Bad Elmer's Porter | Upland Brewing Company

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Bad Elmer's PorterBad Elmer's Porter

Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by zerk on 05-26-2002

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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

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance -– dark with a medium 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 i have to be careful.

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Photo of Indybeer
4.52/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Poured a deep dark brown, tinged with a reddish hue when held up to the light. Massive head that really stuck around, and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee with a hint of chocolate thrown in. Taste is more of the same! Medium carbonation and finishes nice and smooth. This is one great porter.

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Photo of Brew33
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as night with a rich tan colored head that reached a height of at least two inches before settling down to a respectable inch of head that did not go away. Lots of chocolate and coffee leading the way here. Hints of molasses as well. Huge flavor here, maybe the best tasting porter I have come across. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, rich, huge flavor with a smooth creaminess that was second to none in my eyes. Really fantastic balance here as the chocolate really starts to come out as it warms. Lots of flavor here with a ton of mellow notes that were just all over the place.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured with one of the most massive & rocky long-lived heads I've ever encountered, light tan and flecked with peppery-looking residual yeast...visually stunning! It finally settled over cloudy dark brown liquid with a nose of sweet chocolate, brown sugar and very light tones of weak coffee. Taste is sweet at first with dryish notes of chocolate and lightly roasted barley coating the tongue with oh-so-slight hop bitterness afterwards. Finishes dry and again, lightly coffeeish...a pleasure to drink, and drink in quantity as a session porter. Many thanks to CRJMellor for the bottle!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A light tan head is released from the bottle into the glass. Thick, dark brown. Great head retention that leaves a little lacing. Lots of bitter toffee and bakers chocolate. Plenty of bitter chocolate and coffee define the bitter malts and hops. Smooth palate halps make this a great sessionable beer.

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Photo of zerk
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown... almost black, but a touch of light makes it's way through. Has a thin but persistent tan head that leaves some lace behind. Aroma is malty... with roasted malt, and some notes of chocolate. Flavor is very well balanced., with some roasted malt and chocolate... balanced by a touch of coffee, and some herbal notes. Moutfeel is full and smooth. This is a very well done porter!

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Photo of chuckm
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I know a good porter when I taste one and this is one of the better ones. deep brown bordering on black with dense foam this malty beer is not as rich as Great Lakes Edmund but nearly as flavorful. For those porter fans this shouldn't be missed.One of the few you can drink more than 2 without feeling as though you'll explode

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Photo of RoyalT
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one poured extremely dark with a mild head that left a permanent swirly puddle in the middle. Cool.

Smell – Oh, this is nice. The lightly-roasted malts are complimented with a plethora of aromatic notes. The deep, rich chocolate is dominant and followed by a subtle hint of espresso and mashed fruits such as apricots, Rainier cherries, and a smallish suggestion of orange.

Taste – Boy, did this one deliver. I get a lot of Porters that look and smell the part but wimp out at the taste. This one, however, stands its ground.

The bittersweet flavors kick it up a notch and the hitherto undetected table sugar balances things out. The rest of the nose shows up here as well. Delicious.

Mouthfeel – This Porter is medium-bodied – it’s not a strong stouty interpretation – and exceptionally smooth. I thought the wonderful balance of this brew was its strong point.

Drinkability – It was truly a joy coming home from a long week at work on a Friday night and getting this bottle in the BIF 5.0. Big BA kudos goes out to qarre for the package and for setting up this BIF.

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Photo of Viking
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown beer, with a bit of a ruby-red glow. Nice thick tan head. Aroma a bit chocolaty, with some roasted grain and some herb and fruit undertones. Nice smooth taste. Mild roasted grains, a bit of chocolate malt, and some interesting herbal hops balance the taste incredibly well.

Label on the bottle rocks. A fat, big-bearded hillbilly holding a classic Kentucky Longrifle and wearing a bowler. I can believe that ownership of this recipe led to the ol' Hatfield-McCoy feud...

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly rubied deep dark brown color with a small head that falls to an almost complete coating over top. Nose is a light chocolate with nuts. Nice and malty. I think it smells very nice. The flavor is a little darker than the nose. It starts out nutty and chocolatey, moves to a sweet coffee and fihished mocha. Very enjoyable. Very nice brew. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. This is highly drinkable. An impressive porter in my book.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter) bottled on "A '09"
A- This beer pours a black body with a faint hint of dark brown glow at the base of the glass. There are a few strands of microbubbles that glide up the side of the glass supporting a thin wispy beige head.
S- This beer has a very light smoky quality that melds into a dark roasted malt, espresso bean note and some other coffee notes. There are some dry chocolate notes that come through as the beer warms. The espresso bean aroma grows as it warms aswell.
T- This beer has a roasted deep black malt flavor with a slight tart hint and some coffee flavors to the black malt. There is some chocolate malt flavors underneath. The finish is a light cream with big roasted black grain taste that bites a bit as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a fresh full nice dark roasted malt flavor but the body is a bit thin. This makes a good session stout with full flavor and a subtle complexity.

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Photo of bwood06
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Following a recent marathon that I raced, my and my wife's families all got together and went to Upland Brewing Company for dinner. Dad and I got there first so we decided to go ahead and grab a beer while we waited. Naturally, we went for an Oktoberfest first. Being the dark beer lovers we are though, we couldn't resist finishing with this porter.

This porter features an off-white head that is creamy with just a bit of froth, and dissipates slowly to a thin lacing. The beer itself is pitch black and opaque with no carbonation visible. 4/5 The aroma is very typical of the porter style with a focus on dark roasted malt. Notes of espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and dark wheat bread come through quite strongly with an herbal hop note acting as a balancing undertone. 4/5 Once again, the flavor is very typical of the porter style with notes of chocolate, vanilla, dark wheat bread and dark roasted grain really coming through during the entirety of the flavor profile. There is a bit of molasses that lends a nice sweetness as well as both herbal and grassy hops which provide a moderate bitterness which lingers lightly after swallowing. 4.25/5 This beer has a heavy body and a light initial carbonation tickle that leads into a moderate dryness that lingers for quite some time after swallowing. 4/5 I really enjoyed drinking this beer and it was the perfect beer to end the meal. Very drinkable and not overly heavy, although it is fairly heavy for a porter. The low abv of this beer makes it pseudo-sessionable. The only thing working against it in terms of sessionability is the body. 4/5

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to black color, with a big light brown head. In the aroma, roasty malts and a hint of chocolate. In the taste, piney hops, and a mixture of chocolate and toffee. A small bitter and medium mouthfeel, with a small dry roasty chocolate aftertaste. Nice chocolate presence, and nice hops in the taste, quite good.

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Photo of JamesS
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice beer! It came to the table with an excellent dark appearance and a wonderful head (and ended up having excellent lacing). It had a very rich coffee and roasted barley aroma. Very heavy and dark taste, which was excellent, with nice coffee and chocolate flavors. Not the smoothest porter, but overall an excellent drink.

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Photo of clvand0
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a small head that falls fast and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of nice maltiness and plenty of chocolate. The flavor has a lot more coffee bitterness than the nose showed. Also a lot of chocolate and a nice malt profile. Very nice. The body is moderate and it is highly drinkable. This is a nice porter. Enjoyable.

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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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black body with mahogany highlights at the base, and a frothy head of deep tan that holds well and initially leaves rings of craggy lace about the glass. The nose offers some dark cocoa with a subtle roasted edge that's amplified in the flavor. It's flavor is bright and chocolatey with a touch of vanilla and a bit of roastiness lending it depth. It's backed by some grassy, almost minty, and delicately spicy hops as well as a solid bitterness that leads to drying finish. It's hard to pinpoint what makes this porter unique, but there's definitely something there. Very well done and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Yeastcakes
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving temp: 40's
Glass: Heff

Appearance: Dark brown, ½" head, large bubbles, quickly dispates. Head completely gone after a few minutes.
Aroma: Subdued hop aroma, chocolate
Mouthfeel: medium body, somewhat slick, light carbonation persists.
Taste: Light sweetness, milk chocolate and coffee taste are present and balanced. Taste dissipates quickly but with light lingering notes of two dominant flavors.

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Photo of sweemzander
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled in June 2009.
Thanks to BeerFMAndy for yet another new beer to try!

(A)- Pours a super dark brown color that produced a decent brown head that dissipated quickly, but left some foamy lacing on the way down.

(S)- Lightly creamy raisins and molasses with dusted cocoa.

(T)- Plenty of almost creamy roasted malts with an even amount of coffee, raisin, and molasses.

(M)- A good balance of everything including carbonation level. Simple; nothing fancy.

(D)- A solid porter with no surprises. Just a good all-around beer that fits the style well.

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Photo of karengarys
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours quite dark, as one would expect. I did experience hyperactive carbonation - it took 10 minutes to pour 1 bottle into my pint glass, waiting for the foam to settle. It finally did, and looked pretty good. The foam more than laced down the side, there was a foam coating on the side of the glass that adhered for quite a while as it crept down into the drink.

Smell is somewhat bitter chocolatey and inviting. Hints of malt and carmel.

Taste is more chocolate, some slight spice, bit of coffee, but quite a bit of malt too. It has a somewhat clean balance of hop at the end - it is not hoppy, but it is clean.

Mouthfeel is quite creamey and good. The foam remains as it slides down the back of the throat.

Body is slightly light for a porter, but it is robust enough to hold its own.

Finish is excellent too. It is just rich creaminess. A hint of hop dryness cleanses the pallette for more with no aftertaste at all.

I really like this porter, one of my favorites. I recommend at least trying this out if you find it.

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Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate brown with an off-white to tan head. Looks great in my session glass. Ruby edges towards the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Chocolate first then espresso, mocha, and a touch of sweet vanilla woft out of the glass.

Taste: French Roast coffee then a touch of sweetness (vanilla) and then a chocolate bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied and creamy. Well balanced.

Drinkability and overall: A fine porter to drink. Nothing that knocks my socks off but your basic no-frills porter. A fine example of the style and a joy to drink.

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Photo of PunkAndPorters
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a half finger tan head. Almost no lacing. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of minor coffee, chocolate and maybe black licorice. Decent mouth feel, a little dry. Not my favorite, but drinkable.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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