Badder Elmer's Porter | Upland Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
ibu - 31.5

Added by BEERchitect on 11-27-2010

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of mlockman
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty bland flavor, though my perception of this beer as such could be due to the pint of Special Double Cream stout I had before it. Very thin mouthfeel as well, though; left much to be desired.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wrentmore
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brad_Lamers
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed from a growler in a JAFB snifter. Pours a fantastic blackish brown with some light reddish highlights and a firm tight beaded head that dissipates to a thick ring and pool of foam with FANTASTIC lacing. Nose of chocolate, roasted grains, light coffee, and sweet malts. Flavors are delicious with chocolate to the front and sides, roasted grains to the back, and a light coffee flavor coming through on the aftertaste that makes this a fine sipper. Lightly bitter aftertaste and moderate carbonation has this one as a slick and easy sipping brew. Lightly bitter aftertaste from the malts and a wet finish. A new favorite from a great little brewery.


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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vonerichs
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light hazy brown, decent head with good retention.

Not a lot of aromatics. Butty and a little chocolate.

Taste is bready, light chocolate, light roast and nutty malt.

Light mouthfeel, good carbonation.

It was an easy drinking Porter that went well with a meal. Not overdone in any aspect and nice balance.

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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fredmugs
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ddedhed
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Brumback
4.4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of ronn
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of fvernon
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JamesS
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(On-tap at the Tomlinson Tap Room).
Poured a great deep brown, near black color with excellent head and good lacing. Nice deep roasted grain scent with excellent coffee tones in the nose. Wonderful flavor, with great coffee flavors, a smooth roasted grain taste, with a decent slight hoppy finish. Great beer that goes down well, if a bit too dry for my personal tastes.

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Photo of jpmclaug
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler was filled at the Indianapolis tap room a week after Thanksgiving... I had forgotten about this growler sitting in the back of my beer fridge since then. Fortunately the 3 months didn't hurt this one at all. I do seem to remember them saying they counter pressure fill there though.

A - Black body, maybe a ruby hue if you hold it up to the light with a nice sized light brown head resting on top

S - Nice smelling BP here. Chocolate, toasted malts, a fairly sweet aroma. One of the more aromatic beers I've had lately.

T - More of the same from the nose. Chocolate malts dominate, also hins of roast and coffee as well. On the sweet side for a porter but not too much. Really a nice beer

M - medium to heavy mouthfeel with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - A solid beer for sure. I would order this in a second if it was available to me. If I'm ever back in IN I'll seek this one out but I wouldn't go too far out of my way to try it again. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the brewpub tap a nice dark chocolatey brown to a standard pint glass with a full finger short lasting foamy tan head.

fairly subtle aroma of toasted malts, sweet chocolate and a bit of coffee in the wayback.

super sweet, i'm a fan of elmer's, and badder is better. chocolate malts, sweetened coffee, dark toffee. very good brew.

low carbonation, sweet, no bitter presence, full bodied.

drinkability - yep, very.

I'm an admitted homer, but not a huge upland fan - and I'll tell you what, between TBK, the black IPA and badder Elmer, I'm coming around.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the Brewery's website:

"Baltic Porters are an Eastern European take on classic English Porters. Influenced by Russian Imperial Stouts, Baltics are higher in strength than traditional Porters, and feature multiple layers of flavors and aromas.
Badder Elmer's is a meaty dark lager, utilizing cold fermentation temperatures to achieve a quaffable and clean brew, with malty highlights ranging from nutty to licorice and candy caramels. Fruity aromas lead to a complex malt character and supportive continental hop bitterness. (In house only)"

As the beer sits in the glass, and with the disquise of the Original Bad Elmer, I begin to take note of the more robust aroma, flavor, and weight of the beer and realize that life just got a bit sweeter.

The beer opens with a dark brown hue, near-opaqueness, and with a creamy tanish head that retains and laces well.

Straddling the fence of Robust Porters and Scottish Wee Heavies, the beer is complexly malted for a certain richness and taste that is far from one dimentional. With heavy toast, chocolate, coffee, nutty, toffee, peaty-earthiness, and mild smoke the beer offers a lot even with out the spicy/sprucy hop flavor and bitterness. Alcoholic warmth and malty weight give a full and warming feel through mid palate, but begins to crispen up going into the malty-drying finish- stopping just shy of decidedly dryness.

A very good Porter and hands down a better beer than the original Bad Elmer's

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Badder Elmer's Porter from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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