Porter | Backcountry Brewery

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Brewed by:
Backcountry Brewery
Colorado, United States
backcountrybrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
51
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 26
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 acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9.6%

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 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 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 MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
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?

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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 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 eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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 DeadeyeOTDO
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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 Domvan
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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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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 Spaceman_Jer
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

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 tylerstravis
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 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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Porter from Backcountry Brewery
3.65 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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