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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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259 Ratings

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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Sturgeon, Jun 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

threedaggers, May 20, 2014
Photo of cmrillo
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

cmrillo, May 20, 2014
Photo of Hodgin
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Hodgin, May 20, 2014
Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black brew, brown highlights, with a small, light tan head that maintains some minor lacing.

S - Delicious roasted malt, particularly once the brew is given a chance to warm. Lovely.

T - Not quite as satisfying as the nose, there is a strong note of acidity, like brewed coffee left on the burner too long. The flavor is solidly roast malt, with toasted bread bleeding into a bit of char, and a hint of coffee and chocolate beyond the acidic hit that comes forward in the middle. Closing out with some bitterness along with a more subtle acidic line. A full set of flavors here, mostly harmonious.

M - A little light, with some creaminess, but without any real cloying finish. A real drinker, here.

O - I enjoy this porter quite a bit, but I think the nose is a bigger promise than the taste. I like coffee, and the roasty toasty flavors ultimately overcome any acidic element, making for a fine brew overall.

Tsar_Riga, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of Brutaltruth
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown to black with light thin head and decent tight lacing. Coffee and tart berries on the nose, nice. Decent mouth feel, a bit thin, but then again this is a porter. Slightly chalky with light bitterness, hint of rye and roasted medium malts and coffee. Lingering bitter finish with lasting coffee taste. Not fantastic but far from bad. A decent session beer, but not outstanding in the porter category.

Brutaltruth, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of Bis4beer70
4.64/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance -– dark with a medium head...love the bottle/artwork too (the dude in the picture has a hipster-beard & a half!)...i want to try their 'Nut Hugger Brown' also but have yet to see it in the north part of the state (a cute little squirrel & his nut are on the bottle artwork, believe it or not)!

Smell –- lightly-roasted malts,deep, rich chocolate,espresso...maybe cherries, & even orange.

Taste –-The Porter taste!& lot's of it! my go-to porter! Delicious.Maybe even slightly better than anchor or bells porter (but not by too much).

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied & almost stout-like...but somehow, an exceptionally smooth Porter. I thought the balance was spectacular. Every Libra that digs Porters and dark beer should call it home.

Drinkability –- I can put these away too quick...so i have to be careful.

Bis4beer70, Apr 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

dcisco44, Mar 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

dunlap926, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

davemarc87, Mar 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

tangoafterdark, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Cylinsier
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a dark brown, minimal light penetration with a red glow, bit of tan lacing for a head.

Smells of brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, and a hint of fig over a roasted biscuit malt.

Brown sugar and fig over vanilla and roasted coffee with biscuit dry malts.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A pretty good porter, I like the flavor and aroma in this one. The body leaves a little to be desired, but that aside quite enjoyable and easy to like.

Cylinsier, Feb 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

replacementpart, Feb 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

fredmugs, Jan 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

zrab11, Jan 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +33.4%

BennyThon, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

boilermakerbrew, Jan 11, 2014
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3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

falloutsnow, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

ChrisWashington, Dec 30, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Kaveman, Dec 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

Cris4545, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

instinct2, Nov 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

MacStinson, Nov 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

kirbmeist, Nov 08, 2013
Bad Elmer's Porter from Upland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.