Bad Elmer's Porter - Upland Brewing Company

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Reviews: 140
Hads: 307
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 19.15%
Wants: 9
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really like this porter. its a good example of the style, particularly as its evolved in America. it has a nice chocolate brown color and shortlived white head an inch high. the aromas is deep roast malt, bold, robust, almost smoky. there is some ashy burnt bitterness, and a soft nutty aroma as well to mellow it out. the taste is quite deep for a porter, probably closer to a stout in many ways, but drinkability remains. very complimentary to barbeque and dark chocolate cake I would imagine. dryer in the mouth, but full bodied and plenty bubbly. bitter in the finish, reminds me a lot of the smuttynose robust porter, but a little lighter on body. overall a good easy drinking example of what American porters have become, and a beer I wouldn't mind seeing make its way out to the Colorado market. I think it could fit in nicely here.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very dark brown with a slight light tan head and not too much lacing. Nose brings roasted malt, coffee, nuts, and a bit of chocolate. The taste is a bit dry with some dark roasted malt and a bit of coffee and espresso. Medium body that is a bit dry with good carbonation. Dry and smooth, a good drinking porter, especially with the low ABV.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a nice looking brown color with a tan colored head on top. The lacing was thin and the retention was too. The smell of the beer is earthy and lightly roasted. The taste of the beer has a subtle chocolate and earthy roasted malts. There is a very light bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is dry, light to medium bodied with a good carbonation. Overall it's a decent porter, I enjoyed trying this beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brought back a few Bad Elmers from a recent road trip to Louisville.

The beer pours a standard porter look: medium-dark brown with a lightly tanned head formation, average retention, and light hints of lacing on the glass. Viscocity seems a bit thin.

Aromas of dark grains, light coffee, and hints of bittersweet cocoa. Mild esters of plumbs, grapes and decorated with a yeasty anise note.

Flavors convey an initial coffee, grainy, cocoa character up front. Soon the beer's taste changes to an acidic flavor. A lot of mineral content makes the beer taste harsh. Could have a lot more malt flavor and sweetness to balance out.

Mouthfeel is where the beer hurts most. Quite bitter from cocoa and coffee notes. Acidity seems to rob the beer of creaminess and smoothness. Sharp and astringent to the entire mouth. Not a pleasant experience.

Ultimately the beer has some nice attributes but the lack of body and maltiness hurts, specifically in the texture and drinkability.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Mama's wittle baby woves wabbit, wabbit, mama's wittle baby woves wabbit stew!"

--Bad Elmer Fudd

Roasted pecan brown with generous crimson highlights. I don't believe the beer is opaque, but the overcast day keeps me from proving it. The loud 'pffft' on crown cracking led me to anticipate a large, soft head... and that's exactly what I got. It's too foamy to look better than average and isn't about to give up any lace.

Bad Elmer smells wonderful. Well, his beer anyway. This is sure to be an impressively roasty porter if the nose is anything to go by. The usual aromas of ground coffee bean (especially) and bittersweet chocolate are in play. There doesn't need to be a whole lot else.

Unfortunately, the nose's promise isn't realized on the palate. Part of the problem is a crazed amount of carbonation that is making it hard for me to enjoy the beer as much as I'd like. In addition, the flavor profile is too sour and too phenolic(!) to earn the higher score. Maybe I should just go back to smelling it for a while.

Although the total amount of malt is par for the American porter course, it seems as if the brewers used darker, more roasted malt than usual. That would definitely be a good thing if that infernal sourness wasn't so intrusive. Something is going on here that wasn't intended, I'll bet. I'd love to taste this beer as it was intended to taste.

I have no choice but to open a small can of whoop ass on the mouthfeel. At least twice as many bubbles are present as are needed, making consumption a less than pleasurable experience. A little thinness on the back end doesn't help either.

Bad Elmer's Porter is all over the map. Again, with a little tighter quality control, this would be a much better than average version of the style and would be a porter that the Hoosier State could be proud of. I'll reserve final judgment until I've had another bottle or three.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.07/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a fizzy, huge tan head (and that's with an extremely careful pour).

Smell: Earthy aroma of stale chocolate, prunes, and what can only be described as licorice dust.

Taste: Sweet chocolate taste with hints of coffee and a dash of cola. Light herbal hop flavor on the dry, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Overly fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability: It would be fine but for all that gosh darned foam. Ease up on that carbonation, Elmer!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 06/08/12 notes. Had on tap at Churchkey in DC at their Upland event.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, bitter chocolate, nuts, light coffee. Very nice nose, I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, cream, bitter chocolate, light vanilla, light fruit. taste has less chocolate and more coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth and creamy body, awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good porter. Looked and felt fantastic, and had a very good nose. Worth checking out, would like to have it again.

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Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in Feb. '07:

Pours very dark brown/black with a thin tan head.

The smell is of coffee, dark chocolately malt, subtle suggestions of licorice. Dark berry-like fruitiness underneath.

The taste is of lightly roasted coffee, dark chocolate, candyish sweet malt. Raspberry-like fruitiness mixes in. Earthy bitterness gives it balance, though remains sweet, with a touch of light smokiness in the finish.

It is light-bodied, approaching medium, but not quite making it. Sweetness lingers despite too much carbonation that leaves a prickly sensation that is unusual for the style. Not bad enough to destroy it, but enough to knock down the feel and drinkability. Taste carries it, enough to even move on to a second, but it's to bothersome (to me) to make it more "sessionable". Oh well, it's a tasty treat for one or two!

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for giving me a couple bottles of this!

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Photo of Billolick
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to stonequarrywest for this one.

Pours a nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, with some chocolate/toffee notes. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of chocolate/toffee. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice little brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger light brown head that fades quickly to thin layer leaving some lace. Deep mahogany, almost black color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Chocolate nose. Starts with a roasted chocolate flavor more of a bakers chocolate at finish. 12 oz bottle part of mixed 6-pak for $7.99 from Friar Tuck's Peoria, Il.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of oatmeal, hint of wood, and hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight hop, sweet malt, slight dry hop, hint of wood, and a hint of grain. Overall, good blend, body, aroma, and complexity.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled in January 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with some ruby red tints when held up to a light, along with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a bit of nuts. Also, the aroma is on the weak side, but it's still nice. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the flavors are much stronger than you would think compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has good carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a decent enough brew, I'd try it again in the future.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. Bottled June '09 notched on label. No other info.

A - Poured out clear but almost black in the glass, this mahogany high-lighted beer got slight noisy on the pour with fizz and gained momentum for a two finger tan head. Alright retention left a thin layer and just a touch of lacing.

S - Roasty and toasty goodness with an honest-to-god hint of ashtray. Don't let that turn you off just yet though! This malt-heavy porter may be a little one-dimensional on aroma, but it's a decent aroma. Chocolate, toffee, and coffee all reside in the background of the beer but make a fairly light appearance to liven things up.

T - Burnt roasted malts dry out the palate quickly as dark bitter-sweet chocolate rushes in only to be washed down instantly by a dry cocoa and crisp hop presence. That's one dry and bitter flavor.

M - Dry and bitter finish with a full body of malts, this porter has a bunch going on in the mouth besides it's flavor. Semi-metallic lingering finish though...

D - The light metallic finish detracts from the drinkability but the beer is good overall. A robust porter that's not half bad. Probably easier for me as a session porter than a sipper.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled in June 2009.
Thanks to BeerFMAndy for yet another new beer to try!

(A)- Pours a super dark brown color that produced a decent brown head that dissipated quickly, but left some foamy lacing on the way down.

(S)- Lightly creamy raisins and molasses with dusted cocoa.

(T)- Plenty of almost creamy roasted malts with an even amount of coffee, raisin, and molasses.

(M)- A good balance of everything including carbonation level. Simple; nothing fancy.

(D)- A solid porter with no surprises. Just a good all-around beer that fits the style well.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a mostly clear dark brown color with a medium thin and creamy beige head that diminishes steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of earthy malt and touches of chocolate and nuts. Medium, clean body with malt, nut and pine flavors. The finish is short and nutty with a burnt malt aftertaste. All in all this is a pretty standard Porter.

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Bad Elmer's Porter from Upland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.