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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:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 05-20-2003)
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Photo of mntlover
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a black but red highlights show thru small tan head falls to ring of foam that leaves nos lace to speak of.
Aroma is roasted malt with coffee and some chocolate with a very light hop presence, smells good. Taste how ever does not live up to the smell.
Taste is light some roasted malt in the mix but not much a very light burnt like bitterness followed by tingly carbonation some light hop citrus flavors but no real bitterness. Also no real coffee flavors or maybe coffee with lots of cream. Where are the flavors that were in the nose? Just bland nothing really bad just nothing good.
Mouthfeel is to light just lacking in character and texture.
Drinkability looks alright smells good but it ends there nothing but a bland little porter not recommended unless your like me and want to just try everthing. Thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

mntlover, Dec 27, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a jet black color with one finger of medium tan head that dies away fairly quickly. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell has lots of roasted malt character, some sweetness, and a touch of alcohol. Not too shabby. The taste is chock full of roasted malt. A hint of licorice and coffee. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is good as well. A decent porter.

SheepNutz, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep dark brown with ruby hues around the edges. There is no head, but a ring around the top. The nose is all about chocolate malts, with some light hops mingled in there as well. The flavors are mostly chocolate malt with some coffee finish, but not a lot of bitters...all what I want in an American Porter. This is a nice beer. The feel is a nice thick, with a hint of creamy chocolate. Drinkability is really good on this beer. I think I may have to have a 6 of this one for the winter.

kmpitz2, Nov 24, 2004
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a deep brown color with a light brown head. The aroma is of coffe and chocolate, with a roasted maltiness. The flavor is of coffe and a roastiness to a lesser extreme. The bitterness is at a midium level. It is a good medium bodied brew.

Sampled on 5/30/04

BeerBuilder, Nov 21, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

merlin48, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of clvand0
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a small head that dies off quickly, but leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is light, but comprised of a coffee and sweet maltiness that was very enjoyable. The flavor is much the same: Nice coffee flavors along with an extremely creamy malt character. I loved this mouthfeel on this one.

clvand0, Nov 08, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
4.22/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown color, near black, with a gingerbread brown head. Doesn't smell very strongly of much, maybe some biscuit tones and light chocolate. Taste is pungent and slightly smokey, with bitter chocolate flavors and unlike many porters I've tried, almost no acidic burn. I like this beer, and it was a good deal at $1.09 for a single.

TastyTaste, Oct 24, 2004
Photo of budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a deeply tinted brown ruby colour with a dark tan head...the head dies quickly and leaves sparse lace. liquid milky way candy bar aroma...with a hint of something burnt or smoky, too. tingly, carbonated mouthfeel, and a thin body. flavours of dark roasted chocolate malt or black patent malt...not enough malt flavour in my opinion. a hint of bittering in the back end...and it finishes with more of that carbonated, tingly, acidicly bitter taste. this is a pretty poor example of a porter, but it's quaffable. i wouldn't purchase this again, though.

budgood1, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of Hhawk06
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a Rockies BC sampler pack. It emitted a lovely roasted chocolate smell. The body was almost black with a deep ruby tone paired with a great 3/4" tan fluffy head. I loved the creamy mouthfeel and it certainly has its mocha characteristics. However, I am getting a metallic-y taste as well. It kind of spoils the brew, the other brews in the pack were consistent with that as well. Perhaps just a bad batch. Anyway, it finishes a tad roasty and everything is near perfect outside of the metallic taste. I may give this another shot....

Hhawk06, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of frazbri
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black body with just a hint of red on the fringe. Dense tan head fell fairly quickly, but with very good lacing. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Cocoa and hazelnut flavor with muted bitterness. Full body, thick feel finishes dry.

All the flavors are in there, but seem muted. Not a bad beer, just needs a little more intensity of the flavor for my liking.

frazbri, Sep 18, 2004
Photo of Brent
3.05/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tarry black color with mocha head. Aroma is a bit sharp. Husky malt flavor up front, with some smokey, slightly oxidized flavors. Follows with moderate citric acidity and vague white wine notes. Picks up a bit of unsweetned cocoa powder with the hops at the finish. Overall, a bit oriented toward sourness, but not unpleasantly so. An average example of the style.

Brent, Sep 11, 2004
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark brown color with a ruby tint. Thin light beige head and light lacing. The scent is lightly malty, along with a little coffee. Medium-bodied with mild roasted coffee, malt and burnt chocolate flavors. No flavor really stands out more than any other, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The finish is lightly smoky with a bitter character. Overall this Porter doesn’t really distinguish itself in the field, either as especially good or especially bad. It’s just kind of...there.

Dogbrick, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of Beaver13
2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Beaver13, Jul 12, 2004
Photo of mschofield
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque black/coffee brown, topped with a two finger rocky khaki head. Leaves sparse lacing.
Earthy, burnt caramel aroma, shellfish and coffee.
Earthy/dirt taste, a weird note couldn't decide between egg and pumpkin, overall roasted malt, but also coffee grinds and burnt toffee.
Medium bodied, this one did not go over well.

mschofield, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-fingered light brown head that fades quickly leaving a little lace. Absolutely black color. Nose is roasted coffee and the carbonation is good. Starts with a strong roasted coffee and finishes with some hops and bitterness. Heavy bodied. $1.35 for 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Jun 30, 2004
Photo of MuddyFeet
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).

MuddyFeet, Jun 20, 2004
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.

PopeJonPaul, May 25, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Deep bister hue with hazed garnet flashes when held to light. Head settles into a thin soapy tan layer that yields sparse lace. Sweet milk chocolate with a mocha tinge comprises the understated aroma. Trace herbal hop twang as well. In flavor, prevalent is an impression of burnt chocolate cookie, although there's a dark roast coffee note stronger than the aroma would indicate. Well attenuated, with meager residual sweetness or outright malt character. Hint of dark lovibond caramel assuages the black patent astringency. Very lightly bodied-- almost mild ale like in mouthfeel. Meek in hop bitterness, but appropriate considering the paltry residual sweetness. Finishes with a transient fudge like snap yielding to note of parching, overbaked brownie. A middling porter at best. Perhaps its best attribute is its thirst quenching nature, but certainly isn't a brew to be savored. Yawn inducing.

marc77, May 14, 2004
Photo of LarryKemp
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a very dark redish brown with a medium dark tan head that lasted of average length.

The aroma was mild and mainly of malt with some very subtle earthy tones.

The flavor was the most disappointing of all. The first sip had a hint of chocolate, I think. It was so fleeting that by the second sip, I could no longer taste it. The malts are present but not much else can be said.

The mouthfeel is closer to light than medium and an after lingers in the mouth.

This is probably one of those beers that will live forever in the back of beer fridge or until one my friends unsuspectingly sneaks a beer when my back is turned. And that will serve him right.

LarryKemp, May 08, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
2.93/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. No date. Neat Label!
It pours a stout-colored tar pitch with a thin and fading beige head and some patchy lace.
The aroma is of a mild smoky peat malt and dry cut hay.
The malt is smoky and fairly burnt tasting. A light taste of rye crackers is noticed.
A spicy and light citrusy taste does little to balance or counter the smoky malt.
Alcohol is noticed, but not overly so. There just isn't any definitive direction to this Porter.

BeerResearcher, Apr 09, 2004
Photo of edchicma
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew....Appearance was a bit chocolaty with a head that dissipates rapidly. Smell was a nice blend of malt and light chocolate..Taste was initially sweet with a light bite mid-palate and a light slickness throughout. Mouthfeel was medium and good. Easy to drink,,,goes down smooth...not a bad brew overall.

edchicma, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A thin beige head over a very dark brown body with some light lacing. Nice full nose of chocolate, roasted malts and hints of vanilla. The great flavor is from the chocolate persuasion with lighter coffee sense and nise roasted notes. A vaguely thin feel is a bit inconsistent with the full-bodied look and taste.
Good drinkability from the lovely flavor and nice light feel.

AtLagerHeads, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of cncbofh
4.28/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Planet Porter is a lightweight porter with a sienna brown color. It has a nose of burnt coffee and some marshmallow. It has a good french roast and chocolate taste, but it still too easy on the palate to be considered a true porter for me. It was easy to down a six-pack of these in a single sitting, and it left me craving something more.

The taste really was exceptional however, and for the price, get a six-pack to go with your BBQ.

cncbofh, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eclipse black color, small head. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee. A lighter bodied porter. Chocolaty flavor, some bitterness. Not very hoppy and lacking in body for a porter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 18, 2003
Planet Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
79 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.