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
Reviews by tgbljb:
Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish brown color with moderate creamy tannish head.

Smell shows a rich combination of roasted malt, coffee, chcolate, and darl fruits.

Taste also has a nice coffee-chocolate taste, some dark fruit sweetness, and a tocuh of bitterness at the end.

Good flavor rettention with a slight dry feeling left in the mouth.

A very nice drinking beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of pmcadamis
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - After a fairly aggressive pour, only a brown cap sits on top of this deep brown ale. This is the darkest shade of walnut brown, and looks almost black when it's not in direct light. The light brown head is small but persistent, and big sheets of foam slide back into the brew after a swirl, leaving little lace behind. Swirling does bring the head up to a really nice finger though.

S - Nutty, malty, and dusted with a hint of nutmeg and cocoa powder. I'm picking up some maple syrup too. This smells much more like a brown ale than a porter (sometimes its a fine line, I know), and I would have definitely called this a brown in a blind taste test. Smells somewhat like peanut butter cookies.

T - This is really nutty and maple-syrupy! Ovaltine and hot cocoa flavors abound, while some crackling autumn leaf hops keep it balanced and lively. On the finish, I can taste some roasted grains...ahh, thats what separates the porters from the browns. It's starting to come more in to it's designated style as it warms.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a very slightly dry nutty finish. The flavors linger on for a minute or two, making me eager for another sip.

D - This is a helluva session brew! I could knock back a few of these with pleasure. It's a basic but tasty brown ale/porter...it really does straddle the line between those two styles.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer when it was from Pioneer (although I think actually brewed by Sand Creek at the time with old labels), and in the new version. It's an average porter with the typical brown body and ruby accents beneath a short head of foamy tan froth that holds fairly well and leaves minor lacing behind. The nose is gently roasty and expresses caramelized, perhaps borderline burnt sugar. In the mouth it's medium-light bodied with a just slightly lower than average carbonation level that gives it a bit of smoothness. The flavor is pretty much as the aroma indicates it will be, with some nice notes of roasty grain, a thin smear of chocolate, and a splash of coffee. It's remarkably well-balanced and rounded towards the mildly bitter side, and combined with the soft and smooth mouthfeel I'd imagine you could drink a whole lot of this if you wanted to! Very much an English pint except that the yeast character is so clean. Nicely done.

Photo of bashiba
3.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep brown with hazlenut highlights, a light creamy head quickly turning into a brown soap ring.

Smell had a nice semisweet roasted nuttyness to it.

Taste is sweet and malty with a bit of roasted coffee flavors and chocolate. No hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel is silky and light.

Easy to drink, but a bit to sweet and one dimensional.

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 emerge077
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks ok, an odd scarlet tone in the light, with a small amount of foam. Foam subsides to a thin ring, nothing special.

Smells of mineral water, and roasted grain, slight vegetal smell.

Taste is roasty malt at first, with an earthy grainy quality that lingers too long. No chocolate or coffee notes one might expect from a Porter. Slight sweetness, more like a Munich Dunkel Lager. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, not especially robust or memorable.

Easy to drink, not much to contemplate here.

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 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 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 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 objectivemonkey
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours something like a russet red, with little head or lacing. The aroma is light, some toasted malts, grains, caramel, pretty simple. Taste has more roasty toasty malts, grains, hop grasses, pretty decent I suppose, but where is the coffee? the chocolate? The body is poor, a thin body and a little too much carbonation for my taste in a porter. Ultimately, not all that great a beer.. easy to drink, but pretty simple.

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 kimcgolf
4.22/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a dark brown color with a hint of ruby, and a thick tan head that lingers well and leaves good lacing. Aroma is a pleasant blend of malted chocolate and roasted nuts. The flavor follows suit perfectly, adding a touch of honey flavor to the malt chocolate and nuts. This alll leads to a long, tasty and warming finish.

A very pleasant and enjoyable dark beer.

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 Wisconsin
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark black with a one finger tan head that fades to a nice lace minutes after the beer has been poured.

S - Chocolate, caramel, molasis

T - There is a creamy chocolate flavor that stands out in this beer. Along with that is the molasis and a faint bitterness present.

M - The creamy chocolate stands out first and is transitioned to a bitter finish.

D - The bitterness makes it hard to have more than one or two of these in a sitting.

Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a foamy, tan, two-finger head. It left little to no lace.

S - It had a roasted malt aroma with subtle hints of coffee.

T - It tasted of roasted malt, caramel and some toffee.

M - It was smooth and soft with a dry finish. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is an okay porter. Nothing amazing but tasty and easy drinking.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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