Planet Porter | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

236 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Planet PorterPlanet Porter

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.51%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Quaffer on 05-20-2003

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 236 | Ratings: 393
Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

 300 characters

Photo of OneWheelJoe
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always excited to pop the solid black cap off of a Boulder brew. The label is elegantly simple, with a cool little artwork of a telescope and a bucket of what is no doubt a bunch of Planet Porters. Poured into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: A deep, dark, murky color is my favorite aspect of a nice porter. This one does not disappoint. No light seems to pass through the black abyss in the glass. A nice tan head, about a finger's worth, sits right on top, slowly receding.

Aroma: Pleasantly deep aromas of chocolate and malts warm the nose. The upcoming Winter seems much closer with a deep breath of this porter. There is a slight hint of caramel, with a predominant malt aroma. Nice, not overpowering, simple.

Taste: Not as deep as I expected. The chocolate is more discernible on the back end, with malts hitting the tastebuds at the forefront. This brew seems to mingle with various other styles, surprisingly, reminiscent of a black lager and almost a pale ale at the same time. Only by the tail can you really find the "porter."

Mouthfeel: Disappointed in terms of weight. Based on the color, the expectation for a milky, weighty porter was already in my mind. Although it makes the brew more drinkable, I like to savor my porters and stouts over a period of time. The weight is usually enough to slow me down, allowing the brew to warm slightly to help bring out the deeper chocolate and spice notes.

Overall: Not the worst porter I've ever had. I probably would not pick this one up again simply for the price versus the quality. This brew also seems to tickle the idea of being a Winter Warmer, but doesn't have the level of spice you would need to accomplish that. I'm not totally on board with the confusion Planet Porter has in its identity, but at least this is an easy one to put away.

 1,815 characters

Photo of harrymel
2.29/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

 363 characters

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.

 1,288 characters

Photo of megahurts4
3.22/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Boulder Beer Planet Porter

Appearance: brown, small head, and some lacing.

Smell: nice chocolate and cocoa with a hint of grain.

Taste: mild grain and a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: light and almost watery.

This isn't anything special. The aroma gave the false clue of complexity in the flavor. It is light and almost watery.

 344 characters

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.

 662 characters

Photo of pBRale
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown-black pour with a rich tan head that settles quickly and has a fine (1/8") sustained retention and leaves a nice little bit of lace behind.

Smell: Nothing extra special here, but still a nice, well rounded smell. Woody (oaky) aromas are most notable, but this one also has a subtle toastiness and a bit more prominent roastiness to it.

Taste: Solid flavors that blend well, slight roastiness, and a lot of the woody, rustic flavors that really make this beer good.

Mouthfeel: A lot to be desired here. Carbonation is smooth, but the feel is fairly watery. Very drinkable, but just not quite full enough for a porter in my opinion.

Overall: A solid beer with room for improvement. I'm not as big a fan of the woody/rustic flavor as some, but I enjoy it nonetheless. This one is a good one if you love that oaky flavor to a porter.

 859 characters

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

 562 characters

Photo of TWStandley
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a Chimay glass.

Appeared a very dark brown color, slight red tint when held to the light. Head as much lighter colored than I anticipated - stuck around for a few minutes but disappeared eventually. Moderate lacing.

Smelled slightly smokey, with a presence of dark chocolate. Could smell some malts but overall not an intriguing sent.

Not much going on as far as taste either. Could not detect typical porter tastes such as chocolate, coffee, or vanilla whatsoever. Not sure what grains they used but it tastes like they used too much Black Patent.

Nothing notable as far as mouth feel.

Not entirely impressed by this brew. Didn't have high expectations which I guess is a good thing. Ok porter but I can recommend probably 100 that are better than this.

 787 characters

Photo of bearsxco
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

 308 characters

Photo of chilly460
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with some cola colored highlights at the edges. Medium brown head sticks around as a solid cap, minimal lacing.

S - Some syrupy malts and roastiness comes through, but not much aroma from this one.

T - Lots of roasted malts, some sweeter tones as well. Background gave some dark fruits and smokiness. Blended nicely as it warmed.

M - Light carbonation and a solid body on this one

O- Nice more traditional styled porter here, solid.

 455 characters

Photo of phishsihq
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On any one of the nine planets this is a good beer.

Boulder Beer's Planet Porter pours a deep, dark brown (some say black) that features a thin, tan head and a decent lacing. Light roastiness is in the foreground of the bouquet, with chocolate and sweet malt rounding out the scents. A combination of roastiness and chocolatey goodness play throughout the brew, with very little noticeable hop presence, a testament of this beer's balance. Planet Porter presents a light, creamy mouthfeel and a little carbonation. A nice and sweet, easy drinking porter for these month's were porter and stout are king.

 604 characters

Photo of andrewjraab
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of the flights that came in my Amazing Clubs beer of the month collection (thanks to my wife!). 12 oz bottle with expiration dated 2/11/12. Poured into Porter/Stout Glassware I recently got for Christmas! (again...Thanks to my wife).

A - Deep black color with creamy yellow head. Quarter of an inch of head. Marginal stick and lacing during the drink.

S - Hints of Coffee, but not overly powerful.

T - Malty characteristics with coffee flavoring. Not overly robust in flavor, but not flat either.

M - Somewhat Dry, but overall smooth.

O - A pretty smooth porter and very enjoyable.

 600 characters

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Slightly carbonated with a slight head.
Slight coffee ish smell dominated by roasted malts.
Slight coffee flavor, again dominated by malt. A bit sweet/caramel...and slightly over carbonated. Light body, with just a little middle of the road character. It does taste like a home brew...
As I said several times...its just "slight" about everything.
nothing is "huge" about this beer...

 421 characters

Photo of Flounder57
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on draft at the Boulder Beer Tap House in Denver International Airport.

Appearance: pitch black, poured a one finger mocha head that left nice lacing all the way down the glass as the beer was drank. There was also no clarity or signs of carbonation.

Smell: roastiness, chocolate, and some sweet malts.

Taste: very, very smoky. A little too much for me. There was also some earthiness, chocolate, roasted coffee, and sweet malts. Smoke and charcoal pretty much kill everything else going on in the flavor of the beer.

Mouthfeel: smooth, low to medium carbonation, full bodied, and tastes light. The smokiness leaves a slight chalkiness to the beer too.

Overall: Not bad for a porter, but there are better ones out there. The smokiness is a bit too much and wish it was toned down or not there at all. Was also looking for more flavor and sweetness.

 864 characters

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown pour, dark brown that is, but there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of heft to it, just a thinner beer with brown color to it, head formed less than 1/2". Aroma was roasty yet a tad bit too dilute for my preferences.

Chocolate malt, brown malt, toffee, a bit of bitterness with no hop edge or mouthfeel to it. Some sweetness, not over the top, a stickier feel to it than I would have suspected given the thinness in appearance and mouthfeel, it just has a sticky presence, but still lacks a little heft.

Tastes like a decent porter from a homebrew kit with nothing exotic going on. Worthy enough, but wouldn't pay more than $8 a 6er of this stuff, especially if there's some Black Butte around for the same price.

 723 characters

Photo of iSip
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Boulder Beer Planet Porter: Last winter I went through an IPA tasting cycle. This winter it is porters and stouts. In the IPA field I experienced a wide range: IPAs to die for to IPAs to pour down the drain. The porter field has been more level. As I am not a brewer, I do not know why this is. The Boulder Beer Planet Porter lands solidly in the middle of those porters I have tasted. The standard black body is crowned with a dark tan head that fades quickly. The aroma is mild for a porter, and dominated by roasted malts. Smooth all the way through, you get a lot of deep malt flavor and a faint bitter near the end. The aftertaste is long and robust. I have found that in the IPA world, when you have found your favorites it is not worth trying lots of untried brands, because more than likely you will be wishing you had purchased your old standby. The occasional “find” is not worth the many “what am I going to do with the remaining 5 bottles of this six-pack?” In the porter world, the playing field is more level, and experimentation less of a risk.

 1,067 characters

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.

 682 characters

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

A- a deep brown almost black body with a good two finger light brown head.

s- light coffee, a lot of maltiness, light chocolate, a lot of light aroma nothing robust no roasted quality I look for.

t- again, most of the flavors are there, but they are all toned down and lost in the really really thin body. But the flavor is good, just wish it would come out more.

O- not one of the top porters I've had, but it is tasty, and with a fuller body those flavors would sing.

 472 characters

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.04/5  rDev -41%
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.

 393 characters

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.

 755 characters

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Manayunk Tavern

A: Poured a rich black color with very little light coming through and a dense tan head that hung in there.

S: Lovely roasted barley aroma with faint smoke and dark chocolate aromas. Some char and dark bread with molasses comes to mind. Just a touch of earthy hops in the background.

T: Some sweet molasses coating a roasted and burnt barley backbone. Pretty rich with bits of dark chocolate, brown bread, and light smokey flavors that all work well together. Very low on the fruity esters but a bit earthy, spicy hop presence to balance some sweetness.

M: Medium to full bodied and just right smooth carbonation.

D: A porter for a porter lover! Very tasty and enjoyable all the way and enticing to try another. Alcohol levels are fairly low and just the right balance happening here! Great to try especially on a fall afternoon.

 860 characters

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.

 636 characters

Photo of soju6
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours adark brown color with a tan head and bits of lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, some coffee, trace of chocolaate and sweetness.

T: Roasted malt flavor, sweet cocoa and a hint of bitterness. Fairly clean finish with a lingering syrup sweetness.

F: Fairly medium body, a bit thin, smooth and way to sweet for a decent Porter.

O: Has the potential for a good porter but way too sweet to fill the bill.

 411 characters

Photo of Tballz420
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Planet Porter is a black colored brew, small khaki head which doesn't last too long. The body is almost entirely opaque; there is just a hint of amber hue at the very bottom when held to a light. The scent is loaded with chocolate malts, a bit of roast and maybe a hint of coffee. The taste is much roastier, accenting the largely chocolate malt start, a slight coffee influence, some fruit tones in the background. maybe just a tad bitter but not much from the hop department in this one.

 489 characters

Planet Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.46 out of 5 based on 393 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.