Porter | Backcountry Brewery

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Backcountry Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Peak One Porter.

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 51
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 SamN
4.38/5  rDev +20%
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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Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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...

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of denver10
2.97/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.31/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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 Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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 u2carew
3.73/5  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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
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 HeroJH
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
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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Photo of Rayek
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of hopdog
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Seanibus
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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'

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of RevDru
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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 briman
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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 fretlessman71
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
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 Beaver13
2.61/5  rDev -28.5%
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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