Planet Porter | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Planet PorterPlanet Porter
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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 Thrasher
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an entirely enjoyable porter, in the manner of a good Creedence Clearwater Revival song. It may not be groundbreaking, or cool, or thrilling, or even tasteful, but it's undeniably solid and it delivers on every level. Chocolatey and substantial without being cloying or thick, it's, by and large, sweet with a cheery citrus hop element that provides definition but never draws attention to itself. Lots of dark chocolate, caramel, some mousse, and a hint of vanilla. Maple syrup flavors induce memories of chilly, pine-scented mornings. It's simple, plain, filling, satisfying. Whoever tsk-tsks at this fine brew has probably been drinking too many imperials and may need to downshift a couple gears before their palates and livers are totally shot... I kid. But this beer shouldn't be as overlooked as that dusty copy of "Chronicle" nestled in between CSN's first record and that shitty Counting Crows album that you haven't listened to since you broke up with what's-her-name.

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Photo of palliko
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a black coffee with beige foam and sticky lacing. Aroma is mild compared to the flavor of the beer. Initial. Initial taste is of roasted grain and smoky porter. There are some middle notes or bittersweet chocolate. Too little carbonation and the finish is flat. But not a bad porter.

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Photo of mentor
3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) in July 2005 and consumed a couple days later. Pours a two-finger fluffy light brown head over a liquid too dark to see through. Held to light is has dark ruby red edgings. Smell is chocolate and molasses. Tastes sweet wet malt for a moment before chocolate and some coffee steps in. Molasses and a sugar sweet. The beer ends with a gentle sting from carbonation and an acrid that may result from . Simple, but this beer captures the flavors I really like in this style of beer. Wet sweet and chocolate with enough roast to add another dimension. Md-light body and mildly carbonated.

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Photo of Naes
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one is very black and caries a nice sticky brown head.

Smell: A bit hopy (not much of an indication of the flavor it has in store for you).

Taste: Seems smoky and burnt. Followed by hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. It has a bittersweet aftertaste that makes this beer unique.

Mouth feel. I think this beer could use a tad more carbonation, but other than that a smooth drinkable porter.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderately thick, dense, chestnut colored head fades slowly to a film leaving a bit of scattered lace. Light aroma of creamy chocolate malt. Nice doughy chocolate flavor up front is just sweet enough, and almost sour tobacco flavor in the middle. Just a pinch of dark malt bitterness at the end. Moderately light body with an almost froathy mouthfeel. A nice session beer.

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Photo of scriabin
2.83/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The porter is one of my favorite styles, so perhaps I'm a bit particular. This is by no means a bad porter but it doesn't quite stack up to some of the others I've had. It is a little on the watery side for one, and the flavor is a bit on the bitter side. The carbonation level seems a little high for a porter to me. The flavor has some malt and chocolates, but it isn't overly complex for the style.

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

This one pour nearly black with a light frothy head. the head leave a bit of lace but not much.

This has a very sweet caramel smell. This follows into the initial taste. First sweetness, then a caramel toffee like flavor and sweet after taste.

Their is a creamy soft feel feel that finishes with a sweet malt after taste.

This is a drinkable porter. One that you could sit down with and have several.

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Photo of guinnessman
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pitch black with very little head. A sweet aroma of toffee and butter, with a nice mouthfeel, though, it’s not as heavy on the palate as it appears to be. Excellent chocolate, caramel and coffee flavors make this a very nice porter. I could definitely sit back and enjoy a few of these with a nice steak.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks like black tar with red highlights. Just a ring of foam - pretty lifeless. Smells of fudge, tobacco leaf, sweet and vegetal, a little musty, very very nice. Flavor showcases charcoal. Thin. chocolaty. Lightly acidic. Dirt-earthy hops. Feels thin and bubbly even though the carbonation is low.

Overall not a great porter. Definitely smells better than it tastes, looks, and feels. Why import this from across the country?Colorado can keep this one.

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Photo of karengarys
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours nice, quite dark, not much foam, but there is a ring around the edge of the glass that laces up a bit.

Smell is chocolatey and I pick up a hint of florlal hops.

Taste first hits me with the thin mouthfeel and body, so I'll go there first. It is a bit pop like, but beer like too. Not a great mouthfeel, not a lot of body here, somewhat thin. Fizzy though, and a little cream fizz in the finish. Just not as robust as I would want.

Now onto the flavors. How about some chocolate malt. Slight, very slight pine hop. More dry hops (which I like), giving a bit of dryness, but it is not a dry beer. A bit of malt.

Finish is crisp and clean. There is creaminess in the back of the throat.

Overall, this is a dissappointment to me from what is one of my favorite breweries. I understand, though, that porters can be like this. Give it a try, though, it is interesting enough to experiment with.

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Photo of fretlessman71
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pertinent preliminary comments: I was told that this is the original recipe for Boulder Porter as it was in the early 80’s. I’ve enjoyed it in the past, and I also remember being less than enthused with a Boulder Porter in the early 90’s (when things started going downhill for Boulder Beer), so it seems plausible to me.

AROMA: Hmmm… That’s interesting… I’m getting roasted malt and feet. In a good way, though. Chocolate coming through a little bit as well. Roastiness comes out stronger as it warms.

APPEARANCE: Dark, dark brown. Light tan head with medium tight bubbles. Decent lacing; not great. Head recedes to a thin white cap that lasts to the bottom of the glass

FLAVOR: Chocolate dominates (hooray! Gotta love the chocolate), with a fair amount of roasty/toasty black patent malt. Maybe a little mocha, maybe a little prune. Pretty sweet and malty in flavor and finish. Not much in the way of hops here. Chocolate turns to chocolate milk as the beer warms. (I know – warm chocolate milk – EWWW…)

MOUTHFEEL: Medium weight in my mouth; a bit dry feeling in a way… but in a good way. Carbonation was perfect as far as I was concerned.

DRINKABILITY: Wonderful! I could easily have more than one of these. Alcohol is either hidden very well or in fact pretty low.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: I really enjoyed this beer. The bitter/sweet balance tips a little toward the sweet side, but on the whole a thoroughly quaffable brew. A good session beer.

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Photo of tar
2.62/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, inky, black with a thinnish (1/2 cm), medium brown, frothy head. The head quickly fades away to nothing--not even a ring persists where the beer contacts the glass, and there are few signs of significant carbonation. Looks "thin" or watery in the glass. Nice aroma of both chocolatey and roasted malts, with a hint of coffee, but all of it is a bit subdued. Tastes of roasted malts, but with a unpleasant burnt bitterness which lingers well into the finish. Much like it looks, this feels quite light in body, but is not a "thirst quenching" beer which I might like to be a bit on the watery side (i.e. lawnmower beer). Overall not a very good example of a porter and not a beer I'll be having again.

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Photo of mntlover
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a black but red highlights show thru small tan head falls to ring of foam that leaves nos lace to speak of.
Aroma is roasted malt with coffee and some chocolate with a very light hop presence, smells good. Taste how ever does not live up to the smell.
Taste is light some roasted malt in the mix but not much a very light burnt like bitterness followed by tingly carbonation some light hop citrus flavors but no real bitterness. Also no real coffee flavors or maybe coffee with lots of cream. Where are the flavors that were in the nose? Just bland nothing really bad just nothing good.
Mouthfeel is to light just lacking in character and texture.
Drinkability looks alright smells good but it ends there nothing but a bland little porter not recommended unless your like me and want to just try everthing. Thanks go to merlin48 for this sample.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a jet black color with one finger of medium tan head that dies away fairly quickly. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell has lots of roasted malt character, some sweetness, and a touch of alcohol. Not too shabby. The taste is chock full of roasted malt. A hint of licorice and coffee. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is good as well. A decent porter.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep dark brown with ruby hues around the edges. There is no head, but a ring around the top. The nose is all about chocolate malts, with some light hops mingled in there as well. The flavors are mostly chocolate malt with some coffee finish, but not a lot of bitters...all what I want in an American Porter. This is a nice beer. The feel is a nice thick, with a hint of creamy chocolate. Drinkability is really good on this beer. I think I may have to have a 6 of this one for the winter.

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

Pours to a deep brown color with a light brown head. The aroma is of coffe and chocolate, with a roasted maltiness. The flavor is of coffe and a roastiness to a lesser extreme. The bitterness is at a midium level. It is a good medium bodied brew.

Sampled on 5/30/04

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Photo of merlin48
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First bottle from a 12 bottle sampler box. This pours a dark and opaque body with a faint wisp of a beige head that quickly disappears without leaving any lacing. The aroma has dark roasted maltiness, mostly chocolate with a hint of coffee. Creamy mouthfeel is medium bodied with even carbonation. Taste features cocoa, fruity plum, and some coffee bitterness. Very little hops presence. An average porter, overall, but nicely drinkable.

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Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown color with a small head that dies off quickly, but leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is light, but comprised of a coffee and sweet maltiness that was very enjoyable. The flavor is much the same: Nice coffee flavors along with an extremely creamy malt character. I loved this mouthfeel on this one.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque brown color, near black, with a gingerbread brown head. Doesn't smell very strongly of much, maybe some biscuit tones and light chocolate. Taste is pungent and slightly smokey, with bitter chocolate flavors and unlike many porters I've tried, almost no acidic burn. I like this beer, and it was a good deal at $1.09 for a single.

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Photo of budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a deeply tinted brown ruby colour with a dark tan head...the head dies quickly and leaves sparse lace. liquid milky way candy bar aroma...with a hint of something burnt or smoky, too. tingly, carbonated mouthfeel, and a thin body. flavours of dark roasted chocolate malt or black patent malt...not enough malt flavour in my opinion. a hint of bittering in the back end...and it finishes with more of that carbonated, tingly, acidicly bitter taste. this is a pretty poor example of a porter, but it's quaffable. i wouldn't purchase this again, though.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this in a Rockies BC sampler pack. It emitted a lovely roasted chocolate smell. The body was almost black with a deep ruby tone paired with a great 3/4" tan fluffy head. I loved the creamy mouthfeel and it certainly has its mocha characteristics. However, I am getting a metallic-y taste as well. It kind of spoils the brew, the other brews in the pack were consistent with that as well. Perhaps just a bad batch. Anyway, it finishes a tad roasty and everything is near perfect outside of the metallic taste. I may give this another shot....

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Photo of frazbri
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black body with just a hint of red on the fringe. Dense tan head fell fairly quickly, but with very good lacing. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Cocoa and hazelnut flavor with muted bitterness. Full body, thick feel finishes dry.

All the flavors are in there, but seem muted. Not a bad beer, just needs a little more intensity of the flavor for my liking.

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Photo of Brent
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tarry black color with mocha head. Aroma is a bit sharp. Husky malt flavor up front, with some smokey, slightly oxidized flavors. Follows with moderate citric acidity and vague white wine notes. Picks up a bit of unsweetned cocoa powder with the hops at the finish. Overall, a bit oriented toward sourness, but not unpleasantly so. An average example of the style.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz. amber bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter. No apprent freshness dating.

Poured a dark, dark brown, almost black color with a thick off-white head. Lasting head laces the glass. Aromas are nice, with Hershey's cocoa powder and soft coffee notes. Flavor is a let-down. There is some "porter-like" flavor. A mix of chocolate, caramel, and a dash of smoke. Nothing really leaps out. Very thin and almost flat. Drinkable...but only barely. Many better porters out there.

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

This beer is a dark brown color with a ruby tint. Thin light beige head and light lacing. The scent is lightly malty, along with a little coffee. Medium-bodied with mild roasted coffee, malt and burnt chocolate flavors. No flavor really stands out more than any other, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The finish is lightly smoky with a bitter character. Overall this Porter doesn’t really distinguish itself in the field, either as especially good or especially bad. It’s just kind of...there.

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Planet Porter from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 28.8% out of 100 with 393 ratings
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