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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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BA SCORE
81
good

247 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 247
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 8
Gots: 12 | 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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replacementpart

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.7%

02-16-2014 16:58:46 | More by replacementpart
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fredmugs

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-27-2014 17:39:05 | More by fredmugs
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zrab11

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

01-20-2014 21:56:05 | More by zrab11
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.5%

01-17-2014 23:57:55 | More by mattmarka1
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BennyThon

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

01-14-2014 00:35:17 | More by BennyThon
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.01/5  rDev -15.2%

Pours black as night with a small head that sticks around a good while. Lacing is ok. Scent is faint but mostly burnt malts. Taste is all burnt malts and a hint of smokiness. Flavors are somewhat bitter, but not too bad. Drinks light and easy. Not very thick and fairly highly carbonated, this is just about your average porter. Had this one a bunch of times, finally put down my thoughts about it.

01-11-2014 02:21:35 | More by boilermakerbrew
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.26/5  rDev -8.2%

From: Gift from KR, thanks
Date: Bottled 2013-11-??
Glass: standard US pint glass

Upland's Bad Elmer is a straightforward US porter that manages to combine a bit of sweetness with a heavy roasted and ashen barley flavor. Generally substantial enough to be pleasing, I still found the somewhat lackluster aroma and too-thin mouthfeel to be disappointing. An average porter that would be an easy choice for a roasted barley beer if other options were not available.

Pours a 1cm tall head of tan colored foam, made up of small and medium-sized bubbles, leading to a mixed frothy/sponge-like appearance. Retention is average, the foam lasting one minute in a decline to a thin film atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session. Lacing is good, with some thick patches of dots, lines, and wave-like patterns clinging to the walls of the glass. Beer's body is a dark amber brown color, with light revealing brighter, though still quite dark, amber hues. Carbonation visible near the bottom of the glass, where the body is transparent, revealing a high amount of carbonation with modest activity.

Aroma is mild, but at least it's present, yielding a mix of burnt sugar, roasted barley, dark chocolate, and coffee. Not bad at all, a bit weak for a porter, but there's nothing wrong with being average.

Flavor is of acrid roasted malt with an ashy component that also incorporates a bit of sweetness and cocoa into a few corners, but also has a bit of undesirable washed-out wateriness. Front of palate picks up burnt sugar and caramel-like sweetness with a hint of burnt toast in the background. Mid-palate experiences more upfront burnt toast and acridity from roasted malt with hints of cocoa powder and ashes (likely from a bit too much black patent malt). Back of palate tastes continued burnt toast and acridity from roasted malt, with hints of cocoa powder, ashes, and old coffee. Aftertaste of burnt toast, ashes, and acridity from roasted malt, with slight burnt sugar sweetness.

Beer is medium-light to light in body, a bit watery around the edges, somewhat surprising for a porter. Carbonation is of medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth (2/5) and foamy (3/5) mouthfeel that's satisfying, though a bit more weight would be pleasing. Closes dry, with medium-high stickiness clinging to the palate.

01-06-2014 17:00:42 | More by falloutsnow
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ChrisWashington

Indiana

4/5  rDev +12.7%

12-30-2013 04:14:59 | More by ChrisWashington
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Kaveman

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

12-27-2013 18:28:52 | More by Kaveman
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Cris4545

Indiana

3/5  rDev -15.5%

12-24-2013 20:02:11 | More by Cris4545
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instinct2

Indiana

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-16-2013 01:31:09 | More by instinct2
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

11-15-2013 16:26:13 | More by MacStinson
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kirbmeist

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-08-2013 22:25:11 | More by kirbmeist
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

11-02-2013 16:23:09 | More by Gonzoillini
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Budd0x

Ohio

4/5  rDev +12.7%

10-20-2013 00:33:35 | More by Budd0x
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dsauter

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-19-2013 21:51:48 | More by dsauter
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hoosiersapper27

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

10-19-2013 18:49:59 | More by hoosiersapper27
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estevan1024

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-16-2013 21:07:31 | More by estevan1024
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Lanstrum

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-31-2013 19:08:48 | More by Lanstrum
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magictacosinus

California

2.95/5  rDev -16.9%

Second offering from Upland that I'm giving a try. Had for breakfast with cornbread, ham, and other stuff we eat out here in the Midwest on a daily basis when visiting. Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. Bottling date is listed as "April/2013." A bit old, but whatever.

Pours a brownish tinged blackened color with a head that resembles a mocha of sorts, bubbles and all. Lacing is actually pretty decent on this one, in spite of the fact that head retention is not at all. A ring struggles to stay around, and somehow it does. Bubbles are pretty non-present, but it's still got a strong color that makes it somewhat appealing. Looks thinned in nature. Not very different from your average run-of-the-mill American porters all of the country.

The flavors are mainly of roasted coffee notes, slight brown sugar, and... Not much else, to be exact. Some slight robust toasted maltiness creeps in, but it's really the coffee espresso bean flavors that fight for recognition here. Otherwise, there's a bit of graininess, maybe some bitterness from the light hops at hand, but it's not complex - only assertive on what it intends to be.

The flavor ends up being a one-note flavor of ground, fresh coffee extract, combined with toasted malts and light grains that provide a smidgen of bitterness and simultaneously some sweetness. I wish there was more beyond the coffee, but there really isn't - biscuits, light chocolate, faded caramel and citrus. I'm looking too much into this thing. It doesn't help that it's slightly watery as a cold (albeit refreshing) glass of coffee. However, it did pair well with the hearty, greasy food to avoid any discomfort from consuming it.

A very average porter that doesn't try to take any risks, but doesn't bring anything new to the table as a result. I could enjoy this on an evening sometime, but there are far, far better standard porters at the same price available that provide a hearty but super flavorful experience in the process. If more of Upland's beers are of this quality, call me excited enough to crave their highly acclaimed sour fruit beers more than ever before.

08-24-2013 03:47:53 | More by magictacosinus
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camartin27

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

06-24-2013 02:41:29 | More by camartin27
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev 0%

A-Clear brown when pouring, black in the glass, one finger white head, that doesn't last.

S-Roasted malt, almost burnt, good deal of candied sugar.

T-Overly sweet, that candied sugar from the nose is too much here and with vanilla it doesn't get any less sweet. Good deal of roasted malt and some chocolate as well.

M-Light, not much carbonation and watery

O-Way to sweet, way to much excess sugar in the beer.

06-15-2013 01:34:15 | More by rlee1390
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djre4orm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +12.7%

06-13-2013 18:00:20 | More by djre4orm
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mpayne5

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

05-27-2013 23:04:55 | More by mpayne5
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TerryB

Indiana

3/5  rDev -15.5%

05-24-2013 22:01:38 | More by TerryB
Bad Elmer's Porter from Upland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 247 ratings.