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 ZenAgnostic
2.04/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. Enjoy by Jan 09 2012 stamped on the neck.

Appearance - Black body. Light brown three finger pancake batter head with good retention and decent to low stick.

Smell - Stale coffee. Very dry.

Taste - Mild. Watery. Stale. Very metallic. More off characters than good ones.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Stale.

Overall Drinkability - Stale. Watery. Not enjoyable.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.23/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Poured a thin brown, that allowed light to go shine through. Smell is grainy, like wheat bread, and a bit of light fruit. Taste is very bland. Threr is really not much going on to talk about. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. It was a good attempt by Boulder but I think could really improve this beer.

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Photo of harrymel
2.29/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Best by 11SEP12

Pours a nice coffee brown with an etched, light tan surface with the slightest rose color. Smells robustly soily, some cardboard, molasses and cocoa (nestle, carnation, something cheap). Flavor of coffee, cocoa, light toasted grain and some smoke. Thin with low carb and an off dry finish. Meh, wouldn't look for this or advise somebody to drink.

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Photo of PorterForMe
2.32/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured a 1/2-finger light tan head with basically no retention. A medium-dark brown color with far too much light penetration. Mediocre lacing

S: Lots of caramel malt. Could have used nice, toasty coffee and chocolate notes.

T: Oddly thin. Leads with unsupported sweetness, very light caramel and coffee followed by slight alcohol and ends with a faint toasty and metallic tastes.

M: Way too light of a body for a porter. Decent carbonation though.

O: For beer drinkers looking to move from lighter, sweeter brews (such as wheats) this may be an acceptable transition to darker offerings. However, for the seasoned porter drinker, this is an unfortunate disappointment. The taste and mouthfeel are so thin it leaves you wondering: what happened? SO many better porters out there; don't waste your time with this one.

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Photo of orfeu
2.32/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark, dark brown with a pathetic burnt caramel fizz that disappears almost immediately. No head whatsoever! Despite a vigorous pour...I thought maybe it was a bum bottle, flat, y'know -- until I saw some bits of carbonation hitting the surface as I sit here and type. Nose is faint chocolate malts...and that's about it. There's a slight roasty choco-caramel malt flavor with some earthy hop bitterness at the finish. Smoky-metallic aftertaste that's actually pretty gross. Thick mouthfeel despite a medium body. The picture of a completely unimpressive beer. Avoid.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I thought this was a pretty marginal porter. Porter is a style with many entrants and thus a lot of very nice beers. Like IPA, porter is a competitive style to play in (more so than say Berlinerweisse or Eisbock) and this is not at the top of the style. It might be in the middle...or even at the left hand side of the bell curve. This beer had a rather thin character, very faint flavor, and abundant off-notes. Not a home run.

This beer poured a rather thin dark color, light enough or thin enough to have light pass through it. Aroma was oddly fruity, much like a middle-of-the-road ale (say a blonde ale) might have. Flavor was a bit of fruitiness that would not be out-of-character for a light ale, and some sour off-notes. There was not much in the way of roast-y character, particularly not for the style. Mouthfeel was OK, but a little thin. Not a new favorite for me. Respect the effort, and Boulder makes some nice beers, but this is not atop the heap.

I bought this at Liquor Mart in Boulder when visiting to attend the GABF. I brought it home to Milwaukee in my wooden leg.

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Photo of nickd717
2.38/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle with a date of Feb. 2011 at Rock Bottom Denver Airport.

Standard porter appearance, dark brown with a one finger tan head.

The aroma is roasty without too much to it, just earth and metal.

Decent roast and chocolate flavor but man, was this planet aged? It's pretty metallic, which is off-putting.

Medium-bodied with average carbonation and a standard mouthfeel.

Not even as good as most of the Rock Bottom beers I had right before this. Disappointing.

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Photo of Hautacam
2.44/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark head at all.
Smells of metal and toast.
Taste is toasted malt , carmel and coffee. Slightly sweet and a bit chalky. Just a hint of bitter hops.
Mouthfeel is medium with almost no carbonation.
May be a bad bottle...I'l try one again sometime; but this one I probably won't finish.

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Photo of bearrunner44
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black, with shades of dark crimson. Decent amount of brown head; it leaves some foam on the side of the glass as it dissipates.

Smell: Thin, with notes of raisin, dark malt, and floral esters. It's not a very distinctive aroma.

Taste: Brown sugar sweetness from the malt. Some light roasted cocoa flavor. Soft raisin tartness emerges in the middle, merging with the slightly dry character of the malt. There's a very, very light touch of hops in the finish. The hop flavor is thin and grassy. Some metallic oxidation is detectable in the finish. Bland.

Mouthfeel: Thin and lifeless.

Verdict: Nothing to write home about in this one.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.6/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like black tar with red highlights. Just a ring of foam - pretty lifeless. Smells of fudge, tobacco leaf, sweet and vegetal, a little musty, very very nice. Flavor showcases charcoal. Thin. chocolaty. Lightly acidic. Dirt-earthy hops. Feels thin and bubbly even though the carbonation is low.

Overall not a great porter. Definitely smells better than it tastes, looks, and feels. Why import this from across the country?Colorado can keep this one.

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Photo of mdm46410
2.62/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle and served in an English pint glass. This beer poured a dark cola brown with a thin, bubbly head that quickly faded away. A small amount of lacing was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer consisted of lightly roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate. The flavor included a slightly sour, lactic chocolate note that detracted from the overall experience. Some very mild vanilla and roast were also present. The mouthfeel was light to medium-bodied with a bit more carbonation than I would prefer in a porter. Not one of the better examples of the style.

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Photo of tar
2.62/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, inky, black with a thinnish (1/2 cm), medium brown, frothy head. The head quickly fades away to nothing--not even a ring persists where the beer contacts the glass, and there are few signs of significant carbonation. Looks "thin" or watery in the glass. Nice aroma of both chocolatey and roasted malts, with a hint of coffee, but all of it is a bit subdued. Tastes of roasted malts, but with a unpleasant burnt bitterness which lingers well into the finish. Much like it looks, this feels quite light in body, but is not a "thirst quenching" beer which I might like to be a bit on the watery side (i.e. lawnmower beer). Overall not a very good example of a porter and not a beer I'll be having again.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
2.71/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.72/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
2.74/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black from a twelve ounce bottle. Small head, aroma a tad underwhelming. Taste is a bit disappointing, not really a full bodied porter. I woudn't go out of my way for this one, but I wouldn't say there's really anything wrong with it either, no obvious off tastes or anything.

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Photo of Buebie
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pour reveals a nice black color with a golden red ambiance around the edges, not at all transparent.
Head is 2 fingers, off white with medium to mild laceing and some retention.

The aroma is very generous, revealing some deep rich chocolate malt character and delicious molasses sweatness.
Very limited mild grassy hop aroma. Not at all found in the taste.
Its a good bittersweet chocolate up front. The first swig is deceiving as you begin to beleive this is the best porter on the planet. Then midway the watery textures come through and its true nature is revealed.
Watery porter with good bittersweet chocolate malt. Finish is dry and watery, with overwhelming carbonation.

Glad I tried it, but going to pass on purchasing again. It will be hard not to drainpour this one.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.78/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Black brew with a small brown head that eventually recedes to a cap with good duration. Some spotty lace coats the glass.

S - Cold coffeee and chocolate along with some steely hops and soy sauce. Lots of roasted cereal grains are there too.

T - Twangy and sour hop sting and a big dark roasty chracter make for a somewhat puckery brew. Sweet chocolate notes try to keep the old black coffee roastyness and sourness in balance, but they don't quite do the job. Salty.

M - A bit thinner than I like my porters to be. Wet, salty, and lightly carbonated. Not so good.

D - Decent. Not a bad porter. But not a good one either.

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Photo of Dubbercody
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good roast nose, drinkable, somewhat bitter but coffee comes out in the initial taste to quickly fall out to the bitterness again. All in all I have to say it could be better and it could be worse. I didn't really enjoy this beer. A beer of the month offering that fell short.

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Photo of scriabin
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The porter is one of my favorite styles, so perhaps I'm a bit particular. This is by no means a bad porter but it doesn't quite stack up to some of the others I've had. It is a little on the watery side for one, and the flavor is a bit on the bitter side. The carbonation level seems a little high for a porter to me. The flavor has some malt and chocolates, but it isn't overly complex for the style.

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Photo of wcintula
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a porter to stand up to the bigger guys out there. Decent looking with a black filtered body and a bit of creamy brown head but lacking in the other senses. The most notable flavor was it being a bit ashy. The malts are light, as are the hops. The beer isn't bad, but also not impressive.

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Photo of mdwalsh
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent beer that pours black with a thin tan head and no lace. The aroma is of dark fruit with a hint of roasted malt. The flavor begins with raisins and Coca Cola with faint notes of smoke and coffee in the background. It's mouthfeel is medium. Boulder Planet Porter is a decent beer, recommended.

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Photo of mschofield
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of Risser09
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
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 joekfsu
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a very dark brown with little tan head that wears away quickly. The aroma is light with coffee, malt, and a little hint of alcohol. Initial taste is mildly sweet with a finish that is a little bitter and tastes like bad chocolate. I expected more body from this beer, but it was pretty thin and had almost no carbonation. Wish I would have tried a different selection from Boulder as my first beer from them. Would try it on tap, but wouldn't buy it again.

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