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Porter - Backcountry Brewery

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BA SCORE
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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
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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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 HeroJH
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

HeroJH, Jul 09, 2009
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 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 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 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 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 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 RevDru
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

RevDru, Jan 14, 2007
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 briman
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

briman, Mar 24, 2006
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 fretlessman71
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

fretlessman71, Aug 24, 2005
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 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
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Porter from Backcountry Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.