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

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Barrel Aged People's PorterBarrel Aged People's Porter
BEER INFO

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:
582
Reviews:
126
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
113
For Trade:
7
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Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of avalon07
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was a big, tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A strong aroma of malt, bourbon, and chocolate.

T: Tasted of bourbon (strong, but not overly so), malt, a slight hoppy quality, and some chocolate in the finish. A milder flavor than I expected, but complex and pretty tasty.

M: A fair amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: If you enjoy barrel-aged beers this would be a beer to try. Drinkable.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mltobin
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Immortale25
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before settling at a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly side patch of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Milk chocolaty nose with a nice dose of oaky astringency. Slightly boozy with vanilla undertones.

T- Flavor kicks in more of that chocolate and some light oak astringency. The chocolate gives way to vanilla which gives way to a slightly charry finish. Mild but noticeable bitterness as per the base beer's usual MO.

M- This is the only place where it's lacking which is what I was afraid of. I find the base beer to be thin even for a porter and this is just about the same. Medium carbonation (which doesn't help things) and a full body.

O- Definitely not one of the best BBA beers of its kind but, for the reasonable price, you get your bourbon barrel fix without breaking your wallet. That and it's an improvement on the regular People's Porter.

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Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer really lets out a crazy hiss when I cracked off the pry top cap!

poured into snifter glass.

Huge thanks to ChefBergo for trading this beer to me! Thanks Shawn!

Appearance: light black bodied beer with a massive head of tan colored head. Leaves spotty lacing everywhere. The head is able to stick around for quite a long time. One word of advice, pour this beer slowely into your glass.

Smell: light roasty malts that smells very fresh. Getting some caramel, vanilla, and milk chocolates. The beer smells really woody and chalky. The beer smells more sweet than roasty. This beer smells similair to root beer.

Taste: Nice sweet and mellow whiskey start off the beer. Midpalate the malts start to show themselves; you get chocolate and nuttiness. The whiskey turns into a sweeter vanilla note with barrel notes that are fairely oaky. A lingering semi-bitter aftertaste of smoke, coffee, char, and earth. Just a touch of bourbon shows through in the finish as well. When this beer warms to room temperature it starts to taste like liquid smoke; whiskey dominates the beer and the porter seems to get lost in the whiskey.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its a thin BA Porter; plain and simple. Its really drinkable though, I guess thats the trade off.

Overall: You can easily take down a bomber yourself with regretting it in the morning. Smells nice, the beer actually smells better than it tastes. Its still a solid offering that I enjoyed. Its got a great price point for a BA Porter in bomber format. Thicken this porter up and make the porter stand up to the 20 yr. PVW barrels and you would have a beer that would make beer nerd go crazy! Its a beer on the verge of greatness with a few minor improvements.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jschott75
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ADTaber
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Dave_Treat
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Howlader
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JNForsyth
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of maximum12
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mjmadden for a big honkin' growler of this beer, which I couldn't have been more jazzed to pop open. Plus, I get a cool new growler to add to our collection.

Pours Jet-Black, with a nice dizzle of foam around the edges to let us know it's survived the journey from the Carolinas with carbonation intact. Bourbon erupts from the growler once we finally pry it from its cocoon of electrical tape, but seems to exhaust itself quickly, lying back into a subdued aura of boozy, malty bourbon.

People's Porter is one of those brews that I would have liked to taste the base beer alongside the barreled-up version, because I suspect the barrel might not have added a lot to the experience. The bourbon is upfront, but quiet, subtle, more of a lick of vanilla than anything else. The porter is nicely roasted with a surprisingly bitter ending kick, which I'd like to attribute to the hops, or perhaps the roast, honestly, I couldn't tell, just a tail of bitterness. Only had one glass from the growler, but would have liked another to do a more thorough analsysi (yes, that's my story & I'm sticking to it).

Good brew. Not up to the gold standard to barrel aged porters (Williamsberg) but I'd be happy to find myself staring into the dark of a People's Porter any day.

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Photo of egrace84
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Gotti311
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of markgugs
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of n2185
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark brown with two fingers of khaki head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: roasted malts with creamy chocolate up front followed by vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

T: similar to the aroma, lots of roasted malts with chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon complimenting. Slightly bitter finish.

M: medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is slightly watery.

O: a good beer, overall. It's nice to have a relatively light and drinkable bbal beer.

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Photo of Dactrius
1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

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 drummermattie02
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a nice whitish head, at the Sexual Chocolate pre-party. Earthy malt, coffee aroma with some vanilla, barrel hints. Flavor has no such hints, it is right there smack up front. Vanilla, oak and molasses really prominent. Earthy malt and mocha/coffee were really suppressed by the barrel. Finished pretty sweet, different from the typical porter. Just a bit too much candy like sweetness for me. I enjoyed it but it probably would not be for everyone.

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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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