ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Draft at Charlotte Oktoberfest 2006. Black colored pour with a tan head. Smell is heavy on coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and some fresh hops. Taste is smooth and rich, though perhaps a little bit thin. Sadly, this tent was right beside Duck Rabbit who was also serving their baltic porter. Duck rabbits is better, but this one is really good in its own right. This is a pretty special brew, I wish i was able to buy this locally, but sadly I cant see that happening. These guys need to start bottling their beers. Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 Well after hearing from various folks who had tried this beer at beer festivals that they seriously questioned it’s claims of 9% ABV I decided to figure it out for myself the only way I knew how......BY DRINKING AN ENTIRE GROWLER OF IT ALL BY MYSELF!!!!! What I see is a nearly black beer with a nice chocolate colored head. So far, so good. I often like stuff that looks like this. The aroma hints at bitter chocolate and dark roast. Definitely dark chocolate in the flavor and definitely some roast malt. Then there’s the coffee. Now I like coffee flavors in my beers and this beer has that. It’s not dominate but it’s there. But here’s the thing, the coffee flavors do sort of remind me of the poorly made, overly done, pretty much burnt coffee that you get at substandard coffee houses all over the U.S. That’s what keeps this beer from being mind blowing. Now keep in mind that I’m nitpicking. I find this beer to mostly dominated by bitter chocolate. It’s the slight presence of bad coffee way in the back that holds this one back but it should by no means prevent each and every person alive from bugging Foothills about making more of this. Hats off to what is probably the most consistently awesome brewery all things considered in NC.
Oh yeah, and now that I’ve finished the growler.....this shit’ll git ya drunk! 9% seems reasonable. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2007
GABF 2007: Poured black with a brown head. Big sweet roasted malt and coffee aroma. Hint of ash as well. the flavor was roasty, sweet and sugary with a hint of dark bitter chocolate. Medium bodied. fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
GABF. Nice black pour with decent tan head. Roasty malty aromas. Similar flavors with a nice full body and decent dustiness. Pretty tasty OldGrowth (3665) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2010
bottle, from Sam’s Quik Stop. Good aroma, sweet, malty. Nutty, yeasty, chocolate, marshmallow, little ash, got caramel as it warmed. Dark orangy brown color, small head, little to no lace. I poured rather slow though. Sweet bitter flavor. Thick body, creamy oily mouthfeel, bitter sweet finish. Very nice brew, certainly met expectations. Flavor rocked with rich malty flavor, lots of chocolate, nice sweet streak about it, flavor had nice transition as it warmed, kept getting sweeter, Love the Foothills....
BelgianBeerGal (4286) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Graciously traded bottle. Gorgeous black pour with a big, brown head and some serious lacing. Interesting aroma that includes vanilla, sweet chocolate and caramel malt. Silky, creamy mouthfeel almost like chocolate milk. Pretty big chocolate and alcohol flavors. A lurking bitterness from something akin to baking chocolate. This REALLY good. Ungstrup (39108) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2010
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin brown head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, malt, and cocoa. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, cocoa, and alcohol, leading to a dry cocoa finish. The alcohol tickles the tongue. LilBeerDoctor (4280) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours black with a thick light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark lager yeast, light smoke and light chocolate notes. Flavor mostly of sweet malt with a pretty roasty and charred malty finish. Also some burnt caramel and bitter chocolate, especially as the beer warms. A very nice, rich Baltic Porter. Good stuff!
7/4/8/4/16 [3.9/5] blutt59 (6624) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2011
bottle, thanks to exilied, black brown pour with tan foam, vinous roast aroma with nice flavor of oreos, silky smooth finish devilben02 (281) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Poured from the bottle, the color is a deep, nearly opaque dark brown, with a thick, foamy beige head that quickly settles to a thin film surrounded by a foamy halo. The aroma is rich and potent, with notes of cocoa powder and licorice. The flavor likewise features a dark roasted malt profile of bittersweet chocolate and licorice, but a nice pine hop bitterness and a little booze is also in there. The very-fine carbonation provides a silky texture that works well with the slightly warming booziness.