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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by zerk on 05-26-2002

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Photo of magictacosinus
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of camartin27
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of rlee1390
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of mpayne5
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of TerryB
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I really like this porter. its a good example of the style, particularly as its evolved in America. it has a nice chocolate brown color and shortlived white head an inch high. the aromas is deep roast malt, bold, robust, almost smoky. there is some ashy burnt bitterness, and a soft nutty aroma as well to mellow it out. the taste is quite deep for a porter, probably closer to a stout in many ways, but drinkability remains. very complimentary to barbeque and dark chocolate cake I would imagine. dryer in the mouth, but full bodied and plenty bubbly. bitter in the finish, reminds me a lot of the smuttynose robust porter, but a little lighter on body. overall a good easy drinking example of what American porters have become, and a beer I wouldn't mind seeing make its way out to the Colorado market. I think it could fit in nicely here.

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Photo of BrianSherry
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BeerPunk1312
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bohemyth
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Jamison85
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of speedvagen
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured out as a nice looking brown color with a tan colored head on top. The lacing was thin and the retention was too. The smell of the beer is earthy and lightly roasted. The taste of the beer has a subtle chocolate and earthy roasted malts. There is a very light bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is dry, light to medium bodied with a good carbonation. Overall it's a decent porter, I enjoyed trying this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Tittles
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Bad Elmer's Porter from Upland Brewing Company
3.56 out of 5 based on 328 ratings.
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