Bad Elmer's Porter - Upland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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 ColdPoncho
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of hoosier3334
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of weatherdog
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bloomington brewpub. Served in a 16oz. shaker pint.

Pour is stand porter pour, deep nearly pitch black with a khaki colored head. Medium long retention with a healthy amount of lacing.

Aroma is very muted and light. Some mild coffee but overall seemingly watery.

Taste starts off with a little astringent roasted grain taste, then some dark fruit plumish esters finish off the taste. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery, nearly no body and a medium high carb level does not help it's cause. No glaring off flavors but it's just an average at best porter, just too watery tasting.

Photo of drizzam
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with a picture of a bushy dude...I would assume that would be Elmer, and that he isn't a nice guy.

Bottled on date of January 2011. Thanks to my friend Veachster for the offering!

A - Dark brown body with ruby highlights when held to a bright light. The body is topped by a frothy tan head that has excellent retention. Nice lacing.

S - Not a lot going on here. Some roasted malt with a nice sweet cocoa accent. Smells good, just a little lacking in intensity.

T & M - The roasted malt bitterness comes through much more in taste than it did in aroma, and the sweet cocoa comes through just a little less. It almost seems to have an earthy quality to it as well, I'm guessing this is presented in the hops. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The bitterness lends a drying finish to it.

D - This is a solid Porter and certainly worth a try. Very quaffable, I think I could stock this as a daily drinker. Worth a try for sure.

Photo of Urbancaver
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown with some orangish hints. Good head and solid lacing. Looks solid for a porter. Smells malty on the nose. Not much else going on. Smells and tastes fairly plain. On the tongue there is some light roastiness coupled with lots of malts. No real complexity on the tongue. Honestly a fairly average porter. For my first upland beer I'm pretty disappointed...

Photo of brew3crew
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to urbancaver on this wonderful spring afternoon.

A-dark amber with white head that disapates quickly
S-is there one? Can't really pick up anything
T-slight malt in the beginning. Get some choclate and coffee in the after taste.
M-medium body and smooth
D-moderatly drinkable but not anything special

Photo of AdamBear
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to brian44556 for hooking me up with this one!

A-black with a thin light tan head

S-smells like a strong really does have an even mix of chocolate and coffee. the scent itself is fairly weak though.

T-comes in with a really smooth hit of coffee with small hints of chocolate that transforms in to an odd creaminess. Seriously now, I believe if the brewery didn't classify this as a porter, that it would have been classified as a milk stout. I've only ever detected milkiness like this in milk stouts. It really does begin quite good, but it transforms in to a really dull and boring beer. The after-taste isn't too bad. it reminds me of chocolate covered coffee beans, though not too strong.

M-carbonation seems to low but striking...if that makes sense at all. its not extremely bubbly but it seems to fizz a lot in your mouth. the finish is fairly watery.

D-the after-taste makes it pretty tolerable. Its definitely not a terrible beer...but its just not something I want a lot of. the tastes stay but it doesn't seem to go down as quickly as it should.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brew from most excellent trader Brian44556.

Pours a dark, yet colorfully reddish, mahogany. Not much of a head to speak of, and it pour sort of syrupy. I'm guessing it's sweetish and has a high ABV. Let's see....only 5% ABV, wow. Ah, the aroma is that of a robust porter: some molasses, some roasted malt, this even has brown sugar hiding in there. Maybe a hint of clove, also. And cinnamon bun way far back. Neat.

Very robust porter flavor. A nice dark chocolate flavor is milling around in there, too. Kind of swims around against the maltiness. The malty TANG bites you right upfront, then slinks back to its corner. The late middle is interesting: it feels like it's thinning out, but then some excellent, toasty flavors emerge and, along with a nice, subdued hop character, finishes this beer off long and nicely. Very good beer that has surprises here and there. No idea how expensive. Good beer and has some unique nuances for a porter. Worth tracking down.

What I like most: the robust and nuanced flavor profile.

What I like least: The pedestrian appearance. And low ABV.

Verdict: Worth tracking down if it's priced right. Good and nuanced take on a porter.

Photo of HosP
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with a bit of light coming in around the edges. Light tan head.

S- Not much in the aroma department. Faint hints of maybe chocolate and roasted malts. Thought the taste better have more to it than the smell.

T- More to it than the aroma. Nothing huge, but nice. Roasted malts come through the most with a chocolate aftertaste. Nothing spectacular, but ok.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D- Eh, not my favorite Upland beer. If someone handed it to me, I could drink it, but not going to seek it out.

Photo of secondtooth
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep, opaque brown, with a sizeable tan head of foam. Some lacing (about 1 finger).

Aroma is chocolate roasty, appealing and understated.

Flavor is similarly chocolate-accented, with hints of wood and a subdued coffee finish. Mellow, slightly burnt.

A sturdy and highly drinkable porter.

Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

A- Pours a deep darker brown hues come about on the edge of the glass when held to the light. One finger tan head shows medium retention. Streaked lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts first and foremost in the nose. There is a light nutty undertone that mixes well with a light chocolate malt as well. Coffee notes dance around the ending of the beer as well. A rather nice smelling porter that seems to be a little muted.

T- Roasted malts take center stage right off the bat. There isn't really much else until the middle and ending of the beer where it turns into a dark coffee bitterness that takes it all the way to the end except for a hint of alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts left on the palate and long into the aftertaste with a hint of alcohol. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were a little one sided and needed to step it up a notch. No real off flavors were present with this beer.

D- This was a easy to drink porter. Nothing special at all with this one. Upland made a very drinkable porter for sure but I think sacrificed some flavor in order to do so.

Photo of wedgie9
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on draft at Sugar Maple. Pours deep dark brown with a minimal tab head that leaves some lace. Nose is dark malt and good nutiness with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The chocolate, bits, and coffee are all a little more intense on the palate. The body is still fairly light with average carbonation and a long finish that reminds me of eating a chocolate covered espresso bean.

Photo of titosupertramp
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with red highlights towards the edges and when held to light. Nice amount of head/carbonation..a little surprised that it's so close to being white.

S: Hard for me to pick up anything here. In fairness, my sinuses have been giving me a little trouble lately. Can smell a little roastiness. Not bad.

T: Nice roasty flavors. Slight coffee, chocolate.

M: Well carbonated, dry, smooth.

D: Could easily drink several of these. For a porter, it's fairly mild and light. Low ABV and nice mouthfeel makes this go quickly.

Certainly nothing groundbreaking. If Upland was a band, Bad Elmers would be a filler song for their album.

Photo of Thanby
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a standard Porter, nearly black with a little head and lacing. Nose strongly suggests creamy vanilla coffee. A little light and sweet, but with a solid Porter backbone, maybe a touch more citrusy than usual. Medium body, lightened by a fair amount of carbonation, and a little hoppy finish. A good solid Porter with a bit of a unique flavor, overall a good brew. Another solid beer from Upland. Had the pleasure of drinking it in its town of origin.

Photo of maximum12
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to MichaelinFishers who sent me coveted Dark Lord Beer (tm) & dropped in this little guy, lighter & slightly less dark, as an extra. My wife says it's good. She's at work. I'm home drinking. Poor girl.

Pours into my lovely Lost Abbey chalice like the blood of a gut-shot goblin, dark, darker, darkest. Smell is light creamy coffee set against sweet malts.

Bad Elmo's porter is heavy on the roasted malt, but feels a little thin for a porter. Roast lends an almost coffee bitterness, malts. The creaminess in the mouth is a bit jarring when set against the bite.

Not really much going on here. A simple, decent porter.

Photo of revolt914
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a variety pack from Kroger of random Upland beer.

A: Extremely dark brown and red color with a good mildly persistent head.

S: Vanilla... maybe some coffee... it's hard to tell, not very strong on the smell.

T: Nothing to exceptional, just the standard flavors with a dry and slightly acidic hop finish. Nothing exceptional, a bit of a hint on the metallic side.

M: Pretty damn good... goes down similar to an Edmund Fitz... and it pretty on par with mouth feel.

D: Pretty good drink, can't say it's my favorite but it's a great porter but not in my top 5 for a reason.

Photo of lucasj82
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, inch and half of tawny head. Leaves amazing lacing that should be in a museum as art.

S - Sweet Caramel, Coffee that is kind of light aroma though.

T - Chocolate, Caramel, Coffee

M - Creamy medium body that lingers. High Carbonation.

D - Good.

I was disappointed in this beer at first because the first one had a copper after taste, but the other five of the six pack tasted very good. Being from Indiana I am glad a few stores in my area carry this as a good fallback beer when I can't find anything new to try or I am in the mood for a good Porter.

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 Thorpe429
3.78/5  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.

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 DAllspaw
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass, nice color, not much head. Typical porter aroma, nice toasted malts, a hint of coffee, nothing too overwhelming.

Nice dark malt taste with bitter finish. Very drinkable but also a bit lacking, not the greatest, but a nice porter. Would buy again, also seek on tap locally.

Photo of cetherid
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured into a pint glass


very dark porter. pretty much black with a nice thick foamy tan head.


mainly roasted malts. not much else to the smell. trying to smell for chocolate or coffee but not really getting that.


a smokey/roasted type of flavor. like some roasted coffee beans...almost a burnt taste to it. a little tartness and a slight hop presence.


barely medium bodied. a little light for me, although it has a little creaminess feeling to it. low carbonation. would probably be better on tap


about 1 is all I could take. doubt I'd buy this again. if I'm ever at Upland taproom, i MAY try it on draft if available just to compare.

Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours very dark black, completely opaque with very little foam or lacing. Smell is very nice - roasted malts, coffee/espresso notes. Taste is dominated by bitter, noted by coffee, just a scarce hint of chocolate. Low carbonation. Good drinkable porter, not spectacular but tasty.

Bad Elmer's Porter from Upland Brewing Company
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