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 BeerNinja007
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Paid for $8.99 for a freshly poured 1/2 gallon growler from Consumer Beverage Center on Elmwood Ave in Kenmore, NY. A little miffed 'cause they didn't top it off completely, shorted me probably half a glass worth.

A: Dark chocolatey black beer with a full tan head of small bubbles. Decent head retention, frothy lacing on the glass.

S: Mild malt aroma with a hint of smoke. Not much nose.

T: Very well-rounded- oak, smokey malt, bitter chocolate up front and in the middle. Citrus comes in midway through and dominates through the finish. Orange or lemon aftertaste lingers for a while and I'm not too crazy about that. Smoke notes also linger long after it's down the gullet.

M: Dry, not slick at all. Carbonation is a little strong but I'm sure that would dissipate a bit after sitting for a few minutes. Alcohol slighty apparent in the finish.

D: Goes down easily enough and is moderately filling.

Overall: Not my favorite porter by a long shot, but not terrible either. Pretty mediocre on all fronts, with the mouthfeel being the least impressive. There are better things to drink so I won't be getting this one again.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown, nearly black without any highlights. A thick tan foamy head formed, and hung around for quite some time.

Light roasty, and milk chocolate aroma. A good amount of chocolate. As it warms, the aroma becomes a bit buttery.

Some chocolate flavor, combined with some muddled fruit, and a bit of a soapy flavor. Seems rather chalky, and not as sweet as the aroma might suggest. Flavors really seem to drop off, as it finishes with a bit of caramel, but stays pretty dry.

Light body, and a bit too much carbonation. Seems bland when compaired to the aroma. Not terrible, but kind of a letdown.

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Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

#3 of 4 beers in the 12er sample pack. ALL nice beers; Sundance Amber, Pass Time PA, Planet Porter and Never Summer ale.

A pour from the daydream-type scenic label of beers and a telescope dropped the classis black topped by a pillow of tan. Excellent.

Malty and chocolate in the aroma, leading into a very tasty quaff of these plus a touch of sourdough bread. I really like porters, and this was one I could dabble in weekly.

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Photo of bditty187
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surely, I’ve had this before? Guess not…

Dark brown in hue, black in the middle with ruby edges; brunette foam, at the apex the head was two fingers tall. The head retention was respectable; the bubbles were slow to fade to a soapy cap. The subsequent lacing was spotty but fairly prevalent. Overall, this is a decent looking Porter.

Wonderful nose! Huge milk chocolate aromas, coffee hints, cocoa, roasted malt, suggestions of nuts with an underlying mention of vanilla. For a regular strength Porter the nose is outstanding. High potency, chatty… I have high hopes now!

Dry, chalky upfront with lingering roasted qualities; I figured this Porter would be sweeter based on the nose. Suggestions of coffee, chocolate, and weaker hints of vanilla and nuts; I prefer a more tangible malt base. I like the flavor profile but it is just a tad too dry for me; the herbal, tobacco-like hops proved bitterness, at the back. Maybe I’m looking for some dark fruits? I think that addition would be beneficial. However, by no means, is this Porter sub-par.

Slightly smaller than medium in body, low but natural carbonation; the mouthfeel is adequate.

I found Planet Porter easy to drink; it would make a good session beer. I think the dryness would work magnificently with a big, juicy burger. As a standalone beer it is too dry for me but those who oppose sweetish Porters should check this one out. Purchased in Omaha; worth a try.

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

This one sat in the back of my fridge for a while....

At first I was afraid when I poured it from the bottle into a pint glass because it virtually left no head.

It appears dark as you would think it would, little to no head, tan in color and lacing that slowly slides back into the darkness.

Smell is heavy on the chocolates deep and dark.

Taste is clean with dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth with a slight tingle.

Drinkability is also good. This was a good porter.

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Photo of biking4beer
3.07/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very minimal, whispy head. Very deep brown, almost black in color.

Smell is interesting. Not very strong, but there a few things going on here. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, plum, and a very subtle pineyness.

A taste brings back thoughts of bitter chocolate. Kind of tart and a touch of orange. Maybe some chicory. A slight, unpleasant metallic finish.

This beer has high carbonation which was somewhat disappointing. It's also a bit thin. Definitely not something I look for in a porter.

I could drink a couple of these, but eh, it's just ok. This probably wouldn't be the beer I took to do some stargazing.

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Photo of Hautacam
2.44/5  rDev -29.5%
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 Dubbercody
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
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 goschool
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The pour is dark red to brown verging on black with a fluffy tan head that soon rescinds to a very thin layer.

Smell: The nose has Charbucks coffee and a bit of chocolate, less toffee, and even less anise.

Taste: The flavor profile is as roasty as the nose, but it has fruity characteristics as well. There's cherry, prune, and fig.

Mouthfeel: It's light and watery with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a good porter, not particularly complex and the weak mouthfeel brings my overall enjoyment down a notch.

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

Very dark mahogany beer, almost black with a lovelly lush , frothy tan head. Aroma subdued but its that of treacle/dark toffee malts. Semi-roasty bitterness to taste,, hints of fruit, juicy,slight, finishes quite milky. Quite well carbonated for a porter, and rather thin in mouthfeel for the stylle. Overall not a great porter , but its certainlly very much drinkable. I would say this is oddly a porter i might enjoy more in the heat of summer.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.91/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4


Appearance is dark, near opaque black-brown-red, under a one-finger head that fades quickly to a thin ring, leaving a bit of lacing.

Smell is nice warm chocolate malt with lots of prunes, figs, dried cherries dark chocolate and espresso. Really good smell. Hope it tastes this good.

Taste just a bit of the smell -- it's all there, though not so pronounced. Nice dry finish, with a bit of sour fruit at the end. Pretty nice

Mouthfeel is more like a lager than a porter: a bit thin for my palate.

Really quite drinkable, with the only drawback being that thin mouthfeel.

Overall, a decent brew from Boulder Beer, Colorado's oldest microbrewery. Definitely worth a try. I'd like to have it on tap sometime.

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Photo of arizcards
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in early January as part of the MicroBeerClub's December shipment.

Beer poured a dark mahogony with a nice tan head that is hanging on. Nose is a hint of malts with no other characteristics noticed. Taste is somewhat malty, chocolatety, a hint of coffee, with a dry hop finish. Mouthfeel is thin for the style but it is nice and smooth going down. Overall drinkability is fairly good. This is not a beer that is going to wow you but it is worth a try.

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

Poured a reddish brown color with moderate tannish head. Some scant lacing noted.
Smell is remarkable for coffee, chocolate, and chicory. Roasted malt also present.
Taste shows coffe, dark ripe fruit, and roasted malt.
Very minimal taste retention.
An easy drinker. Nothing spectactular.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Trying to get through my BOTM...Another porter but this one doesn't suck!

Pours dark, dark brown (basically black) with a creamy short head, some good lacing. Looks like chocolate soda. Smells of lightly roasty coffee malts, not much else, but nothing bad either. No alcohols as in so many BOTM porters. Taste is also mildly toasted coffees, slightly sweet but very good balance. Again, no alcohol to ruin the taste. Hops are well tamed. Overall, I'm liking this one a lot better than the average porter.

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

Picked this one out mainly to compare to my recent batch of homebrew. Looks like I've got a ways to go, but I'm catching up fast.
Pours an onyx-black color topped by a small, creamy, deep-brown head. Assertive aroma of roasted malt, creamy chocolate, and a hint of licorice. Palate is smooth dark and chocolate malt up front, with the roastiness holding off until a bit later. Notes of licorice and milk chocolate are also present. Body is a tad thin, but still has a nice creamy character. Although not particularly exciting, this is still a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
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 peabody
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out really dark like a dark root beer.. Little to no head here.
Nice lacing though.
Smell is coffee caramel and yeast. Slight hops here because of the coffee aroma but not strong at all. Mabey just a slight fruityness at the very back.
Taste is not what the smell is here. Weak coffee and a weak berry flavor with slight sugar and no malt. Watery at best.
This one just don't cut the mustard.

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

This beer pours dark brown with a half inch tan colored head. Held up to a lamp, some light does make itself through. It smells of chocolate, roasted, and fruity aromas. It has a malty roasted flavor with a pucker that hits me in the back of the jaw at the end possibly from the carbonation. It has a very full bodied feel to it. I bought a six pack of this and I will enjoy them all and look this again as well as others from Boulder Beer again.

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

almost-black brown, light can't get through the brew. tan head fell to a thin but persistent layer. chunky lacing.

roasty malt smells, faint chocolatey coffee and figs/dates.

sweet initially, gets sweeter then barley comes through with a little texture and roasted grain. faint mineral taste and gentle astringency merge with the flavors and are interesting rather than a nuisance. bitterness well-balanced in a warming finish.

smooth and luscious mouthfeel, drinkable medium body.

easy to enjoy this solid porter, a sweeter offering than I'm used to.

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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 arnulfooxblood
4.04/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle. Nice little outdoor scene of a telescope and what at first seems to be a bonfire, but is actually a bucket of iced beers.

Appearance--Almost black color, not very much head.

Smell--Wonderful! Rich, smoky toasted malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel--Good carbonation, but a bit thinner than I like for a porter. Rich lingering toasty flavor.

Drinkability--Quite good, this is probably because it is a little on the thin side.

Notes--Not quite as good as an Anchor Porter, but this is pretty good. I'll certainly have this in the future.

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Photo of dfried
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty much black in color with a little mahogany around the edges, thin caramel colored head forms, drops quickly to a ring, but come back easily with a swirl. Roasted coffee and sweet, creamy chocolate like aroma, with some earthy hops. The taste is quite sweet and chocolaty, almost cloying. There some almost apple like fruitiness, and some bitterness from the coffee type roast. Enough carbonation to break up the sticky sweetness. Although I feel this is an average in flavor porter, it has great drinkability, I can easily put down a few.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice looking deep brown to black colour with a big chunky tan head atop the body.

The aroma is a bit faint and fairly average overall. There are hints of chocolate and earthy malt with a slight touch of hops and some roasted coffee notes as well, but everything is fairly mild overall.

The flavour hits on all of the aromas but in much better fashion. a roasted coffee and chocolate mix leads the way and is nicely balanced throughout. Hints of sweet caramel pierce through at times as well, along with (once again) a slight touch of hops toward the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied yet perhaps a touch thin.

This one was pretty good overall. The lack of a hearty aroma hurts this one a bit. Not bad, and certainly worth a try...

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

Pour resulted in a very dark beer with only a few red tones when held to the light. A half inch roasted almond colored head held for a while. Can't see any carbonation. Lacing came in uneven clumps.

An extreme aroma of chocolate. Almost like smelling a glass of chocolate milk. A light balancing hops takes away the super sweet smell of the second whiff.

Had a very strong taste that was a mix of alcohol and chocolate. These flavors were also helped by a secondary flavor of roasted almonds. A bitter quality helped the chocolate go down easy on the aftertaste.

A nice thick beer. A good body for nice winter beer. No carbonation feeling in the mouth.

A decent offering. A good offering to have with a hearty meal such as a stew or a pot pie. I am not generally a porter drinker, but this is a slightly above average offering in the style.

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