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Planet Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Planet PorterPlanet Porter

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Ratings: 381
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 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.

SupaCelt, Feb 13, 2006
Photo of orfeu
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.

orfeu, Feb 12, 2006
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.

Drew966, Jan 30, 2006
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

russpowell, Jan 26, 2006
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.

PorterLambic, Jan 16, 2006
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.

Mebuzzard, Jan 09, 2006
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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 01, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This porter pours a resonant jet black with a dark tan head that quickly exits stage left. The color is right but otherwise this is one flat looking porter. The smell is ringed with roasted malt and also raises me some coffee flavor although a sour note also hits my nose which isn't as great.
A sniff of this will clean your sinuses, for better or for worse.
The taste is a bit more mellow, with roasted hops being the strongest taste although coffee and just plain burnt make an appearance as well. The mouthfeel has a nice round dimension but also boasts about double the amount of carbonation needed for a good porter. There is a sweet aftertaste mixed with caramel that helps it along nicely.
This porter has depth and complexity but is missing some kind of craft brewed quality that keeps this from being a good beer. Not my style.

daliandragon, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich brown. Nice head and lace. Smell is typical of a good Porter with a little somthing extra I couldn't put my finger on. Full flavor, with a nice smooth finish. If you have tried and liked Southern Tier Porter, you will like this too. Have one ASAP!!

riversider76, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of ski271
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly red dark brown with a medium-sized, light tan, foamy head that quickly diminishes to a thick film. Good, thick lacing. It smells mostly of mellow roasted malts with some caramel, milk chocolate, and light coffee. The taste is a bit sweet of chocolate, light caramel and a hint of molasses... but where are the hops? Oh wait. There they are, very late on the finish, very weak adding only the slightest bitterness to the finish. It has a medium body, watery texture and soft carbonation. This is an enjoyable and highly sessionable porter but nothing special. A bit out of balance. One of 4 beers in a mix 12-pack (along with their pale, amber and Hazed & Infused), and this was the least impressive of the 4.

ski271, Oct 30, 2005
Photo of hoffman
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours rich black with frothy mocha head, first 1/2 fades quickly last 1/4 lingers forever and sticks with the glass like glue. Aroma is faint a toasted smell much like typical porters but less robust almost subdued. Inital taste is somewhat bland, possibly due to the water moutfeel, this is where my disapointment in this beer came to be, I had expected a full body frothy porter like others I have had. The taste regains some respect with at biting mocha aftertaste that commands another sip. Very drikable for a porter, but for me, if I want a drinkable beer it will be a whitber, or smooth easy pils, I want a porter to stay with me.

hoffman, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of profzoom
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This porter pours a rich, chocolately black with a thick mocha-colored head that leaves thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is subtle. The rich malty aroma is present, but doesn't fill my nostrils like I am accustomed to when sniffing a porter. The taste is similar - it seems like a very fine porter, but diluted. The most intense taste sensation occurs after it is swallowed, as the carbonation fizzles down, leaving a bitter malty aftertaste.

Because the taste is more subdued than most porters, it might be a little more drinkable.

Overall, I'm glad I picked it up, but don't see myself trying it again in the near future.

profzoom, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of WesWes
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

WesWes, Aug 05, 2005
Photo of Thrasher
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Thrasher, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a black coffee with beige foam and sticky lacing. Aroma is mild compared to the flavor of the beer. Initial. Initial taste is of roasted grain and smoky porter. There are some middle notes or bittersweet chocolate. Too little carbonation and the finish is flat. But not a bad porter.

palliko, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) in July 2005 and consumed a couple days later. Pours a two-finger fluffy light brown head over a liquid too dark to see through. Held to light is has dark ruby red edgings. Smell is chocolate and molasses. Tastes sweet wet malt for a moment before chocolate and some coffee steps in. Molasses and a sugar sweet. The beer ends with a gentle sting from carbonation and an acrid that may result from . Simple, but this beer captures the flavors I really like in this style of beer. Wet sweet and chocolate with enough roast to add another dimension. Md-light body and mildly carbonated.

mentor, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is very black and caries a nice sticky brown head.

Smell: A bit hopy (not much of an indication of the flavor it has in store for you).

Taste: Seems smoky and burnt. Followed by hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. It has a bittersweet aftertaste that makes this beer unique.

Mouth feel. I think this beer could use a tad more carbonation, but other than that a smooth drinkable porter.

Naes, Jun 16, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderately thick, dense, chestnut colored head fades slowly to a film leaving a bit of scattered lace. Light aroma of creamy chocolate malt. Nice doughy chocolate flavor up front is just sweet enough, and almost sour tobacco flavor in the middle. Just a pinch of dark malt bitterness at the end. Moderately light body with an almost froathy mouthfeel. A nice session beer.

HappyHourHero, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of scriabin
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The porter is one of my favorite styles, so perhaps I'm a bit particular. This is by no means a bad porter but it doesn't quite stack up to some of the others I've had. It is a little on the watery side for one, and the flavor is a bit on the bitter side. The carbonation level seems a little high for a porter to me. The flavor has some malt and chocolates, but it isn't overly complex for the style.

scriabin, May 20, 2005
Photo of beercollector
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pour nearly black with a light frothy head. the head leave a bit of lace but not much.

This has a very sweet caramel smell. This follows into the initial taste. First sweetness, then a caramel toffee like flavor and sweet after taste.

Their is a creamy soft feel feel that finishes with a sweet malt after taste.

This is a drinkable porter. One that you could sit down with and have several.

beercollector, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of guinnessman
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pitch black with very little head. A sweet aroma of toffee and butter, with a nice mouthfeel, though, it’s not as heavy on the palate as it appears to be. Excellent chocolate, caramel and coffee flavors make this a very nice porter. I could definitely sit back and enjoy a few of these with a nice steak.

guinnessman, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of waughbrew
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like black tar with red highlights. Just a ring of foam - pretty lifeless. Smells of fudge, tobacco leaf, sweet and vegetal, a little musty, very very nice. Flavor showcases charcoal. Thin. chocolaty. Lightly acidic. Dirt-earthy hops. Feels thin and bubbly even though the carbonation is low.

Overall not a great porter. Definitely smells better than it tastes, looks, and feels. Why import this from across the country?Colorado can keep this one.

waughbrew, Mar 14, 2005
Photo of karengarys
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours nice, quite dark, not much foam, but there is a ring around the edge of the glass that laces up a bit.

Smell is chocolatey and I pick up a hint of florlal hops.

Taste first hits me with the thin mouthfeel and body, so I'll go there first. It is a bit pop like, but beer like too. Not a great mouthfeel, not a lot of body here, somewhat thin. Fizzy though, and a little cream fizz in the finish. Just not as robust as I would want.

Now onto the flavors. How about some chocolate malt. Slight, very slight pine hop. More dry hops (which I like), giving a bit of dryness, but it is not a dry beer. A bit of malt.

Finish is crisp and clean. There is creaminess in the back of the throat.

Overall, this is a dissappointment to me from what is one of my favorite breweries. I understand, though, that porters can be like this. Give it a try, though, it is interesting enough to experiment with.

karengarys, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of fretlessman71
3.93/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pertinent preliminary comments: I was told that this is the original recipe for Boulder Porter as it was in the early 80’s. I’ve enjoyed it in the past, and I also remember being less than enthused with a Boulder Porter in the early 90’s (when things started going downhill for Boulder Beer), so it seems plausible to me.

AROMA: Hmmm… That’s interesting… I’m getting roasted malt and feet. In a good way, though. Chocolate coming through a little bit as well. Roastiness comes out stronger as it warms.

APPEARANCE: Dark, dark brown. Light tan head with medium tight bubbles. Decent lacing; not great. Head recedes to a thin white cap that lasts to the bottom of the glass

FLAVOR: Chocolate dominates (hooray! Gotta love the chocolate), with a fair amount of roasty/toasty black patent malt. Maybe a little mocha, maybe a little prune. Pretty sweet and malty in flavor and finish. Not much in the way of hops here. Chocolate turns to chocolate milk as the beer warms. (I know – warm chocolate milk – EWWW…)

MOUTHFEEL: Medium weight in my mouth; a bit dry feeling in a way… but in a good way. Carbonation was perfect as far as I was concerned.

DRINKABILITY: Wonderful! I could easily have more than one of these. Alcohol is either hidden very well or in fact pretty low.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I really enjoyed this beer. The bitter/sweet balance tips a little toward the sweet side, but on the whole a thoroughly quaffable brew. A good session beer.

fretlessman71, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of tar
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, inky, black with a thinnish (1/2 cm), medium brown, frothy head. The head quickly fades away to nothing--not even a ring persists where the beer contacts the glass, and there are few signs of significant carbonation. Looks "thin" or watery in the glass. Nice aroma of both chocolatey and roasted malts, with a hint of coffee, but all of it is a bit subdued. Tastes of roasted malts, but with a unpleasant burnt bitterness which lingers well into the finish. Much like it looks, this feels quite light in body, but is not a "thirst quenching" beer which I might like to be a bit on the watery side (i.e. lawnmower beer). Overall not a very good example of a porter and not a beer I'll be having again.

tar, Jan 06, 2005
Planet Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
79 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.