooths a bit and things mesh a little better as it warms up a bit, and the flavor actually comes in a bit fuller, too, although the external source of booze and the porter’s roast don’t mesh very well. To me, it comes off as maybe just a bit above average, at best.

Mouthfeel (2.5): Kind of thin, slightly tannic, dry, on the light- side of medium-weight, and with a carbonation that is somewhat light and bubbly—doesn’t match perfectly well, but it’s not off-putting.

Overall (3.25): This, to me, is maybe a slightly above-average porter, with some odd quirks that don’t sway the beer heavily in one direction or another, but with an unexpectedly fantastic appearance. I dunno. I wasn’t expecting a bourbon barrel-aged porter like this one (not a particularly thick or rich rendition of the style, even if the base beer is still a solid one) to really mesh well with the bourbon barrel aging. But in my mind, this beer’s only suffered from the treatment.

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Photo of argock
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $6.99.

A: Very dark brown with 1-finger beige head with decent retention and a few scattered lace spots.

S: Nice bourbon aroma with vanilla and oak with some coconut too. The base porter provides some musty dark malt aromas and not much else.

T: The flavor falls far short of the aroma with the bourbon character providing only a light kiss of flavor at the start with the rest of the beer tasting like a muddy dark beer. There is no roundness, only muddled flavor.

M: THe mouthfeel comes through with medium body and low carbonation.

O: A very disappointing beer. THe barrel ageing seems to muddle the flavor rather than add to it.

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Photo of dcc449
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Adrianized
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Loud PSST! when I pop the cap. Pours essentially black, but a little thin. Maybe a very dark brown. 2 finger tan head settles down to 1/2 finger.

First I get is a hit of bourbon and nuttiness. This is followed by sweet toffee and roasted malts. The bourbon I initially got actually seems to disappear. There's some cured meat/rauchbier thing going on as well.

Lot's of oak and a nice balanced amount of bourbon flavor. Flavor follows aroma with nuts, roasted malt, cured meat, and wood. Finishes with very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation.

Overall, People's Porter is a solid porter, and that being said... I think the original was better. I'm just getting this odd rauchbeir-like quality that I'm not liking.

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Photo of doppel
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cosmicevan
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

bottle picked up when i was in town a few months ago. enjoyed from a highland snifter.

brew opened with a big pop...no geyser, but the beer poured with an equal amount of head as it did beer. head way grey cream colored and creamy in texture. smell is fairly bourbon heavy with a creamy char. taste is burnt vanilla. booze soaked chocolate. very bourbon dominated. some toffee and caramel. boozy for just 6%. a bit over carbed for me. overall, as advertised...a barrel aged version of people's porter, which i found to be too burnt. the burnt seems to really amplify the barrel. good...not great.

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Photo of Etan
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, courtesy of Fortsambo, into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with a gigantic light tan head (almost too much).

S: Really nice bourbon and oak, maple, vanilla, faint cocoa and caramel.

T: Big wash of oak and mild liquor, faded roasted grain and chocolate behind. More oak and bitter tannins from the barrel in the finish. A bit smoky, even.

M: Relatively high carbonation, medium-to-thick body.

O: I'm getting tired of all these BA porters that end up dominated by the barrel, washed out and unpleasant. This isn't the worst offender I've tried, and I give it points for the aroma, but it certainly wasn't very good.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown, coffee like color with a 1/2" tan head. Good lacing with it as well.

S - Roasty, nutty, malts with hints of bourbon and a splash of coffee and a little dark chocolate. The roastness in here reminds be of a fresh can of nuts.

T - Bourbon and roasty nuts. Not much else for me.

M - Felt lightly carbonated and thin with only a slight bitterness. A little disappointing for me.

O - Not bad. Had it on tap months ago and I remember it better than this. Could be the batch.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours nearly black with a tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing behind.

S-Bourbon, coffee, alcohol, coconut, and more bourbon.

T-Very similar to the nose with bourbon completely dominating the flavor profile. There was some chocolate, coffee, coconut, and wood in the mix, but the bourbon overwhelmed everything. It was no where near as tasty as the regular People's Porter in my opinion.

M-super thin for the style.

D-The overwhelming bourbon flavor and thin mouthfeel made this a one and done for me.

Overall, this is average at best in my opinion. I absolutely love People's Porter and was excited about drinking this, but it had way too much bourbon and was way too thin.

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Photo of Freethyhops
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

on tap at the BA Sexual Chocolate release part

a- pours a dark brown that has big transluscent brown tones when held to light. small cream colored head of the pour.

s- rich, sweet dark malts. a bit of caramel, wood, and a bit of tartness mixing with some fruity yeast esters. very light bourbon.

t- sweet malts up front; chocolate, caramel, light roasted. light bitterness balances the sweet malts. the tartness from the nose is even stronger here. I'm assuming it's tannins from the wood causing this. it's a nice complexity but it really doesn't hit my palate right. the bourbon is really light in this one.

m- medium-light bodied. moderate carbonation aides the fullness of this one. no alchohol warming.

d- good drinkability in the technical sense but the barrel really didn't do anything to improve this one. I stuck to the other options after one pour of this one. nice to see what happens when a lower ABV ale is thrown in some barrels.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler. Pours a dark brown color with a big mocha tan head. Rich dark chocolate with a big handful of bourbon notes. Some roast as well. Medium/light mouthfeel, lighter than expected and desired given the strong aroma and flavor. Roasted coffee and bourbon notes upfront with a bitter dark chocolate back end. Lingering booze flavor but no burn of alcohol. Overall, I enjoyed this but wish the mouthfeel was a little heavier. The bourbon notes may be offputting to some.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of woodchip
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of GuisseppeFranco
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of SalukiAlum
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of suckaj
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
3.83 out of 5 based on 580 ratings.
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