Bad Elmer's Porter - Upland Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

280 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zerk on 05-26-2002)
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Photo of stinadez
5/5  rDev +40.4%

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.97/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very decent beer. Looks great, little head though. Could have a bit more head. Smells of malt and coffee. Taste of coffee, which keeps one coming back for more. Mouthful is exceptional. Not too bad for drinkablity as it is very smooth and one could drink a 6 pack easily

Photo of Mike412
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of BennyThon
4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

Photo of Bis4beer70
4.64/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance -– dark with a medium head...love the bottle/artwork too (the dude in the picture has a hipster-beard & a half!)...i want to try their 'Nut Hugger Brown' also but have yet to see it in the north part of the state (a cute little squirrel & his nut are on the bottle artwork, believe it or not)!

Smell –- lightly-roasted malts,deep, rich chocolate,espresso...maybe cherries, & even orange.

Taste –-The Porter taste!& lot's of it! my go-to porter! Delicious.Maybe even slightly better than anchor or bells porter (but not by too much).

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied & almost stout-like...but somehow, an exceptionally smooth Porter. I thought the balance was spectacular. Every Libra that digs Porters and dark beer should call it home.

Drinkability –- I can put these away too quick...so i have to be careful.

Photo of Indybeer
4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep dark brown, tinged with a reddish hue when held up to the light. Massive head that really stuck around, and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee with a hint of chocolate thrown in. Taste is more of the same! Medium carbonation and finishes nice and smooth. This is one great porter.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of Gear54
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of Brumback
4.44/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Brew33
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

My Dad picked up some Upland brews driving through Indiana last week. Gave me a couple to try. Started with this beer and I was very pleasantly surprised.

Pours a solid black, thin tan head. The aroma is solid. Dark malts, some burned aromas, toffee, chocolate. Yum. The flavor was more of the same. Exceptional balance. Great malt bill and just enough hops to balance it out. Mouthfeel is a little thin but it really helps the drinkability. Speaking of drinkability, it's amazing. I could drink this all night long. Almost as good as Edmund Fitzgerald.

All in all a fantastic beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a rich tan colored head that reached a height of at least two inches before settling down to a respectable inch of head that did not go away. Lots of chocolate and coffee leading the way here. Hints of molasses as well. Huge flavor here, maybe the best tasting porter I have come across. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, rich, huge flavor with a smooth creaminess that was second to none in my eyes. Really fantastic balance here as the chocolate really starts to come out as it warms. Lots of flavor here with a ton of mellow notes that were just all over the place.

Photo of beerluvr
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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 mtrain237
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of rbmjr1
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BrianSherry
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of olafphysics
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of zerk
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown... almost black, but a touch of light makes it's way through. Has a thin but persistent tan head that leaves some lace behind. Aroma is malty... with roasted malt, and some notes of chocolate. Flavor is very well balanced., with some roasted malt and chocolate... balanced by a touch of coffee, and some herbal notes. Moutfeel is full and smooth. This is a very well done porter!

Photo of scruffwhor
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A light tan head is released from the bottle into the glass. Thick, dark brown. Great head retention that leaves a little lacing. Lots of bitter toffee and bakers chocolate. Plenty of bitter chocolate and coffee define the bitter malts and hops. Smooth palate halps make this a great sessionable beer.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly rubied deep dark brown color with a small head that falls to an almost complete coating over top. Nose is a light chocolate with nuts. Nice and malty. I think it smells very nice. The flavor is a little darker than the nose. It starts out nutty and chocolatey, moves to a sweet coffee and fihished mocha. Very enjoyable. Very nice brew. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. This is highly drinkable. An impressive porter in my book.

Photo of chuckm
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know a good porter when I taste one and this is one of the better ones. deep brown bordering on black with dense foam this malty beer is not as rich as Great Lakes Edmund but nearly as flavorful. For those porter fans this shouldn't be missed.One of the few you can drink more than 2 without feeling as though you'll explode

Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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 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 OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to black color, with a big light brown head. In the aroma, roasty malts and a hint of chocolate. In the taste, piney hops, and a mixture of chocolate and toffee. A small bitter and medium mouthfeel, with a small dry roasty chocolate aftertaste. Nice chocolate presence, and nice hops in the taste, quite good.

Photo of JamesS
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice beer! It came to the table with an excellent dark appearance and a wonderful head (and ended up having excellent lacing). It had a very rich coffee and roasted barley aroma. Very heavy and dark taste, which was excellent, with nice coffee and chocolate flavors. Not the smoothest porter, but overall an excellent drink.

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