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Planet Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Reviews: 234
Hads: 389
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 17.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
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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Reviews: 234 | Hads: 389
Photo of salvo
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulder planet porter was served from the nitro tap at Black Sparrow. It arrived thick and rich, more stout than porter. The nose was all molasses and coffee. The taste chocolate, with sweet malts that ended slowly in a medium bitterness. The chocolate taste contrasted nicely with the coffee nose, offering an interesting experience. Rich thick mouthfeel, creamy and buttery, aided by nitro tap but not over done or dependent on the nitro pour. Delicious, coming from someone who does not enjoy most porters and measures them all against Brother Thelonius.

Don't know if the Nitro tap at Black Sparrow punched this up a notch or twelve, but I'm not a big porter fan and I thought this was fantastic. Perhaps that's part of my preference profile: an AIPA drinker responding among the porter quaffers.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark amber in color and has a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There is a light aroma of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste also has flavors of dark roasted malts, but these aren't that strong.
M: It feels light-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: Although the beer was easy to drink, the taste wasn't very interesting so I'm not sure if I would have this again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip

A - Poured dark black with half a finger of espresso coloured head. Next to no visible carbonation.

S - Roasted malts with some sweet molasses.

T - Roasted malts and chocoalte with some caramel. The malts taste slightly over-roasted to me, which created a bit of a burnt taste that is particularly evident in the finish (without dominating the palate). Decent overall palate but offered nothing unique or interesting. A decent porter, nothing more.

M - Light to medium body that seemed watery at times and to have a slight chew at other times (very odd). Lightly carbonate.d

D - A decent porter but one that I would definitely avoid buying again. Very plain.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep brown, with a nice tan head that retains well and leaves lacing. The aroma is heavy on the coffee notes, along with some dark chocolate, molasses, plum, licorice and some floral hops. The taste is a bit of a disappointment compared to the aroma, with espresso notes upfront, along with some molasses, dark chocolate, burnt bread and a little dark fruit. The mouthfeel is lighter than expected and drinkability is pretty good due to the significant carbonation. Pretty solid porter here, but not as complex or full bodied as some of the better American porters.

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Photo of Flashsp2
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Planet Porter into pint

Almost black, opaque pour with a dense mocha head that rises to the
edge. Nice sticky lacing.

Nose is roasty, earthy, light caramels, minerals.

Earthy, roasty, woody, dark chocolate, caramels, mineral tang on the finish.

Moderate body that feels a bit thin at points, but the low-medium
carbonation is a nice point.

Not a bad brew, a bit too earthy/minerally for me to love. Still, an
interesting take on the style

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Photo of manahansf
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown color with a thin creamy tan head. The body is moderately heavy with low carbonation and moves slowly across the palate. Great example of cask beer. Big roasted malt aromas with a big robust coffee flavor. Smooth chocolate/toffee finish which fades quick.

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Photo of Stimack
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew poured to a very dark brown color with a medium sized somewhat creamy head that had ok retention and left only slight lacing. The aromas in this brew where had a roasted quality with a slight astringent smell. Also a slight sour smell, lactose? The flavors where what I was figuring based on the aroma, roasted malts, astringency come out a little more, slight hop bitterness and slightly sour finish and a little to sweet. The taste on this one is pretty good but it does have anything to really distinguish it from others. Has a slight watery feel to it as well. Over all it goes down quite easy so drinkability is high, but since this is one of my favorite styles it does seem to be pretty pedestrian. Would have it again but there are many others I would chose before this one.

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Photo of JTahoe
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In my Foothills tasting glass, Planet Porter is a clear brew, dark garnet in color, with a fine finger-and-a-half thick capping of pale beige foam. The grainy-bubbled crown doesn't hang around forever, but does persist until settling into a short collar that still manages to deposit wispy rings and blobs of of fine spongy lacing onto the insides of my miniature shaker-type vessel.

The aroma is dark caramel-laden and sweetly fruity, with appley notes accenting a whiff of mild chocolate.

The taste is darkly toasted with light toffee sweetness and the barest twist of citrus. A mild and dusty cocoa bitterness fades mid-swallow, leaving a note of milk chocolate-covered toffee and a splash of mocha lingering in the aftertaste.

The drink is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with sedate carbonation, and is exceptionally easy to drink. A nice sessionable porter.

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Photo of WWWade
4.21/5  rDev +21.7%
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

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Photo of jdskinns
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Dark brown, almost black color. Pours with a thick tan colored head that doesn't stick around long. Smells nutty and smokey with some roasted smells and a little bit of chocolate in the background. Taste followed the smell with the roasted, nutty flavor. Lots of malt and there's definitely a smokey flavor going on here. Very drinkable. Good overall beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A decent looking porter, with a fudgy color and ruby highlights and a respectable head that could stick and lace a bit better, truth be told

Smell: Baker's chocolate and some roasty elements, but lacks depth

Taste: Opens with a brown bread flavor that adds some roast, cocoa powder and licorice by mid-palate; after the swallow, there is a grainy aspect that joins the profile that doesn't really help things out

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but somewhat watery, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nothing particularly offensive about this porter, but there are just a lot of others out there that are far better

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a pitch black wit more than a 1 finger head of foam but not quite 2. Also, it has some good lacing.

The smell is grainy and hoppy with some light notes of chocolate. It isn't an in your face nose but it is good.

The taste has some roasted malt, light chocolate and some hop bitterness. Easy and smooth tasting.

The mouthfeel is actually lighter than I hoped for but not bad. Carbonation was on the lightish side but suited the beer well.

Drinkability? Not bad at all. I'll enjoy drinking the other 2 bottles from the sample pack but I don't, honestly, see myself buying 6 packs of this in the future. The sampler pack had 4 different brews but none of them, and this is just from my perspective, are worthy of revisits. Too "pedestrian". Give me the upper tier of their brews anytime, ie Mojo IPA, Hazed and Infused, Never Summer and I'd be a happier camper.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark chocolate color with a thin tan head on top. Retention is weak, but it leaves some nice sticky lace on the glass. Smells of roasted wood and milk chocolate. Smells very sweet. Body is light and thin. A little wet feeling. Decent flavor, but finishes a tad sour. Some mild roasted flavor mixed with some powdered cocoa. Not bad, but nothing standout. A few things could be tweaked for sure.

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Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Dark brown/blackish pour, minimal dark cream head. Sweet malt, toffee, nut aroma. Flavors of malt, chocolate, peat/grass and some toffee, but all are fairly mild. Mid/light body, a little fizzy, but not overly so. Finish is some sweet malt and caramel, clean enough, minute hop presence. Drinkability is good, and this is a lighter drinker of a porter.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black with chestnut highlights and a nice tan head. Pretty good lacing.

Smell- Nutty and malty aromas. Pleasant and inviting. Some light roastiness, sweetness and a good chocolate. little to no hops.

Taste- Again, sweet and chocolaty. So much malt and only the slightest bit of hops to give it a faint crisp background. Drinks more like a scotch ale in my opinion.

Mouthfeel- Could be a little thicker, but satisfying nonetheless. Medium to full body with good carbonation.

Drinkability- For a porter, this one goes down smoooth.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a frothed, light khaki-colored head.

Smell: Aroma brings forth a roasted maltiness with the anticipated notes of black malts, unsweetened chocolate, coffee, and licorice.

Taste: Roasty malts with tones of coffee and baker's chocolate with lighter, lesser touches of blackened grains and licorice root. This one comes up a tad short in the hop department with most of the sweetness tempered handled by the roastiness. Finishes roasty and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Planet Porter is a simple, basic brew that goes down easy. A near-average, but by no means bad porter.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.08/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with little to no head to speak of. Light and airy nose that has malt hints, but is pretty tame and standard. Smooth attack that reveals a hops that seems to affect the mouthfeel without impacting the flavor. Interesting. There are smooth tones of caramel, coffee, smoke, roasted grains and maybe a little toffee and touches of the malt. There seems to be a buttery character to the flavor. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass a nearly opaque black with a decent light-tan head that diminishes to a thin layer that shows a decent amount of the etching on the bottom of the glass and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is a nice amount of baker's cocoa, brown malts, and slight coffee. The taste is a very enjoyable blend of ground cocoa and brown malts with a nice subtle hop backbone. The beer is quite light and crisp, easy drinking, even for summer. This is very enjoyable and respectable porter.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, date on bottle says October 14, 2008. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention is average, but there is quite a bit of lacing. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a little bit of citrusy hops. However, the aroma is weak. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma is. Taste is similar to the aroma, but has the addition of some caramel and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's smooth and goes down easy. Overall I think this is a decent enough brew. It won't blow you away, but it's not bad at all.

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Photo of albern
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this porter after having the Eel River porter and it is a bit disappointing. The beer is a bit watery looking with a slightly dull brown color. The head is very small with just a ring of tan around the glass. The nose is good, there are some crystal malt whiffs, there are some floral aromas, with maybe a touch of cocoa powder.

The taste is bit disappointing. For starters, the beer doesn't have the body and consistency, and it is just too watery. There are some chicory notes to the beer, there are some charred caramel notes, some coffee, some bittering chocolate. The hop is not so well balanced, the watery consistency doesn't add to the beer. There is a touch of dextrin sweetness to the beer that seems a bit off and it interacts in a strange way with the charred notes. There are some roasted notes that are a bit more respectable in this beer too. Not a bad porter, but if you have an Eel River sitting next to this one, go for the Eel River.

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Photo of Risser09
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz beer poured into a mexican tulip - fridge - 2008

Appearance: Pours a dark black with no light going in or out. The tall 4" head is medium brown in color and shows great retention. Spongy lace remains on the glass.

Smell: Slightly hoppy with vegetal aromas. A slight malty strength is noticeable, with a decent sweet coffee smell. Not very strong.

Taste: Clean. crisp, coffee and toasted malt. This beer isn't overloaded with flavor. Some mild licorice at the end. Decent.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thinly bodied for a porter. Smooth and kind of flat, really. No noticeable alcohol.

Drinkability: Mediocre at best. This beer isn't complex and needs much more flavor. It just seems so bland. Okay.

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Photo of kittywamp
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the fist pour this looks great very dark not quite black but darn close, low tan head didn't stay all that long but did leave nice lacing. Smelled like not a whole lot some malt no hops. Taste chocolaty with some faint coffee with a nice full smooth mouth feel to back it up. A very drinkable beer at least from cask have not had the bottle version so hard to say all around?

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for around $2. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The porter appears a clear deep chestnut color with about two fingers of pillowy light ecru foam. The foam settles within a minute settling down to a thin layer. Nose and flavor consist of bittersweet chocolate notes, richly roasted grain, sweet malt, a touch of dark brown sugar/molasses, earthy hops. Approaching full bodied for the style and amply carbonated as well. Finish is somewhat dry with lingering cocoa powder notes. A solid, approachable porter.

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Photo of icefisherman
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From cask I am told it is planet porter infused with flashback. Looks way sweet from tha cask beutiful beer. Smells of chocolate malt and still more sweet malt. Taste great malts no hops but it is expected from the style. Mouthfeel smooth as smooth can get. Way drinkable as I sip on my fourth uber drinkable.

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Planet Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
79 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.