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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: 393 |  Reviews: 236
Photo of hanco005
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—pours solid black, no light shining through whatsoever, a thin ¼ inch dark sand colored head that fades away before I can finish writing this section of the review, lacing is spotty, but abundant

S—toasty and roasty, coffee and chocolate, bittersweet and an overall pleasing scent

T—coffee and chocolate as I expected, but also getting some biscuit and dark fruits, not a bad porter at all

M—a little on the thin side, medium/fuller bodied, good carbonation

D—not a bad porter here, the alcohol sneaks up on you…it seems higher than the 5.51 % that their website indicates

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Photo of JMD71
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep chocolate brown with a thin tannish head which wuickly dissipates. So dark almost no light penetrates. No real carbonation visible.

Aroma: Roasted malt, coffee, dark caramel notes. Slight alochol scent noted. Smells close to a stout. Rich & hearty...

Taste: Sweet, chocolatey flavor with slight fruity balance. Coffee noted in the beginning but fades in the middle & finish. Minor hop flavor detected in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Low carbonation. Although I expected a thicker mouthfeel, this left a nice clean, crisp impression. Nice feeling...

Drinkability: High. Light, clean taste lends to a high drinkability.

Comments: This is a great beer when looking for something with a little more body but not overly heavy. As a fan of porters, I enjoyed this. Smooth & very flavorful without being too stodgy. Good effort from Boulder Beer Co.!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
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 cbl2
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No best by date.


Pours a pitch black with a half inch of coarse tan/brown head. Coarse carbonation on the level of a cola speckle the sides of my pint glass.


Mild roasted malts, a hint of coffee, and strangely some soap.


Somewhat coarse mouthfeel, which quickly dissipates to an almost flat nature. Mildly sweet and nutty with a muted coffee flavor. Not as robust and flavorful as I would like, or have come to expect from Boulder.

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Photo of Ego
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

off white head, one full finger, lacing is nice, this one pours a dark brown/black, and is nearly opaque, looks like a porter alright...

sweet cocoa, chocolate, roasted malts, some coffee. a nicely balanced nose, unlike michael jackson's (the singer, not the beer guy... beer geeks, I swear..)

taste etc...
medium to heavier mouthfeel..nice! prickly carbonation for a second gives way to a nice burnt aftertaste with hints of chocolate, a bit of sweetness on the mouth upon entering as well... again, like the nose this is balanced. this is a nice AP.

I think I prefer smoked porters. so in a pinch I would go for them.. but this is a nice little beer and if you see it, try it.

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

Another in the mixed 12 pack.
Dark brown, nearly black, topped with a finger's worth of beige head. Good head retention, but no lace. Charry, coffee-ish malt aroma. Mild piney hops. Slight fig fruitiness and toffee. The flavor starts out rather mild, on the sweeter side. Caramel malt flavors, with modest bittersweet coffee notes. Very soft feeling, creamy and easy drinking. Gently hopped finish, kinda piney, with added bitters from the charry malt. Some nuttiness, too. Lighter medium bodied, with fine carbonation. Maybe a little underhopped for an american porter, venturing into a wierd, english brown porter/stout realm. Smooth sippin' stuff. Very easy to drink.

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

Poured black in color with dark brown highlights and a bit of tan head with some small lacing.

Smell was full on nice burnt malt odor with a touch of coffee.

Taste had a good bit of burnt malts with a decent earthy bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel had a decent creaminess to it.

Overall on the lighter side for a porter, but pretty decent.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours very deep mahogany brown, almost black, with ruby highlights. Slight milky tan head.

Smell is sweet with roasted malt, chocolate, and vanilla counterbalanced with bitter coffee. The aroma is inviting but not huge.

Taste is sweet milk chocolate and dark burnt grains. Moderate in both maltiness and bitter hop. Coffee really presents itself in the finish along with a slight sugary sourness.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Thinner than expected.

Overall not a bad brew, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Planet Porter from Boulder Beer, pours an incredibility dark black red from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle, with a pry off cap... My one watt LED flashlight just, and I mean just, makes it through the liquid to the other side of this brew that could pass for lamp black. Head went to well over three fingers, and left large amounts of lace.

Nose is a light citrus burnt sweet malt and a well represented floral hops, done just right. Palate is a nice sweet burnt barley malt with a pleasant citrus.

Planet Porter from Boulder Beer is a World Class Porter and should not be passed by. If you should see it on the shelf, go for it, you will not be disappointed.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark maple in color; semi-opaque. Thin, lightly tan head that quickly fades to a whispy sheet. Spotted and condensed lacing with decent strength.

Candied sweetness. Faint, bitter caramel and coffee aromas. Light vanilla tones. Subtle aromatics.

Sweetened coffee with a big dose of powdered, dark chocolate. Musty, biscuit flavors; bitter caramel tones. Slick, artificial sweetness followed by a coffee and cream aftertaste.

Medium bodied; thin and oily on the palate. Very artificial.

A middle of the road Porter. Out of balanced, artificial-tasting. Plenty of better versions out there.

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Photo of Crosling
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured deep brown with a very light tan head that died within seconds and left not a glimpse of lace throughtout the session.

Tobacco, alcohol, dark chocolate wallop through the nostrils. Certainly not lacking aroma as it has plenty of it. But, it just smells bad.

Poor flavor as well. Very murky, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Very light in body. Sweet malts up front, with a lousy mid-palate and an odd aftertaste. Just not very good.

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Photo of bearrunner44
2.58/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black, with shades of dark crimson. Decent amount of brown head; it leaves some foam on the side of the glass as it dissipates.

Smell: Thin, with notes of raisin, dark malt, and floral esters. It's not a very distinctive aroma.

Taste: Brown sugar sweetness from the malt. Some light roasted cocoa flavor. Soft raisin tartness emerges in the middle, merging with the slightly dry character of the malt. There's a very, very light touch of hops in the finish. The hop flavor is thin and grassy. Some metallic oxidation is detectable in the finish. Bland.

Mouthfeel: Thin and lifeless.

Verdict: Nothing to write home about in this one.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After the dump, this beer formed an impressive foamy head that proceeded to deflate like a disturbed cake. The beer is deep brown in colour and the slowly shrinking head is that of cocoa. Copious amounts of chunky cocoa toned lace envelope the rim after the head falls flat.

The nose holds a somewhat distasteful scent of wet coffee grounds and cigarette butts early. Vague chocolate tones try to salvage the odor quality here. The scents seem to come back into a more pleasant focus as they mix with the atmosphere. Vague dark fruit hints come out to mix with the powdery chocolate notes.

The flavour, like the nose, is blighted early after the pour. Tin cap intrusions leave their mark upon the otherwise enjoyable porter character. Amazingly, this blemish subsides leaving only a nearly delightful range of bitter chocolate and creamed coffee tastes to bathe my palate. It still ends up perhaps a touch weak on flavour. Not bad in the late going.

Mouthfeel is medium. Seemingly thin at times, but overall it works well with the confused flavour aspects.

Drinkability is good after the shaky beginnings. Once again, the theory holds true. Porters are pretty hard to muddle. This one made a valiant attempt at failure, but saved face. Not bad, but not the best. Give it a chance before you cast it off down the drain though.

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Photo of orfeu
2.32/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark, dark brown with a pathetic burnt caramel fizz that disappears almost immediately. No head whatsoever! Despite a vigorous pour...I thought maybe it was a bum bottle, flat, y'know -- until I saw some bits of carbonation hitting the surface as I sit here and type. Nose is faint chocolate malts...and that's about it. There's a slight roasty choco-caramel malt flavor with some earthy hop bitterness at the finish. Smoky-metallic aftertaste that's actually pretty gross. Thick mouthfeel despite a medium body. The picture of a completely unimpressive beer. Avoid.

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Photo of Drew966
2.74/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque black from a twelve ounce bottle. Small head, aroma a tad underwhelming. Taste is a bit disappointing, not really a full bodied porter. I woudn't go out of my way for this one, but I wouldn't say there's really anything wrong with it either, no obvious off tastes or anything.

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Photo of russpowell
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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 PorterLambic
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown that lets some light through. Tan head drops fast to a thick film and leaves decent lace.
Smell is malt, hops, dark chocolate & coffee.
Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, caramel and hops.
A full bodied brew, almost chewy, with perfect effervescence, smooth, with a really nice vanilla, malt & coffee aftertaste.
Good stuff to be sure. Would have liked a bit more nose and a little dark look but much better than the other Boulder beers I've had. Kudos.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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 rhoadsrage
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a deep dark black body that is to opaque to see any carbonation but the head is a thin light tan creamy film that soon dissipates.

S- The notes of earthiness and dark grain are blended with a slight prune note and a faint hop spice in the finish.

T- This beer has a smooth dark malt flavor with a nice tangy dark fruit note in the finish. The finish has a very soft spicy quality that is probably hops but it also has a slight off tangy quality.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-light with a slight fizzy quality. There is a creaminess in the texture aswell.

D- This porter has some different qualities like dark fruit and tanginess that I'm not sure about. The add some different qualities to the beer but they are slightly off.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.22/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This porter pours a resonant jet black with a dark tan head that quickly exits stage left. The color is right but otherwise this is one flat looking porter. The smell is ringed with roasted malt and also raises me some coffee flavor although a sour note also hits my nose which isn't as great.
A sniff of this will clean your sinuses, for better or for worse.
The taste is a bit more mellow, with roasted hops being the strongest taste although coffee and just plain burnt make an appearance as well. The mouthfeel has a nice round dimension but also boasts about double the amount of carbonation needed for a good porter. There is a sweet aftertaste mixed with caramel that helps it along nicely.
This porter has depth and complexity but is missing some kind of craft brewed quality that keeps this from being a good beer. Not my style.

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Photo of riversider76
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rich brown. Nice head and lace. Smell is typical of a good Porter with a little somthing extra I couldn't put my finger on. Full flavor, with a nice smooth finish. If you have tried and liked Southern Tier Porter, you will like this too. Have one ASAP!!

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Photo of ski271
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly red dark brown with a medium-sized, light tan, foamy head that quickly diminishes to a thick film. Good, thick lacing. It smells mostly of mellow roasted malts with some caramel, milk chocolate, and light coffee. The taste is a bit sweet of chocolate, light caramel and a hint of molasses... but where are the hops? Oh wait. There they are, very late on the finish, very weak adding only the slightest bitterness to the finish. It has a medium body, watery texture and soft carbonation. This is an enjoyable and highly sessionable porter but nothing special. A bit out of balance. One of 4 beers in a mix 12-pack (along with their pale, amber and Hazed & Infused), and this was the least impressive of the 4.

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Photo of hoffman
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours rich black with frothy mocha head, first 1/2 fades quickly last 1/4 lingers forever and sticks with the glass like glue. Aroma is faint a toasted smell much like typical porters but less robust almost subdued. Inital taste is somewhat bland, possibly due to the water moutfeel, this is where my disapointment in this beer came to be, I had expected a full body frothy porter like others I have had. The taste regains some respect with at biting mocha aftertaste that commands another sip. Very drikable for a porter, but for me, if I want a drinkable beer it will be a whitber, or smooth easy pils, I want a porter to stay with me.

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Photo of profzoom
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This porter pours a rich, chocolately black with a thick mocha-colored head that leaves thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is subtle. The rich malty aroma is present, but doesn't fill my nostrils like I am accustomed to when sniffing a porter. The taste is similar - it seems like a very fine porter, but diluted. The most intense taste sensation occurs after it is swallowed, as the carbonation fizzles down, leaving a bitter malty aftertaste.

Because the taste is more subdued than most porters, it might be a little more drinkable.

Overall, I'm glad I picked it up, but don't see myself trying it again in the near future.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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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Planet Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 393 ratings
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