Planet Porter | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Planet PorterPlanet Porter

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 394 |  Reviews: 236
Photo of jdskinns
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Dark brown, almost black color. Pours with a thick tan colored head that doesn't stick around long. Smells nutty and smokey with some roasted smells and a little bit of chocolate in the background. Taste followed the smell with the roasted, nutty flavor. Lots of malt and there's definitely a smokey flavor going on here. Very drinkable. Good overall beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a pitch black wit more than a 1 finger head of foam but not quite 2. Also, it has some good lacing.

The smell is grainy and hoppy with some light notes of chocolate. It isn't an in your face nose but it is good.

The taste has some roasted malt, light chocolate and some hop bitterness. Easy and smooth tasting.

The mouthfeel is actually lighter than I hoped for but not bad. Carbonation was on the lightish side but suited the beer well.

Drinkability? Not bad at all. I'll enjoy drinking the other 2 bottles from the sample pack but I don't, honestly, see myself buying 6 packs of this in the future. The sampler pack had 4 different brews but none of them, and this is just from my perspective, are worthy of revisits. Too "pedestrian". Give me the upper tier of their brews anytime, ie Mojo IPA, Hazed and Infused, Never Summer and I'd be a happier camper.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark chocolate color with a thin tan head on top. Retention is weak, but it leaves some nice sticky lace on the glass. Smells of roasted wood and milk chocolate. Smells very sweet. Body is light and thin. A little wet feeling. Decent flavor, but finishes a tad sour. Some mild roasted flavor mixed with some powdered cocoa. Not bad, but nothing standout. A few things could be tweaked for sure.

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Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Dark brown/blackish pour, minimal dark cream head. Sweet malt, toffee, nut aroma. Flavors of malt, chocolate, peat/grass and some toffee, but all are fairly mild. Mid/light body, a little fizzy, but not overly so. Finish is some sweet malt and caramel, clean enough, minute hop presence. Drinkability is good, and this is a lighter drinker of a porter.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Dark brown, almost black with chestnut highlights and a nice tan head. Pretty good lacing.

Smell- Nutty and malty aromas. Pleasant and inviting. Some light roastiness, sweetness and a good chocolate. little to no hops.

Taste- Again, sweet and chocolaty. So much malt and only the slightest bit of hops to give it a faint crisp background. Drinks more like a scotch ale in my opinion.

Mouthfeel- Could be a little thicker, but satisfying nonetheless. Medium to full body with good carbonation.

Drinkability- For a porter, this one goes down smoooth.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Ragingbull
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
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 atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass a nearly opaque black with a decent light-tan head that diminishes to a thin layer that shows a decent amount of the etching on the bottom of the glass and leaves slight lacing. Aroma is a nice amount of baker's cocoa, brown malts, and slight coffee. The taste is a very enjoyable blend of ground cocoa and brown malts with a nice subtle hop backbone. The beer is quite light and crisp, easy drinking, even for summer. This is very enjoyable and respectable porter.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.61/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, date on bottle says October 14, 2008. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention is average, but there is quite a bit of lacing. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a little bit of citrusy hops. However, the aroma is weak. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma is. Taste is similar to the aroma, but has the addition of some caramel and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's smooth and goes down easy. Overall I think this is a decent enough brew. It won't blow you away, but it's not bad at all.

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Photo of albern
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this porter after having the Eel River porter and it is a bit disappointing. The beer is a bit watery looking with a slightly dull brown color. The head is very small with just a ring of tan around the glass. The nose is good, there are some crystal malt whiffs, there are some floral aromas, with maybe a touch of cocoa powder.

The taste is bit disappointing. For starters, the beer doesn't have the body and consistency, and it is just too watery. There are some chicory notes to the beer, there are some charred caramel notes, some coffee, some bittering chocolate. The hop is not so well balanced, the watery consistency doesn't add to the beer. There is a touch of dextrin sweetness to the beer that seems a bit off and it interacts in a strange way with the charred notes. There are some roasted notes that are a bit more respectable in this beer too. Not a bad porter, but if you have an Eel River sitting next to this one, go for the Eel River.

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Photo of Risser09
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
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 kittywamp
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the fist pour this looks great very dark not quite black but darn close, low tan head didn't stay all that long but did leave nice lacing. Smelled like not a whole lot some malt no hops. Taste chocolaty with some faint coffee with a nice full smooth mouth feel to back it up. A very drinkable beer at least from cask have not had the bottle version so hard to say all around?

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle purchased at the Beer Stop for around $2. Poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The porter appears a clear deep chestnut color with about two fingers of pillowy light ecru foam. The foam settles within a minute settling down to a thin layer. Nose and flavor consist of bittersweet chocolate notes, richly roasted grain, sweet malt, a touch of dark brown sugar/molasses, earthy hops. Approaching full bodied for the style and amply carbonated as well. Finish is somewhat dry with lingering cocoa powder notes. A solid, approachable porter.

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Photo of icefisherman
4.23/5  rDev +23%
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 MisterClean
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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 Tone
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
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 mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
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 AdmiralDiaz
2.71/5  rDev -21.2%
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 chinabeergeek
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. no date found.

dark, brownish black, almost opaque. red tint under direct light. foamy, bubbly beige head fades to wispy layer. decent lace.

aroma: gentle roasted malts and hints of coffee and caramel. touch of acidity and earthy, roasted malts, plus some leafy hops. all a bit subdued however.

roasted character continues in the flavor, with coffee notes, but just a tad too acidic without enough caramel or malt sweetness to counter. moderate bitterness along with the acidity, into the finish as well.

medium body, with fluffy carbonation that is prickly upfront, but a touch too astringent and acidic from the middle onwards, and thus not helped by the prickly bubbles.

a nostalgia beer for my brother and i. one of the first american craft porters we ever had, from years back.

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Photo of mdwalsh
2.87/5  rDev -16.6%
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 Gyle41386
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black. Two fingers of rich, chocolate brown head. Sticky lacing.

Aroma is sweet with some roasted coffee notes.

The roasted quality in the nose isn't nearly as notable in the taste, which doesn't bother me one bit. More sweet than anything else, like a milk stout almost. It's not a bad mixture of flavors, and they're balanced well, but I think the balance takes away from the flavors themselves. Nothing really jumps out at me, but the taste is still pleasant. It's very easy to drink, though.

Body is probably on the lighter end of medium. Pretty thin feel. This is probably the first porter I've tried that could easily be consumed in large quantities. Though there's not much depth to the flavors, it's still tasty. Sessionable porter if you're not looking for anything mind-blowing.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.11/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a perfect black with a bit of a tan head that quickly left just a ring of bubbles around the glass

S - slight roasted malt and chocolate aroma, nothing too strong here

T - some roasted malt flavor and dark fruits, a bit of a hop presence as well

M/D - has a nice crisp mouthfeel to it but yet seems a bit watered down in both flavor and feel. Seems like a sub par attempt from an above par brewery.

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Photo of chaz410
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark almost redish black. Thin caramel head. Spicey nose, roasted but not sweet.
The taste is very crisp and hoppy for a porter. Roasty and earthy hops, not a lot of typical chocolate and sweetness. Easy to drink but very unusual for a porter.

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

Pours out with a deep dark brown but ends up with a reddish haze when held to light. Head withers after about 20 seconds from pour, most likely due to the light carbonation characteristics. It is actually quite aromatic with a heavy malt smell followed by the coffee and dark fruits that a number of others have spoken of. Upon first taste you really get to realize the light texture of the beer and with a mouthful you get a good sense of the flovaors that hint in all of its corners. A little coffee, a little chocolate, and a very little amount of hops. Not the best porter I have ever had but I would definitely recommend for any beer drinker to consume at his/her leisure. Its drinkability and delightful taste make it very easy drink a couple at a time.

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Planet Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 394 ratings
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