Porter | Backcountry Brewery

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Brewed by:
Backcountry Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Peak One Porter.

Added by Jason on 01-12-2004

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by HeroJH:
Photo of HeroJH
3.22/5  rDev -11%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.61/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Nose: nose: fruit, some roast – very light – suggests espresso along with some chocolate.
Pours bright dark brown under a thick, moussey, 3" clingy tan tinted white foam cap.
Palate: Chocolate and espresso, not overly bitter from the roast, more chocolate than roast.
Thick, oily, creamy, chewy with medium very fine soft carbonation

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Rymish
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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

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Photo of DrIPA
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of u2carew
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of VashonGuy
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of COR8RFAN
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jilly425
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of cam12
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of fretlessman71
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Jeremiah87
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of famous_mortimur
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of maniaczak
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of SamN
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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