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Bad Elmer's Porter - Upland Brewing Company

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Bad Elmer's Porter
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271 Ratings

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Ratings: 271
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 17 | 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  rDev -15.7%

jaidenjb, May 29, 2012
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

stinadez, May 22, 2012
Photo of Snowrs
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Snowrs, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

zeledonia, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of antoines15
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

antoines15, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Treebs, Apr 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

thewimperoo, Mar 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

neckbracesub, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Redglimmer, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of cosmonick
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

cosmonick, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Arherring
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Arherring, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Indy Tasting Room.

A - Pours dark brown, off-white head, spotty lace, thin collar.

S - Nice level of roasted malts, chocolate, some toasted bread. The roast is nice and is right-on for the style, enjoyable.

T - Simliar to the nose but a bit more chocolate and good amount of roast with light cream.

M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A solid porter that easy to drink at only 5%. I really like my porters with a bit more alcohol and "oomph", but this goes down easily and is enjoyable.

Sean9689, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Mark000, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

bsuedekum, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

johunnic, Jan 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

schoun, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

whartontallboy, Jan 02, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

rmehughes, Dec 27, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

bertram, Dec 24, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

jheiss, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

WoodBrew, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of tsauce2
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tsauce2, Dec 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

southhousebrew, Dec 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

murf1087, Dec 11, 2011
Photo of JGrooveDrums
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

JGrooveDrums, Dec 04, 2011
Bad Elmer's Porter from Upland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 271 ratings.