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Bad Elmer's Porter - Upland Brewing Company

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Bad Elmer's Porter
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290 Ratings

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 290 | Reviews: 138
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Poured into a Chimay glass. Appearance is typical for a porter, dark brown, mainly opaque, minimal brown head, no lacing. The aroma features nice firm roasted malts and chocolate along with a touch of oatmeal and cream. Not much in the way of hop presence. Taste is somewhat thin in regards to the malt profile, a bit of toasty bread, a tad of hop bitterness on the finish. Carbonation is a little high and the body is a bit thin. Overall, nice flavors present and a tasty beer, just lacking in the robust category.

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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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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.

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Label says bottled October 2012. Don't think that's right. Maybe September 2011?

Pours very dark brown, effectively black in the glass, but clearer and lighter at the edges (where it looks coffee-colored). One finger of medium tan head, little retention, decent lacing.

Smell is a nice blend of sweetness and roast, though it's heavier on the sweet. Smells fine, but not all that interesting. Not much to it - just the sweet, slightly fruity malts, backed with a hint of very lightly charred wood.

Taste is better than I expected. It's sweet but not overly so, and it has more of the roasty notes I expect from a porter. A touch of bitterness gets stirred up late. But overall, it's just kinda bland, with little depth. As with the smell, it tastes like what I'd expect from an average porter. Which is... average, or maybe a bit better.

Mouthfeel is okay. Medium-light body, some carbonation.

I find this beer disappointing, though I can't say exactly why. I didn't have huge expectations, but I just don't find it all that enjoyable. It's kinda light (in body), kinda dark (in appearance and flavor), but there's nothing I can point to that I really like about it. I'm chasing it, looking for something to latch onto, but failing with every sip.

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Thanks to mattboyer182 for the extra. 12 oz. bottle served in a Surly Darkness tulip. Bottled February, 2012.

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a one finger light tan head forming on the pour. The head subsides rather slowly to a nice thick collar. Some splotchy, soapy lace is left on the glass.

S: Milk chocolate, toasted malts and a slight dry roasted coffee are all present. There is a really nice sweetness on the nose.

T: The taste definitely takes a step back. Just some dry roasted malts and very mild chocolate. The flavors leaves rather quickly to some lingering pale malts. The sweetness from the nose isn't present at all.

M: A bit thin, almost bordering on watery. I wish the flavors would stick around.

O: The beer started off nice, but overall the flavor profile was rather weak and it was a touch too thin for my liking.

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Bad Elmer's Porter from Upland Brewing Company
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