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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Photo of fretlessman71
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pertinent preliminary comments: Much thanks to my friend Bruno_78 for sending this one along.

AROMA: Pretty high roasted malt content, a bit of fruit (plum?) and a fair amount of chocolate. Yep, it’s a porter, all right.

APPEARANCE: Jet black with only the faintest of mahogany coming through the edges when held to light. Beige head doesn’t get too big, but cap lasts. Light to moderate lacing.

FLAVOR: Very similar to the aroma; heavy on the roasted malt almost to the point of being too bitter. Mild to moderate acidity; not much chocolate. Almost getting cigarette smoke here. Hmmm… Carbonation okay; a little too “fizzy” on the palate. Finish is pretty dry, hops are coming through here, of all places. Picking up on some diacetyl – just got a mouthful of butter. Hmmm, indeed…

MOUTHFEEL: Decent; a little fizzy but well-weighted.

DRINKABILITY: Okay – I think I’d be bored of this one after one beer, though.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This beer is alright… if you’re a really big fan of the burnt character of black patent malt, you might really be able to appreciate it. Not really my thing, though. Maybe this one needs a little less time in primary and a smaller chocolate malt/black patent malt ratio.

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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 ngandhi
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop-driven, old ale nose of toffee, meat stew, chicory, and fresh malt. Thin, but with ample roasty chocolate flavor cut by tingly carbonation -- remarkably fresh. Chocolate Coke. Weird alcohol finish of a not-so-perfect fermentation. Surprisingly refreshing for the style. Spring porter?

Relax, relax.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brown porter pours a very dark brown that is opaque. The head is a medium tan and long lasting.

Chocolate is the watchword for the aroma. Not over the top like a candy bar but it dominates all other smells.

The roasted chocolate takes over the taste as well. But the bitterness comes through in the finish by tickling the rear of my mouth and sides of my tongue. The malt taste is not complex, but the interplay between the malt and the hop bitterness makes this an interesting beer.

This porter has a mouthfeel approaching medium body and has a fair amount of carbonation.

This is a nice dark ale that allows the chocolate roastiness stand out. Quite a nice porter and would recommend it highly.

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Photo of deejaydan
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours brown with minimal carbonation. Quickly diminishing head. Slight smell of sweet/roasty malt. Taste is, well, kinda bland. A sharp hit of roasted malts/coffee.. but then nothing.. I'd like a bit more sweetness following the roasty flavors. Thin mouthfeel and body. Not a bad beer, but I don't think I'd seek this out again.

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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 cerevisiaephilus
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is decent. Its a great session porter, if there is such a thing. Has some great chocolate notes that aren't overpowering. A fairly sturdy hop character stands up to the chocolate malts quite nicely and adds to the slightly sweet, flavorful finish of the beer. This beer is really quite drinkable for a porter. But its not something like a Taddy porter or anything as flavorful if that's what you're looking for.

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Photo of aracauna
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours basically black with brown at the edges. The head is a light tan and forms easily and fades into a thin creamy layer. Thin flavor. There’s not a lot of chocolate, but it’s there. The aroma is actually a bit thin and a little metallic. The flavor consists mostly of a bit of char mixed with some cocoa. Not the most exciting of porters.

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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 GuinnessSmurf
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An excited me sat at the bar awaiting a fresh pour of Bad Elmer's Porter. How bad could Elmer be? A nice dark colored Elmer sat in my glass wearing a small cap of khaki head. What makes Elmer bad? Perhaps its the pour at this bar in Bloomington, Indiana. I am quite sure this beer had a carbonation problem - it was looking way too active after the pour. The taste was a great blend of coffee and alcohol - it was actually pretty malty. This beer is more stout flavored and feeling than characteristic of a porter. Bad Elmer, bad! Act like a Porter!" The finish is way too clean - didn't last in my mouth at all.

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Photo of Jason
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Lean lacing from a somewhat weak head, nearly full on black in color.

Smell: Suggestions of vanilla and creamed coffee. Touch of acrid roasted grain.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth with a quick undertow of crispness in the medium body. Light maltiness with more roasted / burnt character for the palate to deal with, slow draw on the hop bitterness with a smidge of flavor in the end. Faint suggestions of vanilla and dark fruit middle to end, roasted grain and dry in the finish.

Notes: This is a stand up porter, well made and a joy to drink. Middle of the road, yes … but still flavorful.

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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 Brent
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a gigantic mocha colored head, immediately filling a pub mug to overflowing. Once it finally settled down, the aroma was unusual for a porter with some sharp, fruity notes. The flavor profile was a bit unusual, as well, with some yeasty fruity notes and an unusual acidic sharpness that rode above the malt. Nice coffee notes in the malt, but there was also a bit of mustyness that I couldn't tell if it was some oxidation or just part of the malt flavor (no date on the bottle).

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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 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 TheDM
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew poured a medium head of fine to large sized light brown bubbles that left a fair lacing and an opaque black colored body. It has a mild malt aroma and a medium strength coffee flavor with a slightly fizzy start and a bitter finish. The best thing about this beer is its color.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a small tan head that did not last long and it contained fine-medium sized bubbles. The lacing was decent and the nose was that of chocolate. The hue of this beer was black.It had a decent smooth coffee taste to it with some bitterness observed.

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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 AtLagerHeads
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant porter that presents a very nice appearance, nose and flavor. The pour is of a dark mahogany with a fair tan head. There is mild retention and light lacing. The aroma are quite prominent and give strong roasted malt nose to the drinker. The aroma comes across as very well integrated with the taste which is quite full without being overbearing in a single area. There is nice roasted grain sense and perhaps some light chocolate and coffee sense, but these are not strong elements. The overriding impression is of smooth fullness with enough crispness to balnce the finish. Very good brew.

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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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