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Planet Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Planet PorterPlanet Porter

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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 05-20-2003)
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Photo of villainchiwwin


3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

almost-black brown, light can't get through the brew. tan head fell to a thin but persistent layer. chunky lacing.

roasty malt smells, faint chocolatey coffee and figs/dates.

sweet initially, gets sweeter then barley comes through with a little texture and roasted grain. faint mineral taste and gentle astringency merge with the flavors and are interesting rather than a nuisance. bitterness well-balanced in a warming finish.

smooth and luscious mouthfeel, drinkable medium body.

easy to enjoy this solid porter, a sweeter offering than I'm used to.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 04:12:39 | More by villainchiwwin
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear black in color with a 1" fluffy head sporting big bubbles. Light lacing develops.

Smell: chocolate and roasted malts are easily detectable.

Taste: grainy roasted malt, chocolate, light espresso, mild molasses, and a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Brief aftertaste of roasted malts and chocolate.

Drinkability: a pleasant and easy to drink porter.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2006 17:33:55 | More by Gavage
Photo of arnulfooxblood


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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Nice little outdoor scene of a telescope and what at first seems to be a bonfire, but is actually a bucket of iced beers.

Appearance--Almost black color, not very much head.

Smell--Wonderful! Rich, smoky toasted malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Good carbonation, but a bit thinner than I like for a porter. Rich lingering toasty flavor.

Drinkability--Quite good, this is probably because it is a little on the thin side.

Notes--Not quite as good as an Anchor Porter, but this is pretty good. I'll certainly have this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2006 01:11:02 | More by arnulfooxblood
Photo of dfried


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

Pretty much black in color with a little mahogany around the edges, thin caramel colored head forms, drops quickly to a ring, but come back easily with a swirl. Roasted coffee and sweet, creamy chocolate like aroma, with some earthy hops. The taste is quite sweet and chocolaty, almost cloying. There some almost apple like fruitiness, and some bitterness from the coffee type roast. Enough carbonation to break up the sticky sweetness. Although I feel this is an average in flavor porter, it has great drinkability, I can easily put down a few.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 03:04:26 | More by dfried
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice looking deep brown to black colour with a big chunky tan head atop the body.

The aroma is a bit faint and fairly average overall. There are hints of chocolate and earthy malt with a slight touch of hops and some roasted coffee notes as well, but everything is fairly mild overall.

The flavour hits on all of the aromas but in much better fashion. a roasted coffee and chocolate mix leads the way and is nicely balanced throughout. Hints of sweet caramel pierce through at times as well, along with (once again) a slight touch of hops toward the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied yet perhaps a touch thin.

This one was pretty good overall. The lack of a hearty aroma hurts this one a bit. Not bad, and certainly worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 02:42:13 | More by guinness33
Photo of RedChrome


3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour resulted in a very dark beer with only a few red tones when held to the light. A half inch roasted almond colored head held for a while. Can't see any carbonation. Lacing came in uneven clumps.

An extreme aroma of chocolate. Almost like smelling a glass of chocolate milk. A light balancing hops takes away the super sweet smell of the second whiff.

Had a very strong taste that was a mix of alcohol and chocolate. These flavors were also helped by a secondary flavor of roasted almonds. A bitter quality helped the chocolate go down easy on the aftertaste.

A nice thick beer. A good body for nice winter beer. No carbonation feeling in the mouth.

A decent offering. A good offering to have with a hearty meal such as a stew or a pot pie. I am not generally a porter drinker, but this is a slightly above average offering in the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2006 08:24:14 | More by RedChrome
Photo of hanco005


3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid black, no light shining through whatsoever, a thin ¼ inch dark sand colored head that fades away before I can finish writing this section of the review, lacing is spotty, but abundant

S—toasty and roasty, coffee and chocolate, bittersweet and an overall pleasing scent

T—coffee and chocolate as I expected, but also getting some biscuit and dark fruits, not a bad porter at all

M—a little on the thin side, medium/fuller bodied, good carbonation

D—not a bad porter here, the alcohol sneaks up on you…it seems higher than the 5.51 % that their website indicates

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 14:03:59 | More by hanco005
Photo of JMD71


3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2006 20:38:20 | More by JMD71
Photo of BEERchitect


3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Porter. Won't knock your socks off, but there is nothing wrong with this beer. Mild coffee, but bigger chocolate aromas and flavors become very aluring. Sweetened with a solid barley malt base and hopped for balance only, the beer stays rich, smooth, and earthy throughout. A firm and consistant smoothness from sip to finish. Head retention could be better, but the low-level carbonation does help with the weight and smoothness of the brew. Finishes clean and smooth with a mild lingering chocolate / coffee flavor and bitter. Nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 16:59:00 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of cbl2

New York

3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No best by date.


Pours a pitch black with a half inch of coarse tan/brown head. Coarse carbonation on the level of a cola speckle the sides of my pint glass.


Mild roasted malts, a hint of coffee, and strangely some soap.


Somewhat coarse mouthfeel, which quickly dissipates to an almost flat nature. Mildly sweet and nutty with a muted coffee flavor. Not as robust and flavorful as I would like, or have come to expect from Boulder.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2006 19:31:56 | More by cbl2
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

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

off white head, one full finger, lacing is nice, this one pours a dark brown/black, and is nearly opaque, looks like a porter alright...

sweet cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee. a nicely balanced nose, unlike michael jackson's (the singer, not the beer guy... beer geeks, I swear..)

taste etc...
medium to heavier mouthfeel..nice! prickly carbonation for a second gives way to a nice burnt aftertaste with hints of chocolate, a bit of sweetness on the mouth upon entering as well... again, like the nose this is balanced. this is a nice AP.

I think I prefer smoked porters. so in a pinch I would go for them.. but this is a nice little beer and if you see it, try it.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 02:38:46 | More by Ego
Photo of UnionMade


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

Another in the mixed 12 pack.
Dark brown, nearly black, topped with a finger's worth of beige head. Good head retention, but no lace. Charry, coffee-ish malt aroma. Mild piney hops. Slight fig fruitiness and toffee. The flavor starts out rather mild, on the sweeter side. Caramel malt flavors, with modest bittersweet coffee notes. Very soft feeling, creamy and easy drinking. Gently hopped finish, kinda piney, with added bitters from the charry malt. Some nuttiness, too. Lighter medium bodied, with fine carbonation. Maybe a little underhopped for an american porter, venturing into a wierd, english brown porter/stout realm. Smooth sippin' stuff. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 00:36:46 | More by UnionMade
Photo of bashiba


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

Poured black in color with dark brown highlights and a bit of tan head with some small lacing.

Smell was full on nice burnt malt odor with a touch of coffee.

Taste had a good bit of burnt malts with a decent earthy bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel had a decent creaminess to it.

Overall on the lighter side for a porter, but pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 02:36:51 | More by bashiba
Photo of Blakaeris


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

Pours very deep mahogany brown, almost black, with ruby highlights. Slight milky tan head.

Smell is sweet with roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla counterbalanced with bitter coffee. The aroma is inviting but not huge.

Taste is sweet milk chocolate and dark burnt grains. Moderate in both maltiness and bitter hop. Coffee really presents itself in the finish along with a slight sugary sourness.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Thinner than expected.

Overall not a bad brew, but nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2006 01:41:25 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of BeerBob


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

Planet Porter from Boulder Beer, pours an incredibility dark black red from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle, with a pry off cap... My one watt LED flashlight just, and I mean just, makes it through the liquid to the other side of this brew that could pass for lamp black. Head went to well over three fingers, and left large amounts of lace.

Nose is a light citrus burnt sweet malt and a well represented floral hops, done just right. Palate is a nice sweet burnt barley malt with a pleasant citrus.

Planet Porter from Boulder Beer is a World Class Porter and should not be passed by. If you should see it on the shelf, go for it, you will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2006 05:46:08 | More by BeerBob
Photo of NEhophead


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

Dark maple in color; semi-opaque. Thin, lightly tan head that quickly fades to a whispy sheet. Spotted and condensed lacing with decent strength.

Candied sweetness. Faint, bitter caramel and coffee aromas. Light vanilla tones. Subtle aromatics.

Sweetened coffee with a big dose of powdered, dark chocolate. Musty, biscuit flavors; bitter caramel tones. Slick, artificial sweetness followed by a coffee and cream aftertaste.

Medium bodied; thin and oily on the palate. Very artificial.

A middle of the road Porter. Out of balanced, artificial-tasting. Plenty of better versions out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 22:03:35 | More by NEhophead
Photo of Crosling


3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured deep brown with a very light tan head that died within seconds and left not a glimpse of lace throughtout the session.

Tobacco, alcohol, dark chocolate wallop through the nostrils. Certainly not lacking aroma as it has plenty of it. But, it just smells bad.

Poor flavor as well. Very murky, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Very light in body. Sweet malts up front, with a lousy mid-palate and an odd aftertaste. Just not very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 02:02:52 | More by Crosling
Photo of bearrunner44


2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black, with shades of dark crimson. Decent amount of brown head; it leaves some foam on the side of the glass as it dissipates.

Smell: Thin, with notes of raisin, dark malt, and floral esters. It's not a very distinctive aroma.

Taste: Brown sugar sweetness from the malt. Some light roasted cocoa flavor. Soft raisin tartness emerges in the middle, merging with the slightly dry character of the malt. There's a very, very light touch of hops in the finish. The hop flavor is thin and grassy. Some metallic oxidation is detectable in the finish. Bland.

Mouthfeel: Thin and lifeless.

Verdict: Nothing to write home about in this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2006 04:44:59 | More by bearrunner44
Photo of SupaCelt


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

After the dump, this beer formed an impressive foamy head that proceeded to deflate like a disturbed cake. The beer is deep brown in colour and the slowly shrinking head is that of cocoa. Copious amounts of chunky cocoa toned lace envelope the rim after the head falls flat.

The nose holds a somewhat distasteful scent of wet coffee grounds and cigarette butts early. Vague chocolate tones try to salvage the odor quality here. The scents seem to come back into a more pleasant focus as they mix with the atmosphere. Vague dark fruit hints come out to mix with the powdery chocolate notes.

The flavour, like the nose, is blighted early after the pour. Tin cap intrusions leave their mark upon the otherwise enjoyable porter character. Amazingly, this blemish subsides leaving only a nearly delightful range of bitter chocolate and creamed coffee tastes to bathe my palate. It still ends up perhaps a touch weak on flavour. Not bad in the late going.

Mouthfeel is medium. Seemingly thin at times, but overall it works well with the confused flavour aspects.

Drinkability is good after the shaky beginnings. Once again, the theory holds true. Porters are pretty hard to muddle. This one made a valiant attempt at failure, but saved face. Not bad, but not the best. Give it a chance before you cast it off down the drain though.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2006 14:09:48 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark, dark brown with a pathetic burnt caramel fizz that disappears almost immediately. No head whatsoever! Despite a vigorous pour...I thought maybe it was a bum bottle, flat, y'know -- until I saw some bits of carbonation hitting the surface as I sit here and type. Nose is faint chocolate malts...and that's about it. There's a slight roasty choco-caramel malt flavor with some earthy hop bitterness at the finish. Smoky-metallic aftertaste that's actually pretty gross. Thick mouthfeel despite a medium body. The picture of a completely unimpressive beer. Avoid.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 23:59:11 | More by orfeu
Photo of Drew966


2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black from a twelve ounce bottle. Small head, aroma a tad underwhelming. Taste is a bit disappointing, not really a full bodied porter. I woudn't go out of my way for this one, but I wouldn't say there's really anything wrong with it either, no obvious off tastes or anything.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 01:56:06 | More by Drew966
Photo of russpowell


3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany/black with a 1 finger deep tan head. Below average head retention and a slight lacing

Smell: Some malt and roasted malt, not much

Taste: Toasted grain, malt, mocha like notes, more roasted grain taste and nutiness in the finish

MF: A little thin and some slickness

Nothing special, tastes more like a a dunkles, this was better on draft

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 02:59:25 | More by russpowell
Photo of PorterLambic


3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that lets some light through. Tan head drops fast to a thick film and leaves decent lace.
Smell is malt, hops, dark chocolate & coffee.
Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel and hops.
A full bodied brew, almost chewy, with perfect effervescence, smooth, with a really nice vanilla, malt & coffee aftertaste.
Good stuff to be sure. Would have liked a bit more nose and a little dark look but much better than the other Boulder beers I've had. Kudos.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 20:15:32 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.
Looks like a porter; deep brown (dare I say black?) with a nice foam head. Smells like a porter. A bit sweet, malty, nutty, and caramel/chocolate

Tastes like a milk stout. Sweeter than I had imagined. Not as roasted malty either. There are hints of chocolate and roasted malt, but not many other characteristics.
Drank two and that was enough. Would drink again, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 21:36:09 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2006 19:58:01 | More by rhoadsrage
Planet Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
79 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.