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Badger Porter - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2007

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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 46
Photo of MaximalC
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly transparent cola color with a thin cap of khaki bubbles. Aroma is very faint, smelling of caramel and perhaps chocolate--it's difficult to say. Taste is similar to the aroma, being that it is also thin and one-dimensional. There's some caramel sweetness and a dash of hops to balance, and not much else. I hope this just needs a little time to warm and open up, or else there's not much else to say (as a matter of fact, something akin to burnt marshmallow does manifest after some warming). The body is a shade thin but within the acceptable range for the style.

I'm usually pretty easy to please when it comes to porters, but this falls short of the mark.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a clean amber/brown hue with 2 fingers of creme colored head and nice lacing for a porter.

smells of nuts, toffee, caramel, chocolate, coffee. the flavor has a vanilla kick up front followed by nuts, dark fruit (almost like a quad), hint of cocoa, and a complex sweet malt bill, which is impressive considering the low abv.

medium body on the lighter side with a decent amount of carbonation.. creamy on the lips and pretty filling for a light porter!

nothing too impressive with this one, but it's a pretty good porter nonetheless.

Photo of ejmereen
4.42/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great porter. I'm no beer snob so my descriptions are to be taken lightly. This porter has a good flavor. Notes of smoke, and molasses hit the nose. Strong at first but finishes smooth. Not a bad beer to drink to get started into porters. It was a lot lighter than I anticipated. I'm just getting into ports/stouts and this was a great first pick. I really like the flavor profile and how it finishes. You don't get a sour face or bitter finish, this porter is sweet, but subtle.

Photo of Zachtheporter
2.74/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Blatz glass.

A- Pores a deep dark brown with a fat fizzy white head. Is clearly well carbonated. surprisingly when held up to the light there is actual a very slight amount of head retention.

S- The smell is rather faint being somewhat chocolaty while having the underlying profile of burnt malts. Slightly smokey.

T- The taste is slightly sweet and malty while being overly smokey. The finish is somewhat bitter as the result of the smokey taste of burnt malt With some slight cofee and espresso notes. Not very complex and pretty basic.

M- Rather high carbonation for a porter with a rather light mouth feel to it. Has very light qualities with a very watery texture.

O- A very sub par porter that leaves quite a bit to be desired. Rather unfortunate. The sight of the beer alone after first being poured told me right of the bat that this was going to be a rather low quality porter. As much as I hate to say it for Wisconsin brews this one is pretty much just worth avoiding.

Photo of KajII
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Nonic Pint glass]

The pour was a medium brown with an orange hue and a large (2-3 finger) khaki colored rocky head that diminished to a thin layer of residue with a decent collar and had fair lacing.

The aroma was super light of a toasted chocolate malt, a mild resin hop and a doughy yeast with notes of chocolate and coffee.

The taste was lightly sweet with a hint of chocolate at first then became a smooth bitter malty with a note of coffee towards the end. The flavor lasted a short while with a weak coffee taste left behind.

Mouthfeel was just a little shy of medium in body and had a slight watery texture with a mild but firm carbonation.

Overall the taste was a little stronger than the aroma but still was a tad on the mild side...

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Badger porter pours a very dark almost black color, with a nice large creamy head. There is a nice malty dry smell, with hints of coffee. The taste is a bit light and watery, but a nice malt flavor does come through, and some coffee flavors can be tasted. It is a bit too light and watery, BUT easy to drink. Overall its not bad, its a bit different, could be better, but still enjoyable.

Photo of jwinship83
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle brought back by my wife on her recent trip to devils lake. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- the pour produces an opaque dark brown colored body with a small khaki colored head on top. the head lasts for a little before falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- roasted malts are detected right off the bat. milk and dark chocolate are picked up towards the middle. bitter coffee moves in at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some very dark roasted malts. after that i get some chocolate. both milk and dark. coffee and espresso finish off this one and add a bit of bitterness.

M- the body is on the thinner side of medium. the carbonation is a bit high. decently bitter.

O- a pretty decent beer for what it is. not the most complex offering out there, but i think this is brewed to appeal more to the everyday drinker than the craft beer enthusiast.

Photo of Duff27
2.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Huge head, wow, maybe a couple inches worth. Settles into a thick off white head atop a very dark brown porter. Great head retention and some decent lacing.

S- Normal cola/dark malt smell.

T- Chocolate right off the bat. Funky metallic after taste that I'm not a fan of.

M- Little light for the style but overall a minor complaint.

D/O- With no bottle dating(!!!) who knows how old this bottle is. The appearance definitely was the highlight of the pint...the aftertaste was just too much for me. Would revisit if I could verify bottle date.

Photo of garymuchow
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with low to no head. May be unfair as it was into a plastic glass. As with many porters the aroma was mild, but largely malt based of darker grains and mild roast. Tame overall though
The softer flavors made this easily drinkable. There was a nice sweetness to the flavor that blended with the mild roast. For an Am. porter I didn't detect much hops, unless they meant something else for it.
Biggest issue was the light body. Carbonation seemed a little big for style too.
Drank fine. I'd give it another go, but I wouldn't search far and wide for it.
Brought and offered to me by my brother in law. Thanks John.

Photo of cobolstinks
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Lighter in color than most porters. Almost more of a dark amber than a porter. Lots of carbonation, got at least 2 fingers of head space out of the bottle.

S - Not much scent here, nothing bad nothing good.

T- Nothing as far as roasted malts or chocolate tastes. Not bad for a lighter porter though.

M - again the mouth feel is light, this could be a more of a session porter.

D - Enjoyable lighter beer, I can see having a couple of these in one sitting. I would drink this again if offered one, but I will probably seek out more substantial porters in the future.

Photo of dhannes
3.73/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a room temperature bottle into a pint glass.

A=Was able to get a substantial head, that stayed for over a minute. A reddish brown (it even appeared purplish early on)...lighter in color than other porters.

S=Not overly impressive...I got a whiff of hops...not bad, but not spectacular.

T=Reminiscent of a porter, but reminded me more of an Oktoberfest/Märzen. A bit thinner, lighter than most other porters I've tasted, but enjoyable.

M=A bit lighter than I expected...too much so for a porter.

D=Good...the lack of carbonation and the mildness of the roast makes this more drinkable than most porters.

Overall...a good substitute for an Oktoberfest for the spring and summer months.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a dark Brown Ale with a ruby brown color. A larger than average, bubbly, foamy, light, off-white color. About average (a little below probably) retention but a nice foamy layer of lace left.

S - Slightly roasted malt aroma along with hints of chocolate. A good amount of earthy, nutty aromas as well. Some toasted caramel and toffee too. Definitely a porter that is closer to a Brown Ale than to a Stout.

T - Starts with some roasted malt. A lot of earthy and nutty flavors come out. Maybe a touch of maple. Reminds me a lot of a Brown Ale, but a bit more roasted. As it warms, more milk chocolate and cocoa flavors start to come out. Some toasted caramel and toffee also comes out in the back (present initially but more so as it warmed).

M - Lighter body with about average carbonation. A little too watery/thin and just a bit drying on the finish.

D - Pretty drinkable beer with a nice Porter/Brown Ale taste. Plenty of nuttiness and later chocolate making it a fairly sweet beer.

Notes: Pretty nutty overall with some chocolate coming out as it warms. It seemed to be in between a Porter and a Brown Ale. Pretty sweet with almost no hop presence, but not cloying. A decent beer and a nice inexpensive porter. Not going to be anything great, but it is pretty drinkable and has an above average taste.

Photo of bruachan
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

badger portrait! i think that could be an expression for doing something nearly impossible (ya know, 'cause they're ornery and don't sit still)..."explaining that to him was like painting a badger portrait"

looks like a brown ale (and at 5% i kinda expect it to drink like one). a little suds but surely nothing impressive

faint roast aromas (bread crust, we'll say) and a little sweetness. hops in the background

yep...could be a brown ale. sweetness is syrupy and a metallic tang looms in the backdrop. bland for a porter, and it tastes more and more like a brown ale: no highly kilned malts

there's nothing here: it would make a much better brown ale (but IS it a brown ale?), but it has some sort of raisiny/munich malt thing that seems out of place

Photo of beerwolf77
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass the beer is slightly cloudy chestnut brown. A full three fingers of light khaki head is acheived with an aggressive pour. A decent amount of lace remains.

The aroma is sweet roast malt and a solid amount of coffee. A bit of chocolate as well.

The flavor is a bit muted. Black coffee and hints of chocolate and hops. Not much else.

Medium to light body. Very modest carbonation.

Overall not huge in the flavor department. Drinkable.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like my porters like my coffee -- black. This one is not quite there, but still looks nice. Deep brown with obvious highlights. Can't see through because the glass I was given was chilled beforehand -- which also likely killed any chance of lace retention.

Smell is of coffee, dark chocolate, flash of roasted malt upfront but settles in easily and quickly.

The taste does have some bite right away, as the nose does, and it too quickly settles back to something more comfortable. A good tasting porter, but a simple one. Not very complex, flavors are tradtional and conservative. Still, not bad at all.

This makes for a good session beer -- some of the better porters just can't accomplish that because they assault the senses so heavily. I'm guessing this could be had for a possibly lower price in the liquor store, so I'll keep an eye out for it again.

Plus, gotta love the Badger on the front.

Photo of Tone
3.77/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark amber color. 4/5 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yeast, pale malt, a hint of roasted malt, hint of wheat, and slight vanilla. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, yeast, pale malt, hint of wheat, and slight hop. Overall, not complex, an average porter that is a little lacking in body.

Photo of sweemzander
2.64/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the trade.

(A)- Pours rather thin for a porter, but still has a dark brown color with ruby highlights. No head formation even after a rather vigorous pour on my part.

(S)- Smells like raisins & a coffee nuttiness.

(T)- Lots of coffee & a prune-like molasses.

(M)- Lackluster carbonation; its almost flat. Thin in its body for a porter.

(D)- I would much rather grab a better porter than this, but it is still a decent attempt.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.1/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap during a recent trip to Green Bay; served in a pint

A deep brown body with ruby accents deep into the middle of the glass. A small tan head dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing behind. A nose of slightly roasted malt and burnt caramel leaves a little to be desired. A light medium body, thin and a little watery, with roasted grains, cocoa powder and a bit of espresso. The finish is not overly bitter and lends more towards the drinkable side due to the lighter body. Overall, an acceptable porter, average compared to most.

Photo of birchstick
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - pours a dark brown with no head whatsoever.

S - tones of sweet malts and milk chocolate.

T - tastes of sweet malts with a coffee aftertaste. This is a pretty standard porter taste without much complexity.

M - pretty thin and watery mouth to it.

D- this was an okay porter. The flavor was very subtle and middle of the road, making this easy on the palate and easy to consume. I wouldn't say no to this one, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint. No date or info.

A - Probably the lightest porter I've ever seen is a ruby dark amber that's clear but inactive with a low tan head that was noisy and poorly retained. A thin tan right is all that's left.

S - The aroma is instantly yeasty chocolate with a toasty amber smell. As the head disappeared so did that yeast aroma. Not very complex. Rather straight forward. No hop aroma.

T - Strong roasted malts give it a chocolaty light coffee flavor that lingers and a dry bitterness (no hops here either). Like the aroma it's a pretty straight forward Porter.

M - Dry and bitter on the finish from the roasty malts, this thin and light bodied Porter is a bit over carbonated and prickly on the tongue.

D - This could be the only and only time I have this beer. There isn't much good about it but its not awful. It's just roasted and one-dimensional.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Poured into a snifter...1-finger head on aggressive pour. The beige cap last about 45-60 seconds before fading into a few splotches and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Color is a dark brown but a little light is getting through.

S-I have to strain on this one...light toasted malt aroma w/a hint of chocolate and coffee. Also a thin veil of wet dog on the nose.

T-Light subtle flavor that is nice, but barely shines through. Maybe my palate is too used to bolder brews, because this isn't bad at all, but I was expecting more taste. Toasted malt and mocha notes, and a pleasant rise in bitterness in the finish.

M-Prickly carbonation and light-bodied.

D-Sessionable and very easy to drink.

Photo of WJVII
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew has a thin brown color that had a pretty week head, even with a hard pour. The head was a creamy color that was thin and left no cap. The aroma was light and had some malt characteristics but was faint for any signs of the true flavor. The taste was very thin and there was a lot of upfront carbonation. The aftertaste was the only thing this has going for it. There is a lingering sweet chocolate taste that is refreshing. For a Porter many above this.

Photo of Opethsprite
2.92/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a rich dark brown which hints at red in places. Beige head disappears quickly. Smells pungently of smoky chocolate and a peculiar, acrid bitterness...almost a bit like ammonia. (Kind of off-putting.) Very bitter indeed. The sweetness of chocolate pokes through here and there, cutting through the bitterness more as it warms. The finish is nice, though, mellowing out to where more complexity is perceivable. Personally, it's a bit bitter for me. If they'd cut the bitterness by just a hair...

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light tan head gets to an inch before it starts to quickly fade leaving a skim and a hint of lace. Body is a blackish brown tone. Nose has a considerable sweet malt base and a rustic feel overall. Enters the mouth smooth and rich with a nice mix of minerals and sweet malt. As the taste keeps with the nose very well you quickly see how sessionable this brew is for a porter. This beers melds an attractive combination of drinkability, flavor and smoothness. Mouthfeel has a slight zest carried by proper carbonation, very drinkable.

Photo of lpayette
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance- pours a dark dark brown, nearing black territory with about a 1 finger head. No lacing, fairly bright.

Smell- sweet and malty. Notes of chocolate and hints of coffee.

Taste and Mouthfeel- Bitey roasted bitterness from the malt. Hop bitterness very subdued as expected. Thinnish chocolatey mouthfeel.

Drinkability- An ok session beer if you're into porters, but probably not worth seeking out. Still a respectable example of the style though.

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Badger Porter from Sand Creek Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.