Bad Elmer's Porter - Upland Brewing Company

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Bad Elmer's Porter
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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: zerk on 05-26-2002

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Ratings: 300 | Reviews: 140
Reviews by karengarys:
Photo of karengarys
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours quite dark, as one would expect. I did experience hyperactive carbonation - it took 10 minutes to pour 1 bottle into my pint glass, waiting for the foam to settle. It finally did, and looked pretty good. The foam more than laced down the side, there was a foam coating on the side of the glass that adhered for quite a while as it crept down into the drink.

Smell is somewhat bitter chocolatey and inviting. Hints of malt and carmel.

Taste is more chocolate, some slight spice, bit of coffee, but quite a bit of malt too. It has a somewhat clean balance of hop at the end - it is not hoppy, but it is clean.

Mouthfeel is quite creamey and good. The foam remains as it slides down the back of the throat.

Body is slightly light for a porter, but it is robust enough to hold its own.

Finish is excellent too. It is just rich creaminess. A hint of hop dryness cleanses the pallette for more with no aftertaste at all.

I really like this porter, one of my favorites. I recommend at least trying this out if you find it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured extremely dark with a mild head that left a permanent swirly puddle in the middle. Cool.

Smell – Oh, this is nice. The lightly-roasted malts are complimented with a plethora of aromatic notes. The deep, rich chocolate is dominant and followed by a subtle hint of espresso and mashed fruits such as apricots, Rainier cherries, and a smallish suggestion of orange.

Taste – Boy, did this one deliver. I get a lot of Porters that look and smell the part but wimp out at the taste. This one, however, stands its ground.

The bittersweet flavors kick it up a notch and the hitherto undetected table sugar balances things out. The rest of the nose shows up here as well. Delicious.

Mouthfeel – This Porter is medium-bodied – it’s not a strong stouty interpretation – and exceptionally smooth. I thought the wonderful balance of this brew was its strong point.

Drinkability – It was truly a joy coming home from a long week at work on a Friday night and getting this bottle in the BIF 5.0. Big BA kudos goes out to qarre for the package and for setting up this BIF.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

For a porter, this i a really clear beer. It is dark brown with a thin manilla-folder colored head and smells of sweet milk chocolate, earthy cops, and caramel. Those earthy hops hit first in the taste, followed by astringent grain, sweet tea, slight roasted grain, and dark toffee. This is all much better than it sounds. I find this porter fairly unconventional but tasty none the less. Mouthfeel is not watery but is too light for my tastes. Needs oomph.

Photo of weatherdog
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bloomington brewpub. Served in a 16oz. shaker pint.

Pour is stand porter pour, deep nearly pitch black with a khaki colored head. Medium long retention with a healthy amount of lacing.

Aroma is very muted and light. Some mild coffee but overall seemingly watery.

Taste starts off with a little astringent roasted grain taste, then some dark fruit plumish esters finish off the taste. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery, nearly no body and a medium high carb level does not help it's cause. No glaring off flavors but it's just an average at best porter, just too watery tasting.

Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Lean lacing from a somewhat weak head, nearly full on black in color.

Smell: Suggestions of vanilla and creamed coffee. Touch of acrid roasted grain.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth with a quick undertow of crispness in the medium body. Light maltiness with more roasted / burnt character for the palate to deal with, slow draw on the hop bitterness with a smidge of flavor in the end. Faint suggestions of vanilla and dark fruit middle to end, roasted grain and dry in the finish.

Notes: This is a stand up porter, well made and a joy to drink. Middle of the road, yes … but still flavorful.

Photo of merlin48
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had this one a few times and have found it wildly inconsistent. This review is based on the latest sixpack I tried. After a full glass of creamy tan foam subsides, the body appears a clear dark mahogany. The huge head hangs around for several minutes and deposits gobs of sticky lace. Aroma is quite pleasant, with lots of dark roasty notes of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Significant nuttiness seems to be almond and hazelnut. Mouthfeel is medium, but way overcarbonated for style. Taste has a predominant dark bitter roastiness that mirrors the aroma. Coffee, dark chocolate, and some nuttiness, but there is a slight acrid character that detracts. Hard to define a hops presence. At its best, this is a topnotch Porter, but at its worst it's difficult to finish. I wish Upland would get this one straightened out.

Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, with brewed on month/year notched onto the label. Pours the expected dark mahogony amber, slight dark tan head, not leaving in much in the way of lacing. Nice roasty nose. Things dont continue foward after this respectable start, the flavar is somehow off, a sour ote is present and the chocolate, roasty chocolate is caused to be out of wack. Iadded about 1/3 of the bottle to a marinade, so all was not lose. Not my favorite vrom Upland so far

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter) bottled on "A '09"
A- This beer pours a black body with a faint hint of dark brown glow at the base of the glass. There are a few strands of microbubbles that glide up the side of the glass supporting a thin wispy beige head.
S- This beer has a very light smoky quality that melds into a dark roasted malt, espresso bean note and some other coffee notes. There are some dry chocolate notes that come through as the beer warms. The espresso bean aroma grows as it warms aswell.
T- This beer has a roasted deep black malt flavor with a slight tart hint and some coffee flavors to the black malt. There is some chocolate malt flavors underneath. The finish is a light cream with big roasted black grain taste that bites a bit as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a fresh full nice dark roasted malt flavor but the body is a bit thin. This makes a good session stout with full flavor and a subtle complexity.

Photo of degerbah
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque brown with about a finger of head. The aroma is nondescript and only moderately malty. The taste is primarily caramel-like more than anything. Pretty easy to drink and relatively clean tasting, but its only 5%. Not a standout porter by any stretch. Still it was decent, I just have had way better.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark amber with a gorgeous reddish hue is topped with a massive tan head....3 fingers at least. Head melts slowly to a thick top coating and sticky lacing.

Aroma is Sweet amber malt, brown sugar, and coffee.

Taste is sour caramel and coffee. Hops are very present creating an interesting blend between sour and sweet...not bitter at all. A little woody smoke presence like peat in the aftertaste and as it warms.

Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep, opaque brown, with a sizeable tan head of foam. Some lacing (about 1 finger).

Aroma is chocolate roasty, appealing and understated.

Flavor is similarly chocolate-accented, with hints of wood and a subdued coffee finish. Mellow, slightly burnt.

A sturdy and highly drinkable porter.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black body with mahogany highlights at the base, and a frothy head of deep tan that holds well and initially leaves rings of craggy lace about the glass. The nose offers some dark cocoa with a subtle roasted edge that's amplified in the flavor. It's flavor is bright and chocolatey with a touch of vanilla and a bit of roastiness lending it depth. It's backed by some grassy, almost minty, and delicately spicy hops as well as a solid bitterness that leads to drying finish. It's hard to pinpoint what makes this porter unique, but there's definitely something there. Very well done and worth seeking out.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried the Bad Elmer at a recent beer tasting party. The beer pours an opaque brown with about good offwhite head that laced nicely. The aroma includes sweet malt, earth, vanilla bean. The taste is primarily sweet roasty malt peat and hints of coffee. The mouthfeel is light in body and ok carbonation. For me, it is too light for a porter. Overall it is ok, but there are many porters that are better.

Photo of RickS95
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has what I'm looking for in a beer. Extremely dark, very close to pitch black, with a thick head of tiny brown bubbles. Lacks much retention.

Good smell. You'll pick up notes of chocolate, coffee, and earthy flowers.

The primary taste is coffee. I didn't pick up any chocolate, though if there is some, it's bittersweet.

Like everything else, good is the feeling on the palate. Has a milky feel to it. There's no sweetness and only a hint of bitter, but it's very milky from beginning to end.

This beer has a lot going for it. If you like porters, you'll like this one. It's got good flavors, though it lacks some sweetness found in a lot of porters, and the alcohol is just enough that you'll enjoy your evening, but not so much that you get hammered after just a couple.

Photo of beerluvr
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with one of the most massive & rocky long-lived heads I've ever encountered, light tan and flecked with peppery-looking residual yeast...visually stunning! It finally settled over cloudy dark brown liquid with a nose of sweet chocolate, brown sugar and very light tones of weak coffee. Taste is sweet at first with dryish notes of chocolate and lightly roasted barley coating the tongue with oh-so-slight hop bitterness afterwards. Finishes dry and again, lightly coffeeish...a pleasure to drink, and drink in quantity as a session porter. Many thanks to CRJMellor for the bottle!

Photo of theRooster90
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Upland Tasting Room Indianapolis

A: Dark dark brown with nice creamy tan head.

S: Little bit of chocolate, maybe some coffee, malt, small amounts of wood.

T: Smoky burnt chocolate with hints of coffee but barely any.

M: Pretty smooth, not much alcohol.

O: Pretty nice porter with decent complexity.

Photo of Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a murky brown, with a 1/2 finger of creamy mocha colored head. This maintains some richness, leaving back a foamy cascade that slowly slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of cocoa, roast, and coffee. There's a touch of green citrus and floral character present as well. The roasted coffee tones are really coming out strong here, giving this a toasty and tasty smelling crunch in the nose.

The taste has a little more sweetness going on with it than the aroma did, with sticky notes of chocolate and caramel with a dash of green earthy citrus mixed in. Some light (but still firm) bitterness offers up some balance to the profile while toasted roasted notes come out fairly aggressively across the back. Good overall balance here though with the sweetness getting to shine. Finishes with some lingering earthy grit but is otherwise pretty clean. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bubbly creaminess that's got some sharpness on the edges. This does seem a touch light in spots and doesn't quite seem to fill the mouth up like the flavors would indicate.

You know, this was pretty decent. I really liked the well balanced roasty flavors and despite some lightness to the body, this was still a fairly enjoyable quaff. One of the better ones I've had from Upland.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour a deep brown to black with about finger width toast, tan head.

It offers up a roasted malt kind of smell with maybe just a hint of coffee/dark chocolate. Not sure why, but the roasted malty smell is overpowering.

The taste yields much the same results as the smell. I'm getting all roasted malts and bit of tartness along with it, which I believe to be the molasses. Alcohol is hidden well. Would like a bit more chocolate and coffee.

Medium bodied, with a sweet start of a finish that leads to a little bit of a bitter hang.

Very drinkable. It's not the best porter I've had, but it's a decent representation. Not very filling, so you could have a few with no issues.

Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big thanks to robwestcott for this as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured red-brown with a two and a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, and tobacco. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, sugar, and very light tobacco. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew wasn't that bad, but it also wasn't that great either. For me, the flavor seemed a little watered-down. It also had a very light mouthfeel as well. The aroma wasn't that great either. Glad I got to try it, but doubt I will again.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours very dark black, completely opaque with very little foam or lacing. Smell is very nice - roasted malts, coffee/espresso notes. Taste is dominated by bitter, noted by coffee, just a scarce hint of chocolate. Low carbonation. Good drinkable porter, not spectacular but tasty.

Photo of alleykatking
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

A- Pours a deep darker brown hues come about on the edge of the glass when held to the light. One finger tan head shows medium retention. Streaked lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts first and foremost in the nose. There is a light nutty undertone that mixes well with a light chocolate malt as well. Coffee notes dance around the ending of the beer as well. A rather nice smelling porter that seems to be a little muted.

T- Roasted malts take center stage right off the bat. There isn't really much else until the middle and ending of the beer where it turns into a dark coffee bitterness that takes it all the way to the end except for a hint of alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts left on the palate and long into the aftertaste with a hint of alcohol. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were a little one sided and needed to step it up a notch. No real off flavors were present with this beer.

D- This was a easy to drink porter. Nothing special at all with this one. Upland made a very drinkable porter for sure but I think sacrificed some flavor in order to do so.

Photo of hotstuff
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a small tan head that did not last long and it contained fine-medium sized bubbles. The lacing was decent and the nose was that of chocolate. The hue of this beer was black.It had a decent smooth coffee taste to it with some bitterness observed.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown to black with light thin head and decent tight lacing. Coffee and tart berries on the nose, nice. Decent mouth feel, a bit thin, but then again this is a porter. Slightly chalky with light bitterness, hint of rye and roasted medium malts and coffee. Lingering bitter finish with lasting coffee taste. Not fantastic but far from bad. A decent session beer, but not outstanding in the porter category.

Photo of Bung
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Solid dark brown pour, not quite black. Thin layer of cream colored head.

Aroma, toffee, peat, toast malt and some milk like chocolate. A little subdued, but not bad.

Taste, earthy caramel and toffee. Some peat and chocolate. Finishes with a slight roast and coffee.

A little lighter bodied, but it is not watery thin or anything. Low abv makes this very much a session porter. Thought this was solid, maybe a tad much caramel. Maybe more of an English Porter.

Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled today at the brewpub, review from notes.

Black body with a glint of crimson in the light. Aroma is faint, some slight malty notes, but not much roast.

Roastiness comes through in the flavor, blackened malt, unsweetened chocolate, light coffee, and somewhat earthy with a raisiny aftertaste.

Good level of carbonation, creamy feel. It's tasty and easy drinking, possibly the best of the current Upland taps I sampled today.

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Bad Elmer's Porter from Upland Brewing Company
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