Boulder Porter | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Boulder PorterBoulder Porter

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by freed:
Photo of freed
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being overbooked and put up overnight in Denver, I needed a beer. A big beer. This porter fit the bill.

This beer came quickly, filled to the brim, leaving a nice dark ring on the table. It was a mesmerizing blackness with mocha colored head lacing the top of the pint. The smell was subtle but chocolately. Hops were not that noticeable either in smell or taste, but it didn't count against the beer.

The taste was great. I mean great. There was a nice espresso and smokey malt taste with a very full body. There was a nice dryness to the beer which lasted to the final sip. The beer was gone before dinner arrived.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Double Diamond in Ellicottville,NY,poured deep deep murky brown with a thinner almond colored head that held no retention.Roasty aromas with faint bitter chocolate and molasses notes,a bit thin in the mouth not enough body to hold up to bigger roasted flavors in my mind,quite roasty on the palate with underlying unsweetened chocolate and earthy tones that linger.Nice flavors but not enough oomph you might say for the style.

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Photo of ADR
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown appearance with a small and creamy head of about 30 seconds duration. Husky, grainy aromas, barest whiff of chocolate tones -- a nice set up. However, the malts seem quite watered down in impact, not giving a nice mouthfeel. There is a touch of roast to the grainy malts and an appropriate balance of little hops. There's not much to balance here. Slightly astringent dry finish, like a Sierra Nevada Stout. Not a Porter of any particular distinction, really average as a beer overall.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured a nice black with a plentiful head that didn't require too vigorous of a pour. The head was a very creamy light tan with good lace retention. The smell was very enticing and dominantly roasted grain, with hints of chocolate, and malty sweetness. The taste was somewhat less interesting. The first impression was of basically nothing. As this first hit my tongue, my tongue tingled a bit, but there was no strong flavor, it was actually rather thin and watery. Only after a second did the roasted grain, and malt flavors appear. The aftertaste was dry and a bit acidic, and overall I would say this was a pretty light bodied porter. This little beer gave me high expectations from look and smell, but did not follow through with taste and mouthfeel, and therefore I have no great desire to drink more, though it would not be painful to do so.

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Photo of bditty187
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish-black hue, close to opaque, the brunette head faded quickly to a soapy collar… looks indifferent... very typical. No lace. The nose is nice with roasted malt upfront, very light hoppiness and equally light chocolate. The bouquet is common but good, average potency. The roasted flavor on the palate is hallow, chocolate undercurrents, dry, kind of chalky… good bitterness (a mix of chocolate, coffee, hops). There is not a lot of depth. Medium-light body, thin, the carbonation is lost, silky. This is a decent porter. I need not have this one again but by no means is this undrinkable… it is just boring.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation. 12 ounce bottle, with a Bully holding a glass of porter, nice!

Poured a dark brown with a thick, creamy head that stayed throughout. The initial smell is mainly of smoke and roasted malts. The taste is also a nice blend of mild chocolate/coffee and a bit dry. Seemed to be a bit dry for a porter, but a good taste throughout.

Tasting notes. The last in an 8 pack sampler from Boulevard, who are moving up the chain, these folks produce some fine brew. This was a good winter warmer.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating on the label. Got in a trade with Txhops. Poured a deep black with a small head that quickly disappeared. Mouthfeel was really good and goes down smooth. The aroma was roasted malt with good coffee smell and some chocolate in there. The taste was really good with a little bit of bitter that never overwhelms. Could see this one in the regular rotation. Not an overwhelming porter but easily drinkable - almost a session porter. (4, RR, T, Y)

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Photo of Gusler
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep brown to black, the head portly, the consistency creamy and the lace in nice glutinous sheets. Deep roasted grains; light chocolate and somewhat sweet is the nose. Malt at the front, the top wraithish, the finish is bitingly acidic, the hops scarce as hens teeth. Dry aftertaste and lacking in the two things I like most “Hops and a decent body as in malt”. Only tolerable, not much of a “Porter”, as it has little robustness and energy giving characteristics.

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Photo of marc77
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The tan head settles quickly into a thin layer. Very dark in color, with just a tinge of deep garnet when held to light. Bittersweet and sharp black patent are perceptible at first, but a mellower chocolate malt rounds out the mild aroma. Light in body for a porter with a watery mouthfeel similar to that of Boulder Amber. Light and unassertive roasted grain dominate the flavor, and the fairly light hop bitterness leaves the beer bittersweet. It finishes dry w/ no memorable flavors. Although not flawed, this is quite bland for a porter. It needed more body and malt / hop complexity. Tastewise it falls somewhere between a brown ale and brown porter.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown with a thin light tan head floating on top. Smells lightly of Saaz hops (I think.. the aroma reminds me of an altbier I made once), a very delicate and sweet hop smell balanced out with a little aroma of chocolate malt. Taste is predominantly of the chocolate malt, but in the background of an otherwise very thin body that doesn't suit the flavor. Other hints of a sort of burnt character that lingers faintly but persistently in th aftertaste along with an crisp, airy feel to it. Not a bad beer to try out, but not overwhelmingly wonderful.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much carbonation or head, leaves some lace. Deep red-black color, medium body. Not dry, on the sweet side, smooth with some porter after taste. A simple porter, one for someone just trying out porters. The ABV is 6.1%

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Photo of smcolw
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown, excellent head; signs of spotty lace on the side of the glass.

Nice dark chocolate aroma. No noticeable hop.

Fairly thin body for the style, but the flavor is superior. Predominate chocolate malts with some crystal and ?black patent? to give it a slight toasty flavor. The hop is present as balance. This is a dry porter, very close to the expected style.

This is not a rich porter, but is a full-flavored one.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this all black brew aggresively to get a good head, big mistake. The head exploded to four fingers, very thick and creamy. It also lasted for some time with good lacing. Chocolate dominates the aroma with just a hint of roasted malt. The chocolate is also the dominating characteristic in the taste, although roasted malt is evident up front. The mouthfeel is a little thin for this style, which is the low point for this brew, however it does go down smooth and easy. I've never met a porter I didn't like and that includes this beer. Even though it is rather ordinary, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark malt aroma, slightly sweet with some roast qualities. Brownish and smallish head. Dark brown to black with garnet noted on the edges. Dry roastiness with coffee flavors. Has nice medium to full mouthfeel. Dryness to whole drink, although finish is more subtle and has satisfying qualities. Overall enjoyable drink.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The dark brown body tends toward blackness but falls short. There is only a thin tan head that falls short on lacing. The nose is light but hints nicely of dark chocolate. This comes through with gusto on the palate as the chocolate sense comes through fully in the flavor. A poor feel is light and a bit watery, but the overall drinkability is quite good.

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Photo of bigflu
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Giantspace
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of LarryKemp
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This robust porter poured nearly dark black. The head was skimpy and short lasting.

The aroma was of chocolate. No hops were noticably nor were any fruity esters or butter smell.

The chocolate in the nose exploded on the tongue. The sweetness at first is replaced by a slight dryness at the finish. The sharpness of the roasted grains came through and drowned out the hops.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied and there was very little carbonation.

This is a very enjoyable porter. I look forward to enjoying one again.

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Boulder Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 19 ratings