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Planet Porter - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Planet PorterPlanet Porter

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 234
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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Ratings: 385 | Reviews: 234
Photo of bluejacket74
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of albern
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of Risser09
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of kittywamp
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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?

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of icefisherman
4.23/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of MisterClean
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle barn in Santa Rosa

A - Pours a dark brown with a 2 fingered mocha head. Dissipated moderately slow and left nice lacing.

S - Light coffee, chocolate, and minty hops.

T - Light coffee, chocolate, minty hops and a slight bit of cherries.

M - Full-bodied, malt dominated and syrupy sweet from combo of chocolate and cherries.

D - Great brew, but I think I am impartial to a British strain of yeast where it does not impart that cherry flavor. Good example of American porter style. Impressed.

Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with a hint of amber along the bottom of the glass. 5/4 inch head of a tan color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, some hops, and a slight citrus aroma. The aroma is actually quite pleasing and intriguing. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. The feel is also slightly watery - disappointing. Tastes of roasted malt up front, some sweet malt next, hops in the background, and some slight coffee flavors in the finish. Overall, a very drinkable porter, but lacking the rich body I've come to expect from better porters.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this one to fill out a mixed sixer the other day. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/08/09.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark brown with a nearly black look to it and a nice two inch head of tan. The aroma was loaded with chocolate and rich roasted malts. Big sweet profile here. As I go in for th first taste I am over whelmed with cocoa and rich dark tones. Nice touches of molasses and rich sweet flavors that carry over into a huge sweet finish. Big body on this and a great easy drinking feel.

Overall a very solid and very drinkable porter I will look for again.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with reddish hints to the body. Large light brown head with a good amount of sticky lacing and good retention.

S: Smells fairly weak with caramel malts equally accompanied by a slight coffee note. Some hops noticeable but overall it smells weak.

T&M: Meh, not bad. tastes as it smells. Roasted malts with caramel accompanied with a decent amount of hops and some acidic notes. Really not a fan of this one, I expect much more out of the style.The mouthfeel is very weak however, very low carbonation make give this beer a lower rating than it has potential for.

Overall: Poor overall, drinkability is about average but atleast the look of it was good. Not the worst porter I've had, but by no means one of the better. Only worth picking up if it's in a sampler pack.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date found.

dark, brownish black, almost opaque. red tint under direct light. foamy, bubbly beige head fades to wispy layer. decent lace.

aroma: gentle roasted malts and hints of coffee and caramel. touch of acidity and earthy, roasted malts, plus some leafy hops. all a bit subdued however.

roasted character continues in the flavor, with coffee notes, but just a tad too acidic without enough caramel or malt sweetness to counter. moderate bitterness along with the acidity, into the finish as well.

medium body, with fluffy carbonation that is prickly upfront, but a touch too astringent and acidic from the middle onwards, and thus not helped by the prickly bubbles.

a nostalgia beer for my brother and i. one of the first american craft porters we ever had, from years back.

Photo of mdwalsh
2.87/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, just a hint of reddish brown around the edges. Poured a half finger head that vanished right away. No active carbonation at all.

S: Sweet. slightly boozy smell. Fairly malty, little to no roast character.

T: Burnt Biscuit. Still some malty boozy taste as well, but it isn't very good. Tastes more like a thin stout than a porter.

M: Smooth enough, perhaps not the proper density though. Fairly flat also.

D: Drinkable, would have a few before this next time.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black. Two fingers of rich, chocolate brown head. Sticky lacing.

Aroma is sweet with some roasted coffee notes.

The roasted quality in the nose isn't nearly as notable in the taste, which doesn't bother me one bit. More sweet than anything else, like a milk stout almost. It's not a bad mixture of flavors, and they're balanced well, but I think the balance takes away from the flavors themselves. Nothing really jumps out at me, but the taste is still pleasant. It's very easy to drink, though.

Body is probably on the lighter end of medium. Pretty thin feel. This is probably the first porter I've tried that could easily be consumed in large quantities. Though there's not much depth to the flavors, it's still tasty. Sessionable porter if you're not looking for anything mind-blowing.

Photo of mikereaser
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a perfect black with a bit of a tan head that quickly left just a ring of bubbles around the glass

S - slight roasted malt and chocolate aroma, nothing too strong here

T - some roasted malt flavor and dark fruits, a bit of a hop presence as well

M/D - has a nice crisp mouthfeel to it but yet seems a bit watered down in both flavor and feel. Seems like a sub par attempt from an above par brewery.

Photo of chaz410
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark almost redish black. Thin caramel head. Spicey nose, roasted but not sweet.
The taste is very crisp and hoppy for a porter. Roasty and earthy hops, not a lot of typical chocolate and sweetness. Easy to drink but very unusual for a porter.

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

Pours out with a deep dark brown but ends up with a reddish haze when held to light. Head withers after about 20 seconds from pour, most likely due to the light carbonation characteristics. It is actually quite aromatic with a heavy malt smell followed by the coffee and dark fruits that a number of others have spoken of. Upon first taste you really get to realize the light texture of the beer and with a mouthful you get a good sense of the flovaors that hint in all of its corners. A little coffee, a little chocolate, and a very little amount of hops. Not the best porter I have ever had but I would definitely recommend for any beer drinker to consume at his/her leisure. Its drinkability and delightful taste make it very easy drink a couple at a time.

Photo of WillieMoe
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark, dark, dark black color with a thin mocha head, that quickly fades. The light brings out a nice red, perhaps burgundy outline.

The smell is of roasted dark malt, with mild hints of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit.

The taste is of dark fruits (raisin and berry?), there is not much coffee or chocolate in the taste. Some, but it is faint.

Has some sweetness in the beginning. Its a bit thin and watery. The body is medium, as is the carbonation.

It goes down pretty easy, not a bad porter, but not a stand out either.

Photo of HopDerek
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Boulder Beer Tap House at the DIA Airport

Poured a dark brown with 1 finger of tan head, OK retention left nice latticework of lacing. Smells of chocolate malt, coffee, roasted malts, nuts, and caramel. Tastes of roasted malt, caramel, nuts, chocolate, and coffee with a slightly grassy finish. Medium in body with pleasant carbonation. Smooth with a mellow bitterness, very easy to drink, quite sessionable especially during the winter months.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out malty and a little smoky with mild flavors of coffee and chocolate. There's a background flavor of dark fruit and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth and a little watery, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, definitely not one of the better porters that I've had.

Photo of timmay41
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown body with a wispy head that dissolves quickly but leaves a nice lace.

Smell: Roasted, sweet aroma with berries on the nose.

Taste: Kind of like a dark chocolate covered raspberry. Tastes of dark, rich roasted malts that give way to some sweetness, followed by a slightly tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick and grainy as other porters, but not watered down either. But on the light side, indeed.

Drinkability: This beer offered more than I expected and would be a good choice as a dessert beer.

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

Clear deeply brown colored beer with ruby highlights when held up to the light. Small brown head forms and then falls.

Smell is sweet and faintly smoky with fruity and chocolate aromas. Faint vanilla and carrot scents.

The taste starts out mildly sweet with grassy and chocolate flavors. Little bit of toasted bread and nuts.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Very easy to drink beer. This is a bit towards milk stout in flavor.

Photo of sliverX
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

brief review from notes...

typical porter look very good dark roasted malts poor had no head, there was no discernible smell that I could detect but I was in a fairly crowded bar, tasted good enough that in the future I may pick up a bottle and do a more proper examination at home

Photo of hopdog
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a dark, deep brown with a larger sized tan head. Aromas of coffee, roast, light chocolate, and maybe some light caramel lurking in the background. Tasets of roast, chocolate, and light coffee. Thinner body.

Notes from 10/04/07.

Photo of williamherbert
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is thick, dark, opaque. Black and shiny like a bowling ball. Head evaporates almost immediately.

Bitter coffee smell, bitter and rich. Sweetish tobacco, sweeter dates and raisins. Rich and beautifully balanced.

Strong sweet flavor at the start, with dark grapes and a hint of flowery hops. Some bitter coffee and mocha. Hints of milk chocolate. Gets nutty as it warms.

Mouth feels a little thin, but smooth and leaves a little reminder on the tongue. A tad chalky. A solid porter. Balanced, smooth and nice. A real good call.

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

Pour leaves a large tan head that settles on top and leaves good lacing all through out. Though not heavily aromatic, Planet smells exactly like a Heath Bar blizzard with coffee ice cream from Dairy Queen. I kid you not.

Much smoother than most porters, Planet is a mix of roasted malt, milky coffee, chocolate and vanilla. No one flavor is dominant, nor all particularly agressive. It's just a subtle, balanced porter with high drinkability. A little thin in the mouth though. I will go back to this one.

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