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Barrel Aged 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: 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
Ratings:
571
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
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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 dbrauneis
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear very dark brown in color with some dark amber highlights and minimal amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall tan head that slowly reduces to a wide thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted chocolatey malts with moderate to strong aromas of Pappy bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted and chocolate malts that is then overtaken by the stronger flavors of bourbon, vanilla, and oak.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The fact that this beer is aged in Pappy barrels really improved the offering - I found this to be a very enjoyable beer and I'm very thankful my wife's family picked this one up and saved it to share with me. Love the bourbon and barrel flavors which make this beer very smooth.

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Photo of prototypic
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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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 xnicknj
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into taster - thanks to carolinakevin

Pours a solid dark chestnut, almost black color with a crop of graham cracker colored head resting on top. Splotchy lacing webs across the glass with a collar of retention.

Smack of boozy barrel character with syrupy bourbon, vanilla and oak. Toasted bread crust, caramel and molasses. Decent amount of alcohol despite the 6% abv.

Solid mix of bourbon and roasted nuttiness up front with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Oaky and warm with a decent malt backbone. Warm and full with alcohol warmth in the finish.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Solid, drinkable porter - I enjoyed the larger bourbon presence with the lower ABV (for a barrel aged beer).

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Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Im on my second 1/6 of this at home.

It has a nice deep color that I expect from a porter. There is a 1 cm head on it cuz I keep my CO2 on the medium side.

Nice smell with a decent bourbon nose. Not over-powering, but definitely not muted

Taste is very smooth with a good bit of bourbon taste on the back end that lingers for a bit. Not too much, but definitely enough to enjoy it after it goes down.

Carbonation isn't high at my house, but just enough. Sits well on the tongue and back of the mouth.

Overall, I really enjoy this brew and look forward to keeping it around as one of my kegs. Now I just have to get a tap handle!

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Photo of ezterry
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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Photo of CManuel
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up several bottles 9/11/2012 from Tasty Beverage Co. in downtown Raleigh NC. Have had this before earlier in the year in bottle, but did not review.

Pours jet black with a minimal head that lingers. Aroma is straightforward bourbon (smells stronger in ABV than it really is) with porter undertones. Taste is fantastic... starts off with the nice flavor and booziness of bourbon and then finishes like a really fantastic light porter. This stuff is dangerously drinkable.

Overall I think this is a fantastic beer, and I find it amazing that they are $5.99/bottle. Definitely picking up a case.

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Photo of Chaney
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up from Foothills back in March.

Served in a Troegs Mad Elf snifter.

A: I started to pour this, but I got scared. The foam went up WAY above the actual liquid. The mocha head was quite a bit more than substantial.

S: Buttery bourbon, with quite the chocolate profile. Butter and then some!

T: Lots of chocolate notes. As a matter of fact, I got lots of cocoa notes. The bourbon was buttery and then some.

M: Creamy and with a lot of lacing here.

O: I liked it, but I liked the base beer better.

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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 matttttYCE
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The head rises over 3 fingers high, foamy, rocky, and dark tan in color. Holy lace abundant. Will the head ever die? Deep dark murky brown color.

Aromas of light roasted malts, caramel, bitter chocolate, a mineral note, earth, and toffee. Not much barrel presence at or around cellar temp. Let's see if it comes out with warming. And lighter notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla, and coconut do come out with some warming. Nice but would've like to see more of a bourbon presence for a bbl aged porter.

The taste is on the lighter side, much like the nose. Light roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hints of caramel and toffee, mineral/earthy taste, with oaky, vanilla, and faint coconut hints coming in near the end. A nice drinking porter, that's for sure.

The mouthfeel is actually good for there being a fair amount of carbonation. Spritzy, almost effervescent carbonation but that actually doesn't detract at all from this beer. Silky smooth consistency, aided by the high carb. Body is light-medium, while the finish is pretty clean.

Overall this is a good and very easy drinking barrel aged porter. I love me a good porter, especially a barrel aged one and especially on a warm day (call me crazy, but sometimes it's more refreshing than lighter beers). This beer does a nice job of being drinkable and incorporating some barrel aging at the same time. With that said, I would have liked to see more of a barrel presence for a "bbl aged porter, ...aged in 20 year old bourbon barrels." That kind of talk makes me think of something like Black Butte XXI. Though this is nowhere near that, it's still a pretty good beer. Bottom line, good porter that's worth trying if you like the style or bourbon barrel aging or both.

Must give a shout out to Keith/McNuts for sending this along with other goodies. Keith you are an awesome BA and friend. Thanks so much for being so generous and sending me such awesome stuff! Cheers!

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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 ehammond1
2.33/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, Beerness!

Very, very dark brown, nearly black, with a large, quickly forming, and very persistent brown head. This leaves thick chunks and ribbons of lace down the glass.

The aroma is probably the most redeeming aspect of this beer, as there isn't much here to write home about. There's mild roast and a little bit of chocolate, There's also quite a bit of mineral, even metallic character.

The flavor is below average. There is very little barrel character. If given this blind, I'd never guess this was a barrel-aged porter. There's very mild chocolate and roast, though there's also quite a bit of metal and minerals. Moderate bitterness, and not particularly drinkable.

Medium bodied with very high carbonation, which isn't appropriate for a beer of this style. Prickly, and about as bad of a mouthfeel as I can imagine for a barrel-aged porter. Infected?

Not a lot of redeeming qualities.

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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 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 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 beerenjoyer1
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Peabody's in Boone, NC for this beer.

A - a nice dark brown with a thick foam that pockets with exposure to the air which is nice of a rich porter. The brew even has some lacing during the taste.

S - A smell of chocolate, coffee, and a richness makes one want to taste this beer.

T - A rich full taste of malts, coffee, chocolate, caramel,and some bourbon permeates the palet. A must try!

M - Super mouthfeel, with a lasting flavor of coffee, chocolate, & malts. The mouth enjoys a thick , rich taste of the flavors in the ingredients, and the bourbon barrel aging is what tops it off.

O - I will buy this beer again. I enjoy all types of beers and the Barrel Aged People's Porter is a robust, rich, flavorful beer that will be in my beer frig. Kudos to the Foothills Brewery!

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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 Sean9689
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Patrick (kingkong) for this one!

A - Pours a dark brown color, mocha head, thin collar.

S - Overpowering bourbon and oak are right up front and dominate the rest of the beer. There's also some chocolate, light roast, and caramel in there as well. That said, it's just a bourbon bomb.

T - Similar to the nose, bourbon and wood. They let this beer sit in the barrels for too long, I'm assuming. Light chocolate, roast, and burnt sugars. Really though, a lot of bourbon and oak that kill it for the rest of the beer. Finishes the same...bourbon and wood.

M - Thin light body, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - This beer was "meh" for me. The PVW barrels only made this beer one-dimensional...too much bourbon and wood, too thin body and just an average porter. Give me HF Everett or CL Smoked Porter any day of the week and twice on Sunday's over this beer. Pass.

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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 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 MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Sean I think? Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

A - Lightly tanned foam settles to a cap and thicker collar, leaving a few splotches of lace. Transparent dark brown body with ruby glints.

S - The initial whiff has a slight acetone note, but it dissipates fairly quickly and is replaced by oak, cola nut, sarsaparilla, whiskey and a touch of chocolate.

T - The taste has more roasted malts, with some dry roast nuts, cola, oak, and mild charry bitterness in the finish. Whiskey is still present, but I don't get the overwhelming sensation that other reviewers reported - I heard these were second use barrels too.

M - A tad fizzy, with a medium-light body. Not great, but not offensive for a 6% porter, even one that's barrel-aged. Lightly chewy, with a dry and tannin-heavy finish.

D - A decent beer, especially at the $7 price point - you can't get (m)any bombers of PVW barrel-aged porter! Easy to drink, but not overly memorable.

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

Bottle thanks to Netdigger2. I've had a fresh growler of People's Porter before and I liked it so I was interested to see how this turned out. Obviously it was very black and had a so-so head. The smell was boozy barrels. The the taste was completely dominated by the bourbon barrel to the point of hiding the porter completely. It did not taste like alcohol but I much preferred the regular people's porter.

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Photo of tdm168
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - dark brownish black pour with a mountain of dense, thick, foamy, brownish head that has great retention.

S - bourbon, chocolate, alcohol, roasted malt, wood, faint butterscotch

T - bourbon, oak, alcohol, chocolate, roasted malt, earthy hop finish

M - smooth, lightly carbonated, rather thin

Great flavor. BBL adds some good notes and doesn't take any of the original flavors away. I think had this had a little more body it would have been excellent. It's a great porter though and definitely worth checking out.

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Photo of beer2day
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark brown with 2-finger dirty brown head. Decent retention and light, thin lace.

Nose is light. Caramel and vanilla mainly but a healthy shot of bourbon. The bourbon is more of a compliment, though.

Bourbon much stronger in the taste, mainly in the finish. Caramel and vanilla hit first, but quickly overtaken with the bourbon flavor in the end. Caramel flits in for a second run at the end too.

Feel is very nice, rich enough for the strong bourbon flavor but not too filling.

Overall, worth a shot. As another reviewer mentioned, really nice to have a BBL that can be enjoyed in more than a limited quantity.

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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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