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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Ratings: 393 |  Reviews: 236
Photo of ajmoody76
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this beer at the local beer shop. mix/pick a six of 12 ounce bottles. poured into an imperial pint glass. very dark brown bordering on black. held up to the light shows good clarity. one finger brown head that thins out. looks good.

caramel and chocolate on the nose. earthy hop boquet. no off odors. smells good.

earthy hop bitterness with sweet chocolate. cocoa aftertaste. good balance.

good carbonation. full body. nice lace. this is a good beer. i could do a session. i would not mind drinking this again. nice example of style.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Nose was muted roasted nuts and chocolate, with flavor following nose. Body was a tad on the thin side and finish slightly watery. Not a bad beer, but I've had better Porters.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer was dark, dark brown to black in color with a two finger, light brown, creamy head. Lively carbonation and thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma was roasted malt and chocolate, also light bread and chocolate.

Taste was sweet and nutty with notes of bitter chocolate and light coffee.

Goes down smooth and very easy drinking. Would make for a nice session beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice one. I'll have to get up to the brewery to try this on tap.

A: Dark chocolate brown colored beer. Very active carbonation creates a big tan head. The head dissolves fairly quickly to a 1/8", but stays with the beer and leaves a small amount of lace.

S: Floral hops with a nice citrus note dominate. Chocolate, charcoal and pine sneak through.

T: Well balanced. Citrus hops provide bitterness. Malt is a combination of burnt and toasted flavors, with a hint of oak. A slight cinnamon flavor is also present. Didn't quite feel like a 'proper' porter, but then this is a pretty broad category of beer.

M: Medium body with too much carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. I would love to try this on tap.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Planet Porter pours a dark black color with little foam head and no retention. No lacing is apparent on the sides of the glass. The aroma screams porter. Nice roasted malts with chocolate and coffee. The flavor is bitter coffee taste dominating. Overall it was an average effort.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured almost black with a thin head that recedes to a thin ring around the surface edge. The aroma is of chocolate, nuts, caramel, hops and light roasty malt. The taste is of coffee, liquorice, smoked wood and malt. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth with some carbonation and it leaves a slightly smokey aftertaste in the back of the throat. Overall this is a decent porter.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle this poured black with a medium tan head and lots of lacing. Nose of chocolate and coffee. Medium mouthfeel. Flavors are roasted malts with more coffee than chocolate, and there is a dry bitter finish. This is a nice drinkable porter.

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

I drank three of these last night at Jax 5th Avenue in Lake Mary. I drank these at the end of long night of sampling beers. It poured a nice dark brown almost black with a nice one finger dark mahogany head with plenty of lacing. It has a great porter smell. You inhale and know you're going to enjoy a nice drink.

The taste is a mix of roasted malts and coffee. I really like the mouth feel on this porter, nice and thick. Nice strong finish. I'm looking forward to drinking more of these.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised the pizza place I went to yesterday had a decent selection of taps including this. Dark black with brown edges and a short white head. Smelled slightly roasty. The taste was a nice mix of roast and malt. Mouthfeel was great and I could have drank a couple more but I had things to do.

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Photo of beerbrains
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Planet Porter pours the darkest brown with gorgeous mahogany hues capped by a creamy tan head. This beer refuses to let any light pass through it. It leaves a nice lace behind.

The aroma is roasted malt with a slight bitterness. The flavor profile is dominated by the roasted malt with hints of coffee and spice and a dry finish.

This classic American porter pairs perfectly with smokey American bar-b-que pork.

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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 hwwty4
2.23/5  rDev -35.5%
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 mountdew1
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a very dark coffee like brown. Head was a nice 2 finger thick foamy milk chocolate color that left no lacings. Aroma smelled like freshy baked multi grain/wheat bread with just a touch of brown sugar. Taste was plain, slightly sour almost, no real outstanding features. Felt very watery in the mouth, not impressive at all. Very easy to drink the beer, but nothing really stood out as a reason to do so.

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Photo of beerking1
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black, with a thin, tan, head which fades fast, leaving only a collar of foam. Aroma is faint, with notes of roast coffee, and some fainter tart notes. Flavor is almost entirely roast coffee, maybe with hints of chocolate. Body is a little thin, aftertaste is roast notes with more chocolate character.

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Photo of scottblaze
3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow...this stuff is damn near opaque....if I didn't know better I'd think it was Guinness Extra Stout....poured very dark, not much head (probably my fault)..slight smell of burnt rubber, molasses...and well... actually the taste reminded me of burnt rubber and molasses but not in a bad way, it's just not compelling in a good way. Mouthfeel is nice and drinkability okay.

Lessee...this is not bad, it just ain't pushin' my's like it's a little unbalanced or somethng, like some flavors going in odd directions.

Edit: I cracked another one and gave it more of an ambitious pour and got good head, the beer wasn't bad either, lacing is very good, and taste is better than I gave it credit for the first time...I am raising my taste # a notch.

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Photo of wspscott
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Very dark, almost no light passes through. Thin tan head with some lace.
S: A little sweet on the nose but not much else.
T: Mostly sweet, slightly raisiny. Makes me think of a weak/watery old ale.
M: Comes across as light, either needs more carbonation or a creamier mouthfeel. Too much of the of the sugars got fermented away.
D: An ok beer, but nothing wonderful. I think it is the mouthfeel that is most lacking, fix that and this would be a much better beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an American Pint glass. Presented with a dark brown almost black color. Thin off-white head that dissipated almost immediately. Smell of roasted coffee and chocolate. Very thin lacing with somewhat watery mouthfeel. Not very lively; little carbonation present. Feint flavors of coffee and malt. Not a particularly good example of the style, as such, I don't find it a particularly quaffable brew.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
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 KarlHungus
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is very faint, but roasted malt, cream, toffee, and a hint of chocolate can be detected. The taste is of roasted malt, and not much else. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with decent carbonation. Overall, this is a weak porter, and I don't think I will be drinking it again.

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Photo of joekfsu
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
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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Photo of kdoc8
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired this at the Bier Stein, Eugene, OR.
Poured out without much of a head - there's a thin film of tannish bubbles and some indistinct lacing. The color is dark black with some reddish hues. Smells a bit of roast and a bit of alcohol. The taste is mildly of chocolate roast, a bit smoky and slightly bitter aftertaste. It's kind of bland, but really drinkable and with no taste of the alcohol that came out in the smell.

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

Poured from the bottle into my trusty pint glass, beer is black with a thin, brown-tan head that quickly dies away. Smell is of deeply roasted malts with hints of milk chocolate and coffee. The initial taste is slightly sweet with malt and transitions to a dry bitterness that is associated with the dark roasted malt. A bit of coffee, not so much of the chocolate though. The mouthfeel is actually thinner than I had expected, light-medium bodied with adequate carbonation. This is a drinkable porter, not bad but nothing outstanding about it either.

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Photo of scott
4/5  rDev +15.6%
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 mattcrill
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Toasted bread, roasty notes, a touch of carmel sweetness in the background.

Appearance: Jet black with ruby edging. A sudsy tan head that persists reasonably well.

Flavor: Good malt base with some roasted grain to balance. Finished clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-low carbonation.

Overall impression: A good English slant from an American brewer. Highly sessionable with a good enough malt profile to keep the palate alive. Recommended.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a DARK black color with a small light tan head with decent lacing. The aroma is highlighted by an array of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate. The taste features a lot of the same dark roasted malt that was present in the nose along with a fairly mild hop finish. Overall, this is not the best porter out there but it is certainly not the worst. It is a pretty decent offering that is worth a try.

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