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 | website

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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125
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571
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
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Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to easyreader for another stellar southern brew. Live review.

Cordovan brown, four fingers of brownish beige head, a thickish look, but a swirl shows it not as thick as opacity hinted.

Sweet brown bread and caramel, some darker scents of bitter chocolate and light roasty bitter. A medium strength aroma, but really enticing. Not much barrel in it until room temp.

Tastes as smells, with addition of a bit of dark fruity to it, with the roasty bitter lingering very cleanly. Not a heavy yeast taste to it, which I associate with the EP's I love, but a bit of a tart in there to give it some counterpoint and complexity. All in all though quite a delicious and complex taste. As it warms some tasty coffee notes come in and some bitter hop also join light bourbon to make it even tastier. This would get a 4.5 if not for the competition in this style.

Light/med. bodied, well carb'ed, clean flavors, decent complexity and finish.

Quite a tasty brew, though not as good as I'd been hoping from word of mouth. Don't go crazy to get this, but def don't pass it by.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Lots of pop in the cap to go along with massive head. About a hand worth of darker mocha colored head which doesn't really fall all that quickly considering there is so much of it. Luckily my Duvel glass is made to drink through so much foam. You can't see through any amount of the body but looks to be a mostly brown color. Tons of lacing.

S - I'm not getting a strong aroma from this. Definitely creamy, milky chocolate. A little bit of coconut.

T - Nice and light/creamy. Good vanilla and some caramel. A lot of roasted coffee. Only slight bitter chocolate.

M - Dominated by carbonation and a solid body which actually goes quite well together. Makes it feel lighter and easier to drink.

O - A delicious beer. It is smooth and light enough to make me think I could chug it if necessary. Can't imagine the place where someone says they want to have a barrel aged porter chugging contests, but if I find it, I'm bringing this.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a lager version of the Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid comes out a dark brown with mahogany highlights when held up to the light. HUGE coffee with a little bit of cream brown colored head with various size bubbles. It absolutely erupts up to the top and you have to take some time pouring this bad Larry out. Actually some lacing too, not too crazy, but it's there.

Smell is good, really good. Good roasty factor, coffee/chocolate mix with a slight bit of toffee and hints of dark fruit. To top it off it's barrel aged, so hints of bourbon and vanilla. Good blend, nothing overly aggressive and pretty well blended in the nose.

Taste is good, but a slight step down from the smell though. Still the classic American porter flavors of the malt characteristics, slight bitterness from the hops though that I couldn't quite pick up through the nose. The strongest characteristic is the vanilla from the bourbon barrel. Nothing too strong though, it's all like a nice shelf beer that was barrel aged. Well blended flavors.

Mouthfeel is good, actually very good. My issue with some of these barrel aged beers is once you smell and taste them, one naturally expects a "big" beer, and this one isn't. Not that it's a bad thing, this could very easily be an up and coming style, I've seen several breweries botch this where Foothills has done a great job, I hope they set the standard. So the mouthfeel is thinner and lighter than expected. Still has a good carbonation level. Starts off nice and sweet and has a sharp but not too sharp finish from the barrel age, but not hot at all. Well balanced overall and SUPER drinkable. This is one you can split with friends, but you better have extra bottles on hand if you do, cause it'll go quick. Any craft beer drinker could polish a bomber off easily. Thanks Paschal for the killer extra.

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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 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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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 scottyshades
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep rich brown color with a small off-white head. Decent retention, but nothing special

S: Right off the bat you get the barrel aromas: vanilla, oak, pappy van winkle. Seems booze-forward but it actually restrains itself well.

T: Light in flavor, which is something I didn't expect. Barrel notes, vanilla, mild chocolate, and an underlying charred/roasted flavor

MF/D: lighter in body than I wanted or expected-almost watery. But this is a very drinkable beer and pretty flavorful

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Thanks Ashby!

Appearance: Pours black into the tulip. Garnet highlights a plenty. Good retention in the light brown head and some foamy lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, oaky bourbon with lots of vanilla, caramel. Sweet, lightly roasted, bourbony. Great smelling beer.

Taste: Very nice chocolatey malt flavor is somewhat overpowered by the bourbon. Lots of caramel, vanilla, and some burnt toast in the end. The bourbon flavor is strong and oaky, but not hot. Its quite good, but a bit too much bourbon for a beer of this size.

Mouthfeel: I think the mouthfeel of the base beer is thinned somewhat by the bourbon here. Just not as soft as I remember the regular Peoples Porter to be.

Overall: Its quite a good beer, but not a great beer. A little more subtle barrel treatment would benefit the beer. Overall though its a tasty, full flavored beer, especially considering the low ABV.

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

A - Dark chocolate brown with a small milk chocolate head that settled to foam

S - Dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and lots of butterscotch from the pappy barrel

T - Roasted chocolate and bitter coffee with light butterscotch. Slight alcoholic booze and oak near the finish. The base beer doesn't seem to stand up to the barrel well which gives it an astringent and boozy bite

M - Medium body with a roasted presence. Slight oak tingle near the finish to it

O - Solid porter but the beer just can't fully stand up to the barrel. It smells great but there is just too much booze and bite in the flavor

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - slightly opaque dark brown with a quick fading head

S - Light Bourbon at the start with soft vanilla and charred wood aromas. A nice toasted malt scent to compliment the barrel aromas. Very pleasant

T - A little thin but not too bad. Bourbon flavor is pretty much all vanilla and light alcohol. The porter is slightly chalky and acidic but has a good chocolate and toast flavor. Aftertaste has a coffee like acidity with a dry wood finish

M/O - Medium body that that is well carbonated. Aftertaste is thin and doesn't last too long. Easy to drink but nothing that bags for another sip. Tastes as if from the spent Ba sexy chocolate barrels and overall not bad

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Photo of tewaris
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sent kindly by josefiak, thank Chris!

Pours a dark brown color with good clarity and a medium brown head. Wouldn't call it black or anything though, nor does it claim to be. While the text on the bottles talks about lots of things, all I smell is some tartness (not the infection kind, mind you! Just the dark beer kind). Then in the back end, some mixed notes. I might be wrong but I thought this beer was aged in some high end bourbon's barrels. Drinks more like plain oak, or maybe the barrels have been maxed out? Acidic, roasty and dark chocolaty with somewhat tannic finish that could be from roast but is most likely from wood. Overall drinks smooth and easy but I wouldn't call it remarkable. Medium body, medium-high carbonation for my tastes.

4, 3, 3, 4, 3

PS: Kickass artwork.

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Photo of jpro
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from Tasty Beverage Co. in Raleigh. Poured into a St. Bernardus goblet...

A: Black with a 1-finger, light coffee head; no retention or lace; just a glass o' blackness.

S: Well, obviously oaky bourbon barrel; sweet; not much else - the barrel aged aroma masks the typical chocolate / roasty aroma.

T: Oak barrel; root beer(?); vanilla; chocolate and roasted malt on the end... there's the porter; great taste - the barrel flavor doesn't overdo it and does a good job complementing the chocolate and sweet malts.

M: Medium-bodied; moderate carbonation; a good balance of sweet and dry; nice.

O: A really nice barrel aged porter - nice blend of flavors - barrel doesn't mask the other tastes... I wish more barrel aged beers were like this.

*from notes: 12-10-12

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma is mightily impressive, with a big bourbon character upfront, along with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and brown sugar, as well as some burnt bread and espresso. The taste is similar to the aroma with bourbon initially, along with some chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruits and a little vanilla. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and drinkability is excellent. Very tasty beer, and the bourbon doesn't overwhelm the base beer...worth seeking out.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P: Pours a super dark body with ruby hues and a massive cavernous cap of cappuccino head. Thick bubbly lacing with nice retention.

S: Vivid bourbon aroma swells from the glass and encompasses a base of roasted cocoa, vanilla, toffee, faint caramel and chocolate chip muffins.

T/M: Sweet dark fruits, toffee and milk chocolate strike first then disappear to bitter vanilla biscotti coffee with a follow up of cocoa and bourbon. Taste of salty caramel, slightly smoked wood chips and cinnamon in the finish. Crisp moderate body with a semi dry finish.

O: Bourbon barreling is exhibited well in this robust porter. Complex flavors that change throughout the session. Easy drinking for the Borbon flavoring and a nice crisp feel. A great porter for sure. Cheers!

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Photo of claaark13
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Morimoto again! Thanks man. Poured at cellar temp into a Hill Farmstead tulip. 2011 bottle?

A - Pour is brownish-black with a thick, tan head. By thick, I mean 2". Head eventually goes down and keeps some very nice lacing.

S - TONS of woody bourbon, little chocolate in the end. There is almost an acetone present. It smells like I had a porter, and then I poured a couple ounces of bourbon into it. The porter aroma is nearly gone. Good thing I like bourbon.

T - Woody bourbon with a splash of chocolate, then some vanilla, then more oak on the finish. Some roasted malts are to be found in the background. Once the palate is coated, a lot more of the caramel notes come out in the finish. I don't get the acetone in the aroma, which is a great thing.

M - Fairly light with some carbonation. It is, however, a BA porter.

O - This is the first BA Porter I've had and I enjoyed it. They could have probably toned down the barrel just a touch to show the base a little more. The roast and chocolate notes are hard to find, but the barrel does present a lot of nice oak and vanilla/caramel notes.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pt 9 fl oz. bomber from CM.

A - dark black with brown overtones. Two finger creamy head. Dissipates at a normal pace.

S - chocolate, toasted dark fruit.

T - more of the same. Some back end smoke. Slight vanilla notes in the finish as well. Start picking up bourbon notes as the beer warms.

M - good balance. Carbonation is a touch on the low side, which I prefer with porters, but there is enough to keep it solid.

O - a solid porter all around. For the people.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Served in a standard pint glass.

I was pretty pumped to find a BBA beer while on our brief visit to this brewery. The bartender served this with very little head. The body is dark brown and crystal clear (or as best as I can tell in that lighting).

The nose has tons and tons of bourbon. Wow...smells like my wife will have to drive to the hotel. Roasted malts and coffee play background roles.

As the nose indicates, this is a bourbon bomb. There is something off about it though...almost like bourbon was added to this rather than the beer aging in barrels.

The mouthfeel is by far the weakest link in this offering. Watery with light carbonation. I think the MF really takes away from the other characters of this beer.

Man...this one has potential, but the body, and to a lesser extent, taste, needs some work. Worth the tick I guess, but I would not recommend...

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Photo of pschul4
2.69/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A- Explosion of head (not in a good way) The bit of beer that is in my 22oz snifter is very dark brown/black. 4" of tan head sitting atop it though

S- Surprisingly faint on the nose. Hint of bourbon and roast but not much else there at all.

T- Hint of bourbon, hint of roast, lots of foam. Maybe some oxidation as well? Not a huge fan

M- Way too carbonated. Not digging this

O- Dissapointment

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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 humuloner22
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have held on to this one for a while and figured that it was bourbon weather so I paired it with a family member of the bourbon this was initially aged in. You can definitely smell the boozy bourbon when the bottle was first opened. The bourbon was not as dominant in taste as it was on the nose, but you could tell that there was some bourbon influence. The taste is pretty close to the regular People's Porter, maybe a little more alcohol taste. I get chocolate notes, a little bourbon and some vanilla and some leathery tannin. The beer was not cloying but sweet. It was very tasty over all but did leave a little odd drying flavor on the finish. Nevertheless, one of my all time favorite breweries and I am happy that they have expanded their bottling distribution so we can try more of the special releases. I will say that even though I do love this one and the original People's Porter, I have never been a fan of the much lauded Sexual Chocolate. I guess the difference in an Imperial Stout vs. a Porter.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Picked up a growler of this Foothills People's Porter aged in 23 yr old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon barrels at the Charleston Beer Exchange's rare beer Tuesday this week. Pours almost black with dark chocolate syrup highlights and a globby khaki head.

S - The aroma is a little more subdued, but still some oaky, smokey, chocolaty porter comes through.

T - The initial taste has a nice woody bourbon quality to the porter base, additional flavors of vanilla creme brulee, chocolate, smoke, and some spices come through as well. As it warms to room temp, the bourbon notes come through stronger and stronger.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, slightly fizzy carbonation.

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Photo of CBlack85
1.85/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Ont tap at Foothills the day of the BASC release.

I like the regular Peoples Porter so I figured I would give it a shot. WOW... and not in a good way.

The beer is a deep chocolate color with lots of ruby highlights. The thin tan head recedes almost immediately leaving behind no lacing whatsoever. The beer looks thin.

The smell is bourbon all the way. The bourbon smell is so strong there is almost no trace of the base beer in the aroma.

The taste is much the same as the smell, all bourbon all the way. Just an overwhelming bourbon presence. My wife and I both ordered one and she could only get through one or two sips before she could not take it anymore. The beer is thin and under carbonated. Hard to drink

Overall, I was completely turned off by the HUGE bourbon presence (and I like a good bourbon). Just poorly done. I am actually surprised because there are so many good reviews for this beer, and how well BASC is done. I will give them the benefit of the doubt and figure that this was a bad batch, maybe if I am feeling adventurous I will try this again someday and re-review.

They really missed the mark on this one...

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost pitch black in color with a small brown head. Smells like bourbon, toffee, and caramel. Taste is very much bourbon upfront, followed by a little coffee, toffee, dark chocolate. Very little bitterness, nicely smooth. A unique BA porter that isn't too heavy on the bourbon.

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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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Photo of welldigger888
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The rep said this went in to barrel at 5.7% and came out @ 7%!

Poured from growler into a new belgium tulip, Pitch black zero light through from a 100 watt bulb, a creamy capicino khaki head with some lacing.

Bourbon coffee chocolate vanilla goodness.

Sweet bourbon and chocolate seem to dominate,a solid vanilla note comes on strong to carry the coffee and malty grainy goodness.

Seems a bit thin is all I can come up with to detract from this wonderful brew.

If'n you can find this you should drink it!

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Barrel Aged People's Porter from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
86 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.
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