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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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Photo of Flounder57


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
Photo of scottbrew4u


3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Manayunk Tavern

A: Poured a rich black color with very little light coming through and a dense tan head that hung in there.

S: Lovely roasted barley aroma with faint smoke and dark chocolate aromas. Some char and dark bread with molasses comes to mind. Just a touch of earthy hops in the background.

T: Some sweet molasses coating a roasted and burnt barley backbone. Pretty rich with bits of dark chocolate, brown bread, and light smokey flavors that all work well together. Very low on the fruity esters but a bit earthy, spicy hop presence to balance some sweetness.

M: Medium to full bodied and just right smooth carbonation.

D: A porter for a porter lover! Very tasty and enjoyable all the way and enticing to try another. Alcohol levels are fairly low and just the right balance happening here! Great to try especially on a fall afternoon.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 02:39:02 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of womencantsail


3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Boulder Beer Tap House at the Denver Airport

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a thin tan head.

S: Quite roasty with a nice dark chocolate note. A light earthy hop character and some hints of dark fruits. Coffee is there toward the back end, as is molasses.

T: A very similar array of qualities on the palate. Somewhat sweet with chocolate, molasses, and toffee. Dark chocolate and roasted malts give it a touch of bitterness, perhaps a small contribution from earthy hops.

M: The body is a bit thin, unfortunately. Medium carbonation.

O: Pretty nice porter. A bit weak on the mouthfeel/body, but otherwise not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 01:33:41 | More by womencantsail
Photo of Schmittymack


3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Old Chicago Westminster. Poured a very dark brown, almost black color with a slight tan head that quickly disapated. Aromas of sweeter malt, some coffee, and bitter chocolate. Taste was roasted malt, bitter chocolate, a bit of coffee, and just a touch of smoke. I like this one on tap mucho better than in the bottle: I belive I'll have another two or three before this mini-tour ends.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2011 08:10:47 | More by Schmittymack
Photo of wcintula

New York

2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a porter to stand up to the bigger guys out there. Decent looking with a black filtered body and a bit of creamy brown head but lacking in the other senses. The most notable flavor was it being a bit ashy. The malts are light, as are the hops. The beer isn't bad, but also not impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 14:02:18 | More by wcintula
Photo of drummstikk


3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark mahogany/black with a sustained bead. Smells of rich dark roast, light coffee, fruity yeast and light alcohol. When cold, all I could taste were roasted flavors, a sharp carbonation, and a woody, slightly smokey hop flavor, maybe Chinook. As it warmed up, considerable caramel sweetness emerge. This made the beer hang together, and the sharp malt and hop flavors played nice with caramel and considerable fruitiness. Body is on the full side of medium. It's a decent porter, but I would change the hops or the yeast. I don't see how he brewers imagined fruitiness and smoke would compliment each other.

Serving type: on-tap

01-07-2011 00:11:22 | More by drummstikk
Photo of JTahoe


3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark brown with creamy off-white head some spotty lace.

S - Toasty caramel malt, but pretty flat.

T - Dark malt, toasty grains, baking chocolate.

M - Medium-light body, perhaps a bit too watery. Moderate to moderate-high carbonation. Smooth feel with some lingering bite on the finish.

D - Easy to drink, but not complex or particularly the most interesting porter.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2010 00:03:35 | More by JTahoe
Photo of WWWade


4.25/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a great experience. On tap and cold. I had a 26 ounce draft. By the end when it was a little warmer, it still tasted great.

A- dark, with a lasting yellow head

S- Soft and crisp. Almost with a hint of almond.

T- This has a smooth coffee taste that is not overwhelming, but not watered down. Great on a cold night.

M- Smooth

D- Much easier than most Porters due to the relatively low ABV, but that does not take away from the quality of this great brew

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2009 02:04:42 | More by WWWade
Photo of HopDerek


3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Boulder Beer Tap House at the DIA Airport

Poured a dark brown with 1 finger of tan head, OK retention left nice latticework of lacing. Smells of chocolate malt, coffee, roasted malts, nuts, and caramel. Tastes of roasted malt, caramel, nuts, chocolate, and coffee with a slightly grassy finish. Medium in body with pleasant carbonation. Smooth with a mellow bitterness, very easy to drink, quite sessionable especially during the winter months.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2009 00:23:23 | More by HopDerek
Photo of timmay41


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

Appearance: Dark brown body with a wispy head that dissolves quickly but leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Roasted, sweet aroma with berries on the nose.

Taste: Kind of like a dark chocolate covered raspberry. Tastes of dark, rich roasted malts that give way to some sweetness, followed by a slightly tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick and grainy as other porters, but not watered down either. But on the light side, indeed.

Drinkability: This beer offered more than I expected and would be a good choice as a dessert beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2009 02:38:55 | More by timmay41
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brief review from notes...

typical porter look very good dark roasted malts poor had no head, there was no discernible smell that I could detect but I was in a fairly crowded bar, tasted good enough that in the future I may pick up a bottle and do a more proper examination at home

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2008 06:01:38 | More by sliverX
Photo of Gehrig


3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep dark chocolate brown with a tan head exhibiting moderate retention and lacing. From there, Planet Porter backslides considerably. Chocolate and coffee accost the nose in underwhelming fashion, revealing a dearth of malt that adversely affects the taste. It isn't as though the flavor is bad; rather, I'd characterize it as thin and simple. Something such as berry, caramel, toffee, or other such accompaniments would assist this greatly. It looks like porter, but doesn't taste and feel like good porter, unfortunately.

This is a disappointment considering how much I enjoyed Hazed and Infused and Mojo. There are at least two dozen better porters off the top of my head that I'd sooner grab.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2008 15:32:38 | More by Gehrig
Photo of ArrogantB


3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised the pizza place I went to yesterday had a decent selection of taps including this. Dark black with brown edges and a short white head. Smelled slightly roasty. The taste was a nice mix of roast and malt. Mouthfeel was great and I could have drank a couple more but I had things to do.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2008 15:35:04 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Paid for $8.99 for a freshly poured 1/2 gallon growler from Consumer Beverage Center on Elmwood Ave in Kenmore, NY. A little miffed 'cause they didn't top it off completely, shorted me probably half a glass worth.

A: Dark chocolatey black beer with a full tan head of small bubbles. Decent head retention, frothy lacing on the glass.

S: Mild malt aroma with a hint of smoke. Not much nose.

T: Very well-rounded- oak, smokey malt, bitter chocolate up front and in the middle. Citrus comes in midway through and dominates through the finish. Orange or lemon aftertaste lingers for a while and I'm not too crazy about that. Smoke notes also linger long after it's down the gullet.

M: Dry, not slick at all. Carbonation is a little strong but I'm sure that would dissipate a bit after sitting for a few minutes. Alcohol slighty apparent in the finish.

D: Goes down easily enough and is moderately filling.

Overall: Not my favorite porter by a long shot, but not terrible either. Pretty mediocre on all fronts, with the mouthfeel being the least impressive. There are better things to drink so I won't be getting this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2007 00:35:12 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +16.3%
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 rich and sweet malt scent that boasts of black patent, chocolate, and crystal malts. It has a roasted coffee aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth dark malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes sweet. It's full of chocolate, crystal, and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey porter. It has a complex malt bill with excellent flavor and aroma; a good drinker

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2005 01:33:07 | More by WesWes
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hints of coffee and chocolatey malts were teasing me around the edges of this beer. It poured dark brown but seemed to have a slight red tinge when held up to the light. It was slightly more bitter than I prefer my porters. It was not bad, just bitter enough to keep it from being a smooth and well-rounded finish (which is what I look for in a porter).

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2004 00:28:47 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of PopeJonPaul


2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown with small tan head that left a perfect thin ring on the glass, but smelled like a charcoal grill, or possibly a forest fire. Smoky, almost mesquite chocolate flavor, reminds me of the time I tried to cook chocolate fudge from scratch - and burned it. Light in body and still strangely drinkable despite the flavor, got the same mouthfeel I get from smoking a cigar. This stuff was strange, just not to my liking I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2004 01:19:00 | More by PopeJonPaul
Photo of RonaldTheriot


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.


Serving type: bottle

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


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
Photo of DenverHopHead


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
Photo of 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
Photo of TwelveOunces


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
Photo of OtherShoe2


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
Photo of Darkmagus82


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
Photo of B967ierhunter177


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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Planet Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
79 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.