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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Reviews: 236 | Ratings: 393
Photo of jdhilt
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a two-fingered light brown head that fades quickly leaving a little lace. Absolutely black color. Nose is roasted coffee and the carbonation is good. Starts with a strong roasted coffee and finishes with some hops and bitterness. Heavy bodied. $1.35 for 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hints of coffee and chocolatey malts were teasing me around the edges of this beer. It poured dark brown but seemed to have a slight red tinge when held up to the light. It was slightly more bitter than I prefer my porters. It was not bad, just bitter enough to keep it from being a smooth and well-rounded finish (which is what I look for in a porter).

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
2.92/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish brown with small tan head that left a perfect thin ring on the glass, but smelled like a charcoal grill, or possibly a forest fire. Smoky, almost mesquite chocolate flavor, reminds me of the time I tried to cook chocolate fudge from scratch - and burned it. Light in body and still strangely drinkable despite the flavor, got the same mouthfeel I get from smoking a cigar. This stuff was strange, just not to my liking I guess.

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Photo of marc77
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Deep bister hue with hazed garnet flashes when held to light. Head settles into a thin soapy tan layer that yields sparse lace. Sweet milk chocolate with a mocha tinge comprises the understated aroma. Trace herbal hop twang as well. In flavor, prevalent is an impression of burnt chocolate cookie, although there's a dark roast coffee note stronger than the aroma would indicate. Well attenuated, with meager residual sweetness or outright malt character. Hint of dark lovibond caramel assuages the black patent astringency. Very lightly bodied-- almost mild ale like in mouthfeel. Meek in hop bitterness, but appropriate considering the paltry residual sweetness. Finishes with a transient fudge like snap yielding to note of parching, overbaked brownie. A middling porter at best. Perhaps its best attribute is its thirst quenching nature, but certainly isn't a brew to be savored. Yawn inducing.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.01/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a very dark redish brown with a medium dark tan head that lasted of average length.

The aroma was mild and mainly of malt with some very subtle earthy tones.

The flavor was the most disappointing of all. The first sip had a hint of chocolate, I think. It was so fleeting that by the second sip, I could no longer taste it. The malts are present but not much else can be said.

The mouthfeel is closer to light than medium and an after lingers in the mouth.

This is probably one of those beers that will live forever in the back of beer fridge or until one my friends unsuspectingly sneaks a beer when my back is turned. And that will serve him right.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. No date. Neat Label!
It pours a stout-colored tar pitch with a thin and fading beige head and some patchy lace.
The aroma is of a mild smoky peat malt and dry cut hay.
The malt is smoky and fairly burnt tasting. A light taste of rye crackers is noticed.
A spicy and light citrusy taste does little to balance or counter the smoky malt.
Alcohol is noticed, but not overly so. There just isn't any definitive direction to this Porter.

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Photo of edchicma
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad brew....Appearance was a bit chocolaty with a head that dissipates rapidly. Smell was a nice blend of malt and light chocolate..Taste was initially sweet with a light bite mid-palate and a light slickness throughout. Mouthfeel was medium and good. Easy to drink,,,goes down smooth...not a bad brew overall.

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

A thin beige head over a very dark brown body with some light lacing. Nice full nose of chocolate, roasted malts and hints of vanilla. The great flavor is from the chocolate persuasion with lighter coffee sense and nise roasted notes. A vaguely thin feel is a bit inconsistent with the full-bodied look and taste.
Good drinkability from the lovely flavor and nice light feel.

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Photo of cncbofh
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Planet Porter is a lightweight porter with a sienna brown color. It has a nose of burnt coffee and some marshmallow. It has a good french roast and chocolate taste, but it still too easy on the palate to be considered a true porter for me. It was easy to down a six-pack of these in a single sitting, and it left me craving something more.

The taste really was exceptional however, and for the price, get a six-pack to go with your BBQ.

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Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eclipse black color, small head. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee. A lighter bodied porter. Chocolaty flavor, some bitterness. Not very hoppy and lacking in body for a porter. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of ZAP
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love the nose on this beer...HUGE milk chocolate aroma with strongs notes of vanilla too...great nose!! pours a deep, drak brown with a lot of black in it...tan little head...mouthfeel is creamy...I wouldn't call it thin, but it is not it the lighter side of medium...feels good in the mouth problems....Taste is heavy on the milk chocolate....I also get some of the vanilla but that is actually stronger on the nose...Hopping is low, but that's fine with me....Drinkability is good and bad...I love drinking this right now but maybe a bit too rich on the sweetness for more than a couple..

Overall...I think this would be a great desert beer with brownies or something like that...the biggest negative is the thinner mouthfeel...the biggest positive is the great nose....

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Photo of Bighuge
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep dark shade of ruby. Not quite black, but almost. Very slight head. Brown in color. Nice aroma of bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts and vanilla bean. Roasted tones dominate on the palate, but are almost astirngent. Bitter hop tones mingle with a dulled lactic sourness. Body is a little too light. Closer to light-medium than medium. Carbonation is a little too high. I'm not getting the lovely creamy mouthfeel I expect from a porter. All in all, pretty average porter here.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown, settles solid darkish brown/black with slivers of dark amber poking through the sides and bottom. Hefty light brown top sits thickly and tight like the surface of a unweathered moon about an inch high and crumbles down fairly fast to a skim and the lacing in thin sheets eventually breaking into some spots. Aroma of roasted malts, somewhat subdued richness with a touch of cocoa and tang; a lost in space faint nose mostly. Taste loses some gravity with very mildly roasted malts with a bit of dark fruity tang and is over pretty fast. One dimensional and not much to it I'm afraid. Notes of cocoa and very limpid light hops subside within. Feel is smooth, light and creamy, close to medium body but thin in most aspects. It does have a good porter style drying that lightly lingers in the finish which helps create a bit of weather on this barren porter plantet. This planet looked to be in orbit at first but became eclipsed by a dull and average gravity that holds nothing down. This planet swings out of orbit and needs some kind of galactic help to bring it back.

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Photo of ADR
3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another example of Boulder re-naming their beers way too often.

Quite dark brown in color and almost opaque in appearance. Laces in broad clumps. Malty toffee-ish aroma. Flavor starts chocolate but by mid mouth, the beer rings a watery and slightly phenolic Band-Aid bell. Recovers somewhat in the finish, a bit of a candy sense and pleasant malt tones in the aftertaste. Starts OK, but soon becomes awfully light-bodied. Nothing terribly wrong but nothing to make me choose this one over the many more interesting Porters on the shelves.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Planet Porter: the beer chosen by 9 out of 10 astronomers.
(Really, the label shows a bucket of bottles by a telescope, pointed at the stars.)
Fully black in color, fizzy brown head.
Bitter, roasty, espressoish aroma.
Big carbonation.
Body is light, thin, offering little texture, much less of what I love to find in a good porter.
Smooth, tasty, and easy-to chug away, with a short, but nice and roasty while- it- lasts kind of finish.
As a very mild, adequate, run-of-the-mill porter, it pays it's way. Want more? Look elsewhere.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure what the difference is between this beer and the standard Boulder Porter. Sure, the name and the packaging are different, but the beer tastes the same. Is this a new recipe, or just a new image?

Appearance: This was a deep brown beer with red highlights around the edges. The tan head rose up to two fingers, but disappeared very quickly. It wasn't long before just a thin ring of foam around the perimeter of the galss was all that was left. There was no lacing at all.

Smell: Right after the pour, this brew had a rich, malty aroma combined with a good dose of chocolate. Also present was a light tartness. As the beer sat, the tartness grew stonger, eventually overpowering the other, more pleasant smells.

Mouthfeel: Thin and tingly. Rather disappointing.

Taste: The main components of flavor in this brew were bitter coffee and chocolate flavors, and a light maltiness. They persisted from upfront all the way through to the finish. There was also a slight tartness that was foretold by the aroma. It wasn't overpowering, but it did not help the flavor at all. Overall, not a very complex drink.

There are many other porters on the market that I will buy before I make it around to this brew again.

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