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

Good Porter. Won't knock your socks off, but there is nothing wrong with this beer. Mild coffee, but bigger chocolate aromas and flavors become very aluring. Sweetened with a solid barley malt base and hopped for balance only, the beer stays rich, smooth, and earthy throughout. A firm and consistant smoothness from sip to finish. Head retention could be better, but the low-level carbonation does help with the weight and smoothness of the brew. Finishes clean and smooth with a mild lingering chocolate / coffee flavor and bitter. Nice stuff.

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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 kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into De Molen stemware in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a half finger head of fair cream, decent thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Vanilla, nuts, caramel, and light chocolate. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Nuts, heavy caramel, and light chocolate and slight vanilla. Fairly complex but not bold or inspired. It's a bit boring. Nicely balanced. Built alright for a porter.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but a touch too thick. Sort of suits the flavours of the body.

Dr: Drinkable but boring and tired. It's certainly nothing special. I'd try it on draught I guess.

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Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler glass, it forms a small head of tan foam for a brief moment or two, leaving a scattershot halo of lacing inside of the glass. Ruby mahogany glints on the sides of the tumbler when backlit.

Light mellow aromas of carob, cocoa, milk chocolate.

Creamy light feel, slightly bitter and astringent from the roasted grains. Smooth chocolaty impression, more light carob/cocoa than anything too deep into the chocolate realm. Flavor is pleasant, feel is a bit light and watery, residual roastiness and ashy flavors. Vaguely vinous characteristics. Not especially feeling this beer, possibly due to it's age, but could appreciate where it's coming from (smooth with simple flavors). An overall decent porter, hope to try it fresher someday.

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Photo of zeff80
3.89/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out jet black in color with a one-finger mocha head which leaves good lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate and roasted malt.

T - The taste was very sweet and malty

M - It was soft and creamy. Medium-bodied.

D - A pretty good porter. Very sweet and malty.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.15/5  rDev -9%
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.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Roasted coffee bean brown with reddish gold highlights at the edges. The upper third of the glass is occupied by a golden brown sugar colored head that features variously sized bubbles on its upper surface. The foam is sticky enough to last and to decorate the glass with a good bit of lace. This is a solid looking porter.

Although it's close, the aroma doesn't quite reach the same standard. It's dark malty, but it doesn't smell like there's much depth present. Perhaps the thinnish appearance of the beer on the pour is playing with my head. The hops (Cascade, Chinook, Hallertau) are nowhere to be found. Admittedly, that isn't a grave sin in a beer of this style.

Planet Porter isn't anywhere close to being the best porter on the planet. As suspected from the pour and the aroma, it's undermalted and is too simple. The caramel and black malt flavor isn't too bad, there just isn't enough of it. It starts to fade soon after it appears, which is never a good trait.

In addition to dark caramel and cocoa, there's a 'coffee with two sugars' flavor that tries its damnedest to raise the taste score one notch. Mission: not accomplished. Might time and warming bring out more depth and complexity? They might, but they don't.

Too little malt and too few bubbles result in a mouthfeel that is no better than average. I tend to be too hard on porters sometimes, comparing them to stouts, but this one should consider itself fortunate to have received the above score.

Boulder Beer brews some incredible beer (the Looking Glass series) and brews some so-so beer. Count Planet Porter among the latter. Good porters are a dime a dozen. If this one was available for that price, I'd buy it on occasion. Otherwise... pass.

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Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahogany/black with a 1 finger deep tan head. Below average head retention and a slight lacing

Smell: Some malt and roasted malt, not much

Taste: Toasted grain, malt, mocha like notes, more roasted grain taste and nutiness in the finish

MF: A little thin and some slickness

Nothing special, tastes more like a a dunkles, this was better on draft

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +21.4%
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 womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Boulder Beer Tap House at the Denver Airport

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a thin tan head.

S: Quite roasty with a nice dark chocolate note. A light earthy hop character and some hints of dark fruits. Coffee is there toward the back end, as is molasses.

T: A very similar array of qualities on the palate. Somewhat sweet with chocolate, molasses, and toffee. Dark chocolate and roasted malts give it a touch of bitterness, perhaps a small contribution from earthy hops.

M: The body is a bit thin, unfortunately. Medium carbonation.

O: Pretty nice porter. A bit weak on the mouthfeel/body, but otherwise not bad.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a dark ruby that you barely see any light coming through. The head comes and goes quickly. I’d give it a 4 if the head stayed around longer than 5 seconds. Nose is okay. Some faint roasted coffee scents with little much else to it. It almost smells watery. Taste starts off pretty good with a slight malty edge that goes to the roasted coffee, but quickly vanishes. What is odd is that the flavor kicks in again after disappearing and gives you a stronger coffee flavor than before. Really weird, but good in it’s own way. Still though, not as robust as it should be. Feel is lame. Watery, watery, watery. Just lacks substance of any kind. Drinkability? No. Won’t go back to it again. Can’t suggest you giving it a try.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Planet Porter: the beer chosen by 9 out of 10 astronomers.
(Really, the label shows a bucket of bottles by a telescope, pointed at the stars.)
Fully black in color, fizzy brown head.
Bitter, roasty, espressoish aroma.
Big carbonation.
Body is light, thin, offering little texture, much less of what I love to find in a good porter.
Smooth, tasty, and easy-to chug away, with a short, but nice and roasty while- it- lasts kind of finish.
As a very mild, adequate, run-of-the-mill porter, it pays it's way. Want more? Look elsewhere.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a super-dark brown coloring with faint ruby highlights in the depths and a foamy, thick, frothy, beige head. Aromas of mocha and rich caramel, with a heavy hand of milk chocolate. Flavors are light, and almost a little watered down. The mocha and milk chocolate blend well, but are subtle to weak in trying to carry the beer. Light, watered down body limps the flavor profiles across the tongue, with a light, bitter coffee aftertaste. This could be a really solid Porter if the flavors and body got beefed up just a tad. The finish is clean and smooth. Definitely could be tweaked into something impressive.

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Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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

Appearance: clear black in color with a 1" fluffy head sporting big bubbles. Light lacing develops.

Smell: chocolate and roasted malts are easily detectable.

Taste: grainy roasted malt, chocolate, light espresso, mild molasses, and a soft bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Brief aftertaste of roasted malts and chocolate.

Drinkability: a pleasant and easy to drink porter.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice dark brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger light tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee, slight vanilla, nutty. The taste is malty, chocolate/toffee, nutty, with some vanilla. Medlium body. Overall, a nice little brew.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass.
Looks like a porter; deep brown (dare I say black?) with a nice foam head. Smells like a porter. A bit sweet, malty, nutty, and caramel/chocolate

Tastes like a milk stout. Sweeter than I had imagined. Not as roasted malty either. There are hints of chocolate and roasted malt, but not many other characteristics.
Drank two and that was enough. Would drink again, though.

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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 WesWes
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and sweet malt scent that boasts of black patent, chocolate, and crystal malts. It has a roasted coffee aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth dark malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes sweet. It's full of chocolate, crystal, and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tastey porter. It has a complex malt bill with excellent flavor and aroma; a good drinker

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

From the bottle labeled Enjoy by Aug 17 2011. Sampled on July 31, 2011. The pour is dark brown with ruby red hues and a thin silky tan head. Very enticing to look at. The aroma is full of dark malts, molasses, and a slight hop nip. The body is relatively full. The taste tended to be sweeter than most porters I have had with a moderate bitterness around the edges.

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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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Photo of jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-fingered light brown head that fades quickly leaving a little lace. Absolutely black color. Nose is roasted coffee and the carbonation is good. Starts with a strong roasted coffee and finishes with some hops and bitterness. Heavy bodied. $1.35 for 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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