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Porter - Backcountry Brewery

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Backcountry Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly Peak One Porter.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-12-2004)
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Reviews by hopfacebrew:
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Thanks to Mebuzzard for the recommendation! Poured from bottle best buy July 2012 to pint glass the beer pours a translucent deep mahogany color with a tannish head, 1 finger's worth, decent retention and nice lacing. The nose is roast with hints of coffee, chocolate. Nice. Similarly the flavor follows the nose with roasted malts most prevalent. The chocolate, coffee, and molasses flavors come through as the beer warms. Mild bitterness and somewhat sweet. Medium bodied and adequately carbonated the beer finishes dry. Overall, a solid beer for sure. It doesn't blow your mind but it's easy to drink and enjoyable and at $3.50 a bomber I will be enjoying a lot more of it!

05-01-2012 13:05:11 | More by hopfacebrew
More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13


2.58/5  rDev -29.5%

The Peak One pours a dark black with mahongany highlights. It has a light brown head that quickly dissipated to a thin film and collar that laced the glass a little.

The aroma is of roasted malts and chocolate.

The taste is rather bland. I remember it being more flavorful on tap. It has a very watery mouthfeel. The flavor is some roasted malt initially with a bitter coffee-like finish.

Like the Telemark IPA, this seems a lot different than the beer I had on tap at the brewery. At the brewery, I remember it being a very nice porter. Out of this bottle, it is a very disappointing, bland brew.

03-25-2004 06:06:17 | More by Beaver13
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

10-14-2013 20:08:06 | More by acurtis
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Decent porter, way too carbonated. Pours black, with a good amont of head. Simplistic, a little oily and roasted. More of a serviceable porter, some bitterness from Northwestern hops.A good amount of chocolate. In person gift from Jason Bach.Smoother without as much carbonation.

05-29-2011 05:37:07 | More by Sammy
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-23-2014 21:01:21 | More by Rymish
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3.88/5  rDev +6%

22oz bomber Had this over the turkeyday weekend. Pours mahogany with a 1' light tan head. Good head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Coffee notes (strong)

T: Coffe & dryness up front, then a little fruittyness. Finishes dry & chocolatey

MF: Medium bodied, good carbonation & balance

Drinks pretty easy, a nice porter

12-14-2006 06:15:54 | More by russpowell
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

10-16-2013 15:59:39 | More by DrIPA
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

22oz. Bomber.
A) Pours with a finger thick, tan colored head . Settles slightly leaving a tight, sticky lacing at the edge of the glass. Dark body with reddish tones.
S) Roasted grains. Toffee. Hints of chocolate and coffee.
T) Subtle smoky notes. Caramel malt sweetness.. A nice hop bite in the finish.
M) Not entirely full body, a bit thin at times. A slight tannin feel. Dry in the finish.
D) A decent porter. I'd have another.

12-05-2010 01:26:34 | More by u2carew
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

This was ok. It had some interesting points to it which I'd probably expand on if I was the brewer.

A - Black, copper, Co2 Head
S - chalky finger paint (not that it's a bad thing, but I seriously smelled that for some reason, I liked it.) Flowery sweet. Coffee
T - Toasty, round, little sweet finish.
M - Thin and bitter linger from toasted malts.
D - worth a taster, but not a pint.

07-09-2009 21:16:38 | More by HeroJH
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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

Peak one porter pours black with no ruby highlights. There is a nice head that is brown but it does not last very long.

The beer smells of roasted malt and just begs you to taste it.

The taste is of coffee and roasted malt and is a little acidic at the end.

The mouth feel is somewhat watery and is the only flaw in this beer.

This was a very enjoyable porter and I would happily get to enjoy this beer again.

07-09-2011 23:28:13 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

12-18-2011 00:17:22 | More by jilly425
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3/5  rDev -18%

01-14-2014 03:56:34 | More by cam12
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Pertinent Preliminary Comments: Looks like one snuck in under the radar! Had never heard of this home state brewery until just a few months ago, and then I see this in the store, and there’s no WAY that I’m going to let it slip through my fingers while I can grab one. Actually, upon further reflection, I think I’ve been here before – I used to play the ski towns quite a bit during the winters, and seem to recall stopping here on the way back down the hill (this was loooong before they bottled their beer). Good memories.

APPEARANCE: Deep root beer brown with ruby highlights. Decent clarity. Light tan fluffy head with a fair amount of staying power. Light lacing.

AROMA: As much hops as there is malt in the nose. Faint at best, but some chocolate comes through.

FLAVOR: Wow! Great kick with a mix of chocolate, mocha, and hops right off the bat. The tip of my tongue isn’t quite sure what hit it! Some toffee notes in the middle, maybe the slightest hint of caramel, little bit of pencil shavings, somewhat sweet finish (could be just a wee bit cleaner). Bet THIS feels good going down after a day on the slopes.

MOUTHFEEL: Very good weight; creamy without being overcarbonated. Nice.

DRINKABILITY: At 6% ABV, gonna be just a shade on the stiff side, and at altitude the alcohol counts double, so be careful… but otherwise I could see making this my drink of choice for an evening, no question.

OVERALL COMMENTS: Wish there was a little more in the nose, but it makes up for it in the palate – great brew! Colorado does me proud once again!

08-24-2005 18:42:09 | More by fretlessman71
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3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: A dark coffee body. A light cream colored head. Little lacing, with a wisp of tiny bubbles after receding.

Aroma: Rich, dark roasted malts bring out a good amount of chocolate and coffee. I even detect a bit of powdery cocoa.

Taste: A good play on bitter chocolate and coffee here, with a subtle bed of hearty malts. The finish has just a slight tang of raisin.

Mouthfeel: Just about perfect in weight. Thin but not too thin.

Overall: I like this porter a lot. It's got enough going on within a simple design. But it hits all the right notes.

11-16-2013 01:48:16 | More by JuicesFlowing
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3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

On tap at the Backcountry Brew Pub.

Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and roast. Tastes of roast and chocolate with a light bitter coffee finish. Finish was on the thin side.

Notes from 12/15/06.

11-22-2008 02:02:26 | More by hopdog
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

11-10-2013 19:10:58 | More by famous_mortimur
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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown color with ruby highlights. It had a small, caramel-colored head of foam that left behind some sudsy residue.

S - It smelled of dark roasted coffee and roasty malt.

T - Good roasted flavor with mild notes of coffee, chocolate and sweet molasses.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied porter that is easy drinking.

D - This is a fine porter. I'd like to try it on tap at the pub sometime.

02-25-2010 01:48:34 | More by zeff80
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New York

4/5  rDev +9.3%

The beer pours a deep, dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet chocolate malt aroma with crystal and roasted barley as well. The taste is good. It has a nice dry roasted malt flavor. It goes down smooth and finishes sweet with crystal and chocolate malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking porter. It has a nice sweet smell, ,but it well rounded with a roasted flavor.

09-16-2005 13:03:51 | More by WesWes
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4.36/5  rDev +19.1%

Very solid porter looks, nearly opaque, with the faintest reddish-brown highlights visible, topped with a sandy brown head of mildly loose bubbles. Smell, wow! That smell! So much dark, sweet, creamy coffee, roasted grains and just the right amount of hops at the edge to bring it all together. Taste is almost as good; dark, roasted, creamy. Twangy finish, a bit odd, but still so damn good.

06-04-2014 23:51:06 | More by SamN
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4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

Pours dark, dark ruby...just about black. Glossy. Off-brown head, some rockiness in the center. Nice lacing

Coffee and baked caramel aroma. Some chocolate and molasses. Leather. Wish I were in the mountains sipping on this...

Coffee backed flavors. Chocolate a bit, tannin a bit. Dry and semi sweet. Molasses and leather round it out. Black toasted bread, roasted barley. A bit of dark fruit and faint pine.

This isn't one of those flavor bombs, or bourbon barreled dark beers. The feel on this beer has a slight dryness on the end, and still leaves the flavor alone. It's not a sipper. You can get a six pack and be happy with it. Quite a solid beer.

07-14-2011 06:27:20 | More by Mebuzzard
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-07-2011 18:17:42 | More by kjkinsey
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New Mexico

3.23/5  rDev -11.7%

A - Pours a deep brown-to-black with minimal head formation. Almost no carbonation.

S - Malty, with coffee, chocolate, and slight hints of citrus.

T - Strong flavor of roasted coffee. just a hint of orange flower, and even a touch of rose-water.

M - A bit more thin than most porters. None of the expected creaminess.

D - Another bottle of BCB product just barely our of date. (Bottle is actually marked with current month.) Should a product break down that quickly? This bottle was probably losing its quality quite some time before its expiration date.

01-14-2007 21:24:45 | More by RevDru
Photo of briman


3.15/5  rDev -13.9%

Served from bottle in standard pint glass.

Pours a dark brown, with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Thin tannish head dissipates almost immediately.

Smell is somewhat subtle...roasted malts with some slight notes of coffee/espresso.

Taste is basically the same, roasted malts, presence of coffee, and a touch of chocolate or cocoa. Slight roasted malt bitterness in the finish.

A little thin, and lacking flavor for my taste. I expect a little more from my porters. It's not a bad beer at all, but wouldn't be my first choice. The label claims it's a "robust porter", but in my opinion this is a bit of a misnomer.

03-24-2006 03:35:27 | More by briman
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-13-2014 19:41:17 | More by eawolff99
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-15-2013 14:50:38 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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Porter from Backcountry Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.