Planet Porter | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Planet PorterPlanet Porter

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.51%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Quaffer on 05-20-2003

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Photo of donteatpoop
4.41/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice chocolate color with a thin tan head that retains poorly.

The smell is unbelievable. Chocolate, roasted grain, caramel, and oak.

Excellent porter. The taste is chocolate and toasted malts, caramel, with underlying woody notes. Lot of complex flavors in here.

Very smooth going down, easy to drink, possibly my favorite porter.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.33/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

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Photo of icefisherman
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
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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Photo of cncbofh
4.22/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

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Photo of WWWade
4.21/5  rDev +22%
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 mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.2/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a whim, ended up being a good choice.

Poured a dark brown/black with about 2 fingers of light tan foamy head. A bit more head then I'd expect for the style.

Smells of roasted malt and oat. Clean.

Taste is pretty nice, smooth roasted malts are mild with a strong coffee flavor, finish is bittersweet and dry. Leaves a nice lingering sweetness. Not overpowering with bitter.

Mouthfeel is refreshing. A bit more carbonation than I think it should have. Body is light for the style and very smooth.

Drinkability here is good. I had this with some barebcue and it was fantastic. Wouldn't have expected it to turn out so well but I'd highly suggest trying this. I'll be grabbing a 6 or two next time.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a pint glass, served at cellar temperature.

Apperance is exceptional. It has a deep dark brown color, lots of white foamy head, great retention and lacing.

Aroma is roasty malts, chocolate, and a touch of coffee.

Taste is also nicely balanced with plenty of three flavors mentioned above, not overly sweet or bitter.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, almost like it was poured from a cask. It's not too bitter, really well-rounded. A touch too thin.

Drinkability is excellent - it would be a great session beer on a cool autumn night.

Overall, a great beer that I expected to score higher. It has all the characteristics a porter should and that head just won't go away! It's creamy and delicious.

Note: I think it really helped that I had this one warm. Flavors seem to meld together well and the texture is just right.

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Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#3 of 4 beers in the 12er sample pack. ALL nice beers; Sundance Amber, Pass Time PA, Planet Porter and Never Summer ale.

A pour from the daydream-type scenic label of beers and a telescope dropped the classis black topped by a pillow of tan. Excellent.

Malty and chocolate in the aroma, leading into a very tasty quaff of these plus a touch of sourdough bread. I really like porters, and this was one I could dabble in weekly.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Planet Porter from Boulder Beer, pours an incredibility dark black red from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle, with a pry off cap... My one watt LED flashlight just, and I mean just, makes it through the liquid to the other side of this brew that could pass for lamp black. Head went to well over three fingers, and left large amounts of lace.

Nose is a light citrus burnt sweet malt and a well represented floral hops, done just right. Palate is a nice sweet burnt barley malt with a pleasant citrus.

Planet Porter from Boulder Beer is a World Class Porter and should not be passed by. If you should see it on the shelf, go for it, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 45 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours black with barely discernable red highlights peaking through and a finger of off-white head that recedes slowly to the edges with average lacing.

S: Cocoa, light roastiness, and oily hazelnuts.

T: It opens up with coffee-like roastiness, giving way to delicious dark fruits, and finishes with mouth-watering milk chocolate; very nice.

M: It has a medium body with below average carbonation and a silky-smooth finish.

O: This is a subtle but tasty porter. I expected much less.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice, deep brown with a bit of a ruby highlight. A nice finger - finger and a half head, quite a light tan.

S: A nice, fresh coffee aroma. Some chocolate / toffee scents, toasted malts. I quite like the scent of this one.

T + M: Lighter coffee flavours than detected in the aroma, but there. Not as heavy as a stout, but a nice and reasonably 'lightly full' flavour. Finishes without the same, heavy sensation that some can go down with, almost a little drying, even. A subtle complexity that I appreciated.

D: Another one that I initially had on a 2 oz. tasting and got a bottle for review. This one was rather nice then, and I found it nice now, too. Perhaps a personal favourite from what I've had from the brewery, and worth a try.

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Photo of ZAP
4.09/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the nose on this beer...HUGE milk chocolate aroma with strongs notes of vanilla too...great nose!! pours a deep, drak brown with a lot of black in it...tan little head...mouthfeel is creamy...I wouldn't call it thin, but it is not it the lighter side of medium...feels good in the mouth problems....Taste is heavy on the milk chocolate....I also get some of the vanilla but that is actually stronger on the nose...Hopping is low, but that's fine with me....Drinkability is good and bad...I love drinking this right now but maybe a bit too rich on the sweetness for more than a couple..

Overall...I think this would be a great desert beer with brownies or something like that...the biggest negative is the thinner mouthfeel...the biggest positive is the great nose....

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
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 deaconsmith
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A.-this porter is a rich, thick and dark color with a faint amber tone in the light. not a very thick head 3/4 on a text book pour..although good retention time with litle lace in a thick glass mug.

S.-the initial aroma was heavy in malt and a little nutty.

T.the initial taste was simular to smell, rich malt and a oaky/nutty taste. the after taste throws in a hint of coffee. well balanced overall.

M.-@ 43* is was a good mouthfeel, very bubbly and alive .

D.-drinkability is good for a very rich and thick porter. gose down smooth. a very ballanced porter. i would recomend a try

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Photo of williamherbert
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Nice little outdoor scene of a telescope and what at first seems to be a bonfire, but is actually a bucket of iced beers.

Appearance--Almost black color, not very much head.

Smell--Wonderful! Rich, smoky toasted malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Good carbonation, but a bit thinner than I like for a porter. Rich lingering toasty flavor.

Drinkability--Quite good, this is probably because it is a little on the thin side.

Notes--Not quite as good as an Anchor Porter, but this is pretty good. I'll certainly have this in the future.

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Photo of bearsxco
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown, almost black with a half finger tan head. Some retention and minimal lacing. Sweet roasted malt with a slight chocolate smell. Tastes exactly as it smells. Nice balance of flavor. Light with a little carbonation and a little chocolate malt aftertaste. Not very bitter. Nice session porter.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulder Beer Planet Porter has a medium, creamy, beige head, a very dark, almost black, brown appearance, and a good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of dark-roasted barley malt, charcoal, sweetness, and black cherry. Taste is of those elements, with the noticeable char, yet little bitterness is detected. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Planet Porter finishes semi-dry, rich, sweet, and good.


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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is oil black with barely a brown hue on the edges in the light. A dark cream colored head dissipates to a film with awesome sticky lacing. The beer smells of roasted malts and bitter chocolate. The beer tastes just like a good porter should -- roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and a faint smokiness. Also a tinge of sweetness in there somewhere. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, I appreciate this beer as much as any other Colorado porter I've tried. Just a very drinkable, well made porter.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulder Planet Porter
12 oz. bottle
"ENJOY BY JUNE 27, 2012"

Although only eight days away from the end of the freshness date, the beer seemed in pretty good shape. There was a minor bit of oxidation but it wasn't to the point that it would distract you.

The appearance was quite good, with a frothy head of dark tan above an almost-black dark-mahogany body, and large rings of sticky lace.

In the aroma you'll find mainly cocoa and sugar, but there's some chocolate beyond that as well, and if you really look for it, some fruitiness as well.

As is usually the case, the flavor follows the aroma, however there's more chocolate than cocoa here, a bit of roastiness, more molasses than sugar, and the fruitiness is much clearer. It's berry-like, leaning more toward the juicy side than the tart, and it cuts through the dark malt giving it a nice counter-balance. Some citrusy hops swirl in the background, and to be honest, probably add to the fruitiness. The bitterness is kept in check, and it finishes dry, yet surprisingly short - which is OK, that just leaves you ready for another sip.

Overall it's an impressively balanced and solidly made porter. It's basic, yes, but it's got just enough interesting stuff going on to make it work as a session ale. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of scott
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very easy to drink porter representative of the style. Not too dark, with a medium & quick to fade head. Nice nose, and very wet as it goes down. I could pull on these all night, and the alcohol doesn't interfere with such a commitment. Balanced.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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