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Planet Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Planet PorterPlanet Porter

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%


Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.51% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 05-20-2003)
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulder Beer Planet Porter has a medium, creamy, beige head, a very dark, almost black, brown appearance, and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark-roasted barley malt, charcoal, sweetness, and black cherry. Taste is of those elements, with the noticeable char, yet little bitterness is detected. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Planet Porter finishes semi-dry, rich, sweet, and good.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 21:15:18 | More by RonaldTheriot
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schoolboy

Ohio

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a splendid porter. It is perfectly balanced all around and extremely drinkable. Just what I was looking for in a porter.

The appearance is as expected plus a lovely head. The aroma is a hint sweeter and roastier than expected. The taste similarly satisfies with perfect balance. Just a bit of roastiness. The aftertaste is a nice linger.

On top of all that it is reasonably priced and very drinkable. A great drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 17:25:06 | More by schoolboy
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated enjoy by 12/10/13 into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint (also in a snifter, which I preferred).
Appearance - Black, just a touch of light coming through. Not much head or lacing.
Smell - I like the chocolate and roasted coffee bean aroma, but it's a touch too weak.
Taste - some chocolate, coffee, and a hint of smokey flavor, but this one needs something more.
Feel - medium body; standard for the style.
Overall - good price point for a good porter, you could do much worse.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 04:06:23 | More by DenverHopHead
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CloudStrife

New York

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by Mar 21 2013.

A: Pours a darkish brown appearing black in the glass with a 1/2 finger light khaki head. Light is able to penetrate through the sides of the glass when held up to the light. Lacing is above average.

S: Not a good sign when my first whiff makes me question freshness, and upon question appears to be a few days past its prime. Fermented fruits and coffee grounds seem to dominate. Hints of chocolate and vanilla in the sweetness. Metallic tones set it off in the wrong direction.

T: Has a decent flavor to it, a smooth blend of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Non offensive middle of the road porter.

M: Just a bit on the watery side for a porter. Pretty easy drinking just feels a little thin.

Overall I can only imagine how tasty this would of been in 1975 when the recipe was developed. Has since fallen a few paces behind the crowd but is still a pleasant drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 19:42:10 | More by CloudStrife
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours very dark brown almost black in the glass. This is a roasty porter. A lot of roasted malt. The beer also has a slight coffee like note and hints of bakers chocolate. The flavors are well balanced and pleasant but are rather underwhelming and the beer feels slightly watered down. This is fine for a sessionable porter but its far from special. Non offensive and light flavors make it drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 17:12:16 | More by TwelveOunces
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours deep brown with a cream-colored head. Reduces to a ring. Good lace.

Malt forward, with charred aromas and a slightly tart note. Coffee and a little cream, maybe even a touch of vanilla.

Bummer this doesn't taste as good as it smells. Thin and weak, with a earthy and coffee-ground bitterness up front. A sourness works its way through, which I guess cuts the bitter, but becomes a bit acidic. Malt is prevalent at the end, with a charred bitter, earthy/dirty and sour bite.

Thinner than I wanted it to be. Lots of carbonation on the tongue, which actually does not help.

Glad I got a single. Acidity and over-carbonation play havoc with this one, and the limited flavors get dominated by that very fact. For something that is so well structured (in sight and nose), the underperformance of flavor is a killer here. I'm about halfway down the glass with this one as I type, and I may actually drainpour the rest of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 20:03:04 | More by OtherShoe2
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance- The beer pours a deep brown color with a two finger cream colored head. The head has a great level of retention but fades slowly over time to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Mixed with these are some sweet aromas of caramel and vanilla as well as a very light coffee smell.

Taste – Overall the taste is relatively light. The taste starts out with some roasted malt and a light chocolate flavor. As the taste advances some lighter notes of vanilla come to the tongue. In the end a greater chocolate flavor comes to the tongue and mixes with a lighter coffee flavor to leave a subtle cocoa and roasted coffee flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is below average in terms of thickness and creaminess and the carbonation level is rather average. While the carbonation for the style was nice, the body of the beer was too watery for the style

Overall – It had a nice smell and look, but due to the lightness of flavors (which actually were nice) and the very weak body, not really the best porter out there. While not that flavorful, I suppose it would function well as a session style porter, although when you want a porter usually you are not looking for something of a session drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 01:49:42 | More by Darkmagus82
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent beer that pours black with a thin tan head and no lace. The aroma is of dark fruit with a hint of roasted malt. The flavor begins with raisins and Coca Cola with faint notes of smoke and coffee in the background. It's mouthfeel is medium. Boulder Planet Porter is a decent beer, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 18:34:32 | More by B967ierhunter177
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OneWheelJoe


3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always excited to pop the solid black cap off of a Boulder brew. The label is elegantly simple, with a cool little artwork of a telescope and a bucket of what is no doubt a bunch of Planet Porters. Poured into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: A deep, dark, murky color is my favorite aspect of a nice porter. This one does not disappoint. No light seems to pass through the black abyss in the glass. A nice tan head, about a finger's worth, sits right on top, slowly receding.

Aroma: Pleasantly deep aromas of chocolate and malts warm the nose. The upcoming Winter seems much closer with a deep breath of this porter. There is a slight hint of caramel, with a predominant malt aroma. Nice, not overpowering, simple.

Taste: Not as deep as I expected. The chocolate is more discernible on the back end, with malts hitting the tastebuds at the forefront. This brew seems to mingle with various other styles, surprisingly, reminiscent of a black lager and almost a pale ale at the same time. Only by the tail can you really find the "porter."

Mouthfeel: Disappointed in terms of weight. Based on the color, the expectation for a milky, weighty porter was already in my mind. Although it makes the brew more drinkable, I like to savor my porters and stouts over a period of time. The weight is usually enough to slow me down, allowing the brew to warm slightly to help bring out the deeper chocolate and spice notes.

Overall: Not the worst porter I've ever had. I probably would not pick this one up again simply for the price versus the quality. This brew also seems to tickle the idea of being a Winter Warmer, but doesn't have the level of spice you would need to accomplish that. I'm not totally on board with the confusion Planet Porter has in its identity, but at least this is an easy one to put away.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 00:58:02 | More by OneWheelJoe
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harrymel

Washington

2.28/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by 11SEP12

Pours a nice coffee brown with an etched, light tan surface with the slightest rose color. Smells robustly soily, some cardboard, molasses and cocoa (nestle, carnation, something cheap). Flavor of coffee, cocoa, light toasted grain and some smoke. Thin with low carb and an off dry finish. Meh, wouldn't look for this or advise somebody to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 03:31:16 | More by harrymel
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulder Planet Porter
12 oz. bottle
"ENJOY BY JUNE 27, 2012"

Although only eight days away from the end of the freshness date, the beer seemed in pretty good shape. There was a minor bit of oxidation but it wasn't to the point that it would distract you.

The appearance was quite good, with a frothy head of dark tan above an almost-black dark-mahogany body, and large rings of sticky lace.

In the aroma you'll find mainly cocoa and sugar, but there's some chocolate beyond that as well, and if you really look for it, some fruitiness as well.

As is usually the case, the flavor follows the aroma, however there's more chocolate than cocoa here, a bit of roastiness, more molasses than sugar, and the fruitiness is much clearer. It's berry-like, leaning more toward the juicy side than the tart, and it cuts through the dark malt giving it a nice counter-balance. Some citrusy hops swirl in the background, and to be honest, probably add to the fruitiness. The bitterness is kept in check, and it finishes dry, yet surprisingly short - which is OK, that just leaves you ready for another sip.

Overall it's an impressively balanced and solidly made porter. It's basic, yes, but it's got just enough interesting stuff going on to make it work as a session ale. Certainly worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2012 13:09:33 | More by NeroFiddled
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megahurts4

Louisiana

3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Boulder Beer Planet Porter

Appearance: brown, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: nice chocolate and cocoa with a hint of grain.

Taste: mild grain and a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: light and almost watery.

Overall:
This isn't anything special. The aroma gave the false clue of complexity in the flavor. It is light and almost watery.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 05:49:55 | More by megahurts4
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a super-dark brown coloring with faint ruby highlights in the depths and a foamy, thick, frothy, beige head. Aromas of mocha and rich caramel, with a heavy hand of milk chocolate. Flavors are light, and almost a little watered down. The mocha and milk chocolate blend well, but are subtle to weak in trying to carry the beer. Light, watered down body limps the flavor profiles across the tongue, with a light, bitter coffee aftertaste. This could be a really solid Porter if the flavors and body got beefed up just a tad. The finish is clean and smooth. Definitely could be tweaked into something impressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 23:49:59 | More by GarthDanielson
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pBRale

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown-black pour with a rich tan head that settles quickly and has a fine (1/8") sustained retention and leaves a nice little bit of lace behind.

Smell: Nothing extra special here, but still a nice, well rounded smell. Woody (oaky) aromas are most notable, but this one also has a subtle toastiness and a bit more prominent roastiness to it.

Taste: Solid flavors that blend well, slight roastiness, and a lot of the woody, rustic flavors that really make this beer good.

Mouthfeel: A lot to be desired here. Carbonation is smooth, but the feel is fairly watery. Very drinkable, but just not quite full enough for a porter in my opinion.

Overall: A solid beer with room for improvement. I'm not as big a fan of the woody/rustic flavor as some, but I enjoy it nonetheless. This one is a good one if you love that oaky flavor to a porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 01:13:39 | More by pBRale
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is oil black with barely a brown hue on the edges in the light. A dark cream colored head dissipates to a film with awesome sticky lacing. The beer smells of roasted malts and bitter chocolate. The beer tastes just like a good porter should -- roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and a faint smokiness. Also a tinge of sweetness in there somewhere. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, I appreciate this beer as much as any other Colorado porter I've tried. Just a very drinkable, well made porter.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 15:49:31 | More by JuicesFlowing
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TWStandley

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay glass.

Appeared a very dark brown color, slight red tint when held to the light. Head as much lighter colored than I anticipated - stuck around for a few minutes but disappeared eventually. Moderate lacing.

Smelled slightly smokey, with a presence of dark chocolate. Could smell some malts but overall not an intriguing sent.

Not much going on as far as taste either. Could not detect typical porter tastes such as chocolate, coffee, or vanilla whatsoever. Not sure what grains they used but it tastes like they used too much Black Patent.

Nothing notable as far as mouth feel.

Not entirely impressed by this brew. Didn't have high expectations which I guess is a good thing. Ok porter but I can recommend probably 100 that are better than this.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 00:21:22 | More by TWStandley
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bearsxco

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, almost black with a half finger tan head. Some retention and minimal lacing. Sweet roasted malt with a slight chocolate smell. Tastes exactly as it smells. Nice balance of flavor. Light with a little carbonation and a little chocolate malt aftertaste. Not very bitter. Nice session porter.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 21:49:41 | More by bearsxco
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chilly460

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with some cola colored highlights at the edges. Medium brown head sticks around as a solid cap, minimal lacing.

S - Some syrupy malts and roastiness comes through, but not much aroma from this one.

T - Lots of roasted malts, some sweeter tones as well. Background gave some dark fruits and smokiness. Blended nicely as it warmed.

M - Light carbonation and a solid body on this one

O- Nice more traditional styled porter here, solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 21:08:47 | More by chilly460
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On any one of the nine planets this is a good beer.

Boulder Beer's Planet Porter pours a deep, dark brown (some say black) that features a thin, tan head and a decent lacing. Light roastiness is in the foreground of the bouquet, with chocolate and sweet malt rounding out the scents. A combination of roastiness and chocolatey goodness play throughout the brew, with very little noticeable hop presence, a testament of this beer's balance. Planet Porter presents a light, creamy mouthfeel and a little carbonation. A nice and sweet, easy drinking porter for these month's were porter and stout are king.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 02:55:00 | More by phishsihq
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the flights that came in my Amazing Clubs beer of the month collection (thanks to my wife!). 12 oz bottle with expiration dated 2/11/12. Poured into Porter/Stout Glassware I recently got for Christmas! (again...Thanks to my wife).

A - Deep black color with creamy yellow head. Quarter of an inch of head. Marginal stick and lacing during the drink.

S - Hints of Coffee, but not overly powerful.

T - Malty characteristics with coffee flavoring. Not overly robust in flavor, but not flat either.

M - Somewhat Dry, but overall smooth.

O - A pretty smooth porter and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 23:06:57 | More by andrewjraab
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Slightly carbonated with a slight head.
Slight coffee ish smell dominated by roasted malts.
Slight coffee flavor, again dominated by malt. A bit sweet/caramel...and slightly over carbonated. Light body, with just a little middle of the road character. It does taste like a home brew...
As I said several times...its just "slight" about everything.
nothing is "huge" about this beer...

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 04:33:56 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on draft at the Boulder Beer Tap House in Denver International Airport.

Appearance: pitch black, poured a one finger mocha head that left nice lacing all the way down the glass as the beer was drank. There was also no clarity or signs of carbonation.

Smell: roastiness, chocolate, and some sweet malts.

Taste: very, very smoky. A little too much for me. There was also some earthiness, chocolate, roasted coffee, and sweet malts. Smoke and charcoal pretty much kill everything else going on in the flavor of the beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth, low to medium carbonation, full bodied, and tastes light. The smokiness leaves a slight chalkiness to the beer too.

Overall: Not bad for a porter, but there are better ones out there. The smokiness is a bit too much and wish it was toned down or not there at all. Was also looking for more flavor and sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2011 16:05:04 | More by Flounder57
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown pour, dark brown that is, but there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of heft to it, just a thinner beer with brown color to it, head formed less than 1/2". Aroma was roasty yet a tad bit too dilute for my preferences.

Chocolate malt, brown malt, toffee, a bit of bitterness with no hop edge or mouthfeel to it. Some sweetness, not over the top, a stickier feel to it than I would have suspected given the thinness in appearance and mouthfeel, it just has a sticky presence, but still lacks a little heft.

Tastes like a decent porter from a homebrew kit with nothing exotic going on. Worthy enough, but wouldn't pay more than $8 a 6er of this stuff, especially if there's some Black Butte around for the same price.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 00:33:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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iSip

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boulder Beer Planet Porter: Last winter I went through an IPA tasting cycle. This winter it is porters and stouts. In the IPA field I experienced a wide range: IPAs to die for to IPAs to pour down the drain. The porter field has been more level. As I am not a brewer, I do not know why this is. The Boulder Beer Planet Porter lands solidly in the middle of those porters I have tasted. The standard black body is crowned with a dark tan head that fades quickly. The aroma is mild for a porter, and dominated by roasted malts. Smooth all the way through, you get a lot of deep malt flavor and a faint bitter near the end. The aftertaste is long and robust. I have found that in the IPA world, when you have found your favorites it is not worth trying lots of untried brands, because more than likely you will be wishing you had purchased your old standby. The occasional “find” is not worth the many “what am I going to do with the remaining 5 bottles of this six-pack?” In the porter world, the playing field is more level, and experimentation less of a risk.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 23:27:07 | More by iSip
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kojevergas

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Vanilla, nuts, caramel, and light chocolate. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Nuts, heavy caramel, and light chocolate and slight vanilla. Fairly complex but not bold or inspired. It's a bit boring. Nicely balanced. Built alright for a porter.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a touch too thick. Sort of suits the flavours of the body.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and tired. It's certainly nothing special. I'd try it on draught I guess.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 06:28:02 | More by kojevergas
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Planet Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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