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 WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried the Bad Elmer at a recent beer tasting party. The beer pours an opaque brown with about good offwhite head that laced nicely. The aroma includes sweet malt, earth, vanilla bean. The taste is primarily sweet roasty malt peat and hints of coffee. The mouthfeel is light in body and ok carbonation. For me, it is too light for a porter. Overall it is ok, but there are many porters that are better.

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Photo of tsauce2
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12 fl oz bottle in to a globe glass

A: SRM is dark brown. Translucent. Head is very light tan, 1 in, dissipates to 1 cm. Medium carbonation. Light lacing.

S: Hops up front followed by roasted malt and carmel/brown sugar.

T: Hoppiness mixed with dark malt base and a light sweetness. Aftertaste is malty with a touch of hops and sweetness.

M: Medium body. Hops and malt create a mf that both stimulates the palate with hops and coats it with malt. Finish is a bit wet and of citrus, adding to the different sensations in the mf.

O: This beer is still good, but I liked it much better before the current ownership took over. While they have done many, many great things for Upland and Indiana beer in general, I miss the way this beer used to be. That said, this beer is hoppy up front, with a nice dark malt base and some sweetness. I drink it fairly regularly, but mostly to remember the good old days.

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Photo of JGrooveDrums
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a very good beer, but I wasn't amazed. You definitely get all the aspects of a porter but, it's nothing to blow you out of the water. Good coffee chocolate taste, but leaves you with an odd bitterness. Definitely something I would drink again, but not anything special.

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Photo of jale
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the tasting room in Indy.

A: Pours dark brown with 2 quarters of tan head.

S: Dark roasted malt, coffee and a bit of bitter cocoa.

T: Dark roasted malt followed by bitter coffee and bitter cocoa. Nice mild finish.

M: Medium body, yet thin for a porter.

O: Just an average porter.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark almost black brown with a finger of tan head. Poor head retention with no lacing.

S- hints of latte, cocoa powder and semi sweet chocolate blend in with a predominate roasted grain aroma. A touch of caramel and char on the finish.

T- slight astringent roasted malt flavor is the largest componet to this brew. Subtle notes of brewed coffee and burnt caramel on the finish.

MF- smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and soft average carbonation.

D- good drinkability.

Overall an average porter.

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Photo of loweball727
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark brown/ruby, not quite opaque. Tan head after the pour but quickly disappeared

S - Very faint malty/roasted/coffee aroma

T - Initial taste is just as it smells, with a hint of a sweet, kind of chocolatey aftertaste

M - Color had me hoping for a full bodied beer but felt very thin for a porter

O - Overall it was a decent brew. Good porter for drinking when not focusing on all aspects of a beer.

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Photo of theRooster90
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at Upland Tasting Room Indianapolis

A: Dark dark brown with nice creamy tan head.

S: Little bit of chocolate, maybe some coffee, malt, small amounts of wood.

T: Smoky burnt chocolate with hints of coffee but barely any.

M: Pretty smooth, not much alcohol.

O: Pretty nice porter with decent complexity.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of oatmeal, hint of wood, and hint of dark citrus. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, slight hop, sweet malt, slight dry hop, hint of wood, and a hint of grain. Overall, good blend, body, aroma, and complexity.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. 11/10 bottling date/notch on side of bottle.

A: This pours a deep brown with reddish notes, 1/2 finger tan head that dissipates quickly, nice tab lacing

S: Lots of chocolate notes, dark, roasted malts, some faint coffee espresso notes, not deep though

T: Flavor doesn't match the noses that I got, it's watery in consistency, roasted malts but don't get the coffee or the chocolate

M: Medium but actually quite watery

O: Good but nothing spectacular

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark chocolate mahogany, barely any light getting through. Fluffy 1 finger head that dissipates slowly.

S - Notes of chocolate and dark fruit. Very malty smell, don't smell a lot of coffee or anything, but definitely those dark fruits.

T - Taste has a good amount of coffer, bitter chocolate, and a touch of those fruits. It sort of finishes with a sort of overly bitter aftertaste.

M - Not as thick as I expect from a porter. Leaves a certain dryness in the mouth afterwards as well with a sort of bitter aftertaste.

Overall - I thought it was a decent porter. Not spectacular, and while elements of a great porter were there, I felt like it lacked in some areas that prevented it from being a really good porter. Would definitely drink again, though.

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Photo of mcallister
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking porter. Deep mahogany with a tan head of quarter inch that leaves a sticky residual lace behind.

Roasty aromas, with some nutty ester, milk chocolate, a hint of raisin and other dried fruits. A light black fruit maybe currant comes through. Regardless smells of your typical english style porter....a good thing.

A porter by definition. Roasty malts, charred with but not overly so. Nutty with some burn caramel and toffee. Light milk chocolate flavors on the finish. Medium carbonation and a quick finish that start sweet then dries out quickly.

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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 chugalug06
1.94/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Nice straw colored head with moderate lacing. Brew holds a nice black color with purple and brown hues. Rather basic looking brew.

S - Super homebrew esque funk... Very weird scent. Not much of anything other than chocolate funk. Smells almost like a Coca-Cola...

T - Taste is better than scent, just not by a lot... Taste is buttery chocolate with side of soy sauce. The flavor in this one struggles.

M - Overly carbonated with dry and distinct funk. Light bodied and underwhelming. Horribly out of balance.

O - Brew is smooth, but missing a lot!!! There's not to talk about with this one. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this one again. Thanks for the extra in a good trade!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, bottled in Nov. 2010. Deep brown color, chestnut highlights. Tan head disappears after just a couple minutes, leaving no lace at all.

Roasty malt with hints of cocoa. A caramel edge as well. Slight hints of dark fruit.

Lighter roast in the malt character. Bittersweet cocoa, slightly harsh and grainy. Not much caramel character or fruit. Finishes on the dry side.

A bit light in the body, with more than ample carbonation. Pretty easy to drink, but lacks depth. Not bad, but not really great either.

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Photo of Heischman
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer/Brewery - Bad Elmer's Porter - Upland
City/State- Bloomington, Indiana
STYLE – American Porter
ABV – 5%
IBU – 19.6
DATE – 3 JUN 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
GLASSWARE – English Pint
APPEARANCE – Black and solid in color, little to no head
AROMA- Chocolate and roasted malts
TASTE – Mild chocolates with a nice bitter of coffee on the tail end
MOUTHFEEL – Smooth and creamy
CONCLUSION – I like the first impressions of chocolate, but they go way to fast. This is a good porter, but nothing special.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in January 2011

A - Pours a cola-esque brown filling out to a deep dark brown body with a decent tan head with good retention.

S - Dark fruits, roasted malts, toffee, coffee. Nice nose.

T - Sweet on the front, dark malts on the back, and coffee sticks in your mouth. As it warms, the carbonation really overdelivers the sweetness.

M - Pretty serious body for a 5% abv beer. Nicely done.

O (D) - This is an ok porter, Nothing great. If it was local and cheap, I would drink it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled in January 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with some ruby red tints when held up to a light, along with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a bit of nuts. Also, the aroma is on the weak side, but it's still nice. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but the flavors are much stronger than you would think compared to the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating and has good carbonation. It's also smooth and easy to drink. I think it's a decent enough brew, I'd try it again in the future.

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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 weatherdog
2.77/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Bloomington brewpub. Served in a 16oz. shaker pint.

Pour is stand porter pour, deep nearly pitch black with a khaki colored head. Medium long retention with a healthy amount of lacing.

Aroma is very muted and light. Some mild coffee but overall seemingly watery.

Taste starts off with a little astringent roasted grain taste, then some dark fruit plumish esters finish off the taste. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery, nearly no body and a medium high carb level does not help it's cause. No glaring off flavors but it's just an average at best porter, just too watery tasting.

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Photo of drizzam
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown bottle with a picture of a bushy dude...I would assume that would be Elmer, and that he isn't a nice guy.

Bottled on date of January 2011. Thanks to my friend Veachster for the offering!

A - Dark brown body with ruby highlights when held to a bright light. The body is topped by a frothy tan head that has excellent retention. Nice lacing.

S - Not a lot going on here. Some roasted malt with a nice sweet cocoa accent. Smells good, just a little lacking in intensity.

T & M - The roasted malt bitterness comes through much more in taste than it did in aroma, and the sweet cocoa comes through just a little less. It almost seems to have an earthy quality to it as well, I'm guessing this is presented in the hops. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The bitterness lends a drying finish to it.

D - This is a solid Porter and certainly worth a try. Very quaffable, I think I could stock this as a daily drinker. Worth a try for sure.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown with some orangish hints. Good head and solid lacing. Looks solid for a porter. Smells malty on the nose. Not much else going on. Smells and tastes fairly plain. On the tongue there is some light roastiness coupled with lots of malts. No real complexity on the tongue. Honestly a fairly average porter. For my first upland beer I'm pretty disappointed...

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Photo of brew3crew
3.04/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to urbancaver on this wonderful spring afternoon.

A-dark amber with white head that disapates quickly
S-is there one? Can't really pick up anything
T-slight malt in the beginning. Get some choclate and coffee in the after taste.
M-medium body and smooth
D-moderatly drinkable but not anything special

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Photo of AdamBear
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to brian44556 for hooking me up with this one!

A-black with a thin light tan head

S-smells like a strong really does have an even mix of chocolate and coffee. the scent itself is fairly weak though.

T-comes in with a really smooth hit of coffee with small hints of chocolate that transforms in to an odd creaminess. Seriously now, I believe if the brewery didn't classify this as a porter, that it would have been classified as a milk stout. I've only ever detected milkiness like this in milk stouts. It really does begin quite good, but it transforms in to a really dull and boring beer. The after-taste isn't too bad. it reminds me of chocolate covered coffee beans, though not too strong.

M-carbonation seems to low but striking...if that makes sense at all. its not extremely bubbly but it seems to fizz a lot in your mouth. the finish is fairly watery.

D-the after-taste makes it pretty tolerable. Its definitely not a terrible beer...but its just not something I want a lot of. the tastes stay but it doesn't seem to go down as quickly as it should.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another brew from most excellent trader Brian44556.

Pours a dark, yet colorfully reddish, mahogany. Not much of a head to speak of, and it pour sort of syrupy. I'm guessing it's sweetish and has a high ABV. Let's see....only 5% ABV, wow. Ah, the aroma is that of a robust porter: some molasses, some roasted malt, this even has brown sugar hiding in there. Maybe a hint of clove, also. And cinnamon bun way far back. Neat.

Very robust porter flavor. A nice dark chocolate flavor is milling around in there, too. Kind of swims around against the maltiness. The malty TANG bites you right upfront, then slinks back to its corner. The late middle is interesting: it feels like it's thinning out, but then some excellent, toasty flavors emerge and, along with a nice, subdued hop character, finishes this beer off long and nicely. Very good beer that has surprises here and there. No idea how expensive. Good beer and has some unique nuances for a porter. Worth tracking down.

What I like most: the robust and nuanced flavor profile.

What I like least: The pedestrian appearance. And low ABV.

Verdict: Worth tracking down if it's priced right. Good and nuanced take on a porter.

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Photo of HosP
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black with a bit of light coming in around the edges. Light tan head.

S- Not much in the aroma department. Faint hints of maybe chocolate and roasted malts. Thought the taste better have more to it than the smell.

T- More to it than the aroma. Nothing huge, but nice. Roasted malts come through the most with a chocolate aftertaste. Nothing spectacular, but ok.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D- Eh, not my favorite Upland beer. If someone handed it to me, I could drink it, but not going to seek it out.

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Bad Elmer's Porter from Upland Brewing Company
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