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Bad Elmer's Porter - Upland Brewing Company

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Bad Elmer's PorterBad Elmer's Porter

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252 Ratings

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 8
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: zerk on 05-26-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

12-18-2011 20:19:14 | More by jheiss
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3.15/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

12-17-2011 23:26:42 | More by WoodBrew
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3.48/5  rDev -2%

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is dark brown. Translucent. Head is very light tan, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Hops up front followed by roasted malt and carmel/brown sugar.

T: Hoppiness mixed with dark malt base and a light sweetness. Aftertaste is malty with a touch of hops and sweetness.

M: Medium body. Hops and malt create a mf that both stimulates the palate with hops and coats it with malt. Finish is a bit wet and of citrus, adding to the different sensations in the mf.

O: This beer is still good, but I liked it much better before the current ownership took over. While they have done many, many great things for Upland and Indiana beer in general, I miss the way this beer used to be. That said, this beer is hoppy up front, with a nice dark malt base and some sweetness. I drink it fairly regularly, but mostly to remember the good old days.

12-16-2011 07:05:47 | More by tsauce2
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-13-2011 02:55:17 | More by southhousebrew
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

12-11-2011 02:53:41 | More by murf1087
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3.48/5  rDev -2%

This was a very good beer, but I wasn't amazed. You definitely get all the aspects of a porter but, it's nothing to blow you out of the water. Good coffee chocolate taste, but leaves you with an odd bitterness. Definitely something I would drink again, but not anything special.

12-04-2011 07:35:58 | More by JGrooveDrums
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-24-2011 03:07:26 | More by captainbearcat
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-22-2011 02:41:47 | More by mbiang
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-20-2011 18:50:24 | More by Rempo
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

11-18-2011 21:31:13 | More by brandoman63
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

Had on tap at the tasting room in Indy.

A: Pours dark brown with 2 quarters of tan head.

S: Dark roasted malt, coffee and a bit of bitter cocoa.

T: Dark roasted malt followed by bitter coffee and bitter cocoa. Nice mild finish.

M: Medium body, yet thin for a porter.

O: Just an average porter.

10-31-2011 12:25:53 | More by jale
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3.48/5  rDev -2%

A- pours a dark almost black brown with a finger of tan head. Poor head retention with no lacing.

S- hints of latte, cocoa powder and semi sweet chocolate blend in with a predominate roasted grain aroma. A touch of caramel and char on the finish.

T- slight astringent roasted malt flavor is the largest componet to this brew. Subtle notes of brewed coffee and burnt caramel on the finish.

MF- smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and soft average carbonation.

D- good drinkability.

Overall an average porter.

10-27-2011 03:57:42 | More by Viciousknishs
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3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

A - Pours a dark brown/ruby, not quite opaque. Tan head after the pour but quickly disappeared

S - Very faint malty/roasted/coffee aroma

T - Initial taste is just as it smells, with a hint of a sweet, kind of chocolatey aftertaste

M - Color had me hoping for a full bodied beer but felt very thin for a porter

O - Overall it was a decent brew. Good porter for drinking when not focusing on all aspects of a beer.

10-15-2011 13:08:24 | More by loweball727
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

09-12-2011 18:54:01 | More by theRooster90
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3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

08-02-2011 22:57:24 | More by Tone
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3.48/5  rDev -2%

12oz bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. 11/10 bottling date/notch on side of bottle.

A: This pours a deep brown with reddish notes, 1/2 finger tan head that dissipates quickly, nice tab lacing

S: Lots of chocolate notes, dark, roasted malts, some faint coffee espresso notes, not deep though

T: Flavor doesn't match the noses that I got, it's watery in consistency, roasted malts but don't get the coffee or the chocolate

M: Medium but actually quite watery

O: Good but nothing spectacular

07-28-2011 19:22:35 | More by inlimbo77
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3.48/5  rDev -2%

A - Pours a dark chocolate mahogany, barely any light getting through. Fluffy 1 finger head that dissipates slowly.

S - Notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Very malty smell, don't smell a lot of coffee or anything, but definitely those dark fruits.

T - Taste has a good amount of coffer, bitter chocolate, and a touch of those fruits. It sort of finishes with a sort of overly bitter aftertaste.

M - Not as thick as I expect from a porter. Leaves a certain dryness in the mouth afterwards as well with a sort of bitter aftertaste.

Overall - I thought it was a decent porter. Not spectacular, and while elements of a great porter were there, I felt like it lacked in some areas that prevented it from being a really good porter. Would definitely drink again, though.

07-05-2011 20:02:04 | More by BeerBuckeye
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3.45/5  rDev -2.8%

Nice looking porter. Deep mahogany with a tan head of quarter inch that leaves a sticky residual lace behind.

Roasty aromas, with some nutty ester, milk chocolate, a hint of raisin and other dried fruits. A light black fruit maybe currant comes through. Regardless smells of your typical english style porter....a good thing.

A porter by definition. Roasty malts, charred with but not overly so. Nutty with some burn caramel and toffee. Light milk chocolate flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and a quick finish that start sweet then dries out quickly.

06-25-2011 22:04:25 | More by mcallister
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +22%

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.

06-16-2011 02:02:32 | More by mikesgroove
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1.95/5  rDev -45.1%

A - Nice straw colored head with moderate lacing. Brew holds a nice black color with purple and brown hues. Rather basic looking brew.

S - Super homebrew esque funk... Very weird scent. Not much of anything other than chocolate funk. Smells almost like a Coca-Cola...

T - Taste is better than scent, just not by a lot... Taste is buttery chocolate with side of soy sauce. The flavor in this one struggles.

M - Overly carbonated with dry and distinct funk. Light bodied and underwhelming. Horribly out of balance.

O - Brew is smooth, but missing a lot!!! There's not to talk about with this one. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this one again. Thanks for the extra in a good trade!

06-16-2011 01:55:31 | More by chugalug06
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3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

12 oz bottle, bottled in Nov. 2010. Deep brown color, chestnut highlights. Tan head disappears after just a couple minutes, leaving no lace at all.

Roasty malt with hints of cocoa. A caramel edge as well. Slight hints of dark fruit.

Lighter roast in the malt character. Bittersweet cocoa, slightly harsh and grainy. Not much caramel character or fruit. Finishes on the dry side.

A bit light in the body, with more than ample carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, but lacks depth. Not bad, but not really great either.

06-13-2011 00:28:22 | More by Bierguy5
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3.4/5  rDev -4.2%

Beer/Brewery - Bad Elmer's Porter - Upland
City/State- Bloomington, Indiana
STYLE – American Porter
ABV – 5%
IBU – 19.6
DATE – 3 JUN 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
GLASSWARE – English Pint
APPEARANCE – Black and solid in color, little to no head
AROMA- Chocolate and roasted malts
TASTE – Mild chocolates with a nice bitter of coffee on the tail end
MOUTHFEEL – Smooth and creamy
CONCLUSION – I like the first impressions of chocolate, but they go way to fast. This is a good porter, but nothing special.

06-03-2011 21:27:52 | More by Heischman
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Bottled in January 2011

A - Pours a cola-esque brown filling out to a deep dark brown body with a decent tan head with good retention.

S - Dark fruits, roasted malts, toffee, coffee. Nice nose.

T - Sweet on the front, dark malts on the back, and coffee sticks in your mouth. As it warms, the carbonation really overdelivers the sweetness.

M - Pretty serious body for a 5% abv beer. Nicely done.

O (D) - This is an ok porter, Nothing great. If it was local and cheap, I would drink it.

05-19-2011 20:30:32 | More by ColdPoncho
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3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

05-13-2011 22:48:47 | More by bluejacket74
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4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

Had this one on tap at Upland tap room in BTown. Didn't really expect too much out of it as I'm more of a stout person, but this porter really impressed me. Very easy to drink, but with a (pardon the cliché) robust flavor. Not watery in the least. This beer definitely piqued my interests to try more porters in general.

04-26-2011 17:15:27 | More by hoosier3334
Bad Elmer's Porter from Upland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.