Boulder Planet Porter

Basic Info:
 Planet Porter
Origin: Boulder Brewing Co., Boulder, CO
Style: American Porter
ABV: 5.51%
IBU: not listed
I drank this: poured from a bottle at Old Chicago, OP, KS

This is a rich, almost black ale that managed a fairly thick, tan head even with a careful pour. There isn’t a strong nose here (which may be because my bottle was fresh-from-the-cooler cold, making it difficult to smell).  What I did notice was mostly black patent/chocolate malts with hints of coffee and smoke. 

Taste-wise, this is chocolate smoke, with hints of everything from coffee to something slightly fruity running throughout.  They’re loud, boisterous malts, but they don’t have a ton of body.  In a lot of stouts with this kind of chocolate/coffee/smoke malt flavor, the beer is really thick.  In the case of the Planet Porter, they have flavor, but they somehow create a much thinner beer.  Texture-wise, this wasn’t far off of drinking water – it had that same sort of almost unnoticeable thinness to it.  It was an interesting experience to have a beer that malty that didn’t have the backbone that I usually associate with those flavors.

There are hops here too, hiding in the background.  They’re shy hops.  When I swallowed the beer quickly, the hops didn’t appear at all.  They only came out to play when I let the beer hang out in my mouth: the longer the beer stays before the swallow, the sharper it gets.  It got almost painful at about 10 seconds, which was the longest I went before moving onto the next sip.

For once, I have no notes about the aftertaste.  Having had a string of beers recently where the aftertaste has gone all kinds of wonky sour/bitter/generically bad, the lack of aftertaste here was something of a relief.

All in all, this is a textbook porter.  The thing that most strongly differentiates it from the other porter I’ve reviewed on this blog – the Bully! Porter from Boulevard – is that Boulder’s porter is very lightly carbonated, whereas the Bully! has almost cola-sized bubbles of carbonation.  As far as porters go, the Planet Porter is good, but it isn’t a standout.  If you can, get ahold of a Founders Porter.  If not, the Planet is perfectly serviceable, as is the Bully!.  In any case, it’s a great style to go for if you’re tired of Oktoberfests and enjoying the slow cooling-off of the temperature.


About Kim

Kim spends a lot of time writing, thinking about writing, reading, writing more and dealing with writer's block. When she's not writing, she might be found having a beer. She often combines the writing experience with the beer experience. The combination tends to lead to more creativity but significantly impaired spelling.
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