Planet Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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Reviews by iSip:
3.55/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
12-15-2011 23:27:07 | More by iSip
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3.88/5 rDev +12.8%
Appearance: Deep chocolate brown with a thin tannish head which wuickly dissipates. So dark almost no light penetrates. No real carbonation visible.
Aroma: Roasted malt, coffee, dark caramel notes. Slight alochol scent noted. Smells close to a stout. Rich & hearty...
Taste: Sweet, chocolatey flavor with slight fruity balance. Coffee noted in the beginning but fades in the middle & finish. Minor hop flavor detected in the finish as well.
Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Low carbonation. Although I expected a thicker mouthfeel, this left a nice clean, crisp impression. Nice feeling...
Drinkability: High. Light, clean taste lends to a high drinkability.
Comments: This is a great beer when looking for something with a little more body but not overly heavy. As a fan of porters, I enjoyed this. Smooth & very flavorful without being too stodgy. Good effort from Boulder Beer Co.!
07-31-2006 20:38:20 | More by JMD71
3.83/5 rDev +11.3%
Pours a dark black, some light as red hues are seen from the side of the glass held to light. Carbonationa and head high for a porter, though not a detractor.
Deep roasted malt, not special dark. Full bodied malt, this. Surprised the ABV is so low, this should be a malt bomb.
Interesting dry finish. Initial roasted malt is not as protrusive as smell would indicate. Am wanting more malt.
Just below medium bodied. Could use some additional depth. Just under well balanced.
I could have a 6 of these. WOuldnt seek out, but would certainly have on draft.
09-08-2008 02:05:00 | More by JasonA
2.68/5 rDev -22.1%
The Planet Porter pours dark black with a fizzy brown head that quickly goes down to a collar around the glass and then disappears completely.
It smells of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.
It is very thin and watery and under-carbonated. The flavor is roasted malt and chocolate with a bitter finish, but it has a pretty strong metallic/acidic taste to it.
I've had this before and remember liking it better than this time. I was pretty disappointed with it.
07-12-2004 06:17:06 | More by Beaver13
3.63/5 rDev +5.5%
First bottle from a 12 bottle sampler box. This pours a dark and opaque body with a faint wisp of a beige head that quickly disappears without leaving any lacing. The aroma has dark roasted maltiness, mostly chocolate with a hint of coffee. Creamy mouthfeel is medium bodied with even carbonation. Taste features cocoa, fruity plum, and some coffee bitterness. Very little hops presence. An average porter, overall, but nicely drinkable.
11-13-2004 11:14:12 | More by merlin48
3.2/5 rDev -7%
12oz. amber bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter. No apprent freshness dating.
Poured a dark, dark brown, almost black color with a thick off-white head. Lasting head laces the glass. Aromas are nice, with Hershey's cocoa powder and soft coffee notes. Flavor is a let-down. There is some "porter-like" flavor. A mix of chocolate, caramel, and a dash of smoke. Nothing really leaps out. Very thin and almost flat. Drinkable...but only barely. Many better porters out there.
07-30-2004 02:15:53 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.05/5 rDev +17.7%
A.-this porter is a rich, thick and dark color with a faint amber tone in the light. not a very thick head 3/4 on a text book pour..although good retention time with litle lace in a thick glass mug.
S.-the initial aroma was heavy in malt and a little nutty.
T.the initial taste was simular to smell, rich malt and a oaky/nutty taste. the after taste throws in a hint of coffee. well balanced overall.
M.-@ 43* is was a good mouthfeel, very bubbly and alive .
D.-drinkability is good for a very rich and thick porter. gose down smooth. a very ballanced porter. i would recomend a try
09-27-2008 17:21:32 | More by deaconsmith
3.85/5 rDev +11.9%
This is an entirely enjoyable porter, in the manner of a good Creedence Clearwater Revival song. It may not be groundbreaking, or cool, or thrilling, or even tasteful, but it's undeniably solid and it delivers on every level. Chocolatey and substantial without being cloying or thick, it's, by and large, sweet with a cheery citrus hop element that provides definition but never draws attention to itself. Lots of dark chocolate, caramel, some mousse, and a hint of vanilla. Maple syrup flavors induce memories of chilly, pine-scented mornings. It's simple, plain, filling, satisfying. Whoever tsk-tsks at this fine brew has probably been drinking too many imperials and may need to downshift a couple gears before their palates and livers are totally shot... I kid. But this beer shouldn't be as overlooked as that dusty copy of "Chronicle" nestled in between CSN's first record and that shitty Counting Crows album that you haven't listened to since you broke up with what's-her-name.
08-02-2005 07:36:53 | More by Thrasher
3.05/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
12-16-2011 00:33:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.08/5 rDev -10.5%
Another example of Boulder re-naming their beers way too often.
Quite dark brown in color and almost opaque in appearance. Laces in broad clumps. Malty toffee-ish aroma. Flavor starts chocolate but by mid mouth, the beer rings a watery and slightly phenolic Band-Aid bell. Recovers somewhat in the finish, a bit of a candy sense and pleasant malt tones in the aftertaste. Starts OK, but soon becomes awfully light-bodied. Nothing terribly wrong but nothing to make me choose this one over the many more interesting Porters on the shelves.
07-12-2003 10:10:16 | More by ADR
3.33/5 rDev -3.2%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a deep dark black body that is to opaque to see any carbonation but the head is a thin light tan creamy film that soon dissipates.
S- The notes of earthiness and dark grain are blended with a slight prune note and a faint hop spice in the finish.
T- This beer has a smooth dark malt flavor with a nice tangy dark fruit note in the finish. The finish has a very soft spicy quality that is probably hops but it also has a slight off tangy quality.
M- The mouthfeel is medium-light with a slight fizzy quality. There is a creaminess in the texture aswell.
D- This porter has some different qualities like dark fruit and tanginess that I'm not sure about. The add some different qualities to the beer but they are slightly off.
01-01-2006 19:58:01 | More by rhoadsrage
3.4/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
03-31-2013 19:42:10 | More by CloudStrife
3.8/5 rDev +10.5%
Wow...this stuff is damn near opaque....if I didn't know better I'd think it was Guinness Extra Stout....poured very dark, not much head (probably my fault)..slight smell of burnt rubber, molasses...and well... actually the taste reminded me of burnt rubber and molasses but not in a bad way, it's just not compelling in a good way. Mouthfeel is nice and drinkability okay.
Lessee...this is not bad, it just ain't pushin' my button..it's like it's a little unbalanced or somethng, like some flavors going in odd directions.
Edit: I cracked another one and gave it more of an ambitious pour and got good head, the beer wasn't bad either, lacing is very good, and taste is better than I gave it credit for the first time...I am raising my taste # a notch.
12-02-2007 01:43:37 | More by scottblaze
4.13/5 rDev +20.1%
Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass, served at cellar temperature.
Apperance is exceptional. It has a deep dark brown color, lots of white foamy head, great retention and lacing.
Aroma is roasty malts, chocolate, and a touch of coffee.
Taste is also nicely balanced with plenty of three flavors mentioned above, not overly sweet or bitter.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, almost like it was poured from a cask. It's not too bitter, really well-rounded. A touch too thin.
Drinkability is excellent - it would be a great session beer on a cool autumn night.
Overall, a great beer that I expected to score higher. It has all the characteristics a porter should and that head just won't go away! It's creamy and delicious.
Note: I think it really helped that I had this one warm. Flavors seem to meld together well and the texture is just right.
07-29-2008 21:23:26 | More by GilGarp
4.03/5 rDev +17.2%
From the fist pour this looks great very dark not quite black but darn close, low tan head didn't stay all that long but did leave nice lacing. Smelled like not a whole lot some malt no hops. Taste chocolaty with some faint coffee with a nice full smooth mouth feel to back it up. A very drinkable beer at least from cask have not had the bottle version so hard to say all around?
06-08-2009 04:27:56 | More by kittywamp
3.5/5 rDev +1.7%
Planet Porter pours the darkest brown with gorgeous mahogany hues capped by a creamy tan head. This beer refuses to let any light pass through it. It leaves a nice lace behind.
The aroma is roasted malt with a slight bitterness. The flavor profile is dominated by the roasted malt with hints of coffee and spice and a dry finish.
This classic American porter pairs perfectly with smokey American bar-b-que pork.
01-28-2008 06:20:45 | More by beerbrains
2.73/5 rDev -20.6%
A - Black brew with a small brown head that eventually recedes to a cap with good duration. Some spotty lace coats the glass.
S - Cold coffeee and chocolate along with some steely hops and soy sauce. Lots of roasted cereal grains are there too.
T - Twangy and sour hop sting and a big dark roasty chracter make for a somewhat puckery brew. Sweet chocolate notes try to keep the old black coffee roastyness and sourness in balance, but they don't quite do the job. Salty.
M - A bit thinner than I like my porters to be. Wet, salty, and lightly carbonated. Not so good.
D - Decent. Not a bad porter. But not a good one either.
01-03-2007 15:27:20 | More by pmcadamis
4/5 rDev +16.3%
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.
06-19-2012 13:09:33 | More by NeroFiddled
Planet Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
79 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.