Planet Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Planet PorterPlanet Porter

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.51% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 05-20-2003)
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Photo of beerbrains
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a dark ruby that you barely see any light coming through. The head comes and goes quickly. I’d give it a 4 if the head stayed around longer than 5 seconds. Nose is okay. Some faint roasted coffee scents with little much else to it. It almost smells watery. Taste starts off pretty good with a slight malty edge that goes to the roasted coffee, but quickly vanishes. What is odd is that the flavor kicks in again after disappearing and gives you a stronger coffee flavor than before. Really weird, but good in it’s own way. Still though, not as robust as it should be. Feel is lame. Watery, watery, watery. Just lacks substance of any kind. Drinkability? No. Won’t go back to it again. Can’t suggest you giving it a try.

Photo of hwwty4
2.2/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Poured a thin brown, that allowed light to go shine through. Smell is grainy, like wheat bread, and a bit of light fruit. Taste is very bland. Threr is really not much going on to talk about. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. It was a good attempt by Boulder but I think could really improve this beer.

Photo of mountdew1
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark coffee like brown. Head was a nice 2 finger thick foamy milk chocolate color that left no lacings. Aroma smelled like freshy baked multi grain/wheat bread with just a touch of brown sugar. Taste was plain, slightly sour almost, no real outstanding features. Felt very watery in the mouth, not impressive at all. Very easy to drink the beer, but nothing really stood out as a reason to do so.

Photo of beerking1
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black, with a thin, tan, head which fades fast, leaving only a collar of foam. Aroma is faint, with notes of roast coffee, and some fainter tart notes. Flavor is almost entirely roast coffee, maybe with hints of chocolate. Body is a little thin, aftertaste is roast notes with more chocolate character.

Photo of scottblaze
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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'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.

Photo of wspscott
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Very dark, almost no light passes through. Thin tan head with some lace.
S: A little sweet on the nose but not much else.
T: Mostly sweet, slightly raisiny. Makes me think of a weak/watery old ale.
M: Comes across as light, either needs more carbonation or a creamier mouthfeel. Too much of the of the sugars got fermented away.
D: An ok beer, but nothing wonderful. I think it is the mouthfeel that is most lacking, fix that and this would be a much better beer.

Photo of Jwale73
2.95/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an American Pint glass. Presented with a dark brown almost black color. Thin off-white head that dissipated almost immediately. Smell of roasted coffee and chocolate. Very thin lacing with somewhat watery mouthfeel. Not very lively; little carbonation present. Feint flavors of coffee and malt. Not a particularly good example of the style, as such, I don't find it a particularly quaffable brew.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.3/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I thought this was a pretty marginal porter. Porter is a style with many entrants and thus a lot of very nice beers. Like IPA, porter is a competitive style to play in (more so than say Berlinerweisse or Eisbock) and this is not at the top of the style. It might be in the middle...or even at the left hand side of the bell curve. This beer had a rather thin character, very faint flavor, and abundant off-notes. Not a home run.

This beer poured a rather thin dark color, light enough or thin enough to have light pass through it. Aroma was oddly fruity, much like a middle-of-the-road ale (say a blonde ale) might have. Flavor was a bit of fruitiness that would not be out-of-character for a light ale, and some sour off-notes. There was not much in the way of roast-y character, particularly not for the style. Mouthfeel was OK, but a little thin. Not a new favorite for me. Respect the effort, and Boulder makes some nice beers, but this is not atop the heap.

I bought this at Liquor Mart in Boulder when visiting to attend the GABF. I brought it home to Milwaukee in my wooden leg.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is very faint, but roasted malt, cream, toffee, and a hint of chocolate can be detected. The taste is of roasted malt, and not much else. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with decent carbonation. Overall, this is a weak porter, and I don't think I will be drinking it again.

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

12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with little tan head that wears away quickly. The aroma is light with coffee, malt, and a little hint of alcohol. Initial taste is mildly sweet with a finish that is a little bitter and tastes like bad chocolate. I expected more body from this beer, but it was pretty thin and had almost no carbonation. Wish I would have tried a different selection from Boulder as my first beer from them. Would try it on tap, but wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of kdoc8
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired this at the Bier Stein, Eugene, OR.
Poured out without much of a head - there's a thin film of tannish bubbles and some indistinct lacing. The color is dark black with some reddish hues. Smells a bit of roast and a bit of alcohol. The taste is mildly of chocolate roast, a bit smoky and slightly bitter aftertaste. It's kind of bland, but really drinkable and with no taste of the alcohol that came out in the smell.

Photo of gmfessen
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my trusty pint glass, beer is black with a thin, brown-tan head that quickly dies away. Smell is of deeply roasted malts with hints of milk chocolate and coffee. The initial taste is slightly sweet with malt and transitions to a dry bitterness that is associated with the dark roasted malt. A bit of coffee, not so much of the chocolate though. The mouthfeel is actually thinner than I had expected, light-medium bodied with adequate carbonation. This is a drinkable porter, not bad but nothing outstanding about it either.

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

A very easy to drink porter representative of the style. Not too dark, with a medium & quick to fade head. Nice nose, and very wet as it goes down. I could pull on these all night, and the alcohol doesn't interfere with such a commitment. Balanced.

Photo of mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Toasted bread, roasty notes, a touch of carmel sweetness in the background.

Appearance: Jet black with ruby edging. A sudsy tan head that persists reasonably well.

Flavor: Good malt base with some roasted grain to balance. Finished clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation.

Overall impression: A good English slant from an American brewer. Highly sessionable with a good enough malt profile to keep the palate alive. Recommended.

Photo of cjgator3
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a DARK black color with a small light tan head with decent lacing. The aroma is highlighted by an array of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. The taste features a lot of the same dark roasted malt that was present in the nose along with a fairly mild hop finish. Overall, this is not the best porter out there but it is certainly not the worst. It is a pretty decent offering that is worth a try.

Photo of BeerNinja007
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black without any highlights. A thick tan foamy head formed, and hung around for quite some time.

Light roasty, and milk chocolate aroma. A good amount of chocolate. As it warms, the aroma becomes a bit buttery.

Some chocolate flavor, combined with some muddled fruit, and a bit of a soapy flavor. Seems rather chalky, and not as sweet as the aroma might suggest. Flavors really seem to drop off, as it finishes with a bit of caramel, but stays pretty dry.

Light body, and a bit too much carbonation. Seems bland when compaired to the aroma. Not terrible, but kind of a letdown.

Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#3 of 4 beers in the 12er sample pack. ALL nice beers; Sundance Amber, Pass Time PA, Planet Porter and Never Summer ale.

A pour from the daydream-type scenic label of beers and a telescope dropped the classis black topped by a pillow of tan. Excellent.

Malty and chocolate in the aroma, leading into a very tasty quaff of these plus a touch of sourdough bread. I really like porters, and this was one I could dabble in weekly.

Photo of bditty187
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surely, I’ve had this before? Guess not…

Dark brown in hue, black in the middle with ruby edges; brunette foam, at the apex the head was two fingers tall. The head retention was respectable; the bubbles were slow to fade to a soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty but fairly prevalent. Overall, this is a decent looking Porter.

Wonderful nose! Huge milk chocolate aromas, coffee hints, cocoa, roasted malt, suggestions of nuts with an underlying mention of vanilla. For a regular strength Porter the nose is outstanding. High potency, chatty… I have high hopes now!

Dry, chalky upfront with lingering roasted qualities; I figured this Porter would be sweeter based on the nose. Suggestions of coffee, chocolate, and weaker hints of vanilla and nuts; I prefer a more tangible malt base. I like the flavor profile but it is just a tad too dry for me; the herbal, tobacco-like hops proved bitterness, at the back. Maybe I’m looking for some dark fruits? I think that addition would be beneficial. However, by no means, is this Porter sub-par.

Slightly smaller than medium in body, low but natural carbonation; the mouthfeel is adequate.

I found Planet Porter easy to drink; it would make a good session beer. I think the dryness would work magnificently with a big, juicy burger. As a standalone beer it is too dry for me but those who oppose sweetish Porters should check this one out. Purchased in Omaha; worth a try.

Photo of LucaBrasi
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one sat in the back of my fridge for a while....

At first I was afraid when I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass because it virtually left no head.

It appears dark as you would think it would, little to no head, tan in color and lacing that slowly slides back into the darkness.

Smell is heavy on the chocolates deep and dark.

Taste is clean with dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth with a slight tingle.

Drinkability is also good. This was a good porter.

Photo of biking4beer
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very minimal, whispy head. Very deep brown, almost black in color.

Smell is interesting. Not very strong, but there a few things going on here. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, plum, and a very subtle pineyness.

A taste brings back thoughts of bitter chocolate. Kind of tart and a touch of orange. Maybe some chicory. A slight, unpleasant metallic finish.

This beer has high carbonation which was somewhat disappointing. It's also a bit thin. Definitely not something I look for in a porter.

I could drink a couple of these, but eh, it's just ok. This probably wouldn't be the beer I took to do some stargazing.

Photo of Hautacam
2.42/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark head at all.
Smells of metal and toast.
Taste is toasted malt , carmel and coffee. Slightly sweet and a bit chalky. Just a hint of bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with almost no carbonation.
May be a bad bottle...I'l try one again sometime; but this one I probably won't finish.

Photo of Dubbercody
2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good roast nose, drinkable, somewhat bitter but coffee comes out in the initial taste to quickly fall out to the bitterness again. All in all I have to say it could be better and it could be worse. I didn't really enjoy this beer. A beer of the month offering that fell short.

Photo of goschool
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The pour is dark red to brown verging on black with a fluffy tan head that soon rescinds to a very thin layer.

Smell: The nose has Charbucks coffee and a bit of chocolate, less toffee, and even less anise.

Taste: The flavor profile is as roasty as the nose, but it has fruity characteristics as well. There's cherry, prune, and fig.

Mouthfeel: It's light and watery with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a good porter, not particularly complex and the weak mouthfeel brings my overall enjoyment down a notch.

Planet Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
79 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.