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Porter - Backcountry Brewery

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, May 29, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

acurtis, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

zeff80, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I found this to be more of an English style porter with a nice caramel malty flavor with the bitterness of dark roasted barley. the pour does let some light in, giving it a dim red glow, two inches of khaki head on it but not much retention. the nose is cocoa powder and sweeter English malts. the flavor features some milk chocolate notes and the bitter trumps the sweetness in the end, but the bigger grain bill is appreciated here. it gives plenty of body to this, which is just right with its upbeat carbonation and incredibly smooth and creamy texture. this is a fine session beer, and one that would work in a variety of food contexts. a versatile porter with its English malt additions. its a little filling, but its just right while the weather is still cold. this was one of my favorite back country beers I had while I was there.

StonedTrippin, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

russpowell, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as Witch Hazel's kettle, dense and opaque, with some glimmers of red shining around the edges...head is roasty brown, fluffy and creamy before drifting down to a tight ring.
Nose begins with bitter espresso notes, gloriously deep, light cocoa hints, spices, wondrously roasty, so far, so good!
Taste: minor hops, big malt, hardly bitter at all, but with that toasty coffee-toned flavor full on the palate. Chocolatey flavors peep up in the middle, and begin a thrilling litle courtship with the tastebuds. Full-bodied, earthy, spicy, but extra-smooth, easy drinkability. Wow, this is a top-notch porter, though not exactly a "Baltic", as listed here. Well, maybe it is, just a little bit...
From a 22 oz. bomber, which I wish would magically transform into a full keg, with a faucet I could drink from, like a hookah pipe...why not dream?

feloniousmonk, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

MarkyMOD, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

WesWes, Sep 16, 2005
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Mebuzzard, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Haybeerman, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

eawolff99, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle that I bought because I like their IPA. The color was a very dark brown with a decent tan colored head. Smell was a little roasty. taste was some roast and a little cocoa. I didn't care for this one too much and was glad when the bottle was gone.

ArrogantB, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of hopdog
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

hopdog, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Beaver13, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of Rayek
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep walnut color is close to black. A vigorous pour netted a small and soapy cream head that didn't stick long. Left tiny bits of lace.

S: Pretty mild, but kind of complex. Dark sugar aromas of licorice, molasses and chocolate dominate. A slight coffee scent keeps the sweetness in check.

T: The aforementioned sugars transition nicely into the flavor. Bitterness is there for balance but doesn't add much in the flavor department. Some dark fruits start to break through toward the end.

M: The medium body has a bit too much fizz to it.

D: I honestly didn't enjoy this beer that much. It's certainly drinkable, but lacked a certain something that causes really good beers to stand out. I'm still glad I picked it up.

Rayek, May 15, 2009
Photo of beergoot
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark body with a thin yet lasting head; nice rings on the glass after every sip. Excellent charred/roasted grain note in the aroma; coffee grounds. Very fine flavors: roasted grains; bitter chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied; dry and clean finish.

A rich, tasty porter, balanced and good depth of flavor throughout. Nothing earth-shattering or new, but does the style proud. A nice little find...

beergoot, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle tried 18 Mar 2009.

Poured in Abita pint glass. Minimal off white head, dissipates relatively quickly. Almost flat. Dark brown color, opaque. Smells like raisins, raisin bran. Flavor is light but starts with a little raisin fruitiness and toasy malts. Finish of burnt sugar. Slight hint of smoke in the aftertaste. Minimal bitterness and astringency. Medium light body, moderate alcohol.

Overall decent and easy to drink.

htomsirveaux, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

JuicesFlowing, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

DeadeyeOTDO, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of denver10
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours deep dark brown with a black center and a very slight dirty cream head. Aroma is roasted malts that give off some dark chocolate and some dark fruits. Flavor is roasty, chocolate, and dark fruits and a little taffee. A thinner medium mouthfeel. Overall, average porter that I didn't care for. Not something I need to drink again.

denver10, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Seanibus
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark but with almost no head. The smell, perhaps as a consequence of the low carbonation, is almost non-existent. A little hint of malt, perhaps, but not much. The flavor has a slightly soy sauce edge, which suggests to me that the beer is too young. It does have a decent chocolatey, roasted malt character, but it is faint. The mouthfeel is slightly clingy, with a little chocolate flavor on the finish. Not bad. Not great. Perhaps it needs more time.

Seanibus, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of u2carew
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

u2carew, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of udubdawg
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this one isn't quite what I remember, though it's been a couple years. Still, I recall a better mouthfeel, and most specifically remember a pretty great, complex aroma. On it's own this is nice in both respects, but by comparison to my previous experiences, it is a bit subpar. Hmm.

Arrives dark brown, topped by a half inch of off-white foam. This would fade to a ring as I let it warm up a bit. Aroma has some decent coffee roastiness, no real hops or alcohol noted. Don't get the feel that there's a lot of depth here.

Flavor is an improvement, and though hops remain light, I was pleased there was at least a bit of earthy/herbal bitterness. Coffee again shines. Seems just a little rough around the edges, but I dig it. A bit of lightly toasted and even raw graininess - probably a bit out of place, but it adds to the depth of flavors for me.

Carbonation isn't bad, and body medium or just shy thereof, but having had many great porters I'd stop well short of calling it creamy. Good flavors, unobtrusive carbonation, not too filling - makes for a very drinkable beverage. Of course, I'd have to put down their IPA to have another of these, and that aint happenin'

udubdawg, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of tswater
4/5  rDev +9%

tswater, Jan 08, 2013
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Porter from Backcountry Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.